While you all know that the dwarf detective is one for the low-tech solutions like Beatrice and a good battle-axe, you may not know that the award-winning The Case of The Singing Sword: A Billibub Baddings Mystery is now available for the iPhone! Sure you can download Billi on the iPhone and iPod Touch in audio but now you can pick up a copy of Billi’s first big case as an iPhone application. Along with The Case of The Singing Sword, the Fey Trickster is also causing (double) trouble at the iTunes Store with Chasing the Bard also available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Take a look and show the love. Let iPhone and iPod Touch users know that Double Trouble has now hit the iTunes Application store.
And yes, The Case of The Pitcher’s Pendant and Digital Magic are both en route. Stay tuned…
For those of you who think Double Trouble ended on 08.08.08, I have some news for you — that was merely Phase One. With Phase Two (the New Media Expo in Las Vegas) completed, Pip and I are hitting the road with our latest books. Catch up with us at the following locations…
for photographs, blogposts, and reviews from the road!!!
There’s a new look for the dwarf detective, and while you’ve seen what J.R. Blackwell has come up with for Pitcher’s Pendant, you’re going to want to see what she came up with for Singing Sword…
Oh yes, Billi is very pleased!
Remember the voice that gave good bitch? Well, Snitches, Eva Rothchild is BACK!
Pip and I are making the final push for 08.08.08; and with less than 24 hours until Pitcher’s Pendant and Digital Magic (which are already getting reviews on Amazon.com) make their impression, the interviews are coming in! Featured here is one of the voices from The Case of The Singing Sword, the Grand Dame of Podcasting herself: Mur Lafferty and her Parsec-winning podcast I Should Be Writing.
Once upon a time, I Should Be Writing was a “Fiction Writing Podcast for Wanna-Be Fiction Writers, by a Wanna-Be Fiction Writer” but all that is about to change on 08.25.08 when Playing for Keeps is released on Amazon.com. While you can expect more about that in my other podcast, The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy, Mur opens up her podcast for a round table discussion with us about working together in promotion, working together as writers, and what were planning for the future…
And yes, because I was in the presence of The Grand Dame of Podcasting and New Zealand’s Dark Goddess, I remain very quiet…and in my box…
We’re closing in on the big event, Double Trouble, and podcasters are working hard to get their interviews online before the big day. And along the same line as Schoolbus Cast, Pip and Tee are kicking off another podcast: Inklings 2.0. Host Steve “Snowball” Saylor brings to the podosphere an updated, upgraded version of a 1939 writers’ group that featured J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis. With Inklings 2.0, all creative types are welcome to come in for a round table discussion about the process, the planning, and the passion for artistic adventures. This was their last interview after a long day of interviews…
…and that means, near the end, things get a wee-bit silly. Enjoy, and be there for the big day…the big day closing in quickly on Pip and myself!
Hello again, Snitches and Bitches!
Will less than three days to go, Double Trouble is really ramping up for an unforgettable day on Amazon.com. Tonight on the feed is Words to Mouth, a show for writers of all genres. Host Carrie Runnals brings to her blog and podcast a wide array of talented individuals, and now Pip and Tee are in the spotlight, talking about their promotional collaboration on 08.08.08!
Enjoy, and we will see you on Amazon!
This podcast is three — hours — long.
What else can I say? This is a super-sized audio experience of epic podcasting proportions…and in the words of Tony Mast: “132MB of sweet, sweet nectar that you will drink up and want more when you are done.”
So, Snitches & Bitches, if you missed my rants, my ADD-esque banter, and my riffs, here you go…and this time, Pip is coming along for the ride. Enjoy…
We certainly did!
So, Billi is currently helping me discover how I’ve got a nasty hum in my mixer board. Don’t know where it came from, but that’s why the dwarf is looking into it…
“The Case of the Mysterious Mixing Board”…no, I don’t think that will be the NEXT Billibub Baddings book…
I’m waiting on my workaround (that workaround being a new mixer out of BSWUSA.com…), but I am still forging ahead with both the promotions and the marketing of The Case of The Pitcher’s Pendant. Here is a terrific interview with the brew-mistress herself, Jenn Baker, on Creative Adventures, found at YourCre8tivity.com. Have a listen as Pip and I talk about the challenges of creativity, de-mystifying creative types and finding inspiration from one another, and looking backwards and forwards in our creative lives.
