#Bookreview: C.S. Boyack’s VOYAGE OF THE LANTERNFISH

Ciao, amici! If you've been following this blog for a while, you've seen me host C.S. Boyack before and/or discuss his work. His creative take on speculative fiction is unparalleled. And if you're only a recent follower, you may have seen him here when he did his blog tour for his latest release, Voyage of the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Enhanced League by Author C. S. Boyack

The Enhanced League is a collection of short stories and anthems centered around a year in a fictional baseball league. It has a slight science fiction background. This league has a lot more pomp than you might be used to, and nobody seems to care if the players use performance enhancing drugs. Stories involve existing... Continue Reading →

Help a robot girl out

Authors are always looking for new promo opportunities. Here’s a fun one. Lisa Burton is looking for guests! Check out the details below…

Entertaining Stories

Lisa Burton Radio exists to help authors promote their books to a new audience. This spot has worked well for over a year now, but we need guests to keep it going. Here is a little data about how it works, and some past posts to browse to see what you’re getting into.

Tell your friends, maybe one of them needs a place to post.

Drop me a line at coldhand (dot) boyack (at) gmail (dot) com. Let Lisa promote your books for you.

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You know stuff, use it

Great thoughts today from C. S. Boyack at Story Empire. He discusses the old adage: Write What You Know.

Story Empire

Craig here today. I’ve said many times that the rules of writing fiction are more guidelines. I was struck recently with how many novels feature a main character who is an author. Therefore:

Today’s topic is, “Write What you Know.”

Okay, I just said they’re more like guidelines, so if you want a main character who’s an author, have at it. You should think of why they are an author, and make it fit the story if you can. Do they need to work from home? Could they be a software engineer instead? Maybe an inventor, a masseuse, a drug dealer?

Sometimes we choose our characters because they need to be a front line type. They’re going to encounter a body somewhere along the line, and if they’re solving the mystery it makes more sense to make them a front line type. Front line type = cop, firefighter, reporter, coroner…

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C. S. Boyack and Character in Will O’the Wisp

Hi, everybody. I'm so glad you can join me today. I'm traveling all over the place. You can find me at Delilah Devlin's site and Mary E. Thompson's site, as well as making my last tour stop with Mae Clair. But I'm especially excited to welcome C. S. Boyack here as we round out the Story Empire... Continue Reading →

Let’s take this show on the road!

Enjoy winning prizes while learning about other authors and their work? Then Story Empire has a treat for you this week.

Six authors making their rounds all week long, offering prizes and introducing their work to the world. Won’t you join us?

We’re using the bookmobile theme, but somehow I’m picturing a road trip on the Partridge Family’s bus. No matter the image in your mind, I hope we see you this week!

Story Empire

Hey gang, Craig here. As you know, Story Empire is a cooperative effort of six talented authors. We try to bring you some wonderful content on this blog, but we’re all authors, too. Doing a bit of collaborative promotion is part of the deal.

This week we’re going on the Story Empire Roadshow. All six of us are doing a blog tour, there will be some deep discounts on our books, and maybe a few freebies along the way. Watch for the Story Empire Bookmobile out in blogland, and tell your friends about it. You might find some wonderful new blogs to follow, too.

For myself, I’m doing some discounts on my books, and giving a couple away, but you’ll have to follow the tour to get the exact dates. At the end, the two most prolific commenters will win some awesome coffee mugs I had made with a graphic…

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Branding

If you’ve ever heard me talk about my life in the corporate sector, you know I used to specialize in corporate identity. For writers, you might recognize this as branding. Today, at Story Empire, C. S. Boyack discusses branding for the fiction writer. I hope you check it out and maybe start or join a discussion.

Story Empire

Craig here again. It’s a challenge to write these tips and tricks every time, because so many of the items are debatable. I hate to take a hard line stance, but I do for the sake of the comments that trickle in during the week. The topic today is branding.

Not that kind of branding. The kind where authors promote products. As you appear across cyberspace, what kind of recognizable materials do you use so the masses will recognize you? Chances are, you’ll have a blog, the popular social media accounts, and possibly a newsletter. What kind of branding do you use to tell people this is some of your work?

You will also make guest appearances on blogs, maybe blog talk radio, the occasional video of some kind. While these post are all different, your branding is what sews them all together as you – the author.

My first…

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