The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Mae Clair

I’ve been meaning to do a number of blog posts for weeks now some time eons, but those fickle hours just keep slipping away. So here I am, determined to share my latest news with you. Welcome to “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” a new monthly feature on my blog.


Close up of woman screaming in excitmentI started a newsletter 🙂
It’s only been on my to-do list for eight months. Okay, so the actual newsletter hasn’t happened yet, but the sign-up has.

See that little box on the right side beneath the header “Want the Scoop”? You can click there to sign up, or just follow this link. I only plan on doing four newsletters a year, so I promise not to bombard your inbox. And in celebration of finally reaching this *ahem* milestone, I’ll be giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon to one randomly drawn winner. I’m planning early July, so hop over and sign up. To quote another Eastwood movie: “Go ahead, make my day.”

Two of my back titles are now available in print 🙂
Woo-hoo! You can snatch WEATHERING ROCK from Amazon or Books-A-Million. The same is true of TWELTH SUN. Find it on Amazon or Books-A-Million. Naturally, I had to grab copies of each. I’m really pleased with the way Kensington Publishing made my name stand out on the printed copy of WEATHERING ROCK. It’s a little lost on the Kindle version.

My publisher started a new sub-imprint 🙂
Actually two. The Lyrical Press imprint of Kensington Publishing now has Lyrical Shine (contemporary romance) and Lyrical Underground (thriller, suspense, horror) imprints. I’m pretty jazzed about the latter, because I think it’s a good fit for my Point Pleasant series. *fingers crossed*

I’m researching and plotting 🙂
I generally wing my books, but now that I’ve made a firm commitment to write a mystery/suspense series (The Point Pleasant series), I find that plotting is more essential. I’ve got a notebook filled with scribblings and scene outlines for A COLD TOMORROW, book two in the series. It’s a learning experience, figuring all these details out in advance, but I’m enjoying it. And it gives me an excuse to read more about the Mothman, UFOs, and Men-in-Black (as if I needed a reason)!


Close up of woman looking wide-eyed and dazedI’m not writing as much as I should 😦
I took a break from my regular Sunday routine and spent the day researching and outlining instead of writing. Ok, so I made notes poolside, then did my plotting floating around on a raft or bobbing on those noodle thingies. I’m trying to convince myself it still counts as author stuff.

Book one in my Point Pleasant series, a.k.a. “the Mothman story,” is still with my publisher for consideration. I think it would be a good fit for the new Lyrical Unground sub-imprint, but it’s an odd story set in the 1980s so who knows if it will fly. One editor has given me the green light on it, but I’m still waiting on the second, senior editor, to reply. Hopefully, I’ll have news by the end of the month or early July. It’s the waiting, you know?


Very angry woman screaming with hair flying in the airFacebook 😦 😦 😦
This is SOOOO ugly I’m not even going to include any other uggies. My failure to be part of the Facebook crowd has been hanging over my head like a guillotine for months now. I am *thisclose* to killing my account.

The problem is I don’t like Facebook. I never have. But back when Lyrical Press was a small stand-alone publisher, authors were expected to have an FB page. So I created one, and I do occasionally look at it. I worry that it does me more harm than good since I don’t update it regularly.  I worry that if I kill the account all that work I did to get 496 likes (okay, it’s not Pluto, but it’s something), will have been in vain. I worry that I should keep it active and pay to promote posts to get word of my new releases out. Even if I’m not on Facebook, all of my friends are (and most of the social-media-consuming-world). Maybe if my newsletter takes off I’ll be able to ditch it and stop worrying about it. Right now it’s the King of Uglies!

So there you have my monthly wrap up of the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ll wait until early July to see what June brings.

Any good, bad, or uglies you’d like to share? We’re all in this writer’s world together, you know. Spill what’s new with you! 🙂

22 thoughts on “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Mae Clair

  1. Hi Mae,

    Good post. I agree, social media can be a monster time suck and the whole 80/20 thing makes it even harder, but on an up-note, I’m actually starting to enjoy Twitter. Never thought I’d say that in this lifetime. It took forever for me to figure out those number sign thingys (Hashtags), lol

    Jacquie Biggar


    • Hi, Jacquie. Great to have you visit again! I actually love Twitter. Other than blogging, it’s my favorite social media platform. It took me a while to get the hang of it in the beginning, too, but it’s effortless and quick which is what I like about it. So easy to stay in touch and get updates from others. I just can’t seem to make peace with Facebook. For now I’m keeping my account active, but I feel if I closed it I’d be able to breathe a sigh of relief! 🙂

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  2. Congratulations for the launching of the Newsletter! Of course I signed, though, I already receive notes in email when a new post appears on your blog.
    Yes, I agree all the social networks and not only, are time consuming. I have no personal FB page and from what I keep reading/hearing there’s nothing good coming out of it. They tend to limit authors’ doing promos for their works. Keep my fingers crossed for your Mothman, though I am SURE it will be accepted. Be positive!


