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.
Chapter 1 - Components
1.Deciding Why to Write
2.Coping with perfectionism
3.Your writing area
4.Finding the time to write
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
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
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
a.Transitioning from Fiction to Non-Fiction: Why?
26.Finding those pesky mistakes
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?
33.How to present your work
34.The dreaded rejection
35.I got a personalised rejection – now what?
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
A quick update on the series! Pick up a copy of the book at tinyurl.com/beyondthewordsbook
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!
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
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/
Blood Moon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0087QFMA2/
The Holiday Killer: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01910O6I6
The Battle of the Blood Moon (Graphic Novel): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078H971BM/
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.
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.
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
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/
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