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Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.

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Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.

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Although the content is wonderful, I can’t stand the variation in the sound levels. I have tried to contact the host but he has not fixed the problem. Because I listen on headphones, if I adjust my volume to listen to the super quiet host, when the guest speaks it is way too loud. I listen while at work and it is something that plays while I do other thing with my hands, I can’t be adjusting the volume all the time. So to save my ears I unsubscribed.

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Creative Writing Career

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Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.

Rank #1: New to Writing in the New Year? Start Here!

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The guys discuss starting as a writer, how to approach the decision of outlining or discovery writing, where to find readers and form a newsletter, how to take criticism, and more.

For the book of the week, check out DEATH MARKED, free with an Audible Trial.

DEATH MARKED:

He wanted to bring his fiancée back from the dead. If he's not careful, he'll join her. Evans's world was turned upside down when he lost his fiancée Senna in a tragic accident. He misses her so desperately that he's resorted to the dark arts to bring her back.

Frank Altemus is a doctor with strange connections to the occult who promises to revive Senna from the afterlife in exchange for Rohan's help on a "special" expedition. To Russia. To rob an ancient temple with a dangerous secret.

Rohan had no idea what he was truly signing up for. But if he wants Senna back, he'll have to make a deadly sacrifice.

Death Marked is the first book in the urban fantasy Modern Necromancy series. It's a fast-paced chase around the world that will keep you on the edge of your seat and fear the dead.

-- ALSO: Justin will be at the SDSU Writers Conference this weekend, talking self publishing and the multi-media writer. See you there!

Jan 16 2017

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Rank #2: Glynn Stewart on Science Fiction Fantasy

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Author Glynn Stewart discusses his science fiction / fantasy series.

Glynn Stewart is the author of the Castle Federation and Starship's Mage space opera series.

Writing managed to liberate him from being an accountant before he lost all personality, and he now lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife and their demanding cats.

Check out his recent book with Terry Mixon - HEART OF VENGEANCE

And one of my new favorite books, STARSHIP'S MAGE, with over 300 amazing reviews.

Aug 28 2017

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Rank #3: Writing Superheroes with Lucas Flint

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Lucas Flint shares why he loves to write superheroes, where his character powers come from, and a freebie deal if you get it quick! Enjoy :)

Bait & Switch (free until April 22nd, 2018): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0788RN49V

Website: www.lucasflint.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlucasflint/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lucasflintbooks

Lucas Flint is the pen name of Timothy L. Cerepaka, who writes superhero fiction under it.

The Lucas Flint pen name is also published under the Secret Identity Books imprint of Annulus Publishing, an imprint devoted to publishing superhero fiction.

Series:

The Superhero's Son (Book 1: The Superhero's Test)
The Young Neos (Book 1: Brothers)
Minimum Wage Sidekick (Book 1: First Job)
The Legacy Superhero (Book 1: A Superhero's Legacy)

Apr 18 2018

27mins

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Rank #4: Writing Fiction, Hacking the System, and Forming a Writing Posse with Michael Anderle

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You may know Michael Anderle from his amazing 20Booksto50k group, as well as his books that have done AMAZINGLY well on Amazon. He is a KU fan, meaning you can get all of his books #Free if you're a KU subscriber.

Tune in to hear how Michael hacks the system with his crew of mentees / students, and how he uses his business background to ensure his publishing success.

Visit Michael's Amazon page.

Michael's bio:

Michael Anderle (1967-Hopefully a long time from NOW) was born in Houston, Tx. A very curious child, he got into trouble - a lot. What to do with an inquisitive mind when he was grounded? Read! That hasn't changed since he was in elementary school. The Kindle was developed with him in mind. In the first 20 years, he mostly read Science Fiction and Fantasy. In the last 10 years he has enjoyed Urban Fantasy and Military Fiction. Using these influences, he has developed The Kurtherian Gambit. A series dedicated to watching how one genetically modified person with an incredible team behind her might be able to change the future, if she can survive along the way.

@MichaelAnderle

His books: http://kurtherianbooks.com

Aug 08 2016

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Rank #5: Book Launch and Succeeding as an Author, with John L. Monk

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John L. Monk wrote an awesome book called HELL'S CHILDREN, and he shares how he went about writing it and then launching it. The book launch phase of being an author is hugely important, so tune in to this episode! It's also applicable for anyone looking to push their creative work into the world.

JOHN'S BIO

John L. Monk lives in Virginia, USA, with his wife, Dorothy. A writer with a degree in cultural anthropology, he boldly does the dishes, roots out evil wherever it lurks, and writes his own stunts.

Find more at his website: john-l-monk.com

HELLS CHILDREN

The world has gone to hell and it isn’t coming back.

It happened in a year: starvation, gangs of kids with guns, and every adult in the world dead from the Sickness. Houses are now mausoleums. Civilization lies in the hands of children who’ve never had to feed themselves or survive a winter without gas or electricity. Most will die. Others — a bare few — will tread a different path.

Fourteen-year-old Jack Ferris is a survivor — because his parents raised him that way. Leveraging qualities rare for his age, he must lead his desperate companions to a secret refuge. Too late, he learns that safety is a mirage, and that the high price of hope is paid in blood.

