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Jason Toth
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Amazing life stories and proven tips for both writing and illustrating, listen to Contest judges, winners, and industry pros in these personal interviews on the Writers & Illustrators of the Future Podcast.

I edit one of these a week and post them, so I wanted to share these with the Forum.

There is also a running list on the website that you can use to see the latest and use it as a TOC to find past podcast. 

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/podcast/

 

 
Posted : May 7, 2022 1:36 pm
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Preston Dennett
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I think you guys might enjoy this. I got to sit down with Dean Wesley Smith and chat about the importance of not giving up.

https://soundcloud.com/writersofthefuture/5-preston-dennett-and-dean-wesley-smith-the-topanga-canyon-never-give-up-story?fbclid=IwAR0P6hF5X3cNIUrTk5dbIzpJ4VZZc-lI6fscszoQDhlZsekQlQc8xLqnwNU

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Posted : April 23, 2019 3:56 pm
Helge Mahrt
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Hey Preston,

Thanks for sharing! I stumbled upon this on Dean's blog and it's an incredibly inspiring story. Listening to this actually motivated me to submit to WotF again. Smile
Cheers,
Helge

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Posted : April 27, 2019 11:08 am
Wulf Moon
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I think you guys might enjoy this. I got to sit down with Dean Wesley Smith and chat about the importance of not giving up.

https://soundcloud.com/writersofthefuture/5-preston-dennett-and-dean-wesley-smith-the-topanga-canyon-never-give-up-story?fbclid=IwAR0P6hF5X3cNIUrTk5dbIzpJ4VZZc-lI6fscszoQDhlZsekQlQc8xLqnwNU

Topanga Canyon is a great story! Glad you gave it a happy ending, Preston! I also think it was very fitting Joni sat us together at the gala.

Enjoy his interview with Dean, everyone! It's inspiring!

All the beast,

Wulf Moon

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Posted : May 18, 2019 11:28 am
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Watched a while back and left a comment in the wrong forum thread - being unaware of this one.

Yes, great story. Very inspiring.

(If I can't improve my stories, I'm wondering if I could at least get a more interesting address. Perhaps I'll just give my house a silly name.)

 
Posted : May 18, 2019 8:53 pm
crlisle
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Orson Scott Card in his podcast says that fantasy novels have trees on the cover and science fiction novels have rivets! giggle You must listen to the podcast at 1:02. Mr. Card explains in detail why you must write fresh stories and not re-writes! Wulf Moon's advice is confirmed by a master! https://www.writersofthefuture.com/podcast?fbclid=IwAR33unX-KJBDnMi2tYTk8pqFXakp-sjw_hRZ-rP1W_wQuvU76GCB-9MaKow

2019 Quarters: 3rd -- R, 4th -- R
2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- HM
2022 Quarters: 1st -- SHM, 2nd -- RWC, 3rd -- RWC, 4th -- HM
2023 Quarters: 1st -- WIP
To be published in: Martian Magazine
Published in: Galaxy's Edge magazine, Daily Science Fiction, LTUE Anthology Parliament of Wizards, Sci Fi Lampoon

 
Posted : December 30, 2019 3:26 pm
AndyDibble
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This may be a subtle difference, but starting at 1:02 I didn't hear a call to write fresh stories but rather (in Card's words) to "reinvent" the story. It's fine to do be big rewrites (he talks about ditching even 200 pages and starting over from the beginning) of the same story. What he cautions against is the small-scale rewrites of individual scenes: if you "wash garbage it's still garbage." I.e. if the scene feels wrong, don't try to fix it by shuffling pieces around or tweaks.

It seemed that Card was much less skeptical about editing when the scenes, both individually and in conjunction, seemed right because when they all seem right you already have a good story. At that point making the prose sing could be worthwhile.

I wonder what Card would say about the case where everything seems right except for one scene that seems very wrong. That was actually the situation I was in for my winning story: a bunch of scenes with great pacing and dialog and a good character arc... behind 2200 words of info dump!

