Conversations with the Creators of Science Fiction and Fantasy fiction today! If you love SF literature, are an author or aspire to become one, you will enjoy this podcast.
Cover to Cover #470: Amazon vs Hachette, or Authors Are Doing It For Themselves
Mike and Mike talk more about the fight between Amazon and Hachette, continuing from Show 468 and including comments from your feedback via Facebook.
They talk more about how different authors are taking sides, how the monies are being distributed differently now than before, the different options available to authors (with publishers and going self-published) and things authors should be doing to sell their books and sell themselves. [Read more...]
Cover to Cover #469: Talking with Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson joins Mike and Mike to talk about his newest novel, The Dark Between the Stars. It's the first of his new series, "Saga of Shadows", which takes place 20 years after the events of his "Saga of the Seven Suns" series, with reviewers calling it "Game of Thrones, with planets".
He also talks about his writing process (dictation), and how he got started publishing ebooks through his own WordFire Press. [Read more...]
Cover to Cover #468: Amazon vs Hachette, Or Who Moved My Marketing?
The contract dispute between Amazon and Hachette has Mike Stackpole a little fired up, and the conversation revolves around the details some of the blowback that midlist and new authors are feeling because their books can't be pre-ordered or ordered, and the alternatives the Big Five publishers are beginning to investigate. [Read more...]
Cover to Cover #467: Talking About "Reading Rainbow"
Sam Roberts joins Mike and Mike to talk about LeVar Burton's Kickstarter efforts to bring "Reading Rainbow" to new audiences using newer technologies and methods that weren't available when the show was still airing on PBS, and about the grumblings making the rounds that vilify the effort for not being about bringing the show back in its old format. [Read more...]
Cover to Cover #466: Changes in Book Selling
Mike and Mike recap the technological and book-selling shift since they last talked shop in 2012, including the shift from big format bookstores to local stores & specialty stores that promote events more than book sales, the shift to authors marketing themselves at conventions and other events, and the growth of crowd-funded book projects. [Read more...]
Cover to Cover #465: Catching Up and Moving Forward
Mike and Mike pop in for a quick visit, and have fun with not remembering anything they talked about or did for the show 2 years ago.
They chat about what's been going on since then, and the changes that happen with stories as the writers get older and gain more experiences.
And they ask you: what elements of Dragon Page "Cover to Cover" do you miss and would want to hear more of? [Read more...]
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