New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov's Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.

Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.

She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits at least two anthologies in the series per year on her own.

To keep up with everything she does, go to and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,,, Her latest release, Thieves is available now.

The Secrets of Success by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Once you've become successful, you never have to work again—or so many people believe. But becoming a success is just the start. Staying a success is the hard part. This short book will help you both become a success and remain one.

International bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch will show you the secrets to success that will change your life.



  • "[Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog,] The Business Rusch…is full of sound advice and analysis about what's going on."

    – Jeff Baker, The Oregonian
  • "There are lots of books out there about how to market your book. Some of them are good. Some aren't. Discoverability is one of the best…"

    – TeleRead
  • "Kristine Kathryn Rusch's new book Discoverability is by far the best resource I have read to date to help indie authors succeed after the book is written."

    – Chris Syme, Principal of CKSyme Media Group




Success seems like such an easy topic. Easy to live with, easy to handle. But it's not. More people fail in the middle of their success than you would ever expect. Most of us aren't trained to succeed. We're trained to get by. Believe me, those two ways of approaching the world are diametrically opposed.

Sometimes, people don't even recognize their success. They continue struggling as if they haven't succeeded at all. Worse, some don't recognize their success until they've turned that success into failure.

The tips in this short guide should prevent you from turning your success into failure. This entire book was initially published in five sections for my blog, The Freelancer's Survival Guide. The entire Guide is available as both an e- and a paperback book. But this piece will work better if you remember it was initially published every Thursday and written in real time during October of 2009.

The Secrets of Success is part of the Freelancer's Guide Short Book series. I carved some of the entries in the Guide into short books because not everyone wants all of the advice in the larger Guide. Sometimes people buy how-to books for one small section. If you're one of those people, then this short book is for you. I hope it answers all of your questions about success.

If you want to see how others responded or if you want to see the original posts, go to my blog,, and click on the Freelancer's Survival Guide tab at the top. That will take you to the table of contents. The success posts are clearly marked.

Enjoy this short book. I hope it brings you a lot of success.

—Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Lincoln City, Oregon
August 27, 2010