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This Author Thanks You

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I am blessed to have a wonderfully supportive network of family and friends. If you follow the blog then you’re probably aware that Tuesday was release day for my first novel, CAPTIVE, and that I’ve been doing a blog tour this week.

All Tuesday long I’d received congratulatory messages on my personal and author Facebook pages. It was humbling to see everyone’s excitement for me. Friends checked out my bog tour and made comments on my Facebook page, they shared my Amazon buy link on their walls, and many of their friends liked and commented as well. How cool was that?

Some even kept an eye on the Amazon Best Sellers Rank all day. So did I, which I know I probably shouldn’t do, but couldn’t resist. I couldn’t believe it when CAPTIVE made into the top 100 in the kindle store for Sci-Fi Romance. It started out at 95 in the morning and at one point, around midnight I think, it went as low as #32! The rank for the whole Kindle store was #10,283 (it was ranked like #500,000 a couple days before 🙂 ). Thank you to everyone who bought a copy!

Friends also called when they found reviews for CAPTIVE. I wonder if reading reviews can count as exercise, because it’s a heart-pounding activity. So far they have been great, and I am very excited about the positive feedback. Especially from two of the reviewers who said they don’t normally read sci-fi romance, but loved my book. What a great feeling! Now I’m sure I’ll receive some negative reviews. Not everyone likes everything. Even my favorite authors received hateful 1 star reviews for books I loved. So when that happens, I’ll just have to re-read the good ones, and pretend the bad ones don’t matter. And call my support network to cry on their shoulders. 😉

945422_10200441983384821_429943506_nTuesday night, my wonderfully supportive husband (who hand sold a copy of my book to everyone at his work) took the kids and me out to dinner to celebrate.

As we were leaving, he texted some local friends and asked if they would come over for a toast. They did! They dropped what they were doing at 8:30pm (which was probably helping kids with homework since school doesn’t let out for two more weeks) and came over for champagne. Who doesn’t love an impromptu party?

No words can fully express my gratitude to all those who have supported me in my writing. I realize not every author is as fortunate, which is why I want to let everyone know how much I appreciate and love you! Thank you so very much!

~KM Fawcett

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Author Fun

I’ve heard things in the publishing industry happen very slowly, but ever since my first book sold earlier this month, I feel like I’ve been swept up in a publishing whirlwind.

First, my editor, Lauren Plude, sent me a welcome aboard gift of a few Grand Central Publishing books. Notice all the NY Times bestsellers, including my friend, Caridad Pineiro’s, ARC (Advance Reading Copy) of The Claimed.

Lauren then asked me for a headshot so she could include it in some promotional materials. Unfortunately, the only professional photos I had were either from my wedding or from a recent formal karate picture. Ok, I know it’s a romance, but me in a wedding dress is over the top. And though the book has its share of fight scenes, me in a gi isn’t appropriate either. I ended up giving her two digital photos taken last spring, and hope one works for now. In the mean time, I talked my friend and author, Cathy Tully (who recently received a contract for her first book) to get author photos taken at Glamour Shots.

Cathy Tully

We had a ball getting our hair and makeup done, and changing outfits for our “photo shoot.” But then I came home and showed the DVD slideshow to my family. Big mistake. Although they liked the pictures, they didn’t like my hair. It was too different from how I normally do it. Umm…isn’t it supposed to be different? I’m supposed to be glamorous, here, people. But apparently it didn’t look like me, which means I spent all that money for nothing. *sigh* I’m considering retakes.

Later that night I had an interview on Internet radio, Homegrown Radio NJ with my aunt, Sharon Moran, who recently had her book, Daughters of Destiny, published. The interview was originally scheduled for her, but she invited me to come along, and the DJ’s agreed. I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve heard some horrible stories where the interviewers don’t like the romance genre and so make fun it, or ask inappropriate questions. But that didn’t happen. Todd Mills and the Rickster were great. We chatted about our books, answered non-book related fun questions, and after an hour the interview ended. I had a great time, am so thankful Aunt Sharon asked me to join her on the show. It made my first interview so special because I shared it with her. I only wish I thought to take pictures!

Now, I understand that an author’s life won’t be all free books, photo shoots and interviews, but I’d be a liar if I told you it wasn’t fun, and an experience I’ll never forget. As soon as Todd sends me the interview, I’ll share it with you…unless, of course, I listen to it first and realize I sounded like an idiot. 😉

For now, it’s back to the computer (in unglamorous jammies and hair pulled back) to outline book 2 of The Survival Race.

~K.M. Fawcett