Kristine Kathryn Ruschis creating nonfiction about writing, publishing, and business
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I can't write this blog without the help of others. That help often comes in the form of advice. You'll be a member of my advisory board. I occasionally ask for opinions and advice on upcoming plans/work. I will also let the board know about upcoming plans for my nonfiction projects before I announce them publicly. This goes for any pledge from $1 up.
Also, once a month, you'll receive an advance copy of a blog post, and occasional access to exclusive monthly content.
In addition to joining the advisory board, you'll receive a copy of each week's blog post the moment I finish that post. You will also receive any exclusive content I put on Patreon every month.
You too will become part of the advisory board. You'll also get the blog post the moment I finish it. You will also receive any exclusive content I put on Patreon every month. And, should the blog posts turn into a nonfiction book* while you're supporting me at this level, you'll get a free ebook copy of that book as soon as it's completed.
*published by me or WMG Publishing
I blog weekly about the craft of writing, the business of writing, and the changes in the publishing industry. Except for a much-needed hiatus in 2014, I have not missed a week in eight years. I hope to continue for seven more.
Often, I blog about whatever hits the industry news sources. Every now and then, however, I write a book on my blog. I started this practice with The Freelancer's Survival Guide in 2009, and continued it with several other books, including The Pursuit of Perfection and Discoverability. In October of 2016, I published Closing The Deal...On Your Terms, a book that covers everything from agents to contracts to negotiation.
These books wouldn't exist without the blog. As a thank-you, I always keep the original blog posts up for free. The books are a little different than the blog posts—I organize the books better, and update information that readers often provide in the comments.
The blog appears for free on my website every Thursday. I believe the information in the blog helps new and established writers better negotiate their careers. Not every writer can afford to support the blog financially, so I ask the blog's readers to share the blog with their writing groups and other organizations. The blog now has a worldwide readership.
Much as I would love to write the nonfiction blog for free, I cannot do so. It's too research-intensive. I spend time investigating the changes, learning new things, and doing some actual reporting (as I did in 2011 with the changes in royalty statements from traditional publishers).
Readers have funded these efforts. Honestly, the blog would have died long ago if not for reader funding. I am supremely grateful for all of the support. I cannot do this blog alone.
Patreon and Crowd-funding
I initially put off adding Patreon to my requests for blog funding because, as a working fiction writer, I didn't think I had time to do the extras that would make supporting my blog worthwhile for a patron. However, some blog readers gave me great suggestions (I love you folks!) and I have figured out how to make this worthwhile for all of us.
Sometimes I finish the blog right before my deadline. Generally, however, I finish the blog days to weeks ahead of time. Patreon supporters at the $5-per-month level will receive the blog as soon as I finish it. I haven't forgotten you $1-per-month folks, though. You'll get at least one blog post per month ahead of time.
I think the other reward levels are self-explanatory—except for the $500-per-month level. Really, that's a one-time donation. That's why I'm calling it the Jump-in, Jump-Out Reward. I've learned over the past seven years that sometimes my blog makes such a difference in a writer's business or financial success that they want to share. Generally, I urge them to pay forward, but not everyone wants to do that. So, here's a one-time opportunity to give, if that works for you. Jump in one month, pay once, and then leave the following month, no questions asked!
One other explanation: I only include books published by WMG Publishing or by me. I can guarantee you'll get those rewards. If I were to promise some of the traditionally published books, I might not be able to fulfill. So that's why I've included that caveat.
Thanks, Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!
I can't do this blog without support. So thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot express how grateful I am for all that you do.