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Build an Amazon Brand Store to Bolster Your Author Platform, Ep. 2.23

Build an Amazon Brand Store to Bolster Your Author Platform, Ep. 2.23

May 31, 2020

Looking for ways to leverage the power of Amazon's book-selling platform to reach more readers than ever? Consider creating an Amazon brand store.

Not sure what that is or how to do it? Join the party! We're asking Richard Hummel, the creator of Amazon's LitRPG store, exactly how he did it...

Ep 5.20 - LIVE! ‘Gods and Heroes’ with Charley and Vlas Parlapanides

Ep 5.20 - LIVE! ‘Gods and Heroes’ with Charley and Vlas Parlapanides

May 26, 2020

Josh, Scott, and Chuck sit down to talk with 'Gods and Heroes' creators Charley and Vlas Parlapandies.

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 Hosts: Josh Hayes, Scott Moon, C. Stephen Manley, Charley and Vlas Parlapanides

[00:00] Opening remarks—Dragon Award Nominations are open!

[03:37] 'Gods and Heroes' with Charley and Vlas Parlapanides

-Being a writer in film and television is all about work ethic and desire to tell stories.

-Charley started as associate, but Vlas was writing and they started collaborating.

-Writing is rewriting, so any scripts you get that give you something to read and learn from.

-Selling a spec script is like selling a first draft, which is the opposite of novel production process.

-Subjective vs. Objective notes in scriptwriting (feedback from the producers)

-Diagnosing the problem based on the notes.

-Learning to ‘take notes’

-Good writing is rewriting.

-Don’t record your notes meetings….

-Staying in the game long enough for someone to roll you the ball.

-Make it work.

-The invisible steps of collaboration or teamwork.

-The only rule is the Best Idea Wins.

-Building large arcs within your story to achieve the narrative arc from beginning to the end.

-In network tv, you have to close all the loops.

-In series tv, each episode has to have miniature arcs.

-The tv show Story Document and outline.

-The outline isn’t always gospel; the story is king.

-Scripts vs. budgets.

-A movie is never finished, but abandoned.

-Michael Arndt breaks down Star Wars

-You can be a slave to structure in a movie format.

-A tv show pilot has to have a solid structure AND launch the series.

-Nancy Miller advocates that the first ACT/first twenty pages of the pilot have to grab the viewer into the series.

-Length of a script doesn’t matter.

Example: Zodiac, The Social Network

[59:55] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

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How to Be More Inclusive in Your Fiction, Ep. 2.22

How to Be More Inclusive in Your Fiction, Ep. 2.22

May 25, 2020

The world is comprised of color. From a single grain of sand to flowers, animals, and human beings. We captivate readers with our written word. And when the story calls for it, we name the colors in the wind. So why not use a multitude of colors in our cast of characters?

Join CC Ekeke, Jonathan Brazee, Rebekah Haskell, and Jeffery H. Haskell as we discuss race and character descriptions on tonight's episode of The Writer's Journey.

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 21 - So I had this Crazy coffee in an Elevator!

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 21 - So I had this Crazy coffee in an Elevator!

May 22, 2020

We get down and dirty with some seriously dark coffee

Ep 5.19 - LIVE! Bring Your Story to Life with Damon Suede

Ep 5.19 - LIVE! Bring Your Story to Life with Damon Suede

May 19, 2020

Great characters are what readers are looking for and without them, they're likely to skip your book. Damon Suede joins Josh and Scott to talk about his techniques to take your writing voice to the next level.

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Great characters are what readers are looking for and without them, they're likely to skip your book. Damon Suede joins Josh and Scott to talk about his techniques to take your writing voice to the next level.

Hosts: Josh Hayes, Scott Moon, Damon Suede

[00:00] Opening remarks—Dragon Award Nominations are open!

[04:18] Weekly update, “F*ck You Writing Is Hard” Edition

Scott: Launching Invasion Day with a new version and cover, but Amazon is slow. Scott got promoted to Lieutenant!

Damon: On Lockdown writing romance. Working on another nonfiction in the series, Characterize! Writing fiction and coming back into screenwriting. There are no people outside of Manhattan; feels like an apocalyptic movie. Surprised there are no bicycles, toilet paper, and exercise equipment. Damon Suede’s Verbalize: bring stories to life & life to stories

Josh: Enemy of Valor (Valor #3) is ready to publish! Starting a new trilogy called Tranquility with Devon Ford. Working to have the first two novels done by end of summer. No more Valor memes!

[15:18] Bring Your Story to Life!

-Introduction to Damon Suede’s experience.

-Adjectives are worthless in writing (its descriptive).

-Verbs are the word that speaks to the action of a story and character.

-No one thinks about action for writing.

-Don’t describe… give action!

