Category: BLOG

Discoverability feels dirty

thought Yesterday, I shelled my followers on social media, telling them they can back me on Patreon. Guess what? I don’t like promotion. I’m a cord-cutter and advertising is a dirty word for me. But it had to be done. I tried to make my posts fun–with wisecracks, butchered scifi quotes & threatening my followers with rain dances. It worked: I gained a few backers on Patreon.

Book, movie and music sellers put their wares in front of thousands of people: on bus sides, on TV or radio to convince a handful buy their product. Everybody has to find a way to make new people discover their product. It’s hard. And often, it just plain feels dirty.
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Farlost Concept Art 1

91d8a84f6eb1f1e28b87ff41ec1ffa09Click through for a sneak peek of a set from FARLOST that hasn’t appeared yet–part of a series of concept art mockups. My Patreon backers get advanced looks at the art & other stuff from my demented mind but I value every one of you reading & listening so it’ll all come here eventually too.

What madness happens in this room? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!
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Patreon: Join in the Podcast!

servingworldDear Patreon backers: I’ll put out a talk show or two this month (April) and I’d like to include a segment about YOU.

If you’d like to have your voice heard, record a short message (20-30 seconds) before April 12th. Say your first name or a line for me to cut together, such as: “this episode of Serving Worlds is brought to you by…me!” If you want to drop a social media handle or website address, or say your own thing? Go for it.

This will be heard by 18-20,000 people in the first 4-6 weeks, and tens of thousands over coming months…but no pressure ;-) Mail it here in wav/aiff/mp3 formats. Once again: thank you to every dang one of you for helping me make my stuff.

Veronica Mars in: Triad Death Match

vmNope, ‘Death Match’ isn’t the title of a sequel movie or spinoff tie-in novel. It’s the high-stakes action adventure taking place behind the scenes, fighting for dollars and attention. Just like Veronica Mars is a noir genre story hiding inside a CW-style cute teen love story with a twist, that first line above is loaded with subtext.

Veronica Mars’ return is a sign of health in the seedy underbelly of the entertainment industry. Making content is bloodsport rife with old money, upstarts and pirates. Let’s investigate, marshmallows!
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Farlost Promo #1

farlostsmestHi folks. I’ve put together a super-short MP3 audio promo for FARLOST. It’s still early days and I still can’t give away too much, but the first big turn in the series is out there now, so here we go! I’d appreciate any help getting the word out to new ears: Download


Harold Ramis, Dinosaurs and You

2014-02-24-HaroldRamisThis is a piece about being an artist and making a living. It’s laced with Harold Ramis, in equal parts tribute, shameless linkbait and because it works: he inspired the post. It’s me, mulling how to feed myself by creating things in the modern digital age, and marvelling how we dumb humans have to learn the same lessons over and over again.

Harold learned the lesson. He cares about making people laugh. That’s it. He migrated mediums chasing his prey -human foibles- and left stories of his kindness and tenacity in his wake. He never became a dinosaur.


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This is also a reaction and an offered alternative to the surprise and anger out there over Amazon’s shocking decision to lower royalties offered by it’s audiobook spinoff ACX.com. What, you thought the Stay-Puft Amazonasaurus was your friend?

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10 Great Genre Short Story Podcasts

othervoicesA good short story is a joy. A good narration, too. The 10 sources for short audio genre fiction that follow have been around for at least a year, sometimes far longer, regularly provide quality entertainment, and have free & easy RSS subscription to get the gems they create into your ears, no muss no fuss. If you love one of these shows, click through and donate or subscribe TO KEEP FREE FICTION FLOWING. Also, please share this page around to help these creators trade & grow their audiences.
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Enemy Lines: star-studded prequel

ELbuttonWay, way back in 2010, I wanted to do something special to promote my novel ENEMY LINES. A baker’s dozen of podcast authors provided their talents to bonus-content promos. They did such a great job, the work stands on its own! I invited Jack Kincaid of Edict Zero: FIS to help me knit the promos together. What resulted is a nearly spoiler-free intro to ENEMY LINES, that makes a great prequel to the novels/podcasts.

The prequel features an embedded Wright on Earth reporting back to the ruling council on Galveston about his investigations into Typhon Systemwide, and give the listeners hints about the world of ENEMY LINES that will pay off later in the book… and in future books. Thank you again voice actors, each and every one of you. I’ll round out this post with a list of all the contributors to this ‘very special episode’.

I post it again for your enjoyment, and strongly recommend you check out all the players. All of them have produced extraordinary novels and podcasts: Jack Kincaid , Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff, Alex White, James Durham, Starla Huchton, Mike Bennett, Jake Bible, Paul Elard Cooley, Seth Harwood, Nathan Lowell, Patrick E McLean, J Daniel Sawyer, Brand Gamblin & S.V. Allie.


DOWNLOAD PREQUEL     BUY ENEMY LINES     LISTEN TO ENEMY LINES
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Mur, KT and I discuss Stonecoast MFA

talkshowThis show is a good listen for anyone, but a little bit ‘inside baseball’: a freeform roundtable about U of Maine’s Stonecoast Masters of Fine Art low residency program, with podcaster/award winning author and recent grad Mur Lafferty, as well as podcaster, author and newly enrolled Stonecoaster K.T. Bryski. Download


Kindle Countdown: Enemy Lines #1

ELbuttonFor the next three days you can grab Subversion, Enemy Lines #1 for 99 cents! Following those crazy Kindle Countdown rules, it jumps to a still-on-sale $1.99 after that for three more days, so act fast!

If you’ve already grabbed a copy, you can still help! If you have a minute, leave a review or spread the link in social media–your voice counts! Check out the Subversion Kindle Countdown deal on Amazon to grab your copy or help me get the word out!