After getting in more than a mouthful on the movie podcasts, Tee is schooled on a podcast coming out of the Southern Hemisphere. (Good thing he knows the “Bruce” sketch by heart, otherwise, he would be completely sunk!) Tee and Pip enjoy some quality time on Erk Pod’s Round Table where the chat is lively and quite geeky! Enjoy the banter between siblings (Australia and New Zealand) while Tee does his best to uphold the reputation of the average obnoxious American…
…and somewhere in there, they do talk a bit about Double Trouble!
Show Post Mortum can be found here.
Hello, Snitches & Bitches!
Expect a ton of extra content in the feed this week as I catch up on past interviews and make a mad dash (with Philippa Ballantine) for the promotional Finish Line in these next two weeks. Yes, it is closing in on us fast: 08.08.08, the day of Double Trouble on Amazon.com! The media is getting hit and hit hard by the press releases (more to come on that…) and the podoshere is also carrying the word out to the people. One such media outlet is the man behind the cloning sensation and voice talent from Chapter Eleven, J.C. Hutchins! Join us as we three sit down to talk writing, promotion, and working within (and outside) the Fantasy genre.
So what started out as Billi’s Crazy Eights has now officially evolved into Double Trouble. It is only fitting that there be a promo featuring our boy, Billi Baddings, tripping down Memory Lane with his old gambling pal from Acryonis, Puck…
The date hasn’t changed, just the scope of the event! Show your love for podcast fiction and let people know that trouble is headed for Amazon on 08.08.08!
With 22 days until the launch of The Case of The Pitcher’s Pendant and Digital Magic, Pip and Tee are showing no signs of slowing as they continue their push for August 8, 2008. In this interview with Stephen Kilbride of Tea & Chat we push Skype as hard as we can by juggling time zones and talking…a LOT! Pull up a chair and a strong cup of brew as we let the accents fly…
The media blitz of “Double Trouble”, the joint promotion on 08.08.08 where Pip and I take our new books up the Amazon.com charts, continues with an interview on Dead Robots Society. This podcast is a terrific round table for writers where the talk ranges from writing challenges to all things geeky. (There is some chatter in this episode about EUReKA…) The New Zealand Kiwi and Virginia Ham join Justin and Amanda for some unbridled banter about what they are up to and what they are planning for their Friday in August.
Expect to hear Tee and Pip on these fine podcasts in the future…
….and many, many more!
Also, happening RIGHT NOW is Matthew Wayne Selznick making a run with Brave Men Run, a book best described as X-Men meets The Breakfast Club. (Don’t mind the “Sold Out” message. You can still order it!) I love this podcast novel, and you can join us all (Pip, Matthew, myself, and others…) in Matt’s live Ustream event!
As it is only one month away from Philippa Ballantine and I staging a simultaneous run on Amazon.com, we are offering these handy reminders to you announcing Billi’s return side-by-side with Puck the Trickster!
Display these desktops proudly on your computer to let people know
trouble is brewing on 08.08.08…
Double Trouble on Amazon.com!!!
As many of you Snitches and Bitches may know, Billi’s Crazy Eights” has now evolved into “Double Trouble” with author and podcaster Philippa Ballantine joining me on the 08.08.08 rush on Amazon.com.
Why, you may ask? Take a listen to this interview with Tech for Writers, a podcast that focuses on the different gadgets out there specifically designed for writers. Along with the background on “Double Trouble” expect to hear banter between the New Zealand Kiwi and Virginia Ham, tech tips for podcasting a novel, and some good old fashioned geeking out.
And yes, this is the first Double Trouble interview. Expect more as we close in on 08.08.08!
Hey, everyone! If you have a podcast and want to spread the word about Billi’s Crazy Eights, feel free to put this in your feed! More news to come!
With an interview this weekend, I’m beginning to talk up Billi’s Crazy Eights. That being said, I’m about to dive into the edits for Chapters 11-16. The first half of the book has been polished and refined. I’m now looking at a two week crunch time to get Billi done and to the publisher. It’s not a problem with the editor keeping up with me, but vice-versa. I’m firing up iTunes and getting ready to dive in deep.
