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Sunday, May 22, 2011

14: Peter Orullian: Daring to Fail Spectacularly as a Writer and Writing About Hope In a World of Grey

Tonight, we spoke with Peter Orullian, author of The Unremembered, the first in a new Epic Fantasy series called The Vault of Heaven. Peter spoke at length about how daring to fail (spectacularly) as a writer and still keep the joy of writing and how to imbue your novel (and yourself) with hope.

Some of tonight's topics were:

  • If you're serious about writing professionally, write the best you can and "swing for the fences" with every effort.

  • Don't write to the market, write your story and what you're passionate about, your market (and your audience) will often find you.

  • "If a writer can be discouraged, help him build his ego."
Whether you're at the beginning of your writer's journey, or reflecting on the sunset phase of a long, illustrious career, everyone needs to be emboldened at one time or another. Take heart! Push "Play," bend an ear, and be encouraged!

Listen to it below or download the MP3. (Download may work better with Internet Explorer.)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

13: Laura Anne Gilman: Professionalism and the Aspiring Writer

Tonight, we spoke with Laura Anne Gilman author of the Paranormal Scene Investigation series , The Vineart War novels and The Retrievers series. Although the writing in your work (s) must be as polished as it can be first, LAG shared:

  • The best (and worst) novel pitches she's ever heard as a former editor.
  • Whether or not you have a presence on Social Media (Twitter or Facebook etc) it shouldn't make or break your writing career.
  • Ways you can properly "work" a Convention (be it a writing convention or a genre centric convention) as an aspiring author.
And much much more!

If you've ever wondered how "The System" works from an editor's standpoint and an author's standpoint, lend an ear and be informed!

Listen to it below or download the MP3.