Tag: Publishing.

Hello Everyone!

I’m finally getting around to writing in my very public, electronic diary I call a blog. Sorry it’s been so long. I’d like to say the life got in the way, but it always does I if you let it.

So, here’s what I’m up to…

Trump hairBack in December I decided that I’d had enough of querying my manuscript to agents. Querying wasn’t that horrible an experience that scared me for life or anything. It was just long. Long like Donald Trump’s hair: wildly searching for someone to like it, but having no real direction. (First and last political joke … I swear!)

So instead of continuing on this path of searching for the perfect agent, I decided to finally commit to going indie. And what a huge commitment it is! I’ve pondered self-publishing for a long time, and for a bunch of different reasons I’ve held off. But now that I’ve taken the plunge I couldn’t be more excited, and nervous, and––going out of my mind just a bit.

For any of you that have ever tried to start something from just an idea, might get this. It’s trial and error. You get a few wins, and perhaps as many losses. Those who eventually succeed are the ones who never quit. Okay, I’m done with my motivational cat poster memes…

But really, the friends and contacts that I’ve made along this publishing journey have helped me immensely. Not only do they keep me motivated but they to help navigate this ever changing, very confusing industry of books and publishing.

What else is going on…

My Etsy ShopBecause I don’t have enough to keep me busy or perhaps because my brain is always going in seven different directions, I opened an Etsy shop this month! www.Kdelldesigns.etsy.com I’ve always been a very crafty person. I think I get that from my mother. Whether she’s painting, drawing, gardening, crafting, she’s a creator. In the past, my creative outlet was drawing. Vintage pencil portraits from photos I’d gathered over the years were my muse. Now, I like to make jewelry. The three main things I have on my Esy site are: natural stone bracelets, glass tile necklaces, and metal and glass bookmarks. I’m hoping that when my book comes out, I’ll be theming some of my creations to my HARMLESS series.

Soo … My book. My editor tells me that she’ll have the manuscript back to me in about week. It made my heart sing to hear she was wanted to finish editing it quickly because the teenaged girl inside her needed to know how it ends. I can’t wait to share this story with everyone!Never Quit

Once the manuscript files are formatted I’ll finally be able to set a book release date. The book trailer, which was created over a year ago by the lovely and most talented Brianna Schretlen will also be released. It’s a work of art! I couldn’t have made it without the help of Bri and Sophie. The soundtrack on the trailer is by Sophie Serafino. Check it out her music here.  So beautiful!

There’s a whole laundry list of stuff I need to get done before this book comes out, but I’ll leave that for another post. I just wanted to write this to say a long overdue, Hello out there! I’m going to get back to writing MAVENS, the sequel to HARMLESS!  Wish me luck.

Here’s to wishing you good reading and good writing.

Cheers,

 

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Writer’s Quest 2015

Did any of you play the game Kings Quest when you were a kid? You know… that archaic game on your first home computer? Where you went around collecting things just so you could move on to getting the next thing. (I’m dating myself… King’s Quest VI came out in 1990.) Anyway, I feel like I’m on a writer’s quest! Maybe I could make that in to a video game… Unfortunately, it isn’t always that fun to play.

How many times, as a writer, have you been asked, “So, have you published your book yet?” Too many to count I bet. That’s because not many people have any idea about what goes in to publishing a book, other than the writing part. That was me not so long ago.

My quest to publishing has been a long road. So far, I’ve been on it almost four years. It started with an idea and a passion. I wanted to write a book! But, had no idea how. So, I took courses on how to write. I researched how to write well. And I read more books than the average person probably should. I was off to a great start.

About mid-way done progress slowed down. I stopped to edit what I’d written. As much as it is our nature to want what we write to be perfect… that was learning curve number one. Don’t edit until your done. Trust me! Your first draft will get edited so many times before it gets published… it will be so polished, you’ll be able to see your face in it!

Nearing the end of finishing my first draft I started to look in to editors, cover designers, and types of publishing. There were so many options it made my head spin… Still does some days. I wrote a blog or two about it and came to the conclusion that going ‘indie’ (self-publishing) was the way for me.

After receiving my ‘indie’ badge of honour, I picked up on a few other things like; how to create an author platform using social medias; the do’s and don’ts of networking; blogging and finding your niche; creating not just a book, but a marketable product, and so much more.

I’m at a point now, that I tow a whole army behind me. I’ve chosen my editor(s) and publisher. I’ve had a few beta readers. Artistic geniuses have created my branding, website, and book cover. I’ve even embarked on a side quest… creating a graphic novel prequel to my YA novel. I’m nearing the end of my writer’s quest! I can almost smell the ink on 400 bound pages!

(Insert dramatic sigh here.)

So next time someone asks you, “So have you published your book yet?” Say, “Nope, my quest isn’t over.” They’ll look at you like you’ve lost your marbles but hey, it could save time in explaining why it’s taking so long. :)

 

Wishing you all well on your writer’s quests…

 

Katherine