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FridayFix • Should you outline your novel?

Featuring best-selling authors Naomi Novik & Peter V. Brett

Naomi NovikWhen we hit Phoenix Comicon, we got to hang out with a ton of awesome authors. We were able to snag a few of them for FridayFix interviews about writing and the business of writing. This week’s FridayFix features one of those interviews, with the awesome Peter V. Brett and the brilliant Naomi Novik. I chatted them up about a constant question I get from new writers: should I outline my book, or just write it?

Naomi is the author of the New York Times best-selling Temeraire series, and her brand-new novel UPROOTEDPETER V BRETT which is in stores on June 15, 2015. Snag it! Peter is the author of the Demon Cycle series,  some seriously kick ass fantasy. They are both New York Times best-sellers and have sold gajillions of books, meaning they know their shit when it comes to writing.

Peter outlines, Naomi doesn’t, so listen in and see which method might work for you.

We also talk about Peter writing an entire novel on his cell phone, and Naomi writing her latest novel in freaking long-hand. You know, on actual paper? WTF.

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FridayFix • One-Star Reviews

ARealGirl and I were lucky enough to be invited by our buddy Jonathan Maberry‘s “Writers Coffeehouse” event at Mysterious Galaxy Books in San Diego. Lots of hungry writers looking for ways to improve their craft and find a way into the biz. One of the questions that came up was, “How do you handle negativity about you or your works on social media?”

That’s something we know quite a bit about. From the early days of my writing career where I made the mistake of engaging with unhappy readers, to our current attitude of “let it roll,” our philosophy of how to react has evolved quite a bit. In this podcast, ARealGirl and spend about 30 minutes talking about what we think is the “correct” way to handle such issues, and we give some guidance on what can happen to creatives if they choose to spray their oh-so-important opinion all over the internets.

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THE CHAMPION Episode #34

Last week, Quentin Barnes sat on the bench as Becka “The Wrecka” Montagne lined up at Quarterback and led the undefeated Krakens to a narrow one-point win over Buddha City. Will Quentin’s concussion keep him off the field for this week’s tilt against rival Wabash Wolfpack?

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FridayFix • New GoDaddy Codes

Long-time show sponsor GoDaddy has changed their GoDaddy Coupon codes as of today, May 1, 2015. Since so many people use our GoDaddy Coupons (you’d be shocked, I tell you), and since their advertising is a big part of our small biz, we’re dedicating this FridayFix to giving y’all the scoop on the change.

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Author Photo Shoot … FANCY!

Sign a new book deal, and the publisher wants a new author photo for the hardcover jacket. How’s a photo shoot go down? Why, with tiny dog battles, ‘natch!

The photo was shot at Hollywood Loft studios. Crew: Joan Allen (photographer), David Stevenson (art director), Matt Harbicht (digital technician), Mary Klimek (grooming), Sara Strimpel (intern), Michael Lohr (studio owner).

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THE CHAMPION Episode #30

In the last episode, the mole for the Zoroastrian Guild was uncovered. Now Quentin has to deal with the fallout. He knows all-pro offensive guard Michael Kimberlin and backup defensive lineman Jason Procknow were involved as well. Quentin has to decide if he’ll turn them over to GFL commissioner Rob Froese, or if he’ll keep the secret of two men who might be party to murderous terrorist acts.

Listen after the story for all the nitty-gritty details about our ALIVE trailer shoot last week!

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FridayFix • Technical Difficulties

Damn you, CHAMPION Episode 29!

Even after doing this week in and week out for a decade, sometimes technology can still slither up behind you and sink its fangs deep into your tuchas. That’s what happened to us with THE CHAMPION Episode #29. We still don’t know what happened.

And before you start slinging that “TechTard” term around, listen to this episode to hear about our troubleshooting — and to hear us let off a wee little bit of steam about a frustrating incident.

Now, where did we put that snakebite kit …

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When fans die

Fans mourn when a creator passes on:
but what about the other way around?

eBay auction for full GFL set

I love my fans like nobody’s business. I’ve worked my ass off to get where I am, and I continue to do so to this day, but I never forget that it is my readers who give me the life that I have.

“Wait a minute ,” you say, “how come you’re not calling us Junkies?”

Hold yer pants […]

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New cover for ALIVE? Whaaaa?

So you get that book deal with a big publisher, they work closely with you on a cover, and then, boom, three months from publication they change it? Why would they do that? How does that work? Does it screw up branding? Advertising? All previous marketing efforts? How much say does the author get? Watch the vid to find out.

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Our 10th Anniversary: free eBooks for you!

Free eBooks

10thBundleTo celebrate a decade of podcasting, we’re giving away an eBook bundle with all the Empty Set Entertainment titles. Click here or click on the image at right to get yours. Yes, feel free to tell all your friends about this.

This freebie is good on Monday, March 23, 2015 only, from midnight to 11:59pm.

When you get the link emailed to you, you need to download the bundle on your computer. If you get the download link on your phone and try to download on your phone, not gonna work. We can’t help you with that, so download on your computer, then transfer to your favorite eReader device.


  • THE CHAMPION ebook
  • THE MVP ebook
  • THE ALL-PRO ebook
  • THE STARTER ebook
  • THE ROOKIE ebook
  • THE REPORTER ebook
  • TITLE FIGHT ebook
  • BLOOD is RED ebook
  • BONES are WHITE ebook
  • A sneak peek PDF of the first fifty pages of the rewritten EARTHCORE
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