Most writers will find what I have to say in this short book difficult to hear. Many writers have already refused to believe me. I’ve watched several close their eyes and pretend what I’m saying isn’t true. Unfortunately, those folks will cease making money at their writing in the next five years. These writers will fall by the wayside—and I see that as a tragedy.

But the ones who recognize that the change is happening are the ones who are going to survive in this new world of publishing. They might make choices I disagree with, but they’ll make those choices out of knowledge rather than ignorance. As a fellow writer—and more importantly, as a reader—that’s all I can ask.

I hope this short volume helps you in your career, whatever path you might take.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Lincoln City, Oregon

January 7, 2012

Writing Like It’s 1999

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