Hank Quense

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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, thecenter of the galaxy (according to those who live in Manhattan). They have two daughters and five grandchildren all of whom live close by.

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 cre
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Hank Quense I am indeed about to publish a new book, Anne. It’s non-fiction this time and it’s called How to Self-publish and Market a Book. It will be available…moreI am indeed about to publish a new book, Anne. It’s non-fiction this time and it’s called How to Self-publish and Market a Book. It will be available on September 15, but it can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price. It’s available on Amazon, B&N and all the other popular book seller websites.

I’ve self-published a number of books and, for some time now, I’ve pondered how to integrate the publishing and the marketing into a single project. I think it’s a mistake to first publish the book and then start the marketing. That is how almost all the available books treat the two topics. There are books on publishing and there are books on marketing. This implies the two process are separate and distinct but they really aren’t separate. Publishing and marketing have to be done in parallel. That’s where my new book is different: it treats the two process as a single integrated project.

Besides the book, I’ve created a support page that has additional information and guides on the topics of publishing and marketing. You can find the support page at: https://padlet.com/hanque/b0boum9fw405
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Hank Quense I've never experienced writer's block. Possibly this is because I always have at least three major writing projects underway. Usually, the three break…moreI've never experienced writer's block. Possibly this is because I always have at least three major writing projects underway. Usually, the three break down this way. One is in the final editing/revision stage. In the second I'm writing a first draft and the third I'm collecting ideas prior to starting the story design.
If I'm working on one of the three and my mind is a blank, I put that project away and move to one of the other two. After I while, I can return to the first one and make progress on it. (less)
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How To Effectively Use Beta Readers

In a blog post on Elizabeth Craig’s website, I discussed beta readers.  They are a vital step in the process of developing a quality book.


You can read the post here:


The material in the post came from my new book How to Self-publish and Market a Book.


 



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Wotan's Dilemma (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: What would happen if you took the libretto that Richard Wagner used for his Ring Cycle of operas and moved it from the Dark Ages to the future? And what if, the all powerful Ring became an all-powerful computer chip?  And what if, the fantasy creatures were aliens? You'd get Wotan's Dilemma.  It's a retelling of the Rhinegold Myth as scifi instead of fantasy with humor replacing most of the horror. Beautiful goddesses, magical gold, quantum electronics, aliens, a murderous god, great heroes: what more could a reader want?
Moxie's Problem (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Do you enjoy untypical coming-of-age stories? Well, you won’t find one more untypical than Moxie’s Problem. Moxie is an obnoxious, teen-age princess who has never been outside her father’s castle. Until now. The real world is quite different and she struggles to come to grips with reality. The story take space against a backdrop of Camelot. But it isn’t the Camelot of legends. It’s Camelot in a parallel universe. So, all bets are off!
Falstaff's Big Gamble (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:34PM
Description: one of the main characters is Hamlet. This is his first scene in the novel
Zaftan Entrepreneurs (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Book 1 of the Zaftan Trilogy
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“To him, one of the most fascinating historical aspects of governments was their complete disregard for governing. Governments were single-minded and interested only in increasing their control and any governance that came out of the government's actions were purely coincidental. .... The lowest flunky as well as the most powerful bureaucrat was more interested in protecting his sinecure than in helping the citizens who coughed up tax money to pay the government worker's salaries.”
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message 3: by Sam

Sam I'll be honest, I haven't read work by either of those authors but I've only recently been starting to expand what and who I read, thanks to Goodreads. I'll keep an eye out for them at the library though

Oh I'm jealous, I bet the original is far superior :-)


message 2: by Hank

Hank Quense If you like authors like Chris Moore or Tom Holt, I think you'll enjoy Fool's Gold. My wife and I have seen both fountains. The original is much better if only because it's surrounded by Rome, an unforgettable city


Sam wrote: "Hiya Hank, thanks for the add :-)

I must say I did get quite excited when I read what Fools Gold was about, it sounds like the fantasy book with everything. I hope I do get it, if not I'm hitti..."





message 1: by Sam

Sam Hiya Hank, thanks for the add :-)

I must say I did get quite excited when I read what Fools Gold was about, it sounds like the fantasy book with everything. I hope I do get it, if not I'm hitting the shops :-D

Unfortunetly it's not the Trevi Fountain but the replica one at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas. We were there last year for a friend's wedding. Still nice though but would love to go to Rome and see the original :-)

Sam


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