Great Writers Share | with Daniel Willcocks

Great Writers Share | with Daniel Willcocks

Hawk & Cleaver
Jul 09, 2020 54 min

#043: Gemma Amor – Funding horror through Kickstarter, keeping things simple, and the joy of creation.

Gemma Amor is a Bram Stoker Award-nominated…horror fiction author, podcaster illustrator, and voice actor based in the UK. Her books include…Cruel Works of Nature, the award-nominated…Dear Laura,…White Pines, and…Till the Score is Paid. She's also the co-creator, writer and voice actor for horror-comedy podcast…Calling Darkness,…starring Kate Siegel. … Gemma's stories feature on the…NoSleep podcast,…Shadows at the Door, Creepy and the…Grey Rooms podcast.…You can find her in a number of horror anthologies, too. In this episode we go deep into: - The influence of Stephen King’s “Cujo." - How Gemma cut her teeth in writing - The power of actually finishing a story - The short story medium and getting yourself published - Playing with various mediums of art to satisfy the creative ache - Using Kickstarter to create, publish, and launch your book - The power of keeping things simple when writing a story - How draining it can be to give a story your all - The best ways to deal with criticism - Why does Gemma write Gemma answers questions from Patrons: - Ian J Middleton: what Must Read books would you put on a horror writers reading list? Find out more about Gemma: https://gemmaamorauthor.com/ https://twitter.com/manylittlewords https://www.instagram.com/manylittlewords/ Links from the show: Stephen King’s “Cujo” https://books2read.com/u/boEy60 Gemma’s Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/whitepines/white-pines-a-novel-and-audiobook-from-author-gemm White Pines on Amazon: https://books2read.com/u/mqrXVO Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade H.B. Lyne 
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Jul 02, 2020 1 hr 12 min

#042: Garrett Robinson – Serializing fantasy, making it through the hard times, and changing the world with fiction.

Garrett Robinson is the author of #1 bestselling Amazon fantasy series, “The Nightblade Epic”, a heroic fantasy saga with tens of thousands of avid readers. The epic is set in the land of Underrealm, alongside a second bestselling series, “The Academy Journals.” His imprint, Legacy Books, has published over 2 dozen fantasy titles, showcasing fresh writing talent in the genre. Garrett is also a filmmaker, and successful YouTube talent, with brand new vlogs hitting his channel every Friday.… In this episode we go deep into: - Garrett’s advice for anyone who hasn’t watched Hamilton yet - Garrett’s experience working in filmmaking, screenwriting, and directing, and how that segued into his writing career - The origins of his hit series “Underrealm" - Letting your story grow in your mind until you’re professionally ready to write it - Allowing yourself time to develop as an artist - The experience of writing and releasing serial fiction, and how that has changed over the years - How to come out of bouts of non-writing - Leveraging Patreon to create a sustainable career - Talking yourself through the tough stuff and coming out on the other side - Controlling your use of social media to avoid distraction and procrastination - The realities of living as a full-time creative - How global disruption affects your personal state - Putting yourself first before you reach out and start helping others - Generating real social change with your fiction - How to approach serialization as a writer - Keeping an eye on the long-term when creating your marketing strategies Garrett answers questions from Patrons: - Yanni Jade: "You're currently releasing your novel in episodes like with the previous books, what are the pros and cons to publishing this way?" - H.B. Lyne: Do you have any tips for balancing writing with YouTubing. How does he fit it all in? - Jenn Mitchell: Do you…approach the story telling process the same way when writing and making a film? Are there differences between the two for you? Find out more about Garrett: https://underrealm.net/ Links from the show: Garrett’s Episode on “The Story Studio” https://open.spotify.com/episode/67ODq5qyQCZaS7jeUb3DvX?si=hrmrE3FKTUKy_Ej1SR2ciA A Cloak of Red, Brenna Gawain: https://www.amazon.com/Cloak-Red-Underrealm-Tenth-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B083RLS7DK/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=a+cloak+of+red&qid=1593612588&sr=8-1 Garrett’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/garrettbrobinson Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne 
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Jun 25, 2020 34 min

#041: Daniel Willcocks – “Collaboration for Authors."

