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The Hard Part - Kristine Kathryn Rusch


If you haven't heard of Kris Rusch, it's time you did. She's been blogging about the business of publishing for years (decades?), and she is very savvy about the whole thing.

Here she's writing about how the gold rush for ebooks has really, definitely ended and what to do about it as author.

She basically says that now covers, , descriptions, editing and content are really beginning to matter, and people are not just getting any old 99ct book anymore just to have something to read.

]Read her long blog post here.

That meshes with my buying. Even for BookBub offers, I read the description, I "look inside", and I'm very, very picky before I even spend 99ct. And it's not about the money, either. It is about an enjoyable read.

And once I have found an author whose voice I enjoy, I read practically everything by him or her. Because new authors have to earn my trust. I've been disappointed too often.

So if you're thinking of self-publishing, make really, really sure your story is captivating, has very few errors and a good looking cover. And spend time with that description. I mean it.

(Just the other day, I bought a book by an author who was nice to me on FB, and I wanted to return the favor. Well, there are few errors, but this author is so in love with his world that he takes his readers on a tour before the story actually starts... about 40% into the book. And then it's totally predictable. *sigh*)

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Yeah I hate buying a book and not liking it. Spelling errors don't bother me too much as long as there aren't too many but what I call "Listitist" (They did this and that and then the other thing, with the characters acting like robots.) drives me nuts. I do it in my first drafts and it drives me even more nuts there. emoticon

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Yeah, characters really need to be believable - and have a motivation to do what they do.

I find that asking "why?" is always a good idea. Why does someone do what they do? That usually gets me going.

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Her mini-series continues.

This time, she's writing about "the Freelance Scramble" and has very simple, no-nonsense advice for people who live on their freelancing income, like writers who quit the day job (she very much advises not quitting the day job).

]Business Musings: The Freelance Scramble

Thoughts?

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Yep, yep, yep! So glad my parents taught me stuff like this.

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Yes, a lot of it is basic business sense - and farming is a hard business.

However, if people only ever had jobs, they don't know a lot of this stuff.

Kris continues with the worst case scenario here:

]The Freelance Scramble Part Three: The Unthinkable

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