If you’re trying to be an independent author and you’re not reading Kristine Kathryn Rusch everyday then you’re doing something wrong.
She routinely gives excellent business advice. At least, it sounds excellent in that it makes perfect sense to me. I can’t actually say that I have enough experience in the business side of things to validate them. Still, a bunch of it comes down to sticking up for yourself, reading your contract, and at least looking far enough into the future that you can make a reasonable assessment of the risks involved in a contract.
But that’s not what this post is really about. This post is inspiring. Go read it.
Done reading yet? As a reader, this, to me, is the thing that is awesome about independent authorship. How many times over the years do you think a new author has gone to a publisher with a truly unique piece of literature that has been squished and squashed to fit into predetermined molds? And the author, being new, went along with it because there weren’t really options, they wanted to get published, and they didn’t know any better. Well now they have options, and inexpensive ones at that.