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- Mur and Matt come to you live from the mud room of Morgan Freeman’s trophy solarium (because they haven’t earned the right to go inside yet).
- Ditch Diggers has been nominated for a Hugo Award! You did it! Mur and Matt will go up against the likes of The Coode Street Podcast and Tea & Jeopardy in Helsinki for Best Fancast (even though we’re all professionals. Because there’s only one podcast category)! Thank you to all Ditch Diggers listeners who supported the show and don’t forget to vote for Mur and Matt for the Hugo itself!
- It’s listener’s choice! Mur and Matt select questions from their listeners to address in detail as the topic of the show.
- First up, for those who write many kinds of things, which writing medium/format to focus on when you being pursuing freelance writing as a serious job. Blogging? Books? Screenwriting? Should you focus on one thing or two things or all of them?
- Secondly, Mur and Matt talk about writing prep, everything from outlining to creating playlists. What’s necessary for the task ahead and how much is too much?
- Regular Twitter and email Q&A.
Here are all the Hugo finalists, with the most important category first! (Bold categories have guest hosted Ditch Diggers!) Continue reading Ditch Diggers #37: Listener Request and HUGO HUGO HUGO
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- Mur and Matt come to you live from Morgan Freeman’s sauna to handle “Old Business” from 2016 (it’s our long-awaited, oft hyped listener feedback episode!)
- A brief tangent on eucalyptus saunas.
- The Ditch Diggers both have new books out! And have turned in others!
- Marta from Poland asks about short story English language rights and reprints.
- Stefana from Johannesburg asks in what other jobs genre fiction writers might have an advantage.
- DevoSpice suggests recording special time capsule episodes.
- On contractual agreements between writing partners and writer wills.
- Thomas asks about finding an agent when you’re with a publisher who has right of first refusal on your next book.
- Michael asks about finding a publisher for a novel set in the same world as your published short stories.
- Doing a show about older mid-list authors struggling to find new ways to get their fiction out there.
- A Swedish author asks if you should submit a novel to agents/publishers when you know something like physical illness will prevent you from working on rewrites immediately.
- Cassandra asks at what age should you start submitting fiction for publication?
- Nicole asks if you should or should not resubmit stories you’ve completely rewritten to markets that rejected the first version.
- What helped the Ditch Diggers most when they were learning to write, a book or a lesson?
- Should studios make two versions of movies like Star Trek, an intellectually driven version and an action driven version?
- Sean asks about building an audience of readers who make you uncomfortable.
- Authors who don’t want readers to point out typos in their published works to them vs. authors who encourage readers to do so.
- Todd responds to our Godparents episode on the difficulty of building an audience through crowdfunding.
- How do you find cons that are fan-focused and allow you to speak to authors vs. cons that are pro focused.
- Not wanting to promote an anthology you’re contractually obligated to promote (Matt goes off on abusive small press contracts).
- Beth asks how you keep writing when your government is killing your soul and your healthcare?
- Having caught up on Old Business, Matt and Mur plug their books and ask you to support their Patreon and for your vote for the Hugo Awards.
- William Noble’s Conflict, Action, and Suspense: http://a.co/hTxkBbN
- Stephen King’s On Writing: http://a.co/7Su5QHm
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