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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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105-1-3B: (Indie): I Can't Define Art, But I Know It When I See it

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, February 21, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 
Welcome back my Indie friends. You just finished editing and assembling the basic images for your cover. Feel like ritualistic suicide yet? If not, don’t worry, eBook formatting is yet to come. As my roommate and best friend will tell you, she’s known my twenty years, seen me in fistfights, and never has she seen me as angry as when I first dealt with Smashwords. 

But for now we get to ignore the looming dragon and assemble a cover! Let’s pull back. Did you study the psychology of color?...

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What Smokey The Bear Actually Meant

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, February 9, 2015, In : Strangeness 

I know I can get pretty passionate in rants, but please know there is a method to my madness. I feel that what is happening to the world of publishing is kind of a microcosm for society at large, and I desperately wish to change both.

Yes, I see that eyebrow raised! I know you’re baffled, how are these two things related? Here the problems I see are quickly explained: In publishing an old, guarded system left millions of people dissatisfied , and now technology has melted the walls and peopl...

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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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Important Writing Lessons from Stalkers

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, February 2, 2015, In : writing options 

Art is an all-encompassing thing. I can’t speak for other writers, and maybe it’s because I have ADHD and need to keep background noise going while I work on anything in order to focus, but I have to listen to music whenever I write. 

I’ve talked in writing lessons why it’s so important to get into a mood when writing, and how what you read, what you watch, what you see, and what you hear helps. But of those things, I hold music the most sacred. 

Nothing else can get you into a certain ...

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