On doing so, I realize many of you were curious about the playlist I put together for Billi when I’m writing for him. With me, I’m always building on my books’ soundtracks. After you all have been so patient, I thought I’d finally list here the playlist for Billibub Baddings (spanning across two of his mysteries)…
Naked Under Leather, Rubber Band Banjo
Frankie Machine, Elmer Bernstein and His Orchestra
My Funny Valentine, Frank Sinatra
M SQUAD Theme, Stanley Wilson
Floozie, Alex North & His Orchestra
Fade to Black, Dire Straits
The Boss, JG & The Universal-International Orchestra
The Street, Elmer Bernstein
Droid Jazz, Rubber Band Banjo
I Got Plenty of Nuthin’, Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
Hammer Blow, Skip Martin
Return to Me, Dean Martin
Under My Skin, Frank Sinatra
Caper at the Coffee House, WB & Warner Brothers Star Instruments
Riff Blues, Skip Martin
Speak Softly Love, Al Martino
Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, John Barry
Your Six Self-Adaptive Inputs, Rubber Band Banjo
Lazy Mary, Lou Monte
Staccato’s Theme, Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra
At Last, Etta James
Late at Baliey’s Pad, WB & Warner Brothers Star Instruments
Richard Diamond, Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra
Echo Four-Two, Johnny Gregory & His Orchestra
Buona Sera, Louis Prima
French Quarter, Alex North & His Orchestra
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head, Dean Martin
Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix), A3
Many of the songs in this soundtrack come from a terrific collection called “Crime Jazz” and “Mob Hits”. It was after I started podcasting that Rubber Band Banjo got into the mix. Enjoy these selections if you set out to make your own Billi collection, and I’ll keep everyone in the know on how things are progressing with Billi’s next case.
Talk to you soon…
As you all know, I’m all about supporting podcast fiction authors out there. (Heck quite a few are featured in this podcast, and in Morevi: Remastered. This is why I couldn’t say no after Seth Harwood and J.C. Hutchins asked me to drop this message to you, my Snitches and Bitches, into Billi’s feed.
Scott Sigler’s Infected is out and all of us in the community of podcast writers are coming together to help get the word out.
Of course, this was also a grand opportunity to talk a little bit about Billi’s Crazy Eights.
August 8, 2008
This is when The Pitcher’s Pendant: A Billibub Baddings Mystery will be ready for shipping, and this will be when I make my run on Amazon.com. Let’s show the industry just how high a four-foot-one dwarf can reach!
For those you who remember Chapter Three, Joe Murphy is a familiar voice to you. he was one of Moran’s boys that tried to take on the biggest little detective in Chicago. You also know that a year ago today, Joe was taken from us…far too soon. In honor of his passing, the Joe Murphy Memorial Fund presents a collection of memories, from around the world.
On April 1, a podcaster takes one small step for writers, one giant leap for the publishing industry…
Now, if you’re not familiar with Scott’s work, be warned — Scott’s work is not for the faint at heart. He is about to grab the attention of booksellers and publishers, and we can hope that doors previously closed to podcasting authors like myself, Philippa Ballantine, P.G. Holyfield and Mur Lafferty to name a few (and there are so many talented podcasting authors out there…) will open.
Until that opportunity comes by, enjoy the PDF, and I will be talking to you soon…
…and yes, something big is coming down the pike. Billibub’s next case is coming soon…
Happy New Year, my Snitches & Bitches! We’re only in the second week of the new year and a lot of good things are having over here at Baddings Investigations. Take a listen and find out the latest on…
Stay subscribed! There’s more on the way in 2008!
Hello, my Snitches!
So where have I been and what’s going on with the monthly Billi Banters? Well, if you want to hear a full update on what I’ve been doing, take a listen to Episode #33 of The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy. This announcement will also give you a peek at what I’ve been doing with MOREVI: Remastered. So, I’ve been busy…
…and making progress on the new Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant.
Well, I just lost the Billi Snitch Line.
Yes, K7 gave away my voice mail as I had little to no activity for a month. (I know…how long have I been using it?!) While rules are rules, it doesn’t mean I have to like ‘em.
So, my beloved Snitches, I’m searching for an alternative to the Snitch Line. Bear with me.
It’s been a a weekend of sugar highs, birthday games, and facing toys with those three words that strike terror in the hearts of mortal men (“Some Assembly Required”), but when I finally got down to The Bunker this weekend I found a mp3 file on my desktop and sticky note on one of my monitors that read “Don’t ask. Just post.”
I think Billi got into my recording equipment…
Well, as promised, I’m taking a play from the J.C. Hutchins’ promotional playbook. No Ministry here. Just Snitches on a Mission…
What’s in the feed right now is a PDF of a press release, complete with contact info and the dirt on the last episode. Circulate this to favorite podcasts, local media, any regional media in your area. Let people know this podcaster is about to wrap up a production that employed the voice and musical talents of the world, and he had a hell of a lot of fun doing it!