Jun 27 2016

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Rank #6: Distractions from Writing and Coping with Always Having Too Much Going On

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In this episode, Justin and Kevin discuss how to continue to write when your life is full of distractions. Maybe it's just about changing your schedule to fit with the distractions, or learning to do creative work at a certain time of day, and the more menial tasks at 'distraction time.'

They talk Gen Con and lessons learned there, such as how to stop always "Muster-bating." Yeah, you'll have to listen to see what that is. Also, how can partnerships help in this regard? Are they sometimes a distraction?

If you deal with distractions, tune in and then go to the comments let us know what we left out.

And of course, we talk about how AMAZING the Stranger Things show is.

What is Draft2Digital?

Oh, this Unofficial Minecraft book looks cool... BLADE OF THE SEA.

Patrick Rothfuss' blog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_Q3N3XUj5M

Aug 15 2016

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Rank #7: Using Short Fiction and Films to Further Your Career

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In this episode, the gang discusses how they have used short fiction and what it has taught them. For example, Kevin is posting short stories on his blog recently. He's been getting some great feedback from his followers (and you can check them out too, at http://kevintumlinson.com/blog.

Justin is also toying with posting his short fiction at www.JustinMSloan.com, and both Justin and Stephan have had experience with short films.

Short fiction can be a great way to experiment with the craft, and filming a short can be extremely educational. Tune in to see what these guys have learned from the process.

Want to support the Creative Writing Career podcast? Great, it's because of you we can keep the show going. Support us by donating at Patreon.com/CWC or by purchasing Creative Writing Career 2 and 30-Day Author.

Apr 05 2016

34mins

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Rank #8: Writing Non-fiction and More, with Honoree Corder

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Kevin fist met Honoree at one of the Sterling & Stone events, and they've been besties ever since. Honoree writes non-fiction and more, including her book Prosperity for Writers and the accompanying journal.

Honoree talks how to make a living from writing. While everyone defines being a prosperous writer, Honoree defines it as making enough to live off of from solely your writing. This should be a goal for all of us writers.

Honorée Corder is an authorpreneur, business coach, and serial entrepreneur who helps people clarify their visions and turn them into reality. She empowers others to dream big and go for what they truly want.

Success is simple and not always easy. Honorée's books provide the real-world, time-tested strategies she's used herself and with her clients, so you can get to your next level faster, easier, and with less effort and stress. While she doesn't promise the world, she gives her step-by-step advice to you in a straight-forward, no-nonsense fashion you can use today to get the results you want tomorrow.

In her spare time, she watches too much television, loves to read, travel, learn languages, hang out with her family, and talk about herself in the third person.

Honorenter link description hereee's Amazon Author Page.

Prosperity for Writers.

Follow her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

Mar 14 2016

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Rank #9: Jasmine Walt on Writing Urban Fantasy, Book Launches, and Karaoke

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Justin and Kevin chat with Jasmine Walt about how she went from Ghost Writing to becoming an author we know and love. Her urban fantasy books are amazing, and their covers are perfect. She talks how she works with a writing partner, how she got into writing, and where she gets her book covers.

We also talk Tough Guy Urban Fantasy, box sets, photo manipulation covers vs illustrated covers, and karaoke at NINC. Exciting!

Check out Jasmine's Amazon Page, and these books:

The Baine Chronicles

The Shadows of Salem books

And the book that J.A. Cipriano is doing (which we discuss): Throne to the Wolves

Jasmine's bio from her website (in her words):

I’m obsessed with books, chocolate, and sharp, pointy objects. Somehow, those three things melded together in my head and transformed into a desire to write. Usually fantastical stuff, with a healthy dose of action and romance. My characters are a little (okay, a lot) on the snarky side, and they swear, but they mean well. Even the villains sometimes.

When I’m not working on my next book, you can find me working on my dao sword form, spending time with my family, or binge-watching superhero shows on Netflix.

Want to connect? You can find me on Twitter at @jasmine_writes, or on Facebook here.

Oct 17 2016

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Rank #10: Writing Fiction as a Business and Being Awesome with Michael Scott Earle

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Kevin, Justin, and Stephan are joined by the amazing author of THE DESTROYER (epic fantasy) and some other amazing books -- Michael-Scott Earle. He shares how he taught Justin to treat fiction like a business, and it's not just a saying. Want to get serious about your fiction too? Tune in to this episode!

What else do you need to know about Michael-Scott Earle?

You can find out all of his deep, dark secrets at these websites:

www.michaelscottearle.com www.facebook.com/authormichaelscottearle www.amazon.com/Michael-Scott-Earle/e/B019QSNVA2

Michael' book recommendations:

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Rhinoceros Success : the Secret to Charging Full Speed Toward Every Opportunity

And more:

Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover
The Lions of al-Rassan
Sailing to Sarantium
A Song for Arbonne
by Guy Gavriel Kay
and then "The Sword" by Luna Brothers

And you can get them on Audible for free with a trial!

Michael's Bio from his AMAZON PAGE:

Thanks for reading my books! If you enjoyed any of my novels please leave a review, join my mailing list, and share with your friends.

