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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

Happiness is Validation – I sold!

Two weeks ago, my agent, Michelle Grajkowski, of the 3 Seas Literary Agency sold my first book (a sci-fi romantic thriller) to Grand Central Publishing’s new digital imprint, Forever Yours. Thank you, Michelle! 🙂

I still can’t believe it! After eight years of writing, learning my craft and the business, and then submitting and receiving those dreaded rejections, I am finally going to see my story in print.

😀 Happiness is validation. 😀

All the hard work, blood, sweat and tears (yes there have been a few over the years. What can I say? I’m a sensitive martial artist) have finally paid off. Someone not related to me loves my story as much as Michelle and I do. In fact, they love it so much they’re willing to pay me for it!

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, my editor, Lauren Plude, wants the sequel. That really blows my mind. I can understand her wanting a book she’s read, but she wants a book I haven’t even written yet! I’m honored and thrilled that she enjoyed my writing and story enough to want more.

But I must admit, I’m also nervous about writing and delivering book two to her in nine months. I’ve never had a deadline before. So I got out the calendar and figured out what I needed to do each month, and how many words I must write per week in order to have this book done on time. I feel better having a plan. Of course, I probably haven’t thought of everything I needed to add to the calendar.

It’s strange being a newbie all over again, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am incredibly excited to learn what happens now, after the sale, and to go through the stages of making a book. And most of all, I can’t wait to see my name on the cover of the finished product, which hopefully will be available at the end of the year. We’re aiming for a Nov/ Dec publication date.

I want to give a big shout-out thank you to my awesome critique partners, beta readers, contest judges, law enforcement officers who answered my questions, and of course my agent for helping me get this book ready to sell. Thank you Amy Pierpont and Lauren Plude for loving this story as much as I do! I look forward to working with you.

Thank you Attacking The Page community for sharing in my joy. If you have any advice for me, please let me know in the comment section.

~K.M. Fawcett