Anyone who has ever wanted to write books for a living has faced the question of genre. Some people just know instinctively what they want to write, but even with that question settled they may still struggle with the best way to reach and build their audience and their revenue stream. Author Christ Fox dealt with these issues as well, and even though he knew exactly what he wanted to write, he quickly discovered that even readers in his genre might not want to read his work. So he became more targeted, and soon learned to write for the market. He shares some of that insight in this interview.
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S. Evan Townsend writes in a universe that is an interesting blend of science fiction and noir detective stories—pulp fiction meets nuts and bolts scifi. He's also a host for the Speculative Fiction Cantina, chatting with other authors about their work and helping to introduce readers to new books by authors they'll love. In this episode of the Wordslinger Podcast, Kevin talks to Townsend about his work, about the meaning of Speculative Fiction, and about the future of the genre.