That's right the eBook for TITLE FIGHT, a novella co-written with Parsec Award-winning author Matt Wallace, is now available!
We've been working hard to get this title ready for publication, so I can think of no better birthday present for our FDØ! (Well, you should also leave a comment below, as he digs a busy, fun comments section, and that'd be a great present too!)
TITLE FIGHT takes place between THE ROOKIE and THE STARTER.
Undefeated galactic heavyweight champion Korak the Cutter has defeated all challengers, destroying everyone in his path, but the wins aren't as easy as they used to be. After a decade of perfect fighting, his age is catching up with him. For a Quyth Warrior, that means he's slowing down, and speed is the name of the game in mixed martial arts.
At this late stage in his career, he faces a nightmare savage and unpredictable Chiyal "The Heretic" North. As crime lords and promoters try to fix the fight, and as managers cling to dreams of lost glory, Korak and Chiyal must find their way into the octagon to decide once and for all who is the greatest of all time.
Oh! Did you come out to a East Coast 2012 tour stop? If you came out in Atlanta, Chapel Hill, Washington, D.C., New York City, Bethlehem, Pittsburgh, Chicago or Grand Rapids, you'll be receiving an email shortly with a link for a free copy since the Biggie Smalls side won the East Side/West Side competition!
TITLE FIGHT is available now here on our site and at Amazon.com. It's on it's way to the other retail outlets. Even though it's Scott's birthday, you should treat yourself and snag a copy of the great story.
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read THE MVP, then move the hell along. Here there be spoilers ...
"He surveyed the oblong playing surface. One hundred and fifty yards long from end-to-end, about sixty yards wide at the middle, marked by a line that split the field into two equal halves. Three five-foot-diameter rings floated on either end: one ring about ten feet high, one about fifteen, and the top one about twenty, their open sides all parallel to the mid-field line."
Excerpt from THE MVP, Book IV in the Galactic Football League series
I've been getting questions about "The Game" that is featured in the opening chapters of THE MVP. The first question usually is: "Is that Quidditch?" The second is more of a statement, along the lines of: "I saw you ripped off J.K. Rowling, you jerk."
The answer to the question is: "Yes." The answer to the statement is: "Pretty sure you're missing the point, my good detective."
From both parties, there has been a follow-up question: "Why?"
Lemme rustle you up an answer, pardner ...
MY CHARACTERS ARE YOU: Almost all of my stories are connected into a continum called "Siglerverse." Stories aren't necessarily sequels of one another, but they all spring from the same timeline. That timeline begins from our modern world, from the world that you and I see on a daily basis. There are differences, of course, particularly when the government is involved — presidents have different names and there is a "Department of Special Threats," which doesn't really exist, for example. By 99.9% of the time, the characters in my modern-day books live in a world that is your world.
My characters have seen the same TV shows you have, like Columbo and Battlestar Galactica. They've seen Aliens and Spiderman. They've read the same books, like Misery, 50 Shades of Gray (oh, stop it, you know you peeked) and — yes — Harry Potter.
One character in particular loves Rowling's work. Petra Prawatt was first seen in the ANCESTOR prequel episodes, three chapters that are in the free podcast and the audiobook, but are not in the eBook or the print versions. You'll see more of Petra in an a short story scheduled to be included in ROBOT UPRISINGS (New York: Vintage, 2014), an anthology edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams.
PETRA IS A SUPERFAN When Petra first appears in the Siglerverse, she is sporting a Gryffindor scarf. She's a super-crazy fan of the Harry Potter series. And she's the only one who's crazy for that series, right? I mean, Rowling became a billionaire because only a handful of people wanted everything Potter-related they could get their hands on.
But here's where it starts to feel weird, at least to me; a fictional character being crazy for a fictional character? Doesn't that somehow cross the streams?
WHEN THINGS START TO GET META There seems to be an unspoken feeling out there that fictional characters can like poets, playwrights and literary figures, and that's "normal," but for a character to be hugely into a modern pop-culture prophet, that's kind of ... well, weird. A character quotes Shakespeare and Emerson? No one bats an eyelash. A vampire is crazy about Buffy the Vampire Slayer? It kind of gunks up your brain a little bit.
