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Jul 01

My podcast interview with fellow author Robert Swartwood. It’s cool, I promise.

A few days ago I had the pleasure of being ‘interviewed’ by Robert Swartwood, author of several novels, including The Calling, The Serial Killer’s Wife, Man of Wax, and No Shelter (one of my favorite reads of 2011, with a funny story behind the pseudonym – one which you’ll only know if you listen.) We chat about:

  • How he and I first met (nothing of a romantic nature, I assure you)
  • My thoughts on Smashwords (why I use them as little as possible, and why you won’t see me send SW book links)
  • Our discussion on ebook pricing, the $.99/$2.99 price points, the value of higher pricing, and Amazon as the big bad guy in the room
  • The crap and/or offensive material being published, and what a potential barrier to entry might do to clean it up
  • A little about my Gabriel series, along with a brief sneak preview of my current (non-Gabriel) work in progress
  • And finally, a chance to win my complete trilogy, Gabriel’s Journey, by leaving a comment on Robert’s blog by midnight Monday the 2nd

It’s around 40 minutes long, so if you’ve always wanted to hear my voice (for whatever strange, potentially creepy reason) hit the Play button and continue writing. Here’s the link to Robert’s site:

http://www.robertswartwood.com/insights/in-which-steve-umstead-and-i-talk-about-important-things/

Leave a comment on Robert’s blog, I know he’d love to hear from you guys.

About the author

Steve Umstead

Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten+ years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously…but hasn’t given up the traveling.
Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors’ science fiction novels. Gabriel’s Redemption was his debut novel, published in February of 2011.

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