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My First Month on the Job at Adventures in SciFi Publishing

DSC_0928The occasional twitch in my right eye may say it all. Since taking over as Executive Producer at Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast, I’ve posted a podcast about every five days, built a review team of four members, and spent about an hour or more each night just with scheduling/emailing/marketing. I am enjoying the perks of books I otherwise couldn’t afford to buy and knowing that the podcast interviews I produce are now reaching an audience ten times larger than AudioTim did. On top of that, I started sending out the first portion of my novel, Kaimerus, to beta readers, and am working hard to ensure I polish five chapters a week for them. In the evenings, I am trying to read, both as part of being a successful writer and for researching whom to interview. Did you hear my announcement at the beginning of AISFP 215 about my becoming a first time father? And lastly, I had another setback with my groin injury that is now seven months long. Physical Therapy can’t help stupid, as I missed the last step on our stairs and the subsequent jump re-sprained my groin. Continue reading

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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 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”

More info on panel members and links mentioned in this panel: 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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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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AudioTim 40: Karina Fabian, Author of Live and Let Fly

Karina is an old friend of the show (guest of episodes 12 and 15 ), and is back for the last episode of AudioTim Season One. I’m going to take a break after this episode to build and plot what I’m going to do next, and even see if the right person or group comes to mind to team podcast with. I plan to get some video and written interviews in the mean time to go along with my book reviews and random musings on fiction and writing. Back to my guest, Karina Fabian is author of the five star Fantasy novel, Mind Over Mind (review; podcast interview), the zombie comedy Neeta Lyffe: Zombie Exterminator, the vampire story Frightliner and a host of stories in her Dragoneye P.I. universe. She’s won awards for her books and is currently a finalist in the eFestival of Words Award (please vote – you really should, there are a number of awesome indie authors nominated across a bunch of categories). Continue reading

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Anthologies and Ezines: Should Writers Submit?

Just using the word “submit” ignites my defensive nature to say “I will never submit! I am He-Man Writer. I am master of my universe!” However, self-perception often is too biased to recognize when the sword we think we are pointing in the air is really just an uncooked hot dog. Sometimes there is benefit in submitting to professionals and waiting until they deem our work to be a sword instead of a hot dog.

As part two of my post “Anthologies and Ezines: Are Readers Reading?” I pose this question to aspiring authors with a handful of short stories: Do you submit them or self-publish?

I decided to ask two of my lovely podcast guests, Mercedes Yardley of Shock Totem Magazine (AudioTim 31), and Hugh Howey, indie author of the breakout SF series Wool Omnibus (AudioTim 32 and 33). I can’t argue with either side, as both make great points. Continue reading

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AudioTim 37: Matt Forbeck

Matt Forbeck, my second consecutive Angry Robot Books author on AudioTim, has been a freelance author and game designer since he graduated college, over 20 years ago. Since having quadruplets ten years ago, he is unfazed by anything life throws at him (save for the zombie apocalypse falling through his ceiling). This year he is doing a 12 for 12 campaign, a Kickstarter funded goal to write 12 short novels (50k) in 12 months. You can help support his current project “Dangerous Games” here.

Matt writes Fantasy, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Crime, Thrillers, Tie-ins and most geeky places in between (ehmm, Magic: The Gathering #4). We talk about his Alternate History, B Horror book, Carpathia about vampires aboard the Carpathia (the ship that rescued Titanic survivors). We also talk about his SF Thriller, Amortals, and his current kickstarter book, Dangerous Games. It was a lot of fun chatting about the creation of these stories and what kind of adventures readers should expect from them. Continue reading

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Perseverance, Confidence and Dreams

The past few days have been very exciting. Last night, my editor, C.L. Dyck, sent me a short email saying she immediately fell in love with my novel. Whether it was the fact that I was on hour seventeen of a crazy work day, or that I’ve been worried that she was going to tell me it sucked, this came as a complete surprise. I stopped listening to my audiobook and put on some tunes for the drive home. Then I daydreamed about finally making it in writing.

What would it be like to be on the other end of author interviews? To be checking sales instead of blog stats (oh how pathetic I feel checking page views…). To have the freedom to write in silence instead of at the front desk where hundreds of people tell me about the weather or ask how I’m doing. Along with these fantasies is the fantasy about winning the Writers of the Future award. I just sent my story in today, and am very excited to see how it does. Continue reading

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AudioTim 29: Justin Macumber and his publisher, David Wood, discuss HAYWIRE

Justin Macumber, the host of one of my favorite writing podcasts, the Dead Robots’ Society, comes on to discuss his debut novel, Haywire, along with his publisher, David Wood, from Gryphonwood Press. Justin is a modest guy, so it was good to have his publisher on to brag a little on this wonderful new addition to the Science Fiction catalog. We also get great insight from David about how they worked together to make Justin’s book shine. They did a great job, too. I’ve read it and reviewed it (here). The episode is a little long, but is full of interesting information on story development, author branding, story scope, etc. Don’t sleep on it, because at the 65 minute mark, I pull out some helpful reasons from Justin on why he chose this route as opposed to self-publishing or submitting to a larger publishing house. We also talk a little about cover design and his plan for audio rights. There was a little problem with our Skype connection, but the glitches were sparse, and if you think of it like Justin being infected by the Hezrin’s virus from his book, then it’s kind of funny. Watch out, Justin is an infected Titan! Ahhhhh!

You can listen or download from the player above, or head over to my iTunes page. I don’t think I have any reviews yet, so if you’d be so kind, an honest review would be most appreciated. If you like the show and would like a promo to play in your show, or just for great advice, this promo has one minute of writing advice from my interview with Michael J. Sullivan, episode 16. Continue reading

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