Great #writingtips From Authors & Publishers

We’ve had the good fortune to interview some fantastic authors and publishers in the last year. Here’s a collection of writing tips and quotes from the last few months. Please click through to read the whole article and get to know these amazing talents.

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Read my interview with Les Edgerton

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Bad Citizen Corporation Book Trailer (Update)

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Got together with director extraordinaire David Brandvik over the weekend. David is the man who is turning my short story, FIX ME, into a short film. We start shooting that one next month, so for now we’re focusing on the book trailer for my debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION.

We’d previously sketched out a trailer concept, but this time around we actually rolled up our sleeves. I’m always impressed by David’s ability to help shape my half-baked ideas, but there’s one thing we agreed on from the start—this thing needs to be fast-paced and punchy. That means less narrative and quicker cuts.

We assembled footage, pulled graphics together, made a shot list and chose bed music. Then David threw me out of his studio. Apparently he likes to work alone…in silence. It might have had something to do with my excitement level watching it come together. We’ll never know for sure.

Anyway, I’ll have something to show you next week. Stay tuned.

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

New Podcast Interview—Make It Big!

My friend Paul Stinson has started a cool new podcast called Make It Big! It’s all about exploring the meaning of success in the arts. In my case, he was interested in how a one-time music career led me into writing mystery/crime fiction, and what the similarities are between the two.

He and I spoke for an hour-and-a-half after my Noir Slam reading at The Last Bookstore in downtown LA a week ago. It’s a long interview, but he asks some great questions and it was good to catch up with him. The kind of conversation you’d expect two old friends to have over drinks, only with microphones.

Make It Big! is still pretty new, but it’s a great concept. I can’t wait to see where he takes it. Stoked he let me be part of it. Enjoy!

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Interrogation—Tyson Cornell

 Tyson Cornell 2015Who: Tyson Cornell

What: Founder of Rare Bird Lit, a company specializing in book marketing, promotions, and design for authors and publishers; and Rare Bird Books, a PGW-distributed independent publisher that releases thirty-five books per year on its various imprints. He was once the longtime marketing and publicity director of Book Soup bookstore back when it was the CBGBs of independent bookstores, and he has toured extensively around the world playing with hair metal musicians.

Where: Los Angeles

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

I swear this interview is going to be about you—but first I want to hear all about the Chuck Palahniuk vinyl audiobook that Rare Bird Books just put out. How did that project happen?

CP VinylThe Palahniuk vinyl audiobook is something that we’ve been extremely excited about. We had the idea of starting a vinyl audiobook line a few years ago and, until this initial release, have just been consumed with the practical elements of how we might roll vinyl audiobooks out. The most important component we’ve needed to take into consideration is simply how to fit an entire audiobook on so many pieces of vinyl. The first contractual vinyl agreement was for Jerry’s Stahl’s PERMANENT MIDNIGHT—unabridged, read by Jerry, featuring a full 11.5 hours worth of musical accompaniment by The Icarus Line. We did production on that last year, and it’s scheduled for release later this fall/winter. The Stahl project is the one that I originally mentioned to Palahniuk’s people (David Hyde at Superfan and Todd Doughty at Doubleday), which quickly evolved into the vinyl release of EXPEDITION, a 56-minute FIGHT CLUB prequel story read by Chuck with music by Rob Campanella of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. We’re working on others now for release next year and beyond.

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Interrogation: Erika Krouse

Erika Krouse med-res2MBWho: Erika Krouse

What: Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Esquire.com, One Story, Ploughshares, and other magazines and anthologies. Erika’s collection of short stories, COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME (Scribner), won the Paterson Fiction Award, was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the year, and has been translated into six languages. Erika’s new novel, CONTENDERS, was published by Rare Bird Books in March, 2015, and will also be published by Aufbau-Verlag in Germany. Erika teaches at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado, and works part-time as a private investigator for Title IX and sexual assault cases.

Where: Boulder, Colorado

Interview conducted by email. Some questions/answers have been edited.

Congratulations! CONTENDERS, was just selected for my office book club. I have already read it, but my ten or so co-workers haven’t. What do you want them to know about your debut novel before they even crack it open?

Yay! I’m so glad, and thank you for the interview. Re: what people should know before reading, that’s a great question, and I don’t know the answer. I hope the book can stand on its own, or I’m in big trouble.

Now I’m worried.

All joking aside, CONTENDERS was one of the most original books I have read this year. How did you develop the concept, voice and tone?

Thank you so much! That’s great to hear. When I started CONTENDERS, I had already been writing a completely different novel for a couple of years. After I realized it was irredeemable crap, I threw it out in favor of a four-word idea: “a woman who fights.” That’s all I had. I was training a lot of martial arts at the time, and was asking questions without finding answers, so this was my way of exploring further.
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