Sorry for the radio silence last week, folks. Got hit with some mild depression and did a lot of offline stuff. I’m back, and working, and recording, and writing. But some news in brief:
- As of noon EST, the Storium Kickstarter is at nearly $22,000! That means it could possibly reach its goal of $25k in one day. And then we have 29 more days to work on stretch goals, and I know they’re pretty damn awesome.
- I was surprised and thrilled to be written up in the Durham Bulls blog, Hit Bull Win Blog, as a Superfan. Last year I was playing around with the idea of Sansa from A Song of Ice and Fire attending a Durham Bulls game as if it were a jousting tourney. I called it #sansaball and had fun doing it. The Bulls, a geeky organization, noticed, and wrote about me yesterday.
- Next Thursday April 17 – I will be at the Barnes and Noble at Brier Creek, Raleigh, for a book event. If you missed the Flyleaf event, I’d love it if you could come by the B&N!
- April 23 – I will be appear at the East Coast Gaming Conference (ECGC) on a panel about writing compelling characters. It’s a 3:15 panel, so if you’re in town for the event, check it out.
- Future events: May 13-18- I will be at the RT Booklover’s Convention in New Orleans. It’s my first romance convention, I’m really excited to check it out.
- June 27-29 – ConTemporal, Raleigh. Not sure I will be on programming or not, but I’ll definitely attend. The child must cosplay, afterall.
- August 14-18 – LonCon in London. Can’t WAIT for this. Haven’t been to London since 2001.
- November 6-9 – World Fantasy Con in Washington DC.
I really wanted to hit NASFIC, but the timing just doesn’t work out for me with teaching this summer. It’s cutting it awfully close.
Anyway, that’s the news from me. Hope to see you at an event or three this year!
Back to writing and recording and stuff.
Today marks the beginning of the Kickstarter to support a project that I’m connected with on a number of levels: Storium. I’m extremely excited about this project, as it merges storytelling and online interactivity in a way I’ve never seen before. I’ve been thrilled to work with the brilliant minds behind this. We have a lot of authors ready to start writing worlds for you, provided the campaign gets funded, naturally.
Also, I’ll be returning to the Heaven world to build it for Storium – you will be able to play as your favorite characters in multiple afterlives, perhaps some that I’ve not written about in the existing Heaven worlds! But my world is the first stretch goal, so spread the word and get this thing (over) funded!
One of the best things about this project is that it’s already in a playable stage, and all backers will get a chance to log in and try it out! Immediately. I have to admit, I’ve not seen many KS campaigns that can offer that kind of reward, instantly. Support the game, play the game. It’s that simple.
Storium is also a really interesting way for new writers to try their narrative chops, either in driving the narration or playing along. Not quite roleplaying, not quite interactive fiction, Storium is its own unique experience and I hope you check it out and support it!
I go through the feedback. Note, I didn’t get to all the feeback because I will soon have an interview with my agent, Jen Udden, and will ask her the remaining questions.
Hey! Did you know I have a Patreon account?* Support me and save puppies from giant hawk attacks! (or just support the show. That works too)
*not mentioned in the show because I set it up after I recorded this.
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Today BoingBoing posted an exclusive chapter from Ghost Train to New Orleans, and a little intro from me about ghosts!
And I put the Patreon up last night, and was a bit startled at how many people grabbed higher monthly payments. The five mentorships sold out quickly, and lots of people are paying for the access to the archives. I’m so excited!
I’ve struggled for years – years – to make a good premium content method. It’s been clumsy and my supporters have been very patient with me. Now the product has caught up with the need, and Patreon is here.
So I’m putting a halt to new supporters of my Fabulist group and am giving out new perks to Patreon supporters.* I hope you check it out, I think it’s a great way to support someone’s creative work a little bit at a time.
Become a Patron
* Existing Fabulists, I’ve posted about this in our private community, check it out there if you have questions.
I was delighted to interview 2013 Campbell nominee, Max Gladstone, and I only held onto the interview for like 3 months. And then realized we got cut off at the end. BUT IT IS A GOOD INTERVIEW DANGIT.
I also give my opinions of reading the fine print, told in the perspective of the Amtrak Writer’s Residency idea.
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I realized I wrote some Ghost Train content for the Orbit blog and didn’t link it here. Oops. And here’s some other neat things:
So I discovered that one of the worst things to happen during a book launch week is a 3 day migraine. which is why you haven’t heard much from me. But! The book is out, and the launch event is tonight is Chapel Hill, and coverage so far about the book has been good. So! Linkage!
- Ghost Train to New Orleans is available now in many places! Ebook, paperback, and audio.
- The book launch event details are here: Flyleaf books.
- USA Today talked to me about podcasting.
- And my university’s paper, the Daily Tar Heel, also did a story!
In this show we cover what to do at each milestone of rejections. There is no maximum number of rejections you can get before you should stop writing. But you should mark the milestones regardless:
- 100 rejections: Go to Google and search for your favorite author and see if you can find how many rejections THEY got before they had a sale. This will also test your Google skills, as the search may be difficult. Learn about JK Rowling’s homelessness, etc.
- 200 rejections: Send a favorite author an email. Ask for an atta-girl/boy. Or if that scares you, tweet @MykeCole (who may also be your favorite author!) and say you need encouragement. He will deliver. Or heck, tweet at me – @mightymur.
- 300 rejections: Join a writer’s group. If you can’t find one, create one at your local library.
- 400 rejections: Go to your vineyard’s* website and order a cheap bottle of wine to feel sorry for yourself, and order the most expensive bottle you can because you are a damn working writer and deserve to be rewarded for it.
- 500 rejections: start a betting pool to see how many rejections you will gather before you get a sale. [may be illegal in your state]
- 600 rejections: Start your own podcast.
* I know wine isn’t everyone’s thing. Consider chocolate, or potato chips, or coffee. Whatever decadence you enjoy.
Out March 4!
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Reminder of Ghost Train to New Orleans* events!
- Tuesday, March 4: Ghost Train to New Orleans is out in book stores and ebook stores everywhere!**
- Thursday, March 6, 7pm: Launch event at Flyleaf books in Chapel Hill, NC.
And watch this space for info on at least one event in April, convention updates, and more!
(Remember you can preorder anytime! And soon you can order signed copies of both Shambling Guide and Ghost Train from Chapel Hill Comics!)
*Word is that Waterstones is shelving it under horror. It’s urban fantasy/humor. Not terribly scary.
**Apparently it’s already hit some stores in the UK, but I haven’t seen/heard about it in the US