Author Discussion

Episode 33B – Chad Boyer – Choosing a Title

Chad has some insight, and regrets, on choosing the title he did. We discuss what makes a good title and how to tell.

Episode 33B Chad Boyer Choosing a Title

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[Stephen Schneider] – All right, so we’re back with Chad Boyer and we’re going to have a discussion about book titles. But first before we do Chad, let’s talk a little bit about what software you use and what services you use when you’re writing.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, so my day job is a software developer, and so I like all of the tools but I realized that for writing you don’t need all the tools. So I basically use Word with the navigation tab open and write there. I outlined in Word ahead of time and then just right over my outline. I save different copies out as I go. I do have, I mean it’s basically a notepad but it’s called Visual Studio Code which allows me to open a folder up all at once which then is where I keep all my notes. So it’s just text files in there but I keep all my notes. Basically, I think it does with Scrivener does happen for you and once Scrivener comes out with a Windows version I will probably be, I mean they came out with it, but they say they’re going to update it so I’m not buying it just yet.

[Stephen Schneider] – Yeah, I got Scrivener One and I used it because I found with Word it was too difficult cause I ended up writing a whole bunch of scenes separately and then trying to move them around because of better story order was just impossible. So Scrivener jumped out to me and like you I’m a computer guy so I’m like, oh, well, this is more focused towards writing and has some nice features and I was using it for a while and they’ve been working on the version three for Windows and they’re trying to make it match the Mac version and it was promised almost two years ago to be done. And their, I’ll give them credit they are still working on it. They are still fixing it. They are still making improvements and to be truthful been using the beta version of three for at least the last year and I haven’t had any problems and I like it. I think the compile is a little wonky and difficult to learn and figure out.

[Chad Boyer] – Right.

[Stephen Schneider] – But other than that, I’m I’m having no problems with it.

[Chad Boyer] – Hm. All right. Yeah, I mean basically, I just uploaded the word document directly to Amazon so they compilled it all for me. And then when I kicked out the mobi file, I just picked up and put it into I think it’s Caliber and use that to convert it to the other formats. So that wasn’t too bad.

[Stephen Schneider] – Does Caliber work well for you because I had trouble with Caliber. it seemed to break, not break, but make my manuscript looked worse than it was.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, I mean, I’ve only done it, I haven’t done it for publication cause right now I’m exclusive to Amazon, but I did it for those friends and family that wanted an epub version rather than a mobi version. So I didn’t do a full walkthrough checking the formatting. I probably will at some point but not just yet.

[Stephen Schneider] – Other thing I was going to bring up your using a PC?

[Chad Boyer] – Yes.

[Stephen Schneider] – Okay. The one thing I always hear everybody talking about is Vellum and but that’s Mac only. So I’ve been toying with the idea of actually using MacinCloud just to use Vellum.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, there was a discussion on that about that on a podcast recently or maybe it was a YouTube video I saw but basically yeah the trick with that though is Vellum and is expenvise. Like three hundred bucks or four hundred bucks and I think, I mean I’m not planning on doing paper book paperbacks anytime soon, which is what I think Velleum really excels at.

[Stephen Schneider] – Yes, and that’s actually why I want to use it because I write middle-grade fiction like ninety percent of them still prefer print.

[Chad Boyer] – Yup.

[Stephen Schneider] – So I’ve got push that.

[Chad Boyer] – I do know that the services do really well and I don’t know how well they do with Vellum though.

[Stephen Schneider] – Yeah, I’ll have to see which you know, everybody says it does great so I’ll go with that that, I mean I can actually do a lot of the same stuff using Scrivener, the new compile in the beta of three, but like I said, it’s it’s not the easiest to figure out and learn. They did not make the interface easy. You should actually, you know go check it out. The new beta it’s a pretty good working version and it you know, you could get it and try it’s only usable up like the 21st of this month. But what they’ve been doing is coming out with a new beta version before the old one expires. So I I mean I haven’t paid for three and I’ve been using it for a year.

