Transcript: SFFWRTCHT 8/03/11 with Splashdown Books

sffwrtcht: Upcoming guests: Next Wednesday 8/10/11 @TimAkers 8/17 @pattyjansen 8/24 @daytonward (star trek) 8/31 @katrichrdsn #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 00:57:17 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Upcoming guests: Next Wednesday 8/10/11 @TimAkers 8/17 @pattyjansen 8/24 @daytonward (star trek) 8/31 @katrichrdsn #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 00:57:18 +0000 2011)
followthelede: Another multiple tweet warning (2nd of day!). Am going into tweetchat – this one sci fi & writing related. Use #sffwrtcht to join in. (Thu Aug 04 00:58:19 +0000 2011)
talekyn: And now, time for #sffwrtcht! (Thu Aug 04 00:59:38 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer’s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:00:15 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer’s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:00:15 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:00:28 +0000 2011)

gracebridges: Lots of tweets coming up! You’ve been warned ;) Join us attweetchat.com/room/sffwrtcht #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:00:50 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table discussion. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:00:50 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Aug 04 01:01:00 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Our guests today include the publisher/editor of Splashdown Books, a small press from New Zealand @gracebridges #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:01:33 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Grace is also an author and has brought with her authors Rick Copple, Fred Warren, anyone else, Grace? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:01:42 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: I think that’s all… Sadly many of my authors do not tweet #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:02:31 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @gracebridges @rlcopple @Frederation and Splashdown Books! (Thu Aug 04 01:02:36 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges Bunch of progressive high tech people aren’t they? LOL ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:02:51 +0000 2011)
john_zeleznik: Hi everyone. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:02:51 +0000 2011)
pattyjansen: some writing done. Time for #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:03:03 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Hi @pattyjansen and @john_zeleznik ! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:03:27 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: Thank you. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:03:29 +0000 2011)
shadowflame1974: @gracebridges hello Grace #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:03:35 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: I may have to put that in my future contracts. “Must Tweet.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:03:45 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Before I forget, if you won a book, the authors are waiting on copies but they will be mailed to you ASAP. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:03:48 +0000 2011)
Frederation: Thanks for having us, Bryan. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:03:59 +0000 2011)
pattyjansen: RT @gracebridges: I may have to put that in my future contracts. “Must Tweet.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:03:59 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges LOL Let’s start with the basics: What the heck is Splashdown Books? How did it come about? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:04:01 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: hello everyone! lovely sunny winter day here in NZ #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:04:18 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges Is the Hobbit hole warm? ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:04:47 +0000 2011)
talekyn: @BryanThomasS @gracebridges @rlcopple @Frederation Hello, all! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:04:50 +0000 2011)
pattyjansen: @gracebridges sunny here too in Sydney, and unseasonally wam #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 04 01:04:51 +0000 2011)

gracebridges: I started out by self-publishing my first novel. At first that was all I had in mind, but I found I enjoyed “making books” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:05:16 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: And where did your interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:05:41 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: LOL. It began when my birth was brought on by the sound effects in Space Odyssey 2001, and really just continued from there… #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:06:39 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges Now that’s a unique story! LOL #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:06:51 +0000 2011)
utunga: @gracebridges pity – if each tweet began with ‘@sffwrtcht’ or @tweetchat etc then only folks interested in the chat would see it (Thu Aug 04 01:07:11 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Ok this is a general interest chat and we cover lots of basis but we have not done faithbased fiction before. So let me ask: #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:07:28 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Some of our audience are not Christian & might be put off by the idea of faith-based Christian fiction What can it offer them? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:07:38 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: @rlcopple @Frederation I’ll get more specifically to you guys shortly but jump in when you have thoughts please. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:08:22 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: @gracebridges I ask easy questions for 140 characters, huh? LOL #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:08:43 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: It’s not about being Christian. It’s more of an expansion into supernatural realms that might be less common in standard SFF. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:09:06 +0000 2011)
Frederation: SF&F frequently deals with issues of faith and religion, we come at it from an insider’s perspective. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:09:21 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: Short answer would be fresh perspectives, when written well. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:09:21 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges For example? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:09:34 +0000 2011)
