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Using Draft2Digital to Sell More Books, Ep. 2.19

Using Draft2Digital to Sell More Books, Ep. 2.19

May 5, 2020

Options in the indie publishing world get wider everyday. Thinking about reaching more readers than just those on Amazon? Draft2Digital might be the platform for you. Not only do they make listing your ebooks on places like Kobo, Applebooks, and B&N a cinch, signing up doesn't cost you a thing.

But how do you use it, and how can they help? D2D's Mark Leslie Lefebvre answers those questions and more on this episode of The Writer's Journey.

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 18 - The Caffeine Express

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 18 - The Caffeine Express

May 5, 2020

Walt gets doused in coffee after a few minutes sleep.

Ep 5.16 - LIVE! The Story of Setting

Ep 5.16 - LIVE! The Story of Setting

May 5, 2020

The setting is where the story takes place, but it also frames the story you're telling. Josh, Chuck, and Scott sit down and discuss how the setting you choose can affect your story.

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The Story of Setting

The setting is where the story takes place, but it also frames the story you're telling. Josh, Chuck, and Scott sit down and discuss how the setting you choose can affect your story.

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

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

[04:16] Weekly update, “Welcome to my world” Edition

Josh: Developmental edit of Valor #3. Reading Mr. Paradise by Elmore Lenard  100% dialogue. Finishing The Late Show by Michael Connelly.

Chuck: Almost done with Galactic Murder Clowns 3.  Waiting for his wife to read the Jack Dark book while writing the next one.

Scott: Frustrated by David Baldacci’s Memory Man

[15:20] Main Event: The Story of Setting!

-Location research makes the setting feels like a character.

Example: Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series

-Setting helps ground the story. Even if you don’t live there, you feel like you know the place very well.

-Certain places have a mystique about them that’s built up over time, a history and culture.

-Humanizing the non-human elements of the setting.

-Pulling elements from a known location and renaming it to ‘borrow’ elements.

-Imaginary places needs a stronger sense of place and setting.

-Making the setting drive how people deal with one another

-Taking a place and rubbing “sci-fi” all over it to anchor a reader.

Chiba City, Japan in William Gibson’s Neuromancer

Example: Neo Tokyo in Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira

[30:00] Sponsor: Scott Moon’s Enemy of Man (Chronicles of Kin Roland #1)

[33:28] Main Event: The Story of Setting, Continued!

-Using the setting to reduce the number of characters in a scene for dialogue.

Example: Aaron Sorkin’s constrained environments

-AI works well in sci-fi because it allows dialogue to add description or information.

-The setting can affect the character and dialogue (church vs. watching football in a sports bar).

-Surrounding conflict (setting) can drive the story and dialogue.

-Balancing action vs. story movement.

-Pulp fiction has a place.

Example: Don Pendleton’s The Executioner series

-Getting lost in the setting description can bog down the story.

-Doing the research serves the author in writing the scenes.

-You only need to describe something once and just touch little elements when necessary.

-Using Google Maps and Street View.

[55:54] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

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Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 17 - Surprise Edition: All About the View

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 17 - Surprise Edition: All About the View

May 4, 2020

We join TS Hottle talking about Points of View... and COFFEE!

ProWritingAid Tips for Writers- Ep. 2.18

ProWritingAid Tips for Writers- Ep. 2.18

May 4, 2020

Need to find those pesky grammar errors hiding out in your writing? Do you tend to reuse the same words or need to vary up your sentence structure? ProWritingAid can check all that out and more.

Hayley from ProWritingAid is here to show us how.

HALF-OFF Lifetime Membership CODE: https://prowritingaid.com/en/Payment/Take/1560377 

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 16 - What the #&@$$

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 16 - What the #&@$$

May 4, 2020

I'd like to say something nice, but my PHD in profanity is keeping me from the attempt!

Ep 5.15 - LIVE! Writing in Multiple Genres

Ep 5.15 - LIVE! Writing in Multiple Genres

May 4, 2020

Josh and Chuck sit down with Andy Peloquin to discuss what it takes to write great stories across multiple genres.

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Writing in Multiple Genres

Josh and Chuck sit down with Andy Peloquin to discuss what it takes to write great stories across multiple genres.

Hosts: Josh Hayes, C. Steven Manley, Andy Peloquin

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

[04:00] Weekly update, “Kinda Like Being Married” Edition

Chuck: Plugging away at  Dark Disciples (Jack Dark #2) and Brace Cordova #3. Committed to short story for Weird Tales’ Galactic Murder Clowns 3. Family time and hanging out on the Moon Base.

Andy: On the home stretch on the Cerebus series with #6. Hitting print page limits on Amazon.

Josh: Finishing Valor #3 and then forgetting to finish chapters. Then shift genres to write a detective story!

[11:40] Main Event: Writing in Multiple Genres!

-Fantasy genre is strong with traditional publishing with a few exceptions.

-Moving to a new genre to fit the character or the story rather than the other way around.

-Characters that are compelling will bring a reader along into any genre.

