Goldilocks and The Three World-builders – Paul Grover Author Interview

Goldilocks and The Three World-Builders – An Author Interview with Paul Grover

Many people believe that authors place too much focus on world building while others think that they leave too much to the imagination. Is there a ‘Just Right’ amount of world-building? What types of stories need more intricate design. How long can an author keep an average reader’s attention and what happens if they lose it? This week Ben and Marie discuss these writing topics as well as learn what featured author of Ark of Souls Paul Grover thinks about articles like ‘Against World-Building’ by Lincoln Michel in an effort to help with your indie author creative writing projects.

Ark of Souls is available for purchase on Amazon. Hurry up and grab your copy before the sequel is released. We’d would like to thank our niece Madison for letting everyone know that she had arrived and you the listener for understanding. I think it added a little something… and if you the listener would like to join in on these conversations as well send Indie Beginning an audio review of each week’s featured story. Simply record your thoughts into your phone recorder and send it along to reviews.indiebeginning@gmail.com or write a review on our website. Become part of our featured author’s stories by helping them learn and grow! Music found in this week’s episode was written and performed by Swelling and comes from the album Projector Music for Visual Media. Please take a moment to rate and review our show on your favorite podcast platform, reviews are such an important part of the growth of any project. If you are an author and would like to hear your work on a future episode go to ACNBooks.com/Submit. I am your host Benjamin Franke asking everyone to read more books, be the best possible you, and to simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening!
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Ark of Souls by Paul Grover – Science Fiction Enhanced Audiobook Introduction

 

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Ark of Souls by Paul Grover

This week Indie Beginning introduces readers to the science fiction novel Ark of Souls, book 1 of the Vale series by indie author Paul Grover. On the Outer Frontier the FSS Berlin, an ageing Federal Navy Cruiser disrupts a pirate attack on a corporate freighter. Mira Thorn, an emotionally damaged veteran of the Martian War of Independence is dispatched to investigate the heavily damaged vessel. The broken ship becomes Mira and her companion’s only hope of survival as events spiral out of their control.

Paul Grover was one of the first people to submit to the podcast and has been a great support ever since. Ark of Souls was originally set to air back in February, but Paul allowed us to push his story back so that we could teach ourselves how to add sound effects to a story. We can’t thank him enough for trusting us with his work and hope that you enjoy the enhanced audio version of this indie read! Purchase your copy here.
Did you know that there is a place not far from your home where you can solve crimes, save lives, travel to distant planets filled with new lifeforms? A place where you can fight a dragon, become whoever you have ever dreamed of being all while learning how to prepare a Turducken? This week’s episode is brought to you by your local Library. Turn off your television, unplug your PS4, and set down your phone for just a couple hours a week and get lost in a book. And when your done turn that phone back on and subscribe to the podcast on Applepodcasts or GooglePlay and let us know if you’re enjoying the show by leaving a review.
Become part of the program. Your reviews not only let authors know how you have reacted to their work, but also helps them grow as an artist. Also, you just may find yourself on next week’s episode. Leave a review of this tale right here, on any of Indie Beginning’s social media pages using #indiebeginningreview or send us an audio file to reviews.indiebeginning@gmail.com. Psst – (Whispering) An Audio review almost guarantees you a spot on next week’s episode (whispering softer) but don’t tell anyone.
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As always – Read more books, be the best possible you, and thanks for listening.

-Ben and Marie-

Repeat After Me

Repeat after me… Other authors are not your enemy. Other authors are not your competition.

After going to several conventions one thing I’ve learned is authors are either best friends, or mortal enemies. While at one convention another author eyeballed me severely. I mean full on stared me down; burning a hole in the back of my head. The same author demanded that I be removed and placed with less serious artists (I assume because I had only released one novel at the time), and when that didn’t happen he waited for me to be in the middle of a conversation with a fan before coming between me and my display going through every single item on, around, and UNDER my tables. At one point this fellow author walked between myself and the person I was selling a book to. The entire three days was spent with him brooding over me, angry that I was breathing his air.
A couple of months after that event I was at another one, talking, laughing and playing with spectators when this same gentleman waltzed on up to me. He decided the third degree was in order as he was a patron of this venue and not a featured author.
“How many books did you sell?” Speaking about the convention in which we met.
I answered honestly – 6
“Then WHY are you still writing??? It can’t be that good!”
I then explained that the venue we were at was not my target audience and how my books have done extremely well at the current one we were standing in. I had sold the same amount from the moment the doors opened to the moment he stepped up to my table (3 hours later).
“Well, I sold 120 copies! I bet I could triple that number here!” This author writes YA fantasy adventure. The first convention was an anime convention, geared towards teenagers-not my audience, meh, you live you learn. The current one in which we were holding a conversation was a scifi-horror convention geared around adults, held in a casino, with a bar, not this other author’s target audience.
So instead of having a battle of wits I bought his book. Right there, right then, the Kindle version, right from my phone using the profit I had just made in front of his own eyes.
“There you go! You just got your first sale! And at a convention you didn’t sign up for!” I smiled. I was not being malicious, or wanting to have the final word. I was trying to show support. He huffed away. I spent the next three days greeting people, talking them through the book process, taking pictures, and having a blast. In any down time I read his book. By the time I got home, I had read and written a very nice review of his tale on both Amazon and Goodreads.