followthelede: RT @sffwrtcht:Some of audience are not Christian & might be put off by idea of faith-based Christian fict. What can it offer thm? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:09:52 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: How do you reconcile the conflicts between science and faith and those who would call SF & Christianity incompatible? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:10:09 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: Aha! The dudes have arrived! Hi Fred and Rick :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:10:10 +0000 2011)
followthelede: RT @Frederation: SF&F frequently deals with issues of faith and religion, we come at it from an insiders perspective. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:10:24 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges They’ve been listening for a bit. LOL As I make you sweat the spotlight. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:10:30 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: RT @Frederation: SF&F frequently deals with issues of faith and religion, we come at it from an insider’s perspective. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:10:58 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: RT @Frederation: SF&F frequently deals with issues of faith and religion, we come at it from an insider’s perspective. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:10:59 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: One of my stories in Aquasynthesis deals with a gift of stretching time; it is a spiritual gift, passed down from a grandmother. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:11:07 +0000 2011)
followthelede: RT @sffwrtcht: How do you reconcile the conflicts between science & faith & those who would call SF & Christianity incompatible? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:11:30 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: Most conflicts exist because of our lack of understanding, not because it conflicts with faith. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:11:35 +0000 2011)
followthelede: RT @rlcopple: Most conflicts exist because of our lack of understanding, not because it conflicts with faith. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:12:04 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @rlcopple I agree. And there is a human tendency to box things into comfortable patterns which SFF just don’t fit into easily #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:12:27 +0000 2011)
Frederation: Not so much resolving conflicts as exploring what happens when people of faith encounter extraordinary situations. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:12:48 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @rlcopple because they ask dangerous questions…LOL #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:12:48 +0000 2011)
john_zeleznik: Sorry, had to pay a bill. What are we talking about. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:13:08 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: Yeah, there doesn’t have to be a conflict. I love to make science and the supernatural interact, as I have done in my novels. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:13:13 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: Christian-based spec. fic gets to explore a lot of that reality. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:13:20 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @john_zeleznik Faith-based anthology AQUASYNTHESIS #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:13:31 +0000 2011)
followthelede: RT @Frederation: Not so much resolving conflicts as expl. what happens when ppl of faith encounter extraordinary situations. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:13:35 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges What is Aquasynthesis? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:13:43 +0000 2011)
followthelede: RT @rlcopple: Christian-based spec. fic gets to explore a lot of that reality. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:13:56 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @WintersRead Hi. Welcome! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:13:58 +0000 2011)
followthelede: RT @BryanThomasS: @john_zeleznik Faith-based anthology AQUASYNTHESIS #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:14:07 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges And where did the idea for the Aquasynthesis anthology come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:14:26 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: Aquasynthesis is a collection of short stories by all our Splashdown novelists to date. 13 authors, 26 stories, all spec genres. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:14:36 +0000 2011)
WintersRead: @BryanThomasS Thanks! Where are we right now? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:14:48 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: @gracebridges How’d you come up with the intertwining narration connecting the stories–a unique approach? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:15:07 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: For a long time I have wanted to do this, as a sort of sampler for what we do as a whole, and pique interest in the novels. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:15:29 +0000 2011)
followthelede: RT @gracebridges: Aquasynthesis is a collect. of short stories by all Splashdown novelists to date… all spec genres. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:15:32 +0000 2011)
john_zeleznik: What are the constrictions when writing within the parameters of “faith based?” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:16:05 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges I like the fact that many of the stories are short length. You have a lot of stories, reprints mixed with new. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:16:10 +0000 2011)
CCKoepp: @gracebridges It was a lot of fun to read. Y’all did well. #sffwrtcht #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 04 01:16:14 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: I have to say, I didn’t come up with it. I was going to just stick the stories in by author and be done with it. Then the team… #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:16:32 +0000 2011)
Frederation: Walt Staples does a great job drawing a common thread through a diverse collection of stories. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:16:35 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges And each author has multiple stories. You & @rlcopple have 3 each but poor @Frederation got 2. 1 of which is my fav #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:17:12 +0000 2011)
