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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

    • Science Fiction
    • 5.0, 3 Ratings

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 027 - Goodbye Google

    SW 027 - Goodbye Google

    Moving away from Google as your storage solution. Do you really want to drag around all those files forever? Planning for the week so your spouse doesn't choke you.

    • 31 min
    SW 026 - Digital Storage Plan

    SW 026 - Digital Storage Plan

    My Google Drive plan expired this week, and OneDrive is cheaper... so I've been doing a lot of thinking about how I'm backing up my data, how I organize my files, and if I really need to hang onto email from 2006.

    • 27 min
    SW 025 - Getting Your head Back in the Game

    SW 025 - Getting Your head Back in the Game

    Strategies I used to get my head back into characters, settings and a plot I left behind for too long.

    • 22 min
    SW 024 - Back in the Saddle

    SW 024 - Back in the Saddle

    Author update after a long hiatus. What has changed in my life and where I'm heading now.

    • 29 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

Jay K. Key ,

Great podcast

James is an intelligent and powerful voice in the indie author community. This peek into his writing life is both insightful and entertaining.

Just no more eight month breaks, ok!?!? Ha.

The Whazzapp Odyssey ,

Inspired

Fun listen, your voice and tone make the episodes relaxing to listen to. Hearing your experiences and progress through your projects is great motivation towards my writing projects as well. My goal is to publish my new book by years end on amazon kindle and I’d like to thank you because a lot of my more recent writings have been while listening to your work! Looking forward to reading your books soon too! I subbed on your YouTube channel too! You deserve way more fans on these outlets!

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