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 • One for the Junkies from Dragon*Con 2015

In early September Empty Set went to Dragon*Con 2015 in Atlanta, GA.  It’s a great con, and we always have the best time. While there, we recorded this year’s “One for the Junkies” panel, and we’re posting that as today’s FridayFix.

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A couple of notes:

The language in this recording is for mature audiences. There are some naughty words, mostly from me.

The audio recording is a little hot, especially for Scott. I’ve edited the worst of it out, I think, but you’ll still have to ride the volume button on your phone to manage the hot spots.

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ALIVE Episode #13

Somehow, the Birthday Children have wound up exactly where they started. In front of Em, a mystery — the coffin room she and her friends woke up in, the same room they walked away from. How can they be back? And is there any chance for escape?

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FridayFix • Saving the Ki Hand

In this week’s FridayFix we document the saving of Scott E. Pond Designs​’s Ki Hand, which was a prop for the cover of THE MVP. The Ki are a species from Scott’s Galactic Football League novels, and the cover of THE MVP show a Ki hand […]

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ALIVE Episode #12

A rest, a brief peace, a critical break from the never ending stress — all of that evaporated in the last episode when something grabbed Bello and dragged her into the Garden’s underbrush. Now, Em must react — but can she save her friend?

http://media.blubrry.com/scottsigler/media.libsyn.com/scottsigler/12_ALIVE_Episode_12.mp3

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ALIVE Episode #11

The Birthday Children have reached the Garden, but at such a cost.  In this episode, the tension between Em and Aramovsky comes to a head. Is Aramovsky looking out for the spiritual well-being of the group, or is trying to discredit Em as leader and push her out?

http://media.blubrry.com/scottsigler/media.libsyn.com/scottsigler/11_ALIVE_Episode_11.mp3

No talky-talk after the episode this week!

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FridayFix • SiglerFest 2K15 Update!

SiglerFest 2K15 is fast approaching!  It’s right around now that we start to get lots of questions:

  • Can I still register? (Yes! Get on that!)
  • What goes on at SiglerFest? (Listen to the cast, yo!)
  • How’d y’all get to be so great? (It’s the Junkies, obvs.)

Take a listen to this short ‘cast to whet your appetite. Can’t wait to see y’all in Vegas!

http://media.blubrry.com/scottsigler/media.libsyn.com/scottsigler/FridayFix___ALIVE_Tour_Wrap_Up.mp3

extedit-SiglerFest 2k1420141011-7091-EditOh! And the SiglerFest 2K14 photo books are done and they’re glorious and lovely! Shot and designed by the sublimely talented and gracious Bruce Press, they are a wonderfully fun memento of a great weekend.
Unlike previous years, we will not have copies for purchase on hand in Las Vegas this year. Instead, you can head over to Blurb right now and order your copies directly! While you’re there you can pick up other years too if you like!

As ever, a million thanks to Bruce Press for his great work and also this year for patiently nudging me over and over to get the book done early enough to put it up for sale well in advance of SiglerFest!

 

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ALIVE Episode #10

After discovering food and water in the Garden, it should have been a happy occasion for Em and the kids. But then, tragedy befell Latu, and Em was the first to see what happens when people are left alone with hungry pigs. So this won’t happen to anyone else, Em and Bishop are in a race against to get the rest of their people and bring them safely to the garden.

http://media.blubrry.com/scottsigler/media.libsyn.com/scottsigler/10_ALIVE_Episode_10.mp3

SHOW NOTES:

  • Last week Scott was at a NASA rocket test at Stennis Space Center in Mississsippi! Check out the video right below this post for ALIVE Episode #10, or see it at youtube.com/scottsigler
  • We sent out GLF VI coupons from the ALIVE pre-order contest! If you don’t have yours, check ALL of your email accounts, including spam folders.  If you STILL don’t have it, email info@emptyset.  (As a reminder, to be eligible, you had to buy ALIVE before July 13, 2015.)
  • ALIGHT cover is posted! Book II of the Generations trilogy, the sequel to ALIVE. See it at scottsigler.com/alight, or at Scott’s instagram account, instagram.com/scottsigler.

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ALIVE Episode #8

Em has led the Birthday Children into a strange, broken-down area filled with coffins of a different kind — thin, white, heavily beat-up, and empty. Em, O’Malley and Latu are looking in one set of rooms, Bishop and El-Saffani in the others. What they all find next will change their existence forever. 

http://media.blubrry.com/scottsigler/media.libsyn.com/scottsigler/08_ALIVE_Episode_8.mp3

This week no talky-talk after the episode!