I'm currently working on a space opera series and have outlines for a supernatural horror series, a Western horror series, a futurist cyber-punk series, a comedic fantasy series, and a series in the Destroyer universe that will take place a few months after the end of book 4.

When I am not working or writing, I enjoy cycling (road and mountain), guitar/bass guitar playing, esoteric music, reading, exercising, and spending time with my family.

check out www.michaelscottearle.com for more info.

Aug 02 2016

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Rank #11: Scott Lynch on the Best Fantasy Books Ever - His

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Justin and special guest cohost PT Hylton sat down with Scott Lynch to talk about his amazing fantasy books, writing epic fantasy, how to work on your craft and improve your prose, why playing video games is important, and more!

Scott Lynch the Author

You might know Scott from his books:

The Lies of Locke Lamora (June 27, 2006)

Red Seas Under Red Skies (June 20, 2007)

The Republic of Thieves (October 8, 2013)

The Thorn of Emberlain (forthcoming)

The Ministry of Necessity (forthcoming)

The Mage and the Master Spy (forthcoming)

Inherit the Night (forthcoming)

Scott Lynch was born in 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he still lives now. In addition to being a freelance writer for various role playing game companies, he has done all the usual jobs writers put in their bios: dishwasher, waiter, web designer, marketing writer, office manager and short-order cook.

Mar 20 2017

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Rank #12: Author Monica Leonelle on Branding, Pivoting, and Being an Author

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This week we had Monica Leonelle on the show!

Monica Leonelle

Monica Leonelle is USA Today bestselling author best known for her young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance series, Waters Dark and Deep. Monica started reading young adult books when she was seven and never managed to grow out of them. She LOVES Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and more!

Monica also writes about indie publishing at ProseOnFire.com. Her most recent nonfiction series, Growth Hacking for Storytellers, has helped thousands of writers write faster, become better storytellers, and find their way to success. She’s also the creator of the Breakout Author Masterclass.

Before becoming an independent author, Monica led digital marketing efforts at Inc. 100 companies like Hansen’s Natural and Braintree. She’s been an avid blogger of marketing and business trends since 2007. Her ideas have been featured in AdAge, The Huffington Post, the AMEX OpenForum, GigaOm, Mashable, Social Media Today, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Monica lives in a very, very old, 3-story home in St. Louis, MO with her husband and adorable westie, Mia. It possibly has ghosts. And definitely has a secret passage. To find out what she’s up to and get access to her latest fiction updates, exclusive giveaways, advanced review copies, and more, sign up at MonicaLeonelle.com

Find her books on Amazon!

Sep 25 2017

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Rank #13: Adam Gaines on How to Stand Out and Get an Agent

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Justin, Stephan, and Kevin speak with Adam Gaines about his experience working in a TV writers room, publishing a book of one act plays (now two books!), and landing a screenwriting agent in Hollywood.

Adam, a graduate of NYU Tisch School of Arts Department of Dramatic Writing, published his book of one act plays (titled "Mixtape"), and it helped get him the attention needed to land a Hollywood agent. Of course, his time working as a PA and in other creative endeavors helped as well. In this episode, Adam shares his advice on getting a foot in the door, and what it's actually like when you've made it.

LINKS:

His awesome one-act plays, titled "MIXTAPE."

His second book of one-act plays, titled "Fire Sale."

Adam on IMDb.

Feb 01 2016

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Rank #14: Achieving Writing Goals and a Look Back at 2016

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Justin and Kevin discuss how to achieve your writing goals, which ones they accomplished in 2016, and what's in store for 2017.

This includes such topics as speaking at writing conferences, collaborations, film and television adaptations, and more!

Find more on Justin on his Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/JustinSloanAuthor, or sign up for his newsletter at www.JustinSloanAuthor.com.

Find more on Kevin at www.facebook.com/jkevintumlinson or sign up for his newsletter via #instafreebie here.

Dec 26 2016

37mins

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Rank #15: Writing Thriller Books, TV, and Film with Drew Chapman

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Drew Chapman got into writing because he couldn't play professional basketball and for his love of Hemingway. It led to an awesome career writing for television, such films as Disney's Pocahontas, and now his amazing novels, The Ascendant and The King of Fear.

Drew stands up for genre novels, saying that the difference between these books and so called "literary" novels is disintegrating. He says his novels are a character study, with action thrown in.

Additionally, we delve into Drew's writing process (especially focusing on developing characters), his advice for publishing and breaking into Hollywood, and so much more.

OUR BOOK OF THE WEEK:

The Ascendant, narrated by George Newbern - free with an audible trial at AudibleTrial.com/CreativeWritingCareer.

LINKS:

Drew's IMDb page.

Drew's author page.

Drew's website.

Jan 18 2016

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Rank #16: Amy Duboff the Queen of Scifi Talks Writing Space Opera

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We chat with Amy Duboff about writing her Space Opera series, Bookbub, and what it takes to be an amazing Scifi Writer.

Check out her books on Amazon!

And don't miss her new release, SCIONS OF CHANGE.

Amy has always loved science fiction in all forms, including books, movies, shows, and games. If it involves outer space, even better! As a full-time author based in Oregon, she is currently finalizing the Cadicle space opera series, and she also writes short fiction for anthologies featuring science fiction, science-fantasy, and comedic sci-fi. When she's not writing, she enjoys travel, wine tasting, binge-watching TV series, and playing epic strategy board games.

