AuthorFest 2016

If you’ve talked to me at all in the past few weeks, or if you read an article that I posted a few months ago, you know that I’ve been very busy with book signings. The first one was great. Five books sold! The third one is coming. The second…the second was this weekend, and was an absolutely amazing experience.

I was invited to go to AuthorFest, a multi-author signing in Denison, Texas. I met so many amazing authors.We had to get a picture together, of course…

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As usual, I’m the shortest one! I haven’t stopped laughing about that. Short girl problems, anyone? Also…what the heck is going on with my hand? I’m probably thinking this is way too hysterical.

In this two-day event, I read my work. Out loud. That was such a terrifying experience! I was sick to my stomach the entire time Friday night and just kept telling myself to not nervous puke… That was all I was considering a success at that point. I was a lot more confident on Saturday, and I think it showed. Everyone heard it. Heck, even I heard it. And I saw it…

Maybe it’s just me, but I can see a HUGE  difference in confidence. I’m in love with that difference.

There were also a lot of other amazing experiences. I also had a lot of other pictures of me taken. Probably more of my book… People have told me that it looked like a lot of fun! Which, of course, it was.

I shared a book rack with a couple of other authors. It sure would have looked bare if it had just been my book! That will change eventually… I just need to get all these projects I have waiting for me done, as you know.

As is usual with any place of books I go to, I had to come home with at least one book. How I came home with just one, I will never understand. I’m really looking forward to reading it, and now that I actually know this author, that makes it all the better!

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The author is Jacquline E. Smith, if you like a good ghost story. The only bad part about the picture was not being able to get her name on there.

We also had a mascot. A polythemus moth. His name is Herschel.

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Isn’t he beautiful?

To wrap this up, it was a great weekend. I met so many amazing authors, and because of this, I had another couple of offers to go to other events! If I go, I will definitely be posting about them. I’m sure hoping!

That’s it for this weekend. I’m hoping to get my usual Wednesday post up here in a little bit. Until then…stay tuned!

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: 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

Another Wednesday, another update.

I have to admit, this week wasn’t the greatest writing wise. It seems I let a week slip by and didn’t get a lot of writing done. Shame on me, I know.

Days of the Kill is still with the beta readers. I don’t get that back until February 23. I can’t wait to get it back! I’ve gotten feedback from a couple people. A good friend of mine said that it was a page-turner, and another friend basically said the beginning is complete shit and I need to change it. Believe it or not, I actually appreciate both. I haven’t heard back from the other six yet, but they still have nineteen days. 🙂

Editing The Path to Biological has been slow. It’s hard to edit a book that had the plot change so many times in the first draft. It’s not impossible, but difficult. I’m still working backwards on it. I believe I’m on page 150-something…

The Child of Fault is coming along fairly well. I was hoping to get to 10,000 words by today, but that didn’t happen. I have 8,555 words done. Still not bad, but I was hoping for more. Oh, well. Can’t have everything, I guess.

I started an author Facebook page a week ago today, and I’m so excited to already have 217 likes! Most of the people that have liked the page I don’t even know. I’m so excited about that. I have support coming from all around.

I’m also excited to announce that I have started a weekly vlog! Episode one is up on YouTube. I will be adding my YouTube channel to the contact page. I hope you all will check it out. I have to admit, 13 views for the first episode isn’t too bad.

I can’t wait to see how much I get done this next week. It might be less than this week, because I will be out of town from Sunday evening to Tuesday afternoon for the birth of my nephew. As a result, I may not get a post up on Monday.

I will see you guys next week! Until then…stay tuned!

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