I think that's the reason Robert Kirkman's THE WALKING DEAD is set in our world, just one that has never heard the word "Zombie" or had any kind of zombie books/movies/shows. With that one simple-yet-smart move, he doesn't have to deal with characters saying "but in the zombie movies, you shoot them in the brain, so let's do that." The polar opposite of that is ZOMBIELAND, in which the characters have seen all the zombie flicks that you have — and that knowledge gives them a leg up in the battle to stay alive (cardio!).
Petra is a Potter superfan. She also just so happens to be a genius in self-assembling robotics, biomimicry and cybernetics. And when I say "genius," we're talking Einstein-levels of game change: she can create self-replicating life.
So if you're a 16-year-old girl that is lightyears ahead of everyone around you, and you're a crazy Potter fan, and you can create life? It makes one wonder what she might have that created life do to test it out.
QUIDDITCH IS A REAL THING, SUCKA Sure, you read the book (or at least saw the movie) and you know Quiddich is Rowling's made-up sorcerer sport. Wizard kids on brooms. Pretty bad-ass, if you ask me (although one typo in the words "golden snitch" and the game takes on a whole new meaning).
Okay, you knew that, but did you also know Quidditch is for realz? The International Quidditch Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to governing the sport of quidditch and inspiring young people to lead physically active and socially engaged lives.
There are 828 teams in the USA alone, over 1,000 worldwide in over 30 countries, including Russia, South Africa, Australia, Italy, Canada and India, just to name a few.
So "the game" goes beyond the stories of Harry Potter. It's a real thing. So when I work Quidditch into THE MVP, is this a meta reference, or is it an extension of our modern world, like everything else in my books?
THE GAME ITSELF: I haven't played Quidditch, but it looks like a blast. One can imagine that if it continues to develop, the "serious" players may branch off and make it a new sport: sans-brooms, of course. Get rid of the brooms, add in robotic balls that do what the balls do in the game itself, and you're left with a hard-hitting affair that could be a ton of fun to both play and watch. Point of order: the "golden snitch" has got to go, folks — it completely invalidates the rest of the scoring (not that I expect wizards to be all that logical, mind you).
The Prawatt don't think this is meta, it's their game. It's American Football in America, it's regular football (my people call it "soccer") in Europe, it's cricket in India, it's hockey in Canada. The IQA is already proof positive that a fictional sport can leap into reality, so why can't a real sport (which leapt from fiction) leap back into fiction? Also? That's a lot of leaping ...
THE REAL GOAL? TO GIVE YOU THAT "HOLY CRAP!" MOMENT If I did it right, people who are familiar with Quidditch read THE MVP and had that "a-ha!" moment. You're reading along, and you think to yourself "waiiiiit a minute here ... is this what I think it is?" And then you see that, yes, it is what you think it is.
It's a big, fat Easter Egg is what it is.
This approach to "meta" also serves to make characters spring to life in your mind. It's one of my Jedi Fiction Tricks™. If you read INFECTED, there are scenes where Perry Dawsey is watching the TV series Columbo. If you've seen that show, this is a subtle technique where the character is doing exactly the same thing you have done – for a brief moment, it's not a "character" at all but a person with whom you have a shared experience. That brief brush stroke makes Perry "real" for a moment, and that moment sticks with you. It shapes the way you feel about him, helps him transcend the page and become someone you think you know.
For the Prawatt, who are very alien and very like us at the same time, a species-wide fixation on something that is a cultural juggernaut helps humanize them. Sure, they are nightmarish boogeymen, but I'm pretty sure they're wearing a Slytherin scarf when we're not looking.
We're joining those nutty #CyberMonday kids and putting our hard covers on sale! That's right, between now and midnight tomorrow night (that's Tuesday, 11:59pm EST) all hard cover books in our inventory are only $25.
Quentin sets foot on a new world. His interpersonal skills are brought into play, and we all know how well he does in those situations.
PROMO IN THIS EPISODE: • CRUSH DEPTH, a podcast novel by Jeff Lane
SPONSOR OF THIS EPISODE: GoDaddy code code 499ssl5 gets multi-year SSL certificates for $4.99 for each year. Crazy deal! SSL certs normally cost $12.99 for the first year, and $69.99 for each year after. That's a savings of $72 for just the first two years! (offer good until Jan. 1, 2013). Check out our page to find the GoDaddy coupon that's right for you.
