I write humorous fantasy and science fiction along with an occasional article on fiction writing. I live with wife Pat in Bergenfield, NJ. We have two daughters and five grandchildren. To date, I have over three dozen stories and articles published. My novel Fool's Gold is a sci-fi retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth. Tunnel Vision, a collection of twenty previously published stories is available in ebook and print formats. I'm working on a trilogy that is a blend of fantasy and science fiction, another collection of stories and a fantasy novel and a non-fiction book on self-marketing for authors. My nonfiction work includes a ebook on fiction writing: Build A Better Story.
Self-publishing Guides: Manage Your Self-publishing Projectby Hank Quense
This ebook represents a unique approach to self-publishing. It uses to flow charts and mind-maps to graphically explain the processes. It is intended to be a self-contained guide on the self-publishing and marketing processes. The flow charts and mind-maps depict the steps you need to take to get your book self-published and how to start marketing it.
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This ebook represents a unique approach to self-publishing. It uses to flow charts and mind-maps to graphically explain the processes. It is intended to be a self-contained guide on the self-publishing and marketing processes. The flow charts and mind-maps depict the steps you need to take to get your book self-published and how to start marketing it. There are notes associated with the flow charts and the mind-maps to explain the tasks involved in that part of the process. These charts can be considered as elaborate and extensive to-do lists with time frames on when you should be addressing each to-do item.
The book is based on the author’s own experiences in getting 14 books published. The first two were put out by a small indie publisher, several others were self-published and now he has his own publishing company, Strange Worlds Publishing
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite "Manage Your Self-publishing Project" is based on lectures the author, Hank Quense, gives to prospective self-publishers. While many authors are intrigued by the opportunities available to them in today's market, few actually know what the self-publishing process entails. Quense has developed a system for self-publishing both print books and e-books, and he uses both flow charts and mind maps to organize and explain the processes involved. He warns that self-publishing is best seen as a long-term project and provides time-frames for completing each step of the process. There is actually a lot more to publishing a book than writing and editing it, and failure to adequately prepare or do the necessary research can result in some costly mistakes. For example, as a self-publishing author, you must find a packager which is a company that will prepare your book and make sure that either they obtain an ISBN or that you do. Once it is published, you still need to market your book through blogs, websites, writing groups and other resources discussed in this book. Hank Quense provides the aspiring self-publisher with a down-to-earth and workable set of road maps for what is a more complicated process than most authors realize. His flow charts and mind maps are great tools that will help you visualize each step in the process before you start. He provides great reference sources and sites where you can check on the providers in the business. While providing what could be a bewildering amount of information, he shows how everything can be accomplished with organization as well as attention to detail allowing proper time for each step in the process. No, he won't write the book for you, but Hank Quense will walk you through the steps necessary to successfully publish and market your print and/or e-book.
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Self-help books are perhaps among the best selling genres in the market and this book could prove to be one of those that are actually helpful to anyone who has been carrying a good idea but has not let it loose. We’ve got to admit that publishing your own book is a wonderful ideal to strive for, but the rut work can be tedious and confusing. Enter Hank Quense with his book "Managing Your Self Publishing Project" based on two lectures that the author gives online and in his local communities regarding publishing and marketing one’s own work. In the book, processes are easier to understand with the flow charts and mind maps used, plus notes that come along with them. As it claims, it does not present the only way to self-publish. However, it gives the aspiring author guiding questions and common issues to tackle to finally get that book project organized. Also, it presents cost issues, as well as time frames for project phases that will help to keep your project timeline in check. Hank Quense writes in a simple, organized language and communication tools that help authors put their hands on their own work in an organized fashion. What is more, you can get insights on marketing that you may even apply in other fields that you may be involved in. A chunk of the work is done if you buy this book. The to-do lists have been made for you, and the trails have been marked. All you have to do is follow and adjust a process that suits you and your project.
Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite This short and simple e-book contains a wealth of information. It represents a unique approach to self-publishing and is based on the author’s lectures and webinars. It uses flow charts and mind-maps to graphically explain the processes. It is intended to be a self-contained guide on the self-publishing and marketing processes. It won’t exactly tell you how to self-publish or market a book, but it will present the steps you need to take to get your book self-published and how to start marketing it. There are notes associated with the flow charts and the mind-maps to explain the tasks involved in that part of the process. These charts can be considered as elaborate and extensive to-do lists with time frames on when you should be addressing each to-do item. Self-publishing can be a confusing and expensive project for the novice author. Some authors use the ‘spray and pray’ approach, and end up doing things backward and wondering why such an expensive project did not work. Simplicity and organization is the key to success. Hank Quense approaches the task of self publishing in a multifaceted way. It is not just about writing the book (usually the easy part). The nuts and bolts of ISBN, websites, marketing, budgeting, and additional extras to enhance the book’s appeal are also discussed. The author outlines a practical step-by-step approach, putting each aspect of the book process into its place for both the e-book and the print version. One can hardly go wrong with his clear mind maps and flow charts. It is a good idea to print them out and pin them up next to your desk. He includes helpful links to areas such as creating press kits, and checking on service providers. The book emphasizes the changing role of a self-published author: from being a writer, an author now becomes the CEO of his or her business. It is not enough to write a book and hope readers will buy it. It must be polished, produced, marketed, and nurtured after that. Marketing a book is hard work, but a logical approach will add to a book’s potential for success. Hank Quense will show you how in this eminently readable, useful guide.