Thursday, June 10, 2010

Freelancer's Survival Guide

By Beth Terrell

As many of you know, I love discovering new sources for information on writing and marketing books. Recently, I discovered Kristine Katheryn Rusch's Freelancer's Survival Guide. Rusch is an award-winning writer in several genres, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and mystery. She was also, for a time, the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The Guide has 63 chapters in it so far. Rusch is offering it as a free download, but there is a "donate" button so that readers who feel they have benefited from the Guide can help subsidize it.

It's full of useful information about scheduling, networking, motivation, money management, and more. Any writer who aspires to make a living at his or her craft is sure to find something of use in it.

The Guide has links to other articles, as well as to an e-book by Rusch's husband, Dean Wesley Smith. Smith's Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing has some interesting information in it, but it also contains some advice that should probably be used with caution. Smith and Rusch are advocates for taking control of one's own career and researching the advice others give you thoroughly. That goes for theirs as well, but bearing that in mind, these two books are a gold mine for writers.



Sheila Deeth said...

Interesting. Thanks for the links.

Jean Henry Mead said...

Thanks for sharing this, Beth. Even those of us who have been in the publishing business for years can benefit from the Survial Guide.