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Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s view on how you measure success

I have admired Kristine Kathryn Rusch as an author and editor for a long time (my subscription to F&SF ran through her editorship) so I was particularly interested to read her blog on the changing measures of success for writers.

She sets out the ‘traditional view’, which includes:

    Selling your first short story/article
    Selling your first novel
    Hiring an agent
    Winning a major award
    Hitting a bestseller list
    Selling more than one novel
    Selling overseas

I confess there is a lot here I can relate to (if only in ‘aspirational’ terms!)
Then, looking at some comments by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (who says ‘the three big ideas at Amazon are a focus on the future, customer obsession, and a willingness to invent), Rusch then redefines what it means to be successful as an author in today’s market.

The article – The Business Rusch: Markers – is fascinating and if you are at all interested in how publishing has changed over the past ten years, including how technology has enabled self-publication to disrupt the traditional model, then I recommend you check it out.

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