Other sponsors who keep this show free: Stamps couponfor savings at Stamps.com. • Get $80 of free suff, including $40 of free postage when you start a four-week trial. • Dogs and cats love our Petco coupons because you'll save big on toys, food, medicine, leashes & collars and more. • NFL playoffs are coming, so get your Peyton Manning jersey, Robert Griffin III jersey or Aaron Rodgers jersey with an Eastbay coupon. • A 4inkjets code saves on printer cartridges, laser toner and copier supplies for your business -- you got to check it out!
Well hello there, Mister/Miss big-time TV producer Junkie. What? You're not in the biz? Well you can be if you help NOCTURNAL win the 2012 Goodreads Choice awards. I recorded a little message so the audio would go out in the feed, just in case my shameless pimping missed those who don't visit here (or use Twitter, or Facebook, or G+ ...).
If you haven't voted for NOCTURNAL in the 2012 Goodreads Choice awared, click here to do so right now! Your vote must be in by Nov. 26. You may have to create a free Goodreads account if you haven't already, but it's a kick-ass site for people that love books.
WHAT I AM THANKFUL FOR To be sappy for just a moment and show the soft, chewey center inside my onyx heart, ARealGirl and I want to thank you for all you do for us. You listen to the stories, you buy the books, you email us, leave comments, hit the forums, Facebook us, Twitter us, G+ us and on and on. I'm living every author's dream right now because I'm a full-time writer (the hookers and the blow come later on, I guess?). I'm a full-time writer because of all y'all.
I am thankfull for each and every one of you. I never forget who butters my bread (wait ... that wound up sounding kind of dirty ...).
The Krakens again face the unknown: what new threat is going to come through the landing bay doors? Virak the Mean puts his military experience to work as Quentin and his teammates prepare to fight for their lives.
Sponsors of this show: Stamps couponfor savings at Stamps.com. Get $80 of free postage and a free postage meter by clicking through that link. Feast your eyes on our Our Petco coupon codes saves big bucks on bets, scratching posts, toys and more for your family friends. Need to gear up and support your Celtics, Miami Heat or Brooklyn Nets? Save on fan gear Eastbay coupon codes. If you work in IT or have your own business, save money on printer ink and laser toner with our 4InkJets coupon codes.
The site will be down starting about ninety minutes from right now for scheduled maintenance. You will not be able to access all of this right here, of course, and I'm sure this will make you nervous. Sadly, because I am posting this on the same site that will soon be down, I will not even be able to directly you here so you can read it and know it's a planned outage and we'll be back soon. We expect four hours or so of downtime.
But it is, and we will.
And when we're back, I'll have all sorts of great things to tell y'all: a quite belated thank you and summation of THE MVP gestalt, some thoughts on what it means to be a 'creative adjacent' as I like to call my role in the partnership that is Dark Øverlord Media, and even a bit of news about what's coming down the pike.
But first things first: site updates tonight. We'll be gone for a short while. But don't fret — we'll be thinking of y'all. And also chocodiles, because those are always on Scott's mind.
My buddy A.J. Colucci wrote this kick-ass horror/thriller called THE COLONY. I've been blabbing about it on the Twitters and the Facebooks for awhile now, and the book came out Tuesday.
I've never met A.J. in person. I only know her through this novel, which my agent, Byrd Leavell, asked me to blurb. I fell in love with the book, probably because it has a similar structure to my stuff, and you all already know what narcissist I am. I also saw a couple of things in the book that needed tweaks. Plot-structure stuff, mostly, because her science was spot-on. Stuff that it's crazy-easy for an author to miss when he or she is heads-down for years, looking at each word and sometimes missing the bigger picture.
For my work, A Kovacs catches these problems in second-draft form (as does Big John Vizcarra, Jeremy Ellis, Joe Albietz, Tom Merritt, J.P. Harvey, Chris Grall and more). Trust me, when you are writting a novel-length thriller, where hundreds of plot threads have to line up in a "real world" fashion, it's very easy to miss a thing or two.
A.J. impressed me because she was very excited to get this feedback. Some authors will get their feathers ruffled and be offended. In my opinion, these authors are more worried about themselves than the reader. Not, A.J., though -- as we went back and forth, I heard over and over again phrases akin to "oh, that would have so annoyed the reader." She is out to create the best product possible, because she wants people to get their money's worth.
