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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FridayFix • Scott’s Tenth Anniversary of Podcasting

Believe it or not, Monday marks Scott’s 10th Anniversary of podcasting. We’re in Los Angeles for work today, so we met for an early breakfast in the hotel’s mostly empty restaurant. You’ll hear a few clinks of forks and one or two slurps, but hopefully not too bad.

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To celebrate the 10th, we’re giving away all of the Empty Set ebooks for the 24 hours of March 23 (in the Pacific Time Zone). And in that free bundle?  The first 50 pages of the rewrite of EARTHCORE. Awwww yeah.

Take a quick listen, then chime in and celebrate with us. Scott tells you how during this short ‘cast.Empty Set Celebrates!

From both of us, thank you for joining us on this journey.  It wouldn’t be the same without y’all.

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FridayFix • Top 5 Movie picks

This week the Lair of Døøm is a pit of drywall repair and construction. It’s been pretty distracting to say the least. And loud. It’s been very loud.

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So today we’re blowing off some steam and bringing you a fun, off-the-cuff discussion where Scott and A each pick their Top 5 Movies. No research, no internets to help us remember the details. Just right here, right now, what do each of our Top 5 Movies lists look like.
Top5What are your Top 5 Movie picks? What picks of ours made you cringe? Let us know in the comments below. And if you are amazed we missed your Number One Movie of All Time? Share with us, please, man.

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• Robert Rodriguez’s Rebel Without A Crew
An Oral History of Swingers (the movie)

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FridayFix • So You Wanna Be A Writer #2

Scott's tips on how to organize your research

“Hey, Sigler, how do you organize your research?” I get asked this all the time, and my answer is old-school — I use a big-ass binder. This video walks you through my process. Maybe it can help you be more efficient in your efforts. Now this isn’t the only way to organize research, but in the video I explain why it works for me.  Remember, kids — when it comes to writing there is no “correct answer.” Whatever works for you, works for you.

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FridayFix • Burnout & how to deal

Thanks so much for the great feedback on these Inside Empty Set episodes. Nice to hear from y’all. This week, we’re talking about a demon recently haunting the Empty Set offices: burnout.

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No, not that kind of burnout ... On top of that, there’s also guilt for feeling burned out at a job you love and feel lucky to have.  Which … doesn’t help.

I’m was a little apprehensive to talk about this for those reasons and more, but I’m hoping y’all will bear with us and perhaps join the conversation.

Last, if you have comments about these or any of our other recent Inside Empty Set episodes, please drop them here or send me an email!

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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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FridayFix • Pierce Brown

Author of Red Rising trilogy talks writing process, screenplays, hollywood and being an "overnight success"

Pierce Brown’s first novel RED RISING was a smash hit. While touring to support GOLDEN SON, the second book in that series, Pierce visited the Empty Set studios to talk about his books, his career, and to answer questions sent in by his fans.

Scott already reviewed the book, but with Pierce in town, we wanted to jibber-jab to entertain your faces. If you’re a creative type, this is a great interview for ya. Even for someone who hits it out of the park with a “first novel,” there is much work to be done if you want to succeed.

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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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Empty Set’s Top Four Stories of 2014

Now in fancy video form! New and improved!

We won’t lie, 2014 was our company’s biggest year yet. ARealGirl and the FDØ busted out the new video setup to blab about our top four stories of 2014. Thrill to the sight of so many damn books published this year!

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FridayFix • Empty Set 2014 Year In Review

It’s the holidays, suckas! And with it comes year’s end, and with that comes our annual rambling-ass Year In Review.

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The two gasbag partners in Empty Set Entertainment combined to bring you an hour and twenty minutes of blabby-blab about the books we published, the tours we toured and the anthologies we anthologized — and also the new addition to the fam, our lovely little Dog of Døøm. Did we mention how long this episode is? Listen at your own risk.

And, we did our top-four stories of 2014 as a fancy video. Wanna watch? Just click here.

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FridayFix • Shiz Happens

Plus: Throat wounds; chasing the horse and/or pony and/or dragon; teetering masses of crockery; death by Jenga and laces out, Dan!

Rob-and-ScottIt’s the holidays, and that means family and what-not. It also means things popping up out of nowhere like schedule-destroying demons, hell-bend on ruining all yer carefully crafted plans. Yep, happens to us like it happens to everyone else, so how do we handle that?

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At right is my lifelong buddy Rob Otto. We were born on the same day, same year, so — obviously — we’re twins! He was part of the very schedule-scuttling distractions of which we speak.

How about you? What kind of things popped up during your holiday season to scuttle your schedules?

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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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