Daniel Willcocks is an international bestselling…author and podcaster of dark fiction. He is one fifth of digital story studio, Hawk & Cleaver, co-producer of iTunes-busting fiction podcast, 'The Other Stories,’ as well as the host…of the 'Great Writers Share'…podcast, in which he breaks down the strategies, tricks, and productivity habits of some of the best writers in the game today. Residing in the UK, Dan's work explores the catastrophic and the strange. His stories span the genres of horror, post-apocalyptic, and sci-fi, and his work has seen him collaborating with some of the biggest names in the independent publishing community. In this episode we go deep into: - Where did Dan’s collaboration journey began - Why Dan wrote a book on collaboration - How collaborations have impacted Dan’s career - The key mistakes authors make when they collaborate - What is the biggest takeaway from the book that authors need to understand - How to find a collaborator - How to deal with a collaboration gone wrong - Further resources for authors seeking collaboration Dan answers questions from Patrons: - Yanni Jade: What are some things to look for in a collaborative partner? - Yanni Jade: What are the positives of having collaborative partners? - Jenn Mitchell: How can you tell when a collaboration isn’t a good fit? Find out more about Dan: www.danielwillcocks.com Links from the show: Collaboration for Authors https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn J Thorn’s "American Demon Hunters" https://books2read.com/u/4AKKVK Craig Martelle "Collaborations: When the Whole Is Greater than the Sum of the Parts" https://books2read.com/u/b5ZZ1k J Thorn & Joanna Penn “Co-writing a Book” https://books2read.com/u/m2ZZNR Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne 
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Jun 18, 2020 43 min

#040: Julie Hiner – Growth through challenge, the welcoming arms of writers, and embracing your genre.

Julie Hiner…is a writer of dark crime, horror, and non-fiction.… Julie has been fascinated with the complexity of the dark mind of the serial killer and obsessed with trying to understand how murder can occur. Finding inspiration at a talk given by a local homicide detective, Julie surged down her new path to writing a dark, serial killer novel.… Julie's favorite parts of her new found writing process are the detailed research, creating an in-depth character and digging deep into his, her or its mind, and unleashing her inner artist on photos to create the cover and marketing material. In this episode we go deep into: - Julie’s journey into reading and writing - Dealing with anxiety around gaining weight - How “Just A Girl and a Bike” was born - How knowing less reduces the fear - Getting involved in writer’s groups and asking for help - The welcoming arms of other writers - How Julie first approached her publishing process - The differences between writing non-fiction and writing fiction - The reality behind the writing process - Finding yourself as a writer - The secret to creating the writing habit - Where the inspiration for horror and dark crime comes from - Embracing the visual side of horror to build a brand Find out more about Julie: Https://killersanddemons.com Links from the show: Collaboration for Authors https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Just a Girl and a Bike: https://books2read.com/u/b6Zjnp Final Track by Julie Hiner: https://books2read.com/u/31qPvn Reading of “Twisted”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ezx67ExVdI&feature=emb_logo Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne 
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Jun 11, 2020 49 min

#039: Jenna Moreci – YouTube for writers, diversifying income streams, and cultivating superfans.

