As part of Pump Up Your Book's blog tour, for Falstaff's Big Gamble, I'm happy to be hosting a guest post by the author, Hank Quense.
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About the Author
Learning the Craft of Writing And Publishing
by Hank Quense
Last year, I put together a workshop to teach people how to design and create short stories. It’s called Create a Short Story. Most people are of the opinion that writers just get a cool idea for a story, sit down and write the story, all inspiration and no perspiration. That’s not exactly reality.
My workshop runs for four sessions of an hour and a half each. Each attendee comes to the first session with an idea for a short story they'd like to write. Doing each session I lecture on a topic then read a short passage from one of my books to expand or illustrate part of the lecture. After that, I hand out design forms and the attendees work on developing part of their story.
The workshops mostly concentrate on story design with one session discussing story-telling techniques.
I give these in local libraries and bookstores, not exactly a nationwide audience. In order to increase the availability, I designed and wrote the Fiction Writing Guides, a suite of articles, videos and checklists that can be used by fiction writers to increase their learning and improve their fiction writing skills. The neat thing about the Fiction Writing Guides is that anyone interested in them can get as much or as little as they need. If they try one of the items and like it they can come back and get another or several.
The Fiction Writing Guides also has a free starter kit. It features content from a number of suite offerings and includes a free e-book as a gift.
I’ve also launched another lecture series called Self-publishing. It’s a two-part lecture. Publishing a book is covered in the first lecture and marketing that book is in the second lecture. These aren’t how-to talks. Rather, there are presentations on the issues involved, what decisions the author has to make and what questions the author has to ask. It organizes these issues, decisions and questions into four separate areas. It also gives each area a time frame based upon the publication date. I’m working on a Self-Publishing Guides similar to the Fiction Writing Guides.
About the Book
Title: Falstaff's Big Gamble
Author: Hank Quense
Release Date: October 2012
Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing
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