Business Musings: What Kind of Writer Are You?

Writers are lucky. Our various communities share information. Some of those communities are online, and some are in person. They’re all subject to horrid infighting (I think writers love to fight more than they like to write), but they can also be very supportive as well. Observant writers will note that we all seem to “grow up” with the same types of writers. And by “grow up,” I mean that new writers will find communities of other new writers and befriend those writers. You might be different ages, but your careers will start at the same time.

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The Business Rusch: Blogs, Guest Blogs, and Blog Interviews (Discoverability Part 9)

 Before I get too deep in this week’s blog post, I’m going to point out a few things of my own that will be part of future blog posts (and also touch upon past posts). First, I’m participating in the first of three book bundles. This kind of bundle (there are several other kinds, which we’ll discuss) combines the fan bases of eight different writers. […]

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The Business Rusch: The Old Ways Part 2 (or Discoverability Part 4 Continued)

Last week, I wrote a blog about the way traditional publishers market bestselling books. Most writers, indie published and traditionally published, mimic what traditional publishers do for their bestsellers. Unfortunately, traditional publishers put very little thought into their promotions. As long-time traditionally published bestseller (who happened to be a salesman before he became a writer) stated in his response to last week’s blog: Publishing is […]

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The Business Rusch: Pen Names

 At least one per week, I get e-mails from writers who ask me if they need a pen name. The question used to be really easy to answer. If you wrote in multiple genres at the same time, you needed a pen name. Now, the answer—like the answer to everything else in publishing— is it depends. I suppose it’s only sensible to ask me about […]

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Sales, Audio Books, And More!

First, for this weekend only, Kobo and WMG Publishing are offering a 30% off sale on these e-books: A Dangerous Road (the first book in my Smokey Dalton mystery series (written as Kris Nelscott)), The Fates Trilogy (all three Fates books under my Kristine Grayson pen name), Snipers (my newest novel), and The Perfect Man edition which has both my Kristine Rusch novelette and the novel I wrote as Kristine Dexter plus an […]

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The Business Rusch: The Global View

 I’ll be honest with you: when I planned a topic for my blog last week that wasn’t US-specific, I was thinking that the hits on my site would drop off. After all, the Thursday Business Blog fell on one of the US’s big federal holidays, Independence Day (aka the Fourth of July). I figured I’d get a quarter of my usual attendance. Instead, I got […]

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The Business Rusch: Writing Like It’s 2009

Probably the most popular blog post I’ve written in the Business Rusch series appeared in May, 2011. Geared toward traditionally published writers and new writers coming in, “Writing Like It’s 1999” explains how the many truths of publishing from the last century are no longer truths, but myths. The post gets reprinted often. It’s part of my Surviving The Transition book (available in print, ebook […]

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The Business Rusch: Third Quarter Blues

The Business Rusch: Third Quarter Blues Kristine Kathryn Rusch This past week has been an utterly fascinating one for me.  My husband Dean Wesley Smith and Scott William Carter taught a four-day workshop on the New World of Publishing.  Professional writers from all over the spectrum (and all over the world) came to learn not just how to indie publish their work, but also how […]

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The Business Rusch: Popcorn Kittens!

    The Business Rusch: Popcorn Kittens! Kristine Kathryn Rusch Last June, my friend, the marvelous writer Dayle Dermatis, sent me a kitten video.  Now, this exchange of cat videos is not uncommon among a certain group of us.  Yes, we’re the ones that keep all the YouTube cat videos in the top 100. Anyway, this video has become important because its title has wiggled […]

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August 2010 Recommended Reading List

As you can tell, I wrote this at the beginning of September.  And I’m posting late. I’d planned to post before I left.  But here goes…. Boy, I read a lot in August.  Boy, did I not like most of it.  Including a mystery novel by an acclaimed writer whose work I had read before. This book was a “breakout” novel that won a variety […]

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