Jenna Moreci is a half-human, half-weaponized robot hellbent on overthrowing mankind. She’s also a best selling author specializing in so-cute-you-could-barf romance interspersed between extreme violence and bloodshed.… A Silicon Valley native, Jenna hosts a YouTube channel with over 210,000 subscribers (at the time of recording) where she uses her passion for storytelling and background in business to help other creators navigate their writing and publishing journey.…When she’s not writing or ’tubing, Jenna enjoys listening to music, cuddling with her dog, and kissing her fiancé’s gorgeous face. Her other talents include prolific cursing, spilling/dropping things, accidentally making people cry, and cooking. In this episode we go deep into: - How Jenna accidentally makes so many people cry - How Jenna first got started with writing - Choosing passion over smarts - Jenna’s introduction into YouTube and how she made it work - What it takes to make it on YouTube - Why ‘being yourself’ is so important online - The success of “The 9 weird habits of writers" - Why you don’t need to wait until you’re published to start a YouTube channel - The importance of honesty - What it means to be a writer on YouTube - The harsh reality of being a woman on YouTube - Why writers should consider YouTube - A platform for superfine and multiple streams of revenue - How long does it take to make film, edit, and upload videos to YouTube - What the conversion rate is from YouTube hits to actual book sales - Targeting the right audiences and sticking with your gut - Jenna’s writing process for her latest books - Preserving mental wellbeing while juggling writing and caregiving - How Jenna keeps the creative well filled - Jenna’s love for Greek mythology and the foreshadowing dream - Why Jenna writes Jenna answers questions from Patrons: Yanni Jade: …How long did it take for you to write The Savior’s Sister and edit it to the point where you were happy with the end result? This week’s question: Based off the content of this week’s interview, I’m posing the question: How successfully do you engage with your readers and/or fans? Find out more about Jenna: https://www.jennamoreci.com/ https://www.youtube.com/jennamoreci https://twitter.com/jennamoreci https://www.instagram.com/jennamoreci/ https://www.facebook.com/authorjennamoreci The Savior’s Champion: https://amzn.to/2MLqzYp The Savior's Sister: https://amzn.to/2MHGPtu Links from the show: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn The Nine Weird Habits of Writers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpmE_gtZChY Jenna and Sacha Black, How to Become a Full-time Writer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozs-VRE1mjI&t=361s Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley 
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Jun 04, 2020 49 min

#038: Drew Starling – The power of short stories, real-time feedback, and emotionally insulating yourself.

Drew Starling is an Amazon bestselling author of horror and dark fiction,…a husband and dog dad who loves strong female leads, martial arts, and long walks in the woods with canine companions. He would like to think his plots are better than his prose, but strives to make his words sound both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. He listens to Beethoven, Megadeth, and Enya when he writes.… His only rule of writing: the dog never dies. In this episode we go deep into: - Why the dog never dies - Drew’s writing journey and how he’s gotten to where he is - How beneficial author communities are online - Why short stories are a great way create emotional insulation - The incredible influence of Stephen King - Whether the TV series of “The Outsider” was better or worse than the book - The power of the short story submission loop - Why short stories are a great way to build an author reputation - How to maximize your chances of getting short stories submitted and published - The benefits of real-time feedback in author communities - Using StoryGrid to edit your novel - Why something must happen in a scene - Drew’s writing process - Why you shouldn’t measure success in words written - Finding a relationship that complements your writing career - Why Drew writes Drew answers questions from Patrons: Ian J Middleton: what Must Read books would you put on a horror writers reading list? This week’s question: What systems do you use to gain real-time feedback? Find out more about Drew: Get your free story https://www.drewstarling.com/dan Links from the show: Https://www.patreon.com/greatwritersshare Https://books2read.com/anatomyofprose https://www.doesthedogdie.com/ https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/ https://www.cormacmccarthy.com/ https://www.amazon.com/N-K-Jemisin/e/B0028OIVC0/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8550800/ “Guts” by Chuck Palahniuk http://readfulltext.blogspot.com/2013/10/guts-by-chuck-palahniuk.html https://storygrid.com/ The Shining https://www.amazon.com/Shining-Stephen-King/dp/0345806786/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+shining&qid=1591020355&s=books&sr=1-1 It https://www.amazon.com/Novel-Stephen-King/dp/1982127791/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=it&qid=1591020343&s=books&sr=1-1 The Stand https://www.amazon.com/Stand-Stephen-King/dp/0307947300/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+stand&qid=1591020322&sr=8-1 The Elementals https://www.amazon.com/Elementals-Michael-McDowell/dp/1941147178/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+elementals&qid=1591020492&s=books&sr=1-1 Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley 
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May 28, 2020 1 hr 0 min

#037: Lindsay Weisner – Finding ‘happy,’ the Neurotic Nourishment podcast, and talking is healing.

