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We’re back with another exciting edition of Author Thunderdome! In one corner representing the US-of-A, it’s multi-genre author, blogger, and reviewer C.T. Phipps, known for such titles as Cthulhu Armageddon, Lucifer’s Star, The Rules of Supervillainy, and Straight Outta Fangton (not to mention a sweet elbow-drop from the top rope). His opponent, hailing from the U.K. and wearing the (rather snug) Union Jack singlet, it’s Rob J. Hayes, author of multiple fantasy series’ including The Ties That Bind, It Takes a Thief, and Best Laid Plans. Join us as these two publishing heavyweights settle the score and duke it out in a bone-crushing literary battle of wits! Who will find glory in the Author Thunderdome? Find C.T. Phipps online at CTPhipps.wordpress.com, and Rob J. Hayes at RobJHayes.co.uk!

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

THE CASEBOOK OF ESHO ST. CLAIRE by Scott Roche

Editing Services by Laura M. Hughes

FISH WIELDER by J.R.R.R. Hardison

Past episodes you'll want to check out:

Author Thunderdome 1 - Soward V Skorkowsky

The Writer's Pit - Ben Galley

The Writer's Pit - Graham Austin-King

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Music by Michael R. Fletcher

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It’s the Grim Tidings Podcast Grim Panel: SPFBO 2016! What happens when top book bloggers read and review the best self-published fantasy novels of the year? It’s the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, an annual contest hosted by author Mark Lawrence. Hundreds of books and manuscripts were read and reviewed, and we’re joined by the top 3 finalists, Jonathan French, Phil Tucker, and Dyrk Ashton. We’re also joined by Laura M. Hughes, a blogger and reviewer for Fantasy Faction. We discuss what sort of impact an awesome contest like SPFBO can have for an author and what they learned along the way, we highlight what set the finalists apart from the other entries, how to get readers to put your book at the top of their TBR pile, and more!  If you’ve wanted to read more self-published authors, you’ve ever thought about self-publishing, or if you currently self-publish, you won’t want to miss this panel episode!

Mark Lawrence hosts SPFBO 2016

Jonathan French Website Amazon

Phil Tucker Website Amazon

Dyrk Ashton Website Amazon

Laura M. Hughes Website Amazon

Past epsiodes you'll want to check out:

Grim Panel: Keeping it Indie

Interview with Chris Fox

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Music by Michael R. Fletcher

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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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We’re joined by Josiah Bancroft, author of the Books of Babel series, including SENLIN ASCENDS and THE ARM OF THE SPHINX. In the world of self-publishing, word of mouth can make a huge impact on books popularity, and Bancroft’s fantasy/steampunk series has garnered the praise of authors and readers alike. During our chat we talk about the darker elements readers will find in the novels, the increasing complexity of crafting a fantasy series, how Josiah’s poetry background influenced his prose fiction, the benefit of attending conventions for an author, and what’s in store for the rest of the series. Find Josiah Bancroft online at www.thebooksofbabel.com, or on Twitter @TheBooksofBabel!

Buy THE BOOKS OF BABEL on Amazon!

UPDATE: Josiah Bancroft signs deal with Orbit Books

Fan of the Week: Sam McCanna - Skurvy Ink

Blog of the Week: Bookwormblues.net

Past episodes you'll want to check out:

Grim Panel - Keeping it Indie

Author Thunderdome - Soward V Skorkowsky

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Philip Overby online at PhilipOverby.com, or on Twitter 

Music by Michael R. Fletcher

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In this Octoborror edition of The Writer’s Pit, we talk twisted history with Dave Atwell, author of The Hunger series! The Hunger series is a new twist on the traditional zombie story, and Dave drops by to tell us about the first three books, ROTTING FRONTIER, REVELATIONS, and RIPPER. We talk about what’s next for the series, why it’s important for those who self-publish to make sure the interior is just as eye catching as the cover art, tips for making the most of local comic conventions to expand your readership, and more! 

The Hunger Series on Facebook

Past episodes you'll want to check out:

Grim Panel: Keeping it Indie

The Writer's Pit - Graham Austin-King

The Writer's Pit - Jo Zebedee

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Philip Overby online at PhilipOverby.com, or on Twitter 
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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 a stomach ache.

Jeff O’Brien on Facebook

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New Kink Books

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 continue our month-long focus on horror (we call it Octoborror), and this time we’re joined by author and podcaster Armand Rosamilia! Armand is the author of multiple novels and short stories, including the popular zombie fiction series known as DYING DAYS. Armand is also the host of two podcasts, including the Arm Cast Dead Sexy Horror Podcast, as well as The Mondo Method Podcast. We chat with Armand about his success as a full-time hybrid author, the state of horror, the necessity of gore,  what influence The Walking Dead may have had towards the rise of zombie fiction, tips for attending conventions, utilizing social media, and much more! Find Armand online at ArmandRosamilia.com, and check out his podcasts at ProjectiRadio.com!

Past episodes you may want to check out:

Interview with Horror Editor Ellen Datlow

Interview with Podcaster Dave Robison

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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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In this episode we’re joined by Robert Bevan, author of the comedic fantasy / litRPG series known as Caverns & Creatures! Robert has found success self-publishing his novels and short stories that he now writes full-time, and joins us on the show to share his insights into independent publishing, the key role audiobooks play, how NOT to use Twitter, a round of Roll One Up,and much more! It’s an interview that’s brash and slightly inappropriate, like most of Robert’s books, and that’s why we like him so much. You can find Robert Bevan online at Caverns-and-creatures.com, or succumb to his relentless spam-fest on Twitter @RobertBevan77!

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On Twitter @GrimdarkFiction

Past episodes you may want to check out:

Interview with Dave de Burgh

Interview with Jo Zebedee

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Belfast author Jo Zebedee drops by The Writer's Pit to talk about her grimdark space opera series ABENDAU'S HEIR and scifi invasion novel INISH CARRAIG. We talk a wee bit about hybrid publishing, how she knocked The Force Awakens off the Amazon top seller list in the UK, how to make the most of BookBub, finding your marketing platform as an author, starting as an author at the age of 40, implementing your local surroundings into your story, incorporating dialects into your dialogue, extrapolating dialogue from plays, finding support in the different aspects of indie publishing, Irish curse words, and more! Find Jo Zebedee on Twitter @joz1812, or JoZebedee.com!
 
 
Past episodes you'll want to check out:
 
 

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Music by Michael R. Fletcher

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