Ep 2.41 - LIVE! with A.G. Riddle

May 31, 2017

On this episode of LIVE!, author A. G. Riddle talks about his best selling, breakout novel The Atlantis Gene (it has over 14,000 reviews). As the first book in the Origin Mystery series, The Atlantis Gene found a loyal base of fans years ago and has remained high on the bestseller charts since then. What makes the story so successful? Listen to this episode of Keystroke Medium to find out.

Riddle also shares insights to his stand alone novel, Departure, complete with some very slight spoilers and one fact about the book that surprised Scott and Josh (but not Ralph who has already ready it.) Departure, despite genre conventions, is really long. His fans love it.

The hosts fields questions from the chat group, which leads to some great discussion of the beta reading and editing process of books this size and scope. It seems there comes a point to defy conventions and focus on what readers want.

Are there deal breakers, things that stretch believability? Riddle shares his from his extensive reader feedback on what to listen and when to just write something in the hopes of blowing the readers minds.

Riddle’s latest book, Pandemic (Book 1 in the Extinction Files) required a lot of research. The hosts and live viewers put forth some good questions and a lot is learned about Riddle’s actual writing process.

So what does this mean, or more accurately, what can be found in this entertaining and conversational interview? Everything from outlining in notebooks to advice for new authors. He shares lessons his success has taught him, and insights to his writing style that can’t be found just anywhere.

Please come and enjoy the show.

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About our Guest A. G. Riddle:
“A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting internet companies before retiring to pursue his true passion: writing fiction.

He released his first novel, The Atlantis Gene, in March of 2013. It became the first book in The Origin Mystery, a trilogy that has sold over two million copies in the US, has been translated into 23 languages, and is in development to be a major motion picture. The trilogy appeared in bookstores around the world in 2015.

His recently released fourth novel, Departure, follows the survivors of a flight that takes off in the present and crash-lands in a changed world. HarperCollins published Departure in hardcover in the fall of 2015, and 20th Century Fox is developing the novel for a feature film.” - Amazon Author Page

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Ep 2.40 - TNL - Galactic Frontiers with CC Ekeke

May 24, 2017

On this episode of Thursday Night Live C. C. Ekeke spends an informative and rowdy writer’s evening discussing two of society's most important pastimes: reading and writing. There is also a good deal of other stuff, as the guest and the hosts explore the Star Brigade series from concept to final product.

Topics also include what it takes to produce a box set of short stories (and what it takes to get bestselling authors on board). Ekeke reached out to a cross section of best selling and new authors for Galactic Frontiers:

“Lori’s War” by CJ Carella

“Space Cadets” by HJ Lawson

“Battle Beyond Earth: Liberty” by Nick S. Thomas

“Retreat: A Pike Chronicles Short Story” by G.P. Hudson

“Daughters of Ayor” by David R. Bernstein

“Bloodbag Suppressors” by Justin Sloan

“Crash Landing” by Ken Lozito.

“The Teardrop that became a Torrent” by Rachel Aukes

“The Forever Family” by J.N. Chaney

“Rift” by Amy DuBoff

“The Embrose Contract” by C.C. Ekeke

“The Trenches of Centauri Prime” by Craig Martelle

“Plenty” by Jenetta Penner

“Planetstrider” by Chris Fox

“Tombstone” by Jay Allan. First published in 2012.

“Last Survivors” by Michael G. Thomas

About Tonight’s Guest:

“C.C. Ekeke spent much of his childhood on a steady diet of science fiction movies, television shows and superhero comic books. He discovered his desire to write books in college when studying for a degree in advertising. An international trip or two provided further inspiration for the aliens and worlds seen in his writing. STAR BRIGADE: Resurgent, his debut novel, was originally published in December 2005 - this is the enhanced edition relaunched in preparation for the next books in the Star Brigade series.” – Amazon author page

Contact C. C. Ekeke at ccekeke.com and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @ccekeke

 

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This episode of TNL is brought to you by Ken Lozito’s science fiction novel Star Shroud.

Kept secret for 60 years, the discovery of an alien signal forces a NASA pilot and computer hacker to team up to investigate an alien structure discovered in the furthest reaches of the solar system.

The Star Shroud is the first installment in an action packed science fiction series. If you like space opera adventure stories, then strap yourself in, you’re in for a fun nonstop thrill ride.