Example: Walter White of Breaking Bad

-How do you go from 200k+ fantasy tome to 70-100k milSF?

-You get to spend more time in world-building in fantasy vs. milSF

[28:52] Sponsor: Jonathan Yanez and Stevie Collier’s I Am Mech (Metal Fury Book 1)

[31:48] Main Event: Writing in Multiple Genres, Continued!

-Transitioning from Fantasy into a more modern genre (hint: easier than the other way)

-Traveling to other cultural areas (going home trope)

Example: Sweet Home Alabama

-Fun with making up names a la Guy Ritchie.

-Humor is easier than fantasy.

Example: The ‘Bye, Felicia’ moment in Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series 

-Finding more cinematic moments.

-Science Fiction can get you scale.

-How to build a readership for a new genre

-Starting with gathering existing readers who are willing to go to the new genre.

-Run lead generation ads to build the new list.

-Pierce Brown fangirling

Example: Joe Abercrombie’s A Little Hatred 

[58:00] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

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PerfectIt Editing Tips with CEO Daniel Heuman, Ep. 2.17

PerfectIt Editing Tips with CEO Daniel Heuman, Ep. 2.17

May 3, 2020

Need that final editing polish to get your manuscript ready to meet the public? PerfectIt is one such tool that can help you to search and destroy typos and errors while applying your style choices consistently throughout your manuscript. But what does that even mean? Let's ask PerfectIt's CEO to find out!

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 15 - Best Served Cold

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 15 - Best Served Cold

May 3, 2020

Iced coffee... Um -OK! And we talk when good fans go great!

Ep 5.14 - LIVE! Debunking the Rules of Writing

Ep 5.14 - LIVE! Debunking the Rules of Writing

May 3, 2020

Josh, Scott, and Chuck sit down to talk about the rules of writing and how they aren't so "absolute" as they may seem.

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Debunking the Rules of Writing

Josh, Scott, and Chuck sit down to talk about the rules of writing and how they aren't so "absolute" as they may seem.

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

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

[05:05] Weekly update, Tiger King Edition

Josh: Into the final act of Enemy of Valor (Valor #3). Word streaking! Anthology Battle Luna reveal

Chuck: Plugging away at  Dark Disciples (Jack Dark #2) and Brace Cordova #3. Committed to short story for Weird Tales’ Galactic Murder Clowns 3. Word of the Day: Homage.

Scott: Finished Invasion Day and outlined the next book. Hit 70k words in book 2 of Thirteen Mercenaries for June release. Pitching KSM coffee.

[16:36] Sponsor: Devon C. Ford and Nathan Hystad’s Salvation (Rise Book 2)

[19:32] Main Event: Debunking the Rules of Writing!

-Pacing, action, and characterization are very important in military science fiction, but ‘show, don’t tell’ is strong in this genre.

-Show, don’t tell is a big mantra, but there’s a lot of telling in different genres.

-Is ‘show, don’t tell’ a generational or publishing market shift?

-Start with telling in drafting a novel, but working backward into showing if you can.

-The POV can lead to a lot of telling because you’re inside the head of a character.

Example: Legionnaire (Galaxy’s Edge Book 1) by Jason Anspach and Nick Cole

Counter-example: the shift from third person limited to omniscient and then back.

Example: Memory Man by David Baldacci

-In mystery, telling is big because the reader is trying to get all the clues to solve.

-‘Thou Shalt Not Bore the Reader’

-You have to tell more when you’re in a single POV because you don’t have the advantage of POV shift or a wider character lens. It’s known to the character so the reader can access what the character knows.

-Breaking up Exposition with Action? Don’t follow a predictable rhythm and it doesn’t have to repeat (i.e. not always a battle).

-Zero in on exposition as to how it relates to the narrative right now.

-Small amounts of stage direction can add motion to the exposition without adding action.

-Being kept in the dark? ‘Resist the Urge to Explain’

-Don’t put unnecessary facts into a novel you’ll lose track of.

-Setting exposition can give a setting character

Example: Michael Connolly’s Harry Bosch series

-Adding research details from the real world (which doesn’t necessarily work in SFF unless you world build to give it history and feel)

-Chekhov’s Gun Axiom

-Deep historical feel can give a reader an immersive experience and connection

Example: GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire series

-Historical fiction is very rich in this way.

Example: Marc Alan Edelheit’s Chronicles of An Imperial Legionary Officer series

-Some authors do very well in over-description

Example: Tom Clancy, Ken Follet

-Cinematic description works

Example: Michael Fuchs

-How deep do you go when you explain a character? It’s big in military science fiction.

Example: Scott Moon’s Pig Dog

-Headhopping within a scene. Does that work?

-Inferring vs. headhopping

-‘Thou Shalt Not Confuse the Reader’

Example: Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series

Example : Frank Herbert’s Dune Chronicles series

-Have to know how to hold the third person omniscient while holding information from the reader

Example: Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series

-You want to convey what you want to reader to feel what the character feels or believes

-#1 important rule is your story. Write the best one.

-Know the rules of your genre and read in your genre

[59:13] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

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