[Chad Boyer] – Oh wow. Okay. I’ll have to check it out. I sent you a link to the video where a guy uses MacinCloud and test out Vellum as a beta.

[Stephen Schneider] – Oh well that’d be nice.

[Chad Boyer] – There you go.

[Stephen Schneider] – So our big topic of discussion that you brought up was choosing the title for your book and you had some back and forth and some dissenting opinions on that. So tell us a little bit about the history here of why that’s a good topic for you and what you learned about choosing a title.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah. Well, I’ve learned that I probably shouldn’t have chosen the title that I picked. The reason I picked the title is I had like the, the ACE is a armoured combat exoskeleton, right? So that’s part of the whole idea of the mecca, the big robots, and so I was like i’ll used Ace but without like the periods in there just as a nod a subtle nod to the machines that are inside. And then I had a whole idea of like poker type stuff where you’re getting your raising aces, you’re holding aces, and you’re playing aces or folding aces or something like that and so I thought, or drawing Aces would be another one. And so I thought drawing aces was going to be my first book and then Raising Aces would be my second and I’d messed that up. And so it’s actually Raising Aces as my first book, but one of the things in the Writing Excuses podcast, they said is don’t make your job title something that references something in the book because the object of the title is to entice readers to read it, and if they’re reading something they don’t understand they’re in the title they’re not going to pick the book up.

[Stephen Schneider] – Right, and that makes sense.

[Chad Boyer] – And that makes sense. And I thought Aces was enough that maybe somebody would pick it up anyway just because we see a giant robot on the cover. I mean, that’s really what I’m trying to sell. So I was hoping that was the case at least.

[Stephen Schneider] – But you know, but I mean arguably and I’m not the expert and obviously sales will be the telling factor, but Raising Aces if you got a robot on there and it’s military scfi, to me that speaks, you know of a squadron or the top, you know, the flying Aces. The Red Baron and all that.

[Chad Boyer] – And book two actually has five Aces in it, but unfortunately, yeah, I totally agree. The other is hard to say. That’s the other point that I wanted to make is the title needs to be, especially for military sci-fi, it’s got to be punching, it’s got to be quick, and it’s gotta be easy to remember and easy to say. I had the guys over at Keystroke Media pick me up as a sponsor. I didn’t ask they just did it as I joined in thier live sessions. And it was really cool. I’ve been going to their life sessions often and so they were like, hey Chad’s finished a book let’s put it up as the sponsor for this this podcast and he couldn’t get the name, right? So and I didn’t want to be like, actually well actually you said it wrong, you know? It was well that it is what it is kind of thing. So definitely if you’re going to pick a title make it short and sweet and easy to remember.

[Stephen Schneider] – So the ace, what did the A.C.E stand for?

[Chad Boyer] – Armored Combat Exoskeleton.

[Stephen Schneider] – So you could have aces in Ace. Yeah in Aces.

[Chad Boyer] – Yes. Yep. I could and and yeah the but then that’s like doubling down on the specific thing that the Writing Excues guys tell you not too.

[Stephen Schneider] – Right. So do you have a like series title?

[Chad Boyer] – It was just Ace series. So I don’t really have a good good title for that either. So yeah titles, it’s my albatross at the moment.

[Stephen Schneider] – So if I mean, I know a lot of people and even the pros and the Triad, they will like at some point take down a book or a series and totally renamed it redo the covers. If you were going to redo that what would you name the first book? What would you name the series?

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah. I haven’t quite, I haven’t taken a step back and really thought deeply about it. It is a, I mean it’s the whole Rebel vs. Empire situation. So I think I would try and capitalize on that in some way but I haven’t stepped back and really thought about it just because I want to get the books done first.

