Thursday, July 24, 2008

Playing with the Cool Kids

It's been a cool few days here at the offices of the Void City Echo.

J.C. Hutchins called me "the brilliant author J. F. Lewis" and played my audio promo for Staked on his 7th Son Obsidian podcast. Kimi over at Tale Chasing played it. Shaun over at Adventures in Sci Publishing played it and some other really cool folks have agreed to drop it in their feeds, too. To be honest, I kind of everwhelmed at the niceness and comaraderie to be found in the podcast community, particularly when I don't even do a podcast... yet.


So here's my question... what would you want in a J. F. Lewis podcast? Original stories? Background content and bonus stuff related to Void City? Something completely different?

Let me know.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

San Diego Comic-Con 2008

It is quite possible that I should have announced this earlier, but I'll be at San Diego Comic-con this weekend. I'll even have a signing at the Pocket Books table! The signing is at noon on Friday, but I'll be wandering the convention area through out the weekend.

I hope to see you there!


Monday, July 21, 2008

Adventures in Scifi Publishing

Some of you may have noticed the audio promo for STAKED popping up here and there. I can't tell you how nice everyone has been about agreeing to play it for me. I don't just make blind requests either. I listen to the podcast first. I often wind up subscribing as a result, because quite frankly... there is some astonishingly cool content out there.

Take Adventures in Scifi Publishing for example. They've started a series of Clarion interviews to which I've been glued. I've never been to a big writer's school like Clarion and I've always been fancinated with the idea of getting to go... so it's really cool to hear tidbits about the goings on there or even just thoughts on writing from the talented people teaching there.

This week is the third Clarion episode and next week... Neil Gaiman.

While you're downloading the current episodes, be sure to check out the new website here. It's a a very slick look with cool interviews, events, news, reviews, and links to youtube videos that might interest scifi fans... like the new book trailer for Jeff Carlson's Plague War. (Hi, Jeff!)

Also, don't forget to participate in The Keys to Publishing Contest. You'll need to listen to Adventures in Scifi Publishing as well as Mur Lafferty's I Should Be Writing... but you should be doing that already.

Go check them out and if you haven't heard it already, you can catch the Staked promo, too. And since people have asked... yes, for good or for ill, that's me doing the voiceover. :)



Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Weekly J: Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog is up

Act one of Joss Whedon's musical miniseries is up and it is wonderful. Act two will be up on July 17th, and the final act goes live on July 19th. Neil Patrick Harris is great! Felicia Day from The Guild Podcast is fantastic... and Nathan Fillion... there are just no words.

Whether you're a fan of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, or just a fan of good musicals, you owe it to yourself to click here and watch.


Monday, July 14, 2008

What Was This Blog About Again?

Don't forget that I'm guest blogging over at Patricia's Vampire Notes today. She asked me to stop by and talk about Eric's forgetfulness. You can find it here. I'll also be checking in throughout the day (as best I can) to answer any questions.

See you over there,


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sovereign Summer Sunday

Just a quick update to let you all know about something awesome that's happening as I type. Matthew Wayne Selzinick is doing a live event to promote the release of his book, Brave Men Run. He's streaming live video of himself most of the day today, giving updates on the Amazon numbers, reading new stories in the Sovereign era by folks like Mur Lafferty, J. C. Hutchins, Matt Lowell, Matt Wallace, J. R. Blackwell, P. G. Holyfield, and Jared Axelrod... he's even got a live chat going on. For more info, go here for the full announcement.

I'm about halfway through the podcast version of the novel and it's well worth the read. I've placed my online order today and if you can, so should you. So order your copy on Amazon and then join everyone over at for the event!


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Audio Promo for Staked

Want to hear something really cool? Go check out the most recent Variant Frequencies Podcast.

This time around, it's a steampunk story by Bryn Sparks called "The Destruction of Sennacherib." If you hang around for the promos, you'll even get to hear the audio promo for STAKED! :) A big thank you goes out to Rick Stringer for agreeing to play it and another big thank you goes out to Matt Wallace and Anne Stringer for all the great podcasting info at Hypericon.

You can hear great fiction each month on Variant Frequencies and if you don't believe me, just check out the Parsec Awards that they have to prove it. And if that doesn't satisfy your yen for cool audio, check out Matt Wallace's The Failed Cities Monologues.

Now, I know it may sound a little weird to do a promo for a non-podcast book in a podcast feed, but I had to... it was a moral imperative. Why? Would you believe me if I said, "J C Hutchins told me to?"

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how much I enjoyed J C Hutchins' 7th Son Trilogy (and continue to enjoy his 7th Son Obsidian podcast, I might add). If you haven't listened to it yet, I highly suggest that you give it a start. Check out iTunes or to start listening now.

As if writing a fantastic (and soon to be published by St. Martin's Press) trilogy wasn't enough, J C is a nice guy, too. When I sent him an email telling him how much I enjoyed the trilogy, I also mentioned that I had recently published my first book and he made me an offer I couldn't refuse: Give him a sixty second promo for Staked and he'd drop it in the 7th Son Obsidian feed.

How cool is that?!?

Speaking of the 7th Son Obsidian Podcast, if you listen to nothing else, you simply must listen to the episode containing "A Rose By Any Other Name" by Mur Lafferty. That story is awesome! It's set within the Obsidian universe, but it works whether you've listened to the rest of the series or not and I highly recommend it.

What are you waiting for? Go start listening.



Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Guest Blog Alert!

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I'll be guest blogging over at Patricia's Vampire Notes Blog on Monday. In the meantime, be sure to drop by and check out her site. You'll find reviews, news, cool links, and even a contest from time to time.

You can find her blog: here.

What's the blog going to be about? Well... it's about Eric... one of his defining traits and here's your hint: Hmmm. That's funny. I can't seem to remember the hint. Or maybe that *is* the hint.

Guess you'll just have to wait until Monday to find out. :)


Monday, July 7, 2008

Revising Void City

I am now trapped in the happy doom that is a revisions letter.

If you have a good editor... or are lucky enough to have a great one (like mine), you will be a little surprised at the things you missed in the "final draft" of your book. Everyone who enjoys the Void City series (It's more than one book now! Yay!) can thank Jennifer for pointing out things like an appalling lack of Talbot during some portions of the book and a failure on my part to reveal a very essential something by the end that I *thought* I'd made clear.


Fortunately, you'll only ever know about those glitches and others like them because I told you about them. They won't be in the final final draft.

So a round of applause for the lady with the red pencil, ladies and gentlemen. She deserves it.



Saturday, July 5, 2008

Bloggin' at the League

I'm blogging at the League of Reluctant Adults today. Don't procrastinate... go check it out here.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

League-y Goodness

Lots of cool stuff is happening this week in the Jeremy-verse. I’ve been interviewed by Mike Brantley of the Mobile Press Register, my hometown paper. (I’m a native Mobilian, ya know.) And I’ll be interviewed by Brian Simon for the El Segundo Herald tomorrow. If you’d like to know what STAKED and El Segundo have to do with each other, I’m afraid you’ll have to read the book. :)

In other coolness, the folks over at the League of Reluctant Adults are suffering from temporary insanity and have invited me onboard as their Saturday Blogger! How cool is that?!? Anton gave me a fun bit of hazing on Monday and Mark made me a cool banner and everything. So come on over to the League of Reluctant Adults and play!