It’s my great pleasure to welcome back Hank Quense and to announce he’ll be a regular on my blog. Hank’s got a ticklish sense of humour, he knows plenty about marketing, fiction writing and what sells. Please check out his book and his blog. You’ll be treated to a delightful and crazy twist on all sorts of life’s adventures. Plus you’ll learn a whole lot about publishing.
Take it away, Hank (drumroll…)
After my book How to Self-publish and Market a Book became available in print and ebook editions, I considered working on an audiobook edition. After all, audiobooks sell well according to the web. Upon reflection, I decide an audiobook would be wrong for my book. The main reason was the content: it had graphics and a lot of lists with sub-lists. With the graphics, I was reminded of the old adage a picture is worth a thousand words. As for the lists, I didn’t see how I could talk about a bunch of bullet items with boring or confusing the listener.
After gnawing my fingernails for a while, I came up with a solution. Instead of an audiobook, I would combine video with the audio creating a lecture format. I already had several Udemy classes so this would supplement my portfolio on the Udemy site.
Getting this project done took a lot longer than I originally anticipated. It took me three months (working off and on) to create a total of sixteen lectures (and a trailer) along with twenty-three downloadable resources. The lectures span a total of 90 minutes.
The format of the lecture series follows the book’s format: publishing and marketing tasks to be done each month for six months leading up to the book launch. Followed by a few more lectures covering the post-launch period.
My next chore on this project will be to solicit authors and others to view the lectures and write a review. If you’re interested, leave a comment with your email address and I’ll tell you how to enroll free.
Bio: Hank Quense writes satirical fantasy and sci-fi. Early in his writing career, he was strongly influenced by two authors: Douglas Adams and his Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. Happily, Hank has never quite recovered from those experiences.
He lives with his wife in northern New Jersey, a mere 20 miles from Manhattan, the center of the galaxy (according to those who live in Manhattan). They have two daughters and five grandchildren all of whom live nearby.
For vacations, Hank and Pat usually visit distant parts of the galaxy. Occasionally, they also time-travel.
Besides writing novels, Hank lectures on fiction writing, publishing and book marketing. He is most proud of his talk showing grammar school kids how to create a short story. He used these lectures to create an advanced ebook with embedded videos to coach the students on how to create characters, plots and settings. The target audience is 4th to 7th graders. The book’s title is Fiction Writing Workshop for Kids.