Thanks, my Snitches. Now, I’m off to record…
You Snitches have been waiting, and waiting more than patiently. Well, here it is…Chapter Fifteen.
Brace yourselves. This one is going to leave a mark!
00:00 — The 2007 Parsec Awards
1:00 — Opening
2:58 — Chapter Fifteen: Hell, Hell, the Gang’s All Here
Dwarf detective Billi Baddings was originally hired by socialite Julia Lesinger to uncover the “why’s” behind the death of her mobster boyfriend Pretty Boy DeMayo. Unexpectedly, he uncovered the existence of The Singing Sword, an ancient talisman from his own homeworld of Acryonis. This weapon of mass destruction is now somewhere in the streets of the Windy City and everyone from crooked curators to frustrated feds to the big boss — Alphonse “Scarface” Capone himself — is looking for it.
Oddly enough, the breakthrough in this case — both in DeMayo’s death and The Singing Sword — happened over Mick’s chicken soup and ham-and-cheese special. The hunch led Billi to a speakeasy and left him at the docks.
Tonight, everything happens.
1:04:02 — Billi Banter
1:24:18 — Promos
You know…life sucks in that my paying jobs (the day job, Wiley Publishing) all seemed to crack the whip and make demands in the eleventh hour of Billibub Baddings.
I promised Billi’s Snitches and Bitches an episode, and I’m still planning to deliver. I’m trying to figure out where I can start putting Chapter Fifteen together, but so you know — my goal is to post the episode Friday night. I’m in Day Two of the Podcasting Boot Camp and Wiley is…well, it’s where it’s at. I’ve got a lot of plates spinning, and — as things go — they’re all spinning at this point of the story.
I will whet your appetite on this…in the final chapter of The Singing Sword, you’ve got a little surprise coming for being so good to me, especially in wake of the Billi #14 Rant.
Hang tight, everybody. I left you on a cliffhanger…but Fifteen is on the way, just weather the storm with me. Thanks.
One part Billibub…two parts bitching. Brace yourself. Tee’s not in a happy place…
(Links are coming soon.)
00:00 — The Parsec Awards
03:27 — Chapter Fourteen: Not the Same Ol’ Song & Dance
Dwarf detective Billi Baddings has been grappling with the unknown location of The Singing Sword, but standing toe-to-toe with homicidal curators, conniving socialites, and even Al Capone himself was peanuts at the ball park compared to one night of intimate investigations with his client, social princess Julia Lessinger. While in the midst of the afterglow of a very long, very enticing evening Billi discovers a breakthrough in his case through Mick’s chicken soup and ham-and-cheese special.
33:43 — Promos
35:45 — Billi
How’s this for a slick interview promo?
Created by the creative workshop at the Ink ‘n Doodles podcast, it’s Scott Sigler, J.C. Hutchins, and yours truly with the (real) Rat Pack watching over us with approval. Part One of our round table interview with Rob Suarez went live today (alongside Episode #8 so there’s a lot of me out there to love today!), and Part Two is around the corner. Also around the corner is my interview on View from the Quad with Cian. Don’t miss that — good stuff there!
The News Wire has been updated and later tonight I will be updating the growing cast list of The BB Players. Thanks for listening, everyone!
Your e-mails. Your Snitch Line calls. Set to the music of George Hrab, the Special Edition is finally here!
00:00 — Opening
03:40 — E-mails from Chapters 1-4
22:30 — Chapter 4 Snitch Line and E-mails
32:20 — Chapter 5 Snitch Line and E-mails
39:05 — Chapter 6 Snitch Line and E-mails
47:55 — Chapter 7 Snitch Line and E-mails
54:46 — Closing Thoughts
And check out the related links to…
Special Edition: Listener Appreciation
Running Time — 1:01:17
Joe Murphy, known to you all as “Eddie” in Chapter Three, was a regular fixture on Farpoint Media shows like The Kick Ass Mystic Ninjas, Michael and Evo’s Wingin’ It, and the award-winning Slice of SciFi. On Sunday, April 1, Joe passed away due to an aggressive cancer. He was 34. Joe was a lot more than an active podcaster, a gifted book reviewer, and a talented writer. He was a great friend. It was a truly humbling experience to see the podcasting community rally around him; and it was evident that he was loved, here in the States and around the world.
