A Kovacs

About A Kovacs

I'm the Director of Døøm here at Empty Set Entertainment, and a founding partner at Audacity Events, a San Diego based management company that builds world class events and manages one-of-a-kind talent.  I'm a movie geek, Doctor Who fan, skeptic and science nerd. I don't like chocolate all that much.

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Origin stories: how Empty Set and Podiobooks.com came to be

Also: Heartburn, evil pizza, a particular set of skills, the Wolf, in the closet, the ghost of tequila past, and knitting a cardigan.

The WolfThis is ARealGirl, and we’re back with another round with Evo Terra, founder of Podiobooks.com, and Sheila Dee, author of THE ROOKIE Curriculum Guide. They helped get another show pre-recorded so I’d have time to recover.

How’s my tonsillectomy recovery going? Well … slowly, I guess. Seems I’m doing fine, and I mostly feel okay. That is, until I have to swallow. For any reason. That stinks all the stink. But otherwise things are good. Today I even ate solid food for the first time since last Thursday!

This ‘cast is all about the Empty Set origin story — just how did Scott & A come to work together, anyway? And we throw in the Podiobooks origin story as well: you’ve used it, you know you have, so how did that come to be? It was, as I mentioned last week, awesome and fun to have “SheVo” at Empty Set for the weekend.

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Big thanks for those who shared their irrational fears last week! It was super fun to look forward to, and I’m still as perplexed and fascinated as ever at how humans behave.

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THE CHAMPION, Book V in the YA/scifi Galactic Football League series.

THE CHAMPION Episode #10

The quest is almost over. Quentin finally gets to see his sister. In the massive Portath ship, quentin and his friends learn that the “Bermuda Triangle” of the galaxy is not all it seems. But to get his sister out, will Quentin have to face … the Gouger?

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FridayFix • Inside Empty Set: Friends, beers, irrational fears

Also: chugging mouthwash, puberty, George Burns impressions, Angry Trivial Pursuit™, DEATHRACE 2000, anti-boobie laws, and the worst nightmare Scott has ever had.

Deathrace 2000On this week’s FridayFix we’re lucky to have our good friends Evo Terra and Sheila Dee join us. They came to San Diego for a visit, and sat down to talk irrational fears.

Why, you ask? This was recorded last weekend, and yesterday I had a tonsillectomy. It went well, straightforward with no complications, but back on Saturday night, I didn’t know all of that. I just knew I was scared with some reasonable fears, and some … less so.

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So listen first, then cheer me up by telling me about your irrational fears in the comments section! I promise to check in obsessively in the few hours a day I’m not sleeping a drug fueled sleep after fighting to swallow as little as possible and still stay hydrated.

Also, we discuss chugging mouthwash, puberty, George Burns impressions, Angry Trivial Pursuit™, DEATHRACE 2000 (not 3000), your constitutional right to go topless, anti-boobie laws, giant fucking spiders, and the worst nightmare Scott has ever had.

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FridayFix • T-Shirt poll results!

We polled and we pondered. We discussed at the Office of Doom. And we’ve decided which designs we’re moving forward with, even if not all of them will make it to an actual t-shirt. We’re in a terrific spot: so many good ideas, we’ve got to see art on more than expected!

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Right now, we’ll print a new Krakens t-shirt, plus one each of the non-Krakens designs and the non-GFL designs. Which ones? Sorry, you’ll have to listen to the cast. Don’t worry, it’s only ten minutes long! Ten minutes!

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Friday Fix: Inside Empty Set! Scott’s writing schedule for the rest of 2014

Inside Empty Set is back, and this time out we’re talking about Scott’s writing schedule for the rest of 2014, and early 2015. Info you want, and we have it!

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Cover of the scifi/horror novel EARTHCORE, by New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler.We chat about big things:

  • ALIVE: out from Del Rey on July 14, 2015 (even though we say August 25th during this ‘cast!) How can you help us most? Pre-order the hardcover.
  • THE RIDER, the GFL novella co-written with Paul E. Cooley. Soon, people. Sooooon.
  • Dun dun dun! EARTHCORE is officially on the writing schedule! w00t!

We chat about other things:

  • Mormon Jello: seriously people, I don’t know why it works, but it works.
  • Paul E. Cooley’s THE BLACK: We talk a bit about Cooley awesome deep-sea scare-fest THE BLACK. Get some for yourself Junkies!
  • The FDO’s insistence on slurping his Sidecar. Goodness we don’t need much more of that. (I used this yummy recipe!)
  • Batman.

 

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Guest Goods: Jake Bible

Known for his ultraviolent and profane post-apocalyptic action/horror, Jake Bible now has a Young Adult zombie novel out by Permuted Platinum! All the insanity minus the naughty bits!

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Little Dead Man is the story of conjoined twins, Garret and Garth Weir- one living and one undead!

They are two brothers trying to make their way in a post-apocalyptic world where the people are more dangerous than the zombies! Full of high-action and plenty of scares, Little Dead Man is the summer read for those young adults, teens, and adults looking for something a little different than your normal zombie story.

BOOK SIGNING
Jake will be at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, NC on October 30th at 7:00pm — signing and story telling and generally entertaining your faces. Go see ‘im!

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FridayFix – THE CHAMPION recap, GFL Book VI news

Hey Junkies! We’re still at SiglerFest2K14 in Vegas, but wanted to do a quick follow-up now that THE CHAMPION has been shipped and ebook links have been sent!

