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Ep 5.25 - LIVE! Writing Roundtable - July 2020

Ep 5.25 - LIVE! Writing Roundtable - July 2020

July 8, 2020

Josh, Scott, Chuck talk about everything writing-related! Come join the conversation!

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

[00:00] Opening remarks

[06:30] Weekly update—Tase Me, Please Edition

Josh: Vacation Sunburn™, wrote some chapters in the coauthored work, listening to more audiobooks.

Scott: Victory Day (Alien Invastion #3) is on pre-order. How great covers can change a book. Serious side quests and plots.

Chuck: Extended Kid Time™ dealing with family medical issues per 2020®

[18:00] Main Event: LIVE! Writing Roundtable July 2020!

-Josh postulates that 2020 is the way that it is because the Chiefs won the Super Bowl.

-Josh is enjoying The Demon Cycle series by Peter V. Brett

-Confusion over titles of demon races and finally picking up the concepts that were introduced in the first book. Super grim dark.

-A character that goes from a child to an adult over the course of a series, which can be troublesome for a series.

-Not for the faint of heart, but the characters were more developed than Joe Abercrombie’s First Law characters

-Scott’s Magic Yeti

-Chuck was in the hunt for high fantasy that wasn’t grimdark but not epic, but more like D&D fantasy of the 80’s.

-What has changed in the last 30 years?

-It depends on the fantasy you read; Josh wasn’t compelled to read Priori of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon because of the prose and POV shifts.

-An overload of characters from that book.

-Josh also read The Shadow of What Was Lost (Licanus Trilogy) by James Islington

-It was a boy going on a Hero’s Journey with two different types of magic and a bit obvious.

-Josh recommends The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archives #1) by Brandon Sanderson (of course)

-Working title for The Way of Kings was Writing This for Josh.

-Chuck chose Web of Eyes (Buried Goddess Saga #1) by Rhett Bruno and Jamie Castle

-Josh explains the indoctrination into Stormlight is much like Scientology….

-Scott did not like most of the characters, but he liked Shallan.

-Scott reacted differently to The First Law trilogy than Josh.

-Chuck was curious about the concept of the generic character, but there’s an appeal there.

-Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time starts as a clone of JRR Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings but diverts after the first book.

-Magic system fatigue.

-Follow along with the Everyman™.

-Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Tales series has parallels to A Song of Fire and Ice – magic.

-A discussion of explaining the magic or not (hard v. soft).

-Josh explains Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

-Josh then explains Stormlight magic…

Anyone read some steam punk?

-Josh started The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

-Scott and Chuck read some Cherie Priest Clockwork Century novels

-Deadwood with Magic would be fun.

-Chuck enjoyed Stephen King’s The Outsider, but Josh did not like the show.

-Scott loved Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, which is a mix of fantasy and historical fiction

-Josh surprisingly enjoyed The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

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[1:03:31] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

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Get the Most Out of Your Author Website | Rob McClellan, Ep. 2.28

Get the Most Out of Your Author Website | Rob McClellan, Ep. 2.28

July 4, 2020

Got a lonely author website gathering dust somewhere on the internet? Got a feeling there's way more you could be doing with it if you only knew what... and why... and how... Yep, us too.

Fortunately website wizard Rob McClellan is here to answer just those questions and more on this episode of The Writer's Journey.

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Today’s book spotlight is on Platform Mastery: An Indie Author Mastery Guide by Nick Thacker

Build your platform... launch your career.

Most authors have a website. Few authors have a true platform. No matter where you are in your author career — just starting out with a single book or you're a 5-figure-per-month author of multiple series — there's another level to reach.

In Platform Mastery, full-time USA Today Bestselling Author Nick Thacker breaks down what it means to launch an author platform, and what it means to use it to reach the next level.

BOOK LINK: https://amzn.to/3gkYOTp 

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 26 - The other side of the Coin

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 26 - The other side of the Coin

July 2, 2020

Have you tried making coffee through a Vietnamese Phin? Why not? Let's talk about that and part two of the Fiction-Game Table connection.

