Browsing Archive: November, 2014

The Violin Case: Easier To Solve Than The Smashwords Style Guide

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, November 17, 2014, In : A Writer's Life 
So The Violin Case has been just fine on Amazon, but having problems on Smashwords (unlike Wolf Tales Volume I which is just fine). Why? Because of titled chapters.

The actual guide doesn't address the special needs of titled chapters at all but a video on youtube that is 25 minutes long and overdefines basic terms (3 minutes spent on "What is a 'Table of Contents?'" If you don't know that, how the hell are you writing a book?).

After viewing it several times, reading the guide several times an...

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Writing 104: 1- Supplemental B: See Dick And Jane Run

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, November 1, 2014, In : Writing 104 
It's time to go over the pacing rules for your genre. You should already know this, meaning you shouldn't write in a genre until you've read the standards of it and have fallen in love with it, but even then  it might just be a set of rules rattling in the back of your mind.

What follows are general guidelines: they are not terribly specific. You'll see sections of the plot and how they are broken up across a story. This is the pattern you should see in your reading and your story should follo...

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Writing 104: 1- Supplemental A: Red Rover, Red Rover, Let Chaucer Come Over

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, November 1, 2014, In : Writing 104 
So you're at the marketing stage, which means you need to read the masters of your genre and learn their tricks. Deconstructing Dickens is a good movie title, but it's what you have to do. You'll be tempted to read your favorites, but try to go for the books of your genre that are the most critically acclaimed or best-selling.

The easiest way to do this is go to, click into your genre, organized by best-selling and note the top, then go to review ranked by top down. That gives you t...

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Writing 104: 1-A: Let's Shove Some Coal Up There And See If We Get A Diamond

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, November 1, 2014, In : Writing 104 
Strictly speaking the old insult popularized in Ferris Bueller's Day Off isn't true: compressing a lump of coal (anally or no) cannot make a diamond. Yes, they both contain carbon, but mother nature made diamonds and your charcoal ain't gonna cut it. Still, the phrase refers to a mindset you should get into as we enter the final editing/beginning marketing stage of your novel. It's time to get Type A!

First off, do you own Mortimer J. Adler's How To Read A Book? If you don't, please buy it or ...

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