Dr. Lindsay Weisner is the host of the Neurotic Nourishment Podcast –…a show where she talks with smart, sweary women about s t that matters – and her first book ‘Ten Steps To Finding Happy’ released on March 20th, 2020. Dr Weisner graduated from Georgetown University in 1999 and was awarded a fellowship in child development at the NIH. She received her doctorate from C.W. Post, LIU and pursued post-doctorate training at the American Institute of Psychoanalysis In this episode we go deep into: - How Lindsay defines ‘happy' - The effect of launching a book during the time of the coronavirus - The importance of choosing to find happy - Battling your own habits to improve yourself - Lindsay shares methods to maintain happiness during the coronavirus pandemic - How Lindsay got involved in publishing Ten Steps to Finding Happy - The effectiveness of plunging yourself in at the deep end - Finding your passion, and finding your purpose - Learning to keep going when things don’t go your way - The importance of transparency and understanding yourself - The motivation of being told you can't - How Lindsay approached collaboration for her book - The beginning of the Neurotic Nourishment Podcast and what the plans are - Tackling and talking about the difficult topics - Lindsay’s work with teen suicides - Historical peaks and troughs to suicide rates… - Writing freehand to generate catharsis This week’s question: How do you find your happy? Comment over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare, or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ Find out more about Lindsay: https://www.instagram.com/psychshrinkmom/ Neurotic Nourishment podcast: https://pod.link/1464366670 Ten Steps to Finding Happy: https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Steps-Finding-Happy-Satisfaction/dp/0996430660/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=ten+steps+to+finding+happy+weisner&qid=1590507483&sr=8-1 Links from the show: Collaboration for Authors pre-order https://books2read.com/collaboration Supercharge Your Scene with J Thorn https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com?aff=willcocksauthor Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/experts/lindsay-weisner-psyd Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Yanni Jade 
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May 21, 2020 53 min

#036: Clare Littlemore – Writing dystopian fiction, the power of closing a series, and using trial and error to find your outlining process.

Clare Littlemore is a young adult dystopian and sci-fi author who thrives on fictionally destroying the world with a cup of tea by her side. The tea will often be cold, because her characters have a way of grabbing hold of her and not letting go until the final page of their story is finished. They regularly have the same effect on her readers. In this episode we go deep into: - The difference between a dystopian author and a sociopath - Clare’s journey into writing and how she finished her first major work - How life gets in the way, but you can’t let it win - Why Clare chose dystopian fiction when her first foray was a mystery thriller - What keeps people writing when there’s no immediate reward - Celebrating wrapping up a first series - The pitfalls of assuming you don’t have to worldbuild, even in dystopian fiction - Lessons learned from not outlining a series from the beginning - Discovery writers vs planning and finding your preference - The benefits of wrapping up series before you’re moving on to the next project - The effectiveness of digital book tours - The best places to keep up-to-date and learn the latest trends and knowledge in the publishing business - How Clare splits her day to get things done - Finding the advertising platforms that work for you - Building a community with fellow authors - Being deliberate with your platforms - Why it’s important to have a close network of writers - Why Clare Littlemore writes This week’s question: How do you approach outlining your novel? Find out more about Clare: Https://clarelittlemore.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/lastbookcafeonearth/ https://www.facebook.com/clarelittlemoreauthor/ Links from the show: Collaboration for Authors pre-order https://books2read.com/collaboration Supercharge Your Scene with J Thorn https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com?aff=willcocksauthor Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/ Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Yanni Jade 
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May 14, 2020 52 min

#035: Mag Dimond – Award-winning memoirs, documenting your life to leave a legacy, and mindfulness for writers.