First Place, Q1 Vol 36
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Posted : January 1, 2020 12:16 pm
crlisle
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He tells the history of fantasy and science fiction publishing! Highly recommended podcast.

And I am adding the link here for everyone (Jason)

59. Tom Doherty, Publisher of Tor, on the history of SF and value of Writers of the Future

2019 Quarters: 3rd -- R, 4th -- R
2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- HM
2022 Quarters: 1st -- SHM, 2nd -- RWC, 3rd -- RWC, 4th -- HM
2023 Quarters: 1st -- WIP
To be published in: Martian Magazine
Published in: Galaxy's Edge magazine, Daily Science Fiction, LTUE Anthology Parliament of Wizards, Sci Fi Lampoon

 
Posted : January 20, 2020 8:42 am
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If you have an audible subscription, I highly recommend the Great Courses "How Great Science Fiction Works" lecture series. I loved it, and found the speaker very personable. Not always the case - I've quit lectures before because of a boring professor! Smile

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V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: (P)F, SHM, F, F
V39: SHM, SHM, HM, SHM
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Posted : January 20, 2020 11:26 am
Wulf Moon
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He tells the history of fantasy and science fiction publishing! Highly recommended podcast.

Tom Doherty is a giant in publishing. Joe Haldeman and his wife Gay invited me to join them for lunch at the Nebulas one year. Who were they having lunch with? Tom Doherty! One of the most memorable convention lunches I've ever had.

I look forward to listening to this! Thanks, for the reminder, crlisle!

Cheers!

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Want help with your writing? My award-winning SUPER SECRETS articles are FREE in DreamForge.

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Posted : January 21, 2020 7:22 am
Notley Nix
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I listened to this last week. I love his broad definition of Science Fiction to also include the likes of Techno Thrillers.

You can tell he is a master of his craft

 
Posted : January 31, 2020 11:11 am
crlisle
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The Mike Resnick podcast by Wulf Moon will be up and running on Wed, 2/12/2020
For subscribers of Future Science Fiction Digest, it is accessible now.

Mike's stories are funny, creative, and wonderful!
Wulf Moon's podcast is excellent!

Well worth the time spent!
I love Mike's stories!

2019 Quarters: 3rd -- R, 4th -- R
2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- HM
2022 Quarters: 1st -- SHM, 2nd -- RWC, 3rd -- RWC, 4th -- HM
2023 Quarters: 1st -- WIP
To be published in: Martian Magazine
Published in: Galaxy's Edge magazine, Daily Science Fiction, LTUE Anthology Parliament of Wizards, Sci Fi Lampoon

 
Posted : February 7, 2020 12:35 am
Wulf Moon
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The Mike Resnick podcast by Wulf Moon will be up and running on Wed, 2/12/2020
For subscribers of Future Science Fiction Digest, it is accessible now.

Mike's stories are funny, creative, and wonderful!
Wulf Moon's podcast is excellent!

Well worth the time spent!
I love Mike's stories!

Very kind of you to post this, Candice! Thank you.

You can hear the tribute podcast of Mike Resnick's stories at Future-Sf.com!

Click here to JOIN THE WULF PACK!
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" won Best SFF Story of 2019! Read it in WotF, Volume 35. Order HERE!

"Muzik Man" won Best SFF Story of 2020! Read it in Best of Deep Magic Two!

Want help with your writing? My award-winning SUPER SECRETS articles are FREE in DreamForge.

Don't miss my latest in Galaxy's Edge! "Sharnathium" is FREE to read for a limited time! Tangent review: “A gripping story.” Click HERE!

IT’S HERE! Many of you have been begging me for the Super Secrets book. Here’s your chance to help me make it happen! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wulfmoon/how-to-write-a-howling-good-story

 
Posted : February 18, 2020 6:04 pm
crlisle
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You've got to listen to David Farland being interviewed by John Goodman!
He explains why he changed his name from Wolverton!
Great stuff!

