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The Exploding Typewriter
54 minutes | Feb 16, 2015
Creating Pulp Characters with Brad Mengel
Pro Se Press and Airship 27 author Brad Mengel comes by the Exploding Typewriter to talk about the act of creating pulp characters. Brad discusses his process when he approaches new characters, what qualities he considers necessary for a pulp character, how he avoids the trap of creating characters that are too similar to archetypes, and how he writes existing characters. An important announcement also accompanies this episode: for the time being, The Exploding Typewriter will not have any new episodes. Focusing more on my writing has made me re-evaluate the investment of time that this show requires and based on the lack of feedback or ratings, it seems that people aren’t getting a lot out of the show. And so the decision has been made to end it, perhaps temporarily or perhaps permanently. Visit Brad online at Brad’s Pulpy Blog Connect with Brad on Facebook
84 minutes | Jan 18, 2015
Scrivener with Mat Nastos
NOTE: Since this episode has been released, it’s come to light that Mat Nastos lied about much of his success and credits. Please refer to this post for more information. Author and screenwriter Mat Nastos joins this episode to discuss the benefits of using Scrivener. What is it, why should writers use it, what are the benefits over other programs, is it a good value, and a whole lot of other topics are addressed. Mat and Perry talk about how they use Scrivener, tricks they’ve learned for effective workflows, and more! Visit Mat online at MatNastos.net and Nifty Entertainment! Interested in Scrivener after listening to the episode? Head over to LiteratureandLatte.com and start your free trial today!
102 minutes | Nov 26, 2014
The Writing Process with Derrick Ferguson
Derrick Ferguson returns to discuss the writing process. Listen along as Perry and Derrick discuss how they write their books, how often they write, how they plan them out, and what sort of resources they’ve found helpful for plotting, writing, etc. This episode also includes an announcement about the upcoming AMAZING ADVENTURES, a 4-book box set featuring books from not only Derrick and Perry, but also Mark Bousquet and Joel Jenkins! Check out the following resources mentioned in this episode: Derrick’s Master Character Profile Lester Dent’s Pulp Paper Fiction Master Plot Dean Wesley Smith’s Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain Write Away by Elizabeth George On Writing by Stephen King Save the Cat by Blake Snyder Story by Robert McKee Pre-Order AMAZING ADVENTURES: 4-BOOK ACTION-PACKED BOX SET featuring Derrick Ferguson’s Dillon and the Last Rail to Khusra, Percival Constantine’s The Lost Continent, Mark Bousquet’s Gunfighter Gothic Volume One, and Joel Jenkins’ On Wings of Darkness! Only 99¢!
56 minutes | Sep 16, 2014
Women’s Adventure with J.F. Penn
A few episodes ago, C.E. Martin came on to discuss Men’s Adventure fiction. In this episode, we’re going to look at the other side of the coin with Women’s Adventure, and for that, we’re joined by New York Times’ Best-Selling thriller author, J.F. Penn. As the author of the ARKANE and London Psychic series, Joanna has written a number of fast-paced action stories featuring strong, female protagonists. Listen as Joanna and Perry discuss her influences on her style, how she became an author, and her love of action stories, as well as touching on other topics like the branding of New Pulp. For more on Joanna’s writing, visit JFPenn.com. Joanna is also the host of The Creative Penn podcast and website, both of which are highly recommended resources for any indie author.
68 minutes | Jul 22, 2014
Marketing with Jim Kukral
One of the biggest problems New Pulp has had in the past few years is reaching out to the right audience. Despite a wealth of great material being produced, New Pulp authors have still failed to make as much of an impact as other indie authors. To help get a better sense of how New Pulp can expand its market, Perry spoke with Jim Kukral, the man behind Author Marketing Club. With eighteen years experience as an Internet marketer and an increased focus on indie authors, Jim brings a lot of knowledge to the table and also offers a valuable perspective as someone coming from outside the pulp realm. Pick up a copy of Go Direct!, Jim’s book on selling directly to readers. Become a member of the Author Marketing Club to learn more about marketing. Visit JimKukral.com for more on Jim, and also listen to the Sell More Books Show.