-The characters are an action and have different tactics that are synonyms of what the character does.

Example: Severus Snape vexes.

-You want to build the moral ethos (action) of the character

-Antonyms are conflict.

Example: Hannibal Lector savors.

Example: Clarice Starling saves.

Example: Fisher (in Valor) proves.

-My verbs are transitive, not intransitive.

Example: Gollum covets. He strangles, he murders, he steals, etc. in order to covet.

Example: Jane Gum also covets, but it shown differently.

-Verbs don’t have gender or race or prejudice.

L.C. Knight’s How Many Children Had Lady MacBeth?

-Dolls vs. characters.

Example: Lady MacBeth schemes.

-It’s not dialogue conflict, that’s bickering, you’re looking for friction.

-Your audience is an emotional piñata.

-If you don’t have an action for a character, you can still figure it out in your writing.

-Making characters more character

-Fatal Flaw is what screws up a character and causes them to take action.

-Character = Plot and Plot = Character

-Twatwaffles in Pulp Fiction

[1:08:00] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

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Are Small Presses Sinking During COVID-19? Ep. 2.21

Are Small Presses Sinking During COVID-19? Ep. 2.21

May 15, 2020

Many COVID-19 headlines are looking grim these days, but what are the actual sales numbers saying?

We invited small press publisher Steve Beaulieu on the show to cut through the doom and gloom and shed some light on what's actually happening in the book publishing world.

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 20 - Your Ninja Just Cut My Cowboy!

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 20 - Your Ninja Just Cut My Cowboy!

May 15, 2020

What happens when you mix stuff together... Sometimes it's GOOD!

Ep 5.18 - LIVE! Fulfilling Reader Expectations and more!

Ep 5.18 - LIVE! Fulfilling Reader Expectations and more!

May 15, 2020

Josh, Scott, and Chuck sit down to talk about fulfilling (hopefully) reader expectations and a whole lot more, on today's episode of LIVE!

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Hosts: Josh Hayes, Scott Moon, C. Steven Manley

[00:00] Opening remarks—Dragon Award Nominations are open!

[03:39] Weekly update, “Office Makeover” Edition

Josh: Valor #3 is complete and up for pre-order!

Chuck: Plugging away on Jack Dark Book 2 and Brace Cordova 3. The awesome name of Jamarian “Jam” Haygood.

Scott: Scott did NOT rearrange his office. Working on publishing Invasion Day and working on sequel Resistance Day. Adding in curveballs to the story and reacting to cascading changes throughout the story.

[19:15] Main Event: Fulfilling Reader Expectations!

-Genre, Series, and Character expectations

-Throwing in a new character and setting up expectations (ex. Cyborg)

-What are the reader expectations from the genre?

-For space opera, it’s a mech story, so expectation is cool mech battles and cool mech things, such as ‘leveling up’ older construction mechs with weaponry. So the focus is action and mech, but less focus on the pilot and characters.

-Geeking out about things that both the author and reader would love.

-Hot Tub Time Machine segue

-Starting with an overall expectation and feedback from readers can change writer expectation (or not if the expectation is too risky for the genre)

-Reader expectation comes from the reader. Can a writer affect that?

-You can develop expectations as a writer. Ex. When you pick up a Stephen King book, you have an expectation based on characters, plot, and storytelling.

-You pick up a book, thinking that a book is about one thing and it’s about something else (pleasantly and unpleasantly)

Example: Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)

-Reader expectations are set up at the beginning of the book and fulfilled at the end.

-If you pick up Epic Fantasy by book cover, you shouldn’t expect a Grimdark Fantasy.

-Setting up an expectation and then never delivering is terrible for the reader.

-Stryker’s War had an expectation that neither the writer nor the reader anticipated.

-Josh likes to make people cry.

-You can set up an emotional gut punch.

-Upping expectations as you become more experienced as a writer.

-If you make someone feel something, you’ve succeeded.

-The hate for Baldacci continues…

-Next week’s guest (no really): (Damon Suede’s Verbalize: bring stories to life & life to stories).

[54:48] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

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     Farthest Reachhttps://amzn.to/2UZINeo

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Publishing During the Pandemic | The Tobias Agency, Ep. 2.20

Publishing During the Pandemic | The Tobias Agency, Ep. 2.20

May 9, 2020

In the middle of a global pandemic, the big question on everybody's mind right now is what does the future hold?

Well, maybe we don't have a crystal ball to ask, but we do have two literary agents from the acclaimed Tobias Agency.

In today's episode, we discuss current trends in the book publishing world and ask how COVID-19 might change the publishing landscape forever.

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 19 - Tie that thing together!

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 19 - Tie that thing together!

May 8, 2020

WHAT! Coffee... in BEER? Is that really a thing? Also, what's the best way to tie up a story? We're talking about it.

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