15.1 – New Books from New Writers: Matthew S. Rotundo

March 29, 2016 3

un_mattThis 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.

14.0 – Author Spotlight: Elizabeth Bonesteel

March 24, 2016 0

un_bonesteelElizabeth 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!

13.0 – Hugo Nominations

March 17, 2016 0

un_hugosI 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), SevenevesWe 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.)

All that, and we’ve barely scratched the surface. Find more lists of Hugo-eligible works at Goodreads, Wikia, and, in spreadsheet format, here.

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!

10.0 – Against the Publishing Void

February 25, 2016 0

garam_new"And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will only respond if interested in seeing more pages."
--Nietzsche on publishing

Everyone who’s ever attempted a professional writing career knows all about rejection and– worse– the unresponsive submission void. What’s an eager penmonkey to do? We discuss how to write for yourself and remain upbeat in the face of indifference.

Jennifer Garam is our Unreliable Guest this week to talk about her recent blog post, How to Keep Writing When No One Gives a Shit. She’s a journalist, teacher and eternal font of positivity who’s written for Interview magazine, Psychology Today and the Huffington Post to name a few.

Jennifer’s next writing workshop is a Quick Writing Fix on March 3, 2016 in New York City.

Chin up!

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