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Jun 5

June 5, 2015

When it’s NOT okay to suck, plus SFF titan Ken Liu! A new episode of Ditch Diggers is live!

We’re back, folks. Campbell Award-winning author Mur Lafferty and Knott’s Berry Farm Ghosts of the Old West 12-and-Under Short Story Contest-winning author Matt Wallace have returned for a new episode of Ditch Diggers, the podcast about writing as a job. This is, no bullshit, one of my favorite episodes we’ve done thus far. “It’s okay to suck” is the mantra on which Mur built her flagship podcast, I Should Be Writing, over the last decade. Now it’s time to talk…

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May 7

May 7, 2015

Essay Hiatus, Collected Rants, & Brazilian Persevs

April was a noticeably poor month for essays ’round these parts. In fact, many of you have noted I didn’t write or publish ANY new essays in April. While I have been podcasting weekly with Mur Lafferty as the Ditch Diggers (and if you haven’t yet checked out the show, you really should. Kameron Hurley describes it as, “the Business of Writing podcast the industry seriously needed.” And we just did our 10th episode with best-selling author Gail Carriger. It’s dynamite),…

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Apr 30

April 30, 2015

The blockbuster 10th episode of Ditch Diggers! Co-hosted by New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger!

Some good things do last, folks. At the end of 2014 Campbell Award-winning author Mur Lafferty and I recorded a podcast with no name. We had a frank and honest discussion, not about writing, but about our careers as writers. That conversation spawned something we still didn’t fully understand called Ditch Diggers, and over the past several months we’ve slowly figured out what this show is and not only has it gotten pretty popular, it’s gotten, in my humble opinion,…

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Apr 24

April 24, 2015

Crowdfunding! Reapportioned sex robots! A new Ditch Diggers is live!

Campbell Award-winning author Mur Lafferty and Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghosts of the Old West Elementary School Short Story Contest-winning author Matt Wallace are back at it again, folks! We’ve got a brand new installment of our writing-as-a-job podcast for you, and it’s about when NOT to crowdfund and/or self-publish your work. We also field questions from Twitter about writing schedules, how to balance your writing business admin with your actual writing, and using email lists, newsletters, and book blast services…

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Apr 14

April 14, 2015

Brianna Wu! Conventions! Morgan Freeman’s wrapping room! A new episode of Ditch Diggers is live!

Hey, folks. Campbell Award winning author Mur Lafferty and I  are back again for a new episode of your favorite podcast about writing as a job. We call it Ditch Diggers. In this episode Mur and I talk about us both being mentioned in Entertainment Weekly in the same week for totally unrelated reasons (they talked about Mur’s Twitter creation #Sansaball and I was credited as “other industry source”). We also briefly touch on Morgan Freeman’s penchant for multi-lingual versions of Uno…

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Mar 23

March 23, 2015

What’s an award actually worth? A new episode of DITCH DIGGERS is live!

Hey, folks. Live from Morgan Freeman’s half-bath, Campbell Award winning author Mur Lafferty and I are back with a brand new episode of Ditch Diggers, our NSFW podcast about writing as a job. In this episode Mur and I talk about awards, specifically the Hugos, and what their practical value is to your career as a writer. We even have statistics. That’s right, shit just got real. We also answer email and take questions from Twitter on marketing, small press, contracts,…

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Mar 6

March 6, 2015

You Can’t Win: Publishing’s Culture of Extremes

You can’t win. You know that, right? That book you’re laboring over so dutifully? The novel you’ve soiled with virtually every variety of fluid contained in your body? The one you’re going to self-publish? The one you’re going to market and sell directly to the reading consumer? It might as well be a lottery ticket. Actually, your odds are probably better playing the lottery. Don’t worry. It’s the same for traditionally published authors. They can’t win, either. It doesn’t matter…

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Mar 3

March 3, 2015

Episode five of DITCH DIGGERS is live and features Elizabeth f’n Bear!

Hey, folks. The fifth episode of Ditch Diggers is live! Go! Listen! Learn! Briefly, for the uninitiated: Campbell-winning author Mur Lafferty and I co-host a new podcast that is about writing as a job. It’s not a show about the craft or pursuit of writing and story, it’s about being a professional writer attempting to earn money and make a living. And it is NOT sanctioned by or affiliated with Morgan Freeman in any way. You’ll notice I’m linking you…

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Feb 27

February 27, 2015

Gender as Asymptotically Binary: A Different Way of Looking at Things

This is a rare thing for my blog. This is a post about someone else’s post. In the latest episode of Ditch Diggers, the writing-as-a-job podcast I co-host with author Mur Lafferty, we took a bunch of questions from Twitter at the end of the show like we always do. I suggested to Mur, quite gracious of me I thought, that we should make a point to credit all the Twitter users who asked us questions, something we tend to…

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Feb 26

February 26, 2015

The fourth episode of DITCH DIGGERS is live!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, cis and non, writers of all stripes and creeds, the fourth–FOURTH–episode of Ditch Diggers is now live! If you’re new to things that are awesome, Ditch Diggers is the new(ish), inexplicably and overwhelmingly popular podcast Mur Lafferty and I host which deals specifically with writing as a job. In this episode Mur and I talk about how time elapses differently in publishing than in any other construct, the terminology of time in publishing, and…

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