Ep 2.53 - LIVE! with Barry J Hutchison

July 19, 2017

Today the best-selling science fiction author of the SPACE TEAM series, Barry J Hutchison joins the show! Barry was first published in 2010 by Harper Collins and has since made the transition to indie publishing and has done very well, and today he joins us to talk about his writing journey!

His space team novels are ridiculously funny and feature a cast of unique of great characters. If you liked Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy you'll love Space Team.

Check our Space Team and the rest of Barry's book Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Barry-J.-Hutchison/e/B00JJLTEQM/

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Ep 2.52 - Growth Hacking for Authors w/ Monica Leonelle

July 17, 2017

tonight we are joined by Monica Leonelle, author of the Growth Hacking for Storytellers series. Her most recent nonfiction title Get Your Book Selling: Jumpstart Your Sales With a Simple Plan That Just Works released on June 28th and is doing really well and today Monica joins us to talk about her writing journey,

Find all of Monica's books here: https://www.amazon.com/Monica-Leonelle/e/B0045P4IT0/

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Ep 2.51 - LIVE! with Jasper T Scott

July 15, 2017

Blog Scott Moon (Why the pretentious tag line? Well, I’ve decided these mini-blogs are easier to write in first person. :)

First of all, who is Jasper T. Scott. (The thousands upon thousands readers and reviewers can skip this part.) This show, for reasons unknown, we jumped straight to reviews… probably because Jasper’s books have a lot of reviews. A lot of really great reviews.

That is to say he is doing something write with his Dark Space series and other books.

Jasper rolled with the punches on this show, taking us through his journey and his story concepts. He spent the first six years of his writing career writing romance novels based on the love story of his parents. They grew up in South Africa and had an unusual “Snow White” type of story. Lots of drama and romance, like a modern Downton Abby story.

Then, as many thousands of fans appreciate, Jasper changed his focus and started writing what really inspired him and what he really wanted to read. He charged into military science fiction / space opera and everything changed.

If you’re a fan of Jasper T. Scott, watch this show! It’ll be like hanging out with one of the genre’s newest superstars. If you’re a writer, he shares some exciting news about collaborative projects he will be pursuing in the near future!

Check out all of Jasper's books on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Jasper-T.-Scott/e/B00B7A2CT4/ 

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Ep 2.50 - TNL - Audiobooks with Findlay Voices with Kelly Lyle

July 15, 2017

On this episode of Thursday Night Live, Kelly Lytle, author of To Dad, From Kelly and one of the minds behind Findaway Voices service, joins the show. Findaway is a brand new avenue into the audiobook market and tonight Kelly talks about how they are revolutionizing the audiobook market.

 

Check out Findaway Voices here: https://findawayvoices.com/

 

And pick up a copy of To Dad, From Kelly on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Dad-Kelly-Lytle-ebook/dp/B00OIDMNTQ/

 

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Ep 2.49 - LIVE! with Jack Campbell

June 25, 2017

Today the NYT Best-Selling author of the LOST FLEET and PILLARS OF REALITY SERIES, Jack Campell joins us to talk about about his newest novels VANGUARD and DAUGHTER OF DRAGONS! Jack has been writing science fiction and fantasy for over 17 years and today he joins us to talk about his writing journey!

Find all of Jack Campbell's books on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Campbell/e/B001H6W4PU 

This episode of LIVE! is brought to you by THE CORDOVA VECTOR.

AFTER FIVE YEARS IN A MILITARY PRISON, ALL HE WANTED WAS TO CATCH THE FIRST STARSHIP HOME.

Former Union Defense Corps pilot Brace Cordova thought his days of high risk flying were behind him. Within hours of getting out of prison, though, he finds himself tangled up with the crew of a starship operating on the razor’s edge of the law and propelled into the search for an ancient relic. With a ruthless crime lord bent on revenge and a gunship of the Commonwealth Fleet hot on his heels, Brace is swept into an expedition into uncharted space that could ultimately threaten everything he loves.

The Cordova Vector is the first installment in the Brace Cordova Space Opera Series and will take readers on an adrenaline-fueled ride through a galaxy filled with alien races, ruthless criminals, dedicated soldiers, and millennia-old mysteries. If you enjoy Firefly, Star Trek, or Farscape, then check out The Cordova Vector today! 

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Ep 2.48 - TNL - What We Want to Say w/ Ian Garner

June 24, 2017

Tonight Ian Garner, joins the show. Ian has written several short stories, including American Son, Home and his latest, REDEMPTION which is featured in the World Domination anthology by Steve Beaulieu.

 

He has been writing and publishing speculative fiction since late 2014, during his senior year of high school no less, and tonight he joins us to talk about getting his start and what he wants to say with his writing.

