63 episodes

Beyond the Words is a podcast that talks about writing, publishing and promoting your future bestselling novel. Join bestseller Holly Hunt as she talks to other authors and guides you, step by step, through the process of writing a great novel. Each week, join us for a new episode discussing a part of the writing journey with a new wonderful author, and gain some insight into the mixed and varied world of publishing in the 2010s.

Episode List:

Chapter 1 - Components
1.Deciding Why to Write
2.Coping with perfectionism
3.Your writing area
4.Finding the time to write
5.Developing characters
6.Settings and conflicts
7.Crafting a plot
8.Researching your story

Chapter 2 – Mechanics
9.Crafting a beginning
10.You've set off on your adventure – now what?
11.The first conflict
12.Initiating change in your characters
13.Character development
14.The Big Conflict/the final battle
15.The Return Home
16.The HEA/HFN: Can you finish a book without one?
17.Planning for a sequel

Chapter 3 – Techniques
18.Description vs Action
19.Clichés
20.Archetypes
21.The Villain You Wish You Could Strangle
22.Dialogue and dialogue tags
23.When is infodumping okay?
24.Finding the Ending

Chapter 4 - Polishing Your Book
25.The rewrite
a.Transitioning from Fiction to Non-Fiction: Why?
26.Finding those pesky mistakes
27.Grammar
28.Fleshing out your world
29.My hero is a sook – help!
30.Finding good betas
a.Relating to your editor

Chapter 5 - Publishing
31.You've written a book! Now what?
32.Discovering publishers
33.How to present your work
34.The dreaded rejection
35.I got a personalised rejection – now what?
36.Rewriting again!
37.Into the rabbit hole – presenting your work to publishers
38.Self-publishing – Is it worth it?
39.Amazon and other self-publishing tools
40.Coping with bad reviews

Chapter 6 – Promotion
41.You're published! Wait, the journey's not over?
42.Basics of promotion: How & Where
43.Promotion for free
44.Marketing in the Modern World
45.Paying for promotion – is it worth it?
46.Physical vs Online
47.Book Tours and Author Appearances
48.The Dreaded Convention

Beyond the Words The Modern Meltdown

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Beyond the Words is a podcast that talks about writing, publishing and promoting your future bestselling novel. Join bestseller Holly Hunt as she talks to other authors and guides you, step by step, through the process of writing a great novel. Each week, join us for a new episode discussing a part of the writing journey with a new wonderful author, and gain some insight into the mixed and varied world of publishing in the 2010s.

Episode List:

Chapter 1 - Components
1.Deciding Why to Write
2.Coping with perfectionism
3.Your writing area
4.Finding the time to write
5.Developing characters
6.Settings and conflicts
7.Crafting a plot
8.Researching your story

Chapter 2 – Mechanics
9.Crafting a beginning
10.You've set off on your adventure – now what?
11.The first conflict
12.Initiating change in your characters
13.Character development
14.The Big Conflict/the final battle
15.The Return Home
16.The HEA/HFN: Can you finish a book without one?
17.Planning for a sequel

Chapter 3 – Techniques
18.Description vs Action
19.Clichés
20.Archetypes
21.The Villain You Wish You Could Strangle
22.Dialogue and dialogue tags
23.When is infodumping okay?
24.Finding the Ending

Chapter 4 - Polishing Your Book
25.The rewrite
a.Transitioning from Fiction to Non-Fiction: Why?
26.Finding those pesky mistakes
27.Grammar
28.Fleshing out your world
29.My hero is a sook – help!
30.Finding good betas
a.Relating to your editor

Chapter 5 - Publishing
31.You've written a book! Now what?
32.Discovering publishers
33.How to present your work
34.The dreaded rejection
35.I got a personalised rejection – now what?
36.Rewriting again!
37.Into the rabbit hole – presenting your work to publishers
38.Self-publishing – Is it worth it?
39.Amazon and other self-publishing tools
40.Coping with bad reviews