You need to understand that when I received THE COLONY to review, it was basically finished. A.J. had to work hard to make final changes, because publishers do not like changes at that point. She also worked with Chris Grall, who does some of my military and weapons consulting, to smooth out some issues with guns (yeah, just like me, A.J. lives at the range and knows everything about firearms ... it's just what we writers do).
I was pretty impressed with how A.J. doubled-down to fix these small issues and make the best story possible. On top of that, it's a kick-ass book. If you liked my novella EUSOCIAL NETWORKING, you will eat this one up with a spork.
So in A.J., I think I found a kindred spirit: an author who cares about you the reader first, and everything else second. That's why I consider her a buddy, even though we've never met in person. That, and she send me a bottle of Macallan's as a lil' thank-you gift. I'm easily swayed by the single malt.
AMAZON BANS REVIEW! I did the video above as an Amazon review, so it would appear on the page for THE COLONY. Guess what we found out? Amazon bans book reviews by other authors! I'm not the first to discover this; the awesome Joe Konrath blogged about it here.
Konrath (pictured at right) is far more active in prosthelytizing the indie eBook world than I, and also knows more about the publishing biz. If you're curious why Amazon would ban authors -- people who might know a thing or two about what makes a book "good" -- than read his post. He kind of sums it up here:
The fact that a binder can get a thousand fake reviews because of Romney's comment, but I can't honestly review one of my peers because I'm an author, is a bit silly, don't you think? Amazon allows 1 star reviews from people who haven't even read the book, but deletes positive reviews from people who honestly enjoyed it, and somehow that's improving your review system?
That's some of the frustration I feel as an author. I do have a parade of douchebags, people who haven't actually read the book, giving me bad reviews because of some political statement I made, or because they don't like my slightly over-the-top, bloated-ego-boasting on the podcast (keep in mind, I also get plenty of one-star reviews from people who did read it, and just think I suck, which is fine), or people giving me one-star reviews because they didnt like the eBook formatting, or even people giving me one-star reviews because they don't like the PRICE of the book. Yeah, that happens.
So those uninformed, misguided or even downright malicious reviews can stay, but reviews from authors are banned. Awesome.
Amazon did this, I believe, because some authors would organize two kinds of campaigns:
A "review circle," where 10-15 authors review each other's books in order to stack a ton of 5-star reviews in quick succession. This is common practive in the business and self-help book fields.
Attack reviews, where an author (and/or his or her buddies) would try to sabotage a book that was in the same category but doing better by posting a crap-ton of one-star reviews.
Those are real problems that Amazon has to deal with. I can see the flat-out banning of author reviews solves these problems, but it's throwing the baby out with the bath water. Authors spend their entire careers learning what makes a good story, and an honest review from an author is a great way for potential readers to know if they would or wrould not like a particular title.
So, imma go back to writing. What are your thoughts on this Amazon banning of author reviews?
These sponsors keep this podcast free! Stamps.comcoupon codes let you print real postage from your own printer and have a postal truck come pick up your packages. Empower your small business. Our Petco coupon codes save you money on toys, beds, collars & leashes, and even high-quality food. Need those Lakers and Heat jerseys? Save on all the NBA customizable gear and athletic supplies for all sports with our Eastbay discount codes. If you work in IT or have your own business, save money on printer ink and laser toner with our 4InkJets coupon codes.
Ruth Carter is a lawyer that specializes in social media and flash mob law. That's right, flash mob law. She runs the Carter Law Firm in Arizona.
Ruth has an eBook out that might be of interest to the many Junkies who blog and use social media to communicate and promote, especially if that work might conflict with a day job. It could also save your damn life.
I'm still going to kill you, of course, but that goes without saying.
NEW GODADDY PROMO CODE: scott495 gets a new domain for just $4.95 A breand-new code that gets you a domain for just $4.95 -- that's sick, people (offer good until Dec. 7, 2012). Use the code scott495 to get that domain you've been thinking about, and wrap it up for three, four, even five years to come. The longer you get it for, the more you save. Click here for our full list of GoDaddy codes.
