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GenCon 2013 Interview: M. Sechin Tower, Lead Developer at Exile Game Studio
April 15, 2014 | 9:00 pm

GEDC1287During GenCon 2013, I had the chance to speak with Sechin Tower, Lead Developer at Exile Game Studio and author of Mad Science Institute. I asked him about Exile’s use of Kickstarters for publishing its game products, and this is what he had to say. Me: Tell me what Exile’s been doing with Kickstarters. Sechin: Exile has been a recent comer to the Kickstarter market, but we’ve found it extremely useful to not only jumpstart a project that would take a little longer to get going, but to also get the word out and to give people a...

Sci fi writer Hugh Howey feels the pain
February 10, 2014 | 2:17 pm

hugh howey"Wool" is a gripping genre novel published as an ebook and trade paperback and set in a dystopian future after global warming and its impact events have made human life on the Earth's surface iffy. Below ground, a community exists in a giant silo, 144 floors down. Self-published at first by sci fi novelist Hugh Howey, the novel went mainstream later on with a major publisher picking it up for release after Howey used social media platforms to push the 'Wool" series uphill. There's an option on the table for a movie deal with Hollywood now and if the film gets...

Interview: Claudia Zimmer, CEO, Aquafadas
February 8, 2014 | 11:04 am

I spoke to Claudia Zimmer, CEO of the French company Aquafadas, which provides software for digital publishing, especially of magazines and periodicals, on the company's view of the current market and plans for the future. TeleRead: What is the Aquafadas house view of the optimal future for digital news and magazine publishing? What solutions is the company deploying to deliver this? Claudia Zimmer: The most important thing for our clients is that they’re able to create amazing and beautiful digital publications in a short period of time. Today, economic pressure on publishers is an important factor; they need solutions that are both...

Interview with Author D. B. Corey
December 26, 2013 | 12:04 pm

author d. b. coreyEditor's Note: This is my last in the series of author interviews from the Creatures, Crime and Creativity conference. It should have been posted months ago, but I had technical difficulties with the audio file and finally just emailed the author directly with my questions. TeleRead: So, you've got your first novel published. What's it like to have it out, promoting it and talking about it? Corey: It's made my life busier, that's for sure. With Facebook and Twitter and other social media, getting the book out there, my name as a writer, and discussing it with anyone and everyone who asks,...

GenCon 2013 Interview: Lee Cherolis, writer, Little Guardians webcomic/graphic novel
December 1, 2013 | 5:15 pm

GEDC1342 Here is another interview from this year’s GenCon, in which I spoke briefly with a number of self-published or independently-published authors in the authors’ alley. In this interview, I spoke with Lee Cherolis, writer and co-creator of a webcomic and graphic novel series called Little Guardians. Me: Tell me about your books. Lee: Little Guardians is a fantasy adventure graphic novel series; we’re also serializing online two pages a week. We put out a book whenever we have enough pages. This story arc will span 13 chapters and six books. We have Book One...

Banana Writers is where ethnic Asian writers get ‘unpeeled’
November 28, 2013 | 9:46 am

banana writersPP Wong is a British-born Chinese woman who is the editor of a unique website called Banana Writers that encourages and supports new Asian writers from over 30 countries. In a recent email interview, Wong was kind enough to answer a few questions about ethnic idenity, the writing life and her own novel due for release next year. When asked why she started the website, she told TeleRead: "I think there comes a time in your life when you have to make a decision. You can either moan about the state of the world and society, or you can do something...

Interview with Caleb Mason of Publerati
November 16, 2013 | 4:44 pm

publeratiWhen I became editor of TeleRead a month ago, Caleb Mason of Publerati reached out to me on LinkedIn. I took a look at his hybrid agent/publishing company model and was intrigued. He was kind enough to answer a few questions via email. Enjoy! TeleRead: From what I've seen from browsing your site, Publerati doesn't work quite like most people expect from a publisher or literary agent. Give us a quick overview of what you do and how? Caleb: Publerati is a hybrid ebook fiction publisher and literary agency. In many ways we are playing both sides of the street: looking to...

Interview: Anne-Sylvie Homassel
October 21, 2013 | 12:37 pm

anne-sylvie homasselAnne-Sylvie Homassel is a translator from English into French, founding editor and publisher of the French horror/dark fiction magazine and associated imprint Le visage vert, and writer under the name Anne-Sylvie Salzman of highly-praised dark fiction stories, including "Darkscapes," published by Tartarus Press. I asked her about her writing, and the state of dark fiction/fantastic literature in France. TeleRead: What influenced you to write the kind of fiction you write? Anne-Sylvie Homassel: Books, I suppose, are the main trigger. Not only fiction but also science books. I was an avid reader as a child of both Arsène Lupin and Sherlock Holmes, providers of wicked...

An interview with children’s author Nicole Storey
October 10, 2013 | 10:26 am

Nicole Storey started writing as way to help her son. He is autistic and she wrote a book where the main character is an autistic boy like her son. He went on a wild adventure to save his friends. Little did she know she would end up publishing Grimsley Hollow: The Chosen One and it would become part of a much larger series. Storey note writes books for children and young adults. It provides unique challenges in reaching those audiences. Storey has to relate to the children while also connecting with adults to show them her books are worthwhile. I got a chance...

GenCon 2013 Interview: Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games
October 6, 2013 | 5:00 pm

GEDC1300I last spoke to Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games, at GenCon in 2011. We discussed e23, Steve Jackson Games’s DRM-free PDF e-book store, which had expanded far beyond its original intended goals of just republishing out-of-print stuff to publishing in-print stuff at the same time as or even before it came out in print. I caught up with him again at GenCon 2013 for another brief interview. We touched on e23’s ongoing success, but Reed had more to say on the subject of Kickstarters—something that was on the minds of a number of other writers and industry...

GenCon 2013 Interview: A.G. Howl, self-publishing author
October 6, 2013 | 3:40 pm

aghowlHere’s another interview from GenCon 2013, with self-publishing writer A.G. Howl, aka Amanda McGuire. She is the author of a steampunk pirate romance called The God of Death, available for $5.99 in Kindle or $10.79 in paper from Amazon. She will have a sequel out this month. GenCon was her first convention. Me: I am here with Amanda McGuire, who writes under the pseudonym “A.G. Howl.” Tell me about your books. AG: My book, The God of Death, is a steampunk pirate romance. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. It is after a...

Interview with Jeffery Deaver–Bestselling Thriller Writer
September 24, 2013 | 4:24 pm

Jeffery Deaver was the Saturday keynote speaker at the Creatures, Crime and Creativity Conference a couple of weeks ago. His speech was an hilarious "journal of a writer" which slipped some excellent writing advice in between gut-splitting jokes. Wish I had a transcript, but you'll just have to settle for the interview I had before we all headed to the bar. TeleRead: So you've been writing now for how long? Jeffery: Well, I've been writing all my life. I wrote my first book at age eleven. And then I was a journalist. I wrote then. I wrote literary poetry, edited my literary...