Website: www.amyduboff.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authoramyduboff

Newsletter Signup: bit.ly/amydnews

Jun 19 2017

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Rank #17: Writing Mystery and Going from Comics to Novels with Fred Van Lente

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Comic Artist Fred Van Lente Released the Novel Ten Dead Comedians and is here to tell us about tit and about going from comic writer to novelist, and what that takes.

TEN DEAD COMEDIANS:

Fred Van Lente’s brilliant debut is both an homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and a thoroughly contemporary show-business satire.

As the story opens, nine comedians of various acclaim are summoned to the island retreat of legendary Hollywood funnyman Dustin Walker. The group includes a former late-night TV host, a washed-up improv instructor, a ridiculously wealthy “blue collar” comic, and a past-her-prime Vegas icon. All nine arrive via boat to find that every building on the island is completely deserted. Marooned without cell phone service or wifi signals, they soon find themselves being murdered one by one. But who is doing the killing, and why?

A darkly clever take on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and other classics of the genre, Ten Dead Comedians is a marvel of literary ventriloquism, with hilarious comic monologues in the voice of every suspect. It’s also an ingeniously plotted puzzler with a twist you’ll never see coming!

FRED VAN LENTE:

Van Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won't hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, TEN DEAD COMEDIANS, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years.

Van Lente spent his time between birth and authoring Ten Dead Comedians becoming the #1 New York Times best selling writer of graphic novels like Cowboys & Aliens (the basis of the feature film), Odd is on Our Side with Dean R. Koontz, and several entries the gorily funny Marvel Zombies series.

He did some other things too, but they hardly seem worth mentioning.

Jul 17 2017

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Rank #18: Publishing with Tor and Small Presses, with Lawrence Schoen

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Justin and Kevin were able to talk with Lawrence Schoen about his awesome new book with Tor, Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard. But there's so much more that Lawrence had to share with us, including publishing with a small press, as well as running one.

If you're curious about Barsk (which sounds amazing), and want to pursue a career as an author, tune in.

Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, was a college professor for 10 years, and currently works as the director of research for a mental health & addiction services medical center. He's one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language. He also runs Paper Golem, a speculative fiction small press. And he's a certified hypnotherapist.

His fiction draws on his professional expertise, and it's no surprise to find themes of language, memory, and cognition throughout his work. There's a generally light and humorous tone to most of his fiction, and his style has frequently been described as harkening back to a simpler time in SF. He's been nominated for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Hugo Award for Best Short Story, three times for the Nebula Award for Best Novella. This year he received a Nebula Award nomination for Best Novel for BARSK: THE ELEPHANTS' GRAVEYARD.

Lawrence's Amazon page.

Want to support the Creative Writing Career podcast? Great, it's because of you we can keep the show going. Support us by donating at Patreon.com/CWC or by purchasing Creative Writing Career 2 and 30-Day Author.

Mar 21 2016

37mins

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Rank #19: Webseries, Film School, Short Films, and Martial Arts, with Marx Pyle

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Marx Pyle shares his thoughts on what stories make good movies vs television vs webseries, how to use Martial Arts properly in film, and more info about his awesome podcast, GenreTainment.

He is an author, scriptwriter, web series creator, director, producer, and fight choreographer.

Visit Marx's Website: www.marxpyle.com

Check out is podcast GenreTainment!

Since 2008 Marx has guest hosted or co-hosted on different online radio shows. In 2012, he finally decided to produce and co-host his own show, GenreTainment. The show started with live episodes on BlogTalkRadio and later moved to pre-recorded episodes on Libsyn.

GenreTainment is where Julie and Marx talk about what is happening in the world of film, TV and web series. They give you interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors in both independent and not-so-independent creations. Look below to find an episode (list in progress… pardon the dust).

Marx's book: Television on the Wild Wild Web: And How to Blaze Your Own Trail

There is a revolution happening in entertainment and it is all the Internet’s fault. It’s a revolution that is changing the rules for television and filmmaking and the major studios are scrambling to figure out their place in this new world. Independent filmmakers have discovered that web television is a fantastic way to break into the industry creating many opportunities. But as with everything new, this vast ocean called web television can be hard to navigate. This book gives you a comprehensive map to web television and walks you through the crucial steps on how to fund, film, market, and distribute your web series opus.

Click the link to buy a copy: http://amzn.com/1615931996

Oct 10 2016

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Rank #20: Tails of Dystopia with Samuel Peralta, Chris Pourteau, David Bruns, and Sean Quigley

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On today's episode, we spoke with Samuel Peralta, Chris Pourteau, David Bruns, and Sean Quigley about the Tails of Dystopia anthology.

GRAB IT ON AMAZON

1984 meets The Incredible Journey in thirteen dystopian tales by some of today's most accomplished writers of science fiction.

In this title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, discover tales of dark futures, tragic pasts, and a present that's run off the rails are presented in landscapes as varied as their authors' imaginations.

