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The Freelancer's Survival Guide Paperback – November 6, 2010

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About the Author

Bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has been freelancing for over thirty years and has published fiction in every genre as well as run her own businesses along the way.  

She has been nominated for awards in all those genres as well.  She is best known for her science fiction and fantasy, although her mainstream novel Hitler’s Angel, just appeared in the United Kingdom to great critical acclaim.  She has also published award-winning mystery novels under the name Kris Nelscott.  For more about her work, go to kristinekathrynrusch.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 580 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456343874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456343873
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,079,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov's Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.

Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.

She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson, romantic suspense as Kristine Dexter, and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.

Her popular weekly blog on the changes in publishing has become an industry must-read.

She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits at least two anthologies in the series per year on her own.

To keep up with everything she does, go to kriswrites.com. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (krisnelscott.com, kristinegrayson.com, krisdelake.com, retrievalartist.com, divingintothewreck.com). She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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I am totally baffled by all the five-star reviews this book received. I bought it on account of the impressive reviews, and found myself continually scratching my head, wondering if these reviewers read the same book I was reading.

To call this The Freelancer's Survival Guide seems almost intentionally misleading. This book stems from a series of loosely connected blog posts. Each blog post is a "chapter" in this book. The majority of each chapter is spent retelling some mundane and meandering story from the author's personal life, which usually only tangentially relates to freelancing. Then it ends with some common-sense advice for freelancers (e.g. Have an emergency fund! You need health insurance!).

This book could easily have been 400 pages shorter without losing anything of importance. I kept waiting to get to the useful parts (skimming through the author's long-winded narratives of the minutiae of her personal life in the meantime), but they never came. Needless to say, I could not get through the whole book.

The author also does not waste an opportunity to advertise her writings and those of her friends and husband. The "Vacations" chapter is mostly comprised of a series of quotations about taking vacations from her freelance writer friends, complete with shameless plugs for their books and websites. By my count, she provided the URLs for 22 of her friends' websites in this chapter. Why she thought this would be interesting or relevant to the reader, I don't know. She also provides us with the URL to her husband's website NINE times throughout the book. Bizarrely, she repeatedly refers to him by his full first, middle, and last name, which I can only assume is an attempt to garner more publicity for him.
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I've read Kris Rusch's blog for quite some time now. Her posts made me hungry to be a better freelancer, better writer, better entrepreneur. I caught myself skipping from one post to another on her blog, seeking more. Her messages are so on target, heavy laden with common sense so missing today on so many levels. Finally, I broke down and just bought the book. It's remarkable. It's a bible for the person wanting to make a living at writing. From attitude to tangible responsibilities, it's just all there...all the massaging, prodding, and kick-in-the-pants guidance you need. I love this woman's advice so much, I also broke down and started buying her fiction. Dang. I hope I grow up to be like her one day.
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If you are a consultant, never mind an author, you should read this book. I happen to be an author, as well as a consultant. I love, love, love this book because she provides real, down-to-earth advice. I am deep in the negotiation part of the book right now. I did *not* sign a book contract that would have been bad for me, not just because it was a bad book contract, but because I also took her advice about negotiation:
1. Know What you Want.
2. Ask.
3. Be Prepared to Walk Away. This was a crucial part for me. I was and this was key.
4. Stay calm.
5. Never reveal your entire hand.
6. Don't flip-flop.

You could buy this book for just the contracting chapters alone and it would be worth your money. You could reread them and have Kris on your shoulder, especially if you are an author. And, then you would have the rest of the book!

If you sign contracts, if you work for yourself, if you are a freelancer, and if you are a writer/author and you want to *make* money from your writing, buy this book. Do not delay.
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I enjoyed this. It occasionally rambled but the information was good. I found the most value in the first half of the book, particularly the sections on money and networking.
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Initially I started reading blog posts on Kathryn's website. Within three chapters I knew I had to have the book. Because it is chock full of tips, tricks and encouragement that apply to my day to day life as a freelancer. For three years I have struggled to maintain a freelance business and have repeatedly returned to a day job only to find myself abjectly completely utterly miserable. Ironically, most recently even though I was making $15,000 more per year at my day job I was miserable and so was my family - miserable over my schedule, the stress I was under and the fact that I couldn't be there for my family like I want to be. Kathryn's book helped me understand all of that about myself and helped me realize that despite my mistakes and failures I am a success and freelance writing is what I am meant to do. Nothing else will make me happier, and it's ok that I am not like those around me who think I am just a little crazy for taking these risks. I will refer this book to every freelancer and prospective freelancer I know! Has been a tremendous resource!
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My favorite freelancing book. I've already reread it and I refresh myself on the information on a regular basis. I find it helps me keep my problems in perspective. It's very much an overview telling you what to look out for and what missteps usually trip up freelancers. While I've still made plenty of mistakes, this guide has really helped me avoid some bad ones and picked me back up again when I've gotten discouraged. I'd recommend for anyone looking to become self employed.
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