The Road to Being Published

Hello, everyone. I’m back this week to talk about how far I am in getting published. Well…published again, I should say. Because as you know, Days of the Kill is on Amazon. Go look it up!

Somebody remind me to get a “bookstore” tab on here one of these days… Seriously, it’s been out almost a month.

Anyway, I’m really proud of how far I’ve gotten. It’s been a lot of fun to look at the progress I can make in one week! Or as you all know, two weeks.

The Path to Biological is going so much faster now! I finished the handwritten draft (finally!) and now I’m typing it up. I got over 11,000 words in one day. How awesome is that? Now, I’m at just over 16,000. I’m also on Chapter 30 already. There’s 71. I’d say I have a pretty good head start on it, especially considering the slow pace of a realistic goal I had. It turns out I really didn’t need to worry about that. Go figure.

The Child of Fault is still on hold, although it shouldn’t be for much longer. If I keep going at the pace I’m going, I should be back to it in just a few weeks. Yay!

Bethany’s Corpse is still on hold as well. I hope it’s not for too much longer, because let’s be honest, I love this book. It’s probably my favorite one to work on. I don’t even know how to express my love for this (I’m picking favorites with my book children now…I’m that mother. Whoops).

Do You Remember Me is still on hold as well. I’ve been on the first draft for pretty much forever, but hey, at least I’m making progress somewhere, which is more than I could say about myself for a while. And let me tell you, this is going to need a lot of revisions. This is such a different style than I’m used to writing!

Living Through Abuse is still on hold as well. Just like Do You Remember Me, it’s going to need a lot of revisions once I finally finish the first draft. It may be weird because it’s a nonfiction book, but as every nonfiction author knows, even those need a lot of help sometimes.

I also have very exciting news. I’m going to be a part of a compilation book called From Surviving To Thriving. It’s all about experiences in abusive relationships, and I’m so excited to be a part of it. It’s set to release in October of 2016. I will let you all know more about it as it comes!

I believe that’s it for this week. Next week, I hope to have even more exciting news to share! Until then…stay tuned!

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Exciting Times

Hello, everyone. I apologize for not getting a post up on Wednesday. I had things to do, and it just didn’t get done.

I want to talk about some things that are going to be coming up very quickly in just a few weeks, but I just have to tell you about one exciting thing that happened on Friday. It was my other website’s second birthday! It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for two years. It’s very exciting.

Now, on to the more exciting part. I have my first book signing in less than two weeks. On May 1, I will be at the Half Price Books Store in Mansfield, Texas from 1:00-3:00. I’m so excited to be able to do this!

I will also be in Denison, Texas on May 6-7. It’s a two day event, and I could not be more excited to be joining so many amazing authors in this. You know, technically I was invited before I was actually published…which makes it even more exciting. 😉 You can find out more in the flier below. 🙂

AuthorFest 2016

Did you see my book there??? Guys…it’s official. I’m going to be hanging out with these authors instead of just attending their book signings. Eek!

Okay, now that I’ve maybe got it together again…

I will also be at the Half Price Books Store on Cooper in Arlington, Texas (yes, there are several in Arlington so I had to explain) on May 14 from 12:00-3:00 signing books. I’m so excited about that as well!

May is going to be such a busy month, but I am so ready for it. This is a really exciting time for me. If you can make it out, I would love for you to be there. I would love to meet with anyone that has been reading my blog. If you’re in the area at all, come on out and show your support!

That’s about it for today. Until Wednesday…stay tuned!

So Close, Yet So Far

Getting close to the end on anything writing-related is such an exciting thing, no matter what the case may be. Maybe you’re getting close to the end of the draft, maybe you’re getting close to the final before you send your manuscript off to the world, or maybe you’re getting close to the end of a goal.

Whatever the case may be, you’re probably getting excited. I know I am.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’ve been handwriting a draft of The Path to Biological. I know some of you may think it’s insane (I spoke to one individual that thinks it’s insane, anyway), but at the time, it seemed easier than going back and forth between two different screens, or making a lot of use out of the backspace button (which I do enough of already!).

