The Murverse

Ditch Diggers #035 —

DD035 MASSIVE Feedback Episode

with Matt Wallace

Mur and Matt come to you live from Morgan Freeman’s sauna.

Show Notes

  • Mur and Matt handle “Old Business” from 2016 (it’s our long-awaited, oft hyped listener feedback episode!)

  • A brief tangent on eucalyptus saunas.

  • The Ditch Diggers both have new books out! And have turned in others!

  • Marta from Poland asks about short story English language rights and reprints.

  • Stefana from Johannesburg asks in what other jobs genre fiction writers might have an advantage.

  • Devo Spice suggests recording special time capsule episodes.

  • On contractual agreements between writing partners and writer wills.

  • Thomas asks about finding an agent when you’re with a publisher who has right of first refusal on your next book.

  • Michael asks about finding a publisher for a novel set in the same world as your published short stories.

  • Doing a show about older mid-list authors struggling to find new ways to get their fiction out there.

  • A Swedish author asks if you should submit a novel to agents/publishers when you know something like physical illness will prevent you from working on rewrites immediately.

  • Cassandra asks at what age should you start submitting fiction for publication?

  • Nicole asks if you should or should not resubmit stories you’ve completely rewritten to markets that rejected the first version.

  • What helped the Ditch Diggers most when they were learning to write, a book or a lesson?

  • Should studios make two versions of movies like Star Trek, an intellectually driven version and an action driven version?

  • Sean asks about building an audience of readers who make you uncomfortable.

  • Authors who don’t want readers to point out typos in their published works to them vs. authors who encourage readers to do so.

  • Todd responds to our Godparents episode on the difficulty of building an audience through crowdfunding.

  • How do you find cons that are fan-focused and allow you to speak to authors vs. cons that are pro focused.

  • Not wanting to promote an anthology you’re contractually obligated to promote (Matt goes off on abusive small press contracts).

  • Beth asks how you keep writing when your government is killing your soul and your healthcare?

  • Having caught up on Old Business, Matt and Mur plug their books and ask you to support their Patreon and for your vote for the Hugo Awards.

  • William Noble’s Conflict, Action, and Suspense:

  • Stephen King’s On Writing:

The fine print:

Theme music by Devo Spice.

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