The GrimCast – Episode 9

The GrimCast for June features British fantasy author, Juliet E McKenna! Juliet was born in Lincolnshire in 1965, and studied Greek and Roman history and literature at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

We had some technical issues on this episode, so the audio quality isn’t great. Sorry, everyone! We hope to have a transcribed version of it available for our patrons soon.

The Grimcast is brought to you by Grimbold Books and is hosted by Kristell Ink authors Joel Cornah and Allan Bott, and Grimbold’s editorial director and co-founder, Zoë Harris.

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Book reviews and reviewers

This month, we are talking about book reviewing. And to discuss the topic we have our regular hosts, Zoë, Allan and Joel.

Our special guests are Claire Ayres from brizzlelassbooks and Thomas Wagner from SFF180.

From written to video reviews, we cover the techniques and tips of the trade as well as delving into how the reviewers world works!

The Grimcast is brought to you by Grimbold Books and is hosted by Kristell Ink authors Joel Cornah and Allan Bott, and Grimbold’s editorial director and co-founder, Zoë Harris.

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The Grimcast Audiobook Edition

In this month’s Grimcast we’re talking audiobooks. Our guests are Genevieve Sibayan and Diana Croft. Get the lowdown on what makes audiobook narrators tick, how to get into the business, and what the future might hold.

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Genevieve Sibayan 

Diana Croft

The Grimcast is hosted by Kristell Ink authors Joel Cornah and Allan Bott, and Grimbold’s editorial director and co-founder, Zoë Harris.

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Part 2 – Hybrid publishing careers with Beth Revis

A World Without You by Beth Revis

It’s an exciting month here in the Grimcast studio. We’re following on with last month’s discussion of hybrid careers and talking to bestselling YA science fiction author Beth Revis. Her book, Across the Universe, is a New York Times bestseller and was followed by two acclaimed sequels, A Million Suns and Shades of Earth. Her latest book, A World Without You, explores mental illness against a science fiction backdrop. We also talked Star Wars and Dr. Who, partly because Joel can’t help himself.

You can buy Beth’s books from these sellers: bethrevis.com/books

The Grimcast is hosted by Kristell Ink authors Joel Cornah and Allan Bott, and Grimbold’s editorial director and co-founder, Zoë Harris.

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The Self-publisher’s Dream

Happy New Year from The Grimcast!

This month we’re talking to author Becky Chambers about her journey from crowdfunded self-publisher to traditionally published, award-nominated and acclaimed science fiction author.

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The Grimcast is hosted by Kristell Ink authors Joel Cornah and Allan Bott, and Grimbold’s editorial director and co-founder, Zoë Harris.

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The Mysteries of Book Marketing

The gift-givingest time of the year is here, and we, like many others, are wondering how to make assist people to buy discover our books. So, this month, Joel and Zoë decided to talk to British Fantasy Award nominated author and Team Grimbold chief marketeer, Steven Poore, and Jay Johnstone, artist and marketing director at a major British marketing firm.

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Cover Artists and Graphic Design

Episode Three

This month, Joel, Zoë and Allan interview cover artist and graphic designer, Ken Dawson of Phoenix Designs and Creative Covers, and Josh Cornah, creator of the Grim and Bold web comic. We’re talking about the importance of good quality cover art and how our favourite designers got started in creating book covers. Also, copyright issues for artists, due credit, and the triumphs and pitfalls of being a freelance artist.

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If you’re interested in cover art and graphic design, you can follow Ken Dawson on Twitter or Facebook.

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All Things Independent, Traditional and Self Publishing

Episode Two

This month, we’re talking to Joanne Hall – author of The Art of Forgetting, Spark and Carousel and The Summer Goddess – and Adele Wearing from Fox Spirit Books. We compare the differences between self publishing, going with a small indie press and going the traditional route. Jo, who is a Grimbold author as well as an editor for us, offers her unique perspective on both sides of the publishing fence, and Adele talks about everything that goes into running a small press from acquisitions to cover art to editing and production.

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Introducing The Grimcast

Welcome to The Grimcast!

Grimbold Books now has its very own monthly podcast, hosted by Kristell Ink authors Joel Cornah and Allan Bott, and Grimbold’s editorial director and co-founder, Zoë Harris.

In our first episode, we talk to Sammy Smith, creative director and co-founder of Grimbold Books. We share the history of Grimbold and its imprints, Kristell Ink and Tenebris Books, and how it came to be the home of so many great science fiction, fantasy and dark fiction titles. We’ll also talk about our inner workings, how our authors work together as a team, the challenges of being a small press in a changing industry, and where we see Grimbold going in the future.

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