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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?”

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

SHOW NOTES:
• 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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