Self-publishing and marketing tools

Here are a few tools to simplify your life.

Marketing a book while the book is still getting self-published makes for a complicated project. This is especially true if the author is self-publishing for the first time. My book How to Self-publish and Market a Book address this situation by integrating the publishing and marketing tasks into a single unified project. Despite all the directions in the book, I felt the project need additional ways to control and manage it. For this purpose I constructed a spreadsheet that offers a way to just that. You can find more information about this tool at http://hankquense.org/wp/writers-and-authors-resource-center/guides-and-checklists/

 

 

But spreadsheets aren’t for everyone. That fact led me to develop another tool that will appeal to some. It’s a Kanban style project board template. It has every publishing and marketing task stacked into two separate columns. When you start a task, you can drag it into a “In progress” column and then into a “Completed: column when the task is finished. Thus you have a visual indication of the project’s progress. Kanban boards such as this can’t be inserted into a WordPress website. Consequently. I had to develop the tool on the Notion.so website. To use the board, you’ll have to get a Notion account, but that is free. Once you have the account, you can duplicate my template and paste it into your own Notion workspace.  Here is a screen shot of the template:

 

You can view the template by following this link. https://www.notion.so/cdc1bdaf557744dca4efe951002bb9f8?v=09e5ff9ad3bc45e5a6ec91521fa3403b

 

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WritersARC Organization Chart

In the graphic, you can see how the Writers and Authors Resource Center is organized.

The content is aimed at specific groups:

  • Fiction writers looking for help.
  • Authors struggling to get an understanding of self-publishing.
  • Authors trying to market their book, whether self-published or traditional published.

Not all the content in the graphic is yet available.  Additional material will be constantly added.  Visit the home page for more details and content links.

The Notion Website is an auxiliary website for the types of material not suitable for a WordPress site. Kanban style boards and databases are examples

 

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Writers and Authors Resource Center

I’ve been writing fiction for over twenty years, I’ve been self-publishing for more than ten and I’ve been lecturing for at least ten years.

During that time, I have gathered a lot of experience, and gained some expertise in fiction writing and publishing. I’ve also accumulated a lot of material relevant to fiction writing, self-publishing and book marketing.

I have often thought about creating a library of some sort and collect all his articles, lectures, books, videos and other material under on a website where writers and authors looking for help could find.
I’ve finally done it!

I created a separate section on his website for all this material. It’s called Writers & Authors Resource Center. The main page is at http://hankquense.org/wp/writers-and-authors-resource-center/. It has links to all the other pages.

Check it out and see if there is something you need.  You may want to bookmark this page because more content will soon be added.

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Webinars

I’ve started a new project: webinars.

 

Using the EZTalk website and software, I’ll be presenting live webinars about once a month.  The first topic is How to Self-publish and Market a Book.  It will be a free 2-part lecture.  The details are:

Part 1: June 23: 1:00PM  Click here to register

Part 2: June 25: 1:00PM Click here to register


Future webinars will cover:

Writing satire

Mind-mapping a novel

Converting a manuscript to an ebook

Book marketing fundamentals

and other topics

 

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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.

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

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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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