I was not his enemy.
I was not his competition.

Let’s be honest; marketing, selling, writing, deciding, publishing, meeting, signing…all of it is hard! Sometimes you feel alone. You should never EVER feel alone when another author is in your company. We all have the same goals, the same fears, and frustrations. Later, I found that a very common author request is that they be the only one on a floor, or in a row. Or in the very least be the only book of their genre in a row or on a floor.

Really????
I am not your competition.
I am not your enemy.

But sometimes you go to an event and find authors huddled together. They request to be grouped together. At the first convention, 6 authors who ALL wrote graphic novels band together to make a book nook. Once they all arrived and poked around everyone’s set up time, they found like authors and asked the director if they could all be together. To help and support each other.
“Why? Your in selling competition with each other.” They were asked.
All 6 replied with “No, we are all indie authors. If one of us makes it, it’s a win for all of us. We each know something the others don’t and we all might write the same thing, but each is written as differently as snowflakes. We are not each other’s competition, we are not each other’s enemies.”
Throughout the convention kids of all ages were taking the items for sale from all of these authors, reading them, talking to the authors about the process and these authors worked TOGETHER.
“Oooooh You’re into pirate fantasy! Check out the guy across from me, his stuff is wonderful! You’ll love it!” By the end of the convention every single one of those 6 authors had sold out, because they helped each other instead of fuming over sharing the same gravitational pull of a planet with a “competitor.”

Soooooo long story short; authors are not each other’s competition, authors are not each other’s enemies.

Subgenres, You can never write too Many… Or Can You?

 

Episode 15, Subgenres and Author Interview

Marie and Ben discuss reviews left for last week’s Regency Romance featured beginning Brynnde by M. Pepper Langlinais as well as the author advice topic: Subgenres, You can never write too Many… Or Can You? The hosts discuss their views on the topic, theorize about J.K. Rowling switching genres and speak to the author of Brynnde about her own adventures in genre hopping. M. Pepper Langlinais gives her advice for other self-published and independently published authors concerning this topic and more. We all have stories to tell; stories to write, so write them. Write for yourself, your audience is out there and they will follow.

 


Find the full articles from this episode by clicking their links:
From the author interview:  Maggie Mackeever
Rachelle Gardner
Kimberley Grabas

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Become part of the program. Your reviews not only let authors know how you have reacted to their work, but also helps them grow as an artist. Also, you just may find yourself on next week’s episode. Leave a review of this tale or send us an audio file to reviews.indiebeginning@gmail.com. Psst – (Whispering) An Audio review almost guarantees you a spot on next week’s episode along with a special gift. (whispering softer) but don’t tell anyone.
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Brynnde: A Regency Romance by M. Pepper Langlinais an Audiobook Format Introduction

 

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Brynnde: A Regency Romance by M. Pepper Langlinais an Audiobook Format Introduction

This week we bring you the Regency Romance Brynnde written by Indie Author M. Pepper Langlinais. This light, bubbly historical romance follows Brynnde Archambault, a young woman adept at finding suiters for her friends and family yet is in desperate need for a match herself before being forced to marry Mr. Dallweather or as she may secretly think of him Dull-weather.
About the Author. M Pepper Langlinais is an award-winning screenwriter whose short script St. Peter in Chains won the Table Read My Screenplay in 2013. Her play “Warm Bodies” has been produced both on stage and as the short film Adverse Possession by Lavender/Hassan Productions, and her Sherlock Holmes stories have been bestsellers on Amazon. Follow this link to learn more on her website.
Our friends at Burial Grounds Coffee Company have made this audiobook podcast possible – they keep your hosts awake! Check out their coffee subscription service whether your favorite flavor is Maiden of Mischief, Ghost with the Mocha, or you’re like me and love a bunch of them use their coffee subscription service to have those beans delivered on your schedule and for less! Remember to subscribe to the show on ApplePodcasts, GooglePlay, or Stitcher, you could even help us out by rating us while you’re there; we sure would appreciate it. Music found in this week’s episode was written and performed by Dee Yan-Key and is titled Struggle and Love. One extra note this week. Indie beginning is hosted by more than just two story lovers I am a podcast fanatic and this week I’d like everyone to check out a podcast that I recently discovered called Please Excuse My Dead Aunt Sally. It is reminiscent of the old Joe Franks radio bits. It is funny, surreal and is perfectly entertaining for your morning or evening commute.
Become part of the program. Your reviews not only let authors know how you have reacted to their work, but also helps them grow as an artist. Also, you just may find yourself on next week’s episode. Leave a review of this tale right here, on any of Indie Beginning’s social media pages using #indiebeginningreview or send us an audio file to reviews.indiebeginning@gmail.com. Psst – (Whispering) An Audio review almost guarantees you a spot on next week’s episode along with a special gift. (whispering softer) but don’t tell anyone.
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As always – Read more books, be the best possible you, and thanks for listening.