Mag Dimond is the award-winning author of BOWING TO ELEPHANTS, Tales of a Travel Junkie (which hit #1 in 5 countries on the day it launched and just won Best Indie Biographies & Memoirs from Kirkus). Her book has been compared to EAT PRAY LOVE in professional reviews and has received accolades from many thought leaders in the mindfulness space, including Jack Kornfield. Having written her first book in her 70s, Mag has also been honored in American Literary Review, Travelers Tales Solas Awards, the Tulip Tree Awards, and the William Faulkner Wisdom Awards. Mag is a practicing Buddhist and dedicated member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center north of San Francisco.…The loves of Mag’s life are: her family, playing Bach on her grandmother’s baby grand, meditating, traveling, knitting, watching the wild Pacific Ocean, writing, teaching, reading, and enjoying good food and wine with dear friends. In this episode we go deep into: - Mag’s love for her grandmother’s baby grand piano - How Mag started documenting her life and forming her memoirs - When life gets in the way of writing a book - Overcoming lack of self-worth to…put pen to paper - Discovering meditation and the benefits of mindfulness - Mindfulness for writers - Understanding the impermanence of life - Keeping perspective on what life truly is - Mag’s journalling habit through the years - How to select the right passages from…life to form into a solid memoir - The elasticity of memory through…the years - Submitting to the muse - The power of writing groups - Knowing when a book is ready to publish - Publishing through a small press with a political stance - Mag’s experience throughout the publication process… - Reacting to initial reviews and critical acclaim - Why does Mag Dimond right? Find out more about Mag: Https://magdimond.com Links from the show: Collaboration for Authors pre-order https://books2read.com/u/mKDjYL Supercharge Your Scene with J Thorn https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com?aff=willcocksauthor Bowing to Elephants: https://books2read.com/u/m0OQxY Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Jerry Evanoff Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade 
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May 07, 2020 56 min

#034: Nick Cole – Innovating rapid release, guarding your brand, and giving readers what they want.

Nick Cole is a former soldier and working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms or being shot, kicked, stabbed or beaten by the students of various film schools for their projects, he can be found writing books.… Nick’s Book The Old Man and the Wasteland was an Amazon Bestseller and #1 in Science Fiction. In 2016 Nick’s book CTRL ALT Revolt won the Dragon Award for…Best…Apocalyptic novel.…… The Galaxy’s Edge series is his new bestselling series and an Audible smash hit. In this episode we go deep into: - Nick’s love for Stephen King and, specifically, the genius of The Dark Tower - Being financially successful or critically acclaimed - The demanding rapid release market - Maintaining quality while rapid releasing - Serving the readers with what they want - Nick’s publication process - Utilizing your fans to help with your process - The power of stacking books - Learning the power of restraint to maximize marketing impact - What metrics kicked off the journey into building a collaborative universe - Taking what you love and putting your own spin on it - It’s better to do nothing than hurt the brand - Investing money in the right things - Dividing responsibilities across collaborators - Handling the growth as you…‘Ride the Tiger' - Prioritizing and enjoying writing above all else - Nick’s writing daily writing… - Growing your writing muscle by building the writing habit - Creating opportunities to star in your own intellectual properties - Why Nick Cole writes Find out more about Nick: https://nickcolebooks.com/ https://galaxysedge.us/ Links from the show: Sacha Black ’10 Lessons from one year of full-time writing’ https://sachablack.co.uk/2020/05/02/028-10-lessons-from-one-year-of-writing-full-time/ Stephen King’s, “The Dark Tower” https://books2read.com/u/m2VWX6 Nick Cole’s “Wyrd” Series https://books2read.com/u/b55VOw Nick Cole and Jason Anspach "Galaxy’s Edge” https://books2read.com/u/3LD1rN Chris Fox’s "Six Figure Author” https://books2read.com/u/4Az8gA Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Jerry Evanoff Mark McClure Katie Forrest 
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