Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Our writing projects at the moment - David’s Dane Maddock short story and Alan’s psychic octopus short story.
Don't forget to send us an email if you have any questions or if there's anything you'd like to hear us talk about on the podcast. Also, if you've read a good thriller lately and you want to ring in and review it on the podcast, drop us an email about that too.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
To be continued next week!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Our first author interview!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Also, you could be a part of ThrillerCast yourself. We're into the idea of people dialling in and joining us on the podcast to review a book they've recently enjoyed. So, read any good thrillers lately? If you have and you want to be on the ThrillerCast delivering your review, send us an email and we'll get in touch. Your review doesn't have to be really professional or very long - we just want to hear from people chatting about books they've enjoyed.
Send your suggestions and requests to review to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll take it from there.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
In this episode, Alan and David discuss novellas and the relative merits of various story lengths.
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In this episode we discuss:
Our current works in progress.
The nature of selling fantasy – can you only sell big fat trilogies in today’s market?
Ebooks and the rise of the novella.
Do horror and sci-fi allow for standalones while fantasy expects big fat trilogies. Are fantasy novels leaning back towards standalone volumes?
POD while you wait kiosks allow for more variety in book lengths and shorter books more prevalent again.
Classic age novella - Conan, H P Lovecraft.
The thriller genre grew from short pulp novels, like Chandler, more like novellas than novels as they are considered today.
Marketing – thick spines on bookshelves. Publishers promoting big fat trilogies to monopolise shelf space.
The craft of writing and the advantages of the novella length for worldbuilding.
Young Adult fiction is similar in length to novella, so has similar appeal.
What makes good Young Adult writing?
Novella length work finding new life being published by small press.
Coeur De Lion’s X6 Novella anthology.
Twelfth Planet Press publishing novellas and novelette doubles.
The novella as a “gateway drug” to discovering new authors.
The Legends novella anthologies from Robert Silverberg.
Thriller anthology – Warriors.
Alan’s serialised novella, sci-fi fantasy noir thriller, Ghost Of The Black: A ‘Verse Full Of Scum.
New technology allowing authors to showcase themselves, especially making novellas available to readers that might lead to more interest in the author’s print published work.
Listen to the end for a feline out-take!
Next episode we have an interview with Rick Chesler, author of Wired Kingdom. Don’t forget to subscribe!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Episode Notes - Here's what we discuss in this episode:
The ebook revolution
- Various ereaders and ebook formats
- The cost of Kindle books internationally
- The affordable Kindle
Using ebooks to explore new authors.
Indie authors getting a start with ebooks.
How do indie or small press authors get noticed? (Success story- Boyd Morrison)
Engaging online to build a profile, both for ebooks and print books.
The changing face of promotion – are in-store signings still relevant?
Established authors using ebook technology and rights to release their own work without publishers. (Dean Koontz, David Morrell)
Are print books on the way out?
What’s the future for books and ebooks?
Monday, October 11, 2010
Episode Notes - Here's what we discuss in the first episode:
About our work.
- Alan – RealmShift & MageSign
What makes a book a Thriller?
- Timing, sense of pace, race against time
- Fast story, no slow exposition, “real page turner”
- Confrontation, action
- Competing groups, individuals
Thrillers not filed as thrillers
- Alan's books as dark fantasy thrillers
- Michael Crichton as thriller writer or SF writer?
- Genre/thriller crossover in book and film