Interview Episode 14 – Tracy Hickman, part 2

* (0:19) The role of online communities in finding, building, and sustaining an audience.  If you’re interested in Dragonlance, be sure to check out the Dragonlance Nexus.

* (3:44) The value of art, entertainment, and ideas on the internet.  Why free may not always be the best price.  Tracy’s plan for nurturing new authors in this environment.  As a side note, Wayne’s serial fiction is being released weekly on the Skies of Glass website.

* (14:34) Tracy’s experience of co-authoring with his wife.  The importance of a continual feedback loop in the creative process.  The struggles of writing and the joys of having written.

* (19:43) The Dragonlance movie.  Watching other people take over your creative properties, and the “original bad deal” that gets you published.

* (25:17) Whether Tracy ever plans to do anything more that’s directly in the RPG market.  His new book series, starting with Song of the Dragon.

* (29:20) What’s up with the dragons?  That question leads into a discussion on the monomyth, cognitive dissonance, and the human penchant for narrative.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Pat, Wayne

Guest: Tracy Hickman

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Comments (7)

Michael PhillipsAugust 26th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Baen Books does that, and every author who agreed to do that showed an increase in sales. David Webber has his entire body of work available for free online, and he’s one of the bigger names in SF now.

DragonhelmAugust 30th, 2010 at 10:24 am

Another great episode!

Thanks so much for the mention on the podcast, guys. :-)

Andrea GriffinAugust 30th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Hey there, just wanted to let you guys know that your info on RPG Podcasts seems a bit broken. The last episode listed there is #184 from 3/9/2010. Love the show, and it was great to hear from one of the authors whose writing dominated my younger, more tender years!

ho Huios tes MoirasAugust 30th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

As Michael Phillips said above, Baen Books (now Baen Publishing Enterprises) puts books (in part or in their entirety, depending on the author’s preference) online in PDF and HTML formats on the Baen Free Library. In fact, the author you’re talking about might just be Eric Flint, who created the Baen Free Library for precisely that purpose and, upon realizing how much it seemed to help his book sales, put his entire body of work up. I personally first read his books “1632” and “1633” online and they now have pride of place on my shelf. Also, the small publishers who know how to use new media you mentioned in the first half are already making a profit, though I don’t know how successful they are so far in comparison to the independent Hollywood producers. One example is Gryphonwood Press (one of their authors, James Bernheimer, actually accumulated a fan base via fanfiction, which he then turned into book sales when he published “Deadeye: Pennies for the Ferryman”); Amazon also has easy independent publishing of e-books for the Kindle and of traditional print, audio, and visual media (ie: books, CDs, and DVDs) via CreateSpace.

DanAugust 31st, 2010 at 10:18 am

@Andrea – Thanks for letting us know! Unfortunately, it’s been that way for a while. I’ve contacted the guys that run the site several times but to no apparent avail. If any of you would be willing to send a message as well, I’d appreciate it. I’m not looking to spam or harass the guys, but some notes from consumers of the shows on there might be a good reminder. I’d really appreciate the help!

ZenaficusSeptember 1st, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Definitely one of my favorite interview episodes so far. Been long influenced by the works of Mr. Hickman and Ms. Weis. DragonLance especially. This way to do publishing in the digital age has some serious merit. Definitely an intriguing new way to do things. Thanks so much for a great show!

GraytigeressSeptember 6th, 2010 at 10:59 am

I think that Hickman and Weis were the begining of Roleplaying fiction.

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