G & T Show Supplemental Log – Scott Pearson
G & T Show Supplemental Log – Scott Pearson is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, and Mike sit down with author, copy editor, and one half of the Generations Geek Podcast, Scott Pearson. This was Terry’s first time talking with Scott, since he’s been on the show when she was away. During our conversation with him, we discuss his recent book Star Trek: The More Things Change, a few other projects, his copy editing, ebooks, and so much more.
After the introductions, Mike draws attention to the fact that this was the first time Terry has had a chance to sit down with Scott. Nick moves us forward by asking Scott about his recent ebook: Star Trek: The More Things Change. It’s available in ebook only. It wasn’t the book Mike spoiled on last week’s show, when Nick apparently became the most hated person in Star Trek podcasting. The book came out in June and Terry asks how the book is doing. Scott shares that he’s not exactly sure how it is doing. Mike finished the reading the book a few days ago and really enjoyed it. It features, Christine Chapel, Spock, and Audrid Dax.
Terry wonders if this was the same Dax that McCoy had encountered once before. Mike reveals that this host came after and those events were referenced. Scott goes on to explain that the story takes place about six months after the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and that Dax knew McCoy when he was still in med-school. Terry asks if he ever pays attention to reviews. Scott describes it as a mixed bag. When he did looked at the reviews for this book, he said the first one he saw was bad, but the next review contradicted the first.
Terry asks if he has any advice for aspiring writers on dealing with reviews, accepting criticism and ignoring the bullshit. Scott usually doesn’t read reviews since it can be quite painful on the internet. He does say it is important to listen to criticism as a means of improvement. He says it gets easier as you become more experienced. He recommends using writers groups or beta readers to help you improve your work and gain confidence in your abilities. Nick asks who he believes has a better handle with their voice. Scott can’t think of a specific character but has a special love for TOS, though most of what he’s written has been TNG cast. He admits that he has a grasp on the tv-era TNG crew, but has found that he has lost touch with them as they moved to the films and beyond.
Terry turns the conversation to his copyediting and the recent post that he the copy editor for Star Trek: TNG: Takedown. Terry asks him to explain what a copyeditor does. Scott tells us that there are degrees of copy editing, and depends on what the editor is looking for. It could be looking for mechanical errors such as punctuation, while other editors could be looking for readability and sentence structure. But, for most, copy editors put the final polish on a manuscript before being handed to the proofreader that will look for the smallest errors. He tells us about the time he worked for Zenith Press and his experiences working with first time writers publishing their memoirs. In that role, he was often doing content edits, which helps shape a book and requires some real hands on editing. Scott enjoys editing, but at first didn’t think he would, but has found that the experience has only helped with his own writing. He goes on to tell us about how he got started as a copy editor for a friend’s publishing company, which led to him getting a job at Zenith Press.
Outside of Star Trek, he has edited dozens and dozens of titles for Zenith. Besides military books covering World War II primarily, but also World War I and Vitenam, he has also edited a book that covered the history of the Space Shuttle. He goes on to mention that he and a writing partner has just completed a brochure for NASA covering everything you can see at the Kennedy Space Center. He got to spend a week in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center, exploring the site and researching for the project. He got to see the shuttle Atlantis, which was up on display and was set up to appear as if it were in space. He suggests if you’re planning to go to Kennedy Space Center, to make sure you’ll be there for a couple of days so you can see everything they have available.
Mike takes us back to his copyediting and asks if interested parties could hire his services as a freelance editor. Scott tells us that he is, but he’s currently got a full plate and is not available at the moment. Nick moves the conversation toward ebooks and the proper method to market and solicit them, since the traditional book signing and personal appearances don’t make sense for this new format. Ebooks are a relatively new phenomenon and many authors are just making it up as they go along. Scott tells us about his recent convention appearance at Convergence. He had some of his old books, and had printed up bookmarks with the image of the new book’s cover. He goes on to discuss some innovative software he has heard about that would enable an author to insert a signature into an ebook, but it would require publishers to include the third-party feature into their ebooks. Ebooks seem to work best on the internet, using social media, when you can post clips, photos, and other stuff to help sell your books. Despite the convenience of ebooks, Scott still appreciates the tactile and emotional connection people have actual paper books.
We go off on a squirrel, but Scott brings us back to the topic of his book, The More Things Change. We start talking about it again. He tells us about some of the books he considered when he was working on his book, especially Christopher Bennett’s books. Mike shares the level of his geekiness by telling us that there was a line in the book that sparked a debate between him and his friends regarding the lifespan of a Trill and the impact a symbiont has on its host. It sparks a conversation about Dax and Scott shares some of his thoughts on Trill and some of his research he did on Dax including Mike Freedman and SD Perry’s stories. He admits that the story is more about Christine and her evolution from Doctor to officer, even though the initial pitch was supposed to be a Spock and McCoy story, but Margret Clark suggested bringing in Christine instead of McCoy. They talk about Christine’s role. The conversation eventually shifts to talk about The Motion Picture.
The conversation shifts to outside the realm of Star Trek. Nick asks which books or authors would Scott would recommend. Scott suggests a steampunk series called The Bookman Triology by Lavie Tidhar. He also suggests Ramez Naam’s books: Nexus, Crux, and Apex. Terry asks if he’s got anything coming up. He has another project, but he is unable to discuss it just yet. All he could say is that it’s another media tie project. But, Scott can tell us about what he’s doing with Black Rabbit Books for reluctant readers. He will be working on some science books for them on invasive species. Mike praises the project because he’s working to encourage reluctant readers to pick up a book.
Nick asks if he will be doing any convention appearances. Scott doesn’t do many convention appearances. Audio Vixen is looking forward to a Supernatural convention in the twin cities. Supernatural sparks a squirrel on television. Scott tells us he’s looking forward to attending Convergence next summer and is hoping to be invited back. He shares his experiences as a panelist for the Agents of Shield panel and that reaction people gave when he said he did a podcast with his daughter. Nick asks whether he watches Arrow, but he does watch The Flash, which also leads to Gotham as well.
We wind things up with where you can find Scott on social media. We invite him back for more and extend an invitation for Audio Vixen to join him next time. Mike explains that he wanted Scott by himself to discuss his book in an adult fashion rather than having him to watch his words because his daughter was there with him.
But, wait. There’s more.
He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.