shadowflame1974: #sffwrtcht the stories are quite diverse, everything from futuristic video games to princesses in castles (Thu Aug 04 01:17:16 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: Travis Perry stayed up all night in Afghanistan putting them in a thematic order. Then, @kevennewsome suggested linking them… #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:17:27 +0000 2011)
Frederation: One of my stories was longer than average, so it evens out. :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:17:45 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: After that we recruited Walt Staples (@kleinerwalter) to write the links for us. He works with us on the Avenir project also. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:18:05 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: #sffwrtcht @rlcopple has to leave early so Rick, please tell us about your stories. “Facing The Cave,” “Faith’s Fire,” “Weapons of War.” (Thu Aug 04 01:18:48 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: @john_zeleznic Usually you don’t want anything anti-Christian, but to show faith lived in situations. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:18:51 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: #sffwrtcht @Frederation I adore “The Kissing Part!” We’ll get to it in a bit.(Thu Aug 04 01:19:49 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: Facing the Cave is a flash fiction allegory. I’ll leave it to the readers what it allegorizes. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:20:03 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: It is about a knight fighting an undefeated dragon in an unusual way. #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 04 01:20:36 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: Weapons of War is a space battle with competing special weapons. #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 04 01:21:09 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @rlcopple Yes. I really liked the way the knight is questioned by his skeptical friend but is faithful and has victory #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:21:17 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: It was for a Ray Gun Revival contest back in 2006, and came in honorable mention. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:21:50 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: RT @US_Nessie: @BryanThomasS @Frederation If it is faith based, must the physical affection stop at innocent kisses? And what is #sffwrtcht? (Thu Aug 04 01:21:51 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: Faith’s Fire is a chapter from the Splashdown novel Reality’s Dawn, about Sisko’s encounter #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:22:28 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: With an invisible dragon and a strange town. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:22:46 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @rlcopple Congrats on the honorable mention. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:23:21 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: @BryanThomasS Thanks. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:24:00 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: #sffwrtcht You can tell from @rlcopple’s description what kind of variety the anthology contains. (Thu Aug 04 01:24:45 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: For all three, as writers, do you start with characters sketches or outlines or just let it unfold as it comes? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:25:04 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: And i was the only one with any dragons in my stories. lol. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:25:25 +0000 2011)
povbootcamp: Join me for a #sffwrtcht TweetChat at: tweetchat.com/room/sffwrtcht#sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:25:34 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @US_Nessie Physical affection can go as far as the story needs it to. Personally not a fan of blow-by-blow, though! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:25:59 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @rlcopple Nice of @gracebridges and Travis Perry to put that right up front too. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:26:08 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: For short stories and especially flashes, I get an idea and a character I like and go from there. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:26:15 +0000 2011)
Frederation: Depends on the story. I’ve worked both ways, will usually employ more sketching and outlining for longer stories. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:26:34 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: What’s your writing process like? Specific time set aside to write? Grab it when you can? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:26:44 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: Yes, I was surprised, though I do admit is one of my favorite flashes I’ve done. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:27:01 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: For me, short stories start with a concept and go on from there. It’s not my natural milieu but I am learning it more with time. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:27:39 +0000 2011)
Frederation: My schedule is nuts, so mostly grab when I can, though I work better in the morning. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:27:40 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: Usually in evenings and late at night, pretty much when I can get it in. Hope to do it full time someday. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:27:44 +0000 2011)
followthelede: Are your authors all from New Zealand? @gracebridges #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:27:44 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Do you guys use special software? Or tools? How long have you been writing? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:28:11 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: I’m in Texas. :D #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:28:21 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @followthelede No, I’m the only Kiwi aboard! Most others are in the US and then there’s Paul, a Brit in Holland. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:28:33 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @rlcopple Me too for now. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:28:38 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: I use Open Office, set up for novel writing. I have a blog post on that process. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:28:43 +0000 2011)
Frederation: I’m in Kansas. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:28:47 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @rlcopple Could you give us a link? Might be helpful to us. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:28:59 +0000 2011)
