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5 Reasons Authors Are Socially Awkward (And How To Fix it)

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, January 17, 2016, In : A Writer's Life 
It's very interesting being a published author of not much note (yet, I hope) who meets new people all the time. It brings up a problem every author I know has: talking about your books with strangers is as awkward as discussing sex with your child.

This actually goes for all writers of fiction. Non-fiction is much easier, for reasons that will become apparent soon. Even if you have only written a short story, when someone you don't know very well asks about it, you stumble.

Why do published au...

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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-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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