With the first quarter of 2022 now behind us, I felt it neccsary to give y’all an update on my 20BooksVegas plans. Here’s what’s on the menu:
Welp, can’t say I didn’t try.
The estimated cost of this trip is simply too rich for my aching and poor bones. So, I’m going to get a virtual ticket and watch the videos of classes that I really wanted to sit in on that way instead.
What happened, you ask?
Well, this happened:
My Bowker expenses showed up and demanded their cut first, lol
It’s not funny, but it is true.
And none of these numbers include editing, book covers, or marketing.
With all the recent talks on social media, I’ve decided to step up my protection game and get as ahead of the self publishing curb as I can. Starting with buying the copyrights to all my future works in advance. Following that are the ISBNs and Barcodes, because I’m sick to the back of my wisdom teeth hearing folks go on and on about how they don’t buy ‘self published’ books.
So, it was nice planning my trip to Vegas but it’ll have to be in 2023.
I’ll for sure be attending events virtually though – hope to see a few of you authors and writers at those!
In the meantime, if you want to read a few romance short stories, see what’s next on my upcoming releases, or enjoy reading Sweet Seducing Sighs while listening to a ‘sweet’ curated playlist, be sure to join us over at The Stories Stations!
“Continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process.”
To say I’ve been busy these last two weeks would be an understatement.
Your favorite indie author has been hard at work – editing, working, and trying to revive older wips.
Surprisingly, editing was the easiest of the trio.
Though once I figured out a way to make reviving my wip work, that fell into place.
And I’m lucky enough to enjoy what I do for a living, but I feel the need for a mini break coming on. Like, just a quick four day weekend that would allow me to disconnect from the internet completely would be so nice.
By now you’re probably wondering why I haven’t gotten to the title of this post – well here it is: The rough draft AND first round of self edits for Doves Cry Too are complete.
I know, I can’t believe that I managed to get that much done with the sequel of A Dove’s Cry either, lol
(Side note – you might wanna go ahead and get your read on with that one, because…)
The goal is to release this sequel before Winter. So I’m putting all my positive energy out into the universe to make that happen. Things are looking promising, but I’ll know by the end of July if everything is a go.
In the meantime, I have a treat (or two) to share with you sweet readers!
That first line may change (soon), but here’s the blurb for Doves Cry Too!
And if you want to get caught up on Jerome and Tasha’s story – here’s a sweet excerpt for you to check out!
Thanks for visiting my corner of the internet and happy reading!
This is my first time taking part in Camp Nano – can you tell?
I decided last year to use Camp Nano to revisit some of my older works, you know, to see if I could revive them into proper stories. Maybe breath life into several novelettes, novellas, or…novels!
Though as I prepare to do that, the thought of re-reading the stories that I wrote prior to becoming a self published author is setting off my cringe alarms.
Maybe I should call this month ‘Camp Cringe’?
I’m going to try to reserve self-judgement until after I read my first three attempts at a novel. I mean, technically they ARE novels, I just didn’t have money for editing and shelved them (sorry of my life, I know, lol). One is a standalone music/coming of age (sound familiar?) story. I started working on the sequel to it back in the day but stopped because it got dark. Now I’m ready to go there – thinking of making it another long novel (50k+) by combining both stories.
Then there is my first attempt at a multi-characters story. It’s an AMBW, music, and romance story with a full fleshed out sequel! And when I decided to re-visit my work for Camp Nano, it was the first one that came to mind – really hoping I can salvage it y’all! The main reason why I shelved this one was that I thought no one besides me would want to read it. Back then, I really, really, REALLY wanted to share this story with the world because I thought it would be the first of its kind. Spolier alert – it ain’t, lol
I mean, the main plot would be (as far as I know) the first of it’s kind, but a AMBW romance novel is commonplace – I just didn’t know it back then. Now that I know that there are people who may want to read this story, I’m excited af to get to working on it again!
Be sure to join The Stories Stations for more details on the stories that I’m re-visiting this month, as well as a bonus excerpt to the ones that I’m going to move forward with publishing.
And happy Camp Nano to all you authors participating this April!
“Continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process!”
I pushed back my scheduled post for today to deliver this message.
This is my corner of the void to scream into and sound off on subjects as I choose, and that is exactly what I’m doing now. If you wish to debate the matter, I highly recommend you do so over on Tik Tok and/or Twitter.
Judge your employer, not me.
To the special crowd of ‘readers’ that are returning books (in any format) after fully reading them – this is directed at all of you.
What you are doing is dead ass wrong, it’s entitlement stealing, and you can miss me with all of it. There’s a saying that you should familiarize yourself with when it comes to me and the stories that I create.
“If I can’t sell it, I’mma sit on it.”
It’s a great song by Ruth Brown, so if you can make the time in between consuming products and then returning them, you should give it a listen.
Writing brings me joy. Has for many years, well before I thought to make a profit from it. And I will keep writing, whether I make a dollar tomorrow or a million by the end of the week.