Frederation: I just use MS Word…or a stubby pencil. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:29:13 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: I’ve been writing speculative fiction since the fall of 2005. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:29:19 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation I am moving to Kansas at month’s end. Ah, the coincidences tonight. But I’d rather move to NZ #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:29:21 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: My schedule (What schedule??) is always mad, so I tend to grab time when the inspiration’s hot. Mostly late at night. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:29:34 +0000 2011)
pattyjansen: @BryanThomasS nothing stopping you moving to NZ ;-) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:29:55 +0000 2011)
Frederation: It’s been about since 2005 that I’ve been writing seriously, also. Odds & ends before that. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:30:08 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: Setting up OO to write novels: blog.rlcopple.com/?p=368 #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:30:10 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: I always carry a small hardbound notebook (it takes knocks!) and write in that whenever I have to wait somewhere. Or at the beach #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:30:24 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: RT @rlcopple: Setting up OpenOffice to write novels: blog.rlcopple.com/?p=368#sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:30:32 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: RT @rlcopple: Setting up OpenOffice to write novels: blog.rlcopple.com/?p=368 #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:30:32 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: It is actually the most viewed blog post I have. By far. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:30:48 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: What role do beta readers play for you in the process now that you have a publisher? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:31:08 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: I started writing at 9 (yes it was a SF novel!) and continued all through school, but started for publication about 5 years ago. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:31:54 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @pattyjansen That’s too complicated to answer during #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:32:02 +0000 2011)
talekyn: @gracebridges How far do you stretch in terms of “spec fic?” Would a realistic post-apocalypse novel (like The Road) fit? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:32:06 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: I use a couple of friends who read my stuff, and give me feedback. They are usually a big help in getting an objective opinion. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:32:12 +0000 2011)
Frederation: Reader/reviewer situation hasn’t changed for me. The more eyes on the draft manuscript, the better. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:32:38 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Also what books have you three written for Splashdown so far? #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 04 01:32:42 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: Though I’ve not done it, post-apocalyptic is a very well used sub-genre for Christian writers. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:33:34 +0000 2011)
Frederation: A novel, The Muse, and a short-story anthology, Odd Little Miracles. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:33:41 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @talekyn Absolutely. Anything out of the ordinary. Generally, the weirder the better. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:33:52 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: I have three books, two published, one yet to come. Reality’s Dawn and Reality’s Ascent. To come, Reality’s Glory #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:34:08 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: And I think my time is about up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:34:32 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @rlcopple Thanks for being with us, Rick! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:34:49 +0000 2011)
shadowflame1974: @rlcopple thank you rick #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:35:04 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: My two novels are Faith Awakened (don’t freak – Faith’s her name) and Legendary Space Pilgrims. The two are unrelated. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:35:17 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Is there message to these stories? A lesson? #sffwrtcht Hard to have a unified message with such diversity perhaps. (Thu Aug 04 01:35:19 +0000 2011)
rlcopple: You’re welcome. Sorry I couldn’t stay around longer. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:35:19 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges How hard is it to get noticed as a small press? #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 04 01:35:56 +0000 2011)
talekyn: @rlcopple I agree. And I actually have a friend working on a Christian post-viral-apocalypse novel right now. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:36:11 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: #sffwrtcht @Frederation Your story “The Kissing Part” is related to your novel “The Muse.” What’s the connection? (Thu Aug 04 01:37:33 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: Very hard to get noticed, yes. We fight tooth and nail for every bit of recognition we receive. But good books will always rise. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:37:39 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges How do you distribute and promote your books? #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 04 01:38:06 +0000 2011)
Frederation: “The Kissing Part” is a prelude to “The Muse.” Blocked writer gets a little creative help from his 8-year-old daughter. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:39:06 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @talios Yes, epub format is available at Barnes & Noble bit.ly/nkCuKn and Smashwords bit.ly/roNIc1 #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:39:28 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: Our books are distributed via Lightning Source and Ingram, who feed to all major retailers. Most all our sales are online. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:40:22 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation It’s a cute story where the father is stuck on a love scene and the daughter help write it with a unique take LOL #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:40:21 +0000 2011)
