This week we focus on a series of new books by new writers. New to us, at least, and possibly to you. In this episode Cath and Chris interview Matthew S. Rotundo, whose first book, Petra: The Prison World Revolt, Part 1, is now available through Amazon. Matt is a former Writers of the Future finalist and graduate of the Odyssey workshop. We discuss his novel, his short fiction and what’s next for the Petra series.
Brent Bowen is one of our Viable Paradise XIII classmates, and is one of the dynamic duo that hosts Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing, which was, in fact, nominated for a Hugo last year. 🙂 Back when he, I and Chris were hanging at Icon this year, I speculated that it might be fun to podcast, but I was a bit shy about the whole thing. Brent encouraged me to do an interview for AiSFP. By the end of the convention, I had talked and untalked myself into it a few times.
Jim C. Hines is our Icon toastmaster every year, and I suggested that I might interview him. Well, that was sort of the icing on the cake. Jim was a very easy interview and is very entertaining and earnest.
Several Unreliable Narrators interviews later, I think everyone can agree that Brent did me a favor. 🙂
Oh. And you’ll probably hear from Brent himself during our live from Shohola writing retreat podcast. At an undisclosed time and location.
Elizabeth Bonesteel is the author of The Cold Between, a genre-busting space opera romance thriller. She joins the entire panel of Narrators to discuss her debut novel, the writing process, and what’s in store for the future. Along the way we manage to fit in a pastry reference and other fun obsessions. The book is out now from Harper Collins, and a sequel is on the way later this year. Get on board now!
It was and still is my hope to post every two weeks here. My apologies. February and March have been particularly hard months in terms of germs and well, other biological haphazards.
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about self-publishing. The short version of a very long story goes something like this: I’ve been approached by a couple of hybrid publishers about taking on one of my novels. My friends who self-publish asked why I wouldn’t, and while those books undergo scrutiny with the hybrid publishers, I’ve been asking myself a lot of questions. I thought maybe some of you might be asking those very questions.
There are no easy answers, and part of the reason I was keen to undertake this podcasting adventure with my wonderful Narrator friends is because I wanted to at least look at some answers and talk to some people who could keep us informed. For example, we’ve already talked to someone who has published small press, someone who’s huge on Wattpad, and someone from Gumroad. Soon, we’ll have an interview with Patreon, and in our New Books by New Authors series, we’ll talk to people who have published themselves, someone who is with an Amazon imprint, and someone who is taking a more traditional road.
I have friends and acquaintances who have had incredible success with a traditional path, and others for whom the traditional path has been very frustrating. I know people who have gained agents and access from putting out quality self-pubbed books. It seems that the best way to answer the question of what kind of publishing is best for me is to think about some of the goals of my writing.
So, I’ll be working on a series of posts as I work toward my research and try to figure out my decision. Currently, I will continue to send my novel to traditional agents. Next post, I’ll talk about that submission process and what that’s like for me. There are some serious advantages to pursuing traditional publishing, and though I am wondering if my current project will be best at home there, I want to talk about them.
Soon, I hope.
I go, you go, we all go to the Hugos. Or at least we vote. We share stories of Worldcons past and share some of our thoughts on nominees for 2016. (Spoiler alert: love for Karen Memory, Silver on the Road, Waters of Versailles, Envy of Angels, Witches of Lychford, This Damned Band, Sorcerer to the Crown, The Fifth Season, The Buried Giant, “The Body Pirate” (in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction July/August 2015), Seveneves, We Stand On Guard, Paper Girls, Private Eye, Ms. Marvel, Saga, The Discommodious Wedding, Ken Liu, The House of Shattered Wings, Updraft, A Head Full of Ghosts, The Fifth Heart, No One Gets Out Alive, Nyctophobia (not actually eligible for this year’s Hugo, but that’s no reason not to read it!), The Ill-Formed Knight (Book 3 of The Once and Future King, “The Itching Hour” by Damon Knight, the Lensman series, Alyssa Wong, Sunil Patel, Carrie Patel, Rachael K. Jones, Andy Weir, and Lauren Teffeau.)
One of File770’s commenters rounded up a collection of public-domain works eligible for the Retro Hugo.
And Writertopia has a list of Campbell-eligible writers here.
Get those ballots in by the end of the month!
Movies! Who doesn’t have favorites? We share some of ours, including Alien, Aliens, The Incredibles, Spirited Away, Troll Hunter, Fury Road, Princess Mononoke, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, A Chinese Ghost Story, The Sorcerer and the White Snake, Hellboy, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Pan’s Labyrinth, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Back to the Future trilogy, Time Bandits. Then we share some love for older films (Sunrise, The Food of the Gods, Them!, The Thing from Another World, Mary Poppins) and discuss elements that draw us to a particular genre. And, because we can never reference enough films, we end with shout-outs to Dawn of the Dead/Zombi, The Exorcist, Harvey, and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!