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Entries from October 2012

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 Episode 2: Great E-Book Cover Design with Kit Foster

October 23rd, 2012 · Comments

We've all heard the old gambit "don't judge a book by its cover". But really, it's like telling someone not to think of pink elephants. Because like it or not that is exactly what readers are forced to do every day on sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Nobel or the iBook store. Whether a reader searches an authors name, a title or a genre, the first thing to pop up is a thumbnail and a title.

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Whether you’re trying to impress a reviewer, the media or your audience, your cover is your best sales agent. It has to be all cheesy grins, slicked-back hair, flashy suits and a sultry voice. Because if you dont compel your audience, whatever their literary status, with your ‘good looks’ you get shuffled to the bottom of the pile and the next week you’re eating stew out of a boot with a stiff shoe lace. Sometimes a front cover is your only chance to impress, and if it’s not eye catching, if it’s not intriguing, if it’s not bright and jumping out of the page, a reader won’t even go far enough to read those golden paragraphs you crafted for your synopsis. Their roving eye will pass you over as just another graphic. If you want to make money, you don’t want to blend in with the digital slush pile.

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KitFoster.jpgNo one knows e-book cover design better then Kit Foster. Kit draws on a wealth of experience gained working with a range of clients - from international publishing houses to self-published authors.  To date, Kit has designed the covers for over 100 published works for publishers worldwide, including Pearson Education, Edinburgh University Press and Attica Books. Kit was also the fabulous cover designer for my comedic Facebook novels The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire and Jake's Page. You can find Kit at www.kitfosterdesign.com.

Publishing has enough headaches - the cover needn't be one of them. In this podcast we discuss:

  • Why it is important to get an e-book cover right
  • How Kit built up a portfolio and started his own cover design business
  • What elements are need to create a good cover
  • The difference between print cover and e-book cover design
  • Three things you need to give your cover designer so they can produce the best cover for you
  • A break down of the process Kit and I went through to create the e-book covers for my two Facebook novels (and how we avoided infringing Facebook trademarks)
  • The importance of adding your own ideas to your designer's
  • The best way to get started designing your own e-book cover
  • Some fantastic websites where you can find free graphics softwear, low cost stock photos and good fonts (No, Word is not your font friend)
  • The mistakes writers make with covers that SCREAM self-published

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Hope you enjoy the show! And remember, I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at http://emilycraven.bkclb.co. If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from http://emilycraven.bkclb.co

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

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Tags: E-Book Revolution · Education · publishing · Emily Craven · E-Book Cover design

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

bastardsqueen.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 · 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

E-book Revolution Episode 1: Getting Your Hands Dirty With Transmedia and Print Books

October 2nd, 2012 · Comments

Welcome to E-Book Revolution Podcast's first episode! Thanks for joining me. This Podcast is all about helping writers on their e-book/publishing journey. If there is something you would like to see discussed on the podcast drop me (Emily) a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Awake-Final-194x300.jpgBooks aren’t only going through a revolution in their digital form but their print form too (Albeit at the pace of a snail, riding another snail, riding a tortoise). IP107JoelandNick.jpg have been advocating for over twelve months that the print book is a fantastic place to explore a multimedia experience, yet only a daring few are moving into the print/transmedia realm. In fact, as far as I’m aware, only one print book has taken that step into interactivity using my favourite free technology, the QR code, and that book is Awake by Joel N. Clark.

Joel Nykyforchyn-Clark is the co-founder and Creative Director of Switchvert, a production and ideas house co-located in Washington, DC and Johannesburg, South Africa.  As a writer-filmmaker, Clark’s love for story and adventure shine through the diversity of products he and his team have created, ranging from short films/features, sitcoms, commercials and justice-oriented documentaries filmed just about anywhere you can imagine. Joel's first book, Awake, is a transmedia extravaganza, combining memoir writing with QR codes linked to films showing extra footage and interviews that allow you to meet the characters mentioned in Joel’s stories and see the places he has visited in his crazy, adventure filled life as a film/documentary maker and story teller.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Why Joel decided to go the transmedia route with his first published book.P83AntarcticDriveIn2.jpg
  • What triggered the idea of using QR codes in a print book and how they have revolutionised the story, enhancing it in a way that has excited readers.
  • How he used his transmedia idea to land him a traditional publishing deal. Twice.
  • How Joel dealt with the legalities of using his old documentary footage for the book.
  • Why too much transmedia can be a bad thing.
  • The trick to have agents salivating at representing your book.
  • Three things an author can do to get a transmedia project off the ground
  • And the best way to get started in adding an extra element to your story.

Hope you enjoy the show! And remember, I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.P50HowWeMet.jpg

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at http://emilycraven.bkclb.co. If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from http://emilycraven.bkclb.co

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

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Tags: E-Book Revolution · writing · Transmedia · Education · publishing · Emily Craven