Browsing Archive: September, 2014

Writing 103: 3-A: How Do You Play Minesweeper Again?

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, September 26, 2014, In : Writing 103 
You need to take a break. Your manuscript is 100% edited, needs formatting, but it's time to turn your eye to marketing. There are two steps at this stage and the first applies to you ONLY if you have been working on a story and any part of it has been posted on the web. No matter if you will be sending your book off to an agent, a publisher, or if you will be self-publishing, if you have posted any of the story, you must start clearing the field.

This describes the coming process, but is a go...

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Writing 103: 2-D: Anxiety Is When You Light A Cigarette When You're Already Smoking One

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, In : Writing 103 
One pitfall of the entire writing process is the constant need to revise and edit. It's ever present, writers are obsessed with perfection. The first thing to do is sit down, take a deep breath, and repeat this over and over: "Imperfection is perfection."

Science says that mathematically Elizabeth Hurley is the most attractive woman in the world. Is she perfect? No, but she is imperfect perfection.

When you're done you'll understand completely. But for now think of it this way: there is no such...

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Highway to Hell

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Strangeness 

Marketing is the Devil’s work. I can’t add anything to it Bill Hicks hasn’t already said. However, I think it’s time for a rant about marketing books.


First up is how books are described. That back blurb that you read to see if you’re interested? 99% of the time the author had nothing to do with it. Not. A. Single. Damn. Word. Self-published authors do, and some boutique publishers work with the author. However many writers, like me, can look at the blurb for their book and see ...

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