This week’s episode is brought to you by the Loft Literary Center. The Loft Literary Center, located in Minneapolis, is one of the nation’s leading literary nonprofits and offers a wide array of online and in-person creative writing classes for all levels and genres. Online classes are offered seasonally, so all you need is Wi-Fi to learn from experienced writers and go from blank page to completed story.
This week we FINALLY discuss the book Terry asked us to review back about five years ago, David Weber’s OATH OF SWORDS. Along the way we also talk about genre tropes and whether or not they should be avoided. We hope you enjoy!
This audio was provided by Jeff Brackett, so huge thanks go out to him. “What should you look for in a short story contract? What might you hear about your story from readers and reviewers? What should you be doing in terms of social media? Does getting published once help you get published again? Bring your own questions about publishing in the early part of your career. Panelists – Moshe Feder, Vylar Kaftan, David Liss, Michael J. Martinez, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.
This audio was provided by Jeff Brackett, so huge thanks go out to him. “Self Promotion: Everything You Know About It is Probably Wrong.” Done properly, self-promotion is an important part of building a career. Poorly executed, self-promotion can do more harm than good. How is the conventional wisdom wrong? What are more advisable but underrated neglected approaches?” Panelists are: Julie Barrett (moderator), Gini Koch, Joshua Bilmes, Genese Davis, and Teresa Nielsen Hayden.
This week the Robots sit down to chat about the publishing industry, and more specifically self-publishing. A great deal has changed in the past few years, and the gatekeepers are nearly out of a job. Let us know what you think? Enjoy!
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Yep, this happened. During Space City Con 2013 the Robots were joined by Charlie Brown and David Wood to ramble about just about everything and nothing all at once. We hope you enjoy this sad glimpse at the DRS.
This week the Robots chat about genre mashups. The topic of genre is slippery already, but when you talk about combining them it gets more slippery still. We hope you enjoy this conversation! And don’t stop listening once you think we’re done! There’s a special surprise at the very end.
Terry mentioned this article during our conversation – Why The Hero’s Journey is a Tourist Trap
This week the Robots chat around the table about writing for the love versus writing for the money, and what it means to try and be commercial. We hope you enjoy the conversation!
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