Freelancers Survival Guide: Job Description

The Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Job Description Kristine Kathryn Rusch I’ve received a lot of great questions this week, most of them related to time off, vacations, and managing family commitments. A few wanted to discuss the emotions of freelancing. All of these are important topics, but they skate around the periphery of the actual job itself. I knew, as I embarked on this project, that […]

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Great Award News

Now I can finally let y’all know. “Room of Lost Souls” has won the Asimov’s Readers Choice Award for best novella of 2008. “Room” is part of the “Diving” story (see below). So both “Diving into the Wreck” and “Room of Lost Souls” won the Readers Award. I hope everyone likes the novel as much. Check out all the awards for both Asimov’s and Analog […]

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Diving Into the Wreck Available for Preorder

You can find the lovely Dave Seeley cover now on  The book is available for preorder.  You can do so through your favorite bookstore or through Amazon.  Just click here.

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Two Day Seminar for Writers

Here’s the flyer for the workshop Dean and I are putting on in June.  All the pertinent information is below.  I hope some of you can come.   WANT TO SELL A NOVEL?  Come to A FICTION CAREER From First Sentence to Publication and Beyond. An entertaining and informative two-day workshop about how to sell a story or novel, how to be a professional fiction writer, […]

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Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Vacations

The Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Vacations Kristine Kathryn Rusch So last week, we discussed illness and the freelancer. The topic, which also dealt peripherally with taking time off, brought up two other time-off questions. I’ll answer the one that came in first, and leave the other for another section of the Guide. From Jas. Marshall: “When you’re a freelancer, how do you take a vacation? When […]

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March 2009 Recommended Reading List

A much better month for reading as you can tell from the length of the list.  I found a lot that I enjoyed.  I was beginning to worry in previous months that I had just become too critical to enjoy anything, but I think the problem was more with my choices of material than with my attitude toward it. March brought a nice mixture of […]

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Perspective from a new NYT bestselling writer

Author Lynne Viehl examines her royalty statement for writers who’ve never seen one–or seen one from a NYT bestseller.  I think the statement is valuable, but her post is much more valuable. It’s about how she got to the list.  Check it out here.

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Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Illness

The Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Illness Kristine Kathryn Rusch How do you know when you’re too sick to work? Seems easy enough to figure out, right? We’re all adults. We know when we’re sick. But for freelancers, that’s a tougher question than it seems. As I mentioned in the introduction, I suffer from a chronic illness. It reared its ugly head over the weekend. No one […]

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Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Workspace

The Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Workspace Kristine Kathryn Rusch In my introduction to this Guide, I promised that I would answer readers’ questions. In the last week, I’ve received a wonderful response, in e-mail and in the comment section here. Many had suggestions for topics, but only one person had an actual question. My goal is to keep this Guide lively and interactive. So in that […]

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Fifty Percent Off Coupon

Lou Anders, editor of Pyr Books, reports that the Pyr newsletter will appear soon. If you sign up at, you’ll get the newsletter and the 50% off coupon that goes with it. If you’re planning to buy Diving in the Wreck, you might want to sign up for the newsletter. As a reminder, here’s the cover. (I have to show it off again; it’s […]

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