A Review for How to Self-publish and Market a Book

My new book received its first review!

It’s by British author Mark Henderson.

The book is on sale as a pre-order for $2.99.  After it’s released, the price will increase to $4.99.

Mark’s detailed review is pasted below:

A must-have guide for authors intending to self-publish

Hank Quense has allowed me the privilege of reading a pre-publication pdf of his How to Self-Publish and Market a Book. He knows I don’t self-publish (most of my books have been released by small publishing houses, two by a larger one), so his new guide isn’t directly relevant to me. On the other hand, self-publishing is either the norm or a likely option for several of my author friends and creative writing students. So would I recommend this book to them?

The short answer is ‘Yes’. Of course I was favourably inclined in advance of reading because I’ve enjoyed so many of Hank’s fiction works – the Gunderland stories, the Moxie trilogy and the Zaftan Troubles – and I’ve used his excellent Creating Stories a lot in my teaching. However, I expected to take a detached, uninvolved view of his latest non-fiction work. Then a sentence in the Foreword challenged this expectation: “Even if you have a publisher, reading through the publishing tasks in this book will give you a much better understanding of the publishing process. “ The prediction proved true. As I read the rest of the book I learned things about publishing that I’d only half-known or not realised at all. 

The book also unsettled my conviction that social media isn’t for me. Previously, I found Facebook an irritating waste of time; LinkedIn mixed up my profile with someone else’s so I had to delete it; I’ve never been able to see the point of Twitter; and so on. But Hank has persuaded me to try again, at least with LinkedIn, and to involve myself more seriously with Goodreads; and he’s assured me that my website and blog posts are worth maintaining. 

Three big positives of the book are: (1) it’s very clearly written and well organised, with lots of helpful links, as you’d expect with Hank; (2) it’s comprehensive; and (3) uniquely, as far as I know, it addresses both publishing and marketing as linked or coordinated (and multifarious) activities. On a personal note, while I rely on my publishers to market my books, I’ve picked up several hints and suggestions from How to Self-Publish and Market a Book that I can use to supplement their efforts.

Of course Hank writes primarily for the USA market, so there are parts of his book (those relating to tax matters, for example) that have no direct application for readers in other parts of the world such as the UK. Nevertheless they’re worth noting. Whether you self-publish or not, writing is a business and you need to keep proper accounts. So even if the letter of Hank’s advice about accounting and taxation isn’t relevant in your case, the spirit of it is. 

Thanks for writing this book, Hank. It’s going to help a lot of people, and I’ll recommend it warmly to any of my students who consider publishing (as I try to persuade them all to do).

The book can be pre-order at:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Zbrx54
B&N: https://bit.ly/2Y2rewE

Prequel Now Available: Free!

My new book, How to Self-publish and Market a Book will be available on Sept 15.

In the meantime, a prequel to the book will be a free download on Aug 5 & 6.  Grab a free copy at https://amzn.to/2T6dtHO

The prequel contains the complete Foreword, Chapter 1 and the Table of Contents.  It will give you a solid appreciation of what the book is about.

How to Self-publish and Market a Book

This is my latest book and it will be published on Sept 15.

It’s non-fiction and I have to say writing a novel is much more fun that writing a non-fiction book.

The ebook is available for pre-order at a reduced price of $2.99. After 9/15 the price will increase to $4.99. It’s available for pre-order at Amazon

https://amzn.to/2Zbrx54 and Barnes & Noble https://bit.ly/2Y2rewE

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Getting Started

Chapter 2: 6 Months Before Launch

Chapter 3: 5 Months Before Launch

Chapter 4: 4 Months Before Launch

Chapter 5: 3 Months Before Launch

Chapter 6: 2 Months Before Launch

Chapter 7:  Launch

Chapter 8: Post-launch

Chapter 9: Your Book Company

Chapter 10: Additional Resources

About the Author



Birthday request

My next birthday is in August.

This year, I want book reviews posted on Amazon. Posting also on Goodreads, Barnes & Noble and other sites will be appreciated.

Go to my Amazon page to see the books currently available. https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BM76IE
Pick a book you want to read and let me know what it is and what format you want (epub, mobi, pdf) and I’ll send you a complimentary review copy.

Send the request to hanque99 (at) gmail (dot) com

New courses available

My school at Teachable.com now has three courses available.
Enrollment is easy and free.
The first course teaches kids, 4th to 7th graders, how to creare a short story.  The title is FIction Writing Workshop for Kids. You can find it here: https://bit.ly/2Rv96Fa
The second course is called Self-publishing Mini-course.  It provides an overview of the self-publishing process.  The link to it is: https://bit.ly/2K88QZK
The third course is Creating Stores.  It provides an overview of how stories originate.  It defines the story design and story-telling elements that all story creators use. Find it at this link: https://bit.ly/2MhMPKA

Beelzebub: a Memoir

I read Mark Cain’s new novel and gave it a 5 star review.

Here is the review I write:

Mark Cain’s new book, Beelzebub: a Memoir is a departure from the previous five novels in the series. In those, condemned souls are the main characters. In the new one, Beelzebub and Satan are the main characters. The new book continues the snappy dialog and humor in the previous stories. It also provides a new slant on a number of historical events. The book starts with Creation (it’s not what you think!) and ends in modern times.

If you enjoyed books like Good Omens by Gaimen and Pratchett or the Management Style of Supernatural Beings by Tom Holt then Beelzebub: a Memoir shold be your next book.


Check out my interview with Mark: https://youtu.be/Akn3z6dUy_M