Coming to you live from Morgan Freeman’s server farm with special guest co-host Fran Wilde, who wants to know if servers can be milked.
Fran talks about her experience winning the Compton Crook and Andre Norton Awards (and not winning a Nebula) and Matt theorizes on what happens if and when all Andre Norton Awards are brought together.
Matt and Mur discuss the children’s and YA genres with Fran, and how adult authors staying in-touch with younger readers is essential both creatively and professionally.
Personal space is discussed. It’s a digression from the main topic, but always one worth taking.
Matt, Mur, and Fran take email and Twitter questions. Topics include awards voting, coding, and Matt ranting against writing that relies too heavily on pop reference.
Matt and Mur come to you live, connected via Skype, between Morgan Freeman’s haberdashery and Morgan Freeman’s Tomb of the Youngsters, with special guest go-hosts, multi-Hugo Award-winning author Kameron Hurley and her agent, Hannah Bowman!
Matt and Mur argue the nature of ad-libs.
Matt pronounces Hannah’s name incorrectly (it’s Han-ah, like Han Solo).
This fearsome foursome discuss authors, agents, and booze.
Hurley discusses how she came to sign with her agent, and Hannah discusses why she chose to sign her client, Hurley.
Tips for authors vetting potential agents.
Hurley and Hannah talk about their author/agent process when it comes to planning, executing, and editing books (which basically consists of having no set process).
Hurley talks about how her new essay collection, THE GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION came about, and Hannah’s role in it.
Hurley and Hannah field questions from the Ditch Diggers audience, including agenting debut novels, agents editing vs. editors editing, and absolutely nothing about woodchucks chucking wood (you’ll see/hear).
Matt and I look at our careers, what happened this year, and what will happen next year.
Morgan Freeman’s private plane was crippled after landing on an armadillo and Mur and Matt discuss the potential of armadillos both as next-gen super soldiers and the basis for a SyFy movie about next-gen super soldier armadillos.
Podcasters recording and releasing episodes out of order (Matt is *very* insistent Mur think fourth-dimensionally like in Back to the Future III).
On the end of the year (but NOT the end of the world).
Mur and Matt review the year they’ve had as pro writers.
Matt on a “building/set-up” year for his career (Mur disagrees with this assessment), making book deals, signing with a new agent and manager, and returning to fiction publishing as a way to reignite his film and television writing.
Mur on her own “building” year for her career (Matt also disagrees with this assessment), submitting/pitching proposals, losing some confidence, her new deal with Orbit, and Bookburners, and building her backbone up.
Matt makes a case for Mur’s year as a “RE-building” year, dragon-ing up, and rebounding.
Mur recaps the exciting Bookburners project for which she’s writing.
Mur on working with the right agent.
Matt and Mur talk about their concrete business plans for their pro writing careers over the next year, including their plans for Ditch Diggers.
Awards Eligibility: Ditch Diggers is eligible for potentially two Hugos! Figure out which one and vote for it if you’re able! [EDIT- Twitter talk is leaning toward Fancast] Also, Nebulas and any other award you think Ditch Diggers should win!
We had a number of tech problems, but hopefully you can’t tell… much. And parents, Ursula is, among other things, a kids’ book author, but this podcast still has an explicit tag.
Mur and Matt welcome special 20th episode guest co-host, Hugo and Nebula Award winner Ursula Vernon!
We establish Ursula does everything except sing and dance.
There are many technical difficulties, which we overcome with editorial aplomb.
When authors have to get electrodes taped to their ass (Ursula demonstrates her blogging candor as a writer).
We talk to Ursula about writers and mental health, including her recent bouts with anxiety and depression and balancing that with deadlines, how it’s okay and absolutely necessary to seek treatment, and how depression in writers is perceived by non-writers.
How it’s really hard to find a good pill case.
We take questions from the email bag and Twitter.
Ursula talks about the benefits of creating a popular internet meme.
We discuss the value or lack thereof of author tours. Ursula talks about touring as a children’s author vs. an author of non-kid lit.