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Michael R. Underwood

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Latest 1 Oct 2022 | Updated Daily

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Episode 39: Michael R. Underwood - The Broken Summit

Tales from the Trunk

Update: I've fixed some issues with the audio mixing for this episode that should make it easier to listen to now. This time around, it’s my absolute joy to welcome Michael R. Underwood (@MikeRUnderwood) to the show! Mike reads from his trunked novel, The Broken Summit before (and after) we have a conversation about the intersection of writing and tabletop roleplaying, the life of a content creator, and some excellent advice about shaping your career goals. This episode’s reading is 17 minutes long and carries content warnings for themes of war and imperialism. Things we mention on this episode: Friends at the Table The Adventure Zone The Quiet Year The McElroys Thirsty Sword Lesbians Tom Clancy Angry Robot Books Penguin Random House Hot Wheels boosters Chilling Effect, bu Valeria Vlades Yoon Ha Lee River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey Sarah’s Star Wars tweets Genrenauts series, by Michael R. Underwood Monster of the Week Tortall setting (Tamora Pierce) Blue Rose (RPG) 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons Shadowrun 3rd Edition Sorcerer Dogs in the Vineyard Apocalypse World Blades in the Dark GenCon Indie Press Revolution DriveThruRPG Creative Commons Game Jam Open Game License Powered by the Apocalypse Speculate! Fagin NaNoWriMo Anamnesis Mage: The Ascension White Wolf Publishing The Game Master’s Apprentice ConFusion Friends Journal Quaker Spec-Fic issue Clapcast Clarion West Cassie Alexander Better-Faster Academy Dear Writer, You Need to Quit, by Becca Syme The Nebula Awards George R. R. Martin Twitch Elden Ring TikTok Maya MacGregor’s TikTok The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester, by Maya MacGregor Hank Green Celebromancy series, by Michael R. Underwood Citizen Sleeper Dungeons and Dating series, by Katherine McIntyre Mike’s Twitch Val’s Twitch Hades Karen Osborne’s Twitch Join us again next month, when my guests will be Sarah Gailey and Amanda Cook!

1hr 25mins

20 May 2022

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Episode 152: Michael R. Underwood

Eating the Fantastic

Bite into a Baltimore camel burger with Michael R. Underwood as we discuss how his tango past impacts his writing of action scenes, his early love for Star Wars and Spider-Man, how reading Joseph Campbell ignited his desire to write fiction, what he learned about publishing as a kid and how that affected his career expectations, the lessons the late Graham Joyce taught him about the best way to revise novels, the balance you must keep in mind when inserting Easter eggs into your stories, how he constructed his Genrenauts universe and why he returned to it after a long absence, the importance of found family, his advice for successful collaborations, and much more.

1hr 55mins

27 Aug 2021

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Episode 47: Geekdom Publishing Pro and Scifi Author Michael R. Underwood

Hybrid Pub Scout Podcast

Our guest this week is Michael R. Underwood, publishing professional, fellow podcaster, and author of the found family space opera Annihilation Aria, out now from Parvus Press. In addition to his years of writing scifi, he's also a former bookseller, sales representative who sold to bookstores across the midwest, and North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books. We talk about how bookselling can bolster your career as both an author and a book marketer, what it's like to write a collaborative series for the app Serial Box, how privilege plays into publishing, and how his experience with digital-first publishing is helping him market his book in a pandemic. He also tells us about how his relationship with tabletop roleplaying games has gone from a hobby as a teen, to a subject of academic study, to regular live storytelling performance for more players than ever as part of his authorial life.If you're interested in reading about rebelling against space fascism, Guardians of the Galaxy-style camaraderie, and weaponized singing, you can pick up Annihilation Aria here: https://bookshop.org/a/1023/9781733811958[PERK ALERT] Sign up for our newsletter and get access to our new free tool: The HPS Guide to Picking Your Publishing Path. This nifty tool aims to help you gear up for the frontier between traditional and indie publishing, and deciding which of the two is right for you. Get it right here: https://mailchi.mp/da9486666cc5/hps-guide-publishing-pathOur website: hybridpubscout.com/scifi-author-michael-r-underwoodFacebook: www.facebook.com/hybridpubscout/Twitter: twitter.com/hybridpubscoutInstagram: www.instagram.com/hybridpubscoutpod/Our newsletter: eepurl.com/gfajR9

48mins

27 Aug 2020

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371. Star Wars Retrospective w/ Michael R. Underwood

The Skiffy and Fanty Show

Jedi Knights, scary futures, and Wookies, oh my! For this special episode of the show, Shaun is joined by Michael R. Underwood for a retrospective discussion of Star Wars. Together, they look back at the Star Wars / Skywalker saga and other Star Wars property to set the stage for an examination of the journey thus far and the journey yet to come. […]

58mins

16 Mar 2020

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01.06: Michael R. Underwood and the modern art of selling books

