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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The Week in Review

Facebook is taunting me this week with memories of past vacations. I took the above photo five years ago on a trip to Big Bend National Park from inside the Chisos Mountain Lodge. We were having breakfast on our last morning there. That day we drove all the way from Big Bend (near the Mexico... Continue Reading →

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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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 →

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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Elizabeth Barrett Browning Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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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