I finally have less than 20 pages left (then I have to type it, but I’m not ready to think about that yet). When I started this, I never imagined I would be taking months to do this. I finally put a deadline on myself and I’m making myself stick to it. The handwriting has to be done by next month, and then I can focus on typing. So far, I’m actually ahead, which is where I plan to stay.

The thing is, when we’re getting close to the end of something, why does it seem like there are more distractions than ever before? It’s like there’s some unseen force that helps distract us from reaching our goal, which is really annoying and frustrating.

Really, you have two options here: Push through the distractions, or give in.

What will you choose? I know which one I try to choose.

Now, I know that things happen like a family member (kids especially) or a friend needs you. That’s understandable and acceptable. They should come before writing. Always.

Well, I guess that’s it for today. Until Monday….stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

According to my more recent posts, it’s been at least a month since I’ve done this series…whoops! I know I’ve been slacking lately. Things happen. Oh, well.

Anyway, I’ve gotten quite a bit done since the last time I did this series. I can certainly be glad about that!

The Path to Biological is still going slowly, and I’m  still hand-writing it, but I’m so close to getting it done! I’m on Chapter 61. Can you believe that? So close! And most of the chapters are short (which you would hope with that many chapters!). I also just have to add…it is sad how normal the situation these characters are in seems to me now because I’ve been spending so much time on this.

The Child of Fault is on hold currently, and I’ve said the reason before, but hopefully it won’t be for too much longer. I just have to get to where I can focus on it. Oh, I hope it will be soon… I love that story.

Bethany’s Corpse is on hold as well. I think this is my favorite story, so I hope to get back to it very soon. It may take a few months, but I’ll get back to it. Eventually. We’ll just have to see how that all goes.

Do You Remember Me is also on hold. Surprise, surprise. I was doing sprints with my Writing Accountability Group, but we haven’t done that in a while. I hope we can get back to that soon.

Living Through Abuse has been on hold for the longest, I think. It’s going to be one of those that just hangs over my head until it’s done, but the payoff will be so worth it, I would think. We’ll just have to see what the masses have to say about it when it’s done.

You may noticed that I left off one today. It’s been in the front ever since I started this series. I left off Days of the Kill. Why? Because it’s published! It’s on Amazon, and I’ve gotten amazing reviews from it. Go check it out right now.

Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Days-Kill-S-Courtney-Killian/dp/0692673148/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459961426&sr=8-1&keywords=days+of+the+kill

You’ll thank me later. 🙂

I think that it’ll do it for this week. Until next week…stay tuned!

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Promotion: Joys and Woes

If you read my post on Wednesday, you know I have just published a book. (Days of the Kill. It’s on Amazon. Look it up. It’s awesome.).

Promotion is dang hard. Unfortunately, the fantasy we all have at one point or another that the publisher will do all the promotion or people will just magically find the book and we’ll all become rich and famous just isn’t true. That’s on you, people. Play your cards right, and you may just have a runaway best-seller.

Okay, so it’s not likely, but it’s possible.

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since I’ve been a published author. I have to say, I’ve had really positive feedback. I let people know about it, and people reacted. Boy, did people react.

People I haven’t talked to in forever liked my Facebook post. People that I haven’t talked to in a while said they bought it and want it signed. Heck, someone I never even talked to before bought the ebook and loved it!

I also have two reviews on Amazon. Two amazing reviews. And I am so happy about those reviews.

But wait, there’s more. There is another part to this. In come the woes to ruin a few things.

Things can happen. A family emergency comes up (yup, just had that happen), a friend is in trouble, or any number of things can come up out of the blue. Promotion tends to be the furthest thing on your mind when that happens.

My family emergency happened about a week after I published. I had said something on social media maybe once or twice before it happened. One week later, I’ve said something once since the whole family emergency thing. Yay me.

Things will happen that promotion will be put on hold for. But if you think about it, why not make a quick post on social media about your book? You might just be surprised.

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