This series by Ken Lozito is a fantastic read and you won’t be disappointed. Find Star Shroud here: https://www.amazon.com/Star-Shroud-Ascension-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01C9AKYT0/ 

 

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The Hosts of Keystroke Medium would like to recommend C. Steven Manley’s The Story Shots Podcast. Check it out at http://storyshots.libsyn.com/website

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Ep 2.39 - LIVE! with Ken Lozito

May 22, 2017

On this episode of LIVE! the author of the epic-fantasy series The Safanarion Order and the space opera Ascension series, Ken Lozito joins the show to talk about his writing journey. Ken has been writing since 2013 and since then has written 10 novels and several short stories.

Ken talks about how he manages to produce the content of a full time author while still working

a full time day job, what process he uses and how he keeps track of everything.

This episode is full of great information whether you’re a seasoned or beginning author or just a fan of Ken’s work.

This episode of LIVE! is brought to you by “Explorations: First Contact” a science fiction anthology published by Woodbridge Press. 

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The Sphere ship appeared suddenly, damaged and dying. After making contact, Earth learned they weren’t alone in the universe. The Sphere gave them knowledge of space travel, and coordinates to other races spread across the expanse. It asked them to continue its mission of exploration and contact, but also left them with a stark warning: Stay away from the Star.

Over the next twenty years, the United Earth Foundation formed, and their ships were built, their displacement drives giving them the sphere shape when engaged.

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Ep 2.38 - TNL - Sci-Fi Bridge with Rhett Bruno

May 13, 2017

Amazon Bio: Rhett Bruno has been writing since before he can remember, scribbling down what he thought were epic stories when he was young to show to his friends and family. He currently works at an Architecture firm, but that hasn’t stopped him from recording the tales bouncing around inside of his head.

Rhett is the amazon-bestselling author of "The Circuit Trilogy", "Titanborn", and "From Ice to Ashes." Please subscribe to his newsletter for exclusive access to updates about his work and the opportunity to receive limited content and ARCs. For a limited time you'll also receive a FREE digital copy of Book one in The Circuit Trilogy, "The Circuit: Executor Rising."

Check out his website: http://rhettbruno.com/newsletter/ 

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Ep 2.37 - LIVE! with Armand Rosamilia

May 9, 2017

The full crew of Keystroke Medium -- Josh, Ralph, and Scott -- welcome Armand Rosamilia to the show. Needless to say, fireworks ensue. This is an adventure that will take listeners through the wilderness of the zombie apocalypse (Dying Days) to a benevolent hit man saving kids he was sent to kill (Dirty Deeds). But first...Cthulu Unicorns.

Yes, you heard it here first.

Once the fearless crew of KSM gets over their beard envy, Armand explains how the concept of Cthulu Unicorns evolved from a collaborative writing project with his daughter. (At age eleven, she was into unicorns.)

Armand writes dark fiction, in his own name and on various ghostwriting projects, but breaks it up with humor and action. His sense of humor really shows throughout the show, as he rolls with the punches. If you’ve ever wanted to hang out with writers and talk shop, maybe having a bit too much fun, this is an episode you should listen to.

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Ep 2.36 - TNL - Collaboration and List Building with Jason Anspach

May 5, 2017

Ep 2.36 - TNL with Jason Anspach 
Blog and shownotes by: Lauren Moore

Book marketing in the indie author space is all about creativity and making connections. Sci-fi author Jason Anspach models that idea clearly with his innovative approach to marketing. Forget endless Bookbub petitions and fruitless Facebook advertising campaigns, this man decided to make his own marketing tools. Intrigued? Read on and check out tonight’s podcast episode here.

Jason Anspach is the author of 'til Death. Along with Amazon bestselling author Nick Cole, Jason co-writes the military science fiction franchise, Galaxy's Edge, which is coming out to fans now as part of an email subscription model. No stranger to the podcasting world, Jason co-hosts Literary Outlaws, a podcast for authors and readers who like to think for themselves, and joins in on the fun of the Sci-Fi Writers Playing Old School D&D podcast.

In tonight’s podcast, Jason shares two collaborative tools he helped build that have created a broad readership base--and one that’s expanding every day. The first tool he helped create is an emailed newsletter designed to connect sci-fi readers with quality new authors called the Sci-Fi Bridge. Joining forces with authors Rhett Bruno and Chris Pourteau, the team held a contest to find the best sci-fi authors out there and start building the email list of readers who signed up not because they wanted a freebie, but because they love to read sci-fi. Today, the newsletter goes out twice a week avid readers, showcasing new releases from a growing list of authors.

