17.0 – Author Spotlight: Christopher Kastensmidt

April 15, 2016 0

un_ckBem-vindos! Author Christopher Kastensmidt joins us from Porto Alegre, Brazil to discuss his novelette series, The Elephant and Macaw Banner. (The newest book is out now!) He shares his influences, observations on the publishing industry in Brazil, and his plans for the future of the series. Fans of swashbuckling adventure won’t want to miss these stories, or the gorgeous cover art by Ursula “SulaMoon” Dorada.

Chris also shared recommendations for Brazilian science fiction and fantasy, starting with the winners of the Hydra Competition (Concurso Hydra, in Portuguese). Chris founded the competition in 2011, in partnership with Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (IGMS), to bring outstanding Brazilian spec fic to an American audience.

The winner of the first competition was “Story with Pictures and Conversation” by Brontops Baruq (complete story), while second place went to “By a Thread,” by Flávio Medeiros Jr. (complete story). In the second competition, “The Other Bank of the River” by Camila Fernandes (subscription only) took the top prize. The finalists for the third edition of Concurso Hydra were announced March 13, 2016. Chris will translate all three stories, and IGMS will choose the winner.

A few of Chris’s other recommendations include “Act of Extermination” by Cirilo S. Lemos in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk (which also includes “Mountains of Green,” by our own Cath Schaff-Stump); And Still the Earth and Zero by Ignacio de Loyola Brandao; and “Salvaging Gods” by Jacques Barcia.

For more Brazilian science fiction and fantasy recommendations, check out Chris’s article “10 Autores nacionais de literatura fantástica publicados em língua inglesa no exterior,” which is in Portuguese, but includes links to stories in English. (Or you can try the Google translation, “10 fantastic literature of national authors published in English abroad.”) You might also be interested in Universo Insônia.

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.

Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing #322: Jim C. Hines

March 29, 2016 0

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.

So then, several things. First of all, go and check out Jim C. Hines‘ books if you haven’t. Go visit Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing if you haven’t. And enjoy my interview with Jim C. Hines.

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.

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!

What Kind of Publishing is Best for Me?

March 21, 2016 0

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.

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