Author H.L. Stephens

Category: publishing


Adventures in Querying: Where is the Chubby Hubby Ice Cream When You Need It?

Ben and Jerry’s has the most amazing flavor of ice cream called Chubby Hubby. It is a single pint of decadent saturate-your-sorrows in 35 grams of sinful artery-clogging saturated fat and it’s-probably-better-if-you-don’t-read-the-rest-of-the-nutritional-information yum-inny goodness. For several years, it was my…

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The Next Big Thing: A Raven’s Touch by Linda Bloodworth – a new YA Paranormal Ready For Release

Today, I am happy…no happy is too tame a word….I am flipping thrilled┬áto support my friend and fellow author Linda Bloodworth spread the word about her new YA Paranormal book release for her debut novel, A Raven’s Touch. I have…

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When ‘Thank You’ Is the Hardest Thing To Say

Some words come easy to us. Words of tenderness for a loved one. Colorful metaphors. The proper order of terms for the grande triple mocha latte flavored coffee you order every day at the local Starbucks. But there are also…

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The Joys of Editing: It sounded so much better when I was in the shower….

We have all had those glorious moments in the rain locker.┬áThere you are…glistening wet skin, the perfect echo chamber, and your favorite song. The need to belt out the words seems as natural as breathing in and out. We are…

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When Being ‘A Day Late and a Dollar Short’ Ceases To Capture How Far Behind You Are

I used to love the phrase when I was a kid. “A day late and a dollar short” It seemed so jingly. So fun. So easy to catch up to if you just tried hard enough. After all, it was…

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Adventures in Querying: Receiving the First of Many Bloody Noses

We’ve all had that dream. No, I am not talking about the dirty bathroom dream where all of the stalls make the use of an outhouse at the yearly fair seem like a delightful prospect. Nor am I referring to…

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Adventures in Querying: Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Harder…

Since my levels of public humiliation know no bounds, I have decided to share some of my many adventures in sending out the dreaded query letter. There are enough self-help blogs out there to tell you the right way of…

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And The Award For The Worst Blogger Goes To……

I am not one to toot my own horn when it comes to much of anything, but in the case of worst blogging awards, I think I have a chance of winning this particular distinction. If you could only see…

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Say It Isn’t So……Covers Really Do Make a Difference

We are always admonished never to judge a book by its cover, but in truth our judgment of packaging is a prejudice we apply liberally every day. Industries of every shape, size, color, kind, and creed play upon this judgmental…

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What Makes an Author "Real"?

I have experienced some low blows in my life; you know the kind that leaves you reeling once it has been delivered……where you wonder what you have done to deserve such a whammy. I won’t bore you with the details…

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