[Stephen Schneider] – Right? Do you have any I know we talked on the last set of the podcast about some of your favorite military sci-fi books. Do you have any books, any genre that you think had really good titles? Or some that maybe missed the mark, had bad titles?

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, John Ringo has a series the first book is called Gust Front, and Gust Front s the air that comes before a storm. It’s like a gust of air that hits before a storm. And his series about an alien invasion of Earth. And so I thought that was a really clever name for basically the attack going on to Earth before there were multiple waves that were coming behind it. So I really like that name.

[Stephen Schneider] – Okay.

[Chad Boyer] – It’s really good series.

[Stephen Schneider] – I know that there was a Stephen King book, and the name is escaping me at the moment unfortunately, from a couple of years ago that I thought was a horrible name.

[Chad Boyer] – Stephen King gets to break rules though.

[Stephen Schneider] – Well, yeah. Yeah it the book wasn’t that good and I thought the name sucked. Maybe it was Elevation? No, it might not. I think it was before that but it was the one about the the guy that could call the lightning down and he was connected to somebody in whatever but the name like didn’t do anything for me.

[Chad Boyer] – Oh Yeah.

[Stephen Schneider] – For the thing, but yeah Stephen King can get away with it. And then you get names like, you know Wonderful Wizard of Oz which is spot-on perfect, but also has kind of transcended whether it’s a good name or not.

[Chad Boyer] – Well, yeah exactly. I mean Neal Stephenson with his Diamond Age and then the subtitle is a Young Ladies Primer basically a spot on on to what that book is all about. And the fact that the Diamond Age is a nice nice homage to the fact that he has like nanomachines attacking so much that they fall to the ground and are called Toner because all you get is that like toner grit which then leads to carbon which then leads diamond. I thought it was a well-named book.

[Stephen Schneider] – Here’s an example. I think of not-so-great of a title, Harlan Ellison’s I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah.

[Stephen Schneider] – That’s you know, I mean if you’re going to talk about not telling you anything about what it’s about or anything. That’s,

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah very true. Very true.

[Stephen Schneider] – And then you got other good classic titles like Tarzan of the Apes.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, right which tells you a little bit but not that much.

[Stephen Schneider] – Right. Yeah. I know with your your books, that’s why I asked about the series title because even with it, you know raising Aces if you have the right series title it would probably be together be just right enough to let people know and spark their interest along with the cover and the blurb obviously.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah and maybe maybe I would do something like Empire Shattered series or something like that where,

[Stephen Schneider] – Yeah, that’s I like that.

[Chad Boyer] – Kind of brings brings a better break. I’ll definitely take a look at changing the titles once the once the trilogy is finished.

[Stephen Schneider] – It could just do something along the lines of great big robot fighting.

[Chad Boyer] – And the civilization games when you get to the giant robots it’s just giant death robots.

[Stephen Schneider] – It sounds more like an anime.

[Chad Boyer] – Right. Yeah, exactly.

[Stephen Schneider] – So with this whole discussion what advice might you give new authors about choosing the title anything else cause you’ve already mentioned a bit about what Writing Excuses said and what you would do different. Do you have any other pointers?

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah. I think just clear concise have a point to something about your book so somebody can tell based of the title what your books about or at least get a good gist of it and make it memorable like you don’t want somebody thinking you know, oh what was the name of it? I’ll tell you later, and then by the time it’s later, they’d forgotten it and moved on cause word of mouth is like for at least any, well for any author really word of mouth is how you get sales.

[Stephen Schneider] – Right. So do you have any tricks or anything you’ve developed to help get that feedback from other readers to see if it is a good title.

[Chad Boyer] – Polls on your, polls with your readers list is always a good thing. And then like your writers group or whatnot, though make sure that you’re right is group actually no genre cause you don’t want to be poling like romance writers if you’re writing in sci-fi and vice versa for that matter.

[Stephen Schneider] – Right. You don’t want to call it cute cuddly robots.

[Chad Boyer] – Exactly.

