Story Design Lectures

Do you have one or more ideas for a story but aren’t sure what to do with it?  

Learn how to develop your idea into a story with author Hank Quense. During his Story Design series of lectures you’ll build your characters, create a plot, design the scenes and more.  After completing the student assignments, you’ll be ready to write the first draft.

Best of all, the lectures are discounted by over 40% for a limited time. Use this link to grab the discount: 

https://www.udemy.com/course/story-design/?couponCode=STORYDESIGN-DISCOUNT

Topics covered in this lecture include:

  • Determine the setting
  • Develop your characters
  • Build a plot
  • Learn to design scenes
  • Link the plot and the scenes to build an emotional arc
  • Put it all together

After using these topics to develop your story, you’ll be ready to write the first draft.

This story design process can be used on any type of story.  It can be used to develop a short story, a novel, a script, a play and even a memoir.  After all, each of these types really is just a story, and all stories use the same story design elements.

Bring your story ideas along and let’s work on it together!

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New 5 star review!

How to Self-publish and Market a Book received a new 5 star review!

And the book is half-price until Black Friday!

 

Necessary for any first time self-publishing writer

I’ll lead with a confession: I have had a book in the works for years. Other writers will laugh after reading that sentence. I will now confess further: Mr. Quense’s book has given me not only the confidence to get through my stagnant manuscript but the inspiration to actually feel as though getting it out there is entirely possible.

The author does an amazing job of giving authors (or future authors) a very approachable, comprehensive step-by-step manual in self-publishing. As I read through, I flagged so many portions that I decided I’d just have to have the book next to me and walk through each step because it was so incredibly pertinent.

I am thrilled that there is such a nuts-and-bolts book that literally walks (terrified) first-time authors who wish to self-publish from beginning to end (including marketing). This book is a gem! I really recommend this to anyone wishing to publish anything, not only a traditional novel…think research, collections, etc.


Available from all online book sellers

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Author Karen Cavalli Interview

Karen and I talked about her new book, Bad Mind.

It was interesting conversation since Karen’s book is about the unusual topics you can come across.  Her book discusses people’s experiences outsdie our normal reality.

Check it out:https://youtu.be/PiKR0BYfhqY

You can grab a copy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo

 

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Don’t be a fool! Use this tool!

That’s the header for a new review for How to Self-publish and Market a Book.

Here is the full review:

Hank Quense has done a very thorough job with this book, “How to Self-Publish and Market a Book.” He has made it simple to follow and not overwhelming for the average self-publisher. Don’t know how to start with Twitter? He breaks it down. Don’t know the difference between a packager and publisher? Don’t know what the average costs are? Quense knows that too.

It’s clear from reading this book that Quense knows what he’s talking about from personal experience, and the things he’s figured out along the way. Perfect for the newbie who isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel.

I recently read a self-published book by an acquaintance and am now wondering if she really checked all these boxes. Could she have had better results selling her book if she’d taken the time to put the books in hands of actual beta readers and not friends? Did she try to speed up the timeline? Did she tick all of the marketing boxes? Did she weigh the pros and cons of ebooks and hard copy?

If I ever get around to finishing the manuscript I have, I will be following the steps Quense outlines with a six-month timeline, to ensure the work is worth the effort.

I loved the information about how to get an ISBN, something I’ve never really understood. I also loved how he talked about websites and setting up blog tours to really get the most out of your book launch.


You can grab a copy at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

Kobo

And all ebook seller web sites

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Booklife Assessment: How to Self-publish and Market a Book

Booklife (part of Publishers Weekly) provided an assessment of my new book How to Self-publish and Market a Book.

Idea: Quense’s pitch with this book — an author who has self-published many books writing a guide to authors looking to self-publish their own — is sharply honed, and the resulting book offers exactly what its audience would be seeking. Quense anticipates the pitfalls and mistakes first-time self-publishers face, and he offers clear, concrete advice for avoiding them, bolstered by strong examples from his own career.

Prose: Quense’s prose is unfussy and direct, just what is needed for such a volume. He’s also to-the-point, never wandering off topic or attempting to pad the manuscript. Quense emphasizes  the urgency of working on a manuscript with editors and sensitivity readers, and it’s clear on each polished page that he practices what he preaches.

Originality: There are certainly other how-to books surveying the same field, but what’s most original and helpful in Quense’s volume is its dedication to offering writers a clear step-by-step guide to their self-publishing journey. Quense organizes the volume chronologically, describing the tasks an author should attend to five months before publication, then four months before publication, and so forth. This approach is unique and helps prevent the task at hand from being overwhelming. Another factor separating Quense’s guide from other how-to books: Quense is frank about costs, and he makes no unrealistic promises about outcomes.

Execution: Quense is strong in explaining what self-published authors need to do and also demonstrating why these steps matter. Even authors averse to, say, establishing a social-media presence, are likely to find the advice here persuasive and manageable. Making it all “manageable” could be the book’s greatest strength — and it could only be improved in that regard with a more thorough table of contents or topic-driven index. The structure makes the book somewhat less accessible than it might be to authors who just want advice on one topic, like the difference between a publisher and packager or how to find an artist to design a cover.

Blurb: Concise and bursting with practical advice, How to Self-Publish and Market a Book delivers exactly what its title promises, with clear eyes and little fat.

Score:

  • Plot/Idea: 10
  • Originality: 9
  • Prose: 9
  • Character/Execution: 9
  • Overall: 9.25

The ebook is available from:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Smashwords

And other book sellers

 

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Bad Mind

My friend and fellow author, Karen Cavalli, has a new book!

Called Bad Mind, this non-fiction book explores unusual phenomena.  Here is the book blurb:

Quantum physics, black holes, astronomy… we often ponder and deliberate these topics across all social stratums, our workplaces, places of worship, and on social media. We are confident that a discussion of these subjects will not produce a round of derision from our peers. But what if we asked our co-workers about their encounters with otherworldly beings? What if we asked our friends if they have ever had contact with an alien?

In Bad Mind, Karen Cavalli explores the possibility of extraterrestrial beings and what that means for us in this world. As she details examples from her life and others she has encountered, she lays out for the reader what it means to have an encounter with spirit and how it can guide us to a deeper understanding of our reality.

You can get a copy on Amazon

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