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Ditch Diggers #31: The Godparents Episode with Gail Carriger and Howard Tayler

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.

Gail on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gailcarriger
Howard on Twitter: https://twitter.com/howardtayler
Gail’s website: http://gailcarriger.com/
Howard’s Schlock Mercenary: http://www.schlockmercenary.com/


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Ditch Diggers WorldCon Wrapup

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.

But it was awesome. You can ask people.

See y’all in Helsinki.