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Alan talks about his appearance at The Emerging Writers Festival
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Dave talks about being at Balticon.
We discuss briefly the comparison between the True Blood books and TV show.
This leads us to talk a little bit about the first person PoV in the Sookie books and The Hunger Games.
We go on to talk about the motivating factor of writers attending cons.
This leads us to talk about the way people present themselves at cons.
We talk about the Stephen King novel, Joyland, being published by Hard Case Crime, and how they’re deliberately not releasing an ebook to force people to buy the printed edition.
This leads us to talk about a bestseller list on the article about Stephen King, where the ubiquitous 50 Shades books hold the top three slots.
We also discuss the nature of poor stories getting great sales, lowest common denominator writing and the perpetuation of mediocre content.
Dave mentions Jeremy Robinson’s new book, Second World.
Then we have an interview with fantasy author, Gail Z Martin.
Gail talks about her love of writing supernatural creatures and how to include them well in your stories with a good reason for why they’re there.
Gail talks about writing action, fight and battle scenes.
Gail offers advice on how to get kids interesting in writing and keep them interested.
Ice Forged, Gail’s latest book, is out in January and you can find a sneak peek at her site: http://www.ascendantkingdoms.com/
Dave asks if Gail has considered a 50 Shades Of Grey version of her work, which leads to a short discussion on modern publishing options for established writers.
Gail offers advice to aspiring writers – write more and look for honest feedback. Don’t be too quick finish a work and post it directly to Amazon. Try to keep a long-term perspective.
Dave asks Gail about her other business, with her books to help authors build their career and where she helps small businesses promote and market themselves.
Gail’s podcast is The Ghost In The Machine and that’s something she enjoys pursuing.
Ghost In The Machine Podcasts - http://ghostinthemachinepodcast.com/