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AudioTim Podcast Announcement

AISFP_300x300In spite of me supposedly being on a brain vacation after writing “the end” on my novel, within a week I have become the new Executive Producer of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. It’s surreal, because I’ve been a huge fan, and while this is a dream come true, I’m also kind of sad that I can’t be purely a fan anymore.

My goal is to still make the show as if the host is the biggest fan, so expect fun times and continued high quality production. This Parsec Award winning podcast, in the words of its creator, Shaun Farrell, “Has its best days ahead of it.” I will do my best to prove him right. Continue reading

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Book Reviews and Podcasts Off-Site

I’ve been contributing a lot to the Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast and SF Signal as a book reviewer. Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve delivered recently:

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AudioTim 48: New Authors Fellowship April Writing Update

AudioTim 1400I’m mixing things up a little from my normal schedule on AudioTim. First, I’ve donated the last three panels from Chicon 7 to Adventures in SciFi Publishing. “Disaster Response in Science Fiction” will post shortly. I’m giving them more shows than those three, so I’m not sure when the next episode will hit this feed. Maybe it will be next month’s NAF writer update, similar to this one. For the last, almost, two years, I’ve been a Feature Author over at New Authors Fellowship, blogging once a week about my writing journey. I’ve recently combined my desire to share my journey with other writers on a podcast, and this is it. This episode went a little longer than I anticipated, but since it’s the first one of this format, it made sense to spend a little time introducing ourselves, and two of us signed book contracts, so that was exciting news! Continue reading

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AudioTim 47: Hard-boiled Detective Novel, HOT SINATRA, by Axel Howerton

PrintWelcome to my interview with Axel Howerton and editor, Lane Diamond of Evolved Publishing. Axel’s debut novel, Hot Sinatra, was a captivating detective story that reminded me of my love of the romance and humor in the TV show, Castle. Axel and his team at Evolved Publishing deserve a lot of credit. Axel is giving away a signed copy of HOT SINATRA in return for anyone who promises to name their firstborn, Hot, or Sinatra. Your pick. Or Foxy. Or Kickerd–I’m just kidding, details below (which are much easier) for the giveaway.

My book review of HOT SINATRA
From the podcast archives:

Episode 14: Axel Howerton and Julie Jansen, Master Minds of the Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour
Episode 26 (oops, should have been 25): Lane Diamond, author of psychological thriller, Forgive Me, Alex
Episode 24: Lane Diamond and D.T. Conklin of Evolved Publishing

Subscribe to AudioTim on iTunes (here). I would love an honest review if you’ve listened to the past few episodes. You can also catch the podcast on RSS, Stitcher (for Androids), and SoundCloud.

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AudioTim 46: Chicon 7 Panel “Quantum Physics Meets Magical Realism”

chicon 7Welcome to a recording of the World Science Fiction Convention, Chicon 7, panel, “Quantum Physics Meets Magical Realism:
The way in which Quantum Physics describes the universe seems more and more to enter the realm of the fantastic. Where does reality end and fantasy begin?
Tim Stoffel, Mr. Magic Realism/Bruce Taylor, Catherynne Valente

Previous Episodes:

AudioTim 45: Mark Tufo, Supernatural Horror Author of Zombie Fallout

AudioTim 44: Chicon 7 Panel “Conquering Writer’s Block”

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AudioTim 45: Supernatural Horror and Zombie Author, Mark Tufo

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eBook Giveaway!

Welcome to the latest edition of AudioTim, where I get to ask self-published success story, Mark Tufo about his stories and writing career. I will be giving away his latest novel, Callis Rose. All you have to do to enter is share some love on Twitter or Facebook, including my handle @timothycward, or tagging me Tim Ward, on Facebook, with a link to this post. Deadline to enter is one week from Monday, so before February 18.

Highlights of our discussion: Continue reading

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AudioTim 44: Chicon 7 Panel “Conquering Writer’s Block”

chicon 7Welcome to another recording from World Science Fiction Convention #70, Chicon 7: “Conquering Writer’s Block.”
Has your story fizzled out or hit a wall before completion? There are common reasons for this, and common solutions which work for most writers. Pros discuss their tips and tricks for getting a story back on track.
Russell Davis, Tom King, Eldon Thompson, Monica Valentinelli, Gene Wolfe

Previous Episodes:

AudioTim 43: Tom King, Author of Superhero Novel, A ONCE CROWDED SKY

AudioTim 42: Chicon 7 Panel, “Write What You Don’t Know”

Panel Moderator:
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AudioTim 43: Tom King, Author of Superhero Novel A ONCE CROWDED SKY

AudioTim 1400Our guest this week, Tom King, a former CIA Counterterrorism operations officer, discusses life fighting on the front lines post 9/11, and his life now as a husband, father, and full-time author. We discuss the strong themes in his novel A ONCE CROWDED SKY about war, avoiding a world full of violence, and the pull between being a hero and being a husband. Tom discusses how he still doesn’t know if he made the right decision to leave the CIA, and how his novel illustrates the lack of cut and dry answers in life that are also the hardest to live with. For the superheroes in his novel who lose their powers, they go from living the dream, to having everything taken away, and having to deal with their new, unglamorous lives. PenUltimate, the only superhero who didn’t give up his powers, is hated, and doesn’t want to leave his wife to help save the day. As the enemy returns, that decision becomes more difficult, and his story really touches the heart.

My review of A ONCE CROWDED SKY. Continue reading

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AudioTim 42: Chicon 7 Panel “Write What You Don’t Know”

chiconMy first panel recorded from World Science Fiction Convention #70, Chicon 7, is, “Write What You Don’t Know.” Stay connected for future podcasts on the AudioTim page, or subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher Radio. In two weeks, Tom King, author of A ONCE CROWDED SKY, will be my guest, and in four weeks, I’ll post another panel from Chicon 7.

We remember English teachers lecturing: “Write what you know.” Well, we think you ought to write what you don’t know. How else can you write about space travel and alternate history and fire-breathing dragons and vampire detectives? We’ll discuss how a little research and common sense can give you just enough background to really write what you don’t know.
Howard Andrew Jones, Louise Marley, Rachel Neumeier, Jack Skillingstead, Lynda Williams ORU

Panel Members

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Why AudioTim is Back

DSC_0928I announced the conclusion of Season One back in July as a way for me to step back and evaluate how I was going to podcast in the future. A few things that I felt I did wrong were:

  • The name of the show doesn’t reflect it’s genre fiction content
  • The lack of growth in download numbers meant I had done something wrong.
  • Podcasting solo may not have been the best way to market. A fresh start using a team of podcasters on a genre titled show and website could produce a wider audience.

I’ll admit, I’m not the most charismatic guy, but that I host a show anyway should illustrate how much I love talking with authors and publishers. I think I do well enough to think you’ll enjoy having a listen, so I record it and put it out. Continue reading

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