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Episode 118 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion with Brenda Cooper and Martha Wells

                       

Welcome to Episode 118 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode, we delve more into the world of short speculative fiction as we chat with authors (and former guests) Brenda Cooper and Martha Wells about their particular approaches to writing short fiction, the difference in process and product between writing novels and short stories, and how each form can complement the other.  Since Brenda, Martha and Brad have joined forces with Will McIntosh, Tina Connolly and Stephen Gaskell in the Six by Six Kickstarter, we also discuss the “synergistic energy” of stories in an anthology and how, even though each author is producing his or her own collection of six stories, working as part of a team can still be an exciting change from the often solitary working life of the author.  If you like what you hear, head over to the Kickstarter to find out more–and of course, don’t forget to check back next episode when we’ll begin a new triptych of shows on the work of Lev Grossman. And finally, we’ve gotten some excellent movement on our Patreon over the past few days; thanks so much to those of you who have gotten on board, and for those of you haven’t yet, don’t forget that for a small pledge you can both support the show and get even more content–like the Good, Bad and Ugly segment from this very episode!  Until next time, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word!

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Episode 110 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion with Margot Atwell and Michael J. Sullivan

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Welcome to Episode 110 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we chat with Kickstarter Publishing Community Manager and publishing veteran (and star of the Wall Street Traitors roller derby team) Margot Atwell and speculative fiction author Michael J. Sullivan about Kickstarter and what the crowdfunding explosion means for authors and publishers in the long term.  We also get some details about what makes a successful publishing Kickstarter–and what can cause one to fail.  This was an interesting discussion with a lot of great insights from Margot and Michael, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  If so, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll have the last of our “month of roundtables” with speculative fiction authors Erik Scott de Bie and Marie Bilodeau, this one focusing on small presses.

Additional Note: As a part of this interview we also recorded our first Good, Bad and Ugly segment, a five minute discussion with insider stories from the publishing world, available to our Patreon backers of $3 or more a month.  We’re really excited to share these extra bits of knowledge and experience with you, and we can if you’re willing to support us at less than $1 per show.  So please head over and become a patron–and thanks!

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Greg’s Graphic Novel Kickstarter for Icarus Goes Live!

Today, the Kickstarter for Greg’s graphic novel, Icarus, a collaboration with comic artist Matt Slay, went live. You can check it out on Kickstarter for more information, but here are the juicy basics:

An original graphic novel from Gregory Wilson and Matt Slay about a being who falls from the sky to save a world from tyranny.

Icarus and Jellinek are, on the surface, about as different as two beings can possibly be.

Icarus is a tall, fair-skinned boy of around 17 who falls to the world of Vol from the sky with no memory of anything but his name. His is a graceful being with wings and incredible powers that he has no memory of how to use.

Jellinek is a four-foot hard-scrabble flamepetal prospector with tough red skin, a gruff disposition and general dislike of everyone around him, and a two-tailed lava-resistant creature called a “solar” as a companion.

On the day that their lives collide, everything about their world changes, and they discover that they have more in common than they can possibly imagine.

Together, Icarus and Jellinek will battle the tyranny of the Magisters, who have enslaved an entire people.

Gregory Wilson’s story Icarus introduces us to the incredibly visual world of Vol, and the stunning array of characters and creatures who call it home. It takes us on an amazing journey in which Icarus and Jellinek fight for their lives and the freedom of a people while trying to unlock the mystery of Icarus’s past. To Jellinek’s surprise, Icarus’s mystery becomes his own, as well.

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Greg reviews Brad’s Lays of Anuskaya Trilogy

Only a little over 24 hours remain in Brad’s Kickstarter for the third book in his Lays of Anuskaya trilogy. Greg recently finished his read of Brad’s third book and had a few things to say about it. On video, no less! Now he can’t take any of it back!

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Episode 68 of Speculate! — The State of the Field (Kickstarter Edition), with Special Guests Matt Forbeck and Lee Moyer

            

Welcome back for Episode 68 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we focus for the third time on the state of the speculative fiction field with special guests Matt Forbeck and Lee Moyer, concentrating this time around on the impact of Kickstarter and other crowdsourcing systems on the world of fantasy and science fiction.  Both Matt and Lee have run highly successful Kickstarters in the past year, and over the course of our discussion we look at the implications of Kickstarter for all of us:  is this system going to replace the traditional methods of getting a book or game to market, or can it work side by side with those methods?  What are its potential pitfalls (and how can you avoid them)?  And if you succeed, what comes next?  We cover all these bases and a few more during the course of our discussion, and we hope you’ll find it as enlightening as we did.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back for our next episode, the first in a triptych on the work of Robin Hobb.  Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word!

Update: here are links to Lee’s whitepaper on Kickstarters, including the introduction:

http://leemoyer.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/kickstarter-what-does-it-all-mean/

http://leemoyer.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/kickstarter-white-paper-part-1/

http://leemoyer.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/kickstarter-white-paper-part-2/

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