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The Editing Bug Bites Too

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, In : Site Updates & News 
Unfortunately, you can see it's been a month since my last post. Working a seasonal retail job around Christmas pretty much ate up all my time, and frankly time off was spent doing laundry, grocery shopping, and sleeping.

Now things have evened out, and you'd think I'd be hit by the writing bug, but alas, the editing bug got me. I will be uploading the next Fantasy Emporium story to literotica soon, but I am also working on the next Marly Jackson (rather, trying to get started) as my hands as ...
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106-2A: The Greatest Lie The Devil Ever Told....

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, In : Writing 106 
Today we are going to talk about personal appearances, such as radio/television/print interviews, appearing at conventions, and presenting at conferences. Please note that most websites that push these concepts as good ideas are run by people who have been in publishing for over twenty years, who may not understand why publishing is so massively different today than it was back then.


Let's take a trip in the way-back machine



We have to take a diversion here. Some of us are old enough to remembe...

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105-3-2A: (Legacy): How To Deal With the Devil

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, May 17, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Legacy 

Congratulations! If you made it to this lesson, an agent has requested your full manuscript and sent you an proposed contract. If you haven’t reached the proposed contract (but have had full manuscript requests) give the agent up to three months to send a proposed contract or keep shopping it around.

Now, you have a legal document in your hands. Like all legal document, it’s written in a special kind of bullshit coined “legalese.” It is designed to confuse, obfuscate, and since it was ...

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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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Why Reviewing Helps You

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, March 9, 2015, In : A Writer's Life 

Hello my fellow readers. This rant is for you! I try to address writers often, but of course I myself am an avid reader and of course as I writer I write for readers, so I thought I mist address an issues that helps both writers and readers, but readers most of all: reviews.

Reviews are hard to get. That’s the first thing to understand. I’m not sure why, I’ve always tried to review a book I’ve read because I’ve always known how it helps other readers and writers. So why do people gen...

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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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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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Eight Ball Says: Ask Again Later

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, January 12, 2015, In : A Writer's Life 

Hello my friends! As you know by now Hidden Magic is available in multiple formats for $4.25 at eRedsage or $4.99 for Kindle at Amazon, and for Nook at Barnes & Noble. And I released The Dryad currently available in all eBook formats at Smashwords, soon to be on Amazon and Barnes & Noble plus many others. So I have been busy not only with holiday madness but getting the word out.

I understand as such many of my long-suffering Literotica fans have been wondering about future free writings, pa...


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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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A Feminist Essay: Of Queefs, Jane Bond, and Rosalind Franklin

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, December 25, 2014, In : Feminism 
Recently my forthcoming novel Hidden Magic was reviewed by the Romantic Times (I will link it when it goes live). It was given three stars, and I am actually 100% fine with that. The review comes from the traditional stance of romance readers, and I don’t write for them. I write for the Joss Whedon girls. I accept the review and some criticism I think is completely fair, but one line in the review gave me absolute chills:

This fantasy reverses the traditional gender roles and places women at...

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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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As Steve Winwood Said: Roll With It, Baby

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, August 30, 2014, In : A Writer's Life 
One of the hardest challenges for a new writer is finishing a story. But once you master that you face two great challenges: the Muse and the emotional roller coaster of life.

I feel the Muse should be capitalized because it is a concept combining two things every writer needs: inspiration and drive. Like many writers before me (including the Greeks who took it to another level) I personify a lot of concepts. The Muse is genderless to me, but I do refer to it as Her sometimes (because the Gree...

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Play It Again, Sam - Vitamin C or Sarah McLachlan

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, August 25, 2014, In : Story Previews 
Ending a book or series is really hard for an author. I know, whine, whine, whine, why don't I? I know for many aspiring writers writing an end is an almost impossible dream, but once you master that it feels like graduation day every time you do it.

I know, you're asking wha? Bear with me. Remember graduating high school? You were so proud. A new life. College or work, adulthood! But you knew some of your friends you'd never see again, or you'd lose touch and become acquaintances instead. Bit...

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Of Writing, Moving, And Insanity

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, In : A Writer's Life 
Hello there,

First up I hope you've seen the first few chapters of a new epic story A Dangerous Legacy up on literotica.com. It's  a modern day fantasy story featuring my favorite supernaturals, werewolves and witches, but I'm still in the process of writing it and I am hoping dragons will make an appearance. The story follows Anna, a young woman in poverty who learns the long lost mother she's known of but never contacted has died and left her a legacy. To achieve her inheritance she must pas...

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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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*Knock Knock* Still There?

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, May 25, 2013, In : A Writer's Life 
Alas, I lied. I didn't get back on here last week for a blog post. It's been a busy time.

