Hank Quense

Biography

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.

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Books

Complete Self-publishing Guides
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 53,720. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Home-based businesses
Self-publishing is a complicated process and much of the information found on the web is inaccurate or incorrect. This set of books de-mystifies the process. Besides describing a process to publish your book, you’ll learn how to market it and how to deal with the business side of being an author.
Montclair Write Group Sampler 2016
Price: Free! Words: 29,820. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Drama/Theatrical, Essay » Literature
Want to find new writers? New voices? Here’s how. The Montclair Write Group Sampler 2016 is a collection of works from talented writers of all kinds. And it’s a free download from Smashwords: {add link} Thirty-nine pieces from the Write Group members in Montclair NJ. The Sampler consists of fiction, essays, memoirs, poems and a monologue.. There’s something for everyone.
Princess Moxie
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 148,020. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
In this fantasy comedy, Moxie grows up as a princess in Camelot — but not the one you know of. This Camelot is set in a hilarious parallel universe where the Knights of the Round Table play football and Guinevere coaches the team’s cheer leaders. Moxie, more obnoxious than graceful, gets into rollicking adventures as she struggles to become an independent-minded, decisive woman.
Moxie's Decision
Series: Princess Moxie. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,430. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
A fantasy coming-of-age story that is decidedly different than the usual ones. This adventure story is filled with memorable characters, satire and humor. What more can a reader wish for? The story takes place against a backdrop of Camelot, but this Camelot is in a parallel universe. So don't expect the usual stories and tales. Ain't gonna happen.
Strange Worlds Stories: Volume 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,230. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This book contains eight works of short fiction. All are filled with humor and satire. Six of the stories are reprints and two are new. The stories lampoon first contact incidents, vigilantes. Shakespeare, Lord of the Rings and other subjects popular with fantasy and scifi writers.
Planning a Novel, Script or Memoir
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,340. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Home-based businesses, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Decision-making & problem solving
Creating a long story such as a novel requires a great deal of effort and creativity. It is easy to get lost in the details and to lose focus on the main issues.
Moxie's Problem
Series: Princess Moxie. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,300. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Do you like fantasy coming-of-age stories? You won’t find one more unusual or more humorous than Moxie’s Problem. Moxie is an obnoxious, teenage princess who has led a sheltered life. Until now. She struggles to come to grips with reality. This fantasy comedy takes place against a backdrop of Camelot. But it’s a Camelot in a parallel universe.
Montclair Write Group Sampler 2014
Price: Free! Words: 37,210. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Want to discover new writers? Want to find new voices? Here’s how. The Montclair Write Group Sampler 2014 is a collection of works from talented writers of all kinds.
Business Basics for Authors
Series: Self-publishing Guides, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 15,690. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Publishing business
If you’ve published a book, you now own a business. This book contain insights and advice on how to run that business.
Self-publishing Guides: Self-publishing a Book
Series: Self-publishing Guides, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 18,540. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Uploading files to a  packager isn't the entire scope of work. That's actually the easiest task, but there are many more necessary tasks to be done..  This book explains the entire self-publishing process.  It breaks up the publishing process into four timeframes starting four months before the availability date. This spreads the workload into easy-to-manage chunks.
Self-Publishing Guides: Marketing Plans for Self-published Books
Series: Self-publishing Guides, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,590. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
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Publishing a book is only part of work. The marketing work also has to be done. That's the part most authors don’t understand or like. This book can help.
Wotan's Dilemma
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,210. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
This story is a retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth. The original story tales place in the Dark Ages. This version takes place in a future Dark Ages with the fantasy creatures replaced by aliens. The story has beautiful goddesses, magical gold, quantum electronics, aliens, a murderous god, great heroes: what more could a reader want?
Self-publishing Guides: Manage Your Self-publishing Project
Series: Self-publishing Guides, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 3,320. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Self-publishing a book is a complicated process that unfolds over a period of months. This ebook explains and manages that process. Using a project management approach, the ebook lays out the entire process in an understandable format.
Manage Your Story Design Project
Series: Fiction Writing Guides. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,570. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Arts
Manage Your Story Design Project gives you an innovative way to control the development of a work of fiction. It uses mind maps to provide a graphical layout that allows a simple visual representation of complex ideas. It provides an easy method to monitor story development using a proven story design process.
Falstaff's Big Gamble
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,590. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
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This fantasy adventure is Shakespeare's Worst Nightmare. It takes two of the Bard's most famous plays and recasts them with fantasy characters You don't have to know anything about Shakespeare to enjoy this fantasy comedy. Hamlet is now a dwarf, Othello is a dark elf and Falstaff is a human.
Zaftan Miscreants
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,070. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Two very different cultures clash in outer space. One, the gundies, is composed of humans, dwarfs, elves and other fantasy creatures. The second, the zaftans, are huge, nasty and belligerent aliens. Against this backdrop, the two main characters, different from everyone around them, struggle to survive because their uniqueness causes their environments to become decidedly hostile.
Mini-Collection
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,520. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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Download an hour of solid entertainment! Three of my best short stories available now in one download. The previously published stories include: Saving the Shore, Lucy in Love and Sponsored By ... Enjoy some laughs with two humorous fantasy story and one satiric Scifi story.
Zaftan Entrepreneurs
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,560. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Tired of reading scifi and fantasy stories that take themselves too seriously?  Zaftan Entrepreneurs is a unique First Contact story; it is part adventure and part corporate and political satire spiced with comic relief.  Here, you'll find nasty, snarly aliens, fantasy creatures, humans, romance, magic, and incompetent politicians and feuding bureaucracies.  What more could readers ask for?
Tales From Gundarland
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 78,740. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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This fantasy comedy book is filled with laughter and laughter is like free health insurance. This book has eight fantasy adventures. All are new stories and are filled with memorable characters.

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Smashwords book reviews by Hank Quense

  • Write it Right - Tips for Authors, Volume I, 2nd Edition on Jan. 13, 2013

    Here is an unusual book on fiction writing by my friend and fellow author, Mary Deal: Write it Right - Tips for Authors, Volume I, 2nd Edition. It's full of writing help. The tips are good ones and cover material that you don't see in fiction writing books. It's especially ideal for new writers, but also for writers who occasionally need some clarification in grammar and composition. It is also useful for those who are thinking of trying their hand at writing fiction: it will give them an excellent feel for what to expect and what not to expect.