 

You can find all of Ian’s stories on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Ian-D.-Garner/e/B00MO01ZA8/

 

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Caleb Mitchell gave up his family, his faith and his very humanity to defend the Commonwealth from the threat of the warlike alien Tahni.  Cast out by the pacifistic religion of his home, disowned by his family and abandoned by the girl he loves, he left his homeworld of Canaan to attend the Commonwealth Military Academy.  

But when he and the rest of a small group of cadets on a training mission are caught up in one of the fiercest battles of the war, they’re declared killed in action and their war really begins.  Recruited by a rogue Intelligence officer to be part of a biologically enhanced team of special operations super-soldiers, Cal volunteers to become more than human to take the fight to an implacable enemy.

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Ep 2.47 - LIVE! with Neal Asher

June 19, 2017

Today the author of the Owner Trilogy and the best-selling Polity Universe series, Neal Asher joins the show!
His latest novel Infinity Engine, part of the Polity series, was just released a couple of months about and is doing extremely well. Neal was first published in 1989 and since then has published over 23 novels and written countless other stories and today Neal joins us to talk about his writing journey!

Find all of Neal's books on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Neal-L.-Asher/e/B000APOEUC/

This episode of LIVE! is brought to you by:

The Sleeping Legion by JR Handley

A century ago, all but two members of Lance Scipio’s unit were executed. He has been woken into a strange new time, and tasked with whipping into shape the worst squad of misfits in the entire Human Marine Corps. The price of failure is death – no pressure!

2565AD. Tranquility-4 near the frontier of the White Knight Empire. Guided by mysterious orders, the authorities at the Human Marine Corps base of Beta City thaw Lance Scipio. In 2441, an entire Marine company was executed with the exception of Captain Grimgerde and Sergeant Lance Scipio, the usual punishment for running in the face of the enemy. But these two were preserved… as if they would be required in the future.

Although Scipio is not expected to escape execution for long, he has been given a slim chance. For a Marine, a chance is all that is needed to change the fate of worlds. This entertaining tale takes many twists and turns as Scipio not only turns this band of misfits into first class marines, but also teaches them forgotten tactics making them a force to be reckoned with.

The Sleeping Legion is a breakneck new sequence of military science fiction novels set in the worlds of the international bestselling series: ‘The Human Legion’.

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Ep 2.46 - TNL - Better Space Battles with MD Cooper

June 14, 2017

Amazon Author Bio:

“I look at the night skies, at the stars and planets, and I dream of what will someday be humanity’s home. I imagine a future where we have stretched out into the stars, discovering new worlds, and new beauty. These dreams have come to life in the series of books coming to life in the world of Aeon 14.

When I began writing about a distant future—in the 42nd century—a woman named Tanis showed up. Her strength and drive took over my stories and I couldn’t help but write about her. Tanis lives in a future where there is no faster than light travel and no teleporters. However, humans have created structures as large as moons, and have shifted planets. They share their minds with AI and talk to one another almost telepathically.

Yet they are still human, they still laugh, and tell tall tales, and love one another.

The Aeon 14 series contains four books, with the fifth coming in the spring of 2017. Join the journey and see what the future may have in store for us.

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Ep 2.45 - LIVE! with C Steven Manley

June 12, 2017

C.Steven Manley--or just 'Chuck' to most folks--has lived the bulk of his life collecting skills and experiences that have made him into something resembling a human Swiss Army Knife. He spent his youth on the wrong side of most tracks and always going places he was told not to. He survived a dramatic childhood before he joined the United States Air Force where he learned about airplanes, electronics, and self-discipline. From there, his life was a series of successes and misadventures that led him into a variety of jobs including cruise control transducer tester, engineering test technician, door to door jewelry salesman, mental health care worker, obesity skin care technician, Cardiovascular Technologist, and, finally, stay at home dad and writer.

He's been writing since he was eight and has no intention of stopping regardless of whether or not anyone reads his brain-sweat. He enjoys RPG gaming, cooking, and hiking. He lives in Alabama despite being something of a traditional southern culture infidel. 

Like most everyone else in the world, he can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Check out www.cstevenmanley.net where you can read his occasionally updated blog and sign up for his spam free mailing list.”

Find all of his books on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/C.Steven-Manley/e/B00U6722LC

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Ep 2.44 - TNL - Multiple Series Entry Points w/ Joshua Dalzelle

June 5, 2017

Blog By Lauren Moore

Contemplating starting your own writing career? Already took the plunge but are concerned about low sales numbers? Tonight’s episode is for you. Tonight we were joined by Joshua Dalzelle, USA TODAY bestselling author and Amazon Top Ten science fiction author of The Black Fleet Trilogy, The Expansion Wars Trilogy, and the Omega Force series. As of June 2017, Josh has sold over 750,000 copies and in this episode, he shares with us his story of how he went from discovering self-publishing in 2012 to selling copies like Rita’s on a boiling-hot summer’s day.