[Stephen Schneider] – Right and that’s also an important factor with the critiquing itself. I know a lot of writers groups people jump into that that’s one of the first things. I’ve learned to take anything in a writers group with a grain of salt because we had one guy that read something was a horror story and he had more he gave us than what he actually read to us and I was reading ahead and picking up on some things and this one guy was like ripping the manuscript apart that it didn’t give us the conflict in the first page and we should have known this about that main character in itself. I’m like no, I totally disagree, I said what you’re saying may be great for thrillers, but it’s not so great for horror. I said horror needs a buildup horroe needs some of that mystery and suspense.

[Chad Boyer] – Right.

[Stephen Schneider] – And I think the same goes with titles to that, you know a romance title is would be totally different even if it was a romance title set in the military with robots would have a different title than the action fighting military or even if it was more of a space opera, you know along the lines of Firefly and Star Wars, different title. So you’re right, you know, letting other authors take a look at the title can help but I think like you said doing the polls and finding you age readers and getting their feedback is way more important and probably also you don’t want to just ask five hundred million cause you’ll get five hundred million different, you know responses, you know, it’s probably hard as a very new author but finding your readers that loved that type of stuff those are the ones you want 10 of or something to give you feedback.

[Chad Boyer] – Right exactly.

[Stephen Schneider] – So do you have a writers group that there are sci-fi military people in it that you go to?

[Chad Boyer] – Not right now. I basically written this one solo for the most part. I do have several friends that read sc-fi and so I’ve given chapters to them to kind of critique and be like does this read correctly per se but most of my interactions with sc-fi authors have been online at via email.

[Stephen Schneider] – Okay. All right. Well Chad, I appreciate the talk. Do you have any last words either about your book or for new authors?

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, I think for new Authors just keep writing. I know it’s cliche and everybody says that but you won’t be done until unless you keep writing right said a word goal each day and hit it or said a word goal each week and hit it and keep going.

[Stephen Schneider] – Great. All right, we’ll Chad I appreciate you taking some time to talk to me today. Really good discussion.

[Chad Boyer] – Hey, thanks a lot Stephen.

[Outro] – Thank you for listening to Discovered Wordsmiths. Come back next week and listen to another author discuss the road they’ve traveled and maybe sometime in the near future it might be you.

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Episode 33A – Chad Boyer – Raising Aces

Chad has been in the Air Force and is currently a computer developer in the medical field. He lives in California with his family.

He has written a sci-fi book called Raising Aces. It’s a war story with giant robots – who doesn’t like that?

Some of Chad’s favorite books:

Episode Transcription

Episode 33A Chad Boyer Raising Aces

[Stephen Schneider (Guest Introdution)] – Today on the podcast I want to welcome Chad Boyer. Chad rights military sci-fi with big robots, and that sounds great to me. We discuss a few authors that he likes and a couple we’ve known in the same style. So if you like that type of book, if you like that type of adventure and sci-fi check out Chad’s book. It’s called Raising Aces and we’ll talk about it and some of the other books he likes and some of the things he does with his family and outside of writing. So please check out Chad’s books and if you enjoy the podcast go give us a review give us some likes it’ll help others find us help other readers discover the new authors and new books that I’ve been helping promote. Thank you.

[Stephen Schneider] – All right, well Chad welcome today. How are you this morning or afternoon?

[Chad Boyer] – Great.

[Stephen Schneider] – I appreciate you taking some time to get on the podcast and talk to us. Before we get started with your book. Tell us a little bit about who you are and a bit about your background and what you like to do besides writing.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, so Chad Boyer grew up in California did a short stint in the Air Force which took me to the lovely state of Oklahoma. So that was awesome, and then also had a quick little loop around England for a year in education abroad. So that was cool. Right now I work full-time job as a computer developer job and uh, yeah working in the health care industry so business is booming unfortunately.

