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Writing 106: 1-A Do the Hustle!

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, May 22, 2015, In : Writing 106 

Welcome back both those who have pursued self-publishing and those who have an agent and possibly a publisher. This lesson will be divided between pre-marketing and marketing at release, focusing on social media. The next lesson will be on getting reviews/reviewers.

So, for those of you waiting that nearly two years on a publisher to put your book out and those of you in the process of self-publishing, let’s talk about a basic pre-marketing timeline. There is one golden, unbreakable rule:

DO ...

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105-3-2B: (Indie): Did You Know Walnuts Cover Scratches On Woodwork?

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, May 16, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

So you have uploaded your eBook (or are about to), you’re raring to go, but there may be a few snags: Pricing and errors. Let’s talk about pricing first.

How do you price your book? Well, this is why your prior research was so necessary. In all honesty, generally (in US$) you’ll want to charge about $0.000049 per word. So if your manuscript is 90,000 words it’s about $4.41.

However, humans respond better to numbers that end in 0 or 9, and yes, the human mind sees $9.99 and thinks it’s...

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105-3-1B: (Indie): The Carnival Games Are Rigged, But You Can Still Win

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, May 10, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

By now you’re ready to upload your eBook, and you know where you’re going to sell it. Generally they can be fairly easy to figure out, but each and every one is so bloody different it gets confusing. Let’s make it as easy as possible. As a note, the next lesson will cover manuscript format issues that result in needing to revise & resubmit (which if you followed the previous steps you should not have) and pricing, so please review that lesson before beginning.

Always start with Smashword...

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105-2-2C: (Indie): Ever Solved a Rubik's Cube Blindfolded In The Dark?

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, March 15, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

All right my fellow Indie authors. You have your manuscript, it’s formatted, justified, all headings and breaks centered, a table of contents, an about the author, a title page, a copyright page, and your author notes. All links work, you’ve checked and checked again.


Now we’re going over the formats you need for Smashwords, Google Play, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook. There are others you can do, but in short the formats you make today will work on them all.


Let’s sta...

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105-2-2B: (Indie): Build With Bricks To Keep Wolves At Bay

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

We’ve come to arguably the most difficult process for the self-published author: formatting your eBook. It may seem easy. You can read all the numerous guides published y Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Oyseter, Google Play, iTunes and you still won’t get it right. Why? Because those who write the manuals and those who wrote the software are two completely different departments, and never the twain shall they meet.

Until you come along, trying to self-publish your first novel, yo...

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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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