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E-Book Revolution Mini-Podcast: Chat With World Fantasy Convention Author Myke Cole

March 12th, 2013 · Comments

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ShadowOpsCover.jpgAt last we get to the final E-Book Revolution Podcast from last year's World Fantasy Convention in Toronto - in this mini-podcast we diverge into the realms of fantasy authors and writing. For those listeners who are unaware I am a fantasy author and early 2012 I was awarded a grant by the South Australian Government to attend the World Fantasy Convention. The final mini-podcast from that convention is with Myke Cole.

Each mini-podcast has myself and a prominent fantasy author aiming to answer ten questions in twenty minutes covering a range of topics including writing, the digital revolution, avoiding procrastination and their own writing. Finally we end with a mystery question...dum-dum-dum!!!!

MykeCole.jpgMyke Cole is an american action, fantasy author of the Shadow Ops Series. As a security contractor, government civilian and military office, Myke's career has run the gamut from Counterterrorism to Cyber Warfare to Federal Law Enforcement. He's done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. All that conflict can wear a guy out. Thank goodness for fantasy novels, comic books, late night games of Dungeons and Dragons and lots of angst fuelled writing. His latest novel, released in February, is a Shadow Ops Series book 'Fortress Frontier'. You can get in contact with him via Facebook and Twitter.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • How his mother's childhood urging got him into writing
  • How D&D lead him to becoming a 'warrior'
  • How he moved from a military career to writing
  • That there is no BIG break
  • Why persistence is key
  • How he stalked his (later) agent at a convention (& why he purposefully talked about everything other than writing)
  • Why there is no way around one important factor - writing a killer book
  • How he combats the loneliness of writing
  • Giving yourself permission to write a shitty first draft
  • The fact that there is no right or wrong way to start a writing career.
  • How much help his military background gives him in writing action scenes.
  • What we can learn from Frodo
  • His goal to write a romance under his own name

PLUS the all important MYSTERY QUESTION.

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In 2011-2012 Emily undertook a twelve month mentorship with fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs about fantasy writing and the lessons she learnt from Isobelle at http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au. Emily's trip to the World Fantasy Convention could not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government through the Carclew Youth Arts Board. Thank you Carclew for the opportunity.

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The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com and http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au.

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Tags: writing · Education · Emily Craven · World Fantasy Convention · Fantasy Writing · Carclew Youth Arts

E-Book Revolution Mini-Podcast: Chat With World Fantasy Convention Author Mindy Klasky

January 22nd, 2013 · Comments

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Over the next month the E-Book Revolution Podcast is going to diverge into the realms of fantasy authors and writing. For those listeners who are unaware I am a fantasy author and early this year I was awarded a grant by the South Australian Government to attend the World Fantasy convention. The final two mini-podcasts are with authors from that convention.

Each mini-podcast has myself and a prominent fantasy author aiming to answer ten questions in twenty minutes covering a range of topics including writing, the digital revolution, avoiding procrastination and their own writing. Finally we end with a mystery question...dum-dum-dum!!!!

Mindy-Author-Photo-Color-e1282772183865.jpgToday's World Fantasy author is the charming Mindy Klasky. Mindy Klasky is an American fantasy novelist. After graduating from Princeton University, Mindy considered becoming a professional stage manager or a rabbi.  Ultimately, though, she settled on being a lawyer, working as a litigator at a large Washington firm.  When she realized that lawyering kept her from writing (and dating and sleeping and otherwise living a normal life), Mindy became a librarian, managing large law firm libraries. In addition to her Harlequin Special Editions, Mira, and Red Dress Ink books, Mindy has written traditional fantasy novels for Roc (including the award-winning, best-selling The Glasswrights’ Apprentice), short stories, and nonfiction essays. Mindy now writes full time.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • How fan fiction got Mindy into fantasy writing
  • How she got her agent from a book in the library
  • How to survive an agent breaking up with you
  • The benefits of doing spot research rather then going 'in depth' before you begin writing
  • How to handle publicity and create a marketing plan
  • The importance of marketing goals
  • And the importance of diversifying your writing career

EReads-Apprentice1-300x300.jpgPLUS the all important MYSTERY QUESTION.Jane_Girls_Revised-200x300.jpg

I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

In 2011-2012 Emily undertook a twelve month mentorship with fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs about fantasy writing and the lessons she learnt from Isobelle at http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au. Emily's trip to the World Fantasy Convention could not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government through the Carclew Youth Arts Board. Thank you Carclew for the opportunity.