followthelede: With epubs and print on demand are word counts much of an issue? @gracebridges #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:41:06 +0000 2011)
Frederation: re a common message, not so much. Each story probably has a message to a greater or lesser degree, but not orchestrated. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:41:12 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation And “The Kissing Part” was new to this collection? “One Smile At A Time” a reprint? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:41:18 +0000 2011)
Frederation: Yes. “One Smile at a Time” appeared previously in Mindflights online magazine. “The Kissing Part” is new. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:42:17 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @followthelede POD books have a per-page print cost, so I don’t like to let them get too high. 90k-ish is good for debut novel. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:42:50 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation Tell us about “One Smile At A Time.” What’s it about? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:42:52 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges How much of your success as a small press would you attribute to POD technology? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:43:21 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @BryanThomasS Nearly everything. If not for POD, we’d be an ebook-only biz. I couldn’t afford print runs, no way. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:44:11 +0000 2011)
Frederation: A young teacher discovers one of his students has an extraordinary talent. It’s about prejudice, and courage, and hope. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:44:28 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges Tell us a bit about your two novels. “Faith Awakened” and “Legendary Space Pilgrims?” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:44:53 +0000 2011)
followthelede: Which titles are your bestsellers? Your critical successes? @gracebridges #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:45:14 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation It was touching to me how the uniqueness of the student is discovered and the backstory which effects the reaction #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:45:50 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: @Frederation Where did the ideas for these two stories come from? #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 04 01:46:31 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: Faith Awakened is a sort of contemplative apocalyptic virtual reality tale. Deadly virus – check. Alternate world – check. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:46:33 +0000 2011)
hyperlouis: @gracebridges What % of sales are hard copies? Does one really augment the other? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:47:18 +0000 2011)
louisbshalako: @gracebridges What % of sales are hard copies? Does one really augment the other? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:47:20 +0000 2011)
Frederation: I began writing it while living in Alabama, where my wife taught elementary school. Pulls in a lot of memories from that time. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:47:27 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation You’re working on a sequel novel at the moment aren’t you? To THE MUSE? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:48:10 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @followthelede Our bestseller: Winter by Keven Newsomeamzn.to/ph7VTw - That’s the one about the Goth prophetess. Rockin’! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:48:12 +0000 2011)
Frederation: “The Kissing Part” was sort of a natural projection back in time from the novel, using what I knew about the characters. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:48:25 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges What are the names of some Splashdown titles? #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 04 01:48:32 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation IS it a non-spoiler to ask if the daughter is The Muse in the book? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:49:06 +0000 2011)
Frederation: Yes, The Seer is my sequel to The Muse, and will be out in October. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:49:10 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @louisbshalako @hyperlouis About half of our sales are ebooks. Definitely very worthwhile doing both. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:49:17 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @followthelede Other top titles are The Muse by @frederation and Alpha Redemption by @pabaines which won 2 INDIE finalist medals #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:50:13 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation And tell us about your collection. Are the AQUASYNTHESIS stories also in that? It just came out, right? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:50:20 +0000 2011)
Frederation: The Seer is mostly about Hannah, the daughter in The Muse, and her relationship with her father, about 6 years later. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:50:26 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges What kind of responses have you gotten from readers/reviewers? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:51:43 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation Is Hannah The Muse? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:51:58 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @BryanThomasS We have 13 titles. Not mentioned yet: The Crystal Portal, The Duke’s Handmaid and sequel, Tales of the Dim Knight #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:52:16 +0000 2011)
Frederation: No, Hannah isn’t The Muse, though she kind of acts like one in “The Kissing Part” :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:52:57 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges What genres do you cover in those titles? SF, F? #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 04 01:52:58 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation LOL That’s why I wondered. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:53:12 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: To you both, what projects are you working on for the future that we can look forward to? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:53:22 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @BryanThomasS You can see all of our books in a recent pic:on.fb.me/oXjOo9 #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:53:59 +0000 2011)
