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Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans needs your help to continue to bring you our unique blend of podcast goodness

About this project

Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans has been running for over 3 years and 100 episodes. We'd love to continue to deliver the high-quality podcasts that you (and we!) expect. So we're reaching out to you, our long-time listeners, our occasional listeners, and listeners who have yet to join the Speculate! crew.

Speculate! is a podcast for writers, readers, and fans, run by Gregory A. Wilson and Bradley P. Beaulieu, two writers of speculative fiction. Speculate! shares podcasts of several different types, including:

  • Fiction Reviews – discussions of novels or short fiction.
  • Author Interviews – interviews or roundtables with some of the great and new voices in speculative fiction.
  • Writing Technique – nuts and bolts discussions of writing technique that stem from the works we’ve reviewed.
  • Artist Interviews – just to shake things up, we thought we’d include some interviews with various artists in the speculative fiction arena.

Often we follow our triptych model, where we discuss a particular set of short stories or a novel, then interview the author(s) in the following episode, and finish up with a show where we get into the more nitty gritty details of writing technique. This format allows us to dig deeper into the fiction we’re discussing, and it hopefully allows you, the listener, to be both entertained and informed.

We've had the honor of hosting a wide variety of authors and fiction on our show. Here's a small sampling of guests we've had during our century of episodes:

We're running this Kickstarter to guarantee that Speculate! can create at least 25 new episodes. We've been averaging closer to 30 episodes per year, and in all likelihood we'll hit that mark, but if we hit our funding goal, we'll commit to at least 25 new episodes over the next year.

The funding will go toward an update to the website, including a more modern theme with responsive capabilities. We also need some updates to our audio equipment and some software to better record and edit the episodes. There's a stretch goal to hire a dedicated editor so that the shows come out on a more consistent basis and we can get them to you faster with hopefully a few sound quality options. And if there's anything left over, Greg and Brad may just buy lunch for one another.

Stretch Goal 1 — $5,000 — Podcast Insights

Greg and Brad will record a podcast specifically on how we started the show, how we run it on a day-to-day basis, how we edit, and how we post. This will be a unique opportunity to learn more about podcasting. We'll make this podcast available exclusively to you for 30 days before releasing it publicly via YouTube.

Stretch Goal 2 — $7,500 — Writing Insights

Greg and Brad will each record a video (15-20 minutes minimum) that delves into how we write on a day-to-day basis. This will give you some unique insight into our processes that may help you. At the very least, we hope it'll be an interesting look into how writers make the books you love. We'll make this video available exclusively to you for 30 days before releasing it publicly via YouTube.

Stretch Goal 3 — $10,000 — Speculate! gets an Editor

At this stretch goal, we'll commit to hiring an editor to edit the episodes. We'd really love to hit this one. Why? Because if we do, we'll be able to get the episodes out to you faster. We'll be able to keep a more consistent schedule. And if we hit this goal, we plan to offer two types of downloads, one of lower quality (but faster to download) and one of higher quality for better, richer sound reproduction.

Stretch Goal 4 — $20,000 — 5 Live Video Episodes

At this stretch goal, we'll commit to recording 5 live episodes. These episodes will be taped at an upcoming convention, either GenCon 2014 in Indianapolis, IN or World Fantasy 2014 in Washington D.C. The exact location and guests are of course TBD, but we think live video episodes would be a great addition to the Speculate! roundup. When we hit this goal (this is optimism at work, folks) we'll work quickly to determine the timing and the guest lists for these episodes and share them with you as soon as possible.

In addition to the rewards on the right, we'll be offering (in the US only) optional add-ons for signed and personalized versions of our books. Available will be the following:

Note that these are available in the US only. Foreign shipping is, unfortunately, prohibitively expensive. If you live outside the US, and would like copies of our physical books, please contact us via this Kickstarter and we can work something out.

Gregory A. Wilson is a Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing, fantasy and science fiction along with various other courses in literature. His first academic book was published by Clemson University Press in 2007; on the creative side, he has won an award for a national playwriting contest, and his first novel, a work of fantasy entitled The Third Sign, was published by Gale Cengage in 2009. He is currently in the process of submitting his third novel, Grayshade, to publishers, and has recent short stories out in anthologies like Time Traveled Tales, alongside authors like Mike Stackpole and Timothy Zahn, and the critically acclaimed When The Villain Comes Home, edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy.  His second novel Icarus is being converted into a graphic novel with illustrations by professional comics artist Matt Slay, to be published by the highly successful independent publisher Silence in the Library. He lives with his wife Clea, daughter Senavene–named at his wife’s urging for a character in The Third Sign, for which he hopes his daughter will forgive him–and dog Lilo in Riverdale, NY.