I have a new landlord and I thought I was going to have to move next week, but moving has been put on hold. Great, all that packing for nothing. And I finally had a good second date with a nice guy. Fingers crossed maybe I have a new muse. 

Well, I did finish Love On the Run so the last 4 chapters are up now. Enjoy, my patient friends. I am also greatly pleased that part 3 (chaps 9-12) are still at a perfe...

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Major News! "Darkness Calling" Update Too!

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, In : Books 
Sorry for the delay in posting. as my previous entries told you, life has been very busy. The house my apartment is in was sold, my roommates are gone, and I am living alone, at least that's relaxing. Looks like my move to CA will be in March, still not sure.

Also, in my night job, I've hired 3 new people and have been training them so my time is fairly limited.

As such, major changes to publishing. First, the bad news: The Violin Case has been delayed again. I'm not going to give a publishing ...

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I'd Like to Thank Bobbie Gentry...And Vodka

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 
Oh, by the gods, December 13th was an amazingly tough day. I really went through the emotional wringer.

I woke up to an email from Amazon saying A) Some stories from Wolf Tales Volume I had been plagiarized and stolen, and were on the web and B) They were blocking WTVI from publication because they doubted I was the copyright holder. Essentially, I was the victim of a crime, and being punished for it.

I have a temper that in my younger years was a thing of legend. I've worked hard to tamp it do...

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Wolf Tales Volume I Delayed

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, In : Books 
Well, well, well...Amazon.com *shakes head* They have delayed WTVI and I don't know when the hell it will come out.

It began when they sent me an email that said "It appears content from your book is available on multiple URLs. Please tell us each URL where your content is available for free and submit proof you are the copyright holder." You gotta love when someone basically says "we found errors, but you have to tell us where they are."

Now this sent me into a panic. Three earlier versions of...
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Wolf Tales Volume I

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, In : Books 
It's almost done! Fully edited, all that is left is to figure out the final story order of Wolf Tales Volume I and do some final formatting for eReaders. Almost there!

 



  

As such, if I can get this all done this week I will write the next chapter of Secret Desires to be up on here by 12/10 or the 11th at latest, only literotica just a few days later.

Oh, finishing a book is a little sad as always, but since this is a series I know my favorite characters will reappear in at a later date. Hell, I...

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Bark At The Moon

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, November 30, 2012, In : Books 

It's begun. My posting will be spare the next week as I finish up work on Wolf Tales Volume I. It's rush-rush, but I'm doing my best to make sure it's smooth.

Sadly the delay came from one critique writer. I suddenly had two choices I wanted to work on for the final medium-length short story and asked them to vote. She was the tie-breaker, and got to me a week late. So I had to write both at the same time. Now I finally have the answer and am going full steam.

The new short stories show us the ...
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I Like Work, It Fascinates Me:I Sit & Stare At It For Hours

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 

A friend in need is a fiend indeed. Let me state first and foremost I love my friends, many like siblings, but god, having a social life precludes being productive, particularly with writing.

 

Seriously, does work look appealing compared to this?


  
 

I really think college is valuable in only one way: it teaches us we only have time to fully enjoy two things. Want to do well in school and have friends? No sleep for you. Want to have good grades and a full nights sleep? Gotta be lonely. Want to s...

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Suddenly I Am Run Over By A Truck....

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 

Happy Almost Halloween, kiddees. The title of this post is from something my father used to say. It pissed him off when dynamic stories or movies suddenly ended abruptly with no explanation. He used to chalk it up to lazy, bad writing, rather than an existential commemoration of the protagonist. That's what today feels like for me.



Irony: Tragedy and comedy are the same, but different. Set-Up, expectation, Culmination, Inverse return defines them both. However, tragedy sucks.


  
 
 

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Writing 102: 1-D Seeking a Needle in a Haystack? Use a Magnet!

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, September 24, 2012, In : Writing 102 

It's no secret the low opinion I have of Literary Agents. Still, they can help you, and we've covered how. If you decide that's the way for you to publish, this will help you. If you're on board with me and want to go self publishing, read on as well. If you're tempted to try Vanity publishing...read on, read on.

 

Writers always feel this way when it comes time to publish


  

Let's keep this short and sweet. When looking for an agent, find one or an agency that doesn't have a #1 NY Times Bestsell...

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Writing 102: 1-C Why You Hear 50 Million "Who" Songs Every Day

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, September 8, 2012, In : Writing 102 

Resuming writing 102, we've gotten our idea, designed our plot, paced our conflict, created character bios, have written a few chapters, and started to build a fan base. In our last lesson you decided if you want to publish the old or new way. Now you have to make some adjustments for that. C'mon kids, it's time to sell out!
 