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The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com and http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au.

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Tags: writing · Emily Craven · World Fantasy Convention · Fantasy Writing · Carclew Youth Arts

E-Book Revolution Mini-Podcast: Lead Up To The World Fantasy Convention with James Alan Gardner

October 25th, 2012 · Comments

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Over the next week E-Book Revolution Podcast is going to diverge into the realms of fantasy authors and writing in the lead up to the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. For those listeners who are unaware I am a fantasy author and early this year I was awarded a grant by the South Australian Government to attend the convention.

What better way to celebrate and get excited for a convention then to talk to the attendees? Each mini-podcast has myself and a prominent fantasy author aiming to answer ten questions in twenty minutes covering a range of topics including writing, the digital revolution, avoiding procrastination and their own writing. Finally we end with a mystery question...dum-dum-dum!!!!

JamesAlanGardner.jpgToday's World Fantasy author is James Alan Gardner. James is a Canadian science fiction author with a Bachelor and Masters degree in Applied Mathematics (yeah, he knows what he's talking about!). He has published science fiction short stories in a range of periodicals, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Amazing Stories. In 1989, his short story "The Children of Creche" was awarded the Grand Prize in the Writers of the Future contest. Two years later his story "Muffin Explains Teleology to the World at Large" won an Aurora Award; another story, "Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream," won an Aurora and was nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo Awards. He has written a number of novels in a "League of Peoples" universe and has also explored themes of gender in his novels, including Commitment Hour in which people change sex every year. Find out more about James here.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Getting his big break via a competition
  • Using competition winnings to pay for intensive Clarion Workshop
  • A hot tip for finding which editors are more eager to sign new writers then most
  • How his KungFu helps him write fight scenes
  • How he uses his iPad to avoid procrastination
  • Using meditation to push away distraction
  • Reading science blogs and twitter feeds for research/story seeds
  • How the act of writing helps to draw out inspiration
  • The surprise an author gets when his character says something unexpected
  • How the internet has helped improve reader-author connection

JamesAlanGbook.jpgPLUS the all important MYSTERY QUESTION.

I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

In 2011-2012 Emily undertook a twelve month mentorship with fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs about fantasy writing and the lessons she learnt from Isobelle at http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au. Emily's trip to the World Fantasy Convention could not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government through the Carclew Youth Arts Board. Thank you Carclew for the opportunity.

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The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com and http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au.

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Tags: E-Book Revolution · writing · Education · Emily Craven · World Fantasy Convention · Fantasy Writing · Carclew Youth Arts

E-Book Revolution Mini-Podcast: Lead Up To The World Fantasy Convention with Elaine Isaak

October 19th, 2012 · Comments

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Over the next two weeks E-Book Revolution Podcast is going to diverge into the realms of fantasy authors and writing in the lead up to the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. For those listeners who are unaware I am a fantasy author and early this year I was awarded a grant by the South Australian Government to attend the convention.

What better way to celebrate and get excited for a convention then to talk to the attendees? Each mini-podcast has myself and a prominent fantasy author aiming to answer ten questions in twenty minutes covering a range of topics including writing, the digital revolution, avoiding procrastination and their own writing. Finally we end with a mystery question...dum-dum-dum!!!!