2019 Quarters: 3rd -- R, 4th -- R
2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- HM
2022 Quarters: 1st -- SHM, 2nd -- RWC, 3rd -- RWC, 4th -- HM
2023 Quarters: 1st -- WIP
To be published in: Martian Magazine
Published in: Galaxy's Edge magazine, Daily Science Fiction, LTUE Anthology Parliament of Wizards, Sci Fi Lampoon

 
Posted : June 9, 2020 2:26 am
weimannvladimir
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Where can I listen to this podcast?

 
Posted : November 11, 2020 5:25 am
weimannvladimir
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I need more.

 
Posted : November 11, 2020 5:25 am
TimE
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I found this one of the best WotF podcasts. Found him a really interesting speaker - and they have plenty of his books in my library. (Whereas I've had to buy one of Charles Gannon's. Flippin' podcasts are costing me money!)

RJ seems to have found a fan in John.

 
Posted : December 30, 2020 9:20 pm
Dustin Adams
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Link.
https://www.writersofthefuture.com/podcast/
Cast # 104

Career:

1x 3rd place
2x Finalist
2x Semi
9x Silver
11x HM
7x R

 
Posted : December 31, 2020 1:28 am
Wulf Moon
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Link.
https://www.writersofthefuture.com/podcast/
Cast # 104

This one really is fantastic. Filled with great advice for all writers, but especially aspiring. I highly recommend.

Click here to JOIN THE WULF PACK!
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" won Best SFF Story of 2019! Read it in WotF, Volume 35. Order HERE!

"Muzik Man" won Best SFF Story of 2020! Read it in Best of Deep Magic Two!

Want help with your writing? My award-winning SUPER SECRETS articles are FREE in DreamForge.

Don't miss my latest in Galaxy's Edge! "Sharnathium" is FREE to read for a limited time! Tangent review: “A gripping story.” Click HERE!

IT’S HERE! Many of you have been begging me for the Super Secrets book. Here’s your chance to help me make it happen! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wulfmoon/how-to-write-a-howling-good-story

 
Posted : January 2, 2021 4:33 am
Wulf Moon
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John Haas is a winner from Writers of the Future, Volume 35. He was also my roommate for the week and is a great guy. He wrote one of my favorite stories in Vol. 35, and he's got the prequel to the story coming soon through Kevin J. Anderson's WordFire Press. You can listen to the interview here! https://soundcloud.com/writersofthefuture/122-john-haas-when-life-gets-in-the-way-dreams-can-still-be-made-to-happen

 

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"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" won Best SFF Story of 2019! Read it in WotF, Volume 35. Order HERE!

"Muzik Man" won Best SFF Story of 2020! Read it in Best of Deep Magic Two!

Want help with your writing? My award-winning SUPER SECRETS articles are FREE in DreamForge.

Don't miss my latest in Galaxy's Edge! "Sharnathium" is FREE to read for a limited time! Tangent review: “A gripping story.” Click HERE!

IT’S HERE! Many of you have been begging me for the Super Secrets book. Here’s your chance to help me make it happen! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wulfmoon/how-to-write-a-howling-good-story

 
Posted : May 5, 2021 5:56 pm
Scott_M_Sands
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John's winner was Damned Voyage, wasn't it? Great story. I wonder how far back the prequel will go?

As for the podcast, I'm still working my way through a couple of the other WotF podcasts each morning. I'll get to John's soon!

 

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
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V38: R, HM, R, HM
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Posted : May 6, 2021 5:44 am
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Posted by: @scott_m_sands

John's winner was Damned Voyage, wasn't it? Great story. I wonder how far back the prequel will go?

As for the podcast, I'm still working my way through a couple of the other WotF podcasts each morning. I'll get to John's soon!

