S2, E51: Feeds and Reads

For today’s episode, after a slightly long bit of news and notes, I break from the original planned topic of the editing process to share some of the podcasts I listen to and the blogs I regularly follow. News & Notes:

  • Got my mechanical keyboard! It’s so pretty and just so awesome under my fingers. I swear I’m already typing faster. I will have to be a bit more careful not to have to type during episodes though because I didn’t spring for the “stealth” model so it can be a bit loud in the recorder ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Hopefully less meowing as I think I know why Pusscat has been so grumpy lately and have taken some steps to mitigate, so we’ll see
  • Last week of work for the year! Two whole weeks off, will be working on Duality but also gaming like a madwoman!
  • More website tweaks:
    • Now have a newsletter powered by MailChimp! You can subscribe to either just newsletters from me (which will be sporadic) or also get weekly digests of my new blog posts and episode releases. Can subscribe from the site or my Facebook page.
    • If you’re still “old school” like me, there is a new icon in the header for the blog RSS feed which includes all the blog posts (regular and episode show notes). I updated the one for the podcast feed to look a little different to help keep them separate.
    • New Who I Am page – long, but more true to who I am (seriously, me brief LOL)
    • Pretty much everything from my “to do” list that I posted earlier except fixing the styling of the Disqus area and setting up a special page for TLW
  • Aisuru is now off to Lauren at Pure Text; expecting to have the finished edits by mid-February; meanwhile back to Duality as noted. I have at least 5 and probably closer to 10 more chapters to go for that one to wrap things up.

Main Topic:

  1. Originally planned to talk about the process of getting Aisuru ready for edits, but I decided to hold off on that until it’s back and just do one episode on the whole editing process; otherwise episode would have been too short and felt incomplete
  2. So instead, decided to share some of my favorite writing-related podcasts to listen to and blogs to follow (and of course why)
  3. Podcasts
    1. Self-Publishing Podcast – Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright
      • I have mentioned these guys before, but it’s worth mentioning them again and first. They are three indie authors making full-time living doing it and through their podcast they talk a lot about the business side, the things that are or are not working for them, as well as their writing. Between them they have over two dozen titles out there spanning a wide swath of genres and did the insane NaNo on Crack (i.e. Fiction Unboxed).
      • While they do primarily work collaboratively with each other and do a lot of serials, you can still learn a ton from them as someone like me, i.e. writing solo and doing single-title stuff, and they will probably make you laugh while doing it (especially the ad reads)
      • If you are going indie, I highly recommend listening to the show; fair warning it is sometimes not safe for prudish work places as they do occasionally use profanity
      • Launched in 2012, with 136 episodes available so far (I went back and listened to almost all of them); New episodes (usually 1-1.5 hours) released weekly on Wednesdays; available on iTunes, YouTube, directly from their site, or often watch live via Google Hangouts
    2. I Should Be Writing – MurLafferty
      • The journey of a “fiction writer going from wanna-be to pro”; very real and honest look at Mur’s own hybrid career as she talks about her successes, failures, struggles with self-confidence; she originally self-published some stuff via eBook and PodioBook and now has two books in her Shambling Guide series published by Orbit Press
      • The longest running of the podcasts I follow, having started in 2006-2007.
      • 339 episodes available as of today; episodes are somewhat sporadic and vary in length; available via iTunes or directly on her site
    3. Writing Excuses – Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, MaryRobinette Kowal, Howard Tayler
      • Tagline: “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.”
      • Writing Excuses has been going since 2008; spanning nine seasons and 357 episodes so far (not counting bonuses), a new episode is generally released weekly; despite the seemingly short length, the manage to pack a lot into those episodes including a book of the week, a writing prompt, and the main thing to me: great discussions on a variety of craft topics and interviews with a wide range of folks in the writing sphere
      • Transcripts available on their site which is a nice touch
    4. Dead Robots’ Society – JustinMacumber, TerryMixon, Paul E. Cooley, and Scott Roche
      • Primarily the four hosts talking about their writing journeys, with some going indie, some hybrid, some pure traditional; as well as great raw discussions on some of the “hot topics” of the writing industry and craft. Definitely not work safe if strong language is frowned on where you work, but I love this show! Even if their site is hideously outdated beyond keeping episodes updated. ๐Ÿ˜›
      • The second longest running of the podcasts I listen to, DRS was started by Justin after being inspired by…I Should Be Writing :-); Show was launched in August 2007 and over the course of its’ 341 weekly episodes (usually 1-1.5 hours again), it has gone through a variety of co-hosts with even Justin taking a hiatus for awhile (but he’s back). All four guys are not necessarily in every episode.
      • Available via iTunes, their website, and their host, PodHoster.com.
  4. Blogs
    1. Confessions – Suzie Townsend
      • Suzie is an agent at New Leaf Literary; her blog regularly features query reviews, Q&As, and other helpful insights into the traditional publishing world from a well-respected agent; highly recommend if you’re thinking of going traditional, but also useful for an indie for the book release posts and query as they all contain helpful info on how to talk about your books so that others want to read them
    2. David Gaughran
      • A well known name among indie authors, David’s blog is a non-nonsense, very much un-rose-colored look at the publishing industry and on how to be a successful indie author
    3. Indies Unlimited – a ton of folks)
      • Indies Unlimited is just that, a blog devoted to the indie publishing realm; chock full of great info in both their blog and their staff articles as well as being a great way to network with other indie authors and even do polite cross promotion with one another
    4. Janet Reid, Literary Agent and related Query Shark
      • Janet Reid, AKA the infamous Query Shark, is one agent you need to be following if you are going traditional (and seriously, her Query Shark blog is well worth any author reading because being able to short summarize your book in an enticing way is again, a skill ALL authors need! Her main blog doesn’t have as many posts as some others, but she still shares quite a bit of good info on how agents and the traditional industry work.
    5. Lindsay Buroker
      • Lindsay is an indie fantasy author with multiple books available; I love her blog because much like me and the SPP guys, she’s sharing the story of her career, including actual numbers on what has and hasn’t worked for her and the different things she’s trying. Really worth following if you are going indie.
    6. Sterling & Stone
      • Of course, as much as I love the SPP guys, I’m going to follow their blog! Sterling & Stone is the umbrella for their multiple labels and projects and the blog, much like their podcast, has an insane amount of info. Fair warning, these guys are even more long winded than me, just as on the show…okay, to be fair, they just don’t hold back as much as I do ๐Ÿ˜‰ So some posts may take awhile to wade through, but seriously, these guys are making it and doing so while being true to themselves as writers so if you’re going indie, follow the blog to learn more about authorpreneurship
    7. The Book Designer
      • Holy cow do these guys put out a ton of info! Unlike most of the rest, they have a heavy focus on the more technical/design side of things, like book formatting, cover design, etc. For someone like me who is doing their own formatting, this site is a must to bookmark and subscribe to.
    8. Writer Unboxed – Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton + dozens of regular contributors
      • Started in 2006 by a pair of aspiring writers, Writer Unboxed is a site devoted to “the craft and business of fiction”, this site covers all sorts of fiction writing, all three forms of publishing, and does so from a wide variety of approaches. It’s also an excellent resource for finding other resources. They also held their first (of what will hopefully be annual) writing conferences this year, Writer Unboxed Unconference, a more unique conference which had no agents or editors, rather it was focused on craft, making time to write, and spending time with other writers.