SW 011 - Refurbishing a Short Story for a New Market

February 11, 2019

In this episode I talk about how I take an old short story with bones that I like and update it for a new anthology market.

I touch on the lessons I've learned about genre alignment since I wrote the story back in 2016 and how I address the various issues to make it fresh. And if the story doesn't get picked up by the new market? I've got other options as well.

(I also lament the writing time I've lost to Far Cry 5, but I did blow up a lot of virtual stuff.)

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SW 10 - What Author Info Should You Trust?

February 5, 2019

In this episode I talk about places to find info on indie publishing, and how to vet the info you find. There's a tsunami out there, and things are changing all the time, so how do you determine what's relevant to your books? 

Mentioned in this episode:

AI Superpowers by Kai Fu Lee

The Revolt of the Public by Martin Guri

Kboards

Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast

The Career Author Podcast

Creative Penn Podcast

20Booksto50k on Facebook

Question: How do you sort through the chaos of info out there to find what works for you?

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SW 009 - Should You Choose SF Trad or Indie?

January 28, 2019

In this episode I talk about why you might want to pursue a traditional publishing deal, starting with short stories in magazines, (and SF has many opportunities to get published in magazines) or develop a following as an indie publisher.

I think the main takeaway is that you don't have to choose one or the other. You're going to write more than one book in your career, and each new project is a new decision on the best path forward.

I'm doing my best to understand how these markets are different, how readers consume them, and what the future might hold.

Also, what does all this mean for the "field" of science fiction when established taste-makers don't seem to acknowledge that the indie market exists and is rapidly outpacing the traditional market?

Mentioned in this episode:

Blackfish City by Sam Miller

AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee

Thanks for listening!

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SW 008 - Are you a Dinosaur Author?

January 23, 2019

In this episode I riff off some thoughts Michael Sullivan posted in /r/fantasy on Reddit:

"People are quick to note that traditional publishing doesn’t have a good track record with regards to innovation. But can’t the same be said about the traditionally published AUTHOR who keeps operating as they always have (signing contract after contract even though the pay is less and there are other avenues that produce more income)? This seems like dinosaur behavior to me."

 (https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/afmkie/some_insights_on_author_income_in_the_wake_of_the/)

I do my best not to rant here or specifically call people out. I'm talking about behaviors I've seen in writers as they try to navigate a very confusing time of transition in the publishing industry.

One thing I forgot to mention is that having a clear idea of your goals as a writer will help you determine what path you want to take... but being open to all this change will help you recognize opportunities when they arise -- and they will.

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SW 007 - End of Year Accounting for Writers

January 14, 2019

Should you hire an accountant? Maybe not. I'm using one, but I talk about why and what questions you might ask yourself before making the decision.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Revolt of the Public by Martin Gurri

Blackfish City by Sam Miller

Future of Violence

Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Joe Solari's Youtube Channel

Subscribe to my Youtube Channel so I can give it a name! (I have one subscriber... you could be number 2!)

Thanks for listening.

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SW 006 - Should You Join a Writing Group?

January 6, 2019

In this episode I talk about some things I wish I had known when I first joined a critique group. Should I have joined an accountability or mastermind group instead? How do critique groups work and what are some common pitfalls you might need to look out for?

Mentioned in this episode:

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Keystroke Medium Podcast

Quick Sips Reviews

If you'd take a second to subscribe to my youtube channel, you'll help me get to a 100 subs so I can set a custom URL, which would be great.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClaNJoAeDQoAY56qFOPo7SQ

Thanks for listening! See you next week.

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The Speculative.Work Podcast 005 - Goals for 2019 and Atomic Habits

December 31, 2018

Everybody loves a goals show! Let's throw down the gauntlet for 2019 so I can look back and either be pleased with my progress or shed tears in my beer.

I talk about production, health and financial goals for 2019, as well establishing a strong author brand.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Word Count Tracker (excel doc download)

Thanks for listening!

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The Speculative.Work Podcast - A reading from the Proteus Bridge by James S. Aaron

December 24, 2018

Here's a reading from the Proteus Bridge (2018). This is the first chapter in the novel. (Warning, a very frustrated parrot drops an F-bomb.)

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Speculative.Work Episode 003 - Feeling Overwhelmed as a Creative

December 16, 2018

Episode 3 - In this episode I talk about some strategies I've used to not feel so overwhelmed when taking on a new project. I focus mostly on writing a novel, but these techniques apply to any project.

As always, if you have any questions, shoot me an email at james@jamesaaron.net. Thanks for listening!

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