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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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

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time to look at where I am in my journey of being published. Man, I’ve missed this.

Days of the Kill is still with the editor. I don’t know exactly how much longer it will be, but I know she’s getting close to done. I’m trying to not ask her too many times how much longer. I don’t want to be known as “that” client! I know it’s close, though. So close, I can almost feel it. I guess I should go ahead and type out the acknowledgements the first chance I get so that’s ready to go.

The Path to Biological is going slowly. I just started working on revising from beta readers. Man, it’s going to take a major overhaul. I never knew just how hard changing a book from first person to third person would actually be! It has to be done, though. Oh, well.

The Child of Fault is okay, I guess, though on hold currently. I finished the second draft, so that’s good. It still has a long way to go before the beta readers see it, but I have no doubt that I can get it there, whenever that may be.

Bethany’s Corpse is on hold as well currently. I finished the second draft not too long ago, though! There’s still a lot wrong with it, and I’m certain I have certain things mixed up in the story, but I’m working on it. I have no doubt that I’ll get there.

I’m so excited about the way things are going. One of these days I’m going to tell you I’m published. I’m getting there, I tell you!

I guess that’s it for this week. Until next week…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Before we start off, I would like to say that it’s been exactly one year since I started with WordPress! Not this site, but my other one. Crazy to think it’s been that long.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s Wednesday, so it’s time for another update at how far along I am with my writing.

I admit, this week hasn’t been the greatest with writing. Seems like during the weekend, I was just absolutely drained and couldn’t motivate myself to write at all. Yesterday was like that, too.

Days of the Kill is on hold until I can afford the editor I want. I may look into another editor that I just followed on Twitter and see if his rates are any more affordable. Right now, I won’t be able to afford anyone, seeing as my bank account is in sad shape, but I’m trying to save money. Gosh darn e-books I see on sale are so tempting… Really need to not buy so many.

The Path to Biological is still going really slow. I haven’t had much of a chance to work on it at all! It seems like ever since I said would dedicate Saturdays to writing, I haven’t had a chance to. It gets really frustrating. Every Saturday is busy. Freaking ugh.

The Child of Fault is going…fairly well. Although I’ve discovered that when I finally get done with the first draft it’s going to need a major rewrite. I think this is the novel that has needed the biggest rewrite to date. I have almost 40,000 words, though. If I get to write this week more, I should get there.

Yet another Saturday is coming, and it’s another one where I won’t have a chance to write. That’s okay, though. Saturday is the day of my niece’s birthday party. I can’t believe she’s going to be two!

Well, I guess that’s all for this week. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to give better news about writing. Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

I know, lately I’m just posting about NaNoWriMo and my journey as a writer. I’m sure there’s a post about something else inside of me somewhere. Bear with me. But for now, it’s Wednesday, so time for another update.

It’s been an incredible week. I loved all the progress I’ve made on editing Days of the Kill! I’m so happy. As it turns out, I didn’t get the third chapter done last Wednesday like I thought I would, but I’m happy to say that not only have I finished editing that, but I’ve also edited the entire fourth chapter! I’m currently working on the fifth, and just have a couple more pages until I’m done completely.

I’m so excited at how well this is going. I’ve been productive all week, and I’m so glad. It’s incredible to think about. I can’t believe I’m almost done with the second draft of my novel. I was just hoping to get done with the first draft by the end of the year!

I’m also currently working on my NaNoWriMo project still. I’m getting close to the end with that. That’s been more of a late night project. Except, you know, when I have to be up for work the next morning.

I can’t believe at how well everything has been going. I have never been so excited for anything in my life before. I’m looking forward to seeing what the week holds. I can’t wait to tell you next week how far I’ve come. This small town girl has done a lot.

Who knows? Maybe next week I’ll be telling you that I’m on the third draft. Now that would be something, wouldn’t it?

Until then… See you next week!

The Road to Being Published

Yet another Wednesday, so time for another update.

