Category: BLOG

Podcast Changes Ahead

4882451072_23c6859990_qFor 5 years, I’ve given fiction away in podcasts. I’m very grateful to all of you keeping up with the blog & keeping me in your playlists.  My podcast won’t go away, but it is changing: RSS & iTunes now lead to SERVING WORLDS CURRENT, where new fiction will stay free for your enjoyment. (PS: links in old posts may not work, as of now).

All 5 years of content will now live in SERVING WORLDS ARCHIVE, a Patreon exclusive for listeners & readers supporting my work, from $1 a month. If you like what I do, please support me making more.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled…

concussionThings area on hold this week, folks. Following on family stuff, I’m now healing off a concussion from a car accident. Excellent prognosis for recovery, but I’m pretty incapable of thought, let alone writing or producing audio.

See you on the other side when my brain gets back to whatever it substitutes for normal (grin).

Keeping the Podcast Alive

4882451072_23c6859990_q 5 years in, I still love podcasting. I’ve made friends, amassed skills and upped my game as a writer & narrator. I’ve made just enough income to let me write a lot of stories. But things have to change.

I’M NOT QUITTING PODCASTING. The trust & attention of the thousands who tune in every month is important to me. New fiction will be podcast weekly but past stories will no longer be free.

Things have to change. Patreon is a big part of that change.
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One month to keep FARLOST going

Hey, FARLOST listeners. Serious question: do you want more FARLOST after we wrap up the current story? It’s coming fast.

IF you want more, I need you regular listeners to back the story from $1/month by Thursday, July 31 to help me carve time out for its prodution.

Otherwise, FARLOST goes on haitus until 2015. Visit my Patreon page and learn more.

Teaser clips for Enemy Lines Book 1

Subversion AudiobookCheck out a couple clips for SUBVERSION: Enemy Lines book 1, joining my other books on Audible next month. ENEMY LINES is a near future world where corporations and governments play a secret chess game to control our future…unaware that warring aliens are doing exactly the same thing.

Listen to world-class narrator Kelley Hazen introduce you to two of the lead characters: Alex Yamada & Jonah Harwood.

5 Keys to Finding a Writer’s Assistant

Scott-and-A-3Writer’s assistants are amazing people. Amazing. Whether paid, on commission or completely volunteer, whether they take on one or two tasks or a hell of a lot, it’s phenomenal to see what a team can do that a single person cannot.

But it’s not easy finding a writer’s assistant/AKA Partner/AKA TaskMaster.

Right now I’m editing, collaborating with other authors and narrators, producing a trade paperback (oh, the pain!), promoting my work to date, and putting out a podcast…and when I can squeeze it in, I also write. It’s a lot for one guy!

Following the dumb internet trend of top 5 lists, here are 5 absolutely vital ingredients to a successful partnership. It’s not an exhaustive list, but if you’re missing any of these, you’re looking for something you won’t find.

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The Podcast Teardown

PODCAST_TEARDOWN_finalPodcasting is powerful way to experiment with new content. It has a low cost/tech barrier to entry. Audible can’t make audiobooks fast enough, demonstrating audio remains a unique way for authors to attract attention, where video is an over-saturated medium that often drowns new voices out.

To learn what makes podcast fiction tick, check out my 2011 Parsec Award-nominated Podcast Teardown miniseries, featuring interviews with Mur Lafferty, Nathan Lowell, Jake Bible, Philippa Ballantine, Patrick McLean, Brand Gamblin, Basil Sands, Christof Laputka & Abigail Hilton. Download
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Should we really Write Every Day?

thought On Cal Newport’s ‘Study Hacks Blog’, the assistant professor of Comp Sci at Georgetown, suggests that ‘Write Every Day’ is bad advice.The article’s not strictly for full time writers but I think it’s a good discussion for writer folks to have.

Deadlines aside, I’d counter the goal behind the goal for daily writing is as important as the wordcount; it’s building habits. For me, it is important. So is not stressing about results. Give it a read & decide how to balance the underlying psychology of the act with clear goals, & the need to approach scheduling with flexibility.