Cover to Cover #422A: The Wide World of Books

Mike S talks about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and how he believes that this European bestseller would have been rejected outright if it had been submitted to New York publishers first, simply because of the non-standard story-telling style and narrator POV quirks, and how the response from New York publishers has been to seek out international bestsellers and award winners to translate and bring to the US just because they were bestsellers and award winners.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #421B: Theme and Variations

Interview: Mike and Mike chat with author Michelle M. Welch about her current audio project, Theme and Variations. Currently in the middle of Volume 2, the audio short story anthology consists of speculative fiction with a musical theme.

Michelle talks about how Theme and Variations came about, and the feedback from authors and fans alike, and the likelyhood of breaking this type of anthology out into other genres.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #421A: Kelley Armstrong

Interview: This week, Mike and Mike chat with Kelley Armstrong about the eleventh novel in her Otherworld series, Waking the Witch.

She gives new readers pointers on where the best points to start reading the series (start with a new narrator!), and she talks about having Savannah "grow up" during the series and become a fully grown up and developed character (and witch) that can go out on her own investigations.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #420A: Marjorie M. Liu

Interview: This week, Mike and Mike welcome Marjorie M. Liu back on the show to talk about her latest novel, A Wild Light, the latest volume in the Hunter Kiss series, following the battles of Maxine Kiss. In this story Maxine has to battle the darkness within herself, and she's not so sure she will hold onto herself and win.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #419A: Amelia Beamer

Interview: This week, Mike and Mike chat with Amelia Beamer about her debut novel, The Loving Dead, a story filled with dark humor, about learning to live life in a world where zombieism is a sexually transmitted disease, providing a different twist on examining the relationships we try to have with each other.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #418A: Traveling Library Day

Discussion: Mike S talks about the Wylie Agency's Odyssey Editions exclusive deal with Amazon.com to provide Kindle editions of his clients' properties, and the backlash from Random House and MacMillan about the deal and the attempts to spread fear and doubt about alternative publishing options and self-publishing options that Mike sees around.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #417A: Redstone Science Fiction

Interview: This week, Mike M and Summer chat with Michael Ray and Paul Clemmons about their new SF magazine, Redstone Science Fiction.

Redstone Science Fiction is an online market paying SFWA pro rates, focused on obtaining and presenting quality science fiction, as well as discussing the science and the technology with professionals working in those fields.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #416A: David Drake

Interview: This week, Mike and Lorrie Mennenga chat with David Drake about his latest novel, The Legions of Fire. It's the first in "The Books of the Elements", a new four-part action fantasy series from Tor, set in fictional realm reminscent of ancient Rome, and Dave talks about how the story was influenced from his reading about the Sibylline Books and the Roman leaders who consulted them throughout history   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #415A: Tracy Hickman

Interview: Tracy Hickman joins Mike and Mike this week to talk about his many varied projects. His most recent book is Song of the Dragon, the first in a new trilogy, "The Annals of Drakis", being published by Daw Books.

Tracy also talks about his new Dragon's Bard project, an online publishing venture into serialized and subscription-supported fiction.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #414A: C. J. Cherryh

Interview: CJ Cherryh joins us this week! Her most recent book is Deceiver, the 11th book in the Foreigner series, and she explains how the original trilogy continued to grow and expand, and breaking the series down into sub-trilogies in order to make it easier for new readers to jump in.

She also talks about the Closed Circle Project, a collaborative venture with authors Lynn Abbey and Jane Fancher, where they are putting their own backlist works back in print electronically   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #413A: Larry Doyle

Interview: Larry Doyle joins us this week to discuss his latest project, Go Mutants!, a satirical comedy that examines a world where the aliens from 1950s "B" movies actually arrived on Earth, and they and their families have been integrated into human society.

Larry talks about his writing career, going from magazines to animated television to screenplays, and how the process of writing novels differs from writing for television or film.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #412A: Summer Voicemails and Summer Reading

Voicemails: listener wonders why publishers spread out a series over a span of time in between volumes instead of one right after the other (Summer's nickel: one exception seems to be new authors on Orbit Books); Lejon from Chandler wants to know if the guys have any recommendations on books that might be easy to "enhance" for the iPad and other devices yet to come; Anna is hesitant to fully embrace the self-publishing explosion because many writers who haven't put their works in front of an editor, emphasizing the desire for a level of quality control to remain in the mix   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #411A: Dan Wells

Interview: This week, Dan Wells joins us to talk about his new novel, I Am Not A Serial Killer, a story about a 15-year-old sociopath who worries that he's becoming a serial killer, and the lengths he goes to to stop a real serial killer.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #410B: Voicemails from the Gallery

Voicemail: Trampas thanks the guys for educating him about ebooks which allowed him in turn to help a potential client; Daryl from Chicago asks for guidance on chapter lengths and chapter costs for an online venture, and whether or not a POD final product would be a good path to take; Scooter in CT reports that Barnes & Noble's Nook reader can now do web browsing...   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #410A: Lou Anders

Interview: Lou Anders, Editorial Director for Pyr, joins us to talk about Pyr SF's ventures into electronic publishing.

Lou talks about how the iPad has shifted his reading preferences recently, and despite his deep and continuing love for physical books themselves, he can see where his future book buying may go the way his music buying went after iTunes became more widely used.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #409A: Brandon Sanderson

Interview: Brandon Sanderson joins us this week with much to talk about! He tells us about working on finishing The Wheel of Time series, and having to look at the story in a different light from when he was a fan reading the stories.

Brandon also talks about the Writing Excuses podcast, about some of his own projects that will be coming along soon, and the evolution of his own writing ever since his first book was published.   [Read more...]