The Business Rusch:
BY KRISTINE KATHRYN RUSCH
On a day when most of the publishing blogosphere is dealing with Random House’s horrible Hydra publishing
line, I figured I’d talk about something else. If you haven’t heard about Hydra and what it wants to do
to writers who know nothing about business, check out John Scalzi’s blog. (www.whatever.scalzi.com) In fact,
check out John Scalzi’s blog to see why so many writers choose to remain in traditional publishing without
becoming hybrid writers at all. Also note (apropos of my February 28 blog) that John now has an escape
route in the back of his mind, should traditional book publishing turn on him the way it has turned on so
many of us.
And let me add that many of you expressed surprise at my interchangeable widgets comment recently.
Here’s what I said: Traditional publishers know that when one writer goes away, another will step into her
place. You’re a rotating group of widgets that might make the publisher some money. If you don’t make the
publisher money, then they’ll find someone who will.
Now, thanks to Hydra, you can see that attitude in action.
But, let’s move on to my own pleasant surprise of last week. It came in the comment section of my blog.
Marie Force mentioned that her self-published book, Waiting For Love, hit the New York Times bestseller list at
number 6 for e-books and number 11 overall, the USA Today bestseller list at number 15 and the Wall Street
Journal bestseller list at number 6 for e-books.
I’ve been turning that news over and over in my mind since last week. Marie Force isn’t the first selfpublished
writer (even though I prefer the term indie, which I will now use) to hit the New York Times list, and
she certainly won’t be the last. But it’s refreshing to see it in action. (Congrats again, Marie!)