I would like to include the names and cover art of any students of mine who have published (and who found the course helpful or essential to your publication) on the course page on my sites and sales pages. For those of you who have published multiply, I’d like to include up to three of your favorites, plus “…and [X] more titles…”
If you’d like to see an example of what I’m talking about, go to the How To Think Sideways enrollment page. SCROLL about a third of the way down, and you’ll start seeing student book covers and comments.
I don’t care about genre, I don’t care about commercial or self pub. Story length doesn’t matter. If you’re selling shorts, I’ll happily include magazine cover art along with the title of your story. I KNOW my students have published in every imaginable genre (and in a couple other mediums, too). That is, in fact, the POINT.
What I care about is that you wanted to write stories for people to read, and you DID.
And you can do some self-promoting here. Simply reply with:
- your name (or pen name),
- a link to your books (with copyable cover art),
- and the titles you’d like for me to include.
- Fill in the reply form with your How To Think Sideways student e-mail address. Don’t worry: It won’t show up here. But with it, I’ll be able to validate your account.
- If you use a name or pen name very different from your student account, contact me via Support and let me know your details.
If you also tell me in a single, short sentence the most important thing about the course that helped you succeed, I’ll include your quote with your name and cover art.
ADDED LATER: Answers to email questions (specifics removed)
“Would you want to use my erotica/romantic books?”
Of course. I’ll need covers with some clothes on (or I’ll do something cute to keep the title showing, and a little package graphic to cover anything…well, graphic)—but a LOT of my students write erotica/romantica. Post your links, let me have your necessary details. 😀
“I took the course, but I write nonfiction.”
No problem. Writing fundamentals and the creative process work across all forms of writing. I’ll happily add you and your nonfiction covers and credits to the page, and you can post your links here.
“After I took HTTS, I started working as a columnist with a paper.”
I’ll be happy to promote you. Ask if you can use your paper’s logo. I’ll add that, plus your column name and your name—and of course, provide a link to your column here.
• D. S. Kane,
• a link to each of my books:
Bloodridge, Book 1 of the Spies Lie Series – AMAZON BESTSELLER (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K0029J0)
“A globe-trotting spy thriller dense with intriguing insider’s knowledge.” —Kirkus Reviews
DeathByte, Book 2 of the Spies Lie Series – AMAZON BESTSELLER (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2LLKSC)
“A dizzying spy story for readers with clear minds and steely constitutions.” —Kirkus Reviews
Swiftshadow, Book 3 of the Spies Lie Series (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MJ5KXKG)
Also, GrayNet, Book 4 of the Spies Lies Series (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P8HRT9U)
and, Baksheesh, Book 5 of the Spies Lie Series, available Summer 2015
• copyable cover art is available at: http://dskane.com/fiction.php. Copyable covers for each book are there on this page.
I know this blog post of yours is pretty old (from 2013) but I see from the new HTTS Ultra product launch that you still do this. My first published piece of fiction is a story collection called Startling Figures. It’s 3 standalone tales of the supernatural.
Here’s the link to the book’s sales page on amazon:
Here’s the cover art:
I wrote all the stories and produced the book before becoming familiar with the online empire that is HollyLisle.com, and all the amazing stuff here. I launched the book using the information from the Ugly Baby Workshop (Holly’s adaptation of the free Jeff Walker product launch material). The success of the launch was financially modest, but I’m pleased with it nonetheless because it got the book out there, and I learned a LOT.
I am in the midst of revising a novel using the material from the Create-A-Plot clinic. I’d say it’s successful so far: I started with a 400 page 108,000 word ms, and now I’m down to 367 pages and I think 97,000 words.
I’m really looking forward to HTTS Ultra!!
• Pen Name is Kimiko Alexandre
• link to the book is http://www.bit.ly/guardiansnovel – should be able to download the cover but I am happy to provide one if you email me.
•Title of the book is Guardians: Awakened – The Pantheon Series (I’m a little confused about that)
Biggest helpful advice from Holly – Using post it notes to help plot your story. Being able to move them around. I added in using different colors for when I needed something paranormal to happen or if it was from someone else’s POV. Extremely helpful.
Name: Preeti C. Sharma
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00REXTHS2 and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-empire-preeti-c-sharma/1120976854?ean=2940150116337&itm=1&usri=2940150116337
Cover Art Link: http://freeworvanz.com/books/darkempirecover
Title: Dark Empire
Up until very recently I only read your newsletters (which by the way have always been amazing motivation) but now I have had a chance to read some of your writing and am a big fan. Because of the resources you have made available I am doing my launch this month. Here is the link to my pre-launch video so you can see what I’ve been up to.
For those who doubt…a writer could never have a better advocate than Holly. she understands the struggle and has found a way to turn “maybe someday” into “why not now” for so many of us.
Pen Name: Kit Daven
Book Title: The Forgotten Gemstone
Book Link #1: http://www.kitdaven.com
Book Link #2: http://amzn.to/IAw48I
Comment on Course: Holly’s HTTS helped me face what I resisted most about the the writing process: timed writing and revisions. As I begin my second book, I am revisiting her lessons and am already further along in a shorter amount of time than what I had experienced writing my first novel. Thanks for the mind altering course, Holly!
Please, I don’t know if this is the right place to make this report, but Deakin University (Victoria, Australia, Words@Deakin) have published my Rapunzel short story in the fractured fairy tale issue of Windmill.My first publication since 2003. I am excited. Thank you so much Holly.
Congratulations! What a bright feather in your cap!
I have been subscribed to Holly’s newsletters and tips since I found her early 2012! Holly has been amazing, her tips have made me a better writer! Here is the link to my self-published e-book, I am hoping to have a paper back out very soon if all goes well – http://www.amazon.co.uk/An-Immortal-London-Corruption-ebook/dp/B00E9RGXEM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375390758&sr=8-1&keywords=bethanie+hardie
Me, Ann M. Beardsley
Tilted Windmills, available for kindle, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CJWFW14
How to Think Sideways helped me create the suspense needed to keep readers turning the page. I’m nowhere near the expert at it that Holly Lisle is, but this book is worlds better than my first suitable-only-for-bird-cages draft. My characters became more three-dimensional, my evil villain actually has a human side, and my transitions don’t hit you in the face any more. I’ve recommended the course to several new writers, and even one established one.
Name: Misty Mikes
Title: Without a Shepherd
I love HTTS! This course has been absolutely life-changing for me in terms of helping me to write when I want to, instead of waiting for my Muse to show up. 🙂 It’s also been a huge help in knowing what will work and why /before/ I waste a lot of time on a bad idea!