Speed Panel – Building an Audience and Staying Sane

Building an Audience and Staying Sane


To many of us, the phrase “building an audience and staying sane” can seem like an oxymoron. It’s hard to know how to make yourself more discoverable. How do you help people who will love your work find it? And how do you keep from losing your health in the process?

I sat down with authors Mike Underwood, Carrie Patel, and Gregory Wilson to discuss exactly this. What platforms they use, which ones don’t work for them, and how they keep from pulling their hair out in the process.

Our Guests

They tried to run, but weren’t fast enough
Carrie Patel

Carrie Patel

Author: The Buried Life

Carrie Patel is a writer and game designer originally from Houston, Texas. She studied International Studies, English, and Spanish at Texas A&M University and received a master’s degree in International Affairs (with a concentration in National Security).

Her first novel, a gaslight-and-shadows mystery called The Buried Life, came out from Angry Robot in March 2015. The sequel, Cities and Thrones, came out in July of 2015.

Carrie works full-time as a narrative designer for Obsidian Entertainment. She wrote for the critically-acclaimed Pillars of Eternity.

She likes travel and beer.

Mike Underwood

Mike Underwood

Author: Genrenauts

Mike is a speculative fiction writer and the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.

His first novel is an urban fantasy called Geekomancy (published July 2012 by Pocket Star, an imprint of Simon & Schuster). Geekomancy was inspired by stories like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Clerks, the Dresden Files, and The Middleman, as well as Mike’s experiences growing up geek. The series continues with Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, and Hexomancy.

Other books by Mike Underwood:

Shield and Crocus: An action-packed mash-up of weird fantasy and superheroes

The Younger Gods: A supernatural thriller starring the one moral son in a family of sociopathic apocalypse cultists.

Genrenauts: The Shootout Solution It’s the one we talked about today and is available now!

Check out his website at michaelrunderwood.com

Gregory A Wilson

Gregory A Wilson

Author & Podcaster

Gregory A Wilson is Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing and fantasy fiction along with various other courses in literature. 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 Cengagein the summer of 2009. His second novel, Icarus, will be published as a graphic novel bySilence in the Library Publishing in 2015, and he has just signed a three book deal withThe Ed Greenwood Group, which will be publishing his Gray Assassin Trilogy beginning with his third novel, Grayshade, in 2016. Along with fellow speculative fiction author Brad Beaulieu is the co-host of the critically-acclaimed podcast Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.

Jay Swanson

Jay Swanson

Host - Creator: Into the Nanten

Jay is the creator of Into the Nanten, the world’s first real-time fantasy blog, and is the host of Creative Mines. He has written and published five books within the same world and body of work entitled “Oracle of the Dread Gods.”

Find out more about him at jayswanson.me

Jay’s new book: Shadows of the Highridge

What do you think?


What platforms work for you and which ones drive you crazy? It’s ironic that in watching this again I’m inspired to cut everything, including this podcast, in an effort to focus in on writing for a period of time. I’m going to mull that temptation over. How about you? What could you cut that would improve your creative life? What do you think is absolutely necessary to keep in order to continue growing your audience and platform?

Saratoga Springs Hilton

If you wanted to find a hotel room to shoot poorly-framed interviews in, this one will do quite nicely.

Coming Soon

Seriously – Mulling this over