Glenn opens this week, welcoming his cousin Chuck, but you know him as author of Mythical: Heart of Stone, C.E. Martin.
Chuck discusses his early inspiration, including the Doc Savage pulp serials. He began his hand screenwriting, loving the cheesy Syfy Saturday kind of movies. Glenn suggested Amazon Studios to him and got the ball rolling. Going from sci-fi schlock to the super detailed, Chuck puts his early role playing days to good use. Transforming his story from script to novel, he realized the booming world of independent publishing. The gang discusses the definition of Young Adult and Chuck’s transition to a straight out pulp novel. Where should the line be drawn in the sand to get a YA stamp? We discuss age groups and the literary fare offered to them. Chuck is happy to find train wrecks like Shades of Gray and we talk about imperfections in the published word. As much as he loves Doc Savage, he enjoys the errors in it. He embraces pulp fiction and explains the nuances of the genre that he incorporates into the world of Mythical.
Back from the break, Christina raised the question of where Chuck got his character names from, and the stories that follow are enlightening!
Chuck talks about the three indie publishing venues he uses, Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. He discusses the process from start to finish as well as some of the perks and pitfalls of each site. For help, he suggests forums online, including Amazon’s Writer’s Café forums. Glenn mentions BookBaby, for those who don’t have the tech comfort or time to format and upload to the sale sites. Brad enjoys the Calibre program to convert between types of files on the computer. Chuck talks about Kickstarter and how people raise money. Glenn, re-inspired by Chuck, is considering finishing his comic book electronically. Adam is considering Kickstarter for his Star Wars short film. Chuck sites Zack Fenfrock’s film “Nuka Break” as an example of greatness.
When asked what advice is most important in indie publishing, Chuck includes proofreading and knowing when to let something go. Don’t forget, if you’re interested in sampling Mythical, head to Amazon and read the first few chapters. If you’d like to read it, enter our contest! E-mail us at Constest@PodCulture.net, tell us what you’re reading or what books interest you, and you’ll be put in a drawing for not only Heart of Stone, but C.E. Martin is throwing sequel in as well!
Music from Jonathan Coulton with his song, “Ikea” and Adam WarRock & Mikal kHill with “Shepherd Book”. Promo this week comes from The Signal podcast.
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