I’m so excited about how far I’ve come on Days of the Kill. I have my third chapter almost done with editing for the second draft. I’m pretty sure I can finish it tonight. I’ll have more time since my parents will be gone a little longer.

It sounds weird that my parents being gone is my reasoning for having longer to edit, but I do most of my editing Wednesday nights when they’re gone. I try to edit most days, but Monday and Wednesday I can’t stay up late since I have work the next morning. So, the only time I can get editing done on Wednesday is when my parents are gone that night.

I only do it at night because I have homework to do during the day. Let me tell you, balancing college and writing is not easy. It’s so worth it, though. I love it.

When I was in second grade, I got the award for Best Story Teller. That’s when I got the idea to be a writer. Typical, right? I started long ago, just like a lot of writers do.

I can’t believe how far I’ve come. My first novel completely flopped, so this is the first time I’ve ever gone through the editing process. It’s so exciting to think that I’m going to be published one day. I know I can get there. I just have to keep believing in myself.

I know I can finish the third chapter tonight on Days of the Kill. I just know I can. I don’t think it will take that long, either. I’m also working on The Healing for my NaNoWriMo project still. I’m almost halfway done with that! Tune in Monday for more details…

Thank you all so much for your continued support. It means so much to me that you always support me in my writing career. See you guys next Wednesday for another update, and make sure to check out my journey as a first-time NaNoWriMo participant on Monday.

The Road to Being Published

Well, I guess I’ll just keep the series consistent. Yes, I’m still trying to get published. I’m not past the second draft yet. What a drag. I’m still working on it. I’m almost done with editing the first chapter! I’ll be glad to be done with that much for the second draft, anyway.

I’ll be honest, editing isn’t easy. I hate going through it. I’ve been changing entire scenes, even. It’s hard to know exactly how much you’ve edited when you’re changing entire scenes. It’s annoying, believe me.

I started a very obvious relationship in the book sooner than I wanted to, but I guess the characters decided they had to start dating in the first chapter instead of the third. That’s just the way it goes, I guess. It’s annoying, but that’s what I’m having to deal with. These characters have a mind of their own, so they don’t always go along with what you say. You never know what can they’re going to do.

Working on this has really given me an appreciation for what all authors have gone through. It can be frustrating, no doubt. I can only hope to be at least semi-successful. Of course, I wouldn’t mind reaching the best-seller’s list at least once in my life!

I will keep you all updated. It’s slow-going, but when I talk about this next week, I should be at least in the second chapter. I’ll let you guys know. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@SCourtney94) if you want to be updated on it throughout the week. I’ll be talking about it there!

See you guys next week. Until then… 33/171 pages done.

The Writer Life

Today, I was thinking about how much I’ve always wanted to get a book out. I always thought I would be happy with one. Even when I first started my current book, I still had the mindset of just getting one book out. One book, and it was done. That’s it. No more. I just wanted a book out to make a little bit of money off of (even if it is just a tiny amount!), and to show people what I could do. That, however, has changed.

Ever since I started becoming more serious about writing, I started getting more and more book ideas. Now, I have eight more ideas to get started on after I finish this one. Some of them may flop. I know that. One book I tried writing actually did flop. I never finished it. Some of them, though, I know will be successful. I can just feel it.

Being a writer has definitely changed my life. I love the feeling of just writing and knowing that it’s okay that my first draft won’t be perfect. I know I’ll have to revise. I know all of that. If I’m not writing, I’m not happy.

I am so close to the end of my first draft of my first novel. I couldn’t be more excited, but I also couldn’t be more nervous. I’m so close to having an editor look at it. It’s like I’m about to send my baby off to see the world. It’s hard to let go, but I have to let someone else care for my baby.

Years ago, when I first started talking about wanting to publish a book, I never thought it would be anything like this. This is better than anything I imagined being on the road to being a published author would be like.

Look out, world. A new author is on the way. I hope you’re ready, because I can’t wait for you to see what I’ve got.