WHAT IS the secret to writing a successful book? Well, first we have to define successful. For the sake of this discussion, let’s say it’s a book that gets you an agent, a major publishing contract, remarkable sales, and ultimately a lifelong career as an author. Is there a formula for success in the publishing … Continue reading The Right Idea and Its Perfect Execution
A COUPLE weeks ago, I put out a tweet offering to do a round of free query letter critiques, with the option to tip if you're happy with the feedback and you have the means to do so. I still have a small queue of queries in my inbox, but from now on I'll be … Continue reading Want a Free Query Letter Critique? Read This.
I'VE BEEN reflecting on all the unpublished manuscripts I read and critiqued in 2019, ranging from sci-fi to high fantasy to detective procedural to YA romance to literary efforts that don't fit into a genre category. Despite the range of styles and writing quality, if you were to take my critiques of all these books … Continue reading I Read Dozens of Manuscripts in 2019 | Here’s What I Learned
THIS IS the first post I've made on this dusty ol' blog in quite some time. If you don't know, I took a long hiatus from social media to deal with a mountain of personal issues and to get my life back in order. Things worked out, the year ended on several high notes, and … Continue reading My Goals for 2020
IT'S FINALLY happening! THE LAST LETTER, a zombie novella by WB Welch and Tory Hunter is now available for pre-order, with an official release date of July 14th, 2019. Pre-order your copy now to have it automatically delivered to your Kindle device the day of release! Here's the blurb: The power has been out for … Continue reading THE LAST LETTER Pre-order and Release Date!
THIS IS a quick post, because my only aim is to direct you to this brand new interview of my co-author and co-conspirator, the amazing, talented, beautiful, and charming WB Welch! In this Uniweb Productions episode, Matt Whiteside talks to WB about our upcoming zombie novella THE LAST LETTER, and they talk about ME! Lol. … Continue reading I Will Follow You Into the Zombie Apocalypse
I’M UP late on the eve of #PitMad, the biggest pitch event on Twitter, a quarterly affair that always ends in writers landing agents who go on to land those writers book deals. Untold thousands of aspiring authors participate, vying for the “likes” of perhaps a couple hundred agents. As writers, the odds are automatically … Continue reading On #PitMad and Querying
THIS IS the first blog thing I've done in quite a while. I enjoy blog things, so hopefully this post marks the rebirth of frequent ramblings. In the tradition of my blogging style, I have no idea what I'm even writing about! Let's start with PitMad, because it's coming up on Thursday, June 6th. You … Continue reading I Did a Blog Thing!
WELCOME TO the Tory Hunter Books 10K Followers Full Manuscript Critique Giveaway Extravaganza! Big giveaway, big title! Now that I've reached (almost) 9,500 followers on Twitter, the contest is open! I'm going to share some news really quick and then I'll tell you all about the giveaway and how to enter. News really quick Soon … Continue reading Enter to Win a Free Full Manuscript Critique
I SEE this question being asked all the time: plotter or panster? In other words, do you outline first, or do you begin with an idea and let the story take you where it wants? There's an argument for an against both ways of going about it. Some would say plotting in advance is stilted … Continue reading I’m a Pants Plotter