How was 20BooksVegas…Again?

Whew!

In a word, Vegas was incredible!

There wasn’t any Martinelli’s to be had, so this awesome gif will have to do.

I was more prepared for what to expect when it comes to the 20BooksVegas schedule. Still not prepared financially. Which sucks, but I have (another) plan.

It’s time for me to get in front of the bull when it comes to paying for my conference ticket, flight, and hotel. No more paying the late paupers tax from waiting to take care of things!

And in order to make that happen, I’ve decided to spend all of December working. You all know by now that that’s all I do when I’m not authoring, but this holiday season I’m putting my foot back on the gas pedal and working the max!

Starting with teaching gig #1. I’ve put in a request to work extra early am shifts.

Also with teaching gig #2. I’ve re-opened my schedule during the day, in hopes of getting a few new monthly students for test preping.

And (sighs) as for teaching gig #3… As much as I’d like to part ways with it, I need to stay on. At least for the next four months.

Conference tickets go on sale on Monday, January 3rd, 2023, and I plan on be up early with my partner in writing crime (my accountability partner, lol). That way we can both get our tickets and booths together!

You read that right – ya girl is going to have an author booth for next year’s 20BooksVegas!

I’ll be talking more about R.A.V.E. once it’s all confirmed, but the plan is simple enough – work all the hours I can in December, then in January buy my conference ticket and author booth.

The week after that I’ll let my Found card recover for a bit before putting the deposit down on my stay at Horseshoe (formerly known as Bally’s). Again, we’ll talk more about that next year.

For now, just know that your favorite indie author is in the game to win!

Happy reading and writing y’all 🙂

Continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process!

-K. McCoy

20BooksVegas – I’m BACK!

Well look who somehow made a trip to Sin City work this year for 20BooksVegas.

You know what they say – always bet on BLACK!

Having good friends that will put you up in their hotel room definitely helps too 😉

Right now I’m on my way to the hotel, hoping that there will be a shuttle that takes me directly there. Because I am tired and so ready to shower and call it a night.

But before I do that, let me catch you all up on the latest, okay?

Writing for Nanowrimo this year has been a bit shaky, largely in part to me not liking certain chapters within book 3 of the MAGIX K-pop series (more about that later). So right now I have plans to go back and re-read books 1 and 2 for some inspiration, because I really, really, REALLY want to write the rough draft to the ending of this series this month.

Since writing for MAGIX isn’t going all that well, I am now re-visiting other wips to work on.

Also, I worked out my editing schedule with my editor this week for A Dove’s Cry sequel- yea!

Now I have to make sure I can pay them on time until the end of the project.

After this trip, I’ll be putting in more hours with my 9 to 5 (more like 4 to 4, but that doesn’t quite have a ring to it, lol) to make sure that happens. If I’m being honest, I don’t really mind the busy schedule, especially this time of year.

Speaking of this time of year – in the middle of ALL of that other wonderful madness, I have scheduled a lovely sweet and steamy holiday novella to share with the world! You read that right – ya girl is releasing some works for you all to enjoy next month!

All I will say about this novella now is that it will hopefully tide you all over, while also re-connecting you to some characters from my little universe. Because the sequel to A Dove’s Cry isn’t schedule to drop until…

Well, if you want to find out all that, then you’ll have to join us at The Stories Stations!

Until next time sweet readers.

Continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process!

-K. McCoy

Finding my (Lane) way.

I thought being able to pen stories and get paid for them was cool.

It still is, but I’ve found something else just as cool – finding a lane that I can ride into the sunshine along my author journey.

I couldn’t believe that I didn’t realize I was already in my lane until earlier this month.

While ironing out my plans for 2023, I looked back at my body of work (cause that’s something all authors do, I just happen to do it more than most, imo) and saw that for the last few years I’ve been taking part in at least one anthology a year. And I like that ish!

Seriously, writing a short story for an anthology is awesomesauce!

It keeps me sharp, having to write stories that fit the theme of the anthology I’m writing for. Also, it gives me a chance to work and collaborate with other authors as we work on promoting the anthology. I also get to challenge myself by writing completely outside of my main genre (like I did with the last anthology), which is so much fun.

Here’s a list of the anthologies that I’ve had the privilege of writing in over the years:

A list of Anthologies I’m featured in with The ATA, from 2020 to 2022.

Now that I’ve found a pretty sweet lane to write in from time to time, I for sure want to continue do so. Which is why I’m going to make it a goal to take part in at least one anthology a year.

Not to mention that if I’m able to do so, I can try out new (to me) things, like another genre or writing in first person.

Right now I am working on a wip that has me doing both of those things, and I’m hoping to share some of that story in a future anthology.

I also just finished the rough draft to not one, but TWO Valentine Day shorts that may end up in TWO separate anthologies next year. About to work on a third short because I feel that one of those anthologies could do with two shorts from me and I want to make that happen.

