Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Falstaff's Big Gamble Blog Tour: Guest Post

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.

(Follow along on the Falstaff's Big Gamble Virtual Book Tour at Pump Up Your Book.)

                       About the Author
Award-winning author Hank Quense writes humorous fantasy and sci-fi stories. His motto is fantasy and sci-fi stories told with humor and satire. He has over forty published short stories and a number of nonfiction articles. On occasion, he also writes an article on fiction writing or book marketing but says that writing nonfiction is like work while writing fiction is fun. He refuses to write serious genre fiction saying there is enough of that on the front page of any daily newspaper and on the evening TV news. Hank lives in Bergenfield, NJ with his wife Pat. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Hank’s previous works include Zaftan Enterprises, Zaftan Miscreants and Tales From Gundarland, a collection of fantasy stories. Readers Favorite awarded the book a medal and EPIC designated it a finalist in its 2011 competition. His Fool’s Gold is a retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth and Tunnel Vision is a collection of twenty previously published short stories. Build a Better Story is a book of advice for fiction writers.

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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
Genre: Fantasy
This novel is Shakespeare's Worst Nightmare.

It takes two of the Bard's most famous plays, Hamlet and Othello, and recasts them in Gundarland. There, Hamlet becomes a dwarf and Othello a dark elf and Iago and his wife, Emilia, are trolls.
If that isn't bad enough, these two tragedies are now comedies with Falstaff, Shakespeare's most popular rogue, thrown in as a bonus.

Both Hamlet and Othello are plagued by the scheming Falstaff, who embezzles money from Othello. After Hamlet becomes king (with help from Falstaff) the rogue becomes the dark nemesis behind the throne.

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