SW – 015 An Interview with Josh Hayes of Keystroke Medium

In this episode, Josh Hayes jumps in for the first Speculative Work Interview. This wide-ranging conversation covers Josh’s transition from a career in law enforcement to writing full-time, his philosophy about building teams like Keystroke Medium, and what he hopes to accomplish in this next exciting phase of his author career.

Bio: Josh Hayes is the author of three novels: Terra Nova, Bloodlines and Wings of Redemption, co-written with Richard Fox, with publication in many anthologies, including Chris Kennedy’s Four Horsemen Universe. Josh served six years in the Air Force before leaving for a second career in law enforcement. He recently left service as a police officer to write full time, and since then, his publishing company slash podcast slash community Keystroke Medium has gone into high gear, producing a massive amount of content from podcasts and events to anthologies. On top of all that, he’s a husband and the father of four young children.

For more information on Josh and his writing, please visit his webpage: www.joshhayeswriter.com

Josh is also the co-host of Keystroke Medium, with Scott Moon, Ralph Kern and Chuck Manley For the best author interviews, news and craft discussion, visit www.keystrokemedium.com. Their live shows broadcast every Monday night at 8pm CST at www.youtube.com/c/keystrokemedium

SW 014 – My Favorite Podcasts (2019)

Today I share the current list of podcasts I’m listening to and why they’re worth your time.

Mentioned in today’s episode:

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SW 012 – Damn You Streak, WizardCon for Authors, Nebula Award Thoughts

In this episode I talk about what a sad sack I am because I finished a short story, was feeling good about myself, and then didn’t write for a week. . . so the universe sent me a snow storm and a three day power outage so I could think about my sins…

…while not writing. 

So I talk about getting back on the horse after a break. I also share some thoughts about what looked like successful author tables at the Portland Wizard Con event, and then some thoughts on the current Nebula Award dust-up and where I’m choosing to focus as an author, while also wishing the best for my friends caught up in all this. 

Thanks for listening, and shoot me an email at james@jamesaaron.net with any thoughts or feedback.

SW 011 – Refurbishing a Short Story for a New Market

In this episode I talk about how I take an old short story with bones that I like and update it for a new anthology market.

I touch on the lessons I’ve learned about genre alignment since I wrote the story back in 2016 and how I address the various issues to make it fresh. And if the story doesn’t get picked up by the new market? I’ve got other options as well.

(I also lament the writing time I’ve lost to Far Cry 5, but I did blow up a lot of virtual stuff.)

SW 10 – What Author Info Should You Trust?

In this episode I talk about places to find info on indie publishing, and how to vet the info you find. There’s a tsunami out there, and things are changing all the time, so how do you determine what’s relevant to your books? 

Mentioned in this episode:

AI Superpowers by Kai Fu Lee

The Revolt of the Public by Martin Guri

Kboards

Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast

The Career Author Podcast

Creative Penn Podcast

20Booksto50k on Facebook

Question: How do you sort through the chaos of info out there to find what works for you?

SW 009 – Should You Choose SF Trad or Indie?

In this episode I talk about why you might want to pursue a traditional publishing deal, starting with short stories in magazines, (and SF has many opportunities to get published in magazines) or develop a following as an indie publisher.

I think the main takeaway is that you don’t have to choose one or the other. You’re going to write more than one book in your career, and each new project is a new decision on the best path forward.

I’m doing my best to understand how these markets are different, how readers consume them, and what the future might hold.

Also, what does all this mean for the “field” of science fiction when established taste-makers don’t seem to acknowledge that the indie market exists and is rapidly outpacing the traditional market?

Mentioned in this episode:

Blackfish City by Sam Miller

AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee

Thanks for listening!