Your Hosts: Dan, Mary Robinette, and Lari, with special guest Erin Roberts
Erin Roberts joins us for a discussion of short story markets—a topic which is very susceptible to “churn” because of the way short story markets come and go. We cover how to research and evaluate the various markets based on what you need from publication, and what you might reasonably expect from them.
Credits: This episode was recorded remotely during the Great Isolation, and mastered by Alex Jackson.
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Pick a couple of contemporary short fiction writers. Track their publication history, and get a feel for how their writing career has developed.
The last of our three recorded-live episodes is also the last episode of Writing Excuses Season 4. We took questions from the audience, and answered them with ABSOLUTE APLOMB.
Questions asked include:
How did we, as beginning writers, manage to write while holding down day-jobs and/or going to school?
What is the process for getting published?
How do you portray the various dynamics of an ensemble cast?
How do you keep tension up when death isn’t a problem for your characters?
How do you make the transition from writing fan-fiction to writing original fiction?
How important is it for an author to stay in touch with the fans online and at events?
What do you do when your cast of characters has grown too large for you to manage it?
What was the biggest stumbling-block for our creativity, and how did we overcome it?
You want the answers? Have a listen!
Writing Prompt: You walk out of a bookstore into torrential rain, and Howard attacks you with the POWER OF THUNDER.
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Larry Correia is either the guy who did everything wrong and then broke into publishing anyway, or he’s the exception who proves the rule. He self-published Monster Hunter International, and then got picked up by Baen Books.
If you’re considering self-publishing, this is the podcast for you.
This week’s episode of Writing Excuses is brought to you by Scenting the Dark by Mary Robinette Kowal.
Writing Prompt: A self-published book becomes a threat that will end the world…
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