Month: December 2018

Wrapping up 2018

A quick look back at Story Empire’s banner year from Joan Hall.

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Hi, SE Readers. Joan here with the final post of 2018. It’s hard to imagine we’ve reached the end of another year. Gosh, it’s only 366 days until 2020. Almost twenty years have passed since the new millennium began.

Here at Story Empire we’ve reached a few milestones in 2018:

  • Won our first blogging award
  • Had a thirty-four percent increase in the number of subscribers
  • Exceeded the number of visitors and views to our site from the previous year
  • Surpassed 300 posts
  • Initiated group posts where we each contribute our ideas on a single subject

We experimented with a few new things this year. Some worked,  others didn’t, so we made adjustments. Our goal is to provide quality content that will help you in your writing journey.

On behalf of Staci, Mae, Harmony, Craig, and P. H, thank you to all our readers. We look forward to more interaction in…

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The Turn of the Year

Season’s Greetings to all the Archer’s Aim readers. With the turn of the year upon us I thought I would give an update on my year past and my goals for the upcoming year.

2018 started out with a lot of promise regarding the publication of books. After beginning the use of dictation, I was able to finish the rough drafts of four books, all of which are the initial novels of new fantasy series. However during the second half of the year progress with all of these books became quite a slog through the mud. I didn’t know it at the time but I had developed a change in my hypothyroidism which was affecting my energy and focus. For the last six months, I struggled along but recently visited paid my doctor a regular visit, discovered the problem and received an adjusted dosage. I began to realize just how much the problem affected me even though it was only slightly out of treatment range. It can take several weeks before the changes take affect but I began to notice a little more energy this last week even though I’m still struggling. It appears that even mild symptoms can affect my writing productivity.

Even though I’ve been struggling along, I have made a lot of progress in addition to the rough drafts which I’ve already mentioned. Because of the problem I was having, I seem to flounder around while I was editing and switch projects more than once. I have partially completed one shorter novel while working on editing and nearing completion of a much longer novel which is code-named Mage. My hope is to gain some energy and devote more dedicated time to preparing all of these books for publication this year. I have two books which will be considered for publication in one of three ways: traditional publishing, hybrid publishing and self-publishing. I don’t know which way I will go with these just yet so these books may not the be released during 2019 though I hope that they will.

But, the news was not all bad 2018 since all three of the novels and the two free short books for The Bow of Hart Saga were published on audio by Podium Publishing. It made for a busy fall season to release all three of these books on audio but I’m pleased with the outcome as well as having the new format available to readers and listeners.


My intention to go to print with the series beginning this month but I have run into a few problems completing the print projects so that has been delayed. Print will come in good time, perhaps even during the next few months if all goes well.

Looking ahead to 2019, I will pick myself up from the difficulties of the fading year, and work to complete my various projects. As I work toward publishing between one and four books this year, I’d like to also dictate the next books in each series. Also, as I mentioned in a previous post, I am beginning to have some ideas about a sequel to The Bow of Hart Saga. I’ve already begun making notes about what this sequel would look like, so it may be that I will be able to begin some work on that it this year as well. Thanks to all of the readers out there for their support and patience this year and wish you all a Happy New Year!

Scrivener Collections & Editing

How to use collections with editing a manuscript in Scrivener on Story Empire today.

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Holiday greetings to all the Story Empire readers. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year. This is my last post of 2018 so I’ll try to make it informative. It’s been a busy year with lots of changes and work, but Scrivener has always been helpful all year long. Here’s some useful tips for using collections in Scrivener for editing that may help you keep everything straight for editing in 2019.

I’d like to address the usage of collections tool by focusing on how a handled structural editing of my second novel, An Arrow Against the Wind. First, let me define structural edit. This is the kind of editing where you might re-organize your draft so that flows better. It’s also the type of editing whereby you discover all the holes and inconsistencies within the draft and try to fill them. Another way of addressing the structure is…

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