These advertisers keep this podcast free:Stamps.comcoupon codes help your small business explode (in the good way). Print real postage from your desk, have a USPS truck come pick up your packages. Free postage meter and up to $50 in free postage! Holidays are coming up, save on presents and costumes for your little buddies with our Petco coupon codes. NBA season is here, get your Miami Heat and Los Angeles Laker jerseys with our Eastbay discount codes. And why spend big money on printer ink and laser toner? Use 4InkJets coupon codes to save mucho cash for your small business or IT department.
That's my main man Nikolai Volkoff, at right, turning in his Soviet banner for a CONTAGIOUS flag because the book just sold Russian language rights.
Exmo Publishing bought the rights. They will publish also publish Infected and Ancestor in December.I'm told this is one of the biggest publishers in Russia, and that they will do a great job bringing my work to the good peeps of that massive country.
Volkoff was a tag-team partner with the Iron Sheik. I loved watching these guys antaongize the fans with their anti-American sentiments in the olden times of the WWF. Anyone else remember the Camel Clutch?
Americans, it's a day of celebration. Despite the endless conspiracy theories, the hate spewed online, the comments of idiots, the childish campaigning of both sides that panders to the lowest-common-demominator of easily swayed idealogues, today we celebrate the beginning of yet another peaceful exchange of power (if Obama wins, I still count that as "peaceful" even though power doesn't change hands).
No bombs, no revolutions, no coups and no guns (even though we got a lot of guns, mind). This will be the fifty-seventh straight election without a violent fight for (or to retain) power. Do we have problems? Hell yes we do. For the most part, the statistically overwhelming part, do we settle those differences with votes? Hell yes we do.
If you voted, cheers to you. Upload a pic with your "I Voted" sticker and paste the link in the comments below. I'll make the pictures visible as the day rolls on. If you didn't vote, that's your choice, and you won't get any bad-mouthing from me. Voting is a right, not an obligation.
Until such time as my armory is full and the plaid tanks are ready to roll, slaughtering millions as I remove all choice and free will from the face of the planet, this system — while far from perfect — is still pretty damn good.
It's the conclustion of "the game" against the Prawatt. Either Quentin and the Krakens win the game and their freedom, or they lose and their Sklorno teammates are as good as dead. A new meaning of "must-win" as Ionath battles in the Black Arena.
I HAD A LOT OF MOUNTAIN DEW BEFORE THIS EPISODE, APPARENTLY Listening back to it now, perhaps I should cosider decaf ...
PROMO IN THIS EPISODE: • INCARCERATION - a free, podcast novel just in time for Halloween.
THE FULL-LENGTH MVP AUDIOBOOK IS NOW FOR SALE • Click here to buy the unabridged, downloadable audiobook.
Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are hot stuff in the world of genre movies. The pair wrote the screenplays for THOR and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, as well as having written for the shows FRINGE, ANDROMEDA and the TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES.
Scott interviews these delightful chaps about their new YA novel COLIN FISCHER. The conversation also delves into the subtleties of writing fiction as opposed to writing screenplays, and what it's like to be the sole focal point of a book marketing campaign as opposed to being one of many faces when it comes to promoting a movie.
And wait ... what's this? Do we break some major news on their next scifi project? Why, yes ... yes they do. You want to hear that part, especially if you hate bugs.
Our whoop-ass show sponsors: Stamps.comis the bomb for everyone in small business. Print postage for any size package right at home, have a Post Office truck some and pick it up for you. Save time and stay in your pajamas. Snag a free postage meter and up to $50 in free postage! 4InkJets coupon codes is another must for your business. Save 10% and get free shipping on ink cartridges, laser toner and printing supplies with the coupon code SCOTT. Check out our GoDaddy promo codes page for great coupon codes like the limited-time offer go20off8 which saves you 20% off your entire order (good until Jan 1, 2013). We also thank our sponsors Eastbay coupon codes for savings on athletic gear and NBA fan jerseys, Petco coupon codes to get all kinds of things for your family friends, and Moosejaw coupon codes for discounts on gear for camping, the outdoors, skate, snow and surf.
GAME ON!!!! Quentin and the Krakens square off against the Prawatt in "the game," a hard-hitting, lethal contest that has it roots all the way back to Old Earth (can you say "meta," people?).
If the Krakens win, they go free. If they lose, say bye-bye-bye to their Sklorno teammates. The Sklorno and Prawatt species have been in various states of war for hundreds of years; don't expect them to start being nice to each other now.