talekyn: @gracebridges I’ve bookmarked your website so I can order some books. This is why I love #sffwrtcht but my wallet doesn’t, @BryanThomasS (Thu Aug 04 01:54:28 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: Lots of F and SF, a couple of paranormal/supernatural #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:54:41 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @talekyn Oh be honest, you travel for work with an extra suitcase to buy books. #sffwrtcht hardly bears much guilt ;) (Thu Aug 04 01:55:01 +0000 2011)
Frederation: We’re nearly ready to publish The Seer, my sequel to The Muse. I do plan to write a third book in that series next year. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:55:11 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: What in your minds is the value of interaction between faith and speculative fiction for readers? #sffwrtcht Different questions? Angles? (Thu Aug 04 01:55:23 +0000 2011)
Octavio_Aragao: Hello, @BryanThomasS and friends #sffwrtcht. @Frederation, when you write a sequel how do you deal with the new readers? (Thu Aug 04 01:55:31 +0000 2011)
shadowflame1974: @talekyn lol my to buy list is very long but my budget is very short lol. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:55:45 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Octavio_Aragao Bem-vendo, migo #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:55:53 +0000 2011)
followthelede: RT @sffwrtcht: What in your minds is the value of interaction between faith and speculative fiction for readers? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:55:56 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Next week, author @TimAkers talks “Horns Of Ruin,” steampunk, theology, the crusades and more. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:56:17 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Next week, author @TimAkers talks “Horns Of Ruin,” steampunk, theology, the crusades and more. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:56:17 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Please ‘Like’ our Facebook group: on.fb.me/hlxBMT #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:56:29 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: Please ‘Like’ our Facebook group: on.fb.me/hlxBMT #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:56:30 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: We have all the transcripts, extra interviews, giveaways, and more at:bryanthomasschmidt.net/sffwrtcht/ #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:56:37 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: We have all the transcripts, extra interviews, giveaways, and more at:bryanthomasschmidt.net/sffwrtcht/ #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:56:37 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: Spec fic is all about expanding the horizons of our thinking.Faith and the supernatural is one more direction to expand & enrich. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:56:41 +0000 2011)
Frederation: Faith and Spec Fic both go places beyond our current ability and experience–I think they work well together. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:56:43 +0000 2011)
followthelede: RT @Frederation: Faith and Spec Fic both go places beyond our current ability and experience–I think they work well together. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:57:25 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Great answers! Thanks both for being with us. Grace has books to give away. We had 9 participants tonight. How many do you have? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:58:18 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: RT @Frederation: Faith and Spec Fic both go places beyond our current ability and experience–I think they work well together. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:58:27 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: RT @Frederation: Faith and Spec Fic both go places beyond our current ability and experience–I think they work well together. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:58:28 +0000 2011)
talekyn: @BryanThomasS Busted! Dang. There goes that excuse! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 01:59:11 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: #sffwrtcht Bear with us, folks. We’re going to get this giveaway going in a sec. (Thu Aug 04 02:00:10 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation Any final thoughts before we close? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:00:25 +0000 2011)
Octavio_Aragao: Cold sake, a cool soccer game and great chat in #sffwrtcht with @BryanThomasS and friends about Science Fiction and Fantasy. (Thu Aug 04 02:01:08 +0000 2011)
Frederation: Thanks again for having us. Anybody with questions I missed can DM me or leave a message at frederation.wordpress.com #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:01:44 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: #sffwrtcht All besides our guests, how many of you have read faith-based fiction? (Thu Aug 04 02:01:54 +0000 2011)
followthelede: Is there a lot of faith-based SF & F being written in Brazil? @Octavio_Aragao Or, in what countries, predom.? @gracebridges #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:02:00 +0000 2011)
talekyn: @BryanThomasS Don’t forget to count me out of this week’s giveaway! I’ve won the past two weeks. #sffwrtcht #rubbingitin (Thu Aug 04 02:02:04 +0000 2011)
followthelede: Me. RT @BryanThomasS: #sffwrtcht All besides our guests, how many of you have read faith-based fiction? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:02:29 +0000 2011)
CCKoepp: I’ve read faith-based fic, spec fic and other. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:02:49 +0000 2011)
Caprice_Hokstad: Late as usual. Sorry, folks, had to make dinner. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:02:50 +0000 2011)
talekyn: @BryanThomasS I read just about anything, as you know, so I do read faith-based fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:03:08 +0000 2011)
shadowflame1974: I have pieces here and there. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:03:23 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @Caprice_Hokstad glad you’re here :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:03:41 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges How many books do you have to give away? #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 04 02:03:54 +0000 2011)
Octavio_Aragao: @followthelede @BryanThomasS #sffwrtcht What is “Faith-based fiction”? Something like the books by Chico Xavier? Spiritualist novels? (Thu Aug 04 02:04:21 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Caprice_Hokstad While we’re sorting out the giveaway, please introduce yourself and say a little about your involvement #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:04:32 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: Folks, @Caprice_Hokstad is one of our authors too, with two novels and a story n Aquasynthesis #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:04:37 +0000 2011)