[Stephen Schneider] – Yeah, would you do with computer development? Cuz that’s what I do.

[Chad Boyer] – So I’m a software developer for a, they call us a full stack developer, I work with on the back end so on the servers themselves and on the front end so on the bits that you see when you are actually checking checking the web pages out and things. If we want to go super technical, I work on and an electronic health record, an EHR, in the medical industry and it’s all web-based so, you know.

[Stephen Schneider] – Oh nice. Okay, so with all that and your background you have kids. Why did you want to start writing?

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, so I’ve always, I feel it’s difficult among most authors. I’ve always wanted to write I wrote some when I was a kid and I maybe about, I don’t know back in 07 ,08 or so I took a creative writing course and I mean usually have some some some book idea kicking around in your head and so I took that to the creative writing course and at the community college here and started working on it and then life happened kind of put it away didn’t really didn’t really do much with it per se but it was always like in the back of my head as like, you know you should really write that and mean you I find that most readers come across a book where they’re like, you know, I could do better than this and I have a great idea for a story I mean, it’s just in my day job, it’s the I have a great idea for an app so I basically decided I kind of put it away for a long time and then one of my, one of my author he’s a friend now, but one of the authors that I follow put out a bunch of short stories and put them up on Amazon and I was like, well, how do you do that? I mean, how did that even work? Did you buy ispn’s like can you even do that and it was like, yeah, you just form out the word document and it goes up on a on Amazon it’s not that hard so I say, you know what I’m going to do that and I started it the week that my son was born and I’ve been kind of writing for him as something fun to read which is I mean when I was a boy, I enjoyed right reading sci-fi and fantasy books, and so we’re two years in and I’ve got one book out so there you go.

[Stephen Schneider] – Nice, and so your son’s two years old now?

[Cahd Boyer] – Yeah

[Stephen Schneider] – And the book you said your reading it to him. What is the book called? And what what’s it about?

[Chad Boyer] – Oh, I’m not reading it to him. Something for him to read when he is older. It’s a Sci-Fi book. It’s called Raising Aces. It’s a, I like to call it a mash-up between World War one and Mecca. So it’s giant robots basically basically trying to pacify and take over the world and the three heros in the story are tasks by this AI who basically said, hey the Imperials are coming back in about fifteen years and if we don’t have a consolidated front, they’re just going to take over. So let’s make a Consolidated front. So that’s the first story in the Aces series.

[Stephen Schneider] – So I know there’s a lot of subgenres to sci-fi and people get rid of the dedicated to one subgenre. Would you say this is military or space opera or like hard sci-fi or what? What would you say?

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, we’re definitely, military were not hard sci-fi because if you start doing an actual check on big robots, it’s not going to work. I really wish it would cuz if they’re cool, but unfortunately, they they they’re not practical in any way shape or form. So yeah military sci-fi soft and there isn’t a mecca section unfortunately, so I think I put it in colonization cuz it’s a not earth-based planet and then there’s a lot of fighting and whatnot in it.

[Stephen Schneider] – Okay, so why I know we talked a little bit about what got you into writing but this particular book, why did you choose to write a military sci-fi instead of something else?

[Chad Boyer] – I really like military sci-fi. I read a bunch of it and it’s kind of like in my wheelhouse and I did four years in the Air Force so I kind of understand the military a little bit. I mean granted everybody who is in quote-unquote real military is like the Marines or the Army say that Air Force isn’t that military like but I dealt with a bureaucracy and I understand how it is from that side. So I felt I could write it and I like reading it so that’s where we picked it up.

[Stephen Schneider] – I would say there’s a large number of my family that are Air Force so it’s fine and what and the book is down already booked one.

[Cha Boyer] – Yeah book one came out third week in November, November 23rd of last year.

[Stephen Schneider] – During J’s essential gathering, right?

