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106-2B: Nothing is Certain Until You're Dead, but Your God(s) probably Negotiate...

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, In : Writing 106 
Are you reading this before your book comes out? STOP! We’re into the world of networking, and it’s damn hard to write and do this, plus your entrée into the world of networking is your book, so it must exist.

Now, for those of you whose book came out, and you’re promoting the hell out of it, what can you do? Of course, keep marketing it online, write and publish another, but you can start also start networking during that process.

Did you join a writer’s group already? If you did not,...

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106-1C: Liars, Tycoons, and Bars, Oh My! (Dorothy Hits the City)

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, June 22, 2015, In : Writing 106 

You’re at the point of marketing where things get tricky. You may be Dread Pirate Roberts, and you got the girl, but now we enter the Fire Swamp. We have fire spouts, lightning sand, ROUSes, and an evil prince waiting for you.


Let’s get down to honest brass tacks now. In a perfect world you will have blog tours, contests, and giveaways planned before you publish. And almost every writing website on earth will tout these. Though when used effectively they are the BEST promotional marketing ...

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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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105-2-1A: (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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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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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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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: 2-A:Why Fondant is Inedible

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, January 17, 2015, In : Writing 104 

Fondant. Bear with me here, I'm of Irish blood so my stories can sometime wind their way slowly to a point. I was once at an engagement party and there was Rockabilly pin-up girl cake made with vanilla fondant. The parents of the bride cut it, and everyone but me started eating it, fondant and all.

I could only stare. See, chocolate fondant is edible. Vanilla is not. It's a pretty coat you put on a cake to sell it, but you can't eat it.This isn't about old idioms, it's about the art of the sel...

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Writing 103: 3-B: If A Mime Falls In A Forest, What Is the Sound Of One Hand Clapping

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, October 3, 2014, In : Writing 103 
Well you're on a break from writing and editing now. First up, why the break? The short is you will return to editing again but you need a fresh mind. By now you have read your work so much you'll be tempted to skip parts as you read because you have memorized them. You need a good, productive break to keep your mind engaged elsewhere so when you return for your true, final edit, you will be the most effective.

Sadly, this isn't either type of break


Now is the time to start marketing yourself. ...

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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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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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Writing 103: 1-G Watch the Showgirl, Not My Hands Nor the Rabbit

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, In : Writing 103 
Welcome to break time. You've finished for first, most grueling editing, you've done background work on finding copy editors and/or critique readers, so now it's time to back off the manuscript, and resume marketing.



Readers should focus on the rabbit, not the false bottom and trap door that got it there. Credit




What's that, resume? You don't remember doing this before? Well, you should; Marketing 102: 1-A was important. In that phase you started joining story sites, uploading free work, and ga...

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Writing 103: 1-D There's No Business Like Show Business

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, In : Writing 103 
By now in writing your first novel you've completed your first draft and your first edit. It's time for a working vacation! Put your manuscript aside, take a break, but now you need to make some really hard choices.



This difficult choice will also come up often during this step Credit




All along in these writing lessons you've heard my thoughts on traditional publishing. And now self-publishing is bigger than ever. Still, if you want your book in hard copies in stores, you have to go traditional...

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Writing 102: 1-A When Someone Offers You Free Drugs Say "Thank You." Drugs Are Expensive!

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, August 4, 2012, In : Writing 102 

Welcome to Writing 102. You should be 1/3 to 1/2 way done with your first draft at the time you read this. In Writing 102 we're going to cover the basic nitty-gritty that needs to take place NOW  in your process. We'll cover deciding how you will publish, tailoring your manuscript to market, and the most common issues that plague you while you write. Today we begin with finding a fanbase.



Today we learn the difference between self-promotion and attention whoring. Pay attention!



  
 

Whenever you ...

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