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Episode 267 – The Robots Get Genderfied

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This week the Robots are joined by Lauren “Scribe” Harris to talk about writing to and for the opposite gender. What stereotypes should be avoided, which are true, and how should it affect your writing? Enjoy!

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In this episode Lauren mentioned Writing the Other, a writing workshop by Cynthia Ward

This week’s promo – Alibi Jones

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Episode 266 – Back Cover Blurbs

This week the Robots talk about back cover blurbs. These are important marketing tools that no author should ignore.

This week’s promo – Garaaga’s Children: Ancients by Paul Elard Cooley

Also mentioned is the Five Guys In A Limo video. The dialog may be cheesy, but the example of how to use active voice is critically important for back cover copy.

Finally, I mentioned a new publishing distribution site simialar to Smashwords, but (in my opinion) much, much better. I incorrectly called it Direct 2 Digital. It is in fact Draft2Digital.com

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Episode 257 – Setting The Scene

This week the Robots talk about description and setting the scene. How much description is too much, how much is not enough, and how do you know when to stop? We hope you enjoy the conversation.

We mention Stephen King quite a bit in this episode, so I’d be doing you and him a disservice if I didn’t put in a link for his magnificent book ON WRITING.

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This week’s promo – The Secret Worlds Chronicle

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Episode 256 – Talking The Talk

This week the Robots talk about dialogue. Can you write humor? Should you use contractions? When do we use foreign words? These questions and more will be answered! Enjoy.

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This Saturday Paul will be at Confabule!

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This week’s promo – OF THIEVES AND ELVES by A.P. Stephens.

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Book Review – Rachel Aaron’s “2K To 10K”

I started writing seriously about ten years ago, and I wish like hell I’d had Rachel’s book way back then. If I had I would have avoided years of pain, problems, and lost words. And, I probably would have more published books to my credit instead of just the one I have right now. Folks, I don’t care if you’re just starting out as a writer, of you’ve been doing it for years, this book will help you become better, faster, and more thoughtful about your craft. I know that from personal experience. This isn’t some fly-by-night book meant to make a few bucks with a few dusty creative writing cliches. The tips and advice she gives are tried and tested. Not just by her, either. After reading about her methods on her blog, I employed them myself, and they work. It’s also why we brought her on the podcast. Right now I have a new book that is due to be published soon, I have another book that’s in the editing phase, and yet another book that I’m blazing through the first draft of. Rachel’s words of wisdom have helped make all that possible. Do yourself a favor — buy this book. And if you have friends who are writers, do the same for them. Rachel Aaron is a wonderful storyteller and writer, and with this book she’s also helping to make a new generation of writers who will fill the world with many more amazing books.

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Episode 241 – Kill ‘Em All!

This week the robots discuss the topic of killing off characters. Whether they’re primary or a bit player, characters are going to die, but the real questions are when, why, and is it a good idea? We hope you enjoy the conversation.

Also, Eliyanna will soon be giving birth to her twin boys, and we send her our very best wishes, as well as a few needed gifts. If you’d like to send her a gift as well, she is registered at Amazon.

This week’s promo – HAYWIRE by Justin R. Macumber

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Episode 240 – Reviewing All Fast And Fury

Justin’s back! This week we review David Weber’s IN FURY BORN, talking about what we liked and didn’t, as well as what we learned about the craft of writing through reading it. We hope you enjoy!

And with that book down, we have a new one up to read and review? This time it’s Paul’s pick, and not surprisingly he has gone with a horror title. We’re going to give Terry another try and liking Stephen King, so the next book we’ll discuss is his second book, SALEM’S LOT. Read and review along with us!

This week’s promo – HAPAX, a forthcoming novel from Dragon Moon Press in October, written by Katie Bryski. It will also be released as a podcast starting in September.

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