All and all, everything is going well in my neighborhood. I hope the same could be said for y’all too!

My next post will be about 20BooksVegas, so be on the lookout for that in another two weeks or so. Until then, you know what to do:

Continue reading, continue writing, continue loving the process!

-K. McCoy

Embracing the Darkness

I think I’m going to need another pen name.

One good thing about being a lesser known (for now, lol) indie author is that I can decide things like switching up between what I write now and what I want to write. Well, technically, what I have written, just not published.

Welcome to my darkest nightmares sweet readers!

One of my first attempts at horror is just about complete, thanks to the latest ATA Anthology. The piece was accepted and is now being edited. Not going to lie, I certainly feel out of my depths – ya girl has NEVER written anything like this before, but when the opportunity presented itself I had to try.

Authors from Darkest of Dreams, an ATA Anthology. September 2022

And if you or someone you know is into things that go bump into the night (aka cryptid horror) then check out our Kickstarter.

There are lots of creepy good stories to be found in this anthology, and if you show us some support by Saturday, you’ll receive not one but TWO freighting good extra short stories!

You can be the first to find out which creature my story is based on by joining The Stories Stations in October.

My next story was one that I began working on last year but dropped.

Again, I mostly have only ever shared Romance tales, so a story about Black and Indigenous Vampires was just too much.

Is it too much for y’all? We all may find out soon!

BIPOCVAMPDAY, 2022

Because right now I have a mock book cover, tagline, and a blurb for said story.

You can all thank BIPOC Vamp Day for that one!

If all goes well, I’ll be able to share some of the first chapter as well this week. Apparently I just needed to ‘cut my teeth’ a little before taking on what is shaping up to be quite the story. Though as I was working on it yesterday, I realized that when I publish the story that I’ll need to do so under a pen.

Any suggestions?

Gather ’round sweet readers, and help me celebrate my latest projects – can’t wait to share them with y’all!

“Continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process!”

K. McCoy

But, I’m a Part-Timer!

If you know which movie inspired this blog title:

In preparation for 20BookVegas (more about that in the next post), I’ve been listening to Craig Martell’s Five Minute Focus videos on YouTube. They’ve been extremely helpful as far as me planning my 2023 as an author.

While doing that, I’ve decided to announce that I am a part time author.

There is no shame in that, it’s just where I am with the journey.

To be honest, I will more than likely always be a part time author. The amount of write flow I put in doesn’t match the cash flow that I can put into releasing my work. So, at the very least, I may be able to release one novel a year. And I’m okay with that because being a part time author is better than not being an author at all.

Also, I am really enjoying working behind the scenes these days when it comes to authoring. Having folks to chat with on The Stories Station Podcast, brainstorming with my author friends for their works, sprinting with other authors (when the internet allows), and working on short stories for anthologies (more about that in October, lol).

My goals for K. McCoy the indie author haven’t changed.

I still want to travel the world and pen stories that people will enjoy. And I will – just not as quickly as I had hoped, since I’m a part time author.

So, where are my other part time authors at?

Which other authors do you readers know that give you all one novel a year?

I’d love to connect with them – maybe start a support group or something, lol

Until next time.

“Continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process!”

-K. McCoy

Hello (Books) Romance Readers!

I decided to bring this summer to a close by offering A Dove’s Cry to all you romance readers for Free99!

So if you’re looking to round out your TBR list, or want to dive right into this sweet read, then click on the link here.

Once you do that you’ll be taken to the Hello Books website.

This read is only available for free at the link until Sunday, August 29th, so make sure to check it out now!

Never heard of Hello Books? No worries! Here’s a little bit more info:

Hello Books is a brand new service delivering curated weekly lists of free and discounted books to hungry readers all around the globe. Whether you’re after a page-turning thriller, a steamy romance or an epic adventure across the stars, our hand-picked selections of bestsellers will be perfectly tailored to your tastes. You’ll never be without a new book again! 

Sign up completely free at www.hellobooks.com.

Once you’ve picked up and read A Dove’s Cry, make sure to join us over at The Stories Stations for more behind the scenes news, a cute playlist inspired by the story, and some oh so sweet snippets.

Happy reading, and don’t forget –

Continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process!

-K. McCoy

Hell Hath No Fury!

HELL HATH NO FURY: A Romance Anthology for Reproductive Rights

Release Date: October 18

Hell Hath No Fury is an anthology of short stories from some of your favorite authors, featuring strong female leads. One hundred percent of the proceeds are going toward charities fighting for our reproductive rights and protecting women’s bodily autonomy throughout the United States.

Hell Hath No Fury will only be available in eBook and paperback for a limited time. Pre-order now!

