Monday, February 25, 2013

Episode 65 – Humor on the Dark Side with Johnny B. Truant

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Fingers crossed, this will be the last time Alan sounds like an aircraft pilot with a dodgy connection.

We start off talking about our new collaboration, Dark Rite, and how it’s very nearly finished.

We discuss the difference in our methods of redrafting and the strange process of collaboration. This leads us to talk about how we notice issues with the plot and character motivations as we go along.

We talk about our other ongoing projects. Dave talks about the audiobook of Buccaneer, which should be out by now.

Dave brings up a bizarre new copyright ruling from US schools.

This leads us to discuss copyright and contracts in some depth.

Promo: A Minor Magic by Justin R. Macumber

Then we have an interview with Johnny B. Truant.

Johnny talks about himself and his work.

He discusses the birth of the concept for his book about a fat vampire, which was successful enough that he’s now working on the fourth volume of Fat Vampire.

He’s also working on the fourth book in his Unicorn Western series.

Johnny talks about what’s funny and how he deals with writing comedy.

Is Johnny a planner or a pantser?

Johnny talks about the structure and development of his Unicorn Western collaborations with Sean Platt.

Johnny talks about his preferred, shorter length of novella/novels and why he works that way.

What plans does Johnny have for other genres outside the comedies?

Johnny talks about his decision to go with KDP Select and where he might go with future releases.

What’s Johnny’s best writing advice?

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Episode 64 – Youth and Ebooks

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One of these days we’ll get our freaking sound levels sorted out. It’s hard with two losers living in the middle of nowhere on opposite sides of the planet.

Dave talks about his new novella, You Suck!

We go on to talk about our collaborative novella, Dark Rite, which is now finished in first draft and into the spit and polish stage. This leads us to talk about the length of the novella (quite long at around 40,000 words) and how word counts can change in the editing process.

Alan talks about his current novel work and why he hasn’t had a book out for too long.

We move on to talk about the controversy surrounding the release of the new Wheel of Time book and why the ebook is being held up deliberately.

This leads us to talk about the nature of bestsellers and whether there’s any mileage in delayed releases and so on.

We then talk about the review reaction to the Wheel of Time release decision.

Promo: Guild of the Cowry Catchers

After a break, we talk about kids and ebooks. There are some interesting stats on the numbers of kids reading electronically compared to adults.

We get to talking about the nature of reading and how e-reading is already very much the norm for young people.

This leads us to talk about our own e-reading habits and how we consume e-books. Which leads to a discussion about the nature of free content.

We talk about how people discover books. You might be surprised.

We have a quick prediction on the future of bookstores.

Then we have a talk about news in publishing which includes a little dig at Dan Brown.

Lastly Dave talks about his new project, .