Business Musings: Things I Learned (Or Relearned) in 2014

In the past two weeks, I wrote two year-in-review posts, “What Traditional Publishing Learned in 2014,” and “Things Indie Writers Learned in 2014.” Those two posts came after I started this one. I’ve been writing bits of this one off and on since October, as the year has become clearer in my brain. Usually, I do a year-end analysis just for me, and there’s a […]

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Past Crime

I’m proud of everything I edit, but I’m particularly proud of this anthology….Both editions are different–not just because there are four extra stories in the Kobo Special Edition, but also because the story order has changed (except for the opening story and the ending story).

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Short Stories, Discoverability, and More

This was the post I had planned to make last week, and ended up putting up the kitten video instead. If you haven’t seen the video, click here. In sixty seconds, it’ll teach you how to edit an anthology. Seriously. Honestly. Really. Go look. Now, here’s some of what I planned to tell you. The rest will apparently have to wait until next week (even […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Guarding Lacey

Private detective Smokey Dalton does his best to protect his adopted family, from his 11-year-old son Jimmy to his friends, the Grimshaws. But Smokey can’t see everything. Jimmy notices that Lacey Grimshaw—“thirteen going on trouble,” Smokey says—skips school to hang out with an adult man. Jimmy doesn’t want to tattle, but he’s worried about Lacey. So he pretends he’s Smokey, and follows her, learning secrets […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Clinic

The party on Haight-Ashbury Street in San Francisco ended two years before and now only a handful of people remain to clean up the mess. One of them, the receptionist at the Free Clinic, studies medicine with the hope of becoming a doctor, but everyone—from her professors to the staff at San Francisco General—tell her she can’t because of her gender. She’s not sure she […]

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The Business Rusch: More Passive Marketing (Discoverability Part 8)

 This week, Hugh Howey put a funny post on his website. Titled “One-Man Operation,” Hugh’s post profiles—if you want to call it that—the man who runs Nautilis Publishing in Taiwan. Nautilis publishes Hugh, and according to the post, has existed since 2010, and has done two books per year. They’re always bestsellers. Hugh says his book has sold 50,000 copies in Taiwan alone. Apparently, the […]

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Book Bargains, Preorders, Nelscott, and Workshops!

How did it get to be February 1? I’m buried on a bunch of projects, with more coming up. (Yes, Retrieval Artist fans, the third novel in this cycle is proceeding apace.) Before I forget what day it is again, I figured I’d better share this timely information.  First, I’m participating in a book bundle done on bookbale.com. My novel, Alien Influences, which was a finalist […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Family Affair: A Smokey Dalton Story

Smokey Dalton gets a call from an old friend to help transport a battered woman and her young daughter from Madison, Wisconsin, to a shelter in Chicago. When Smokey and Marvella Walker show up at the drop site, they learn that the woman is both white and a racist. She refuses to leave with them. And that’s only the beginning of their problems. Chosen as one […]

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The Business Rusch: Branding (Discoverability Part 6)

Last week, I got taken to task all over writer communities on the internet (and probably in writers’ group meetings as well) for telling writers with only one or two books out not to worry about promotion. The response I got in the comments to last week’s blog were mild compared to the vitriol my poor name got subjected to on the private message boards. […]

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Short Stories! Nelscott! Diving! What More Could You Want? (Don’t Answer That)

This month sees the publication of two of my short stories in the Dell Magazines. “Sob Sisters” marks the first appearance for my Kris Nelscott pen name in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and the first publication for Nelscott in about 5 years. Don’t worry, Nelscott fans, the newest Smokey novel will come out in March. It’s called Street Justice. The story here features Valentina Wilson, whom you’ll […]

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