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In 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
In the celebratory 200th episode of the Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast, Shaun played an old intro sound bite from their Chris Roberson interview, “You should never start a creative endeavor that you’re not a little worried might be impossible” (AISFP 75 – Chris Roberson). He commented about how people would rip on that jazz intro music, but I loved hearing that quote from Chris. It was around that time that I began work on my novel, Kaimerus, and was in great need of encouragement to create the impossible. Continue reading
Welcome to a new monthly column I’m going to start here at timothycward.com, Spec-fic-fetti. Yes, it looks like spa-ghetti, but it represents the combination of Speculative Fiction and celebration associated with confetti to identify what will be a long post about all the cool people, websites, books, and podcasts that I found in that month. If you follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook, you’ll see these throughout the month, but even then I’m usually restraining myself from telling people about all that I think deserve mentioned because I don’t want to look like a spammer. My wife’s favorite kind of cake is white with funfetti frosting, so this may be an excuse to make a cake for my blog image. This is a last minute idea inspired by the Hugo Award winning SF Squeecast and Emma Newman’s free short stories, both of whom were recently interviewed on the SF Signal Podcast, so no cool image yet. For today’s main image, I’ll pick Emma’s upcoming release through Angry Robot Books because it sounds awesome, and I’m most recently charmed with her after her SF Signal Podcast interview–her perfect British accent (definitely going to buy the audiobook of Between Two Thorns, which she narrated), the sweet shyness I totally empathize with, and consistent dedication to her craft (54 short stories last year as part of her Split Worlds Project).
I’m loving this idea already. Completely unabashed squeeage. Who’s next? Continue reading
Has anyone else noticed a lull in “writing” podcasts? Sure, there are plenty of shows out there, but I’ve been out of content for days. Enter my favorite show, Adventures In SciFi Publishing, and their plan for 2013 to put out three or more shows a week. I classified their show as a “writing” podcast, but it is more than just for writers, it’s for anyone who enjoys reading, listening to or watching Science Fiction and Fantasy–maybe even Horror, as their last guest talked about his post-apocalyptic story, Tincture. Continue reading
As I approach episode 40 of my AudioTim podcast, I’m burdened by the need to share some observations from my 20 months of podcasting. First off, I started podcasting out of a love for the genre of writing podcasts and how they inspired me to write. After college, I felt an overwhelming sense of insecurity that I didn’t have any interesting stories in my head to write about, and I didn’t write for two years. Halfway through seminary, a roommate asked me to write a book with (see: for) him and it injected the passion to write back into my veins. I haven’t turned back since (2007). Podcasts like Dragon Page Cover to Cover, Dead Robots Society and Adventures in SciFi Publishing became a staple for my commute, my workouts, and my janitorial duties. I couldn’t get enough, and often had to settle for less interesting podcasts to get me by till the next one of my favorites dropped. Continue reading
Podcast: Play in new window
The title of this episode could go on for a few more lines, but the current debate between Amazon and IPG is what led to our discussion. While some of you may be burnt out on this discussion, most of our discussion isn’t really on Amazon vs. IPG, but why this matters to you as a reader, writer, and publisher. Robin has done some revolutionary marketing strategies over at Ridan Publishing, and part of our discussion is how she is adapting to the changing market. We discuss KDP Select, Amazon’s Prime service that allows people to borrow one book a month from the lending library of ebooks, with two advantages Robin sees to this program, as well as how these aren’t really advantages to her. Part of why I got Robin on was to discuss if she thought Amazon would turn this dispute with IPG into an eventual profit margin of 70% going to Amazon instead of the current 70% to self publishers. Check the 35 minute mark for your quick answer. Continue reading
It is truly a blessing to have a foot in the writing podcast market, but with my ability to podcast comes the problem of having too many shows. My goal isn’t to be a podcaster, but to be an author. I podcast because I want to learn from other writers and heads in the field, as well as because I am often out of podcast content to listen to in my weekly jogs and commute. So, if you’re like me, you recognize the need for more writing podcasts. My appreciation for this content motivates me to join the team of producers. Continue reading