Cover to Cover #215: Greg Van Eekhout

This week we talk with Greg Van Eekhout. A writer that has had a lot of his work spotlighted on Escape Pod. Greg was in the Draco Vista Studios to tell us about what it's like being a short story writer struggling to break into the world of novels. Good information here for new writers.

Also on the Show:

  • More information about the Nebula Awards. Michael and Evo will be on hand to mix things up.
  • Do you have an event coming up that the world needs to know about? Add it to
  • A call for help from Matthew Wayne Selznick to get Brave Men Run entered for an award.
  • David Moldawer has another book to tell us about.
  • Voicemail for Jack Mangan
  • A dragon is pissed off at us, and Nina Kimberly tells us about it.
  • We have a few books in our library to tell you about.


  1. Thanks for playing my little blurb about entering "Brave Men Run - A Novel of the Sovereign Era" into the 14th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards!

    I'm very happy to announce that generous readers / listeners have donated more than enough to pay the entry fee for the contest, and I've sent the package off to withstand the scrutiny of the judges. The winners will be announced in October.

    Now, the focus of donations will be directed toward offsetting the cost of attending some upcoming conventions. Thank you, everyone who has, or plans to, donate!

  2. Excellent interview! And here is another voice agreeing that story writing, no matter the length, needs to be concise.

    Easiest thing to do in the world is to stop reading.

  3. That interview was great. It helped pass my wicked retarded commute in this morning. Ive always liked Gregs stories on Escape Pod.

  4. As always, another great show. As Greg pointed out, it's far easier to break into the short story market (and much quicker) than the Novel market. It also provides a sort-of proving grounds for an author to get noticed and recognized. Of course, not the only way to publication.

    As for the deal, I looked, but you cannot look up books based on seller. How were the books posted? As a biblophile, if I can get my hands on cheap books, I'm all over dat.

    So when are you interviewing Tracy and Laura? Now that they've got a podcast (and a high quality/heavy production one) it'd be interesting to hear them interviewed.

    You guys rock!

  5. Wow! Thanks for mentioning my book in the library. I must have played it five times to hear it. I am diligently working on the podiobook for a June release. Love all the shows guys and thanks again.

    Hey where's my link? ;-(

  6. Ed from Texas,

    Thanks for the voicemail -- and the donation! I do apologize for the Empire Strikes Back-style of ending. I'll try not to delay the sequel for too long.
    I haven't heard anyone else rally around your proposed "punishment", but if you build up any steam for your idea, I'll do it.
    Thanks again!

  7. Imagine my surprise when I heard my two-year old daughter, Amelia, and myself with our little snakes song! (About 9 minutes from the end.)



  8. Wow... Look.
    Now we can all post replies without the din of the wingin it! posts.

    Yeah, I know, these were always here, but it just seemed that the other posts got all the traffic.

    This site is now Kid-Safe again. 🙂

    Amelia was cute. Hope she liked hearing herself on the show.

  9. Im not sure what you are talking about Mike- were there a lot of posts on wingin it??

    Um this comment is not actually directly related to this show but I just finished reading Macrolife by George Zebrowski and Evo was 1000% correct about it. I took it out of the library to read, but I am going to order one and make everyone I know to read it. I just forced my library copy on my husband.