PROMO IN THIS EPISODE: • CONmen podcast - the podcast for the convention-going crowd.
RANT IN THIS EPISODE: Dear die-hard Republicans and die-hard Democrats: I hate you all.
The vendors that keep this podcast free: Stamps.com coupon codes put the power of the post office in your home business -- print postage right from your computer, and a USPS truck comes and picks it up. Free postage meter and up to $50 in free postage! Need a website, new doman, email hosting or eCommerce? Check out our GoDaddy promo codes page for a ton of non-expiring offers and special promotions, like the limited-time offer go20off8 which saves you 20% off your entire order (good until Jan 1, 2013). And don't forget our regular sponsors, Eastbay coupon codes for savings on athletic gear, 4InkJets coupon codes to save your business money on ink and toner, Petco coupon codes to get treats for your little family buddies, and Moosejaw coupon codes for discounts on all your gear for camping, the outdoors, skate, snow and surf.
Hi, Junkies, ARealGirl here to announce another new Dark Øverlord product.
Finally! THE DETECTIVE is the second GFL novella, and it is now available in all formats for all eReaders by clicking right here (Kindle and Nook included). Just $3.99, this story covers Frederico Esteban Guissepe Gonzaga's search for the family of Quentin Barnes. We've posted it at Amazon.com for Kindle, Barnes & Noble for Nook (but we have no control over when they process the book for sale -- we've done our part, now we just have to wait until it's available there).
Matt Wallace teamed up with Scott to pen this two-fisted tale that takes us to Micovi, Ionath City and even to the Jupiter Net Colony in the Planetary Union.
While this one is still YA (young adult), it's a violent tale that takes on some very adult themes. Fred's history is heart-wrenching. I love what Matt and Scott did to bring this character to life.
In the GFL timeline, this novella takes place during THE STARTER and THE ALL-PRO. You'll see mostly brand-new stuff, as well as some familiar scenes told from a different point of view. I may be biased, but I think THE DETECTIVE is a little bit of storytelling magic.
Those of you who attended the East Coast (THE MVP) and West Coast (NOCTURNAL) tours get this eBook for free! If you attended one of those stops and haven't received a download link yet, watch the video posted above and then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, saying what tour stop you attended.
10/23/12, 4:14pm: edited to fix East Side/West Side info. (Thanks BigJohn!)
Since no matter what this post actually says someone is going to bitch and say I'm ripping on the show, let me land a few pre-emptive strikes so there can be no confusion about my opinion of THE WALKING DEAD, Season 3. • The first episode was goddamn awesome • The second episode was even more goddamn awesome
I thought the show really dragged in Season 2 with the endless whining and ridiculous character decisions of Lori, the endless Days of our Lives drama that made the show THE LET'S TALK ABOUT OUR FEELINGS DEAD, and the concept that people are just going to let their kid "go out and play like kids do" when there's a freakin' zombie apocalypse going on. I'm sure there's more of that to come this season, but the first two episodes were off-the-hook good (if I may bust out an 80s phrase, kids).
I'm under deadline (and shouldn't even be writing this), so I don't have time to blog-chase the answers. Besides: I'd rather hear what the Junkies think, because you are all rather smart.
Now, with all of that praise out of the way, I have some questions (read also: let's nitpick the tiniest details). I really only do this with amazing shows that are so close to "perfect" it bugs me they couldn't find a way to tie up those last few little points.
Quentin Barnes and the Ionath Krakens find themselves in dire straits. Captured by the Prawatt Jihad, their Touchback engulfed by the largest ship ever constrcuted, Quentin & Co. must prepare to play "the game." This is someriously meta stuff, Junkies!
WANT TO BE A SIGLERISM HERO? This podcast is based on the TV series model: our shows are free, supported by advertising that covers the costs of production (and hopefully makes Poppa a few bucks on the side, awww yeah). A primary way we succeed in advertising is through a high rank on Google and other search engines. Want to help us improve that? If you have a website or blog and you are not running advertising on it, you could link back to the advertising pages on scottsigler.com. This podcast will have a better ranking, which means more advertising revenue, which means more podcast content for you. Email email@example.com if you'd like to be a Siglerism Superstah.
