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#AuthorHelp

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As you all know, my wife (Desirée Lee) and myself are both authors. Both of us are award-winning, critically-acclaimed, bestselling authors. Authors can’t do what we do without the support of our fans and readers. All of you mean the world to us!

Often, we’re asked what someone can do to help support our work. The list above is a great starting place. Do those things, and you’ll be helping us out tremendously!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

New “Ravenesque” Ideas

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the “Ravenesque” project here. “Ravenesque” originally began as an on-going, low/no budget web-series concept. From there, it evolved into an on-going,bi-monthly comic book. However, that never went beyond a script for the first issue, and a few pieces of concept artwork from a couple of potential artists.

Now, Desirée Lee and I have taken the ideas for “Ravenesque” to a different platform. We’re planning to do with it what we’re doing with “Warder”. That is to say that “Raveneque” will be a series of urban fantasy novellas. And there are new ideas in the mix, now, too. These ideas will add to the richness of Ravenesque’s world, and take the character and settings in directions we had never even thought of before.

The catch?

I’m not sure when work will actually begin on the first “Ravenesque” novella. Hopefully soon. But, at the moment, we’re going through final edits on “Hidden Tribe“. “Warder: Changing Guard” is also in edits. We’re also keeping up with out hit webcomic “MoonWraith“. We have other projects in various stages of completion, too – both solo works, and co-authored books. And, most of all, we’re parents of a healthy, active 2-year-old girl. She’s a full-time job in, and of herself!

Still, with luck, work on the first novella in the “Ravenesque” series can start before too long. I’m very excited about it – especially with the new ideas and directions! – and eager to start the first draft of that.

Keep watching for updates, please!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Internet Pirates

Not long ago several of my novels were discovered on a pirate site. Among those titles was my bestselling, award-winning book “Quintana Roo, Yucatan“. I was very displeased, and distressed upon hearing this. Why? Because those books are being stolen. Each e-book download of a title means money lost to me. It’s royalties that I would have earned by was of legitimate sales, gone. Poof! Authors don’t make a lot per sale to begin with. Our income is generated by way of lots of sales. Each pirated copy, each theft, steals one of those sales from us.

Not only am I an author, but I’m also a husband and father. I have a wife and child to support. Each theft that keeps royalties from me, keeps that money from my family, too. Pirates don’t just steal from the author, they steal from the authors’ spouses, and children. It’s deplorable.

As an author, and as a husband, and as a father, I’m asking you not to download pirated works. Pay the money. Buy the work. Pay the author for all of the time they’ve put into creating that work. Allow the author that income for support of themselves, and their families. Please.

If you discover any of my work, or work by my very talented wife Desirée Lee, on a pirate site anywhere, please let us know. Simply send me a message via the “Contact” page of my website. We thank you for your help in this fight against piracy.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Help Us Out?

Desirée Lee and I are often asked by fans what they can do to help promote our work. Because this is such a common question, I wanted to cover it in a blog post as it’s been a while.

The answer to the question is very simple—Buy our work! Another very easy way is word of mouth. If you’d like to help promote our work—or the work of any other authors for that matter—simply talk to people about it. Family. Friends. Co-workers. People on the street with whom you strike up a conversation. Anyone you can tell; the more the better.

Social networks provide an excellent method for doing this, too. Post social updates such as, “I’m currently reading “Within These Stone Walls” by Desirée Lee”. What are you reading?” Or Tweet something like, “Just read “Quintana Roo, Yucatan” by Scott Harper. I loved that book, and hope he writes a sequel!”

Both Desirée and myself are on Facebook and Twitter. Like our fan pages on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Click the “Like” button on Facebook posts, and share those posts to your own Timelines. Favorite our Tweets, and reTweet them so your own Followers can see them.

Just by doing those few simple things, you can do a huge, huge amount to help spread the word about our work. Want to help promote your favorite authors? That’s a 100% free, simple way. Odds are you’re already doing those things for one or two big-name celebrities. Please take a couple of moments from your busy day to include us in that, too.

Prequel

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Not long ago I mentioned on this blog/website that a brand new, original Wendy Markland short story would be included in the Umbral Press re-release of my first Wendy Markland book, “Predators or Prey?” A concept for that project has been agreed upon. This new short story will be a prequel to the Wendy Markland series as a whole, taking place before the events covered in “Predators or Prey?”. The working title of the piece is currently “It Isn’t Paranoia”. It will be included in the re-release along with the previously published short story, “Remnants”. Currently, “Predators or Prey?”, and “Remnants” are undergoing a new editing process. Meanwhile, I’m plotting out “It Isn’t Paranoia”, which is planned to have a far larger impact on Wendy Markland down the road…

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Editing

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Edits are well underway on my first Wendy Markland novel, “Predators or Prey?”, for a re-release via Umbral Press. It’s been a while now since I parted ways with the publishing company that first released the three existing Wendy Markland books – “Predators or Prey?”, “Necromancer”, and “Vindicated”. With the edits going on for the re-release, it has come to my attention just how poorly-edited the previous editions – the original e-book release, and the paperback release that came some time afterward – were. I apologize to each and every one of you for that poor editing. The editing was one of the problems with that publisher; it was one of the reasons I left them. I had no idea that the final, published editions of “Predator or Prey?” were such a mess, though. Expect different from the Umbral Press re-release.