Set in bestselling worlds fully realized by their authors, the stories of Chronicle Worlds: Tails of Dystopia unfold as seen through the eyes of animals -- tamed and feral, domestic and savage -- as they traverse a world of perdition where often their capacity for nobility and self-sacrifice transcends our own.

Enter these worlds with some of the most inventive authors writing today, including USA Today bestselling authors David Adams and Cheri Lasota, Wall Street Journal bestselling authors Daniel Arthur Smith and Ann Christy, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner Rysa Walker.

Dystopian deserts, post-apocalyptic mountain ranges, the medieval English countryside, the far reaches of the galaxy - in each of these and more, animals and their human companions discover heart-stopping adventure among the ruins - and you will, too.

Discover Chronicle Worlds. Discover Tails of Dystopia.

Proceeds from this volume of The Future Chronicles help support the charity Pets for Vets, which rescues and re-trains shelter animals and matches them with military veterans in need of a companion animal.

Nov 20 2017

42mins

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CWC 2.0 - Moving to the CREATIVE WRITING LIFE Podcast

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Justin Sloan has moved the Creative Writing Career podcast to a new 2.0 version, rebranded as CREATIVE WRITING LIFE. Enjoy!

Check us out at :

FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreativeWritingLife
iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-writing-life/id1488636423

With cohosts PT Hylton and Paul Zeidman.

Also, check out the Creative Writing Life book - https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK

Want the life of a professional writer but not sure how to get there? Learn what it takes from the pros!
Do you love to write, but aren't sure what to do with it? Wondering how to approach the industry, find a market, or get an in with the right folks? Stephan Bugaj (Pixar, Telltale Games) and Justin Sloan (Telltale Games, the Shadow Corps books) have come together to share advice on living the writer dream. Let them show you exactly what it takes to make it in the world of creative writing.

What follows is a collection of their advice and interviews with the experts. This includes screenwriters, video game writers, and authors of books and comics.

In this book you'll read interviews with writers whose credits include such titles as:

• Big Fish
• Batman
• Game of Thrones
• The Crow
• Divergent
• John Carter
• Brave
• Yesterday’s Gone
• Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
• Sandman Slim
• Jurassic World

In this book on creative writing for beginners and advanced, we cover features, television, video games, novels, and more aspects of making writing your life.

Buy CREATIVE WRITING LIFE today to learn firsthand from the professionals!

Dec 06 2019

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Dakota Krout on Writing LitRPG

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Dakota Krout joins Justin to discuss his books, what LitRPG is, and how to enjoy family life while still writing often and a lot.

From Dakota (Amazon):

Dakota Krout - Author of the Amazon best-selling Divine Dungeon and Completionist Chronicles series

I live in a 'pretty much Canada' Minnesota city with my wife and daughter. By day I'm a web developer and computer programmer, but in the early morning and late evening you'll find me draped over my computer creating new worlds and doing my best to bring characters to life.

I started writing The Divine Dungeon series because I enjoy reading and wanted to create a world all my own. To my surprise and great pleasure, I found like-minded people who enjoy the contents of my mind. Publishing my stories has been an incredible blessing thus far and I hope to keep you entertained for years to come!

Find me here:
DakotaKrout.com Facebook.com/TheDivineDungeon Patreon.com/DakotaKrout Twitter.com/DakotaKrout Goodreads.com/Dakota_Krout

And find his other interview on the LitRPG Reads Podcast.

Jun 04 2018

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Evan Currie on Writing Science Fiction

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Evan Currie joins Justin to discuss science fiction, self publishing, and his journey as an author.

Evan is a Canadian author who has been writing both original and fan fiction works for more than a decade, and finally decided to make the jump to self-publishing with his techno-thriller "Thermals."

Since then Evan has turned out novels in the Silver Wings series, the Odyssey One series, and the first book in an alternate history series set during the height of the Roman Era. From ancient Rome to the far flung future, Evan enjoys exploring the possibilities inherent when you change technology or culture.

For a short novella set in the Silver Wings universe, and sneak peaks at everything else he's working on, join Evan's mailing list : http://bit.ly/2lVUFJW

Check out his amazing books on Amazon.

May 28 2018

37mins

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Epic Fantasy with Michael J Sullivan

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Michael J. Sullivan joins Justin to talk writing epic fantasy, world building, and his adventures in both indie and traditional publishing.

After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just ten years old and mimicking the only writer he knew at the time...Snoopy. That spark ignited a flame and Michael's desire to fill blank pages would become a life-long obsession. As an adult, Michael spent more than ten years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time, he wrote thirteen novels without finding any traction in publishing. Since insanity is repeating the same act but expecting a different result, he did the only sane thing he could think of and quit, vowing never to write creatively again.

Never turned out to be too long for Michael and after a decade he returned to the keyboard in his forties...but with one condition: he wouldn't seek publication. Instead, he wrote a series of books that had been building in his head during his hiatus. His first reading love was fantasy, and his hope was to help foster a love of reading in his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who struggled due to severe dyslexia. After reading the third book of this series, his wife insisted the novels needed to "get out there." When Michael refused to jump back onto the query-go-round, she took over the publication tasks and has run "the business side" of his writing ever since.

Michael is one of the few authors who has successfully published through all three routes: small press, self, and big five.

FIND HIS BOOKS ON AMAZON.

