Author Archive: StephenHunt2

I have been working as a full-time author publishing fantasy and science fiction novels for HarperCollins for the last seven years.

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Writing twists and surprises.

July 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Writing twists and surprises.

Readers crave those juicy little surprises that pop up in a good story, and here is a nice little guide to working twists and surprises into your writing. Read the full article over at https://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writing-tips-opening-well-610454

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Writers working together (interview).

July 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Writers working together (interview).

Many authors have got together up to tell stories they might not wish to tackle alone or, in James Patterson’s case, simply haven’t got the time to write. Daniel Willcocks is a horror writer who is no stranger to teaming up with other writers – he’s written with Michael Anderle, J. Thorn and Luke Condor, to name a few – enough that he’s now written a book all about his experiences: Collaboration for Authors. 

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Tips on writing fight scenes.

July 9, 2020 | By | Reply More
Tips on writing fight scenes.

In many novels you will have a fight scene—everything from a verbal scuffle as two people break up to a major battle, and because this is often the climax to your story, you might want to approach the scene cautiously. So, here are a few tips on writing those fight scenes. Read the article over at https://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writing-tips-opening-well-610418

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Young adult fantasy author Sarah K.L. Wilson interviewed (video).

July 9, 2020 | By | Reply More
Young adult fantasy author Sarah K.L. Wilson interviewed (video).

Young adult fantasy author Sarah K.L. Wilson chats about how her career as a writer took off in early 2018 with her successful Dragon School serial. She’s been publishing books just about every month since then, and she speaks about the viability of serials, how she’s kept her initial success rolling along, and the young adult fantasy market.

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Advice to writers passed down the ages (video).

June 27, 2020 | By | Reply More
Advice to writers passed down the ages (video).

Science fiction author Dr. Jerry Pournelle – now sadly departed from this mortal coil – speaks about the subject of writing. This is a talk he was given by classic SF writer Robert Heinlein, on the basis that he would then give it himself, to ‘pay it forward’.

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Author Elizabeth Ann West interviewed (audio).

June 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Author Elizabeth Ann West interviewed (audio).

Each week the SPF crew ask an author the same five questions about their writing process. Under the Spotlight this week is Elizabeth Ann West – creator of 27 historical romance books.

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How to self-edit your novel (craft).

June 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
How to self-edit your novel (craft).

Writing a first draft is only the initial step in the journey to creating a novel. The next step is editing, and in this interview, writer Kris Spisak talks about the different kinds of editing, as well as tips for your self-editing process.

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Book Pre-Orders: How, When, and Why to use them? (video: writing business)

June 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
Book Pre-Orders: How, When, and Why to use them? (video: writing business)

Here’s an interesting video discussion by a group of professional indie authors covering the reasons you may want to use pre-orders on Amazon and the other stores, examining benefits as well as potential pitfalls to writers. 

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Making book sales with Amazon Ads (how-to video).

June 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
Making book sales with Amazon Ads (how-to video).

Christopher Coleman is a horror author who self-published his first book back in October of 2015. He got a small following and made a few hundred dollars a month for the first couple of years, but it wasn’t until spring of 2018 that things started to take off, when his wife Eileen invested in Amazon ads which resulted in a significant improvement in sales. In this episode, Eileen shares the story of how she got started with ads, what she’s learned, and her best tips for authors just starting to advertise.

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Why dystopias are so popular? (article)

June 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
Why dystopias are so popular? (article)

A lot of people are wondering why dystopias are so popular. They haven’t realized that they’ve always been popular. Read the full article over at https://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writing-tips-writing-dystopias

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