I’ve been very busy of late, trying to set up my new house, trying to get a couple of books out, and taking time to go to Honor*Con in Raleigh, North Carolina (had that one planned for a half a year, so didn’t think that a little thing like way too much to do should change my plans). The next blog will be about that con, and meeting one of my favorite authors, David Weber. This one is about the Adventures in Scifi Publishing podcast I was invited to participate in, put on by Moses Siregar and Shaun Farrell.
But in October I was invited to participate in a podcast about the state of publishing. I knew the other two gentlemen involved, and am sure that the invitation at least partially came because of my association with the two. I met Kevin J. Anderson at Jody Lynn Nye’s Dragon*Con Writer’s Workshop in 2013. I was invited to submit a story to his Five By Five military science fiction anthology later that fall, and attended his Superstars Writers Seminar in Colorado Springs in February of 2014. I met Dave Wolverton (pen name David Farland) at that Seminar, and attended his Greenlighting Your Novel Workshop in Atlanta at the beginning of October, 2014. David also invited me to post on his popular Kick In The Pants blog. Both of these men have been very helpful and gracious to this author. So, on October 24th I was scheduled to do the round table with Kevin and David.
I came down with a bad case of bronchitis the day before the recording, and woke up on October 24th with almost no voice, but a plan. Several cups of tea with lemon and honey later and I had a serviceable voice, though the hacking cough was still there. The time came and we connected through Skype. The only problem was they couldn’t hear me through Skype, though they were coming through my computer loud and clear. A phone call got me in, and we were on. And then the next problem came along. The landlord was rebuilding my roof, replacing wood rot and putting on new the tiles, so there was constant noise. The solution to that was moving around the house on the phone (so actually, Skype not connecting was a plus), going into whatever room had the least noise at the moment.
But the show went on, and we recorded it without any more problems. So here is the link to that Podcast. Seeing the list of people they have had on it before, as well as the two terrific authors I was on the round table with for this one, I can only say that it was an honor and privilege to do. I hope you enjoy this Podcast on the State of Publishing.