In honor of my friend’s memory, the Billibub Baddings podcast is going dark this week. Chapter Eight will post next Wednesday along with a Special Edition of listener Voice Mail, mp3 files sent, and other comments on iTunes and the blog.
Number One subscription over thirty days. Number One in rankings. You’re…A-NUMBER ONE! YOU’RE THE DUKE! YOU’RE THE DUKE! (Oh sorry, a quick Escape from New York moment there!) And through it all, there’s the die hard Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana. I’m thinking 2008 might see a new podcast with the pirate and warrior-queen…
00:00 — Intro
02:34 — Chapter Six: Suits and Saps
Billi’s bad day (thanks to his discovery at the Ryerson Museum) only gets worse as the police pick him up at his office with questions about the death of Benny Riletto.
41:47 — Sponsors
42:22 — Billi Banter
50:00 — Promos
Chapter Six: Suits and Saps
Running Time — 53:01
In my efforts to try and fix my broken blog over the weekend, previous episodes were removed from the feed. Today, all episodes — including the latest featuring Scott Sigler — are online and ready for downloading. Sorry about the inconvenience.
And to those representatives of Dreamhost and WordPress, on the slim chance you’re reading this, please don’t touch anything! Everything works. Leave this blog and its server alone…
He’s the rock star legend of podcast novelists, a good friend, and a marketing and promotions machine. He’s Scott Sigler and he is coming to the Billibub Baddings podcast. This Wednesday, Billi is going to have a heart-to-heart with his contact in the Organization, and that contact is none other than the twisted mind behind Ancestor, coming soon from Dragon Moon Press.
Mark your calendars for this Wednesday, all you damn, dirty Junkies!
And if you didn’t see this on March 1, how’s this for press coverage? Well done, Scott! Well done!
In its first week on Podiobooks.com, Billi made quite an impression:
And Billi’s not the only one celebrating. Take another look at the image and you’ll see that MOREVI is enjoying (once again!) a comeback in both Daily and Monthly subscriptions!
Thanks, everyone, for showing some love to my dwarf detective, English privateer and the First Queen. Keep on spreading the word and let’s make Billi one of Podiobooks’ (and podcasting’s) “must have” feeds!
So I’m gearing up for Billi’s premiere, and I log on to my WordPress to make a post. I find out that I’ve got traffic coming in from SFFAudio.com. Jesse Willis and his crew have not only been very good to me, but they have been stellar to Podiobooks.com in reviewing many of the productions we have there. I click on the link, and I can say — now — I have arrived.
I’m getting reviews for my promos.
Most promos follow a standard formula: Give a taste of what the show is like, give the podcast’s URL give the URL again. In the case of Tee Morris though, there’s a whole new level of fun happening. His recent promos and teasers are more than just advertising, they are entertainment in themselves.
Read the entire review by clicking here.
Good omens for what I’m hoping will be an entertaining podcast for all of you! Thank you SFFAudio for the attention, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this — an unabridged podcast — of Billibub Baddings and The Case of The Singing Sword.
Yes, we have a week to go and I’m already cooking up a new promo to round off the “comedy trifecta” of previous teasers available here. I’m also putting on final touches to future episodes, so Billi and I are right on track.
Just as a reminder, keep an eye on the word meter in this blog’s sidebar. That is for Billibub Baddings and The Case of The Pitcher’s Pendant, the second Billibub Baddings mystery from Dragon Moon Press, slated for a Spring 2008 release. I’m back into a writing routine with it…and would it surprise anyone that I’m already mapping out in my head the cast list for its podcast? Who do I have in mind? You’ll have to find out when I get past the Legacy of Morevi podcast.
Yikes! 2008 is already shaping up to be a busy year and I’m not even two months into 2007!
Speaking of cast members, take a look at The BB Players page, now with complete bios (except for Scott Sigler. I may need to make one up for him. That could be fun…) and new company members. These are talented people, all of them, and I am thrilled that they are taking part in this podcast. Have a listen to their stuff, and then sit back and enjoy what they bring to Billi’s first podcast mystery.
Finally, have a listen to this week’s and next week’s Technorama with Chuck and Kreg, as I’ll be appearing on their light-hearted look at tech to talk about Billi, this podcast, and good cigars!
We’re one day closer to the big hit. Let your friends know there’s a new dwarf coming to town. In seven days…