Authors involved in this anthology:

Anne Malcom | Jessica Gadziala | BT Urruela | Willow Winters | Giana Darling | Carly Phillips | Danielle Pearl | Skye Warren | Sandy Alvarez | Serena Akeroyd | Clarissa Wild | Crystal Daniels | India R. Adams | Amelia Wilde | Cassandra Robbins | Dove Cavanaugh King | Kat T. Masen | Sierra Glass | LP Lovell | Piper Davenport | Jack Davenport | KL Donn | Nicole Blanchard | Nikki Belaire | Claire Hastings | Max Henry | Alexandria Bishop | Jenika Snow | Amie Knight | Anne Mercier | Anna Edwards | Cali Melle | Eden Summers | Susanne Valenti | C. Hallman | Hannah McBride | Anna B. Doe | Samantha Young | Ivy Fox | Bella Matthews | Sade Rena | Saffron A Kent | Evie Mitchell | Darcy Rose | Amelia Wilde | Susanne Valenti | Caroline Peckham | Sarah Bale | Dee Palmer

Pre-Order Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3AxNOQ1

B&N: https://bit.ly/3IF3zH3

All other retailers: https://books2read.com/u/bp8orz

Goodreads Link:

https://bit.ly/3QsFOVx

Books are for Lovers

Happy Book Lover’s Day everyone!

For this special day, I wanted to take this time to introduce you sweet readers to a new (to be, lol) author. Their name is Jessica Terry and I am about ready to take the week off and dive head first into her book backlist!

Well, maybe not ‘dive’ but instead something like this:

Forehead Kiss is their latest book release and y’all – it’s so dang cute!

Here’s the blurb:

“How I met Cam – the love of my life, whether he knew it or not – could either be considered really cute or really embarrassing.”

Ever since Cam came to Nyla’s rescue, they’ve been best buds. Only thing is, Nyla keeps having various fantasies about her buddy that are anything but platonic.

When Cam starts dating her new roommate, Nyla starts to wonder if she should even continue the friendship, since seeing (and hearing) him with someone else is just too hard. She wants him to see her as a woman, not just the friend he feels obligated to protect.

But severing ties with Cam is way easier said than done. And there is a chance that she’s wrong about how he sees her. Will Nyla keep chickening out, or will she finally go for what she wants?

So this Book Lover’s Day, I highly encourage you all to check out this wonderful read! Once you do, let me know what you thought about it down in the comments.

Happy Reading!

Continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process!

-K.McCoy

Happy National Paperback Day!

I love celebrating days that mark a new path in my author journey.

And today’s celebration was a long time coming!

I’d talked about it several times on this blog, and had to push it back for one reason or another. No more!

With great pleasure, I am happy to announce that A Dove’s Cry is now available in print!

My first novel is finally out for the world to enjoy as a paperback.

After all my editing woes and frustrating formatting issues – my baby is taking their first steps out into the world as a ‘proper’ book.

Making the announcement on National Paperback Day seemed only fitting. Plus, it (indirectly) gave me a goal to get this project done, and for that I am extra grateful. Everything else came down to patience and luck.

IngramSpark was having a free setup special last month, which helped me save some coin. A friend was able to format the PDF for me at an affordable price. I already had the book cover, because the book has been available as an ebook for some time now. And I gave myself lots of grace, as I was getting this project done during Camp Nano.

Now I am trying to extend that patience once more towards waiting for the book to be delivered to where I live. And of course I’m going to be recording the unboxing, so if you aren’t subscribed to my YouTube channel already you might want to do that now.

And for all you sweet subscribers to The Stories Station, I have an extra surprise for y’all!

Be sure to check my next email on the 15th to find out what it is.

If you want in on the surprise, be sure to sign up for The Stories Station today by clicking here.

And thank you for celebrating another cool milestone with me!


Continue reading, continue writing, continue loving the process.

-K. McCoy

How’s Camp (Nano) Going?

Not well.

I just can’t seem to get the words this July.

But I do have a short story that I need to finish for an anthology. Like, it was suppose to be done WEEKS ago. I foolishly thought it was done, but after it was looked over by a few folx, it became clear that it was far from it.

So, in order to meet the 4k wordcount (which is the minimum y’all, lol), I’m going to read the critique that I received side by side as I work on re-writes.

I’ve never written for this genre before and am really hoping to make it into this anthology. You know, trying to challenge myself as a writer so that I continue to ‘hone my craft’ and all that jazz. Any who, here are my current stats for Camp:

K.McCoy’s Camp Nanowrimo word status (as of July 26th, 2022)

The goal was 30k for both editing and writing.

Clearly, that ain’t happening for either one, unless I fall into a serious writing zone trap over the weekend. But it’s okay. I’m just glad to still be focused on getting the words, sharing my stories, and still being passionate about my journey as a writer. That’s the real flex for me when it comes to participating in these challenges!

Now, let me get back to my 9 to 5.

Continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process!

-K. McCoy