Cats, Christmas, and Romance

By now, you guys know I love to host other authors on my site. Today I'm super-excited because I get to host one of my favorite writers. She's also a dear friend. Please welcome Mae Clair back to the blog! Staci, thanks for inviting me to hang out on your blog today. I’m uber-festive right now … Continue reading Cats, Christmas, and Romance

City Sidewalks, An Addendum

This time of year, I think we're all busy. In addition to any holiday preparations and celebrations we might be dealing with, we probably have a lot of end-of-year work to complete. I know I do. On all counts. In short, I've been distracted. So distracted, in fact, that I scheduled a post for today … Continue reading City Sidewalks, An Addendum

Do You Believe in Curses by Mae Clair

I'm thrilled to welcome friend and fellow writer Mae Clair back to my little slice of the blogosphere today. She just released book three of her Point Pleasant series, A Desolate Hour, which I reviewed not long ago. Today she wants to discuss curses, and I can't think of a better person to dive into … Continue reading Do You Believe in Curses by Mae Clair

Reviewing A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair

Writers are an interesting bunch. If we consider ourselves as individual companies, then technically other writers would be our competition. But we don't think that way. We think of ourselves as a community, and as such, we share tips and tricks, and we support each other. One of the ways we do that is by … Continue reading Reviewing A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair

Do you know who you are?

It wasn't so long ago where a novelist spent all day (for weeks and months at a time) isolated in a room, office, or designated "away" space (like a hotel or cabin) to do nothing but write. When I was younger, I glamorized the profession as I imagined being part of it. The sandalwood candles … Continue reading Do you know who you are?

Tips for a Successful Book Signing

Want to step up your author marketing game? Consider doing a book signing. Author Mae Clair from Story Empire gives you a rundown of how they work and what you need to do…

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Hey, SEers! Mae here today. Got your pen handy? It’s time to sign some books!  🙂

When it comes to book signings, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, it never hurts to reevaluate your strategy. I realize not everyone has print copies of their books, but that day might linger just around the corner. Then or now, I hope you find these tips helpful.

Let me start by saying I’m far from an expert. I only have two signings under my belt, with a few on the horizon. That said, I’ve learned from the meager few I’ve done. How, you ask?

Know your venue
If you’re going somewhere you’ve never been before, scope it out beforehand so you know the layout. At the very least, research it online and Google Earth the location. If I’m going somewhere new, I always do a practice run first so I know exactly…

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Mae Clair Says a Storm is Brewing

Hi, everyone. Today Story Empire is starting a virtual roadshow. The six authors are "taking their show on the road" and touring each other's sites. I'll be featured on a few other sites this week, too. Today, you can find me at Marlena Smith's site as well as at Story Empire's C. S. Boyack's site. … Continue reading Mae Clair Says a Storm is Brewing

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!

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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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What’s Your Preference?

Portrait of funny cat amazed by what she`s reading
** Note: Shallow depth of field

Today at Story Empire, author Mae Clair discusses resources available to writers: beta readers, critique groups, resource materials, organizations and more. Read her thoughts, then weigh in with your own opinions.

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Hello, SE Friends. Mae here today, ready to talk support and organizations. As authors when we sit down and peck away at the keyboard, it’s a solitary process. If you’re like me, you have a cat poking in every so often and strolling across your keyboard or curling up on your desk. Or maybe you have a playful pup dropping a toy at your feet and demanding attention. And of course, there are interruptions from kids and spouses, but for the most part, when we sit down to create it’s us and our characters.

Woman typing on laptop and sitting on floor with fluffy cat

That’s all well and good during the creation process, but what about learning, marketing, and brainstorming with other authors? That’s where we all need support organizations and those special author friends who make up our inner circle. In this article I thought I’d take a look at some of the backbone of support authors rely upon.

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Writing: Business or Hobby?

Mae Clair at Story Empire offers great advice for writers on the dreaded tax season. Check it out…

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Hey, SE gang, Mae here with a reminder that tax time is looming. Ugh!

A battle struggling writers often face is whether or not the IRS considers their efforts a business or hobby. Very few of us make bucketfuls of money as writers. For most, expenses outweigh profits during the first few years. That sad reality aside, you need to report those expenses if you’re trying to establish a business. I’m by no means an expert, but here are a few things you can do to keep Uncle Sam from viewing your enterprise as a hobby:

Detailed Record Keeping
This may seem obvious, but the more detailed records you can produce (in the event of a dreaded audit) the more favorable the outcome is likely to be. Keep receipts and make notations on each. In addition, use a spreadsheet to track and itemize by category. I use headings such as

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