billhousley: The Future of Publishing – created by DK (UK) t.co/w36p6KA via @youtube #writing #sffwrtcht #scifichat (Thu Aug 04 02:04:41 +0000 2011)
followthelede: C’mon. How many of us have read Tolkien? Or C S Lewis? RT @BryanThomasS: how many of you have read faith-based fiction? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:04:49 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Octavio_Aragao Novels with religious themes such as Christian books etc. I know they have them in Brasil #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:04:52 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: I have 5 ebooks of Aquasynthesis to give away #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:04:57 +0000 2011)
Azrael52: I’ve read a couple of faith-based slush submissions lately. Also, my mss is sorta faith-based. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:05:06 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @gracebridges Ok anyone who wants a shot to win an ebook DM me a number between 1 and 20 pleasae #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:05:51 +0000 2011)
Caprice_Hokstad: I think Grace just did the intro. I have a story in the anthology and 2 novels already pubbed with Splashdown. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:05:57 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Caprice_Hokstad And one of the stories in the antho is tied to your novels, yes? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:06:16 +0000 2011)
Caprice_Hokstad: Yes, the story is a prequel to the first novel. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:07:03 +0000 2011)
WintersRead: I’m sorry I haven’t been talkative, but I’ve been here… #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:07:44 +0000 2011)
Caprice_Hokstad: The story is “Fettered Soul” and the first novel is titled “The Duke’s Handmaid” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:07:57 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Caprice_Hokstad Which is epic fantasy? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:08:17 +0000 2011)
Octavio_Aragao: @BryanThomasS Oh, sure. There’s a lot of this “faith-fiction” over here in Brazil, and they sell very well. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:08:18 +0000 2011)
Caprice_Hokstad: Second novel is titled “Nor Iron Bars a Cage” and book 3 is yet untitled. (Due out next year) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:09:00 +0000 2011)
Frederation: Bryan, I’ll throw in a signed copy of The Muse or Odd Little Miracles, winner’s choice, for the giveaway. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:09:06 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation Awesome! Thank you! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:09:18 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Frederation Now I wish I could enter. LOL #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:09:26 +0000 2011)
Caprice_Hokstad: Yes, they are Sword Opera fantasy. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:09:38 +0000 2011)
TurtleduckPress: RT @sffwrtcht: Next week, author @TimAkers talks “Horns Of Ruin,” steampunk, theology, the crusades and more. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:09:49 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @Caprice_Hokstad Sword Opera fantasy? I have not heard that term. Interesting. How do you define it? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:10:09 +0000 2011)
followthelede: Kitchen’s flooding, got to go. Thanks for the interesting conversation and putting up with all my ?s. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:10:17 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: All right, I have 3 numbers so far. Anyone else who participated want a chance to win? 6 items for giveaway? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:10:53 +0000 2011)
Caprice_Hokstad: What Space Opera is to Science Fiction, Sword Opera is to Fantasy. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:11:12 +0000 2011)
Octavio_Aragao: GREAT! RT @BryanThomasS @Caprice_Hokstad Sword Opera fantasy? I have not heard that term. Interesting. How do you define it? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:11:25 +0000 2011)
BryanThomasS: @followthelede Ok well, you win a copy. Congrats! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:11:32 +0000 2011)
WintersRead: @BryanThomasS Sending mine in now… #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:11:41 +0000 2011)
Caprice_Hokstad: Not Sword and Sorcery, not Epic Quest. More like a “soap opera” set in a fantasy world. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:12:27 +0000 2011)
followthelede: Yay! Must be compensation for the flooding. ;-) RT @BryanThomasS: @followthelede Ok well, you win a copy. Congrats! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:12:29 +0000 2011)
WintersRead: @BryanThomasS Can’t DM, but here’s my number: 12 #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:12:35 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: @Azrael52 @Octavio_Aragao @followthelede and @wintersread congrats. You each win a copy of the antho AQUASYNTHESIS ebook. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:12:50 +0000 2011)
Octavio_Aragao: One more subgenre. I think I’m writing on this right now RT @Caprice_Hokstad What Space Opera is to SF, Sword Opera is to Fantasy #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:13:11 +0000 2011)
WintersRead: RT @Azrael52 @Octavio_Aragao @followthelede and @wintersread congrats. You each win… #sffwrtcht Thanks!!! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:14:04 +0000 2011)
upwithgravity: RT @BryanThomasS: All right, I have 3 numbers so far. Anyone else who participated want a chance to win? 6 items for giveaway? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:14:34 +0000 2011)
sffwrtcht: Congrats to all winners. Thanks for joining us! And to our guests! A transcript of tonight’s chat will be up on the blog shortly. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:14:41 +0000 2011)
Octavio_Aragao: COOL RT @Azrael52 @Octavio_Aragao @followthelede and @wintersread congrats. You each win a copy of the antho AQUASYNTHESIS ebook. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:14:49 +0000 2011)
gracebridges: @WintersRead @Azrael52 @Octavio_Aragao @followthelede make sure you’re following me so I can DM your prize code #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:15:19 +0000 2011)
timothycward: RT @gracebridges: I have 5 ebooks of Aquasynthesis to give away #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:15:19 +0000 2011)
Octavio_Aragao: DONE! RT @gracebridges @WintersRead @Azrael52 @followthelede make sure you’re following me so I can DM your prize code #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 04 02:16:21 +0000 2011)

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