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The Writer's Tavern

The Writer's Tavern

By Melanie and Jerry
The Writer's Tavern Podcast: A serious place for writers and readers to ... not be so serious.
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You've Been Smut-Boxed

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Virtual Reality and Fiction Research
Melanie is ready for Christmas and she's on the nice list. Maybe. Jerry is also ready for Christmas and is on the naughty list.  Maybe.
38:21
November 30, 2020
Writing and Plotting and Booktubing with Izzy's Ink!
Melanie and Jerry are delighted to have the up and coming booktuber Izzy from @Izzys_ink_ as their guest here in The Writer's Tavern. Subjects include the challenge of writing a story in a setting where you can't visit for first hand research (thanks to the pandemic); inspirations and origins of becoming a writer; and of course, the ins and outs of being a booktuber on YouTube. Also Melanie is participating in Romancing the Runoff and you can snag some sweet merch from her -- as well as amazing offering from others such as time with an agent, and even a show runnier! Links:  Izzy's Ink on YouTube  Izzy's Ink on Twitter Romancing the Runoff
37:02
November 16, 2020
Writers always write. Right? Right!
Deep into NanoWriMo, Mel and Jerry discuss the unexpected treasures that pop up when you force yourself to write through a transition instead of jumping from one scene to another. Also they talk about some talented booktubers, two of which are @izzys_ink_ and @ladyhalftone ... and then Mel and Jerry discuss whether or not they could do something like that.
35:47
November 9, 2020
If the Universe is a Simulation, Please Unplug Me
We skipped a week because of a pandemic emergency, but we're back now, and apparently living in a science fiction world.
38:47
November 2, 2020
The Sweet Spot for Pricing Books?
Price your digital copies too low, and you might make sales, but they may never get read.  Price them too high and you pass the pain point and encourage pirating. Where's the happy medium where you actually make enough money for it to be worth your time and effort? Or, do you even care? We want to know...
29:52
October 19, 2020
Yes, You Are Worthy
The ins and outs of producing a newsletter for your readership, and why you should do it, and what to avoid. Also Mel explains to Jerry the difference between having readers subscribed to your newsletter, and readers who are subscribed to your blog. (Even if your blog subscribers get the blog posts in their email, there's still a reason to also do a newsletter.)
36:54
October 12, 2020
Book Marketing: Websites, Covers, and Ads ... and Cats
Should you make an author's website? And what should you put on it? And how can you keep it "fresh" in the robotic eyes of the Google bots? We also have some very valuable tips for indie authors about book covers, and also some great inside info on running ads. Readers, you may be interested in this inside info as well ... and also, we talk about cats. Cats are always relevant. Meow!
51:56
October 5, 2020
You've Been Smut-Boxed
What happens to your book on Amazon if they arbitrarily decide to categorize it as "erotica?" Also, Melanie tells the tale of why she made the jump from traditional publishing to indie publishing (Melanie to Jerry: do NOT refer to it as "that Amazon thing!") and Jerry asks the question, "How much does an author's photo influence book sales?" Remember, if you have an answer or comment, you can send us voice messages via WritersTavern.show.
38:05
September 28, 2020
Special Guest William Ledbetter
Its writer's tavern talk with Nebula Award winning author and aerospace engineer William Ledbetter! We chat about what it was like to win the Nebula and how it's changed his writing career, as well as having his novel Level Five published as an Audible Original. We also chat about book conventions during a pandemic, video games and other distraction, and -- among other things -- character creation and bourbon. But, not creating characters with bourbon, just ... bourbon. And absinthe. And Scrivener (we always seem to end up talking about Scrivener). There's also some marketing talk, and Melanie gives some really nifty tricks which she's using right now and that are bringing in book sales. So come on in, get yourself some grog, and pull up a chair for a fun and informative chat with our buddy Bill!
1:01:31
September 21, 2020
Tools of the Trade: Word Processors, Note Keepers, Databases
Typing, scribbling with a pen/pencil/stylus, or dictating into a microphone? Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Scrivener, or Google Docs? Microsoft OneNote, Apple Notes, or Evernote? Roam Research, or Walling? How about Otter AI? What are your favorite tools of the trade?
30:59
September 14, 2020
Problems with Plotting during a Pandemic
More than ever, just about all fiction writers currently face something that has plagued Science Fiction writers for years: how do you keep a story from being overtaken by actual events? Even considering how quickly you can now go from final draft to publication,  writing something set in "Present Day" forces you to predict the future at a time when you don't even know what life is going to be like a week from now. #writersproblems
37:35
September 7, 2020