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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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