To sell out: (v) To place the goal of making money over any artistic merit or construct. Surprisingly effective


  

Writing is an art, but it is also a business. Never forge...
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Writing 102: 1-B The Wheel Of Fish or The Mystery Box?

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, August 19, 2012, In : Writing 102 

Finally, I'm back! The computer rides again, and so I am back with updates, and working on the next Marly Jackson, so stay tuned.
 


A portrait of me after nearly 2 weeks with no computer


  

In this modern age there are really only two ways you can publish: The traditional route or self-publishing. It's always been that way, but self-publishing is free and easier than ever now thanks to eBook readers. Choose carefully which path you follow, because that will determine a few things about your novel...

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Important Note about "Case of the Missing Millionaire"

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, May 27, 2012, In : Books 

 
The second edition of Case of the Missing Millionaire has been uploaded to Amazon and will be available by Sunday May 27th early evening.

As sometimes happens, I was re-reading my proof copy and noticed some typos I and my editors had skipped over time and time again, as does happen. I also touched up some formatting issues.

The content does not differ from the first edition, about 5 typos were fixed and 3 style issues were. However, if anyone bought the first edition and would like the second...

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Fifty Shades of Sucking

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, In : Strangeness 





 Timing is everything. Time is money. Time is so important that many great quotes on the subject exist:

 "It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth." Francois Rabelais

"Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides;
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides" - Wm. Shakespeare (King Lear)


I bring this up for one reason. Now is the time to restate something I've harped on before: if you write a story in present-tense I will hu...

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With a Little Help From My Friends

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


Here I was working on the next Marly Jackson novel The Violin Case, having panic attacks. Why? Because before this weekend I realized  the first half was so damn boring it put me to sleep and it was MY work.

 

If this happens to you, first blame something else to blow off steam.    Credit



How did I fix it? Well, you can probably guess from the title of this post how: I re-learned the importance of having non-writer friends. They ask questions writers never would, and questions are what make you ...

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Writing 101: 1-C Once More With Feeling

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, May 13, 2012, In : Writing 101 


 
Yes, we're still on Inspiration, or getting started writing. This shouldn't surprise those of you who've tried it, writing is hard work. If it was easy, it wouldn't be worth doing.



If you look like this, you're doing it right.   Credit.


 
One of the most common problems for authors is the plethora of old ideas that frustratingly never came to fruition. Maybe you just couldn't take it in the direction you wanted, or it simply stalled. It happens all the time, and it's not a mistake. The only mis...

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Writing 101: 1-B Under the Influence

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, May 4, 2012, In : Writing 101 

Last 101 lesson we discussed gaining inspiration from direct sources, basically crafting tasteful fanfiction. Today we delve into the world of "no copyright lawsuit worries" inspiration drawing again from stories, movies, and TV shows, but using basics and not directly specific plot points and characters. Indirect influential inspiration is about using voice, themes, and imitating minor arcs.



Just hang in there, we'll get through it. Credit.


 
A note on voice: it is basically comprised of your w...

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Writing 101: 1-A Ode to Joy

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, April 22, 2012, In : Writing 101 


A series of blog posts I've wished to do are based off my lesson plans from when I taught creative writing. I've been debating for a while, but then Fifty Shades of Grey came along. Oh, I have no intention of reading that crap, and if you like it...sorry, it's crap.



OMG! You mean I can re-read Twilight but there's sex in it? EEEEK! 


 
I've worked in BDSM and have been a Dominatrix for almost 13 years. As much as I enjoy BDSM I personally prefer Dominant Women/ submissive men which don't sell, so...

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Curse of the Literary Agents

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, April 21, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 
Okay, a quick update as Yola has fucked up my attempted post on literary agents multiple times. So here it is in short:

 
  • Publishers put out a book that sells well
  • Publishers want more like it
  • Publishers tell editors to find them
  • Literary agents are mostly former editors or copyright lawyers who worked w/ editors/publishers
  • Editors call their friends, literary agents, and say "we want this type of book"
  • Literary agent posts nowhere in ads/website exactly what they are seeking
  • You mail off your manusc...

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Intro To Marketing

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, March 29, 2012, In : Marketing 


 I was just featured over at The Indie Spotlight (permalink is here), and learned a few things about marketing. Imagine me sighing heavily, because that's what I do when I hear that word. I'm no expert, I'm still learning it myself, but I did just learn an important lesson to share with you, and I have a few others for the self-published author.




For every writer figuring out any part of marketing feels exactly like this 

 

There are 5 stages of marketing: 

1) Before writing your book
   - Marketin...
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