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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 16: The Freelancer’s Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch







Reading is a subjective experience. One person may like a book you recommend to them.  But, the next person you recommend the book may hate it and never take your book recommendations again. That is the risk you always take when to come to recommending books. However, what if you have a book recommendation where you believe all people from a certain profession should read?   Well, this is the case for my latest review and recommendation, The Freelancer’s Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Rusch has been a published multi-genre writer (science-fiction, fantasy, romance, and mystery) for nearly four decades, an editor, and business owner during that time. She has lived the freelancer’s life and took her popular blog posts about this subject and turned it into a book.  I have the third edition of The Freelancer’s Survival Guide which was published in 2013.  Some material she covers in the guide has become dated.  However, the real reason that all freelancers should read this book is for her wisdom on subjects like success, professional jealousy, and setting up your estate for your heirs. Those sections in The Freelancer’s Survival Guide were worth the price of the book ($25 on Amazon).

Freelancers if you are looking for a guide that covers everything about the difficulties of this career path, then I highly recommend you get The Freelancer’s Survival Guide.  This is a book I will re-read regularly and absorb the wisdom that Kris Rusch provides from those pages.   Here is something from the book that I will always keep in mind:


Realize that some people will never understand your definition of success.

Make sure that you know how the people closest to you define success.

Remember that the world really doesn’t care about your success.

Success is wonderful, but it can be a minefield. When you achieve a certain level of success, you will lose friends—some of whom can’t deal with the fact that you achieved your dream before they achieved theirs. You will gain family members who believe that you owe them something, even though you had no idea that your Aunt Millie’s second cousin third wife had grown children. And you will run into some fascinating expectations, often from unexpected quarters.

Those paragraphs came from the book’s section on success. I wanted to share those quotes because I believe the fear of success is much greater than the fear of failure.  Plus, I believe we talk too much about failure as a culture and it has become its own industry. Rusch provides much needed wisdom throughout The Freelancer’s Survival Guide and if you are considering a freelancing career in any capacity, then get this book. You can learn the lessons from a veteran freelancer and keep them in the back of your mind as you pursue your own freelancing career.

Book Review 91: Masterminds by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Masterminds is the eighth and final book of the Anniversary Day Saga in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. All the threads of the previous seven books in the saga finally comes together as we find out who is the mastermind behind the Anniversary Day Bombings on the Moon’s colony of Armstrong. You… Continue Reading

Book Review 90: Starbase Human by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Can an old and dilapidated starbase be the key to solving the Moon’s Anniversary Day Bombings and it’s survival? Starbase Human, the seventh book in the Anniversary Day Saga of the Retrieval Artist Series, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch attempted to answer that question. Long ago, this starbase became a clone-testing ground intent on destroying humanity… Continue Reading

Book Review 79: The Petyi Crisis by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Miles Flint and Noelle DeRicci are back! I had to write that as my first sentence for this latest review in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The previous two books in the series, A Murder of Clones and Search and Recovery, did not feature Retrieval Artist Flint and Moon’s Chief Security Officer… Continue Reading

Book Review 78: Search and Recovery by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This latest installment in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch focuses on different characters outside of the main protagonists, Retrieval Artist Miles Flint and the Moon’s Chief Security Officer, Noelle DeRicci. In her author’s note, Rusch writes that Search & Recovery is actually written out of order.  The events of this novel takes… Continue Reading

Book Review 72: A Murder of Clones by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

How would you feel as a reader about the direction of a series when the author introduces a brand new character? This is the question that Kristine Kathryn Rusch presents in the third book of the Anniversary Day Saga of the Retrieval Artist Series.  I have read and review the nine previous books in the… Continue Reading

Book Review 71: Blowback by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Blowback is Book 2 of the Anniversary Day Saga by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.  This novel continues into the exploration of the Moon’s Anniversary Day attacks that happened in Book 1 of the saga.  As a result of the attacks, Moon’s Chief Security Officer Noelle DeRicci is trying to hold the remaining vestiges of the government… Continue Reading

Book Review 69: Anniversary Day by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I’m coming up on seventy posted reviews for this website and I’ve written many other reviews on various book social websites like Goodreads, Booklikes, and such. I have noticed there are some books you read and review because of their importance to the literary culture.  There are some books you read and review and that… Continue Reading

Book Review 62: Duplicate Effort by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

  There is always consequences when you try to take down the Moon’s most powerful law firm. This is the dilemma that Retrieval Artist Miles Flint faces in Duplicate Effort: Book 7 of the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Being a retrieval artist means you are suppose to work alone and keep those… Continue Reading