Mur and Matt come to you live from Morgan Freeman’s holiday decorations vault, after Mur cracked said vault (we didn’t know Mur was a safecracker).
Mur talks about her brief absence from podcasting during the holidays, during which she recorded the audiobook for her new novel, SIX WAKES (Orbit, Jan. 31st), which also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly in that time.
All the books Matt and Mur have coming out in the beginning of 2017, including SIX WAKES, IDLE INGREDIENTS, and Bookburners.
Matt still sucks at segues.
Matt and Mur discuss professional ethics for freelancers, more specifically the choices you’ll make for your career and your brand as a creator. Matt names names.
A brief interlude to catch up with Mur’s dog and also her Orson Welles-voiced husband, Jim.
Matt talks about his experiences with advertisers paying for space on his platform, both refusing money and regretting having taken it, and what he’s learned from both.
Mur talks about being paid to personally endorse ad content vs. selling advertising time on her podcasts, and the difference between doing both, as well as click-bait ads on personal blogs.
Matt offers a positive example of using your platform for advertising and monetary gain.
Mur talks about ethical blurbing for authors.
Matt and Mur switch gears and talk about professional ethics from the side of those who hire freelance writers and creators, focusing on the internet.
Matt offers an example of markets with no morals or ethics via his recent, very public brawl with movie news and low-grade paparazzi stalker porn website JoBlo.com
Mur talks about her experiences with unscrupulous games publishers.
Twitter Q&A! Matt and Mur answer questions about Brexit’s effect on the publishing industry, foreign editions of author’s books, and more.
Finally, it’s awards season and Ditch Diggers is again eligible for the Best Fancast Hugo! Hugo voters, take note.
For the first time we have Matt and Mur, and the godparents of Ditch Diggers Gail Carriger and Howard Tayler, in the same room together!
Mur and Matt come to you live from Morgan Freeman’s hotel room, into which they’ve totally been invited and did NOT in any way break and enter, and welcome special guest co-hosts, best-selling author Gail Carriger and creator of the Schlock Mercenary comic series, Howard Tayler!
Also, it’s the Wednesday of WorldCon 74 in Kansas City, MO.
Mur is the words, Gail is the style. Howard has won awards for talking out of his meat hole.
Mur explains how Gail and Howard are the godmother and godfather of the Ditch Diggers podcast.
There will be many references, without context, to fisting throughout the episode.
The foursome discuss novellas in today’s market, and the different approaches to using shorter/serialized content to build and maintain an audience and maximize your revenue stream.
Authors and Patreon, pros, cons, misunderstandings, misuses, and maximizing value.
Gail and Howard share war stories, victories and losses, of working the publishers booth at conventions, and the value (or lack thereof) of having a table.
Ditch Diggers achieve a four F-bomb minute while Matt, Mur, Gail, and Howard discuss keeping it clean for marketing purposes.
There is no Q&A because Matt forgot his phone.
Gail and Howard shill shamelessly for each other.
One last reference, again without context, to fisting meatholes, plus a ten F-bomb minute to close.
Matt and Mur come to you live from Morgan Freeman’s slightly better lawn furniture, which they’re actually sharing live and in-person in front of a small audience, slightly inebriated (Matt, Mur, the audience, or all three? Who knows!)
Even during Ditch Diggers, a podcast about rolling up your sleeves and doing the job of writing, people are catching Pokemon while we record.
Matt and Mur are joined by their special guest co-host, illustrator Natalie Metzger.
The Ditch Diggers discuss the moistness of the environment.
Networking! Matt and Mur talk to Natalie about how networking led to her landing a gig illustrating SFF titan John Scalzi’s short story collection, Miniatures.
Subterranean Press, specialty books, and goats.
Natalie talks about the networking “long game,” participating in fandom, and just plain getting to know people over a long period of time.
Networking while dealing with shyness, introversion, anxiety, and other socially limiting conditions, and how to work with them rather than “overcome” them.
Natalie sums up her philosophy on networking: “Give, don’t take.”
Matt explains the Glengarry Leads.
The Ditch Diggers take questions from the audience, including dealing with anxiety and shyness at cons, and how George RR Martin does NOT in any way frequent prostitutes.
Matt and I had a great live Ditch Diggers at WorldCon! The room was full, the agents were entertaining, and we killed many clients during the Agent D&D adventure through the Dark Forest of Publishing. (Poor Sam Morgan had two of his four clients die – they lost clients instead of hit points – and he had enough clients at the recording that two came up to throw themselves at his feet, dead.)
Special thanks to my agent, Jen Udden, and agents Sam Morgan and Connor Goldsmith!
On Hugo night, we have to admit it, we were wondering if we were going to be on the long list. The Fucker Puppies had dominated the Best Fancast and Best Related Works categories, so we didn’t know where we stood till we saw the long list after the Hugos. We found ourselves at number 11 of 15 in nominations, which isn’t that bad. Matt points out that if none of the puppies were there at all, we would have been #6. Maybe next year.
We looked damn good on Hugo night, regardless.
It was a great con, for inside-baseball reasons that had to do with meetings and connections, seeing both of our agents, and spending time with my husband & daughter, Matt’s love-of-his-life, and good friends.
Next, the bad news – the recording was corrupted and we didn’t save any of it. I’ve spent a a great deal of time kicking myself, even playing Sherlock Holmes on my phone to find any possible places it could be hiding.
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.