Elaine.jpegToday's World Fantasy author is Elaine Isaak. Elaine Isaak is the author of The Singer's Crown, The Bastard Queen and Eunuch's Heirs and numerous short fiction. At the beginning of her career she attended the Odyssey Speculative Fiction Workshop.  In response to having two children around when she first began sending The Singer's Crown to publishers, she wrote faster and as of 2012 has  just finished her thirteenth novel. You can find out more about Elaine here.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • The benefits of attending a six week writing workshop
  • Five mistakes Elaine made in her writing career so you don't have to (including writing a lousy synopsis, signing the wrong contract, staying to long with the wrong agent and dropping the ball with publicity)
  • Having a writing partner to keep you accountable
  • Determining your most useful writing hours to increase productivity
  • When to switch from planning to writing a story (When you have a character in a place who has a problem!)
  • How handy medieval conventions are
  • How to plumb the depths of metastory
  • The rabbit hole that is conducting further research through bibliographies
  • The importance of hiring out tasks you aren't interested in tackling

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I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

In 2011-2012 Emily undertook a twelve month mentorship with fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs about fantasy writing and the lessons she learnt from Isobelle at http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au. Emily's trip to the World Fantasy Convention could not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government through the Carclew Youth Arts Board. Thank you Carclew for the opportunity.

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The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com and http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au.

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Tags: E-Book Revolution · writing · publishing · Emily Craven · World Fantasy Convention · Fantasy Writing · Carclew Youth Arts

E-Book Revolution Mini-Podcast: Lead Up To The World Fantasy Convention with Ian Tregillis

October 16th, 2012 · Comments

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Over the next two weeks E-Book Revolution Podcast is going to diverge into the realms of fantasy authors and writing in the lead up to the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. For those listeners who are unaware I am a fantasy author and early this year I was awarded a grant by the South Australian Government to attend the convention.

What better way to celebrate and get excited for a convention then to talk to the attendees? Each mini-podcast has myself and a prominent fantasy author aiming to answer ten questions in twenty minutes covering a range of topics including writing, the digital revolution, avoiding procrastination and their own writing. Finally we end with a mystery question...dum-dum-dum!!!!

Iantregillis.jpgToday's World Fantasy author is Ian Tregillis. In 2005, Ian attended the Clarion Writers' Workshop. After Clarion, and thanks to Walter Jon Williams, he was welcomed into New Mexico's disproportionately large community of professional science fiction and fantasy writers. Although he often feels like a minor league batboy inexplicably mistaken for a professional baseball player, he has shared critiques with, and worked alongside, a long list of New Mexico writers including WJW, Daniel Abraham, Melinda Snodgrass, S. M. Stirling, Ty Franck, Victor MIlán, Sage Walker, and George R. R. Martin. Ian's books include the alternative world war II world of the Milkweed Trilogy and the murder mystery Something More Then Night. You can find out more about Ian here.

ian.jpgIn this podcast we discuss:

  • How Clarion changed Ian's life and writing career.
  • The realisation that you have to make time for writing if you want to make it a career
  • How being part of a group that included high calibre writers such as George R.R. Martin lifted his game and resulted in a host of writing opportunities including writing for a collaborative project.
  • Why it is important to try critiquing writers of better skill then yourself
  • How those niggling hours commuting to and from work can be used to the benefit of your writing career.
  • Using hunger to meet your writing goals!
  • Breaking writing into bite sized chunks
  • How Ian got big name authors to give blurbs/recommendations for his books.
  • How his agent was able to sell his fourth book, a story in a different genre to his normal works.

BitterSeeds2Cover.pngPLUS the all important MYSTERY QUESTION.

I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

In 2011-2012 Emily undertook a twelve month mentorship with fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs about fantasy writing and the lessons she learnt from Isobelle at http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au. Emily's trip to the World Fantasy Convention could not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government through the Carclew Youth Arts Board. Thank you Carclew for the opportunity.

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The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com and http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au.

