This Week at Story Empire

Happy Friday, everyone! We're already halfway through December, and soon a new year will be upon us. Not a lot happening at the Hall household this week. I've been knee-deep in the final edits of Menagerie. If I haven't mentioned it before, I'm a bit of an introvert. Yesterday, I realized I hadn't been anywhere... Continue Reading →

This Week at Story Empire

What a difference a week makes! Only a few days ago we were enjoying the beautiful fall foliage. We live in the country, and across the road behind our neighbor's house, the trees were brilliant reds and golds. I had an excellent view from my writing desk. Twilight had fallen one evening, and I hadn't... Continue Reading →

This Week at Story Empire

Hey, everyone! Are you ready for ghosts and goblins? Halloween is just around the corner. Time for me to watch the all-time classic, It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Yes, there are still some things from my childhood that I enjoy. I even reread The Incredible Journey this month, one of my favorite childhood books.... Continue Reading →

This Week at Story Empire

Another week is in the books and it's been a great one. Last Saturday, I traveled to Dallas to attend an author meet and greet hosted by Rox Burkey. I was so excited to meet friend and fellow Story Empire contributor Jan Sikes. Although it was the first time we met in person, I felt... Continue Reading →

This Week at Story Empire

October is marching on and I'm knee-deep in edits for my short story collection. I hadn't looked at some of the stories in almost a year, so I got a few surprises. One that I thought would need a lot of edits turned out to be easily done. Of course, I can't write short in... Continue Reading →

This Week at Story Empire

It was another busy week around the Hall household. I'll not bore you with the details of needing a new car battery or the parts place first telling us the battery was good, but the alternator was bad. Suffice to say we had a busy and "interesting" day Tuesday. But all is now well, the... Continue Reading →

This Week at Story Empire

Is it already Friday? What happened to the week? I'm not exactly sure, but it went by as fast as if I'd been on vacation. Yes, I was told I wouldn't have as much time as I thought I would. It's true. More things going on at the Hall household this week. Errands to run,... Continue Reading →

This Week at Story Empire

Hey everyone! Happy Friday, the first one of fall. Our temperatures soared this week, making the autumn equinox feel more like the summer solstice. But signs of fall are everywhere. My spider lilies began blooming this week and a cool front is supposed to bring our temps back down to more seasonal norms next Monday.... Continue Reading →

This Week at Story Empire

Hey, everyone. It's the last Friday of the summer. Here in Texas, we're moving into more autumn-like weather. One morning the low was in the upper fifties. Quite a contrast from our triple-digit summer temps. Our recent rain helped the grass to grow, and everything is a lot greener than it was a month ago.... Continue Reading →

This Week at Story Empire

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope everyone has enjoyed their week. I'm getting used to not having to drive to work every day. Let's just say it didn't take much of an adjustment. I'm loving this new life. Pete Springer said he's ready for an "I'm retired" post from me, and I promise it's coming. This... Continue Reading →

This Week at Story Empire

Hey, Readers. Happy September. I'm back from my blogging break and already into the second day of retirement. More about that next week, but today is the first of something new. Most of you know I'm a contributor at Story Empire. Along with fellow authors, Mae Clair, Staci Troilo, C. S. Boyack, Harmony Kent, Gwen... Continue Reading →

Special Announcement at Story Empire

Hey, readers. Most of you know I've been a regular contributor at the writing blog Story Empire for a few years. Today we have a special announcement. I hope you'll take a moment to stop by and read our good news. Just click here to read the post. In the meantime, here's a little hint:

Bonus Friday: Favorite Book

Maybe we’re a glutton for punishing ourselves, but today at Story Empire each of us picked our favorite work. Not an easy thing to do. Stop by and see which of our own books we selected.

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Hey, SEers! This is one of those months with five Fridays in it. That means today is a group post.

The theme for today is Favorite Book Written and WhyWe’re each going to tell you our personal favorite. We encourage you to share yours in the comments.


Tortured Soul by Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! Staci here. It was hard to pick a favorite, but I chose Tortured Soul. It’s the fourth and final book in the Medici Protectorate Series.

I won’t swear it’s my favorite, but it’s up there. And here’s why.

  • The writing is a lot stronger than at the beginning of the series.
  • It’s the culmination of a work inspired by my grandfather.
  • It’s a springboard to another series that I enjoy.
  • I love these characters.

You can read more about it here or purchase it here.


Hey SE Readers. Joan here.

So far, my favorite book to…

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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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