Also on such sites as B&N :)

From Justin: I'm listening to Michael's THEFT OF SWORDS audiobook right now and loving it. Give it a try.

May 21 2018

35mins

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The Writing Business with Joe Solari

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Justin sits down with Joe Solari to talk the business of writing, including when to incorporate and... taxes!

Here's his course! On sale for a few days :)

https://www.indieauthoralchemy.com/indieauthoralchemy/

More about Joe:

Joe Solari is an author, entrepreneur, and consultant. He writes on the topics of Energy, the Environment, and on how to reduce risk in your entrepreneurial ventures. Finding that many business owners struggle with the same problems he has worked to create tools and systems to help passionate business owners professionalize their team and operations to achieve exceptional results.

Joe graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute and an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business. He has been an owner, investor, partner, and operator of numerous businesses.

He lives in River Forest Illinois with his wife Suze, author of the T-Shirt & Jeans Handbook, and their two sons Rowan and Vincent.

Apr 24 2018

30mins

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Writing Superheroes with Lucas Flint

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Lucas Flint shares why he loves to write superheroes, where his character powers come from, and a freebie deal if you get it quick! Enjoy :)

Bait & Switch (free until April 22nd, 2018): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0788RN49V

Website: www.lucasflint.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlucasflint/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lucasflintbooks

Lucas Flint is the pen name of Timothy L. Cerepaka, who writes superhero fiction under it.

The Lucas Flint pen name is also published under the Secret Identity Books imprint of Annulus Publishing, an imprint devoted to publishing superhero fiction.

Series:

The Superhero's Son (Book 1: The Superhero's Test)
The Young Neos (Book 1: Brothers)
Minimum Wage Sidekick (Book 1: First Job)
The Legacy Superhero (Book 1: A Superhero's Legacy)

Apr 18 2018

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Evan Skolnick on Breaking into Games and Attending GDC

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With over twenty-five years of story and game development experience at world-class entertainment companies such as Marvel, Activision, and Lucasfilm, EVAN SKOLNICK brings a unique perspective to narrative experiences in games. An international speaker and educator, he has conducted workshops on storytelling techniques for well over a thousand game development professionals. Skolnick’s work includes projects such as Star Wars 1313, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, The Godfather: Five Families, Over the Hedge, Spider-Man 3, Spy Muppets, and many others. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two sons. Visit www.evanskolnick.com.

Check out his book, VIDEO GAME STORYTELLING.

Feb 26 2018

33mins

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Writing MMO Video Games with Bobby Stein of Arena Net

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Bobby Stein of Arena Net (Guild Wars 2) joins us to talk writing for MMO video games, breaking in, and more.

FROM BOBBY:

I've been writing about video games since 2001 and for them since 2005. Interactive storytelling through gameplay and ambient voice-over is my passion. I currently manage the narrative team under the Studio Narrative Director.

From 2007 to 2012, we focused on writing and editing voiced dialog for dynamic events and ambient scenes. Since the launch of Guild Wars 2 in August of 2012, we've shifted our efforts to evolving the narrative of the live game by working with multidisciplinary, project-based groups on the Living World story and Raids. I spend much of my time writing and/or reviewing narrative treatments and VO scripts with my team, giving feedback and creative direction on plot, characters, dialog, presentation, implementation, and gameplay cohesion where needed. I have also done light implementation of ambient narrative elements (scripting interactive props, scenes, etc.)

Bobby on IMDB

Jan 21 2018

40mins

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From Theater to Video Game Writing with David Varela

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David Varela joins us to discuss his career with video games such as Zombie Run, and how he made it.

http://davidvarela.com/

FROM DAVID:

I’m a writer, living and working in the UK. I’m also quite a practical bloke, which makes me useful as a producer of games and multimedia drama too.

Being rather busy most of the time, I won’t be blogging on this site, but I will be keeping it up to date with what I’ve been doing. If you want regular updates, you can sign up for my newsletter. The trouble is, I’m normally not allowed to talk about the really interesting stuff until it’s over. This is how I create my air of mystery. Here’s a summary of the story so far.

In 2009, I produced a project called Xi. It’s still one of the largest Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) ever made.

For most of 2010, I was writing and producing Lewis Hamilton: Secret Life at nDreams. Now that was epic.

2011 was mostly the Pepperhood and a lot of teaching, talking and running workshops around the world.

2012 saw the surprising success of Zombies, Run!, the theatrical extravaganza that was The Seed, and 100 Hours of Solitude in Ted Hughes’ old house.

2013 was all about Samurai Siege, the Live Writing Series, and the start of an unexpected new cocktail business called Shaken.

2014 got off to an astonishing start with the release of Sherlock: The Network, which led to a whole load of travelling and award nominations.

2015 saw me writing The Trace (one of the Best Android Games of the Year, apparently) and giving a series of talks at conferences and workshops.

2016 brought the end of Shaken, a small press frenzy around Framed, writing for VR, some prototyping for Lost My Name, and more talks around the world.

And 2017 has turned into a wonderful mix of education, narrative design, more prototyping, VR… and it’s not over yet.

Jan 11 2018

36mins

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Ken Lozito on Craft and His First Colony Military Scifi Series

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Author Ken Lozito shares his views on craft, marketing, and the magic behind his First Colony series.

