Tuesday, 22 January 2013

E-Book Revolution Mini-Podcast: Chat With World Fantasy Convention Author Mindy Klasky


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Over the next month the E-Book Revolution Podcast is going to diverge into the realms of fantasy authors and writing. For those listeners who are unaware I am a fantasy author and early this year I was awarded a grant by the South Australian Government to attend the World Fantasy convention. The final two mini-podcasts are with authors from that convention.
Each mini-podcast has myself and a prominent fantasy author aiming to answer ten questions in twenty minutes covering a range of topics including writing, the digital revolution, avoiding procrastination and their own writing. Finally we end with a mystery question...dum-dum-dum!!!!
Mindy-Author-Photo-Color-e1282772183865.jpgToday's World Fantasy author is the charming Mindy Klasky. Mindy Klasky is an American fantasy novelist.After graduating from Princeton University, Mindy considered becoming a professional stage manager or a rabbi.  Ultimately, though, she settled on being a lawyer, working as a litigator at a large Washington firm.  When she realized that lawyering kept her from writing (and dating and sleeping and otherwise living a normal life), Mindy became a librarian, managing large law firm libraries. In addition to her Harlequin Special Editions, Mira, and Red Dress Ink books, Mindy has written traditional fantasy novels for Roc (including the award-winning, best-selling The Glasswrights’ Apprentice), short stories, and nonfiction essays. Mindy now writes full time.
In this podcast we discuss:
  • How fan fiction got Mindy into fantasy writing
  • How she got her agent from a book in the library
  • How to survive an agent breaking up with you
  • The benefits of doing spot research rather then going 'in depth' before you begin writing
  • How to handle publicity and create a marketing plan
  • The importance of marketing goals
  • And the importance of diversifying your writing career
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I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.
In 2011-2012 Emily undertook a twelve month mentorship with fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs about fantasy writing and the lessons she learnt from Isobelle at http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au. Emily's trip to the World Fantasy Convention could not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government through the Carclew Youth Arts Board. Thank you Carclew for the opportunity.
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The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.podbean.com

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