Rekka: 00:41 Welcome back to the Hybrid Author Podcast. If you are a regular listener, you may notice that my voice is a little bit huskier than usual. This is not a new affectation that I have intentionally taken on. I have a very good reason for it and, for the same reason, today’s episode will be a little bit more brief than usual. So, Parvus asked me to submit whatever version– this is a quote– of Salvage that I would be happy going out as an ARC and the deadline for that was April 15th, in order to avoid rush costs on printing those ARCs in time for the Nebulas, and I was very motivated to hit this deadline. And, of course, when you tell me that this is the copy going out for reviews, and that this is the year that Parvus has access to more reviewers than they did last year, and that some people are going to be reading Salvage without, probably, the benefit of reading Flotsam first, I was slightly staggered under the responsibility of what it meant to send out the copy that I would be happy if it went out as the ARC.
Rekka: 02:06 So I probably, well, I hopefully gave them the final draft sans copy-edits this time. So all my commas are probably in the wrong place because that is a thing that I do now. And I have had my commas corrected to the point where I no longer trust myself. So now my commas are not even in consistently incorrect spaces. I now question every comma. So I tried, as I made this review copy, to just ignore where my commas were. But I did, I did move like two or three, but every time I caught myself looking at commas as I read over the last version, I said, “Nope, you’re going to get it wrong anyway. Just ignore the commas. Put them where they feel good or leave them, and don’t think about it.” So the reason that I am super-husky is because I sent the rewritten intro and the– rippled revision.
Rekka: 02:45 In other words, I changed some details in the intro based on Parvus’ comments the last time, and needed to smooth out the wrinkles throughout the rest of the text. And I did that and finished it last week on Friday morning and sent that copy to Staples and had them print it for me. And then I stuck it in an enormous binder, which you may have seen on my Instagram if you follow bittybittyzap, and took this enormous binder and began reading out loud on Friday afternoon, and all day Saturday, and all day Sunday, and straight through to the beginning of my workday Monday and caught as many strange phrasings or repeated words or accidental words or just other errada that are the kinds of things that only turn up when you read your work out loud. So, I really do recommend that everybody read their work out loud.
Rekka: 04:02 I do not recommend that people do what I did, which is read a 170,000 word novel in the span of three days when I am sugar-free and cannot have honey. I choose not to have honey. I could have broken that for this weekend, but that’s a quality of life decision that I made and I stick to. But man, some honey did sound good. Luckily I made oxtail this weekend and, as it turns out, a really nice, fatty broth is fantastic. So after I record this, I will go inside because then I made bone broth from it. I will go inside and have a cup of oxtail bone broth so that I can maybe heal a little bit more. ‘Cause I also have a Patreon video to record today. So yes, read your work out loud. Do not read it out loud in a marathon and worry about deadlines quite as hard as I did this weekend. I just, you know, unless you can’t avoid it, which is why I did it. Because I could not avoid it. I wanted to hit that deadline, and I did, and hurray for me. Now I can hopefully recover.
Rekka: 05:15 So my plan for today’s episode, before I lost most of my ability to speak, was to sort of recap the podcast over the last 79 episodes going back to November 2017 and talk about the future of the podcast. I used to have a co-host, Brian Williamson, and we started the podcast as a discussion forum for two people who are enthusiastic about reading and writing to talk about craft and to talk about publishing and to talk about production aspects that people might like to hear about. And I’m happy to keep talking about those same subjects, but I know that when I am by myself I tend to go on at length perhaps without a whole lot of direction. I have never been a good essayist and it’s even worse when I don’t have a script to follow. But I also don’t want to just read essays on the podcast.
Rekka: 06:13 So now I don’t have a podcast co-host anymore. Brian took on a job and cut out all five of the podcasts that he used to record. Now what do I do when it’s just me? My plan, at this point, is to do what I did last week, which is to take my monthly shoptalk YouTube video that I already record, or was trying to regularly record, and strip the video out of it and make that the audio content for the podcast every month. Last week’s was an hour, which is the podcast’s, typical length, but my videos are normally about 20 minutes for my YouTube channel and that’s my RJ Theodore YouTube channel. I’m going to try and split the difference and make them between 35 and 40 minutes long, and that will be my content. And since it is a monthly video series, this will become a monthly podcast series.
