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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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Writing 104: 2-B: Want To Buy Some Hair Tonic & Snake Oil?

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, January 24, 2015, In : Writing 104 

You've written and edited your book, you got your summary down pat, and your synopsis is in good shape. everything is formatted. So what's next? It's time to get started on your pitch.

Before we get into making a synopsis that pops, I have some marketing mantras I want you to start thinking about, that will be covered in further lessons.

To sell a book you must:

- Market yourself
- Market your book
- Market your brand

Don't worry, you're about to learn how to be much smoother than this dude

These ar...

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Writing 104: 1-C: All Cakes Begin with The Same Ingredients

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, January 9, 2015, In : Writing 104 

Your manuscript is complete in terms of content. I hope you've let that sink in, it is an amazing thing to behold. Now we've laid the ground work for marketing, and it's time to get that manuscript polished and ready. In this step we'll look at basic formatting. The basics apply to self publishing and traditional with only a few differences which will be covered. This may take a long time, anything worth doing is worth doing right, So open up your document (the examples given are using Micros...

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Writing 104: 1-B: Measure Twice, Cut Once!

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, In : Writing 104 

We've officially entered the basic formatting portion of your book.No matter if you are submitting to an agent or self publishing, you have to do the basic formatting your damn self. First up is creating your chapters.

Before we begin there is a quick checklist you should pay attention to. Did you:

1) Mark breaks in your manuscript as *** and NOT label them as chapters while writing?
2) Read the best example & best seller in your genre and study how those chapter breaks were made?

If you did both...

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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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Writing 102: 2-A: Regulators, Mount Up!

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, October 5, 2012, In : Writing 102 

Welcome to writing 102 2-. We've covered preliminary research you need to do as you start writing. Now this section can come towards the middle of your first draft, but you should read through as you write. We'll cover formatting, writer's block, critique readers, updating research, and battling the overwhelming urge to make drastic changes in media res


Hot & sexy proof that to get shit done, that shit has to be organized 

Today we start with formatting. Now, whichever way you're going to s...

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