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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Should you be worried about book piracy as an author?

May 27, 2020 | By | Reply More
Should you be worried about book piracy as an author?

Here’s an interesting audio piece of whether you should be worried about book piracy as an author (basically, no), and Kobo’s enormous recent growth — plus the launch of Kobo Plus in Canada.

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How character flaws shape story.

May 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
How character flaws shape story.

How can you create characters with unique and interesting flaws that lead into plots that will enliven your stories? In this piece, author Will Storr explains the science of storytelling, covering such topics as, How we can use cause and effect in storytelling. Giving characters depth and flaws without being cliched. Creating original characters. The hard work that storytelling is for most writers. Why gossip is fundamental to storytelling. The importance of linking character and plot together. Dealing with character flaws in a series. How TV has changed readers’ expectations of books. Writing without fear of judgment.

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How to (actually) read more books?

May 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
How to (actually) read more books?

Have you ever thought it would be nice to read more books? Yep, us too. Now, there’s just the matter of freeing up some time to actually read them. Here’s a handy tutorial packed with ideas on how to achieve just that in your life.

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Pro writer topics: Amazon Prime Reading and book pricing.

May 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
Pro writer topics: Amazon Prime Reading and book pricing.

In this brief Pro writer topics video, the topics under discussion are whether you should take advantage of IngramSpark’s free ISBNs, the benefits and drawbacks of the Amazon Prime Reading program, and a quick look at book pricing and whether you should increase or drop your prices?

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Sarah Weldon (mystery author interview).

May 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
Sarah Weldon (mystery author interview).

The author guest this week is Sarah Weldon, a cosy mystery writer with fifteen books under her belt – and she answers five key questions about her writing process.

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Great writing & productivity software for authors.

May 20, 2020 | By | Reply More
Great writing & productivity software for authors.

A bad craftsperson usually blames their tools (apparently), so let’s remove that excuse from the list and crack on with this great piece from authors Joanna Penn and Orna Ross about what the best software tools are you’ll need to cope with the writing world. Everything from writing, editing, formatting, productivity, marketing, sales, and accounting software for writers is covered. Interestingly enough, I use about 80% of what they talk about here, myself.

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BookBub Ads for authors (video tutorial).

May 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
BookBub Ads for authors (video tutorial).

Once you’ve written your book, you need to start thinking about the hassle of promoting it. Luckily, author David Gaughran has just created an hour-long tutorial on how to create effective BookBub Ads with his comprehensive tutorial.

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Apples Book get an upgrade and paperback distribution under threat (news update).

May 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
Apples Book get an upgrade and paperback distribution under threat (news update).

A book news roundup for authors. This week: The trouble over at the super-large book distributor, Bertrams, and what this means for authors – and books getting into book shops. The results of BookBub’s study into how reader behaviour has changed during the coronavirus crisis. And there’s a brand new Apple Books platform for authors, meaning Windows users can now distribute directly to Apple — without a Mac or any new software. 

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Working with book cover designers: how to get it right (interview).

May 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
Working with book cover designers: how to get it right (interview).

Today, we’re looking at cover design today — everything from common mistakes authors make to how to have a good relationship with your designer and get what you need from them. The cover is often said to be the most important part of the book package, and readers do often judge a book by its cover. The interview is with cover designer Rebekah Haskell. She created Vivid Covers, a cover design service that specializes in sci-fi and fantasy, and she’s also the author of the recently released Cover Your Book: An Author’s Guide to Working with a Designer to Maximize your Sales.

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The Betrayal… (original fiction submitted by Harrison).

May 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Betrayal… (original fiction submitted by Harrison).

The Betrayal… Chapter 1 It was a lone night. There was silence across the land, the stars were as if they weren’t even there. Air was filled with gloom and hatred, unfortunate for the 2 malnourished boys, treated with no respect, desperate for money as they suffer in a broken down, ancient bunkhouse. As one laid asleep the other stood awake staring into the abyss with a handful of letters from various people. ‘John?’, said cliff, just waking up from the glaring moonlight, shining directly mysteriously wrong. John was very quiet and was always happy, but only around his family and people he trusts, from this cliff can gather something […]

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