Rekka: 07:15 I don’t think that, on my own, I have enough content to post weekly episodes, and I do not have the bandwidth to come up with interviews for the other three episodes a month. So, I could work harder or I could back off and be reasonable about the expectations I set for my time, at least as far as the podcast. Obviously, I do not have reasonable expectations for my time or I would not have read an entire book in a weekend, out loud. So that’s the plan for Hybrid Author Podcast. It will become a monthly podcast series and it will be, basically, an essay that I will post and you will be able to look at the video on YouTube. If you prefer to consume it that way, subscribe to my RJ Theodore YouTube channel, or you can continue to stay subscribed on whatever subscription aggregator you choose, iTunes, Stitcher, et cetera, and you can hear the content of those videos. You just won’t see them.
Rekka: 08:22 So I apologize if I hold up, you know, covers for cover reveals, et cetera. You will have to go sneak a peek at them over on YouTube. And I will always link to the YouTube video in the show notes going forward. So, that is the announcement. I do have Patreon supporters, who I greatly appreciate, and I have decided that the funds from Patreon will go to paying for transcripts for the content of Hybrid Author Podcast. And those transcripts will not only aid in search engine optimization and make it easier to find an episode that you might want to reference again, but it will make it more accessible for other consumers of the information who may not be comfortable with an audio format on its own. So, transcripts are very important to me and that is where I’m going to focus the funds that come in through Patreon. I didn’t collect Patreon funds last month because I said to myself, “What is going on with this podcast? I don’t want to take money if I don’t know if it’s going to continue.” I have decided to keep the podcast going, but, since I am solo, I have also decided that I’m going to back off on the amount of content that I produce.
Rekka: 09:41 Having said that, I have another announcement. I am going to be launching a new podcast. This one will be co-hosted by Kaelyn Considine, who appeared on Hybrid Author Podcast Episode 77. We were sort of auditioning each other to see if we enjoyed podcasting, if she enjoyed podcasting. And if we wanted to work together on a new podcast. And we decided yes, we would like to do that. It will be called, We Make Books, and I will provide all the information and links and launch dates and that sort of thing in the next Hybrid Author Podcast episode. Because, by then, it should all be firmed up. But I wanted to let you know that you can preemptively follow @wmbcast on Twitter and Instagram, and we will be talking about publishing and craft and all the good stuff, including some marketing and everything from both sides of the professional divide. She, as the publisher, and myself as the author, and we might bring in guests, occasionally, where we need other experience to be heard first-hand. But that’s our plan.
Rekka: 10:53 Obviously I like podcasting better with a co-host, so that is exciting, and I didn’t want her to come in as the substitute teacher on Hybrid Author Podcast. So we decided to launch it fresh and have it start from the beginning in that format. Hybrid Author Podcast, as I said, will continue. What I’m going to do for the Patreon subscribers is upload the archive of the podcast to Patreon, and sort of dump the old format of Hybrid Author Podcast from the website. So it will look like it only has a couple of episodes, although I’m going to continue the sequential numbering, and the older content that no longer really represents what the show is will go into Patreon for those people who have been supporting the show, and future supporters will be able to access the older discussions and interviews and everything as well.
Rekka: 11:38 So that is the announcement or those are the announcements. And as soon as I have Salvage dates and pre-orders, announcements and cover reveals, I will also include that in a future episode. So Hybrid Author Podcast is not going away, but it is changing, and now I am going away because my voice is changing. So, I will talk to you next time. Thank you so much for bearing with me as I figure out what I’m doing with this podcast. I think this will really help make room for the new podcast, and also provide content that’s higher quality than if I were just recording these and rambling on by my lonesome.
Rekka: 12:22 I will be back at the end of April with the next episode, and that one will include the information for We Make Books, but it will also, hopefully, have some announcements about the Salvage process. And I will pick a topic about writing, probably the craft of writing mostly, but potentially self-publishing, as I do have some other projects that I have to turn my attention to now that I have, hopefully, finished Salvage. So, that will be next week’s episode, and I appreciate everyone listening and I super appreciate all the Patreon subscribers. Thank you so much for your support and I hope that having the transcripts is important to you, as it is for me and that you feel rewarded by having the old content of the podcast on Patreon. Since I’m going to remove it, so as not to confuse new listeners in the future. So, once more, recapping: Hybrid Author Podcast will be a monthly solo podcast recording., and if you enjoy listening to me discuss writing topics and having animated conversations with other people, you will want to watch out for We Make Books, and that is coming soon. Information to be provided in the next episode. Thank you so much for listening and I will talk to you at the end of April. Take care, everyone.
Thanks to Sara Rose for transcriptions!