You may have heard authors talking about co-writing… what is it? Is it right for you? How do you even find co-writing opportunities?
In this episode I talk about what I’ve learned from three years of co-writing with Mal Cooper in Aeon 14. Spoiler alert: it’s been a great experience that has taught me a lot during this phase of my writing career.
However, there are pros and cons, like any business relationship.
They can help you build engagement, make your series’ world more real, and create priceless experiences for your fans.
If you’re like me and your mind goes blank while talking, you might want to take some flash cards so you don’t forget the name of your latest book.
I also struggled with a bout of “comparisonitus” this week, where I found myself comparing my career in the last three years with other authors I know, wondering if I’ve made the right decisions, and choosing to focus on what’s right for me… even if I haven’t completely figured that out yet.
Also, Google says podcasting is the new blogging, so get on that. Lol.
A thirty-year stalemate between humanity and the Psion AIs is ending…
But the AIs have not been idle. Their agents are everywhere and the seeds of rebellion and dissent have taken root. Humanity’s home system is a powder keg, and when the match is lit, all of Sol will erupt.
Cara has been in prison for four years, her mind numbed by docility, unaware of what’s been brewing. When a mysterious agent breaks her free, she finds herself caught up in a web of intrigue, double-dealing, and political machinations.
The Sykes family saved Sol from a human-AI war once before. Now it’s up to Cara and her sister Lyssa to turn the tide, and keep the galaxy’s two dominant species from tearing one another apart.
This is a bit of personal episode but it touches on finding your true audience by expressing your authentic self.
Once you find those true fans, and you’re honest and open with them and serve them up the entertainment they love, I think you’ve got them for life.
We recently went through a major transition in Aeon 14, and me with my writing partner. I was ready for fans to revolt but they’ve supported us in amazing ways. I can’t express how much gratitude I’ve felt in the last month, and how inspired I’ve been to create meaningful, honest work.
I’ve been working on Eve of Destruction (kickass cover, right?) for six months now, which is like GRRM time in indie publishing. In the midst of grinding through edits, I’ve been working on several other hobby projects as well. While Steven Pressfield might call this resistance, it got me thinking about the benefits of allowing your mind to wander, absorb and learn from your hobbies, and how you can fold those skills into your writing. I’m a DIY nerd, so my hobbies are building things, but the points I talk about could easily apply to team sports, travel or any other hobby.
In this episode I talk about some changes in the SF short fiction market, new opportunities for short fiction in Kindle Unlimited anthologies, and how to push yourself to grow as an author by saying yes… but also having a plan so you don’t get overwhelmed.