Speculative.Work: A Science Fiction Author Diary
SW 008 - Are you a Dinosaur Author?

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.

SW 007 - End of Year Accounting for Writers

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

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Thanks for listening.

SW 006 - Should You Join a Writing Group?

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

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Thanks for listening! See you next week.

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

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!

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

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.)

The Speculative.Work Podcast 004 - 2018 Retrospective
Speculative.Work Episode 003 - Feeling Overwhelmed as a Creative

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!

The Speculative.Work Podcast Episode 002

The Speculative.Work Podcast Episode 002

December 8, 2018

Episode 2 - A bit more on resistance, series plotting, character-based plots, using templates and learning from other genres.

Books mentioned in the podcast:

A Reading from Vesta Burning

A Reading from Vesta Burning

December 3, 2018

James S. Aaron reading from the latest Legends of the Sentience Wars book, Vesta Burning, available now on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited (https://amzn.to/2PbPMu4)

The Speculative.Work Podcast Episode 001

The Speculative.Work Podcast Episode 001

December 1, 2018

Episode 1 - Getting my feet wet, talking about creative resistance, getting a jump on the new year, accomplishments for November 2018 and goals for the next week.

Full notes at Speculative.Work