Hoarding? Or Surviving?

I know a lot of people are upset about the empty supermarket shelves and have complained abut hoarding by a few shoppers.  I don’t see it as hoarding.

Normally, many people go shopping a few times a week to restock food and supplies.  With most, if not all of us, facing a two week quarantine, it is necessary to stockpile food and supples in order to make it through the quarantine period.  So it isn’t hoarding that is going on, it’s simply getting prepared for an extended quarantine period.  

If our incompetent government hadn’t told us “everything is fine, nothing to worry about”, suppliers would have time to ramp up production to meet the quarantine supply situation. 

In time, the supply situation will work out but not before all of us have a quarantine stockpile of food and supplies.

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Excellent Comprehensive Guide on Self-publishing and Book Marketing

My latest book How to Self-publish and Market a Book received a new five star review

How to Self-publish and Market a Book is available in both ebook and print editions.

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FNN Report: White House plans an online store

The White House issued the following press release this morning.

President Trump is delighted to announce the soon-to-be open online store where innocent felons can redeem their freedom.  The store will alleviate anxiety and confusion over the pardoning process and eliminate the unfair delays often found in the current process. 

The store will allow imprisoned citizens to overcome injustice by providing a simple method to obtain a pardon or to have a sentence commuted.

Both pardons and commuted sentences will be available in single, named and signed documents or single blank, signed documents where the recipient can be filled in later as appropriate.  A cost-saving family plan is also available for both pardons and commuted sentences. 

The price list for documents is as follows:

  • Single named pardon: $2 million
  • Single blank pardon: $5 million
  • Family plan with five blank pardons: $18 million
  • Single named commute: $1.5 million
  • Single blank commute: $4 million
  • Family plan with five blank commutes: $16 million.

Purchasing a pardon or a commute will make a great present for a loved one. 

Checks should be made out to the Donald J. Trump Reelection  Committee.

Cash payments will receive a ten percent discount.

As soon as the store opens, the web site location will be announced in a =nother press release.

 

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Fiction Writing Workshop for Kids

My Udemy lecture course Fiction Writing Workshop for Kids is now available

This workshop provides grammar school and middle school students with a simple, step-by-step approach to creating and developing a short story.  Three separate story ideas are explored and in each one, the students are lead through a process to develop the characters, the plot and the story setting.  Text boxes are used to record the student’s ideas and these text boxes are then used to develop the story.
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Reviews for: How to Self-publish and Market a Book

My series of lectures has received four 5-star ratings and three reviews.

And right now is on sale at over 50% discount

Lewis Brett Smiler said: The course gave clear and thorough coverage to the numerous tasks involved with self-publishing a book and warned of the many mistakes authors can easily make.

Carol Gyzander’s review read: I am delighted that he covers the early planning stages so well. There are so many things that we hear need to be done for self-publishing and marketing to be successful; it can be overwhelming! The thing I liked best is that Mr. Quense shows what we should do for the six months ahead (as well as the time after) the launch, and breaks it all down, month by month. Finally, some light in the darkness and shape to the madness! The handouts are very useful as well, ranging from simple task lists to sample questions to share with potential reviewers. All in all, a very useful course.

Mark Cain (author of the Circles in Hell series) said: The course provides welcome guidance for the writer who has never before self-published. It really delivers on its promise to help the newbie by demystifying the process. This is not the first Hank Quense offering I’ve examined. One of the things I appreciate about his approach is its “step by step” character. He ticks off all the major, and some minor, tasks for publishing and marketing, gathering them into a simplified timeline (6 months before publication, 5 months, etc.) that is easy to follow and to employ with your own manuscript

 

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Creating Stories: Two New 5-star Reviews

My book Creating Stories has received two new five-star reviews thanks to Booksprout

I found this book interesting and offering a lot of great information on what I need to help me get my story out of my head and onto paper.  Excellent guide. Patricia Eroh

 

Hank Quense is the successful author of several series, and shares the rules of writing from perhaps the best, in my opinion, viewpoint. He knows what sells. He reminds us that our primary job as a writer is not to record egotistical spewage (my word), but to entertain, inform, and maybe educate the reader. So he shows how to write in such a way that readers actually want to keep reading. That’s exactly what I need.

This is not a grammar book, by any means, but an accessible discourse on how to best use the medium of written language to connect with an audience.
And I truly appreciate his use of so many personal experiences, and examples of how he applied the principles he shares.
This statement sounds so very wrong, but this was the first textbook which was actually fun. Ghostriver


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Review for How to Self-publish and Market a Book

My book just received another 5-star review.

How to Self publish is a very useful book for self publishing authors. Till now I have published three books and working on fourth and still was unaware of the many mistakes that I was committing in publishing my books. The author provides a thorough guide that includes publishing and promotion within a specific predesigned budget. I am feeling much enlightened after reading the book and would definitely employ many of the recommendations to make my next book sell better.” Nicki

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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.


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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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