Ken Lozito:

Ken Lozito is the author of multiple series in fantasy and science fiction. Ken has always loved fantasy and science fiction in all forms, including books, movies (Even the cheesy 80s B movies), and games.

Ken graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in English and Anthropology. Being a computer hobbyist led to him working in the field of IT Security for almost 20 years. He resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two boys. Enjoys hiking, reading, playing with the dog, and binge-watching shows on Netflix, but enjoys writing stories most of all.

You can find out more about Ken and upcoming books on his website at http://kenlozito.com

Grab LEGACY on amazon today!

Dec 04 2017

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Tails of Dystopia with Samuel Peralta, Chris Pourteau, David Bruns, and Sean Quigley

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On today's episode, we spoke with Samuel Peralta, Chris Pourteau, David Bruns, and Sean Quigley about the Tails of Dystopia anthology.

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1984 meets The Incredible Journey in thirteen dystopian tales by some of today's most accomplished writers of science fiction.

In this title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, discover tales of dark futures, tragic pasts, and a present that's run off the rails are presented in landscapes as varied as their authors' imaginations.

Set in bestselling worlds fully realized by their authors, the stories of Chronicle Worlds: Tails of Dystopia unfold as seen through the eyes of animals -- tamed and feral, domestic and savage -- as they traverse a world of perdition where often their capacity for nobility and self-sacrifice transcends our own.

Enter these worlds with some of the most inventive authors writing today, including USA Today bestselling authors David Adams and Cheri Lasota, Wall Street Journal bestselling authors Daniel Arthur Smith and Ann Christy, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner Rysa Walker.

Dystopian deserts, post-apocalyptic mountain ranges, the medieval English countryside, the far reaches of the galaxy - in each of these and more, animals and their human companions discover heart-stopping adventure among the ruins - and you will, too.

Discover Chronicle Worlds. Discover Tails of Dystopia.

Proceeds from this volume of The Future Chronicles help support the charity Pets for Vets, which rescues and re-trains shelter animals and matches them with military veterans in need of a companion animal.

Nov 20 2017

42mins

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Author Josh Hayes from Keystroke Medium on his new Richard Fox collaboration

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Author Josh Hayes from Keystroke Medium on his new Richard Fox collaboration.

JOSH HAYES

Ever since he watched his first Star Trek episode (TNG not OS), Josh Hayes has loved science fiction. Watching it, reading it, and writing it.

Josh grew up a military brat, affording him the opportunity to meet several different types of people, in multiple states and foreign countries. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force and served for six years, before leaving military life to work in law enforcement. His experiences in both his military life and police life have given him a unique glimpse into the lives of people around him and it shows through in the characters he creates.

When Josh is not writing, he spends his time with his three children and his wife, Jamie.

For more information on Josh and his writing, please visit his webpage: www.joshhayeswriter.com

Josh is also the co-host of Keystroke Medium, with Scott Moon. For the best author interviews, news and craft discussion, visit www.keystrokemedium.com

Nov 06 2017

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Tim C Taylor on the UK and US Market and Opening Your World to Other Writers

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This week Tim C Taylor joined the show to chat with Justin about writing with others, anthologies, and comparing the US and UK markets.

JOIN THE LEGION! The Human Legion has sold over 125,000 copies, but is still recruiting for new readers. Visit humanlegion.com today and join the Legion for exclusive book downloads to start your journey into the worlds of the Human Legion, Revenge Squad and Sleeping Legion.

Tim C. Taylor lives with his family in an ancient village in England. When he was an impressionable boy, between 1977 and 1978, he encountered several mind-altering substances: 2000AD, Star Wars, Blake's 7, and Dungeons & Dragons. Consequently, he now writes science fiction novels for a living.

Find him on the web at www.humanlegion.com or @TheHumanLegion

FIND HIS BOOKS ON AMAZON

Oct 30 2017

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Richard Fox on Winning a DragonCon award, Audiobooks, and Military Science Fiction

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Richard Fox joins us to talk Winning a DragonCon award, Audiobooks, and Military Science Fiction.

Richard Fox is the winner of the 2017 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy novel, author of The Ember War Saga, a military science fiction and space opera series, and other novels in the military history, thriller and space opera genres.

He lives in fabulous Las Vegas with his incredible wife and two boys, amazing children bent on anarchy.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) much to his surprise and spent ten years on active duty in the United States Army. He deployed on two combat tours to Iraq and received the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star and Presidential Unit Citation.

Find Richard's books on Amazon.

Facebook (best place to reach him): https://www.facebook.com/Richard-Fox-Author-1377447982503883

Website: www.richardfoxauthor.com

Oct 23 2017

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JR Handley on Military Science Fiction

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Author JR Handley joined us to talk about his military science fiction, writing in anthologies, and collaboration.

Although, actually...

