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Bob Whitely

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J.R.R. Tolkien, Ed Greenwood, Robert E. Howard, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Bob Whitely is an author, editor, game designer and commercial artist.
Passionate about blending genres, he created both the Cosmoverse and Toonaria Campaign Settings, two homologous, blended-genre universes. He also created the Cosmothea Roleplaying Game for his gritty Cosmoverse, and is developing Epic Destinies, a rules-lite roleplaying game for his seemingly light-hearted Toonaria.

After winning first place in a Dungeons & Dragons Monster Design contest, designing over two dozen board and card games and writing piles of stories, Bob decided it was past time to start sharing his creations and founded QT Games LLC.

In celebration of 40 years of adventuring in the Cosmoverse and Toonaria, Bob launched two new imprints:
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Bob Whitely I've never had writer's block—that's not a boast—it's just that there are piles of novels and game designs in my head clawing their way out (makes it…moreI've never had writer's block—that's not a boast—it's just that there are piles of novels and game designs in my head clawing their way out (makes it hard to sleep). I just came up with four more this week (there isn't enough time in write and publish them all, sadly). I'm more likely to obsess over the best way to handle a scene.

Sometimes merely taking a break and walking the dog is the smartest thing a writer can do. Ideas usually come when you're thinking about something else.(less)
Bob Whitely Stop reading so many books on how to write and get out there and write your heart out! Sure, read a book or three on how to write if you feel it will…moreStop reading so many books on how to write and get out there and write your heart out! Sure, read a book or three on how to write if you feel it will help (there are some really good ones out there), but nothing beats reading a ton of books in the genres you want to write in, and practice like mad the actual craft of writing.

When writing, especially novels, but even shorter works, an outline is essential. If you think you can write a novel without an outline, that usually means you're just going to be doing a lot more rewrites than the rest of us who keep organized, or your book's going to be a mess.

Do you feel an outline is stifling your creativity? Contact me and let's talk. I'm pretty sure I can change your mind. The advantages far, far outweigh any disadvantages. When writing based on your outline, remember that it's not the law, just a guide, and you can change the outline. It's only stifling if you do it wrong. But if you just can't do it, it's not the end of the world.

Don't be so quick to put your book on the market. Get it professionally edited and proofread, regardless of the cost. If you believe you've got a great book on your hands, then the money you pay a pro editor is well worth it. If you think you can put out a great book without pro editing you're almost certainly wrong, and the readers will know it, and it will hurt future sales.

Writing the book is the easy part, building an audience, promoting, marketing and actually selling books is the hard part. Passion isn't enough. You have to roll up your sleeves, do your homework, and make a realistic battle plan. Don't give up if you believe you're on the right path. While you're at it, don't sacrifice the important things in life, or you'll regret it later. I'm a very driven person, but I'm not about to neglect family, sacrifice what's really important in life just to sell more books. Live a balanced life. Every day's a gift. Make 'em count!
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Custom Dice, Art and Fiction Kickstarter

Hi, all. Very exciting things happening at QT Games. Yes, yes, there’s the Kickstarter, but why I’m doing it and why you should care is worth taking an extra moment or two to unpack. Here’s the Kickstarter and here’s an overview . . .





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"A great science fiction novel that blends horror and fantasy. Not my usual genre of reading material but I was intrigued by the title. Bob Whitley takes us on one wild ride through the galaxy on a star ship traveling in the 31st century. A well wr..." Read more of this review »
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"This book is fantastic. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved the way it ended, and at the same time I was sad that it did have to come to an end. "
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Bob Whitely Writing Update: I'm on the homestretch with The Shadow Hunter, a blended-genre novella I'm writing about the crew of a starship who are faced with a bizarre epidemic on board, a town in the grip of a dragon, a reluctant knight, and a creature who lives in the shadows of others and torments them.


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Bob Whitely Still moving the furniture in here (and setting up shop on Drivethrufiction.com and Amazon).


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