Browsing Archive: February, 2015

105-2-1A: (Indie): The Only True Fast Weight Loss That Lasts

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, February 27, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

In a world where all authors want to be noticed, but few are self-aware…

They wanted to lose themselves, he came with a book that took no prisoners…

Jane was a simple writer, unaware that her life was about to hilariously change forever…



What do these things have in common? Well, you probably read them in the movie-trailer voice. If you did, good, if you didn’t, try it. These are examples of what your catchphrase should never be. Movies can be cheesy, books cannot (chick lit is just…fu...

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105-2-1A: (Legacy): When Dancing With Veils, Never Remove The Last One

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, February 27, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Legacy 

Welcome back my friends. You have sent your manuscript and supporting materials off to the agents you selected as most likely targets. Now, the burning question you want to know is: how long do I have to wait for a response?

Bear with me here, because there is good and bad. I believe in eating your vegetables before dessert, so first the bad: most agents these days only respond if they want your full manuscript, most will not even send a rejection letter. You. May. NEVER. Know. 

The second bit ...

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So, A Dyslexic Walks Into A Bra...

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, February 23, 2015, In : Strangeness 

So I have two jobs, writing and, er, being Catwoman? Yeah, let’s go with that. The strange thing is in the world of writing I’m supposed to be myself, and in my day job I’m supposed to be stern.

Now, I use HootSuite to Tweet, Facebook, and whatever fucking verb we may decide to use for Google +…(Google+ing?). Anyway, I use it for both jobs because I can do a week of social media in one hour on a Sunday while doing my laundry. It’s a lifesaver.

However, I have noticed it’s almost 100...

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105-1-3B: (Indie): I Can't Define Art, But I Know It When I See it

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, February 21, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 
Welcome back my Indie friends. You just finished editing and assembling the basic images for your cover. Feel like ritualistic suicide yet? If not, don’t worry, eBook formatting is yet to come. As my roommate and best friend will tell you, she’s known my twenty years, seen me in fistfights, and never has she seen me as angry as when I first dealt with Smashwords. 

But for now we get to ignore the looming dragon and assemble a cover! Let’s pull back. Did you study the psychology of color?...

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105-1-3A: (Legacy): Be Vewwy Vewwy Quiet, I'm hunting Agents

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, February 21, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Legacy 
I’m just a book, oh I’m only a book, and I’m desperately seeking a hook… Sorry if you didn’t automatically sing that to the tune of Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill,” but thanks to Saturday Night Live I’m hoping even Millennials get the reference.

Anyway, I’m a book. I’m a science fiction novel of the distant future and how it’s affected by twenty-first century cyberpunk. I have some romance, lots of action, and a kickass hero, Brock Lardner, a man with MacGyver’...

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My Shadow and Me

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, In : A Writer's Life 

The life of a writer is a funny thing. No one ever asks me as a writer how to balance things, but I think about it all the time, and almost every self-directed “interview” with an established author deals with how to write when you have a full time job, a marriage, kids.

The truth of it is no one really knows. There’s no right or wrong here. Isn’t that the scary thing of being an adult? Everyone has their different take.

I remember reading that Nora Roberts, who writes full time from he...

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105-1-2B: (Indie): What Hotel Maid Services Really Do

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

Now that you have the images you want for your cover and a design in mind, it’s time to edit images. Before we get to the nitty-gritty, let’s make sure you have all you need in place. Do you:

Have public-domain pictures, or have pictures to use with consent of the owners?

Have either Jasc Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop and a manual for your program?

Have a quiet place to work where you can say “Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck!” without anyone bothering you?

Have about 8 hours to...

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105-1-2A: (Legacy): Always Play The Raffle, Not The Lottery

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Legacy 

Finding an agent can seem a daunting prospect, but here is a quick little secret: finding agents is not hard at all. Selecting the right one is the trick. In the past this was much harder. To master this process, you have to understand it, so let’s go over it now.

An agent is the person who represents your business interests in terms of the books you write. They will market it to publishers, help you polish it if it needs, negotiate the contract for you, and help smooth any difficulties you ...

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What Smokey The Bear Actually Meant

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, February 9, 2015, In : Strangeness 

I know I can get pretty passionate in rants, but please know there is a method to my madness. I feel that what is happening to the world of publishing is kind of a microcosm for society at large, and I desperately wish to change both.

Yes, I see that eyebrow raised! I know you’re baffled, how are these two things related? Here the problems I see are quickly explained: In publishing an old, guarded system left millions of people dissatisfied , and now technology has melted the walls and peopl...

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105-1-1B: (Indie): Successful Hitchhikers Know Where They're Going & Show A Little Leg

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, February 6, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

For those of you who are self-publishing you have a lot of hard work ahead of you. So, to give you brain a break from editing and formatting, today we’ll talk the first step of covers.

Before we can get to that, will you be publishing a paperback? Do you even know your options? The best are Lulu and Create Space. Create Space lets you sell on Amazon where Lulu sells only on its site. Both let you control everything and charge you nothing….except for a proof. Lulu, last time I used it in 20...

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105-1-1A: (Legacy): Why Real Hookers Wear Comfortable Shoes

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, February 6, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Legacy 

This lesson is for those of you who are going on the traditional path. You will need to contact either an agent who will then help you secure a publisher, or you will go directly to a small boutique publisher directly.

Which is right for you? Knowing which will determine your query letter. In short, to a boutique publisher you must sell your product more than yourself, to an agent you must sell yourself more than your product.

Let’s look at some key differences in boutique publisher vs agent/...

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Writing 104: 2-C: Does This Make My Ego Look Fat?

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, In : Writing 104 

In 103-3B we covered how to build your author platform. Now, no matter who you are this is the final step that applies to both independent authors and those seeking traditional legacy publishing until after your book is out and you’ll have to market it yourself no matter what. Next, after we discuss polishing your author platform, you go in different directions.

Oooh, branding! Yeah, it's about this painful


To peek ahead, those seeking traditional publishing must find agents, mail them, and s...

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Important Writing Lessons from Stalkers

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, February 2, 2015, In : writing options 

Art is an all-encompassing thing. I can’t speak for other writers, and maybe it’s because I have ADHD and need to keep background noise going while I work on anything in order to focus, but I have to listen to music whenever I write. 

I’ve talked in writing lessons why it’s so important to get into a mood when writing, and how what you read, what you watch, what you see, and what you hear helps. But of those things, I hold music the most sacred. 

Nothing else can get you into a certain ...

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