Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Quantum Wanderlust,” by Authors,  Staci Troilo,‎ Michele Jones,‎ Joan Hall,‎ E.J. Lane,‎ Mae Clair,‎ P.C. Zick,‎ Teri Polen,‎ Irene Aprile,‎ Harmony Kent,‎ & C.S. Boyack 

Author Colleen Chesebro posted a wonderful review of Quantum Wanderlust today on her blog. Check it out!

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Title: Quantum Wanderlust

Amazon Author Pages:  Staci Troilo  (Author),‎ Michele Jones  (Author),‎ Joan Hall  (Author),‎ E.J. Lane (Author),‎ Mae Clair  (Author),‎ P.C. Zick  (Author),‎ Teri Polen  (Author),‎ Irene Aprile  (Author),‎ Harmony Kent  (Author),‎ C.S. Boyack  (Author)

Publication Date: September 16, 2017

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Time Travel, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction & Fantasy

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

What if you had all the time in the world?

Thirteen authors answer that question with short stories about time travel. Go back in time to right a wrong, forward to see the future. No jump is too large, no method unfeasible, no lesson beyond learning.

• Visit the past to learn a family secret.
• See the formation of a future dictatorship.
• Assume responsibility for weaving the fabric of…

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Throwing Darts Blindfolded & Author Considerations

Lots of changes the past few years in the world of Indie Publishing. P. H. Solomon shares some thoughts today at Story Empire.

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Making choices self-publishing choices can feel like throwing darts blindfolded. With all the changes to publishing in the last decade or so it gets even more confusing. For instance, now there are opportunities with hybrid publishers which can open more doors for authors and leave them more perplexed than ever.

When indie-publishing really took off, the options were traditional publishing or self-publishing either through a vanity publisher or using Createspace and other such options. Now, Ingram and other distributors offer the opportunity for availability in their catalogs but that doesn’t get you to bookstore shelves. True distribution to bookstores is usually not available for indie authors even if you choose to make the book returnable and offer the standard 55% wholesale discount. Looking at it that way, making a book non-returnable and only offering 30% discount is much more profitable and allows authors to price print books competitively.

And then…

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An open dialog on characters

C. S. Boyack talks about character development today at Story Empire.

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Hi, gang. Craig here again. I’m noticing that my posts tend to be more open ended than the other authors here. Part of that is because there are so many different methods to produce a good story. I like to discuss things and present options. This time the topic is characters.

I’ve been told I write good characters. (Both my fans said so.) I’m also on record as saying the character comes to me during the first draft more than any other time. There is a method to plotting a good character arc though. Readers expect the character to evolve over the course of the story. Imagine taking a conservative or a liberal, and making them accept some opposing points of view to get through whatever hellish torture you have planned for them. This evolution is the character arc.

I tend to write more stoic main characters, and surround them…

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Eclipse

Hello everyone! The first Friday of each month, Story Empire offers a fiction prompt. Staci Troilo had this month's prompt and I decided to participate. My story is based on the word, telescope. To see the full prompt, click here. And now, here is my story: Erin Daniels watched the full moon rise over the … Continue reading Eclipse

How Do I Write Thee? Let Me Count the Words.

Staci Troilo writes about word count length for various genres. Check out her post today at Story Empire.

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Ciao, SEers. Yep, I went the cheesy-route in the title. Hopefully Elizabeth Barrett Browning doesn’t mind me manipulating her masterpiece.

It’s February, the month of love. (If you subscribe to that, which I kind of don’t. I’m a romantic, so I think love is important all the time.)

Anyway, today I want to talk about word counts in fiction. Specifically, definitions of categories, ranges of words, and genre norms.

Word counts are important for both publishing and contest submissions. But breaking things down into categories is always easier than speaking in great yet nebulous generalities. So that’s what publishers did. When people talk about types of fiction, these are the categories and an estimated range of word counts assigned to them.

Categories/Word Counts:
  • Micro-Fiction: Up to 100 words
  • Flash Fiction: 100 to 500 words
  • Short Story: 500 to 7,500 words
  • Novelette: 7,500 to 20,000
  • Novella: 20,000 to 40,000…

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A Big Thanks To Our Readers

Hi Everyone! Most of you know that I’m a part of Story Empire along with five other authors. Today, we have a special announcement!

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Good morning, SE Readers. Joan here today with an extra post this week. Back in November, John Howell nominated Story Empire for an award on the Postive Writer website.

The winners were announced last week. Drum roll, please…

Story Empire was named as one of the top fifty writing blogs of 2018! Needless to say, the six of us are super excited about the award. But we know that we wouldn’t have been named if it hadn’t been for our readers.

Many of you went to the site and voted for us. So this award isn’t about Story Empire, but it’s about you. We strive to bring relevant and helpful content each week. Topics that will help you in your writing journey.

So, on behalf of Mae, Staci, Harmony, P. H. and Craig, I want to say, “thank you.” And take a moment to visit Positive Writer to see the…

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How Many Accounts is Too Many? #SocialMedia #MondayBlogs

Ever feel like scrambled eggs when it comes to social media? Think you’re spending all your time there rather than writing? Mae Clair shares some wise words on the subject today at Story Empire.

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Happy Monday, SEers!  It’s a new week and a new subject. Lately, friends, family, and I have been discussing social media. Even co-workers. I’ve come to realize many people have a love/hate relationship with social media, or at least some of the platforms, and the bulk of activity that takes place there.

I’m not here to debate the merits of social media, rather to offer some suggestions on how to best use it as an author. As writers, we need to have a social media presence. The world exists online, therefore it’s a necessity we’re there too. Obviously, there are tons of social media outlets available, but when does your message become diluted?

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In the world of advertising—regardless the nature of your product or service—the goal is to achieve Top of Mind Awareness. TOMA is the golden standard everyone hopes to attain.

If I say “dandruff shampoo” you’ll probably think…

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