• Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Learning is Forever…

    In Writing and Publishing… Kris and I were talking today on the way back from lunch about some of the writers who have just faded away. And the more we talked, the more we realized that we knew the answer on what happened to most of them. They all just stopped learning. They reached a level that they were happy with their writing and stopped learning for a dozen different reasons. That is flat deadly in just a few years. The reason I hear the most and understand the least is the fear that learning something will upset some perfect balance in their writing and they will never sell again.…

  • Challenge,  On Writing

    Special Stories

    This Came From A Question I Get A Great Deal… In fact, I think some form of this question is the most common question I get overall. The question basically boils down to this… A writer has learned something new. Should that writer go back and fix some old stories or novels to make them better? The last two times I got this question (just yesterday and today) caused me to flash back to a memory. (Might have been being so tired from CES, but either way, here came the memory.) I remembered clearly how when I finished a story back in my “rewriting” days it was something special. And…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Nifty Writing Bundle Once Again

    NanoWriMo Writing Bundle… Right now here at the Master Business Class five of these authors are here who have books in this fantastic bundle of writing books through Storybundle.com. Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Andrea Pearson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and me. I have read or looked at most of the books in this group, and I know a lot of the authors, and folks, this bundle is a real deal. Craig Martelle from the 20to50 conferences has a book in this bundle. Joanna Pen, Kevin McLaughline, Blaze Ward, Jamie j. Ferguson, and Simon Haynes to name just a few. You folks like to keep learning, this is the bundle for…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Writing Books Bundle and Lecture

    This Is A Good One… Kris put together a fantastic bundle of writing books, plus one free $75 lecture. And you get it all on Storybundle.com for $15 or so. Amazing. Let me give you what Kris says about the bundle. 2018 Writing Story Bundle by Kristine Kathryn Rusch I am so excited about this year’s spring writing bundle. Out of all of the nonfiction bundles I’ve compiled, this one has the largest number of books that appeal to me. I’ve been writing and publishing for a long, long, long time. Sometimes I feel like no one can teach me anything about writing. So, in the past, when I’ve compiled…

  • Challenge,  On Writing

    An Evening of Learning

    A Night of Learning Once again tonight it has been proven to me that I am one of the luckiest people on the planet. I got to sit in a room tonight with eighteen other professional fiction writers and spend three hours doing nothing but talking about publishing and writing. The beginning writer still tucked inside of me sort of still just claps with joy. The writers came from all over western Oregon for the evening. No structure. Only rules are only writing and publishing talk from 8 p.m. until 10:30 or 11 p.m. Sharing information and asking questions. Tonight I ended up asking a bunch of questions actually. Terms…

  • On Writing,  publishing,  Topic of the Night

    Topic of the Night: Learning in the New Year

    At the professional writer lunch today, a lot of the conversation on writing turned to how the industry is changing, bookstores, and so much more about the future. Great conversation. And tonight on a nifty program on the Travel Channel, I learned a little about how books were sold door-to-door after the Civil War and up into the last century. It was a major way books were distributed, and publishing company sales forces were basically door-to-door salesmen. When I came into the business in the early 1970s, the major publishing sales force had morphed into selling to bookstores, and only encyclopedias were sold door-to-door. Wow, has publishing changed. (grin) Now…

  • On Writing,  publishing

    The New World of Publishing: The Learning Must Continue

    Strange world we live in these days. I have run across a number of writers lately that think they have this all down, that they know what they are doing, and they are happy with their sales. And some of them should be, I grant that. But thinking they know what they are doing just sort of makes me laugh. The one thing that is an absolute in publishing and the art of storytelling is that the learning never stops. It’s not even a rule. It’s just a fact. So for a post here, I thought I would tell a story about myself and my golf days that will illustrate…

  • Misc,  On Writing

    Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Follow the Rules to Get Published.

    Yup, the myth is that following rules will really help you get published or stay published. Actually, following rules might actually stop you in this current world. Also let me start this by flat out by saying that editors and agents can’t help you learn much about being a writer. They know very little about being a writer on a day-to-day level or how a writer lives or even how a writer makes most of his or her money. What they do know is how to be an editor and what that job is. And good agents do know how to be agents and what that job deals with. And…