[Chad Boyer] – It was it was during Jay’s essential gathering. Yeah, we were all connected up and I had published it, and in fact one of the breakout sessions one of the one of the co-authors there where the authors was like, Hey, it’s actually live right now. And I was like awesome cuz there’s like seventy two hour waiting time for Amazon to actually publish the book which all new to me.

[Stephen Schneider] – Right, so what are some things that you’ve learned writing this first book that you may be doing different with the second one or some things you wish you had done different now that you know?

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, so there’s a bunch one is stick to one project all the way through. So I definitely, once I got done with the first book and I got it to the editor I started on the second book and kept writing on the second book, even though the editor had gotten back the revisions to me because I was trying to keep my word count per day going and it took me a while to realize really if you just, word count as word count and revisions count as word count. So I basically just focused on one book got it done cuz there’s definitely whenever you hit any kind of hard spot in the novel, you’re always like there’s a shiny thing over there that I’d rather be writing about and there’s always a point of you’re writing that you like a lot and there’s points that you don’t like and if you hit the points that you don’t like it’s very easy to be like, oh, I’ll do the other stuff, you know, so I think lessoned learned is stay focused and keep, keep on a project until it’s done.

[Stephen Schneider] – Okay, and I know you said you like sci-fi military and that’s why you wrote that’s great. Have you had many people reading it and giving you feedback what have some of the other readers have said?

[Chad Boyer] – As most often you get with your first book you get all of your friends and family checking it out and so far nobody has said it’s horrible, which I mean could be them just be nice, but the nice thing that many of them have said, is there waiting for the next book. So that’s that’s good and then it’s funny because you write some amazing scenes and you think they’re just the best scenes ever and the feedback that I get from the readers is yeah, there’s a throwaway scene that is really small thing was really amazing and I liked it a lot or or this this little paragraph was hilarious or this line is great and I was like, yeah, but those aren’t The best ones that I did! But what about this? No? Okay, and so you just have to be like thank you and and just remember that I have a little file box that I’m keeping track of those things so I can make sure I do them again the next book.

[Stephen Schneider] – That’s great. Hopefully your file doesn’t get so big that you feel like you, you can’t get it all in.

[Chad Boyer] – Oh, I’m I right now that is not the problem.

[Stephen Schneider] – All right, so the next book book two you’ve been working on it whens that expected to come out?

[Chad Boyer] – So the the goal right now what I’ve got on the calendar is the end of April the last last day in April is the goal for that one, but I haven’t been so brave as to put it as an Amazon pre-order, but that’s the goal currently.

[Stephen Schneider] – Yeah, I’ve heard it probably isn’t the best idea to do a pre-order if you don’t have it one hundred percent done and if you don’t have too much of a following yet, so probably the right choice.

[Chad Boyer] – Exactly, and then book three and my plan is November.

[Stephen Schneider] – Okay. So, so you feel you’ve learned quite a bit that you’re able to get book 2 and 3 out a lot quicker?

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah. Yeah, there’s definitely I’m definitely scheduling issues that have occurred in the past and making sure that I write every day and then just working in terms of planning out how how long it’s going to take me to draft and then how long it’s going to take me to revise. I basically took the revision time of the last novel. I trimmed it down a little bit, but by using that I kind of planned out this year and my goal is two more books this year. So that’s nice.

[Stephen Schneider] – Nice. So a little bit off of your book but as an author, you know just about every author I talk to likes to read. What are some of your favorite books that you’ve read growing up or as an adult before you wrote your book?

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, so I mean there’s so many right? Really like a pretty much all of Neal Stephenson’s stuff.

[Stephen Schneider] – Okay. Yeah.

[Chad Boyer] – He definitely had an issue with ending books at the beginning of his career. Like it was one of those things where you just was like, okay, I’m done and walking away and you were like whoa, whoa, where’s the tie up?

[Stephen Schneider] – He’s not the only one with that problem.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, exactly. Um, I also liked uh, William Gibson, S. M. Stirling, they’re basically almost all of their like Mona Lisa Overdrive and all those kind of books, little cyber punkish books. David Weber and his Honor Harrington series.

