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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: 9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,644,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

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've read Kris Rusch's blog for quite some time now.
C. Hope Clark
I found it extremely helpful in laying out procedures for conducting one's own business.
MP
I love, love, love this book because she provides real, down-to-earth advice.
Johanna Rothman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Hope Clark on October 24, 2011
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Rothman on April 17, 2013
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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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This book contains the densest amount of useful material I have EVER seen on this topic. Concise, crisp, and an enjoyable read despite the depth of knowledge thrown at you, I've read this book twice since purchasing it. I've picked up so much and learned more from these nuggets of wisdom than other so-called guides.

It helps that her real life experiences are very helpful to understanding running your own business. I've experienced so many of these that I cannot help but recommend this to anyone looking at changing their worklife.
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By RM on October 1, 2014
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I've been freelancing on and off for two decades, and this is the book I needed on day one.

A lot of how-to books feel like the thin end of a wedge sliding into my wallet. This book feels like mentoring. No hype, no nonsense. Just an experienced, intelligent, very successful writer sharing her hard-earned insights (and those of her successful author-husband Dean Wesley Smith) in clear, straightforward chapters.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colleen K. on December 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I just wish this book had been available back, oh so many years ago, when I was starting my own freelance business. It is chock full of great information! Use it if you're starting out, or like me, use it as a great refresher course. There's something for everyone.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charity Kountz on March 11, 2013
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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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