While I’m on the subject, expect the Umbral Press re-release of “Predators or Prey?” to include two short stories featuring your favorite monster hunter – Wendy Markland. The current plan is for this new edition to include “Remnants”, a short story which had been added to “Predators or Prey?” for the prior paperback release, and also a new, original, first-time-in-print short story.

Please keep watching for news, and updates!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Wendy Markland Question

A lot of my fans and readers have joined me on my journey because of my Wendy Markland books – “Predators or Prey?”, “Necromancer”, and “Vindicated” to date. Presently, those books are not available due to a parting of the ways with the publisher who put them out. Plans are in place for those projects to be re-edited, and released via a different publisher. It’s just a matter of getting the work done. Once the new editions of those books are out, I plan to continue writing Wendy’s (mis)adventures. But, I have a question for you all.

Quite a few people have expressed a wish for Wendy to venture outside the United States of America in her capacity as a monster-hunter. A few seeds of ideas for that have occurred to me, but nothing concrete. My question for you all of you is actually in two parts, and is this:

Would you like to see Wendy working outside the USA? And, if so, where would you most like to see her venture?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Piracy Is Bad

As bestselling, award-winning authors, both Desirée Lee and I are forced to fight a constant battle against on-line piracy. It’s a subject I’ve talked (and ranted!) about here on this blog/website before more than once. Sadly, it never ends. It’s something that all artists of any type must contend with these days.

Desirée and I are also both fans of “Weird Al” Yankovic. Sadly, we’ve fallen behind on picking up his albums. We just bought “Straight Outta Lynwood” recently. We still need to pick up “Alpocalypse”, and “Mandatory Fun”. Anyway, until listening “Straight Outta Lynwood” in its entirety, neither of us had ever heard Mr. Yankovic’s song “Don’t Download This Song” before. It’s his plea for people to stop music piracy.

The same plea goes out (again!) from myself and Desirée. Please don’t steal our work. If you like it, buy it. Please. That goes for any artist – writer, musician, or visual artist. Please, please, please stop the piracy! There’s a part of “Don’t Download This Song” that goes, “So don’t download this song. The record store’s where you belong. Go, and buy the CD, like you know that you should. Oh, don’t download this song.” As Desirée and I are authors, we’re saying, “So don’t download this book. The bookstore’s where you belong. Go, and buy the paperback, like you know that should. Oh, don’t download this book.”

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Stolen Library Books

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As a bestselling, award-winning writer, I do a lot of research on various topics. As a paranormal author, a lot of the topics I find myself looking into are things that most people tend to brush aside as pure fiction and fantasy. Do an on-line search for any given supernatural subject, and you’re more apt to find hundreds, if not thousands, of links to sites pertaining to works of fiction, comic books, television programs, and movies than you are to find anything serious on the topic at hand. Likewise, most libraries I’ve ever been in have a very limited selection devoted to mythology, legends, the paranormal, and magick.

So, I’m more upset than the average person probably is over this brief article. It’s hard enough to find such material available in libraries without people stealing it. Everyone, please, do not do this! Return your library books so that others can make use of that resource, too. If you want a copy of a given title so badly, then buy one. By stealing it, you hurt everyone. If it’s an out of print book, look on-line. Odds are you’ll find a copy for sale somewhere. Spend the money. Buy it legally. We’ll all be better off.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

#‎SaveConstantine‬

You all know I’m a huge comic book fan. I love the DC Comics Universe (DCU). That addiction has rubbed off onto my wonderful wife, Desirée Lee, as well. Both of us are currently thrilled by the DCU-based television shows that are currently on the air. One of our favorites is “Constantine“, which is based on the DCU comic series “Hellblazer”, and focuses on the character John Constantine. Matt Ryan is playing the lead character in the show, and John Constantine could not have been better cast! Mr. Ryan is doing an absolutely superb job with this role!

While the show is a hit with fans, and a lot of those fans are very rabid about it, the network is doing what do many networks do. The series hasn’t become an instant ratings bonanza for them. So, they don’t seem willing to renew it. In fact, they didn’t even order a second half to the first season. Now, I’m hearing that, rather than outright cancel “Constantine”, NBC is giving serious thought to turning the series over to SyFy. It seems that a marathon of “Constantine” episodes ran on that network, and received good ratings. So, there’s a chance that we’ll see “Constantine” dropped by NBC, but picked up by SyFy under the same name as the comic book – “Hellblazer”. I’m 100% fine with that, as long as SyFy continues the show, and keeps the same case. Mr. Matt Ryan is John Constantine! I never want to see anyone else in the role after seeing his portrayal of this extremely complex character.

Being a fan, and looking down the proverbial barrel of a network change, I have to put this out there: I would love to work on an episode (or more!) of “Constantine”/”Hellblazer” as a writer! Can anyone reading this make that happen? If so, please get in touch with me via the “Contact” page of my website. I’d love to be part of the show’s next incarnation!

For those reading this who don’t know me, I’m a bestselling, award-winning writer with over 30 short stories, and nine books to my name. I’ve also branched out into comic book projects with my wife – “Confluence” and “MoonWraith” – as well as film work.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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