[Stephen Schneider] – You the second military sci-fi that’s mentioned that series.

[Chad Boyer] – It is. It’s rough to start, it’s one of those things where nowadays, I don’t know modern sensibilities, like I think the first book came out in like eighty-nine or something like that so I’ve I usually suggest it and probably only half the people that I suggest that you actually get up and get going through it. One that usually gets it has a higher, higher read through is Jim Butcher and his Dresden series. You just keep going on those.

[Stephen Schneider] – Right?

[Chad Boyer] – Who else?

[Stephen Schneider] – Have you? let me ask if you’ve ever heard of or read Ian Douglas? Star Carrier?

[Chad Boyer] – Yes, I have. Ian Douglas and, I believe that’s a pen name of his.

[Stephen Schneider] – It is. I know him actually that’s his pen name. Yeah, I just got brag a little there I guess.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah. No, that’s awesome. My brag birthday is I vaguely have had some chats with Michael Stackpole.

[Stephen Schneider] – Wow

[Chad Boyer] – Who does, did a bunch of BattleTech stuff, which is big stompy robots, which is what I like.

[Stephen Schneider] – Well so did Ian Douglas. He did it as a David Keith or something like that.

[Chad Boyer] – William H. Keith.

[Stephen Schneider] – Yeah, that’s his real name. He wrote some BattleTech to back in the day. Yep.

[Chad Boyer] – He wrote the Grayson series, which is also a really nice.

[Stephen Schneider] – And didn’t Michael Stackpole do Rogue Squadron stuff with Star Wars?

[Chad Boyer] – He did. He did do a bunch of Star Wars stuff. Yeah, so like both of them. And then David Drake like him. Infact really good old school alternate history is the Belisarius series with Eric Flint and David Drake and I think M.S. Sterling. I’m not sure he might have been in there or not, but that’s a really good series that I like just as alternate history follows a Belisarius who was one of the great generals back in Rome.

[Stephen Schneider] – So with a family and with writing you got two books coming out this year. Do you find much time to read nowadays?

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, so it’s on my phone. That’s correct. That’s where I get it. So I’ll read what I’m waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting to pick up a kid or kids child practices and what not and then I try and like I try and read a paper book before I go to bed so I usually shut down all the electronics and just crack open a book. To show you how busy my schedule is i’m still reading Jim Butcher’s latest book.

[Stephen Schneider] – Well, you’re ahead of me. I’m so far behind in all the books. I want to read about but i’ll be fair, we’ve got six kids between the two of us and because of one thing and another and the COVID and all that all six are at home right now.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, that’s true.

[Stephen Schneider] – And only one of them drives.

[Chad Boyer] – Yup. I know that I know that feeling I, I took a week off for Christmas home and basically, usually my kids go to my in-laws and so with the week off I was like, well you I’ll watch my own kids this time and it was busy as heck it was not a vacation in any way shape or form so I feel your pain.

[Stephen Schneider] – Glad to be back at work, huh?

[Chad Boyer] – Yep.

[ Stephen Schneider] – So also along with books. Do you have any favorite bookstores that you like to go to where you’re at?

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah, so all of the ones that are local around me have all closed down. Um, I used to hit Barnes & Noble all the time. I would just wander those shelves forever. There is a really great one down in San Diego called Mysterious Galaxy. And I like going down there cuz they usually have author signings and they’re the staff is really awesome. In fact, I don’t get down there very often and oh, I don’t know maybe ten years ago or so Jim Butcher had a signing and I couldn’t make it but my my buddy could so he drove down there and got got me a signed copy and he get signed copy and then the following year he, Jim Butcher, came out with his next book and I went down there and I was like, hey, yeah, this is the return the favor and so that’s what Jim signed in there,here you go returning the favor. And so that was pretty cool, but I really like mysterious Galaxy. Pretty good. Good people.

