The Grim Tidings Podcast Your podcast for all things Grimdark and more!

In this episode Rob and Phil step into The Writer’s Pit with author and self-publishing consultant Ben Galley! We talk about Ben’s latest dark fantasy novel THE HEART OF STONE, the challenges of writing a standalone novel versus a sprawling multivolume series, the trend in fantasy of linking multiple series together in the same universe, creating an eye grabbing cover, when an author should consider hiring a consultant, how Ben made the transition from a professional musician to a professional writer, Ben’s approach to book marketing using social media, the three P’s of the self-publishing process, and what Ben has coming up next. Find Ben Galley online at BenGalley.com, or on Twitter @BenGalley!

Buy THE HEART OF STONE on Amazon!

Past episodes you'll want to check out:

The Writer's Pit - Chris Fox

The Writer's Pit - Jo Zebedee

Keeping it Indie - Self-publishing Panel

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Music by Michael R. Fletcher

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Rob and Phil chat with editor and cult fiction author Jeff O’Brien! Combining his love for horror, comedy, and the bizarre, Jeff is the author of such titles including Bigboobenstien, Byron the Barbarian, The Halloween Orgy Massacre, and more. Topics discussed include Jeff’s fierce devotion to quality indie publishing, how his background touring in bands influenced his work ethic, author tips for expanding your audience and making the most of conventions, influential cult films, as well as an Octoborror lightning round! It’s a Halloween themed expletive laden coven of Octoborror awesome! Unlike candy corn, this episode will not give you stomach ache.

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Past episodes you may want to check out:

Octoborror interview with zombie fiction Armand Rosamilia

Octoborror interview with horror editor Ellen Datlow

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We kick off Octoborror with the award winning short fiction editor Ellen Datlow! During our chat we talk about the process of creating anthologies, namely Nightshade Book’s latest BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR VOL.8, a compilation of 2015’s best horror stories edited Ellen Datlow. Ellen’s been editing anthologies for over 35 year (which adds up to over 100 titles!) and she just so happened to win her SEVENTH Hugo Award. We discuss why Ellen thinks we’re living in a “golden age of short horror fiction”, the differences between dark fantasy and horror fiction, tips for writers trying to break into the horror short fiction market, and more. Find Ellen on Twitter, or online at EllenDatlow.com

This interview is brought to you in part by Locus Magazine. Online at LocusMag.com.

Past interviews you might want to check out:

 
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Rob and Phil host another Grim Panel, this time we’re talking self-publishing! We’re joined by three authors who’ve decided to go the indie publishing route, Claire Frank, Brandon Draga, and Chad Ballard. Deciding to self-publish is an important choice for any author, so for this episode three awesome fantasy authors let us pick their brains on why they decided to keep it indie, what resources they utilize for both writing and marketing their work, we talk beta readers and critique groups, lessons learned along the way, best practices for finding success as a self-published author, social media tips, the importance of Amazon, and much more!

This episode is brought to you in part by Locus Magazine, online at LocusMag.com.

Claire Frank / Brandon Draga / Chad Ballard

Links to sites mentioned during the panel:

Scribophile / Critters Workshop / Bookbub / Grimdark Fiction / r/Fantasy / Writer's Cafe / 99Designs

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Past panel episodes you should check out:

01Publishing / r/Fantasy / Extreme Horror / Metal & Dark Fiction

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We’re back with another panel episode! This time we present 01Publishing, an independent publisher that produces graphic novels, prose, and audio fiction that promises “No Safe Spaces!” We’re joined by editor-in-chief and CEO Kat Rocha, writer and artist Josh Finney, freelance artist Patrick McEvoy, and Bram Stoker award winning author Nicole Cushing! We talk about the roots of 01Publishing, the ten year anniversary of their cyberpunk noir graphic novel UTOPIATES, collaboration on the H.P. Lovecraft inspired CASEFILE: ARKHAM, finding a home for Nicole’s novella THE SADIST’S BIBLE, and much more! You can find 01Publishing online at 01Publishing.com, or on Twitter @01Publishing!

Check out their new Kickstarter for THE SADIST'S BIBLE!

Author Nicole Cushing - Laughing at the Abyss

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Nick Sharps and Tim Marquitz drop by to tell us about Ranarok Publications’ latest kickass Kickstarter campaign for MECH: Age of Steel, the follow up companion to KAIJU RISING! Plus we check in with the boys about the latest developments at the ‘Rok, including expanded distribution, killer new blog posts, and a sneak peek at the next Kickstarter campaign for HATH NO FURY. You can back MECH: Age of steel now by clicking here. Visit Ragnarok Publications online at RagnarokPub.com, or on Twitter @Ragnarokpub.

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Past episodes you might enjoy:

Interview with Geoff Brown from Cohesion Press

Interview with Katy Cord form Evil Girlfriend Media

One Shot with Tim Marquitz

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We chat with Rebecca Lucash, assistant editor at Harper Voyager, the science fiction / fantasy imprint of big five publisher HarperCollins. As we continue to highlight professionals from all areas of the publishing industry, Rebecca joins us to chat about what it takes to be a top industry professional editing for one of the largest publishing houses in the US. We talk diversity in fiction, tips for getting into the industry, author marketing, and much more! Find Rebecca on Twitter @RebeccaLucash, or HarperVoyagerBooks.com

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Sponsor: A Stitch of Madness by AJ Brown

Past episodes you may also enjoy:

Talking Editing with Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Interview with agent Mark Gottlieb

Controversies in Grimdark with Deborah Wolf

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