JR Handley is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. He is a veteran infantry sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division and the 28th Infantry Division. She is the kind of crazy that interprets his insanity into cogent English. He writes the sci-fi while she proofreads it. The sergeant is a two-time combat veteran of the late unpleasantness in Mesopotamia where he was wounded, likely doing something stupid. He started writing military science fiction as part of a therapy program suggested by his doctor, and hopes to entertain you while he attempts to excise his demons through these creative endeavors. In addition to being just another dysfunctional veteran, he is a stay at home wife, avid reader and all around nerd. Luckily for him, his Queen joins him in his fandom nerdalitry.

His web page is www.jrhandley.com.

Find his books on Amazon.

Find his work on audfans.com

Oct 09 2017

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Author Monica Leonelle on Branding, Pivoting, and Being an Author

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This week we had Monica Leonelle on the show!

Monica Leonelle

Monica Leonelle is USA Today bestselling author best known for her young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance series, Waters Dark and Deep. Monica started reading young adult books when she was seven and never managed to grow out of them. She LOVES Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and more!

Monica also writes about indie publishing at ProseOnFire.com. Her most recent nonfiction series, Growth Hacking for Storytellers, has helped thousands of writers write faster, become better storytellers, and find their way to success. She’s also the creator of the Breakout Author Masterclass.

Before becoming an independent author, Monica led digital marketing efforts at Inc. 100 companies like Hansen’s Natural and Braintree. She’s been an avid blogger of marketing and business trends since 2007. Her ideas have been featured in AdAge, The Huffington Post, the AMEX OpenForum, GigaOm, Mashable, Social Media Today, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Monica lives in a very, very old, 3-story home in St. Louis, MO with her husband and adorable westie, Mia. It possibly has ghosts. And definitely has a secret passage. To find out what she’s up to and get access to her latest fiction updates, exclusive giveaways, advanced review copies, and more, sign up at MonicaLeonelle.com

Find her books on Amazon!

Sep 25 2017

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Jason Pinter on Writing Thrillers

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Author Jason Pinter joined us to talk writing Thrillers and Running a Publishing Company

Check out his links and posts!

https://strandmag.com/six-of-the-best-political-thrillers/

https://therealbookspy.com/2017/08/15/the-castle-five-questions-with-jason-pinter/

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Mark-Audiobook/B002V0JZ3A/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1504193279&sr=1-1

Jason Pinter is the bestselling author of five novels in his Henry Parker thriller series, which
have over one million copies in print worldwide and have been published in over a dozen
countries, as well as the Middle Grade adventure novel Zeke Bartholomew: SuperSpy. He has
been nominated for the Thriller Award, Strand Critics Award, Barry Award, RT Reviewers
Choice Award, Shamus Award and CrimeSpree Award. Two of his books—The Fury and
The Darkness—were chosen as Indie Next selections, and The Mark, The Stolen and The Fury,
were named to The Strand’s Best Books of the Year list. The Mark and The Stolen both
appeared on the ‘Heatseekers’ bestseller list in The Bookseller (UK). The Mark was optioned to
be a feature film.

He is the Founder and Publisher of Polis Books, an independent publishing company he
launched in 2013. He was named one of Publisher Weekly’s inaugural Star Watch honorees, which “recognizes young publishing professionals who have distinguished themselves as future leaders of the industry.” He has written for The New Republic, Entrepreneur, The Daily Beast, Medium and The Huffington Post, and been featured in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, MediaBistro, Mystery Scene and more.

He was named one of the top writers on Twitter (@JasonPinter) by Mashable
and the Huffington Post, and his articles and essays have been covered in the New York Times,
Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, New York Observer, Baltimore Sun, Salon
and as far as Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. He was born in New York City in 1979 and
currently lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife, their daughter, and their dog, Wilson.

Sep 05 2017

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Glynn Stewart on Science Fiction Fantasy

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Author Glynn Stewart discusses his science fiction / fantasy series.

Glynn Stewart is the author of the Castle Federation and Starship's Mage space opera series.

Writing managed to liberate him from being an accountant before he lost all personality, and he now lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife and their demanding cats.

Check out his recent book with Terry Mixon - HEART OF VENGEANCE

And one of my new favorite books, STARSHIP'S MAGE, with over 300 amazing reviews.

Aug 28 2017

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Genre Swapping and Editing Techniques

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Justin and Kevin discuss the eclipse, genre hopping, and editing techniques. Lots of good fun!

Aug 21 2017

36mins

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Writing Spinoffs of Syndicate Wars and Other Series with Jonathan Yanez and Gentry Race

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Want to know about jumping into someone else's written world and collaborating on spinoffs? These two guys are doing just that with the series Justin started with Kyle Noe and George Mahaffey - the Seppukarian Universe (the first in the universe was the Syndicate Wars series).

They also talk about what they hope to get out of it, what their stories might be about, and more.

And of course Justin BLABS on and on about himself.

Enjoy!

Aug 15 2017

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Had to unsubscribe.

By NTJenks - Feb 27 2018
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Although the content is wonderful, I can’t stand the variation in the sound levels. I have tried to contact the host but he has not fixed the problem. Because I listen on headphones, if I adjust my volume to listen to the super quiet host, when the guest speaks it is way too loud. I listen while at work and it is something that plays while I do other thing with my hands, I can’t be adjusting the volume all the time. So to save my ears I unsubscribed.

6 Stars

By A Dollar Poorer - Oct 24 2017
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A wonderful show that’s fun for all!!