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Follow Science Fiction author James S. Aaron on his writing-publishing journey. He’s seven novels into a writing career while still balancing the day job and family, including a new baby. Sleep mostly optional.

Speculative.Work: A Science Fiction Author Diary James S. Aaron

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Follow Science Fiction author James S. Aaron on his writing-publishing journey. He’s seven novels into a writing career while still balancing the day job and family, including a new baby. Sleep mostly optional.

    SW 23 - Co-Writing Pros and Cons

    SW 23 - Co-Writing Pros and Cons

    You may have heard authors talking about co-writing... what is it? Is it right for you? How do you even find co-writing opportunities? 
    In this episode I talk about what I've learned from three years of co-writing with Mal Cooper in Aeon 14. Spoiler alert: it's been a great experience that has taught me a lot during this phase of my writing career. 
    However, there are pros and cons, like any business relationship.
    If there's anything I didn't cover, shoot me an email at james@jamesaaron.net
    Thanks for listening!

    • 42 min.
    SW 022 - Author Dinners with Fans and Comparisonitus

    SW 022 - Author Dinners with Fans and Comparisonitus

    In this episode I talk about dinners with fans.
    Spoiler alert, they're great.
    They can help you build engagement, make your series' world more real, and create priceless experiences for your fans.
    If you're like me and your mind goes blank while talking, you might want to take some flash cards so you don't forget the name of your latest book.
    I also struggled with a bout of "comparisonitus" this week, where I found myself comparing my career in the last three years with other authors I know, wondering if I've made the right decisions, and choosing to focus on what's right for me... even if I haven't completely figured that out yet.
    Also, Google says podcasting is the new blogging, so get on that. Lol.
    Thanks for listening!

    • 26 min.
    SW 021 - Refining Plotting and Some Big News

    SW 021 - Refining Plotting and Some Big News

    What do you do when the baby eats your work space? You prop your laptop on the dresser and record anyway.
    I'm back with a quick update, some notes on the current book, and some more big changes in my life that should mean positive things for my writing.
    I also talk a bit about writing on deadline and how I refine my outlining process as I write to make sure I'm always heading in the right direction and not wasting words.
    Thanks for listening!
     

    • 28 min.
    SW 020 - From Russia with Love

    SW 020 - From Russia with Love

    In this episode I talk about the resolution of my old business debt problem, a close reading of From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming and plotting my next book, The Spreading Fire.
    Episode 20! Thanks for listening and all your support.

    • 42 min.
    SW 019 - Kicked in the Face

    SW 019 - Kicked in the Face

    In this episode I talk about a major setback I experienced recently, how it affected my writing, and how I am trying to continue to work through it. 
    I also talk about lessons learned from reading the slush pile for an SF/F publisher. 
    Thanks for listening!

    • 45 min.
    SW 018 - Changes Changes Changes

    SW 018 - Changes Changes Changes

    This is a bit of personal episode but it touches on finding your true audience by expressing your authentic self.
    Once you find those true fans, and you're honest and open with them and serve them up the entertainment they love, I think you've got them for life.
    We recently went through a major transition in Aeon 14, and me with my writing partner. I was ready for fans to revolt but they've supported us in amazing ways. I can't express how much gratitude I've felt in the last month, and how inspired I've been to create meaningful, honest work.
    Also, sorry for the break!

    • 31 min.

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