In 2016, Jason teamed up with Nick Cole to create the Galaxy’s Edge series of military science fiction novels. In an effort to create a selling platform independent of any outside companies such as Amazon, Kobo, or Patreon, Nick and Jason decided to co-write Legionnaires, the first book in the Galaxy’s Edge series, and release it serially to readers on their email list. Much like Patreon, a platform that allows fans to crowdfund their favorite artists, the subscription model allows readers to join one of three levels to support Galaxy’s Edge: basic, special access, and partner subscription. Each level gives the subscriber access to even more access to Galaxy’s Edge content. Legionnaires is on track to be released in July, and the author duo plans on releasing a new book every 60 days. Eventually, the team hopes to open up the universe to other authors to come onboard and add books to the series, a move that will bring new audiences into the Galaxy’s Edge world. If you’re interested in hearing more about Nick and Jason’s collaboration, you can find their Thursday Night Live episode here, and if you’d like to subscribe to Galaxy’s Edge, sign up here.

Jason’s story proves that with innovative thinking based around collaboration, it’s possible to gather a vibrant, engaged audience of readers eager to get their hands on your next story.

So, what else did we talk about? Well . . .

  • What the Keystroke Medium team has been up to lately
  • Josh and Scott explain how they are currently using the “Thalmann Method” for proof reading. Scott uses Voice Aloud Reader and Josh uses Voice Dream Reader.
  • Jason shares his author’s journey, including how he started writing with Nick Cole
  • Jason discusses using the “yes, and” method to work with co-authors and build your own plot
  • Jason explain how he’s used anthologies to expand his audience reach
  • The Keystroke Medium team tries to answer the ever-burning questions: Why do Stormtroopers suck so bad? And do they actually suck so bad?
  • Josh touches on the recently released The Dark Tower trailer (based on the Stephen King series) and gives SPOILERS
  • The trickiness of turning books into movies, e.g., The Hobbit
  • Keystroke Medium merch news (more info to come, folks!)

Join us LIVE next week on Monday, May 8th, at noon Eastern Standard Time where we chat with Armand Rosamila, author of over 150 stories and host of the Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast and co-host of The Mando Method Podcast.

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Ep 2.35 - LIVE! with Craig Martelle

May 4, 2017

Welcome to another episode of LIVE! here on Keystroke Medium. Today Craig Martelle, best-selling author of the Free Trader series and co-writer Terry Henry Walton Chronicles in the Kurtherian Gambit series with Michael Anderle. Craig has been writing and publishing for a little over a year and today he joins to talk about his writing journey.

Check out our interview with Michael Anderle here: https://youtu.be/o770MEm8s6o

Check out Craig’s website here: http://www.craigmartelle.com/

Find all his books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Martelle/e/B01AQVF3ZY/

This episode of Live is brought to you by BZ Hercules Editing Services, to receive an exclusive 15% discount off all editing, proofing, triangulation services, and more, visit: http://www.keystrokemedium.com/bzhercules  

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Ep 2.34 - TNL - The Resurgence of Fun in Science Fiction w/ Mark Wandrey

May 3, 2017

“I want to kill aliens and get paid”

 

This is the mantra of bestselling military science fiction author Mark Wandrey. Mark is the author of the Earth Song series and co-creator of the wildly popular Four Horseman universe with Chris Kennedy.

 

For more information about Mark, check out his website: http://www.worldmaker.us/

 

Find out more about Mark’s books here: https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Wandrey/e/B00914T11A/

 

Check out our interview with Chris Kennedy here: https://youtu.be/umG9Yyr0nI4

If you enjoy this podcast, please leave us a review and rate the show!

 

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Ep 2.33 - LIVE! with Gail Z Martin

May 1, 2017

Today Gail Z Martin, best-selling author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer and the Deadly Curiousities series, joins us to talk about her writing journey. Gail started with traditional publishing 10 years ago and has since become a very prolific hybrid author. 

Find her on Twitter: @gailzmartin

Visit her website: http://www.gailzmartin.com

Her newest blog we talked about:

http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/articles/article-archives/the-family/20505-supernatural-reflecting-mary

Find all of Gail’s books here: https://www.amazon.com/Gail-Z.-Martin/e/B002BM8XSQ/

This episode of Live is brought to you by BZ Hercules Editing Services, to receive an exclusive 15% discount off all editing, proofing, triangulation services, and more, visit: http://www.keystrokemedium.com/bzhercules  

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