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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FridayFix • Gatekeepers vs. Goalies

Scott and I discuss “outsider art” and its correlation (if any) to the publishing business. We discuss the difference, if any, between a “writer” and an “aspiring writer.” We talk about the need (or uselessness) of a gatekeeper when it comes to the business of publishing.

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FridayFix • Can you separate Art from the Artist?

This week we take you inside a normal workday conversation here at the Empty Set Entertainment offices.

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The question we’re working out in this episode is if it’s possible to separate the artist from the art. Moreover, when the artist becomes a disappointment due to human failings, can you continue to enjoy works created prior to the fall?
FridayFix - Gibson, Vick, Metallica

We discuss several entertainers: Michael Vick, Mel Gibson and Metallica. To varying degrees, their real-world behavior has changed the way we view them as people, as artists, and as entertainers.

What do you think?  Has reality shattered one of the most favorite, creations you’ve enjoyed through the years? Does real-world behavior influence your choices? Join the conversation in the comments below!

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FridayFix • So You Want To Be A Writer?

Of all the questions Scott gets asked over and over, at every con, every book reading, and every day by DM or Facebook message or email … among the most frequent is “What advice do you have for me? How do I become a writer?”

In this video, he tells you how he did it. Anyone can write a novel. Didn’t go to college to learn literature, etc? Doesn’t matter. Your idea is just as valid as anyone else’s. Scott will tell you how to write your first novel.

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THE CHAMPION Episode #19

It’s opening week of the GFL season, featuring the Ionath Krakens playing host to rival Isis Ice Storm. With the end of the pre-season, however, comes the last cuts that make up the final roster. Who stays, who goes, and come kickoff, who wins?

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FridayFix • 2015 Con Schedule

We’re coming at you a bit early in the week for the FridayFix™, but we’ve got important things and stuff to discuss!

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In 2015, our convention schedule will switch up a bit, as we will be participating in Phoenix ComicCon this year! They have a great literary track, and after meeting Lee Whiteside at San Diego Comic Con last year, we’re going to check it out. And we’re pretty excited.

Phoenix ComicConThat means we will not be at Balticon this year. Those cons are a week apart, and it only makes sense time-wise and money-wise to do one of them this year. It was hard to give up such a great con as Balticon this year, but in the end it has to be done.

Other cons we’ll be attending are San Diego Comic-Con, Dragon*Con (where Scott is already confirmed as a guest) and SiglerFest (October 8 – 12, 2015 in Las Vegas. Registration opens soooon!)

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THE CHAMPION Episode #17

During the off-season, Quentin, Becca, and Choto the Bright attended the Tier Three tournament together, scouting for new players to join the Galaxy Bowl-defending Krakens. It’s the second week of pre-season, the time for those rookies to arrive. Quentin is expecting a backup quarterback to round out the depth chart. Did Gredok the Splithead acquire the player Quentin wanted?

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THE CHAMPION Episode #13

Quentin Barnes and his friends traveled to the Portath Cloud, where they successfully rescued his sister, Jeanine, and his friend, Fred. That rescue hinged upon a duel to the death between John Tweedy and the Portath known as “The Gouger.” With freedom won, Quentin & Co. become the first sentients to leave the Portath Cloud in decades. Now, finally heading back to Ionath, Quentin faces a different yet equally terrifying challenge: finally telling Rebecca Montagne how he feels about her.

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FridayFix • The State of the Empty Set Store

Or: why do you guys hate holiday shoppers and not have ALL THE SIZES?

Been poking around the Empty Set store this Black Friday? If you have, and you’re looking for swank GFL t-shirts, you might notice our selections are dwindling.Fancy Isis Ice Storm T-shirt!

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We’ve had a few emails and comments lately about how there are slim pickings in the store as far as t-shirt sizes go, and I don’t disagree. That said, several folks notice that there are only smalls and mediums of some t-shirts, and think we’re discriminating against folks of a different size. That’s where I disagree of course.

Take a few moments and listen to this ultra short Friday Fix to see when, if, and how you can get new GFL gear in whatever size you want. Just, maybe, not in time for Christmas.

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FridayFix • Origin stories

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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FridayFix • 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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FridayFix • 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!

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