Cover to Cover #433A: Sam Sykes

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The guys talk about how important it is to build communities and encourage open communication between content producers and consumers, whether it be authors venturing into self-publishing ebooks, or podcasters providing niche entertainment.

Listener Review: Web Genii brings us a review of The Prisoner by Carlos Cortes.

Interview: Mike and Mike talk with Sam Sykes, about his debut novel, Tome of the Undergates from Pyr. It's the first book in the Aeons' Gate Trilogy, a fantasy adventure about preventing the gates of the underworld from being opened and destroying the world, full of eipc, gritty battles and dark, flawed characters.

Sam talks about what drew him to creating this world and redefining the stereotypical fantasy tropes to fit how reality appeals to him; how he came full circle from trying other professions before coming back to writing; his writing process and how he gets his best writing done after midnight.

Link: Sam Sykes
Twitter: @SamSykesSwears

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  1. Adding value to your novels by including writer notes is brilliant, Mike. Why are these ideas so rare in the publishing world? If publishers had been doing this to, say, hardcovers, would they be struggling as much as they are? Maybe you authors can drag them, kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.

    Cheers --- Larry

  2. Feel compelled to point out to Larry above that all five of Mike Resnick's Starship series books have extensive appendices. These include time lines, author notes, actual blue prints of the ship and space station, two playable games, and sheet music to a ballad inspired by the five books. Follow the link above!

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