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We get a few standard questions once we’ve shipped a GFL book:

  1. My book hasn’t shown up … have all the pre-orders been shipped?
    All pre-orders have shipped, with the last batch going out this past Monday morning.

    It takes a maximum of ten business days to arrive to a US destination, but since we deliver them right to the central office, it often takes less.  We sent books on Friday, Saturday and Monday, so *worst case* your book would arrive around October 20th if you’re in the continental US.

  2. How can I get my free ebook because I bought the hardcover?
    You should have received an email with the download link on or about September 30th. If you have not, just email info@emptyset.com and we’ll sort you out!
  3. My ebook won’t load onto my smart phone/tablet … what gives?
    The ebook file you get is a zip file that contains the .mobi and the .epub versions of the book, so you have whatever format fits your preferred device. Zip files must be downloaded to your computer, unzipped, and then the right file (.mobi or .epub) loaded into your device software. As far as I know, tablets and smart phones can’t unzip files directly.
  4. When is the audiobook going to be out?
    Although we talk about it being “out soon” during this ‘cast, it’s actually out now! You can get it on iTunes, Audible or at Amazon! woo HOO!

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FridayFix: THE CHAMPION Hell Week

(and GoodReads Cover Reveal!)

Galactic Football League Book VAs we speed toward the release date for THE CHAMPION, a little information for any Junkies who want to join Hell Week in San Diego.

Technically it’s Hell Weekend, and it does tend to be a lot of fun.

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We’re looking for folks who are willing to join us 9am to 5pm on Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4, in San Diego. You don’t have to work all day, silly, but do have to be available for at least three hours in a row. 

  • You need to be able to commit to at least a three-hour shift
  • There will be lots of standing
  • If you’re there for lunch, we’re buying lunch
  • There will be beers at the end of the day

If you have questions or want to join, email ARealGirl at info@emptyset.com.

Want to hear us talk about something in particular in future episodes of Inside Empty Set or the FridayFix? Please drop us a line, or leave a note in the comments. We can’t wait for this awesome YA sports series to hit you right in the brain. 

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FridayFix: SiglerFest2k14 is nigh!

Badge from SiglerFest 2k13A quick Friday Fix to say if you are thinking of coming to SiglerFest, you have to book your hotel by end of day this coming Monday, September 8th, to get the group rate on your room!

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Our room block is sold out, so you must call the Guest Reservations number at (800) 675-3267 and identify yourself as part of the group SiglerFest.

If you’re not yet thinking about coming to SiglerFest, why not?  There are games, readings, bowling, karaoke, beers, Krakens, movies, friends and more.  It’s really the best time, and you shouldn’t miss a moment!

More details can be found by clicking here.

[No Body Maim!]

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FridayFix™ Scott’s dramatic reading of California DMV guide #1

Happy Friday everybody!

Earlier this month there was a scavenger hunt on the internet that had nothing to do with us — until it did.

GISHWHES stands for (The) Greatest International Scavenger Hunt (the) World Has Ever Seen, and the 2014 list of things to scavenge included this:

“VIDEO: A NYT best-selling author or Tony-award winning actor or actress doing a dramatic reading of a section of this: http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/hdbk/right_of_way.htm”

Although Scott was rudely ignored during this year’s Tony Awards for the riveting portrayal of Riff in that revival of West Side Story that never happened … he did still fit the bill.

Although we received many requests, we were only able to fit in about a dozen.  Here’s the first result, with more to come as the week goes on.

Please to enjoy.

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NOCTURNAL Episode #36

Aggie James was kidnapped from the Streets of San Francisco, held captive in the White Dungeon, and forced to watch horrible things. Hillary, one of Marie’s Children, promised Aggie a means of escape: in this episode, we learn the price of that promise.

Bryan Clauser has learned more of his true nature, and learned that he must protect Jebediah Erickson, the man known as The Savior. Joined by the grandfather/grandson team of Alder and Adam Jessup, he is on his way to San Francisco General Hospital, where Erickson is being held under high security in the mental health wing.

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Empty Set at Balticon 48!

Balticon48

Balticon 48 starts today at the Hunt Valley Inn in Maryland. If you’re attending, here’s where to find us! (Also, in the evenings we’ll be easily found at #barcon in the lobby. Stop by and say howdy!)

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FridayFix: GFL audiobooks live at Audible, iTunes and Amazon.

We blogged about it in the post below this one, but here’s a quick FridayFix to announce that GFL novels one through four are now available at Audible, iTunes and Amazon audio. Boom!

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Friday Fix – Inside Empty Set:
Con Season Begins!

Badge from SiglerFest 2k13As Scott is busy furiously packing up Empty Set Studios North, we stole a few moments to record another edition of Inside Empty Set, where we talk about things pertinent to the business side of our business.

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This one’s all about convention season: which ones we’ll be attending and why. Also some dissection of Scott’s past strategy vs. our current plan.

This year we’ll attend: Balticon, San Diego Comic Con, Dragon*Con, SiglerFest & ReadCon in Greeley, CO.

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Friday Fix — Inside Empty Set: Moving on Up!

We’re back with another edition of Inside Empty Set, where we talk about things pertinent to the business side of our business.

Big news today: Sigler is moving to San Diego! That’s right, the Future Dark Øverlord is moving to America’s Finest City, and Empty Set Entertainment will coalesce into one shiny office!

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