These sponsors bring you your free stories every week: Eastbay.comhas the stuff for your winter sports, including basketball shoes, wrestling gear, aerobics gear and everything you need for your cross-training efforts. Check out our Eastbay discount codes page to learn more! Peep our GoDaddy.com promo codes page to see non-expiring codes, as well as the limited-time offer go20off8 which saves you 20% off your entire order (good until Jan 1, 2013).
Here it is, Junkies -- the first episode of THE MVP, Book IV in the GFL series.
PREVIOUSLY IN THE GFL: Since some people haven't read THE ALL-PRO, we'll be as spoiler-free as we can. If you recall the end of Book III in this series, our fighting Krakens were stranded in a place they did not want to be, about to be boarded by sentients they did not want to meet. We pick up the story right from there.
PROMO IN THIS EPISODE: • Hapax, a podcast novel by Katie Bryskie
CHECK OUT OUR NEW SPONSOR: Stamps.com is now a sponsor of Scott Sigler Audiobooks. If you run a small business, an office, a sole proprietor ship or you just have to mail anything to anyone, check out this offer.
Our second SiglerFest is in the books. SiglerFest2K12 embraced the wonder of all-out distraction that is Las Vegas. There was beer. Then automatic weapons. Then a cake shaped like Baby McButter from ANCESTOR. Then fiction. Then more beer. Then atomic bombs. Then someone getting my name tattooed on their arm. Then a random bucket of cold goo. Then beer-do-liers. All the things that make a Dark Øverlord the evil creature that he is. Oh, and then some bowling (I threw a 166 and hit my first Turkey ever -- I am coming for you, Chris Hardwick!).
To say SiglerFest2K12 was a fun time is like saying the Sun is a tad warm, or that PROMETHEUS had a couple of minor issues with realistic science. There was much discussion about science-fictiony things, much football watched, many tasty beverages consumed, many crabs butchered in the name of the King.
But it wasn't all silly fun and games and a general denial of maturity. No, there were some emotional aspects of this that caught me off-guard. SiglerFest2K11 was a part of Balticon, a kick-ass con held every year in the Baltimore area. People came to 2K11, sure, but many of them also stayed for Balticon. For SiglerFest2K12, however, there was no other event -- they came for the 'Fest and only for the 'Fest.
On the second day of 2K12 it hit me: these people travelled hundreds of miles and gave up vacation time just to hang out. Woah. That is both humbling and overwhelming.
I pride myself on working my ass off to enterain y'all. I pride myself on creating great work: you dig me because of the stories, not because I blog about politics, not because I have commentary on the writing process or profess to be an expert on the world of publishing, not because I wax poetic on "literary fiction" and why various stories are "important." Pretty much the only things on scottsigler.com are my stories or cool things about my fans. I boast and brag about many made-up things, but when it comes down to brass tacks I am a blue-collar guy that sings for his supper -- if you know me, it's because of my fiction and nothing else.
Many aspiring authors like to trot out a modest phrase that is a variation of: "I don't need to sell a million books -- if I could just see my books on a shelf, I'd be happy." Well, that's not me. My goal has always been to hit the big-time and entertain as many people as possible. I want best-sellers, comic adaptations, movies, games and someday a TV series. I want to get together with Joss so we can snort coke off a strippers's boobs (or pecs, Joss and I don't preculde strippers on the basis of sex or gender, that's just how we roll).
So, I have yet to attain many of my goals, and I know I have a long way to go to get them. I have not come close to meeting my personal benchmarks of "success." SiglerFest, however, gives me a level of success that I never even anticipated, never even dreamed was part of the deal.
Are there authors whom I envy? Hell yes. At the airport bookstore, I see a couple copies of some of my titles on the shelves while John Scalzi has all of his represented (Scalzi is a great benchmark for me: similar genre, made his bones on the internet by giving away free content, etc. -- trying to reach his level is an excellent motivator). I am never satisfied, mostly because there is always a new competitor to chase. There were people I chased, whom I "caught," then I got fussy because someone else was doing better than me. If I ever catch Scalzi or the other authors I admire, there's always someone bigger to chase: it's a game I can never win and don't want to win, because it's what keeps me hungry and keeps me working hard for all of you.
When it comes to a little thing called "community," however, I have my own world for which there is no comparison to anything else. Not just an online community, because there are bigger and badder, but a community where people will give up time and money to see each other face to face. A community that is ours and ours alone.
