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How to Succeed in Kindle Scout Without Really Trying

July 8, 2017

How to Succeed in Kindle Scout Without Really Trying

Today, I’m back with part two of my interview with Rita Stradling. (Part one is here.) We discuss the Kindle Scout program, which is kind of a crowd-sourced way to get your book published by an Amazon imprint—or, at least, that’s how they sell it.

Rita talks about things she didn’t know about the program before she won, what exactly the program entails, and how she did (or did not) promote her Kindle Scout campaign. It’s a great listen for anyone curious about what goes on behind the scenes of Amazon’s publishing as well as authors considering publishing through any Amazon imprint.

If you have any questions after listening, drop them in the comments and I’ll forward them to Rita.

As always, there’s also a transcript below the jump.

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How to Write Realistic Science Fiction without a STEM Degree

July 1, 2017

Interview with Rita Stradling, author of Ensnared, a near-future retelling of Beauty and the BeastHow to Write Sci-Fi Without a STEM DegreeHow to Write Sci-Fi Without a STEM DegreeIs it possible to write science fiction worth reading if you know fuck all about science?

That was one of the questions that came up during my interview with author Rita Stradling.

Her newest release, Ensnared, is a near-future retelling of Beauty and the Beast that was recently selected for publication through Kindle Scout. It has robot monkeys and a spooky high-tech tower and a Beauty who saves people from avalanches.

Most of Rita’s explanations of the technology in Ensnared flew over my head. I mean, they sounded plausible, but I’m an editor, not an engineer.

Dr. McCoy of the USS Enterprise says, "Shut up."

But Rita isn’t a scientist. Her background is in art history, and she confessed during the interview that science was actually her worst subject throughout school.

So how’d she do it?

Listen to our conversation (or click “Read More” for the transcript) to find out.

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