Today I started listening to a podcast about promoting sci-fi and fantasy books, and the very first episode I listened to had me making big changes to the way I distribute and promote my books. The podcast features Lindsay Buroker, who has been writing seriously since 2009 and stumbled across self-publishing in 2010, Joseph Lallo, who publishes via Smashwords.com, and Jeffrey M. Poole, who is a fantasy author. The podcast is specifically related to helping sci-fi and fantasy authors promote their stuff, it is an hour long, and it goes into great detail about what does and doesn’t work for specific authors in specific genres and sub-genres.

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Legion Season 2

I have started watching the second season of Legion, and it is not as instantly arresting as season one, but I am enjoying it. The dialogue starts our making no sense at all, for example, with just vague hints of a maze and of the characters feeling like they are trapped. Then the dialogue goes all the way to the other extreme, Loudermilk comes right out and explains that it is possible David’s mind is locked in the astral plain.

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I have written a few books now, and they are a little all over the dial when it comes to genre. I have written sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, and I’m working on another in a genre best described as Stranger Things-ish. The various series all have different looking covers, and my name is usually written quite small. Today I have been thinking that this might be a mistake. I have decided that I should make more of a “brand” for myself as an author, and that means that my books shouldn’t all look so different.

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Star Nomad - Review

I’ve just finished reading Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker, which has a really cool painted cover. A cover with a beautifully painted spaceship is always enough to attract my attention, and this book has one, front and center. The author announced the publication of Star Nomad on her website back in 2016, so this is not a latest release, but that has never put me off a book before. So, emboldened by the great cover, and not put off by the book’s age, I downloaded Star Nomad from my usual supplier, KOBO, paying the princely sum of no money at all.

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2000 AD - issue 102

I have been slowly working my way through a stack of CBR files containing scans of a comic book from my long-ago youth. The comic book is called 2000 AD, and this post delves into the treasures available within issue 102 of this publication. Issue 102 was published on the third of March 1979, which is so long ago it is hard to remember what life was like back then.

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The book I have just finished reading, and which I am reviewing in this post, is The Battle of Hollow Jimmy, written by Becky Black. A quick look at her author website indicates that she has written an interesting selection of books, with sci-fi as only part of her prodigious output. It turns out she now produces m/m and f/f romance, and her science fiction was written years ago. I enjoyed The Battle of Hollow Jimmy and I hope she will again produce a few more sci-fi books, along with the other writing she does.

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As usual when talking about a movie I really enjoyed, this review has ended up getting a little spoilery. I don’t think I’ve given much more away than can be guessed from the trailer, but if you don’t want to be spoiled at all and only want to know if this movie is worth watching, rest assured that it is and you should be hitting play or going to the screening right now.

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Brett Fitzpatrick

I am an author writing sci-fi novels, blog posts, and a bunch of other stuff.

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