WET012 – Simon Whistler on Audiobooks, Podcasting and Self-Publishing

 

For Episode 12, I had a fascinating chat with Simon Whistler, host of The Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast and author of Audiobooks for Indies.

We talk about Simon’s career as an audio book narrator, his experience with the podcast (which has 74 episodes at the time of recording), and publishing in general. 

Some takeaways:

  • Simon suggests I perform my own memoir for audiobook, but not fiction.
  • You can break script in an audiobook and you don’t have to include everything
  • Simon’s show notes are great (which made feel inadequate as I was writing these, so I expanded them to put in this “takeaways” section.)
  • Indy authors (and podcasters) tend to be cooperative more than competitive
  • People who succeed work hard (sounds obvious, but worth repeating) 
  • Multiple sources of income is the way to go. Having a job is risky.
  • Location independence is one great benefit of working independently.
  • Podcasting is a great way to make connections.
  • In Prague, Simon can choose between 8 different Internet Providers and has a 120Mb/s connection for $20!!!
  • Nonfiction e-books don’t have to be terribly long.
  • If you have books out, audio books are “money on the table,” another possible revenue stream for your book. 

Links Mentioned

Audiobooks for Indies – Simon’s Book

Rocking Self Publishing – Simon’s Podcast

Self Publishing Podcast

The Creative Penn Podcast

Sell More Books Show

Coverville – The first podcast I recall listening to 

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WET011 – Denise Winters on winning NaNoWriMo 3 times

Today’s guest, Denise Winters, succeeded in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in three consecutive years, and is doing her fourth, all while holding down a full time job. We chat about work habits, writing goals, participating in writing communities and much more. At time of recording (11/8) she was already at 26,422 words. UPDATE: As of 11/15, she is at 40,524.

 

LINKS MENTIONED

Write or Die

Sword and Laser

Divide and Conquer – the anthology with Denise’s short story “Crossed.”

Rocking Self Publishing interview with Matt Ahlschlager (the guy who did NanoWriMo in a day)

 


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WET010 – Solocast – NaNoWriMo and Adjunct/GTA Teaching

This is another solocast. I talk about NaNoWriMo and read a few more sections of the upcoming memoir, this time about entering grad school and teaching at the college level, including at the adjunct level. 

 

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WET009 – Ashley R. Carlson on NaNoWriMo, Writing Habits and More

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Ashley R. Carlson is a fantasy writer who successully completed NaNoWriMo in 2013, and it changed her life. She talks about that life change, as well as her new novel, The Charismatics, writing habits, writing sex scenes, soliciting and handling beta readers, and much more. I know you’ll enjoy this excellent interview, and you even get to hear her German Shepherd bark a few times.

LINKS MENTIONED

Ashley R. Carlson’s Website

A description of her novel, The Charismatics, and other works

Ashley’s twiiter: @AshleyRCarlson1

NaNoWriMo

Ashley’s formatter for e-book and print format, Stuart Whitmore of Crenel Publishing

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Why I don’t like the Gone Girl movie

I’ve been going around town lately telling people that I saw Gone Girl. When they ask if I liked it, I say “No.” Then they invariably ask if I’ve read the book, to which I also say “No.”

GONE GIRL, from left: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, 2014. ph: Merrick Morton/TM & copyright ©20th

There are a few things about this interaction I want to unpack. First is my initial response. I thought the movie was fine (more or less) until the end, which completely ruined it for me. The Trent Reznor score is great, the cinematography works. This feels like a Fincher movie for the first two hours, but the end feels like some sort of farce. My biggest problem with the ending is its utter ridiculousness. I won’t go into spoilers here (see below for that), but the motivations of the characters were completely askew, and their actions did not at all fit the characters we met in Act I. There are way too many leaps Fincher wants us to make at the end. The ending felt like a bad student essay that spends too much time on exposition at the beginning and middle, but, under deadline pressure (the paper is due in a mere hour! oh no!), rushes the conclusion. I’m not usually a big stickler for realism. I don’t mind if a film makes a few leaps or delves into lala land for awhile, or becomes more surreal as the film goes on. That’s all fine. Maybe Fincher was trying to do that. It doesn’t work.

As to the book question: A lot of times I’ll say, “No, have you?” and the person will say “No,” which I find odd. Why ask if I’ve read the book if you haven’t? There are many, many novel adaptations made each year, but people don’t always ask if I’ve read the novel on which a film is based. Why this one? I really don’t know. Perhaps because the novel was tremendously popular. But I don’t recall anyone asking if I’d read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, another Fincher adaptation, which I really liked. People asked if I’d seen the Swedish film from time to time, but nobody seemed interested in knowing if I’d read that novel (I had).

Strangely, although I really disliked the end of this movie, and the author, Gillian Flynn, cowrote the screenplay, I am tempted to read the novel anyway. I like the premise and I wonder how much Fincher changed for this movie.

Frankly, I expect a lot from Fincher, and Gone Girl just didn’t deliver.

SPOILERS BELOW

I can tell you the moment the film lost me completely. It may have been slowly losing its grip before this, but the moment she arrives back in town from NPH’s house, still bloody, I was like “Nope. Done. This is officially a stupid movie.” She slits this dude’s throat, and doesn’t bother to wash herself off, but just hops in the car and drives how far? We don’t know, do we? But presumably hours, maybe? Still bloody? Didn’t anyone see her? Didn’t she have to stop for gas? S T U P I D.

Also, the thing with the shed. She tries to set hubby up with a bunch of cool toys in his twin sister’s shed, and he finds it, then gives her a clue on national TV (huh?), and she calls to tell the cops about the shed. How many days have passed between all of this is unclear to me at the moment, but it’s many. And then, when the police finally show up (how long after her phone call? Days?), the stuff is still in the shed! Why is it still there?

I haven’t even mentioned the coast vs. flyover territory dichotomy of the movie, the retrograde characterization of women, the demonization of intelligent, creative types, or the blatant classism of the film. It’s all there, and it can be argued that some of it is intentional and even ironic, but I have to tell you, that last half hour or so makes me not even want to take the film seriously enough to debate those issues.

WET008 – Amy Schmittauer on Social Media

This week I talk to Amy Schmittauer about social media presence. Amy is a social media marketing expert based in Columbus, OH, but her reach is global. She has a veyr active and engaging Youtube presence and has a lot to say not just about marketing but also about social media in education.

You can find links to all of her social media profiles and any other info you need at her website: Savvy Sexy Social

Links mentioned:

Here’s Amy’s Intro to Vlogging:

I said I’d put one of my vlogs from Vlog Every Day in August up, so here’s (maybe) the least embarrasing of them:

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