So what’s his secret? It’s nothing new: the man writes what he loves and is open to expanding his universe. Inspired by casts of quirky characters like the A-Team, all of the epic drama of Star Wars, and the fun of sci-fi series like Firefly, Josh wrote what would become his first published book, Omega Rising. But before he hit ‘Send’ on the publishing button, he changed the ending to allow that single novel to be turned into a series. As his readers ate up the Omega Force series, he used that same winning formula of Quirky Characters + Epic Drama + Lots of Fun to create two new series, The Black Fleet Trilogy and The Expansion Wars.

So, that’s it? Write what you love and you too can sell 750,000 copies? Well, as he shares his story, Josh bestows a few gems of wisdom that any author can use immediately in their writing career. In particular, he shares his strategies for marketing, dealing with reader reviews, building your plots, and improving your writing craft. All of his suggestions are simple, effective, and ones that you can implement today.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out tonight’s episode and listen to the complete interview for yourself.

Find the show notes below!

Updates:

  • Scott Moon:

    • Battling insomnia, but not necessarily because he started listening to Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
    • Joshua Dalzelle:
      • Passed the 10k-word mark on the newest Black Fleet book
    • Josh Hayes:

Josh Dalzelle’s Story:

  • Wrote throughout school, joined the military (Air Force). Tried to submit manuscripts to agents and publishers but got rejected.
  • 2012, got a Kindle and discovered ebooks and ebook publishing.
  • Wrote Omega Rising in 11 months; it came out in Jan. 2013. Ended up changing the ending so it could become part of a series.
  • Wrote nine books in the Omega Force series.
  • Brian Keene read Omega Rising and wrote a really nice review that ended up boosting sales a lot.
  • Did not do much social media marketing at the beginning other than…
    • Facebook author page
    • Twitter page
    • Small (6k) mailing list--small but active and unsolicited
    • Included links to the mailing list and books at the end of his ebooks

 

  • Black Fleet

 

    • Book 9 had the biggest release (despite common wisdom about writing only a 3-5 book series)
    • Tried to hook readers in the first three books for the rest of the series
  • Black Fleet ended up outselling Omega Force 3-to-1
  • As of today, he has hundreds of reviews, including Warship which has over 1,400 reviews
    • Used to get some really difficult reviews, so he stopped reading them
    • Even with the really positive ones, he finds them not that helpful to read
    • Has never asked for reviews

-    Josh Dalzelle and Scott share their favorite 1-star reviews

-    The Expansion Wars is the sequel series to Black Fleet

   - Uses the same universe, but whole new story arcs

-     Audiobook publisher (Podium) came to him with an offer--much to his audience’s delight

-     Writing Tips

-     If you’re making a series, you need to take notes on names, places, dates, etc., to keep track of everything

-     Keep track of the beats and match your scenes and beats to a basic plot chart so the plot works out well together

-     When you write two series with overlapping events, you need to keep close track on all the events. So something mentioned in one series may be developed further in the other.

-    Writes in Word but does use Scrivener to keep notes

-    Works hard with his editor using Track Changes.

  • Questions:

    • Favorite secondary character? Lots of fun secondary characters
    • Thoughts on anthologies for newer authors? (JR Handley asked) Yes--he got in anthologies that helped him get onto the USA Today bestselling list
    • What does your writing schedule look like? Gets up and going around 8 AM to get that first 1k words out by 10:30 AM. Takes a break. Hammers more out to get 3-5k words out by the end of the day. After that, there comes a point of diminishing returns…
    • What’s the most military-based joke you’ve worked into a novel? (Richard Fox asked)
    • Where do you get your inspiration for all your writing? (Johnny Kanuk asked) All of life goes into it. Cool scenes hit me from life.
    • What have you done to improve your craft? (Ken Lozito asked) Never think that you know everything. Right now, he’s enrolled in Clark Chamberlain’s “Punch Them in the Gut” writing course. It’s helping him to build more dynamic characters and more powerful stories.
    • Is there something that you know now that you’d do if you were just starting out? Don’t be shy--just reach out to people if you need help. Don’t make the mistakes of having a crappy cover, blurb, and editing job for your first book. Invest in it.

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This episode of TNL is brought to you by Fortress Beta City by JR Handley, the second book his Sleeping Legion series.

Thirty-five years ago, Lance Scipio pulled most of Beta City into an emergency cryo-freeze. Now he is awoken to a catastrophically changed world.

2601AD. Tranquility-4 near the frontier of the White Knight Empire. Lance awakes to a world where unidentified Marines have raided his city, the enemy is occupying the unflooded portions, and as if that wasn’t bad enough, the city is slowly dying. Lance must find a way to save his marines.

With true ingenuity Lance and his marines save the city and themselves.  This tale tells of the will to push past merely surviving, where humanity fights to thrive in this brave new world.  You will love the drama as these resourceful marines find a way to out of the dire situation.  All the while knowing the end result will be freedom or death.

The Sleeping Legion is a breakneck new sequence of military science fiction novels set in the universe of the international bestselling series: ‘The Human Legion’.

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