 

Yes. “The Damned Voyage” was dark historical fantasy, a great example of where the edge is in the Contest on horror. One of my favorites in Volume 35, and it was in the same Q4 as myself and the Golden Pen winner. Dave said in an Apex Writers’ interview that was an exceptional quarter, and he spoke highly of John’s story. Well worth the read and study. John Haas talks about the prequel in the interview, so your answers will be there.

Do take note of John Goodwin’s comments on hopeful, positive messaging for the Contest. They are seeking stories that will inspire the future for humanity. I think it’s important to stay on that side of the line for WotF if you hope to be selected as a winner.

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Want help with your writing? My award-winning SUPER SECRETS articles are FREE in DreamForge.

Don't miss my latest in Galaxy's Edge! "Sharnathium" is FREE to read for a limited time! Tangent review: “A gripping story.” Click HERE!

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Posted : May 6, 2021 7:05 am
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Yeah, I listened to this one a while back. Very easy to put on while driving home from work. I love that the podcast has such a variety of people sharing (including the publisher of Tor!)

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
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Posted : June 21, 2021 7:56 am
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I listened to this one recently. Very interesting why he changed his pen name.

Especially given that my last name is Sands.

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
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V39: HM, HM, HM, HM

 
Posted : July 1, 2021 6:50 pm
Scott_M_Sands
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I'm pretty sure he spoke about not editing? I shudder to think what some of my stories would be like without a once over (several times over).

He also mentioned that every story he's every written has sold, which I thought was cool. I question the quality of one or two of my oldest stories. It's nice to think that some of my slightly older stories just haven't sold yet.

"Many people will tell you that you can't write. Let no one say that you don't." -Ken Rand
V36-37: R x6
V38: R, HM, R, HM
V39: HM, HM, HM, HM

 
Posted : July 1, 2021 6:55 pm
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To be fair, part of the reason all of his stories have sold might be because he puts out massive short story collections every so often. In at least one of the collections I've got--because I bought at least two back in the day--I'm pretty sure there's a whole section of short stories he hadn't sold elsewhere, which meant they were getting published there for the first time. (I might be remembering wrong, but I think that's what I remember the intro to that part of the book saying.)

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Posted : July 3, 2021 6:30 am
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Posted by: @disgruntledpeony

To be fair, part of the reason all of his stories have sold might be because he puts out massive short story collections every so often. In at least one of the collections I've got--because I bought at least two back in the day--I'm pretty sure there's a whole section of short stories he hadn't sold elsewhere, which meant they were getting published there for the first time. (I might be remembering wrong, but I think that's what I remember the intro to that part of the book saying.)

That sounds perfectly likely, though to be honest, if all of my stories sold I would probably be horrified. I have written, and still sometimes write, some really junky fiction that I would probably rather nobody reads.

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Posted : July 3, 2021 8:20 am
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172. Damon Courtney how to build fans with BookFunnel

Damon Courtney (writing under the alias Damon J. Courtney) wrote an epic Fantasy series, Dragon Bond, that he desperately wanted to give to the world (whether they liked it or not). He had already published two books, and now the third and final book in his (to him) magnificent trilogy was complete. But, how to find readers… And so begins the story of Book Funnel. BookFunnel delivers more than 2 million ebooks every month for indie authors just like you.

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Posted : May 7, 2022 2:01 pm
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@jason Thanks for your work on these, Jason. The podcasts are a tremendous resource, giving us a broader perspective on the industry. My faves of late were Hugh Howey and Rob Sawyer. I look forward to Damon Courtney’s. Thanks for the heads up!

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Want help with your writing? My award-winning SUPER SECRETS articles are FREE in DreamForge.

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Posted : May 9, 2022 10:55 am
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173. 3 Australian writers talk about winning Writers of the Future

J. A. Becker (WOTF 37), Michael Gardner (WOTF 36), and C. Winspear (WOTF 36 Gold Award winner) all won Writers of the Future. They all share amazingly different journeys that led them to Hollywood to celebrate becoming winners. And boy do we have a lot of fun!

Click here to listen>>

 
Posted : May 14, 2022 9:38 am
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