[Stephen Schneider] – I used to live in Escondido.

[Chad Boyer] – Okay.

[Stephen Schneider] – So I know the area but I don’t recall that bookstore.

[Chad Boyer] – They’re offset the 805 I want to say so their their South South Escondido

[Stephen Schneider] – Got it, right? Okay. Alright well before we break and go into the second half for the author talk any last words about your book or tell us I guess again the name of the book and where we can find, your website.

[Chad Boyer] – Yeah. Sure. So the name of the book is Raising Asus by Chad Boyer. It’s over on Amazon exclusively right now and my website is just Chad Boyer.ME. So c h a d b o y e r . m e.

[Stephen Schneider] – Okay, great. Well Chad I appreciate you talking to you today and taking the time to talk about your book.

[Chad Boyer] – Thanks a lot.

[Outro] – Thank you for listening to Discovered Wordsmiths. Come back next week and listen to another author discuss the road they’ve traveled and maybe sometime in the near future, it might be you.

Author Discussion

Episode 32B – Nosa – Black culture in fantasy

The discussion with Nosa continues as we discuss the growing rise in black culture in fantasy.

Part of this discussion is why it is happening now and what has changed to allow it to happen. It’s interesting to see how we feel that independent publishing has helped bring about this growing diversity and how indie authors can meet these specific niches and still sell books.

Discovered Wordsmiths fantasy Fiction

Episode 32A – Enosadeda Odiase – A Dance for the Gods

Nosa lives in the UK, though he is from Nigeria. Besides writing, he is a mechanical engineer by day and has used his knowledge to make the buildings in his books stand out.

He is writing a fantasy series based on the culture and beliefs of Nigeria. Currently, there are two books available and he is working on his third.

You can find his books at:

He also has several favorite authors, including:

A favorite bookstore is in Crystal Palace – Bookseller Crow

Author Discussion

Episode 31B – David Rae – Motivation

I’m back with author David Rae and this time we discuss motivation. What it means and how to stay motivated.

Both of us have had issues with motivation, and we want others to understand what we’ve done to overcome a lack of motivation.

Discovered Wordsmiths fantasy Fiction

Episode 31A – David Rae – Crowman

David’s first book is a dark fantasy called Crow Man. He currently lives in Scotland and works in the medical field.

We discuss his book and some classic literature. David has great thoughts and advice for new writers.

Author Discussion Discovered Wordsmiths

Episode 30B – Byron Gifford – Overcoming Self Doubt

On today’s episode, I talk once again with Byron Gifford. We discuss how to overcome self doubt and dealing with self doubt.

This is a common feeling among new writers, and we have thoughts and ideas to help those that doubt they should be writing.

Childrens Discovered Wordsmiths Fiction

Episode 30A – Byron Gifford – Life with Graffy

Personal Website



Byron lives in Michigan and is a father. He has moved for his career several times and the stress of moving with young children led him to write his book – Life with Graffy, discovering bravery.

The book is about a boy that struggles with moving, which is something Byron’s own son struggled with.

Byron loves Stephen King, especially the latest

A great local bookstore is Prince books and coffeehouse

Author Discussion Discovered Wordsmiths

Episode 29B – Tory Element – Setting Up a Business Entity

Tory joins me again to discuss what he has gone through in setting up his business entity for publishing. There are many choices and reasons to use one type or another.

He also discusses using Sigil for formatting his book. Sigil is an open source epub editor. It is not for the faint of heart, but is powerful.

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Episode 29A – Tory Element – Rock Rain

Today’s guest is Tory Element who has co-authored a book with Jim Kukral called Rock Rain. This is Tory’s first book and we discuss writing with a co-author.

Tory is retired Air Force and has been working as a fitness trainer along with writing.

One of his favorite book series:

Tory Element Home Page

He also is a fan of Auntie’s Books