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Sometimes, at Balticon, an event will come together that far exceeds anything that anyone could have planned. If you’re very very lucky, someone will record that event. If you’re even luckier, that person will let you use that recording in your podcast! This increasingly unlikely set of circumstances is what makes this episode possible for your enjoyment today! One warning before we go any further: The content in this episode is very, VERY funny, but it is also extremely offensive. If you can be offended, you should expect that something in this podcast will offend you. Since you have been warned, anything that happens from this point on is your own fault.

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Our last episode focused on the business of being a writer, but this episode is focused more upon the skills needed in writing. No, we’re not talking about typing skills or penmanship. What we are talking about is the techniques that different authors use in constructing their stories. This is actually an age-old debate about which method is better for plotting out and writing your first draft: creating a detailed outline, or just sitting down and writing?

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If it is Monday, then it must be time for another episode of the Balticon 47 Wrap up, courtesy of Balticon and Swimming Cat Studios. Today’s episode covers one of the most important subjects for any writer who wants to make the transition and become a professional Author: How do you set up your business. Most authors are sole proprietorships, and  without a little business savvy, they can find themselves becoming victims in the marketplace. As an author you make your living selling rights to your stories. While you can have someone else run that part of the business for you, you need to have enough business knowledge to know when they are doing a good job, and when you need to get someone else. As a new author, you usually can’t afford to hire someone to do the business end, so you have to hire yourself.

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Even on a holiday weekend, the Balticon 47 Wrap up rolls on! While most folks are enjoying some time off, or an intense retail experience, Swimming Cat Studios is bringing you another installment from Balticon. This episode continues the our look at the BBC’s Doctor Who series as we approach the 50th anniversary of the series coming up later this year. This week we are looking at our Favorite Villains from Doctor’s 2, 3, and 4. Lady Ozma, aka Jacalyn Stanley, returns as our moderator and her son Caramon Stanley, Author Alicia Goranson, and myself filled out the rest of the panel as we examined the various villains from classic Doctor Who with a little help from our audience.

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Greetings, friends! Time to kick off another week with an episode of the Balticon 47 Wrap up. This week we’re taking a look at the history of the BBC Science Fiction serial Doctor Who, and what it has meant for each of us. Doctor Who is coming up on its 50th year anniversary, but has managed to keep hold of the minds and imaginations of viewers in increasing numbers from year to year.

Our panel for this week is Growing up Who, a look at how Doctor Who has affected each of our lives and the lessons we have learned from watching it. Moderating the panel is Lady Ozma, aka Jacalyn Stanley, and filling out the panel are her son Caramon Stanley, Larry Reclusado, and myself. The panel takes a look at what it was like for each of us to grow up watching Doctor Who, both the classic series for most of the panelists, and the new series for Caramon. We look at how the series influenced our outlooks on life, and how those changes have shaped our lives, and how the series itself has changed over time.

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Time once more for another episode of the Balticon 47 Wrap up. We’re continuing with the theme of narration and voice acting again this week by looking at the art of Podcast Editing. This is the art of transforming raw audio into podcast gold. Or, how not to sound like you’re working from a home studio, even though you are. This panel was moderated by Chris Snelgrove, and features panelists Hugh O’Donnell, P.C. Haring, P.G. Holyfield, and Chris Lester.

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Thank you, friends, for coming back for another episode of the Balticon 47 Wrap up .  This week we will be looking at Voice Acting for Audio Books and Audio Dramas,  moderated by Bryan Lincoln, and featuring panelists Brand Gamblin, Alex White, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and John Taylor Williams. In this episode we’ll be looking at tips and tricks for making the most of your voice acting, and how to adapt your style for dramatic audio productions.

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Episode 10 of the Balticon 47 Wrap up continues our theme of working with narration and podcast fiction. This time we’re bringing you Helping Authors Find and Work Effectively with Narrators, moderated by Chris Snelgrove and featuring panelists Alicia Goranson, PC Haring, Nobilis Reed, and Renee Chambliss. The panel focuses on finding and working in the field of narration, both as an author and as a prospective narrator.

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Swimming Cat Studios is proud to welcome you back for episode 9 of the Balticon 47 Wrap up. This week’s offering is a presentation by Renée Chambliss on Narrating Podcast Fiction. Renée started as a novelist who podcast her novel on Podiobooks.com. This led to an unexpected career as a narrator when listeners began contacting her to read their fiction. In this panel, Renée attempts to share what she’s learned about narration.

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Welcome back to the eighth episode of the Balticon 47 Wrap up, proudly brought to you by Swimming Cat Studios. This week features the first to two readings that I was able to take part in at Balticon 47. Unlike last year, we’ve decided to publish the full reading and release it as a single episode. This year I was joined at the microphone by two excellent writers, PJ Schnyder, and Grig “Punkie” Larsen. This reading had been billed as a steampunk reading in the Balticon program, but didn’t exactly turn out that way. While each of us has written Steampunk at some time in the past, the reading itself ended up being a mixture of different genres. 

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