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. πŸ˜‰ You can find out more in the flier below. πŸ™‚

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 Β 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:Β 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. πŸ™‚

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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I’ve Done It

I realize it’s Wednesday, and you’re expecting more on my journey to being published. That’s not going to happen today. Instead, I have some very exciting news to share: As of yesterday, I am now a published author.

Days of the Kill is my first book. It was nearly two years in the making. I’ve complained on here about it. I’ve rejoiced on here about it. Now, the book is available to you, my friends and readers.

In this tale of murder and mystery, a small town girl moves to Oregon to start a new life away from her dysfunctional family. However, after she takes a teaching job she realizes to her horror she had not really escaped the dysfunctional members of her family. As the body count rises she has to face the fact that she is dysfunctional, too. Are any of us really who we appear to be?

Find out more in Days of the Kill, available on Amazon NOW!

Paperback:Β http://www.amazon.com/Days-Kill-S-Courtney-Killian/dp/0692673148/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458751427&sr=1-2&keywords=Days+of+the+Kill

Kindle:http://www.amazon.com/Days-Kill-S-Killian-ebook/dp/B01DAGRGMA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1458751566&sr=1-1&keywords=Days+of+the+Kill+kindle

The Road to Being Published

Hey all, sorry once again for not getting a post up on Monday. I spent the day recovering from my nephew’s and niece’s birthday party. More on that in a few days…

For now, it’s time for my weekly review of how far I’ve come this week. I love these. πŸ™‚

Days of the Kill is still not on pre-order, but should be getting there soon. I have yet to see the cover, but it should be done soon, and I look forward to seeing it. My publisher has informed me that the book is set to be released the week of March 14, hopefully that day. So yay!

The Path to Biological is still going slowly. I managed to finish handwriting chapter 48, but haven’t done anything since then. There’s like 70-something chapters… So I still have a ways to go, but I’m working on it.

The Child of Fault is still on hold, which I’m hoping will change fairly soon. I enjoy that one, and I’m itching to get back to it. But I have other priorities first, so I focus on what I need to.

Bethany’s Corpse is still on hold as well. There’s a line of books in front of it, and I hope to get that done soon. It’ll take a few weeks, but hang in there with me. I’m working my way towards it.

Do You Remember Me is mostly on hold, and I’m still at about 18,000 words because I didn’t get to participate in the sprint last week. Bummer, but I’m hoping I get to do that tonight. I like sprinting with new words. πŸ™‚

Living Through Abuse is on hold as well, but I plan on sprinting with it as soon as I’m done with the first draft of Do You Remember Me. I’m hoping we can keep up the sprints for a long time.

I didn’t get a lot done this week, but some is better than none. I’m hoping to get even more done next week!

Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

I was planning on getting a post up on Monday, but of course, that didn’t happen. Oh, well. As long as I get to do this. I love this even if it doesn’t bring up very positive results. πŸ™‚

I really didn’t get a lot done this week. I briefly wondered if it was even worth posting. I figured it was, since I still love doing this.

Days of the Kill is done. I’m still waiting to see the pre-order available, and I don’t know when that will be. I will be sure to let everyone know as soon as I can.

The Path to Biological is still being hand-written, and I’m still on chapter 40-something. I’m not positive how many chapters in I am for sure, but I’ll try to make sure I know for next week, and hopefully that will bring more positive results than lately.

The Child of Fault is still on hold because The Path to Biological is my main focus right now. I will definitely focus on this when I can. It’ll more than likely be when the other one is with a couple more beta readers that I have in mind. Not a huge formal beta reading thing, just a couple friends to look over it one more time. πŸ™‚

Bethany’s Corpse is still on hold as well. I will work on that once The Child of Fault is with beta readers (whenever that is… I have no idea.). I’m hoping it’s soon. I enjoy that manuscript.

Do You Remember Me is going slowly. For the most part, it is on hold, but I work on that whenever I do a sprint with my Writing Accountability Group. I’m about 18,000 words in, I believe.

Living Through Abuse is on hold for now as well. Once I finish the first draft of Do You Remember Me through sprints, this will be the next one in line for that. It won’t be this week, but I’m hoping I can do another one next week.

I think that’s all for this week. It wasn’t much, but at least I did a little. Hopefully more next week.

Until next week…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

I’m finally getting back to doing the usual Wednesday thing of letting people know how far I’ve come in my journey to getting published. Man, I’ve missed these. πŸ™‚

I’m kind of psyched about how far I’ve come since the last time I did this. I’m really excited to see how far things go!

Days of the Kill is days away from being available for pre-order! At least I hope. My publisher said that it should be a week to a week and a half until it is available, and that was a week ago today. But she was also waiting on a couple of things. So we’ll see. This is exciting. πŸ™‚

The Path to Biological is going well. I’m in the fifth draft. Yeah. The fifth. Unfortunately, I’m handwriting it so it’s slow going. I’m changing it from first person to third. Yay. Fun task. I have like 30-something chapters to go. Thankfully they’re short!

The Child of Fault has been kind of on hold since The Path to Biological is my main focus, but I’m please with how it’s doing. I’m on the third draft, so it’s not too bad. But hopefully I can get back to it soon. πŸ™‚

Bethany’s Corpse is going well. It’s kind of been on hold as well, but I’m still please with the progress. That’s on the third draft as well, so hopefully I’ll be able to get back to that pretty soon as well.

Since I’ve posted, I started on another one, Do You Remember Me. It has just over 17,000 words, and doing really well. I admit, it was originally for NaNoWriMo. Yeah, I totally failed. Oh, well. Life happens. This is kind of on hold as well as the others, but I usually work on it when my Writing Accountability Group has a sprint. So that’s always fun. πŸ™‚

I have also started on another book, Living Through Abuse. That one is slow-going, but it’s also on hold, like the others. I’m trying to force myself to edit more than write new words currently, but once the first draft of Do You Remember Me is done, I’ll probably work on this during the sprints. πŸ™‚

I’ve come so far, and I’m so happy with it! I’m hoping I can keep doing this well!

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The (Almost) Published Life

Hey all, I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in so long! Life happened, and there was nothing I could do about it. Once I could, I was totally out of the blogging habit. All I could do was to force myself up and back into it. So here we go.

Big news, guys. The last you heard was that Days of the Kill was still with the editor. Well, that is no longer the case! The editor is done with the manuscript, I have read through the final copy, and I loved it. Now the fun part begins.

I have been putting promotion off like no other. I know, that’s a bad thing. But give me a break, I’m new at this and the promotion thing is a little bit daunting. Oh, and I also happen to be going through pretty much the busiest month of my life.

Thank God scheduling posts is a thing.

The bad thing about scheduling posts is, I forget to schedule them. I just have to remind myself to do it. I’m hoping I’ll remember to do it on Friday to schedule for Saturday since that’s when I’ll be out of town all day… Maybe I’ll actually remember this time. Unlike last week. Whoops.

This is a big month for me in the publishing world. Days of the Kill should be available for pre-order very soon! I don’t have the exact date yet, but I will definitely let you know when I know. πŸ™‚

Pre-orders won’t be available for long, mind…but that’s because the book will actually be out in March! Again, I don’t have an exact date, but I will definitely say something about it when it happens. Also expect another tab right by the ‘about me’ once it’s available for pre-order. I’ll have a link to wherever it’s sold. No doubt. πŸ™‚

I do believe that’s all the news I have. It’s a really exciting time for me and I wanted to get back into blogging, but I also had to share. I will start up my Road to Being Published series again on Wednesday. Until then…stay tuned!

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