It's been an exciting time to be a novelist...so many changes...so many opportunities. If you're on this blog, then you are probably familiar with the fact that I discuss my experience and the changes in publishing on any number of sites including:
- Reddit Write2Publish Sub
- Amazing Stories Magazine
- Hide & Create Podcast
- The Advice Section of my Blog
I don't mind doing this...in fact, I enjoy helping fellow authors in any way I can, but it does take time. Time I sometimes have problems making room for. Over the summer, I was taking a bit of a break from writing. My concentration was on training for the Ride to Conquer Cancer and recharging my batteries after writing the first three books of the The First Empire Series.
I also had some events that I was scheduled to speak at (such as the 2014 Writer's Digest Annual Conference). So I set my date to start writing book #4 after that and planned on doing so in a "heads down" mode where I cut back on just about everything else. Unbeknownst to me, my wife was in the process of setting up a podcast interview with RSP (Rocking Self-Publishing) to be squeezed in right before I started...then I moved up the date.
Robin came to me with a fair amount of nervousness. She had a few problems.
- I was burned out on educational activities and wanted to pour myself into my creative stuff.
- The podcast host is "across the pond" so it would have to be in the AM - my writing time.
- I had "just" started the book - a critical time for me
- She knew I wanted to focus on book #4 and even a brief podcast would be a disruption.
Long story short, I didn't bite her head off and the interview went ahead. I must say, it was one of the best run interviews I've seen. The host was (a) knowledgeable (b) did his research (c) really knows the state of the industry. Since that interview, I've listened to a number of the other ones on his site and I'm continually impressed.
Which brings us to today...or more accurately yesterday, as the interview went live. While cooking dinner my wife was listening to it and mentioned that, "You sound like you knew what you were doing." High praise from her...let me tell you. Hearing it, reminded me exactly what we had covered and I do think it turned out to be pretty informative. So I'm posting today to draw some people's attention to it and Simon. Listen to my interview here, and check out the back episodes as well. Lots of great information coming out of this podcast. Enjoy!