Good advice? Don't ignore negative reviews -- feature them!

One of the best books I read in 2006 was Infoquake, by David Louis Edelman. I had a chance to interview him recently. He's a nice guy, and a smart guy, and one hell of a writer in my opinion. But as always happens, not everyone agrees with that last assertion. David has recently posted […]

Can you write a novel with a wiki?

In the event that you don't have enough of your own solo writing projects underway: Penguin is launching its first wiki and in a project called A Million Penguins we've created a space where anyone can contribute to the writing of a novel and anyone can edit anyone else's writing. Over the next six weeks […]

More on Indie Bookstore Struggles

I like the indie stores I shop at... Changing Hands in Tempe, and The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale. I don't have many ideas for the indies or for the midlist authors, but it sure seems like we're more than overdue to find a few new ones to make a lot more people on all sides happy.   [Read more...]

New voicemail number

Since "Cover to Cover" is coming back in full force, and will be more fun than ever before, we now have a dedicated voicemail number. 206-350-READ. That's 206-350-7323. Call in early and often with your book-related comments!

Happy Podiversary!

On October 14, 2004, The Dragon Page Cover to Cover was made available in an RSS 2.0 feed. In other words, our internet- and terrestrial-radio program became a podcast.

Yay! Two years. w00t!

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Podiobook summaries by Doug Kress

Doug Kress, trivia guy for Slice of Scifi and podcaster in his own right, recently created these brief summaries of a few podiobooks he's been enjoying:   [Read more...]

Website Updates

As you can see, has finally undergone it's facelift. Now, it's just as pretty as Slice of SciFi, but with it's own different style!

A million thanks again to Nina, our web designer extraordinaire.

Please bear with us while we update the feeds for "Cover to Cover" and "With Class"... the switchover also involved switching from MT to WordPress, so more tweaks are required.   [Read more...]

Pseudopod: The Horror Podcast Magazine

Mur Lafferty and Ben Phillips have teamed up with Escape Artists, Inc. (the folks behind Escape Pod, the science fiction podcast magazine) to create Pseudopod -- bringing you great original works of short horror fiction to your MP3 player of choice each and every week.   [Read more...]

More advice for authors

Seth Godin has a post featuring his short-list of advice for authors. While Seth is a non-fiction author, and his advice was aimed specifically other non-fiction authors, much of the advice holds true. He has some great advice on hiring your own editor, giving away copies, the value of blurbs vs. blog mentions and much more.   [Read more...]

This author wants to fight you

Craig Davidson, a novelist from Canada, has cooked up an interesting promotion for his novel, The Fighter. Quite simply, he wants to fight you. Seriously.

If you are a noodle-armed fancy lad, I will not fight you.
If you are a good man with a noble heart, I will fight you.
If you suffer some debilitating mania or dementia, I will not fight you.
If you are here to kick ass and chew bubblegum (and you're all out of bubblegum), I will fight you.
If you are missing one of more of the following limbs: arms/legs, I will not fight you.
If you are known by one of the following nicknames---"The Hammer," "The Mangler," "The Wizard"---then yes, by all means, I will fight you.
If you are over 80, have a heart condition or an irritable bowel, I am sorry but I cannot fight you.
If you have the courage of a lion and the guts of a burglar, I will fight you.

So, if you are interested in fighting or know someone who might make a good fight, email me and I will see if we can't arrange something. I'm dead serious. It will be a real boxing match, four rounds probably, staged at some suitable public venue. In Toronto, most likely. We shake hands afterwards, head out for a beer, and that's that. An experience to tell your grandkids about (I certainly will). No hard feelings, even if you knock the tar out of me. I'm good like that. You'd be doing me a favor, really. We'll get the whole match on video and post it on the website, too.

I'm serious as death about this. I think it would be a kick. Who else promotes their book like that? I love my publicist. He rocks hardcore. Let's help him do his job and find someone for me to fight, shall we?

And it looks like he just might have a taker. Line up, all of you without bubblegum... Thanks to Lora for the link.   [Read more...]

Good advice, but a misconception from an award-winning author

I shall start by saying I count Robert J. Sawyer as a friend. I've had the opportunity to meet him on more than one occasion, exchanging phone calls and emails which had nothing to do with the many interviews I've had with him on a professional level. I think he's a swell guy, a smart guy and is completely informed on a wide range of topics. But that doesn't mean he's not wrong in this case.   [Read more...]

Evo narrates for Variant Frequencies

Recently, I was asked by Rick and Matt from Variant Frequencies to narrate one of their shows. They feature an eclectic mix of original short fiction and I've been following them from the beginning. My piece is entitled The Last Frequency, and it was a lot of fun to do. I'm sure you'll agree it was a part almost written for me! 🙂
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Another tool for writing you novel

Jakko has been following the conversation on the writing tools I've been posting. He says:

Let me point out Ulysses, an application that's [also] targeted at writing and nothing else.
I've been using Ulysses for over a year now and I love it. A lot of the functionality is similar [to the other tools posted], but to me it feels a little bit more uncluttered and it has the best full-screen editor ever. Yes... EVER!

There's one big drawback though... it's way more expensive, but you can try it out for a month and see if it works for you.

In the end it will probably all come down to personal preference and I just happened to fall in love with Ulysses and had to pay the (steep) price. Couldn't live without it anymore!

Here's the site:

On a side note, I'm growing even more pleased with CopyWriter. I just moved all my CultCast writings over there and coughed up the $29 to get a full version.   [Read more...]

Of futuristic twists on classics, and getting paid for fanfic

A few weeks back we interviewed Naomi Novik and learned that she cut her writing chops in the world of fanfic before getting her big three-book deal from a major press.

Today I received a note from Erin McCole-Cupp informing me of two things of related note:

Jane_E is a near-future translation of Charlotte Brönte's classic Jane Eyre. What might be of even more interest to you and your audience is that through the publisher we are running a "Get PAID For Your Fanfic/Fanart" contest [info soon published on her site]. We're making Jane_E an open source novel, if you will.

My familiarity with Jane Eyre is limited to the adapted audio book The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde sent to me by Mark from Memphis. I must have skipped that part in English Lit.   [Read more...]

Evo and Steve Eley (Escape Pod) speaking in September

Last year's Portable Media Expo was a blast. Not only did I get to hold Podcasting for Dummies in my hand for the first time, I also got to meet a bunch of very nice people in the podosphere. Within hours of arriving, it was obvious that I would be going back.   [Read more...]

SFF Audio: Harlan Ellison interview

The boys from SFF Audio have a treat for scifi fans.

They have an interview with Harlan Ellison, one of the most revered and maligned grand masters of science fiction.   [Read more...]