Cover to Cover #363A: Becoming New Authors

Discussion: The frequent question from aspiring authors lately has been on how to get published, and making the journey from hopeful to walking the path.

Mike and Mike talk about the changes and challenges facing new writers today than in previous decades, with the added responsibilites of self-marketing and self-promotion and building recognition around the fictional world created for the story.

Will writing be your career or will it be your hobby? That decision lies with each writer.

Listener Feedback: Darcy's Dad recounts some of the YA books she was reading towards the end of the school year, and observes that the lit trend seems to be aiming for Emo Kids; Natalie asks about the use of prologue as a fast-forward to show where the story is heading; Anna is dismayed to hear the guys equate lending libraries with book piracy; Tad from Mesa found the podcast because he was searching for what happened to the radio show Dragon Page the he used to listen to (yes) and wants to know if it'll return to radio (no, not to KYFI, anyway), and no, authors don't collect royalties from any used book sales; Sean from Edwards wants to know more about the book ads that appear during the show; Trampas adds fodder to the discussion about what makes a book a "classic".

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  1. Can't Download, the MP3 file seems to be offline.

  2. I was about to say the same thing. 🙁

  3. It seems to be working now.

  4. Got it!

  5. Maybe not, it stop half way... Oh well, try again tomorrow.

  6. Error opening file...

  7. Satai/Jhonny from Uppsala says

    Lending libraries are a zero sum thing for the publisher in the US? Here in Sweden we have the central Library Service who keeps a registry of which authors are popular at the libraries as a service to the publisher. And authors get a, albeit small, royalty fee per loan for their books. Just the same way as music on the radio works.

  8. Yes, same for most of Europe, Australia and New Zealand - authors are compensated for lost royalites due to library lending, and the lending statistics are registered and fed back to publishers and authors.

    I think the US (which is a large market, after all) doesn't do this.

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