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30-Minute Author Interviews

Tony Melchiorri and I on Keystroke Medium talking about our books, marketing, and networking. Watch interview…

30-Minute Author Interviews

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the USA Today bestselling author of the Hell Divers trilogy, the Orbs trilogy, and the Extinction Cycle series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster mitigation before switching careers to focus on his one true passion—writing. When he isn’t writing or daydreaming about the apocalypse, he enjoys running, biking, spending time with his family, and traveling the world. He is an Ironman triathlete and lives in Iowa with his fiancée, their dogs, and a house full of books. Listen to podcast…



10 Things Every Girl Should Know Before She Dates A Writer

My friends all know where to find me. I’m almost always at the local coffee shop staring intensely at my laptop screen, working on stories most people probably won’t ever read. At the off chance that I’m not there, I’m probably locked away in my cave-like office with my dog sleeping at my feet. Those same friends would probably describe me as introverted and outgoing – an anomaly. But I do have a wild side. I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I’m not rich or famous, but my work does show up on multiple Google searches. Read More…


Top 10 Tips for Aspiring Authors

I’ve spent the past three years in the trenches of both traditional and self-publishing. In that time I’ve sold close to 200k ebooks with two series (Extinction Cycle/SP & Orbs/Simon451) that have been #1 bestsellers. The audiobook of Extinction Horizon has been #1 in the audible store, and #8 in the kindle store. Orbs has broken into the top 50 books on Amazon twice now. As a successful hybrid author I decided to share some tips as it wasn’t long ago I was an aspiring author who had no idea where to start. Thinking back to the beginning of my career, when writing was just a hobby, I decided to put together a list of answers to the questions I had. Hopefully these tips will help you. Read More…


Adventures in Hybrid Publishing

The changes that have occurred in publishing over the past decade are pretty remarkable. I first wrote this post for Simon and Schuster about a year ago, and even more has changed in publishing in that time.

Authors are no longer restricted by the old rules of publishing. You don’t need a literary agent or a traditional publishing deal to get your story into reader’s hands. E-readers have helped fuel a revolution, where an unknown author like Hugh Howey can become a New York Times Bestseller almost overnight. From Wattpad to Amazon, publishing has never been easier. But that doesn’t mean one method is better than the other. It simply means that authors and publishers have more options. Read More…


Our Love Affair with the Apocalypse

A not so silent outbreak has taken the nation by storm. No, I’m not talking about some deadly virus, but rather the addiction to post-apocalyptic fiction. Whether it’s a book, movie, TV show or even a play, the notion of the end of the world has Americans captivated. But why?

I think the answer to that question relates to the very essence of what it means to be human. PA stories have been around as long as the written word. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Noah’s Ark. We have always been fascinated by the concept of the end of the world. The ‘what ifs’ seem to strike a cord. We have nightmares of the apocalypse. We fear it. And our subconscious knows it. Most of us live in a blissful ignorance of how close our world has been to ending. These stories take us out of our routines and the safe bubbles many of us have all built. And I think that’s what makes the end of the world so scary and also, compelling. Read More…


Self-Publishing Round Table: Episode 51: Nicholas Smith

We welcome science fiction author Nicholas Smith to the show this week. Nicholas is the author of two post-apocalyptic science fiction books. The first, Orbs, is not only a bestseller, but it got picked up by Simon & Schuster. The second, The Tisaian Chronicles, consistently charts in a number of science fiction categories. We will be talking about how he became a bestseller, how to break into science fiction, his best marketing strategies, how to survive the upcoming apocalypse. Watch Podcast…


The Best of Both Publishing Worlds – Hybrid Publishing

Scifi horror writer Nick Sansbury Smith is currently ranked as a Top 26 author, or better, in five different categories on Amazon. This week, I talk to Nick about his decision to sell his Orbs series to a traditional publisher after self-publishing the first book to great success, why he decided to self-publish his second series to wild success, and why he’s returning to traditional publishing for his upcoming series Hell Divers. Listen to Podcast…


Interview: Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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We met up with acclaimed sci-fi author Nicholas Sansbury Smith during San Diego ComiCon and sat down to talk with him about the journey of his tenth novel Hell Divers (July 2016, Blackstone Publishing). Listen to podcast…


The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, author of several post-apocalyptic books and short stories. When he isn’t daydreaming about the apocalypse he’s likely racing in triathlons around the Midwest. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his family and several rescued animals. Smith’s latest apocalyptic sci-fi novels, Orbs and Orbs II: Stranded, are available now from Simon451, a new ebook imprint from Simon & Schuster. The third book in the trilogy, Orbs III: Redemption, is forthcoming in March 2015. Read interview…


How Training for a Triathlon Helped Me Find My Writing Voice

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For most of us life is one long story. Everyone has one. If you think about it, each day is like a page that we add to the book of our existence. I’m fascinated with this concept and I’m also very mindful of my own fate. I know my story could end at any minute. My motto of living every day like it’s my last isn’t due to my obsession with the apocalypse. It stems from a brush with death I experienced years ago. Read interview…


LIVE! w/ Nicholas Sansbury Smith

In this episode, Nicholas Sansbury Smith (author of Hell Divers, The Extinction Cycle, and Orbs) talks about how he got started in his writing career, how he built his brand, and how to write a thrilling book. As an added bonus, we are the first to see the inside of his new house. I thought we would get to meet the pitbull and the shih tzu, but alas, it was not to be. You will need to watch this one to the end to understand the reference, but I digress.

After listening to Hell Divers on Audible, Josh told me I had to give it a listen, and now I am recommending it to you. The story takes dystopian fiction to a new level. The characters, story and pacing are outstanding and his voice is second to none. 
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