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Some of us olde timers creep back in from time to time...

Introductions / Re: Hi fellow fantasy fans!
« on: August 29, 2016, 03:30:44 AM »
As a member recently returned to the fold, let me be the first to welcome you to the best place to be a fantasy reader/writer on ye olde internets.

I'm sure if you need some help with the book, want to drum up beta readers for feedback and have a jolly good time, you're in the right place.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Using social media
« on: August 28, 2016, 10:48:49 PM »
I'm in the same boat, not necessarily to promote myself as a writer, but helping my wife with her indie romance (Which launches in 17 days). 

I can reiterate some of the above things.  Twitter is great, not necessarily for the book, but for you.  I love the engagement with other authors, personalities, etc.  But it requires a boldness, and the knowledge that you are throwing thoughts into an [insert metaphor for vastness and empty space] and hoping for an echo.

If you are serious about the work, find a pro editor.  If you want to get notice, look into a professional PR blast.  We've got one (lovingly donated by another author who has found some success and is repaying our editing and beta-reading efforts) for three months for the launch of the book.

The way to beat Facebook's algorithm is throw money at it.  Boost your posts.

Many writers are introverts, and the market is constantly shifting and changing.  The joy and hazard of the modern indie scene is that tastes change constantly.  The tide swells and recedes.  The social aspect of it all can be intimidating, overwhelming and cause much emotional distress.

So keep this in mind, as you embark on this journey:  Have fun.  You are doing something that you love, so keep that love close to you.  Push your own boundaries, but don't betray yourself.  None of us write for the money.

I'll be your friend on Twitter @matthewtmaenpaa

General Discussion / Re: New Social Media Platform
« on: August 28, 2016, 10:35:48 PM »
So far, I'm working on figuring that one out myself.  It has some elements of twitter, some of tumblr.  I followed some of the authors over there.

Part of it is that I spend a fair amount of time with social media as a marketing tool, so it intrigues me to just see it as a growing community.

Ello and Diaspora both had an ad-free set up.  Coincidentally, I forgot all about both of them even though I think I have accounts.

The big thing with Izmy seems like the anti-harassment capabilities.  There are a lot of ways to control who has access to what, including the ability to prevent anonymous responses, limit who posts in communities, etc.  Communities branch into neighborhoods, which means there is already substantial writer circles, reader circles, fanfic, etc.

If you want to check it out, send me a PM with your email.  If not <shrug>.  I'm not trying to advertise them, though it seems like we could get an FF community rolling over there easily to draw in new membership.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Author recommendations
« on: August 28, 2016, 08:38:01 PM »
I'll add some more modern stuff.

Kevin Hearne
Chuck Wendig
Delilah S. Dawson (And her pseudonym, Lila Bowen)
Kameron Hurley

Some classics:

Charles DeLint
Steven Brust
Roger Zelazny.

General Discussion / Re: Good quotes
« on: August 28, 2016, 08:01:13 PM »
“Resist much, obey little.”
? Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: list your fantasy westerns
« on: August 28, 2016, 07:21:28 PM »
Lila Bowen's Wake of Vultures is a.) getting a paperback edition in September and b.) getting a sequel, Conspiracy of Ravens.  Totally awesome.

Are we going to count Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century novels?  They are more steampunk/alt-history, but still...

General Discussion / New Social Media Platform
« on: August 25, 2016, 05:46:39 AM »
Hey Fantasy Faction!

I'm not usually a proponent of social media, despite it's necessity in the modern world.  Facebook, Twitter, with their ads, their trolls and their horrible feed squishing filters and algorithms.

There have been new platforms cropping up constantly, all claiming to be better.

Izmy is still in beta, invite only for now.  It's free of advertising, and so far intends to remain that way.  Moreover, it is community driven and encourages engagement and conversation over anything else.  Think a hybrid of Twitter, Tumblr, standard blogs and reddit all rolled into one.

So why would we SFF nerds care?  Because a whole bunch of authors have started migrating over there.  New fun ways to interact and engage with the likes of Kevin Hearne, Cherie Priest, KC Alexander and more.

I have some invites if anybody is interested.  They are to my community, but it should be a nice jumping off point from there.  If you're interested, reply or send me a message.


RPG - Fantasy Faction Style / Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« on: August 28, 2015, 05:21:41 AM »
@Doctor_Chill - I'm in for January, as time allows.  Feel free to take liberties with Cole, he'd probably agree anyways.  He'll be around.  He's like the trickster god of food.

@Lady_Ty - A pleasure to meet you as well.  All cooks are family, no matter the line.  Always nice to find nerdy chef types.

RPG - Fantasy Faction Style / Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« on: August 27, 2015, 06:33:19 AM »
Summoned and I arrive.  Late and distracted as usual.  Was someone hungry?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Questions for Kevin Hearne
« on: October 07, 2014, 04:07:33 PM »
All those answers and more will be revealed!  Actually, I think some of that stuff is on his website.  But I think it'll be a pretty cool conversation.

Writers' Corner / Re: So you got yourself a wizard. What does he do?
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:58:17 PM »
Magic is fairly prevalent in my WIP, which was our world with magic reawakened.  How folks adapt to the presence of the arcane and how to use it side-by-side with modern technology is a big part of several of the stories.  Some use it to better the world around them, others examine the spiritual purpose.

There are several classes of magic-user, depending on inherent talent/ability.  Some of the strongest are essentially deities, able to reform reality at a whim.  The lowest might have some cool talents, but aren't obvious - like a knack with technology, growing things, etc.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Questions for Kevin Hearne
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:26:14 PM »
I have the singular glory and honor of getting to have lunch with Kevin Hearne this week, to have tacos and beer and discuss all manner of subjects, for an interview for our front page.  Only what all should I ask him?

What questions do you guys have for the author of the Iron Druid series?

This is one of my favorite real abandoned places shrouded in mystery...

Does anyone know what inspired the second picture? It reminds me of the old Incan baths on the way to Machu Picchu.

Probably because I've been playing too much instead of writing, but I was thinking it reminded me of Destiny. 

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