Episode 4: Writing a Series, and eBooks

Writing Topic: What are the pitfalls in writing a series? Is it harder to get a series published, and how do you plan for that? How do you write something that continues to give readers what they love without rehashing the same conflicts you already solved?

Water Cooler Topic: Ebooks. How are they changing the industry? What does this mean for authors? Frankly, the biggest complaint I have is that I have no idea how to spell/punctuate ebooks. Ebooks? eBooks? E-books?

Games: We are back to Bad Romance again, this time telling urban legends about being yourself.

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8 Responses to “Episode 4: Writing a Series, and eBooks”

  1. T.J.
    February 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Rob, awesome that you said “dear listener” and not “dear listeners” in the podcast. I mean, I’m sure Krista is listening/has listened. That’s 2 of us!

    Bad Romance: Dean picks up his suitcase from the airport and takes it home to find the Mahapictu Statue, something he’s only heard of as a legend. Obviously, not his bag, so he looks at the tag to find out that it’s Alison’s, some cute-sounding chick. And as soon as he opens his door to take it to her, a man claiming to be Alison’s boss comes for the bag. After a chase or twenty from Alison’s evil employers, Dean and Alison return the statue to its rightful place where Alison’s mom and brother have been held hostage. Gun battle. Overdramatic fight scene. Stupid kiss (that Sarah and my wife go ‘aww’ over) and the movie is over.

    There, I tried. Krista hasn’t yet. Maybe you do have one listener….

    • Krista
      February 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      I listened! I didn’t have time to play the game and then I forgot the details to the challenge. Oops. Yours is fun, though, TJ. Ah, the suitcase mix-up. It’s a classic.
      I guess I’ll have to have another listen and go for it!

  2. Krista
    February 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Dean Garrett knew his shtick carving out canyons with his giant tortoise, Tim, and the sharp end of a lodgepole pine was growing tiresome, especially since that no good Pecos Bill had come West with his wild horse and silly notions of riding tornadoes. Not the most structurally sound way to carve out a canyon, though it was definitely faster and folks seemed to be wowed by that. Not to mention the giant tortoise had just been put on the endangered species list, and those PETA people wouldn’t leave him alone. About to hang up his tree for good, Dean meets Miss Alison, a right-purty damsel in distress/do-gooder/call-girl (er, cheer leader) in need of the deepest well that could be dug on her property. It would seem Alison needed a lot of water for her dreams of an exotic animal farm. Or does it?
    When Dean mistakes her ostrich’s feed-bag for Tim’s, he learns that the woman of his dreams is hiding a secret deeper than his own Garrett Canyon of Pinedale, which was quickly fading into obscurity no thanks to Pecos Bill. Will the smitten tortoise rider uncover what Miss Alison refers to as “the Great Lakes Conspiracy”, and will it destroy his hopes that he has finally found the one person who doesn’t seem to mind his especially wide bowed-legs, and shares his wavering belief that slow and steady wins the race?

    Holy crap?

  3. Chris
    February 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    I really enjoyed hearing your opinions on the e-reader debate and the “devil’s advocate” approach. Also, you were right Rob—the sound quality on this episode is much much better!

    This week’s suggestion: Writing prompt in the show notes, especially where it’s randomly generated. :) That way if a person doesn’t have time to commit to a quick outline, or listen in their car/morning jog/etc., getting the info is easier.

    Thanks again for posting these!

    • Sarah M Eden
      February 25, 2011 at 2:09 am #

      Great suggestion, Chris.

      Not to Rob: include prompt in episode summary. Got that, Rob?

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