Chapter 6 – Promotion
41.You're published! Wait, the journey's not over?
42.Basics of promotion: How & Where
43.Promotion for free
44.Marketing in the Modern World
45.Paying for promotion – is it worth it?
46.Physical vs Online
47.Book Tours and Author Appearances
48.The Dreaded Convention

    Beyond the Words Update - Apr 2019

    Beyond the Words Update - Apr 2019

    A quick update on the series! Pick up a copy of the book at tinyurl.com/beyondthewordsbook

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    Beyond the Words: Epilogue

    Beyond the Words: Epilogue

    In this episode, join Holly and her guest interviewer as they discuss the end of an era (3 years of work!) and the next step for the podcast. Don't cry for us, for we are already moving onto the next podcast series! Stay tuned (and subscribed) for more info!

    xxx

    I would like to say a sincere thank you to everyone who subscribed to the series, listened to or even just downloaded a single episode over the last 19 months of the podcast's existence. I also extend a thank you to every guest, whether their interview made it to air or not, and their followers for joining us on the ride. It was wild.

    Stay subscribed to hear news of the new Beyond the Words Project, coming out sometime in the next few months (We're aiming for before Christmas!)

    If you have any questions, concerns or issues, or you want to talk about your writing, please feel free to contact me at The Modern Meltdown Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/TheModernMeltdown

    Until then, stay safe, and keep on writing.

    ~ Holly Hunt
    Author of:

    DARK URBAN FANTASY:
    The Devil's Wife: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y635Y5Q
    The Inuit Nightmare: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y62YJSB/

    SWORD & SORCERY FANTASY:
    Scale and Feather: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009K5DDYG/
    The Tyrant of Tarsit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C4NU46G/

    THRILLER/HORROR:
    Blood Moon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0087QFMA2/
    The Holiday Killer: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01910O6I6

    COMIC:
    The Battle of the Blood Moon (Graphic Novel): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078H971BM/

    EROTICA:
    Blood Lovers: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004VGY44W/
    Dust to Dust: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K7KVOF8/
    Cleaning Up: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EY29IVW/

    Plus assorted short stories and novellas.

    • 44 min
    Beyond the Words Episode 54: Adapting Your Work

    Beyond the Words Episode 54: Adapting Your Work

    For the second-to-last episode of the series, we begin looking at the adaption of your work, focusing on book to comic, though touching on other forms as well.

    • 13 min
    Beyond the Words Episode 53: Music and Fiction

    Beyond the Words Episode 53: Music and Fiction

    Join Holly as she discusses the difference between music and fiction, and the complicated history of the two. Includes a review of "The Brothers of Darkness and Light" by Jeff Thomson at the end.

    To purchase a copy of The Brothers of Darkness and Light, click here: https://www.amazon.com.au/Brothers-Darkness-Light-Jeff-Thomson/dp/1452511942

    • 18 min
    Beyond the Words Episode 52: Psychology in Fiction, with Darian Smith

    Beyond the Words Episode 52: Psychology in Fiction, with Darian Smith

    Join Holly and her guest as they explore the psychological reactions readers have to certain elements of a book, and the best way to elicit those responses. Includes a review of "Kalanon's Rising", by Darian Smith, at the end.

    To purchase a copy of Kalanon's Rising, click here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LWZOTWS/

    • 24 min
    Beyond the Words Episode 51: Supporting the Indie Scene, with Naomi Eccles-Smith

    Beyond the Words Episode 51: Supporting the Indie Scene, with Naomi Eccles-Smith

    On this week's show, join Holly and her guest as they talk about the Indie (independant) Scene, and how you can get out and support them - sometimes without spending a cent! Includes a review of "Kin Seeker"by Naomi Eccles-Smith, at the end. 

    To purchase a copy of Kin Seeker, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Kin-Seeker-Fantasy-Adventure-Calling-ebook/dp/B00EP7E7HQ

    • 38 min

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