84 minutes | Jul 12, 2014
Publishers with Tommy Hancock
In the age of self-publishing when anyone can be a writer and the gatekeepers no longer matter, the question of whether or not publishers are still necessary is often raised. Tommy Hancock, editor-in-chief of Pro Se Productions, returns to the Exploding Typewriter to discuss these very topics. Listen to Tommy as he explains what Pro Se offers its authors, how they put out their books, and whether or not publishers are still viable. Perry and Tommy also discuss the current state of New Pulp, some of the problems it faces, and some of the ways it can expand beyond its current boundaries. Check out Pro Se’s website Sign up for the Pro Se newsletter
67 minutes | Jun 28, 2014
Genre Hopping with Aaron Smith
“Find one genre and stick to it.” That’s one piece of advice that aspiring authors hear all the time. There’s a school of thought that writing in multiple genres can be somewhat confusing to your readers and make it more difficult for you to build a fanbase. In this interview, I spoke with Aaron Smith, who is a genre-hopping author, having written horror, espionage, mystery, westerns, sci-fi, and more. Even though Aaron acknowledges that those against genre-hopping may have a good point, he says he just can’t help himself from doing it. Listen as we discuss the benefits and drawbacks of writing in multiple genres, whether it can be confusing from a writing standpoint, and how Aaron decides which genre he’ll write in next. Also, please take a few moments to fill out this New Pulp Author Survey. The information collected is entirely anonymous and will be used to determine what New Pulp is doing right and what it could possibly do better. Connect with Aaron on Facebook and Twitter View Aaron’s books on Amazon Visit Aaron at Gods and Galaxies
85 minutes | Jun 7, 2014
Men’s Adventure with C.E. Martin
C.E. Martin, the author of the Stone Soldiers series of books, comes onto the show. C.E. describes his books as a cross between men’s adventure and young adult, but what exactly is men’s adventure? That’s what he and Perry try to get to the bottom of in this episode. Join in as C.E. shares some of his thoughts about the differences and similarities between pulp and men’s adventure, how his views on both influence his writing style, as well as a bit of history about both genres. And as usual, there are quite a bit of tangential discussions, where Perry and C.E. discuss the state of New Pulp and some of the future possibilities posed by ebooks. You can find C.E.’s website about the Stone Soldiers series by going to StoneSoldiers.info, including information on his latest book, Terrorcota!
73 minutes | Apr 23, 2014
Expanding Beyond Pulp with Gary Phillips
The twelfth episode features noted crime novelist and also one of the men behind the creation of Black Pulp, Gary Phillips. Gary talks about his experiences growing up with pulp fiction, how he became involved with writing New Pulp, and offers up ideas and suggestions for expanding beyond the boundaries of the New Pulp audience to attract other readers, discussing some of the reasons why New Pulp hasn’t caught on despite the elements being in place, and ideas for how New Pulp can reach a wider audience. Even though we veered off on tangents a few times, we continued to bring the discussion back to the main topic. Very interesting all around, definitely an episode no pulp writer should miss! Be sure to check out Gary’s recent works: The Anti-Gravity Steal The Extractors Also visit him on the web at GDPhillips.com
81 minutes | Mar 17, 2014
Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing with Richard Lee Byers
In episode 11, Richard Lee Byers returns to the show, this time to talk about self-publishing and traditional publisjhing. As someone who has both been traditionally-published and self-published, Richard is a hybrid author and thus has a valuable perspective on the self vs. traditional debate that’s become a very big focus in the publishing industry, especially in recent months. In addition, Richard provides an overview of the different systems and he and Perry discuss some of the other interesting things happening in the world of publishing, such as Kindle Worlds, and how they may impact the future for authors. Richard Lee Byers’ LiveJournal
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