Building the Oracle - with Jay Swanson

Mike Underwood is a rare jewel in the publishing world - a successful author of several (very excellent) SFF novels who also happens to have invaluable sales and marketing expertise with some of the leading publishers in the world. He was also one of Jay's first and best friends within the professional SFF community, so when Jay attended ConFusion, they took the chance to catch up and talk shop - and bookshops in particular. We discussed the state of the current market for science fiction and fantasy books, and the impact of reduced shelf-space in bookshops around the world. Mike explained why it's so important for publishing houses to craft their own unique voice, and create distinctive sales and marketing material to help ensure your books stand out, even through the complex network of distributors and booksellers. Mike's new book, Annihilation Aria, is available for preorder now, and we highly recommend you also check out his previous novels. If you're looking for somewhere to start, go with the Genrenauts series. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeRUnderwood, on his website at michaelrunderwood.com, or on Patreon. *** Our Patreon Special Offer ends March 17th - Season One Shout-Outs! ***You'll get a producer shout-out at the end of every remaining episode for the remainder of season 1! (Minimum $10 membership) HOW YOU CAN HELP BUILD THE ORACLE?- Rate and Review Us on iTunes or your favourite podcast app.- Support us on Patreon. Production of Building the Oracle is only made possible with the support of our listeners. Help us out here » - Send us your feedback by emailing us at swansonteam.paris@gmail.com- Subscribe to our newsletter at jayswanson.me/newsletter CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUEBuilding the Oracle posts on the 1st and 15th of every month. It is hosted by Jay Swanson and Richard Bilkey. You can tweet at us on @jayonaboat and @rich_bilkey, find us on Instagram at @jayswanson and @rich_bilkey and follow Jay on YouTube. Our Super Patrons at the time of recording were Kevin, Karin Bates, Mystery Man, Susan French, Dixie Rose, David Guy, figures.seven.three, Steve and Jane Baker. High class human beings, every single one. This episode was produced by Zach Egan. Our theme music is "Glory" and our ad music is "Light," both by David Cutter. We record everything on a Rode Procaster and mix in Adobe Audition and/or Audacity depending on how out of our workflow we've fallen. The show's art is from Jay's book Into the Nanten, illustrated by Nimit Malavia.  Gustave the dog sleepily protects us every week as we record. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

1hr 4mins

15 Mar 2020

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A Speculative Fictionero - Interview with Michael R. Underwood, Part Two

Natural Geekery Podcast

Part Two of my interview with Michael R. Underwood.  In this episode we take a deep walk into the woods regarding publishing and get into the deeper levels of roleplaying games and where they may be headed.  Michael can be found at the following links.  Make sure to check out his Patreon for some great content on writing and publishing!Geek Theory - Main BlogHis Patreon Page!On Amazon!GoodreadsTwitterInstagramSpeculate! PodcastA very recent Scum and Villainy One-Shot Mike ran on TwitchHearts of Wulin RPG on Twitch - http://twitch.tv/arvaneleron.----------Natural Geekery Home - https://naturalgeekery.com/If you have any comments, questions or would like to be interviewed on the show, please email me at naturalgeekery@gmail.comYou can also find me on Twitter - @NaturalGeekery and @CoyoteguyIntro and Outro Music - Nomadic Sunset by Alexander NakaradaThank you, Alexander, for providing some awesome free music!

31mins

2 Oct 2019

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A Speculative Fictionero - Interview with Michael R. Underwood, Part One

Natural Geekery Podcast

Join me for part one of an interview with author Michael R. Underwood, Speculative Fictionero.  I get to talk to him about his writing career, how it started and how it has so closely meshed with his love of roleplaying games.  Michael can be found out the following links.  Make sure to check out his Patreon for some great content on writing and publishing!Geek Theory - Main BlogHis Patreon Page!On Amazon!GoodreadsTwitterInstagramSpeculate! PodcastA very recent Scum and Villainy One-Shot Mike ran on TwitchHearts of Wulin RPG on Twitch - http://twitch.tv/arvaneleron.----------Natural Geekery Home - https://naturalgeekery.com/If you have any comments, questions or would like to be interviewed on the show, please email me at naturalgeekery@gmail.comYou can also find me on Twitter - @NaturalGeekery and @CoyoteguyIntro and Outro Music - Nomadic Sunset by Alexander NakaradaThank you, Alexander, for providing some awesome free music!

35mins

25 Sep 2019

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Signal Boost #39 — Joseph Brassey (Dragon Road) and Michael R. Underwood (Born to the Blade)

The Skiffy and Fanty Show

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul talks to Joseph Brassey about the second book in his Drifting Lands series, Dragon Road. Careful, because there are spoilers for the first book in the series, Skyfarer, which you should definitely go read right away. When you’re ready, listen to Joseph discuss how he likes to explore […]

40mins

15 May 2018

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Brainstorm #122 (Guest Host: Michael R. Underwood)

ARCHIVOS Podcast Network

Michael R. Underwood - a veteran of the APN and Literary Alchemist behind the Geekomancy and Genrenauts series, as well as the immanent "Born to the Blade" serialization from Serial Box Publishing - returns to the Big Chair at the APN to brainstorm a tale of grief, art, and magic.The tale is offered up by creageous Guest Writer Val Griswold-Ford, the story of a grieving woman who discovers her art is able to create true magic in the world. With Marie Bilodeau as co-host, together we through some jet fuel into the Literary Alchemy Machine and crank it up to 11!

1hr 10mins

11 Apr 2018

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INSIGHTS: Michael R. Underwood

ARCHIVOS Podcast Network

Michael R. Underwood returns to the APN! Joined by co-host Marie Bilodeaux, we indulge in (way more than) 20 minutes of writerly discourse exploring Michael's astonishing new project, the "Born to the Blade" story world serialized by Serial Box... how it began, the nuances of the collaboration between him and his co-writers, the notion of "post-cynical optimism", and more!

44mins

4 Apr 2018

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