Archive for July, 2011
September is cross promotion month and we are teaming up with Adventures In Science Fiction Publishing Podcast http://www.adventuresinscifipublishing.com/ for a month of special guests and cross promotion. For those unaware, AISFP is a great podcast which interviews industry people regularly on important topics. Led by Shaun Farrell, it also features contributions from Author Moses Siregar III, Brent Bowen, Brenda Cothern, Matt Hughes, D.T. Conklin and Steven Klotz. So we’ll be talking with some of them as well as a couple of authors who will be guests on their show.
Here’s the September line up:
9/07/11— Greg Van Eekhout
9/14/11— Daniel Polansky
9/21/11 — Moses Siregar
9/28/11 —ASFP Podcast/Shaun Farrell
Los Angeles native Greg Van Eekhout writes books for kids and adults. He has worked as an ice cream scooper, a political fundraiser, a comic book store clerk, a bookseller, a bookstore assistant manager, an educational multimedia developer, and a college teacher (of English and of multimedia development), among other things. His books are titled: The Boy At The End Of The World, Kid Vs. Squid and Norse Code. He can be found online via his website at http://writingandsnacks.com or via Twitter and Facebook.
Baltimore native Daniel Polansky is a new author whose book Low Town releases from Doubleday in August. He can be found online via his website http://www.danielpolansky.com/us/ or on Twitter as @DanielPolansky and on Facebook.
Moses Siregar III, Co-Host and New Correspondent for Adventures in Scifi Publishing is the author of THE BLACK GOD’S WAR, a dramatic epic fantasy novel inspired by Homer; you can sample it for 99 cents at Amazon or Smashwords. He lives with his family at high elevation in Prescott, AZ, and blogs about passion for the writing life at Moses and Dionysus Walk Into a Bar …
Shaun Farrell, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Host, started Adventures in Scifi Publishing because he loves speculative fiction. Plain and simple. He has written articles for Strange Horizons, Clarksworld Magazine, and Far Sector SFFH. Some of his favorite writers are Ray Bradbury, Dan Simmons, Kay Kenyon, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Tobias Buckell, to name a few. In addition to loving great literature, Shaun is an aspiring novelist and actor. He recently completed principle photography in his first major role in a feature film, Death Dress, to be released in 2011. Shaun lives in Northern California with his beautiful and supporting wife, Brenna, and two children. You can follow Shaun on Twitter. He is on facebook as well.
To learn more about Adventures in Scifi Publishing Podcast, please check out this promo. And Join us in September for an exciting month of conversations.
Tonight’s transcript is in reverse order. Please read from the bottom up.
Some have asked me over the past few months why I am willing to spend so much time and effort on something for which I don’t get paid, so I thought maybe it would be good to post a little about how Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat came about and why I do it.
In October 2010, I went to Columbus, Ohio for World Fantasy Convention. This was my first Worldcon and second con and I was hooked, then saddened to realize that with my financial situation I couldn’t likely attend another Con for a while. There were so many cool authors, editors, etc. there whom I wanted to hear from, so how would I do it? Seeing the rise of chats on Twitter and noting that the only other SF chat happens in mid-day when people are working, I decided to bring the kaffeeklatsch/Con panel to people like me through Twitter and #sffwrtcht was born.
At the time, I was also focused on how important it was to use Social Media in building a platform. I had yet to sign a deal on my novel but I had interest and I knew that I needed to network with the industry and with readers and Social Media was a place I was meeting a lot of them. So I decided part of my platform and the value I would add through Social Media would be this chat.
It was easier to get guests than I initially thought. I asked people I already knew like Sam Sykes, Blake Charlton, Mike Resnick and John Joseph Adams, and they all said yes. The trickier part was working out the approach and dealing with Twitter feed issues, such as lag, etc. I started out just running it as half interview then opening to questions but the feedback I got was people want to be able to just jump in, so I changed the format the second week and it stuck. Ironically, we cancelled our second chat due to technical issues for our guest, Mike Resnick (rescheduled him later), but by the third week, we had our new format taking shape. I also decided to include people like podcasters and marketers and agents if possible to give a broader perspective for up and coming writers on craft and business of writing. So our last guest in December was the Functional Nerds. We’ve had several similar guests since then and although it’s different than talking with authors, I have found it helpful in learning about marketing and other options to communicate about your work.
