It's easier to imagine a successful creative life when you have examples to model yourself on. Today, I'm thrilled to share an interview with Kristine Kathryn Rusch, one of my online mentors and creative examples. Yes, I'm a total fan girl 🙂
In the intro, I share news that OverDrive Reports Library Borrowing of eBooks Up 16%, Audiobooks Up 34% in 2016 and since they're owned by Rakuten, who also own Kobo, let's hope 2017 brings opportunities for indies to compete in that market. Also, Amazon releases a WordPress plugin for easier affiliate linking – remember multiple streams of income!
I share personal news about my switch to using IngramSpark and the visit to the factory this week, plus the launch of my new small press, Curl Up Press. It's just the beginning of a new phase and I'll share everything along the way, as ever.
In the futurist segment, it's the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone launch and I reflect on my initial incredulity that it could possibly be useful. How could I have foreseen the changes that having the internet in my pocket could bring? For indies, it specifically enabled the rise of reading on devices as well as the growth of podcasting and audiobooks. I equate the App Store to the new Echo Skills that are being included in a lot of the new tech at CES, and also mention a podcast interview on How Virtual Reality May Shape the Future of Digital Commerce. Fun times!
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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 (including the Fey series, the Retrieval Artist series and the Diving series), 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.
Her latest nonfiction book is Closing the Deal…on your Terms: Agents, Contracts and Other Considerations, which is a must-read for authors who are serious about a long-term career writing.
- Kris's early beginnings as a writer, and her start in radio and journalism
- Kris's thoughts about pen names
- Dealing with self-doubt
- Why one book isn't really just one book
- On co-writing and the legal and copyright issues related to that
- Thinking of an indie author career in terms of decades not years