In this podcast John C. Foster talks about his journey from screenwriter to novelist, marketing and how to engage with others on social media.
About John C. Foster
John C. Foster was born in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and has been afraid of the dark for as long as he can remember. A writer of thrillers and dark fiction, Foster was raised in the wilds of southern New Hampshire (read: not wild) before hauling stakes for the ersatz glow of Los Angeles. He has since relocated to the relative sanity of New York City where he lives with his lady, Linda, and their dog Coraline. Foster is an enthusiastic amateur cook, partially to offset all the griping that results from pushing his increasingly decrepit body through the rigors of martial arts training.
Foster’s stories can be found in issue #8 of Shock Totem and Dark Visions – Volume 2 from Grey Matter Press, as well as anthologies such as the Big Book of New Short Horror, Under the Stairs, Book of Horror 2, Dead Worlds 7: Undead Stories and Book of the Dead 6: Forever Dead, among others. His first novel, Dead Men, was released in July of this year by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.
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- [01:45] Interview start/beta readers
- [07:45] Showing your work to a wide variety of beta readers from different backgrounds
- [09:55] Shift from screenwriter to novelist
- [13:21] Research
- [20:27] Marketing
- [30:59] Professionalism and engagement on Twitter and other social media platforms
- [45:35] Writing for multiple publishers
- [01:13:50] Connect with John C. Foster
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