Most people become freelancers without any idea of how to run a business. They learn in the school of hard knocks. Kristine Kathryn Rusch has taken the school of hard knocks and made it into one of the most useful business books written in years. Included are these indispensable topics:
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"Not many people understand the publishing business as well as the author business - Kris Rusch is one of them. Her Freelancer's Survival Guide is balanced, ambitious, and packed with information that all writers, editors, and publishers should read." (Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times best-selling author)
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Rusch has provided a goldmine for freelancers. I have yet to encounter a more comprehensive and targeted resource. When she does not have space for greater detail or does not have the credentials, she points you to outside sources.
As a long-time writer, Rusch has learned her craft and biz through ups and downs, which she uses as examples, but she also has the journalist's skill for researching.
This is a good book for a beginner and a pro whose career seems bogged down by disorganization and misdirection.
But Rusch sums up her own approach to work best: the harder you work, the luckier you get.
This book has a lot of good anecdotes for the writer with no, or maybe only a few years experience. Helpful information about the business start-up process for any beginning entrepreneur, and insights from the often perilous, shark-bitten world of Sci-fi writers.
Although there isn't a lot of detailed information about putting together articles or short stories here, the author gives plentiful advice about the publishing industry and different career paths in general.
It should be made clear this book is actually a blog that K Rusch wrote specifically for freelance authors and then capitalized on by saying it's for everyone. There was some valuable information but it could have been distilled to about 45 minutes, instead of fluffed up to 20 hours.
"Happy to have it!"
This is a book I will be revisiting. It touches on the subjects not really discussed anywhere else, And it is great to hear different things discussed both business related and not. If you are considering it, give it a try, you might end up pleasantly surprised instead of disappointed!
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