Oct

5

I’m Back!

Well, long time no see everyone!!

It’s been…no, I am not even going to calculate. Let me just say that it has been way, way too long since I posted last, and let’s leave it at that!

So let me give you a quick update about what I have been doing in my absence!

1.) Becoming (the sequel to Homecoming!) is in it’s final personal edit stages! If you have any interest in being a beta reader for me, let me know and I will send you out a copy of the book when I send it out!

2.) I am working on that project I mentioned way back at the beginning of the year, just raising some money to be able to get the ball rolling! If you love stories, then make sure to stay tuned for some news inside the next month or so! Check out my post about the tag name “For The Love Of Stories”

3.) Struggling with the success (or lack thereof!) of Homecoming! When they tell you that being a first time author is tough, they aren’t kidding! It can be seriously discouraging!

4.) We’ve been having a lot of family struggles this past summer. There has been a lot of sickness in our families, and sometimes I feel like I am so busy that I barely even get a chance to breathe, and I am only working away from home part time! Finding time to write has not been a priority of mine as of late, and I am not proud of the fact that I have let my writing life fall to the wayside!

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This picture was taken in Costa Rica, on the last day of our missions trip that we took there this summer. I had promised to put an update about the trip. Yeah. We see how well that worked out! Haha!

Alright so the reason why I chose today above all days to post again and to bring myself back to the writing world beyond the four walls of my own mind is because I have realized that the only way I can make any headway with anything I want to do is to just do it!

I am going to be very honest with you, reader! If this is your first time reading my blog, I promise that I am not this distressed in my posts! This is a sort of “honesty moment” for me to share my heart with you!

This spring, I had a great book tour! I met so many amazing readers and bloggers, and had some amazing feedback on Homecoming! But, for some reason, I didn’t sell a single book.

Not one.

Now, after such awesome feedback from the bloggers and the people involved in the tour, that genuinely surprised me. There had been a lot of advertising, and I had done all I could to promote it. Frankly, I was probably annoying on Twitter those two weeks!

As you can imagine, I was heartbroken. I really had thought this would be a good boost to help me into the summer and to be able to start bringing more traffic to both my blog and my book. Instead, it didn’t do anything. And if you were one of the bloggers on my tour and are reading this, please know I don’t blame you at all! The fault is entirely my own, and I take full responsibility for the success, or in this case, lack of, for my work!

I tried to keep up my hope, and I tried to maintain enthusiasm. But then my mom got really sick at the same time, and for the next two months, we weren’t sure about not only her physical health, but her mental health as well. I couldn’t think about anything else. I finished Becoming in that time, but I wasn’t as excited as I should be. And then, when my mom finally began to come around and regain strength, I attempted a self-created challenge to draw more attention. Still nothing.

I decided to leave Facebook (for personal reasons, not professional) and I withdrew from the internet and my author presence even more. And then, I just couldn’t bring myself back. I felt sort of rejected and had lost all my steam. I had been promoting for almost a year, and I just hadn’t seen much of a return for my investment. I felt like I let a lot of people down; my agent, my publisher, my editor. They all believed in me and in my book, and so far, there has still yet to be that “tipping point” so to speak. And I really let myself down too. I want this to be my career, and all this has proved to me so far is that I haven’t quite figured out how to achieve that goal yet.

So I have spent a lot of time away in my own head, and talking out my concerns with my husband. He is so wonderful to me. He still thinks that I can make it at this. I want to be able to do this so I can stay at home with my family when we have one one day, and be able to be home for him as well. I want to be able to help provide for my family while still being able to be there for them, especially when they will be young. I could post an entire blog post about the importance in today’s society for Mom and Dad to be around more.

But most of all, I have stories I want to share with the world. Stories to give people hope, and to find their purpose. To find encouragement, peace of mind, and joy. I want to give them a place where they feel safe, and a place that doesn’t compromise integrity or character, but is still good writing. I really really believe it is possible to write a really good book without sex, swearing, or crazy tactics to get attention. How in the world did books sell before this century, I wonder, without all of those things? Oh, right. Good writing.

So let me leave you with this. I haven’t given up. I believe that my goal for writing books is better than just writing for writing’s sake. I believe that my books could serve an actual purpose for people on dark days. People who are struggling with shadows of their pasts or demons at their doors. I have no capability of saving people. But I can give them stories that can set them on the right path.

You haven’t seen the last of me. Hopefully, in six months time, I will be able to look back on this post and be proud of my determination. I will persevere.

If you want to support me, then consider picking up a copy of Homecoming from amazon! Here’s the link!

I am going to be going back to posting every other Monday again! So until then, consider hopping on my mailing list (links on the side banner of the page!) where I am going to be revealing a little more about my future plans, so if you want information first, then make sure you sign up!

You all have all of my best, and I am sorry for my absence!

~Kate~

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I am a writer, author, and blogger. My first published work, Homecoming, is the first I hope in many more projects in the future! I absolutely love fantasy and romance, as well as dystopian, young adult, and Christian fiction. Homecoming is part of a trilogy, and after that, I plan to begin work on a dystopian book with potential of becoming a series as well.
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