    • Thanks for the newsletter sign-up, Carmen. Hopefully, what I post in my newsletter will be different than what appears on my blog, so it will all be fresh. 🙂 As for Facebook, post are definitely limited on business pages to reach only a handful of people. There are a few tricks to work around that, but even that reach is minimal. As usual, everything comes down to $$$$. They want you to pay to have a greater reach which I have done a few times.

      Thanks for the confidence on Mothman. I put a lot of effort into it, so hopefully, the publisher will think so too! 🙂


  3. Mae, I love this — lots of great updates. I think it’s good to list “the good” like this, because it can get completely lost amongst the uglies. LOL The more you accomplish, the more it will seem you’re not accomplishing enough, so having a list of what you’ve done is SO valuable. Congrats on everything — and my fingers are crossed for even more successes for you. 🙂 I’m looking forward to the first newsletter too!


    • Thanks for all the support, Donna. When I went back over my list of “goods” I felt pretty decent about them. I could probably come up with a few more “uglies” if I dug deep, but it’s nice to have that part of the list limited to only one. I love when the good outweighs the bad (and worse). And I’m looking forward to working on the newsletter. Maybe I’ll use my Facebook time for it, LOL!


  4. Love the good news, Mae. And FB is a time suck, but you still beat me out on your likes. I’ll be happy to reach 300. Congrats on the newsletter. I’m still testing the waters out on mine. I struggle wanting to send one out when I don’t have a very large list yet, but know that I need to be consistent with my plan. Wishing you the best of luck on yours. Also wishing good luck on your new series. The stories sound very interesting.


    • Thanks, Stanalei! And despite those likes on FB, when I DO actually make a post, I usually only reach a VERY small percentage of them because of the algorithms FB has in place. So frustrating! Hopefully, I’ll have better progress with my newsletter….although getting people to subscribe is half the battle. Many thanks for your support, and sending you well wishes for success with yours, too!


  5. I can relate, and most closely to the ‘not writing’ part. I just want to get on top of my blogs and then I’m going to take some time out for writing… if that ever happens! I’d scream and pull my hair out, ‘cept, don’t have hair enough to grab. 😀


  6. Great post that describes the nitty gritty of some of the daily frustrations writers have. There’s always more to do than we have time for! And I know all to well how weeks can turn into eons! All I can say is you are doing a fine job and I admire all your output and publishing success. You rock, kiddo:)

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    • Aww, you’re so sweet, Flossie. A lot of staying on course is having wonderful author friends like you ! 🙂

      Wouldn’t it be nice to have all the time in the world we need to handle promotion and social media the way we’d like? Until then I guess we just need to squirrel away what time we can. Thanks so much for your kind words! 😀


  7. I loved this post, Mae. Haven’t had much time to do writing, or keep up with my writing friends. I like the newsletter idea. I thought about it, but haven’t done anything other than sign up for Mailchimp. The facebook thing. I have an account but hardly post or read anyone else’s posts either. It is really good for my other business, sharing pics of my customers’ stores. I hoped to be writing again by June. I think I have to go back and start all over.

    Great post.


    • Hi, Mary! Wow, crazy happy to have you pop in! It will be great when we get back in a regular routine of crits. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

      I’m doing MailChimp, too. Would love to have my first newsletter out in July by my June is wall-to-wall with blog tours. So good to know I’m not the only Facebook resister….although I can see where it would be a fabulous platform for your other business.

      Glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂


    • Thanks, Emma. I often feel like I’m spinning my wheels, but some days feel more productive than others. Facebook and me…well, we haven’t come to terms yet, LOL.


  8. Social media it’s the monster out of the closet from our times!
    Twitter fun?
    Hum,,,Wait until you have too many followers, and try to be fair, and nice to all of them!
    I believe the secret for social media it;s to be already famous, and do not give a damn, about being rude, obnoxious, , and impolite, to all!
    Or hire someone to do it for you! 🙂

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    • Thanks for dropping by to share your opinion. I guess since I’m not famous I’ll just have to putter along on my own with social media. I honestly don’t mind Twitter, but Facebook and I don’t play well together. I do agree that social media is definitely a monster!!

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