Ironically, as time went on, publicists started coming to me and sending me ARCS and it became a situation where I was booked three months out and everything pretty much locked into schedule. We’ve had to move a few times to accomodate scheduling issues, which is fine, but mostly stick to Wednesday nights at 9 pm EST, because it seems to be a good midpoint between days people travel, etc.
I basically read the books, write interview questions in advance–working them down to 140 characters including hashtag– and then run the interview and prepare and post transcripts. It does take some time out of each week but I enjoy the reading and I get to help other authors and know other people who may have roles in my career down the line. #sffwrtcht has helped me befriend Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mary Robinette Kowal and many more who have encouraged and helped me, and I am grateful. I get as much out of doing it as any guest so the sacrifice of time doesn’t even cross my time.
In any case, that’s the story. How you can be involved is come, ask questions, spread the word, and let me know people who are active on Twitter you’d like to see as guests. Always looking to expand. We have finally gotten to urban fantasy authors and I hope to get YA and horror in there soon as well. I appreciate all the support and encouragement and hope we can continue to enjoy this together.
WE HAVE A WINNER!!! Drawing pulled 67, so congrats to Rapid Fox whose 37 was closest. Please message or email your mailing address so we can send you the book. Congrats! Thanks to all who entered!
Win a massmarket paperback of book 1 of this urban fantasy trilogy retelling the Arthurian legend set amongst the inner city gangs of Indianapolis. A gritty, not for the faint of heart combination of fantasy and horror, this book is a realistic look inside the life of the urban poor with fantasy elements mixed in.
To enter, choose a number between 1 and 250 and post it along with the name of your favorite urban fantasy author and book. A winner will be chosen based on a random drawing for a number on Wednesday, July 13th. Please try and pick a number no one else chose. In event of a tie, we will have to do a tie-breaker. Only 1 prize is available. Good luck!
Some reviews from Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 stars The most original Urban Fantasy I’ve ever read., April 6, 2010
By Paul Jessup (Erie, PA United States)
This is the one book I think a lot of us have been waiting to read. It’s urban fantasy that really is Urban, and it’s about damned time someone did it. The characters in this book are drawn from myth but talk so real and human and the words just come alive on the page. Maurice Broaddus knows the human heart, knows how they talk and breathe, and this book sings with so many awesome things.
I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I won’t give details of the plot. But you must read it. It’s full of wonderful surprises.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome urban fantasy, March 2, 2011
By apalestar “bibliophile” (USA, Earth, Milky Way)
Loved this! I keep pushing it on my friends because I think it’s a great combination of the horrifying reality of living in a modern city’s ghetto and Arthurian legend. Can’t wait to read the second book in the series!
Please read the transcript bottom up again. We’ll return to our old format soon. Sorry for any inconvenience.
BryanThomasS @MauriceBroaddus ROFL #sffwrtcht -8:27 PM Jul 6th, 2011
CarolBCollett RT @BryanThomasS: @talekyn Yes, I think from now on we’ll require all guests to drink first. @MauriceBroaddus #sffwrtcht -8:27 PM Jul 6th, 2011
MauriceBroaddus @BryanThomasS allow me to leave you with this image: http://t.co/dArmNey #sffwrtcht -8:27 PM Jul 6th, 2011
BryanThomasS @talekyn Yes, I think from now on we’ll require all guests to drink first. @MauriceBroaddus #sffwrtcht -8:27 PM Jul 6th, 2011
followthelede RT @BryanThomasS: Okay, more urban fantasy with author @JAPittsWriter next Thursday at 9 pm EST on #sffwrtcht. #sffwrtcht -8:26 PM Jul 6th, 2011
talekyn @BryanThomasS @MauriceBroaddus This has been one of my favorite #sffwrtcht nights. Thanks again! -8:26 PM Jul 6th, 2011
Tonight’s chat used a different transcript capture process and thus runs in reverse order, so please start at the bottom to follow along. Sorry for any inconvenience.