Bradley P. Beaulieu is the author of the critically acclaimed epic fantasy series, The Lays of Anuskaya. Last year, Brad released his premiere short story collection, Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories, which pulls together many of his previously published works, plus three new stories written specifically for the anthology, two of which are set in The Lays of Anuskaya. Brad continues to work on his next projects, including The Song of the Shattered Sands, an Arabian Nights-inspired epic fantasy that will be published by DAW Books in the US and Gollancz in the UK, and Winterwatch, a new Norse-inspired middle grade series. Brad and his novels have garnered many accolades and most anticipated lists, including two Hotties–the Debut of the Year and Best New Voice–on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, a Gemmell Morningstar Award nomination for The Winds of Khalakovo and more. Brad lives in Racine, WI with his wife, two kids, and a pair of cats where he writes, cooks spicy dishes, and hides out on weekends with his family. For more about Brad and his writing, please visit www.quillings.com.

Risks and challenges

Speculate! has been running for over three years already. There's no real challenge that we can foresee with continuing the show and creating the next twenty five episodes that we have planned over the next year.

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    Pledge $5 or more
    About $5 USD

    7 backers

    THE SCIFI SHOUT OUT — You'll be included in a special web page on our website that will be mentioned on air and linked from several of the new season's episodes.

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    15 backers

    THE PODCAST SHOUT OUT — You'll be included in our shout out web page AND we'll mention you on air in one of the first few episodes of the new season. Depending on how many backers we get at this level, we may spread it out over a few episodes.

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    5 backers

    THE GOODS — You'll get an ebook of The Winds of Khalakovo, the first novel in Brad's The Lays of Anuskaya epic fantasy trilogy, and Icarus, Greg's new fantasy novel. Backers will receive EPUB, MOBI (Kindle), and PDF versions of both books, all DRM-free.

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    12 backers

    MORE GOODS — You'll get an ebook of Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories, Brad's short story collection, and The Third Sign, Greg's epic fantasy novel. Backers will receive EPUB, MOBI (Kindle), and PDF versions of both books, all DRM-free.

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    8 backers

    ALL THE GOODS — You'll get an ebook of The Winds of Khalakovo, the first novel in Brad's The Lays of Anuskaya epic fantasy trilogy, Icarus, Greg's new fantasy novel, Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories, Brad's short story collection, and The Third Sign, Greg's epic fantasy novel.

    Backers will receive EPUB, MOBI (Kindle), and PDF versions of both books, all DRM-free.

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    About $100 USD

    3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)

    THE DEDICATION — In this limited reward, we'll dedicate one of our episodes to you, calling you out at the beginning of the show. You'll get all the rewards in ALL THE GOODS, plus Greg will include an e-copy of Icarus the Graphic Novel and Brad will include an e-copy of Strata, the novella he co-wrote with Stephen Gaskell.

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    About $250 USD

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    THE BRAINSTORM (Early bird rate!)— Greg and Brad will sit down with you in a 40-minute Google hangout and talk about your novel and help you to brainstorm whatever you like. Want to chat about the plot? Great! Characters not working? We can help there too! We can also talk about whatever else you'd like, such as the business side of publishing, agents and editors, critique groups, and more. You get to decide whether you want to make the video public once it's been recorded. (But why not?) This also includes all the items in ALL THE GOODS.

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    About $300 USD

    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    THE BRAINSTORM — Greg and Brad will sit down with you in a 40-minute Google hangout and talk about your novel and help you to brainstorm whatever you like. Want to chat about the plot? Great! Characters not working? We can help there too! We can also talk about whatever else you'd like, such as the business side of publishing, agents and editors, critique groups, and more. You get to decide whether you want to make the video public once it's been recorded. (But why not?) This also includes all the items in ALL THE GOODS.

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    About $450 USD

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    THE CRIT (Early bird rate!) — Greg and Brad will both read and critique a short story or chapter (up to 7,500 words). We'll talk via Skype or phone call or Google Hangout to discuss the strengths in the work, and what could use improvement, including some potential suggestions for ways to address the issues. This also includes all the items in ALL THE GOODS.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    THE CRIT — Greg and Brad will both read and critique a short story or chapter (up to 7,500 words). We'll talk via Skype or phone call or Google Hangout to discuss the strengths in the work, and what could use improvement, including some potential suggestions for ways to address the issues. This also includes all the items in ALL THE GOODS.

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    THE ONE-OFF — You get to choose the book we read (not yours and not self-published) for a one-off reader response show and you can join us to discuss the book. If there are any questions about what books qualify, please contact us via Kickstarter. This also includes all the items in ALL THE GOODS.

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    THE TRIPTYCH — You get to choose the book we read (not yours and not self-published) for a full triptych of shows. These will include the reader response show, author interview, and the writing technique show. You can join us to discuss the book in the reader response show. Note that we cannot guarantee that the author will join us for a triptych, so please contact us ahead of time and we'll make every effort to get author-buy-in before you pledge. If the author is unavailable, we'll try to pull in others, like the editor or publicist from the publisher, or even an author who champions the book in question. If there are any questions about what books qualify, please contact us via Kickstarter. This also includes all the items in ALL THE GOODS.

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Funding period

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