Intro to Editing with Ellen Campbell: https://youtu.be/ydLaFFntB4Q

Get your Vietnamese coffee groove on with: https://nguyencoffeesupply.com/ 

Ep 5.24 - LIVE! with Derek Kolstad

Ep 5.24 - LIVE! with Derek Kolstad

July 2, 2020

Josh, Scott, and Chuck sit down with JOHN WICK creator Derek Kolstad to talk about his writing process, inspiration, and how he truly feels about dogs in film.

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[00:00] Opening remarks

[05:15] Weekly update—Tase Me, Please Edition

Chuck: Plugging away Jack Dark #2, more Family Time™, multiple family medical emergencies.

Scott: LIEUTENANT MOON. Learning to be a Lieutenant. Editing a lot of books. Resistance Day is up for pre-order. Dog issues.

Derek: Writing a LOT of scripts in quarantine. Lots of irons in the fire waiting for the green light for production. Doing spec writing to keep pen to page. Stumbling across lines that are iconic.

[09:40] Main Event: LIVE! With Derek Kolstad

-Writing and timing and being a fifteen year overnight success.

-Loving writing and constantly writing even if it’s spec.

-What books/movies gave you the inspiration for John Wick?

-A lot of action and noir films growing up.

-Whether the dog was a powerful enough motivation for the character and finding meaning behind that.

-Working with Marvel Studios in tv series writing

-Best Idea Wins

-Making that difficult transition between the second act and the third.

Die Hard, Die Hard 2, and Die Hard With a Vengeance

The Raid

-Growing up in the era of the best/worst action movies of the ‘80s (Dollman?)

The Matrix

-How many shells are in that shotgun in The Tombstone?

-‘Great script, but not as good as the original’

-Immediate Stakes vs. Big Threats

-A buttload of will wins.

-John Wick came from not enjoying a bunch of revenge movies.

Three Days of the Condor

The Ronin

-Why is Boba Fett and Bossk interesting in Star Wars?

-Difficulty of writing John Wick Chapter 2 by stripping away the fat and ideas and preconceptions.

-Simplicity requires precision.

-A drawer full of orphans.

-Lance Reddick should kick someone’s ass (his comedic timing is great in Corporate)

-Original title for John Wick was Scorn

Better Call Saul

-Delivering the work and the look of an action hero.

-Subverting expectation can happen even in action movies.

Presidio

Justified

Bourne Identity

Raiders of the Lost Ark

-Care about the character, care about the movie

Breaking Bad Finale

-James Bond is a sociopath, but he’s surrounded by a team that keeps him focused.

Fast and the Furious

Rocky

First Blood

-Lean and mean vs. Fatty buffet

Ex. Tom Clancy’s Sum of All Fears [link]

The Professional

-Comic books are hard because you need to be a director AND a writer.

Ex. Tom Clancy’s Clear and Present Danger [link]

[1:04:57] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 ***

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June Book Sales | Kinga Jentetics, PublishDrive, Ep. 2.27

June Book Sales | Kinga Jentetics, PublishDrive, Ep. 2.27

July 2, 2020

2020--what a year! And we're halfway through it. More people are on their phones than ever, more people are reading than ever, and stories are moving hearts and minds. So what does that mean for authors?

Let's talk about it.

Tonight, Kinga joins us to talk book sales numbers--across genres, platforms, and global markets. We'll talk about the markets that are expanding, speculate as to why, and look forward to the second half of 2020. What steps should we be taking to take over the publishing world?

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This week’s spotlight is on The Writing Dream: and How to Make it to Happily Ever After by Lauren Moore, Josh Hayes, and Scott Moon

Writing. 

Something you've always dreamed of doing, but there's just not enough time. 

Or maybe you've already written a book (or six) but they aren't doing well. 

With nearly fifty million books on Amazon today, what can you do to make your book stand out? 

From the popular podcast, Keystroke Medium Live, Josh Hayes, Scott Moon, and Lauren Moore pan the gold from hundreds of author interviews. Anecdotes, tips, and advice from authors across the publishing spectrum and all over the globe. We've chosen the very best of it, time tested and proven successful, backed up by our personal experience. 

Whether you can't find the time to write, you don't have a clue how to market, or you just need to fine tune your process, there's something for you in this book.

LINK:  https://amzn.to/2BaIeXv 

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