By "ours," I don't mean ARealGirl and I. I mean the Junkies. I didn't build this alone -- the Junkies built it with me. Over seven years of podcasts, blog posts, comments, Tweets, forum topics and emails went into making SiglerFest2K12 a success. The people who showed up weren't just there to hang out with ARealGirl and I, they were there to hang out with each other -- that is the part that blows me away. These people, these incredible fans, these Junkies found each other through my stories, through scottsigler.com, and have now been close friends years. They talk to each other on my site, on Twitter, Facebook, by text and email, on the phone and, you guessed it, in person.
So has my work entertained? Fuck yes it has. But for some people it has gone way beyond that and become a part of their personal lives. It has become a foundation upon which friendships were built, friendships that would have never occured were it not for the scribblings I scribble. I want 'dem sales, I won't lie, but being the basis of a community like this is something no best-seller chart or fancy-pants award could ever touch.
What's even more than that, these people have become part of my personal life. As an artist/entertainer, there is a perception that you need to keep your distance from fans, at least to some degree. I tried to do that, and I failed. Who came to SiglerFest2K12? My friends did.
Thank you all for taking the time to savor Vegas debauchery with A and I. It was a high-point of my career.
AN ODE TO AREALGIRL: I have to express my thanks to A Kovacs for setting this whole thing up. I'd love to tell you that I was up to my dirty elbows in prepping SiglerFest2K12, but that would be a lie. Not that I lie. Ever. This time out, I was trying to meet a PANDEMIC deadline, which meant the organizational wunderkind that is ARealGirl had to create the whole event mostly by herself. She orchestrated a whirlwind of good times. So thank you, A, you are the most amazing business partner a short, bald writer with delusions of grandeur could ever ask for (and/or create in a laboratory while wearing a bra on his head).
During the East Coast Tour, the FDØ and I rolled on through New York City. Not only did I show His Evilness™ some of the sights from my old stomping grounds (that's right, I'm a New York Irish girl), but we also were invited to be guests on the fantastic Keith & The Girl Show.
This award-winning, daily comedy show is one of the first-ever podcasts, and continues to be one of the most popular. Keith and Chemda are always awesome to hang out with.
So, Junkies, here's the hour-long show! I am busy preparing for SiglerFest 2k12, so Scott did the intro for me. We hope you dig it!
WARNING: This is not safe for work content! Keith has a potty mouth!
Man-o-man! Another amazing Junkie Tat! This time around it's "Izic the Weird" and his To Pirates team logo tat, with a killer phrase "Memento Mori" thrown in. Recognize the name? Just dig out your copy of THE ALL-PRO and look at the All-Pro selections for the season (so, yes, he's an All-Pro in THE ALL-PRO).
What? Are you talking to me? Sorry, I can't hear you because my head is so swollen my ears are in another time zone.
Junkies, I bring you bad news. The INFECTED graphic novel is on hold indefinitely. Issue #1 of this 5-issue series is available in stores and online, but we have no date for when Issue #2 will be available.
What's the deal, you ask? Well, the problem lies not with IDW Publishing, who have been fantastic throughout the process. Unfortunately, the problem lies with us.
Artist Chad Minshew has yet to complete Issue #2. We're about three months late turning that in to IDW. We were already late with Issue #1, which caused IDW some level of embarassment with stores and their distributor. They extended the deadline for Issue #2, but when we missed that deadline as well, they had to make a business decision: they will wait until all four remaining issues are complete, and only then will they re-solicit the book and work to put it in stores.
Chad's work in INFECTED #1 is phenomenal. We've learned, however, that he works at a slower pace than we'd like. He is a perfectionist, doing both the art and the color. IDW gave us another colorist to help Chad catch up, but Chad did not like how that turned out and wanted to do it himself to make sure the series comes out the way he envisions it.
So at the moment, the series is on hold. I'm busy working on PANDEMIC, and ARealGirl is busy working on bringing you eBooks for TITLE FIGHT, THE DETECTIVE and THE CRYPT:Book One, as well as managing paperback production of THE ALL-PRO and THE MVP. We've got full plates. At this point, we have to trust in Chad and hope he can get the word done sooner rather than later.
Dark Øverlord is not making excuses here. We promised to deliver a product and failed on that promise. This is a black eye for us, and we will learn from it. INFECTED will not be the last comic that we do.