I don't think the joys of networking can be stressed enough. Too often authors seek and receive advice on writing, editing, publishing, and promotion, but networking gets overlooked in the commotion. And that's a shame because it's such a beautiful thing. It lets us build bridges, forge friendships, and share fabulous content with our readers … Continue reading New Release: The CONTRACT Between Heaven and Earth by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano
Happy Friday! What a week, huh? When I was considering this week's quote, two came to mind. If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. I chose this one, instead: And here's why. The first quote, while humorous, makes God sound a … Continue reading Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links
"What do you mean, you locked the door?" John dropped the cooler on the weathered planks of the porch. Carrie rubbed her hands together and blew on them. "That's what normal people do when they leave a house." "This isn't a house, Carrie. It's a cabin in the woods." "I don't see the difference," she said. … Continue reading Short Story: Winter in the Weald
Type and Cross is a suspense-filled family drama. Here is an excerpt: "She didn’t have protective gear, either.” His voice broke. “Her clothes, what little there were, were ripped to rags. Her rib punctured her lung, and the whole side of her body was cinder-scraped.” “It sounds awful.” “You still haven’t figured out the worst … Continue reading Her Punctured Lung Punctured His Heart
Last week I said I wasn't going to be a writer this week, I was going to be writing. I probably didn't write as much as I would have liked because of editing projects. And life. (Does anyone ever write as much as they want? I'm not talking to you Stacy Claflin; you're a machine … Continue reading Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75Oct1Qv8x0 I thought of the theme of this post, and I immediately thought of The Beatles song. Then again, throughout the course of any given day, I say, think, or hear phrases that remind me of a whole bunch of songs, so this isn't a surprise to me. (It is, however, why I have a … Continue reading 🎵 With a Little Help from My Friends 🎶
I've decided I'm going to analyze my writing week (every week) and share the motto that best fits what I experienced. This week, editing was a primary focus. Not because I was busy with editing clients, but because one of my novels had an editor I wasn't happy with, and it finally caught up to … Continue reading Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for useful links for writers, this is the place. Here’s Story Empire’s weekly compilation of valuable web content.
It’s Friday, glorious Friday, always a cause for celebration! While you’re getting ready to kick off your weekend celebration, the Story Empire authors have cobbled together a collection of goodies for you to digest at your leisure. For an appetizer, I recommend Monday’s SE post What Your Website is Likely Missing by Staci Troilo, followed by What’s Your Preference? by yours truly (er, that would be me—Mae Clair).
When you’re done noshing on those, treat yourself to dinner and dessert with this week’s collection of useful articles and tips. Curated Content is served—bon appetit!
This Week’s Valuable Content
- A revealing look at hospitals of the 1800s on The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice.
- Filling in Plot Gaps (creating signpost scenes and how to fill in between them)
- Beef Up Your Social Media Bio (5 ways, takes 5 minutes)
- Mistakes Preventing You From Writing (7 reasons why you haven’t finished your book and how to…
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Joan Hall at Story Empire wrote a great post today on the Freedom App. It's free and it helps eliminate distractions when we write. Check out her post and the awesome tool! By the way, it's the first day of spring. Hope it's a warm and wonderful one for you!
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.
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.
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