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ALIVE Episode #7

Em and her friends met Bishop and his crew. A brief, peaceful struggle for control of the Birthday Children left Em with the spear, a symbol of power. She now leads 23 other people through the halls, looking for a way out. They are also looking for food, and, more importantly, water. If they don’t find sustenance soon, Em knows her people will die.

http://media.blubrry.com/scottsigler/media.libsyn.com/scottsigler/07_ALIVE_Episode_7.mp3

Are you waiting on your ALIVE pre-order coupon code for $15 off the next GFL book? DO NOT FRET! It’s on the way. We’re testing the codes to make sure they’re individual and evergreen and they should get sent out to you this week! We haven’t forgotten you!

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FridayFix • Making the ALIVE Spears

As part of the promotion of ALIVE, we decided to make prop spears. (Spears feature prominently in the novel.)

Super talented artist, prop maker and all around great guy Frank Ippolito designed and made them, and generously invited us to his shop to help put the finishing touches on his awesome work. And he let us bring the Dog of Doom!

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FridayFix • Should YA Writers Censor Their Social Media?

Scott and I are back from the ALIVE Book Tour, and catching up on all things recently neglected at the office. We’ll have a tour wrap up for you soon!

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Today’s Friday Fix is an interview that Scott did with Delilah S. Dawson (author of HIT) and Chuck Wendig (author of the new Star Wars novel THE FORCE AWAKENS and THE HARVEST, Book III of the Heartlands Trilogy) during this year’s Phoenix Comic Con.

Delilah S. DawsonChuck WendigAll three are adults who write Young Adult fiction, and have, ahem, lively social media feeds. It begs the question: if your target audience is young but using social media, do you have an obligation to curb your less PG-rated language?

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ALIVE Episode #5

In the last episode, Yong grew tired of wandering through hallways, finding nothing, and he challenged Em’s leadership. He attacked Spingate, then rushed at Em — and when he did, Em’s knife slid deep into his belly. In this episode, we learn of Yong’s fate: will he survive, or will he become just another pile of dust-covered bones? 

http://media.blubrry.com/scottsigler/media.libsyn.com/scottsigler/05_ALIVE_Episode_5.mp3

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ALIVE Episode #3

Em and Spingate have escaped their coffins, and managed to open two more — one holds the sleeping K. O’Malley, while the other contains the dead body of B. Brewer. Eight more coffins remain unopened. In this episode, Em and Spingate find out how many coffins contain potential friends and allies, and how many contain shriveled corpses.

http://media.blubrry.com/scottsigler/media.libsyn.com/scottsigler/03_ALIVE_Episode_3.mp3

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Wanna save $15 on the limited-edition GFL Book VI hardcover when it goes on sale in 2016? Pre-order the ALIVE hardcover before July 14 and email the receipt to info@emptyset.com. We’ll send you a unique code to use for GFL Book VI. It’s like getting ALIVE for free! Details here.

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FridayFix • The making
of the ALIVE BookTrailer

The book trailer for ALIVE was posted last week, and it’s doing great things for us. Coverage from Entertainment Weekly (where it premiered), YouTube star Anna Akana and BookTuber Regan Peruse has brought us a ton of views. We have people who have never heard of Scott Sigler pre-ordering the novel ahead of the July 14 release date.

So, trailer = good. But what goes into making a book trailer? To give you a peek behind the curtain, Scott and I sat down with Mallory O’Meara and Jack Bennett, who were the producer and director of the ALIVE trailer, respectively.
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We talk about using the visual medium to make a no-spoiler trailer for a book, and the inherent pros and cons: the creative process; reality vs. the original vision; budget limits; killing your darlings; and how “perfection is often the enemy of the interesting” as Jack says in the ‘cast. (And yes, we know the aphorism is slightly different, which is, in a way, Jack’s point. No need to write in!)

Jack, Mallory and their whole team brought all their talents to bear, and delivered a sublime trailer for ALIVE. We loved working with them and we love the end result.

Where you can find Jack: Scott Ian’s Bloodworks, Damn Dirty Geeks Podcast

Where you can find Mallory: @sexoskeleton, Dark Dunes Productions

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