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Tags: E-Book Revolution · writing · Emily Craven · World Fantasy Convention · Fantasy Writing · Carclew Youth Arts

E-Book Revolution Mini-Podcast: Lead Up To The World Fantasy Convention with Laura Anne Gilman

October 13th, 2012 · Comments

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Over the next four weeks E-Book Revolution Podcast is going to diverge into the realms of fantasy authors and writing in the lead up to the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. For those listeners who are unaware I am a fantasy author and early this year I was awarded a grant by the South Australian Government to attend the convention.

What better way to celebrate and get excited for a convention then to talk to the attendees? Each mini-podcast has myself and a prominent fantasy author aiming to answer ten questions in twenty minutes covering a range of topics including writing, the digital revolution, avoiding procrastination and their own writing. Finally we end with a mystery question...dum-dum-dum!!!!

LauraAnneGilman.jpgToday's World Fantasy author is Laura Anne Gilman. Laura Anne is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus novels for Luna, and the award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy from Pocket, as well as the story collection Dragon Virus. In 2012 she will be dipping her pen into the mystery field as well, writing as L.A. Kornetsky. Before she turned author, Laura Anne was an editor for 14 years. You can find out more about Laura and her work here.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • The difference between being an editor and being a writer
  • How Laura got her 'big break' with media tie-in books
  • The importance of having a back up proposal when pitching to an editor
  • Why you shouldn't be scared to introduce yourself to an editor
  • How splitting your day into seperate projects helps you stay focused and productive
  • Thoughts on doing more then one project at a time
  • The importance of pushing the boundaries of your writing
  • How Laura used Kickstarter to crowd fund two e-book projects
  • What Laura is working on at the moment

Shattered-Vine-rev-197x300.jpgPLUS the all important MYSTERY QUESTION.

I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

In 2011-2012 Emily undertook a twelve month mentorship with fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs about fantasy writing and the lessons she learnt from Isobelle athttp://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au. Emily's trip to the World Fantasy Convention could not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government through the Carclew Youth Arts Board. Thank you Carclew for the opportunity.

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The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com and http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au.

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Tags: E-Book Revolution · writing · Education · Emily Craven · World Fantasy Convention · Fantasy Writing · Carclew Youth Arts

E-Book Revolution Mini-Podcast: Lead Up To The World Fantasy Convention with David Anthony Durham

October 9th, 2012 · Comments

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Over the next four weeks E-Book Revolution Podcast is going to diverge into the realms of fantasy authors and writing in the lead up to the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. For those listeners who are unaware I am a fantasy author and early this year I was awarded a grant by the South Australian Government to attend the convention.

What better way to celebrate and get excited for a convention then to talk to the attendees? Each mini-podcast has myself and a prominent fantasy author aiming to answer ten questions in twenty minutes covering a range of topics including writing, the digital revolution, avoiding procrastination and their own writing. Finally we end with a mystery question...dum-dum-dum!!!!

DavidADurham.jpgToday's World Fantasy author is David Anthony Durham. David currently lectures in writing and has published both historical and fantasy novels, including Gabriel's Story and the Acacia novels which have been translated into several languages. Acacia: the War With The Mein made the best of the year lists in Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, SciFi Site and Fantasy Magazine. To top it all off, three of his novels have been optioned for development as feature films. You can find out more about David and his work here.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • How David got his big 'break' by altering themes from his previous novels to make a more sell-able story
  • How he sold his first novel un-agented
  • How important networking is to getting that first publication
  • The benefits of long walks and daydreaming
  • How to apply the bum glue and avoid procrastination with word goals
  • Why you can't wait for inspiration but how you can open yourself to it
  • What David is working on at the moment
  • And thoughts on the digital revolution.

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I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

In 2011-2012 Emily undertook a twelve month mentorship with fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs about fantasy writing and the lessons she learnt from Isobelle at http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au. Emily's trip to the World Fantasy Convention could not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government through the Carclew Youth Arts Board. Thank you Carclew for the opportunity.

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The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com and http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au.

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Tags: E-Book Revolution · writing · Education · Emily Craven · World Fantasy Convention · Fantasy Writing · Carclew Youth Arts