Ditch Diggers #26: Agent/Author Relations, with Kameron Hurley and Hannah Bowman

Matt and Mur come to you live, connected via Skype, between Morgan Freeman’s haberdashery and Morgan Freeman’s Tomb of the Youngsters, with special guest go-hosts, multi-Hugo Award-winning author Kameron Hurley and her agent, Hannah Bowman!

  • Matt and Mur argue the nature of ad-libs.
  • Matt pronounces Hannah’s name incorrectly (it’s Han-ah, like Han Solo).
  • This fearsome foursome discuss authors, agents, and booze.
  • Hurley discusses how she came to sign with her agent, and Hannah discusses why she chose to sign her client, Hurley.
  • Tips for authors vetting potential agents.
  • Hurley and Hannah talk about their author/agent process when it comes to planning, executing, and editing books (which basically consists of having no set process).
  • Hurley talks about how her new essay collection, THE GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION came about, and Hannah’s role in it.
  • Hurley and Hannah field questions from the Ditch Diggers audience, including agenting debut novels, agents editing vs. editors editing, and absolutely nothing about woodchucks chucking wood (you’ll see/hear).

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ISBW #362: Glossary of writing terms and Helen Lowe Interview

What do all those words I’m always saying mean? I go over several terms we discuss in publishing. I loved this idea, so if you have other ideas for terms you’d like discussed in more detail, let me know!

Then I talk to Helen Lowe, author of Daughter of Blood.


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ISBW #361: Feedback | Elizabeth Bonesteel Interview

Covering feedback this time, including the importance of race in a story, ideas during depression, and more! Then we talk to Elizabeth Bonesteel, author of the excellent SF novel The Cold Between.


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ISBW #360: Level up! Plus Dan Koboldt Interview

I’ve leveled up as a writer, and I interview Dan Koboldt, author of The Rogue Retrieval. We also talk about the online writing workshops, OWW and Critters.


ISBW #359: Feedback

It’s feedback time, including another note to check out the excellent Writing the Other. Sometimes they have a course, both online and a retreat, so keep your eye out for more opportunities.


ISBW #358 – Periscope test

And I talk about writing rules. Do you REALLY have to write every day? Avoid adverbs? Is it do or do not, there is no middle ground?

I recorded this live on Periscope. It’s short, but I’ll be back soon with MOAR.

(Good lord has it been two months? Shame. SHAME. But then I was supposed to have a tea party with Failure, and accept it happens, so I’m accepting this failure and then moving on. I should probably do an episode on the tea with failure.)

ISBW #357: Anniversary // Raven Oak Interview

11 years ago today, I tried a thing called “podcasting.”

It’s gone OK since then. Stuff has happened. It’s been neat.

Me and Scott Sigler after being inducted into the Podcaster Hall of Fame. Yeah, we match. We looked COOL. Photo copyright A Kovacs

I also talk to Raven Oak, one of the authors in the Joy to the Worlds anthology, out now!


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ISBW #354 – NaNoWriMo Primer 2

PrintIt’s NaNoWriMo day! Here’s a special episode for you: if the haters make you hesitate on whether you should do this or not, then listen to this episode. Also, there’s some feedback at the end!

I recorded it a little over a week ago, before my vacation, hence the time lag.

In case you don’t know, I am doing a daily show for my Patreon supporters. All you have to do is support at $1 a month and you can get a daily audio or video note from me! If you’re not up for a dollar, then you can look into the past episodes about NaNoWriMo where I discuss advice, tools, and more. Note – one of my favorite tracking tools has been updated! Check out Susanna’s Pacemaker! Here’s a link to my daily goals, with consideration to write less on the weekends.

Today’s podcast brought to you by ISBW Hall of Famer Ben Seims! This month’s theme song is by John Anealio!

My progress compared with my friend Andrea Phillips:

And then my favorite tracker, from Writertopia



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