I would love to blame this behavior on the pandemic but I know that ain’t the case. Y’all have become so accustomed to having access to so much that your sense of entitlement to everything is off balance. From telling authors what words to use in their stories, demanding no cliffhangers, and so many other (frankly, petty) matters that you are sucking the joy out of us sharing our work.
In the end this only hurts the readers that truly appreciate our talents and want to help us improve – so that we can continue bringing more enjoyable stories to them.
Check your privilege. Have several seats and reflect on your behavior. Post haste.
And for those uniquely terrible torrent users/creators:
Don’t think I forgot to make a meme for y’all too!
The world of indie publishing (well, publishing in general) is difficult enough, why are you all out here making it worst? Do you know how devasting it is to find something that you’ve spent months (years in some cases) creating, hundreds to thousands dollars on, and sacrificed time away from your family and friends on a FREE site?!
I don’t care if those reading there were never going to buy my book, posting an author’s work there is disgusting, and in case you’ve forgotten – CRIMINAL.
Leave my work alone.
If you subscribe to the notion that taking part in such affairs is valid, stay away from my stories. It honestly would take you LESS time to leave a 2 star review then to return an e-book. Why not do that if you honestly did not like the story you purchased?
That would go a long way to the author, if they look at reviews for things that they can improve on with their work (besides from their Betas, ARCs, and Critique Partners).
But y’all don’t want better, just empty reasons to be bitter and drag everyone near you down with you for company. It’s disturbing to say the least and needs to be checked.
Now that I’ve vented, I’m looking forward to taking part in Camp Nano this year. I’ll be visiting some of my older work to see what can be saved and someday published, or what will remain shelved and part of my ‘Growing Pains’ Author’s List 🙂
To be the first in on all the fun, along with short stories and a sweet playlist, feel free to join us over at The Stories Stations!
Until next time, sweet readers.
“Continue reading, continue writing, and continue enjoying the process!”
Yeah, I’m not a fan of Winter, and I am so happy to send all my love to the season of sunny days and scattered rain showers.
Now, let’s get to business, shall we?
I’ll be instructing a few classes later this month for a virtual writing retreat and wanted to share the deets with you all (as well as a discount code for those that register ).
This year, I will be teaching several classes (some from the previous year and a few new ones) and I am so excited to share them with you all! There are classes that will cover world-building, formatting, photography (yes! photography, lol), marketing, planning, and so much more. From aspiring authors, indie authors, hybrid authors and vets – this retreat has something for every author, no matter where you are in your career!
I really hope that you all will join us for a informative, fun-filled, and motivating weekend among fellow writers! Which is why I have a bit of an incentive to offer you down below.
This month is the annual Smashwords’s Read an Ebook Sale, and I’m going all out with my backlist!
Well, for one, I am proud of the collection of reads that I now have available. Duh!
Second, my reads are only available via ebook, so why would I pass up this opportunity?
And third, I know so much more after hitting the ‘publish’ button for the first time all those years ago. What that means is, in short, reviews matter. So it is my hope that by offering a few free99’s that those who read them will leave me some (honest, perhaps even helpful) reviews.
Let’s roll out the MVPs for K. McCoy‘s entry in the Read an Ebook Sale!
By the time you read this, the sale will be (almost) half way over, so check out a link from this post and pick your weekend read now – and leave a review!
Oh! If you want to be the first in the know for more promos, first excerpts, and a sweet playlist (or two), then join us over at The Stories Stations today!
Now with that order of business out of the way, let’s talk about what I write.
I’ve talked about Why I Write What I Write over on my YouTube channel years ago, but only recently realized that I never said much else on the subject.
Generally speaking, I am an indie author that loves to write within the romance genre. For all intended (*cough* marketing *cough*) purposes, that is my lane for readers looking to find a new escape through storytelling text.
With me so far? Okay, let’s dive deeper!
I write about women that look like me. Falling in love, being in love, and all the many sweet (and sometimes bittersweet) experiences that love brings. Traditional ‘happily ever after’ just don’t sit right with me – even as a reader.
My characters do find happiness, but mostly not in the way(s) that most expect. I want women like me to know that they can chose differently and pursue whatever their hearts desire. if it’s a husband with kids and a mortgage – then do that ish! If you want to travel the world and collect experiences like trading cards – do you boo! If you want to begin a lifetime of heaux tales – I can’t wait to read that book!
Seriously though, back to what I write (cause I kind of got off track and started spinning out of control there, lol).
Most of my stories can be placed under subgenres such as AMBW (Asian Men, Black Women), IR (Interracial), Multicultural, or for you heat seekers out there – sensual, sweet, to slightly spicy.
I don’t want to brag, but I am pretty good these genres and with these ‘smooch’ ratings (if I do say so myself).
My stories don’t dwell into anything extremely violent, and I don’t write (or read) extremely triggering material. The world seems to think that Black Women should carry the burden of those situations and I don’t subscribe to that at all. As far as my characters themselves, they do have issues (duh! I know how the character’s journey works y’all, lol) but they are mostly internal. And I have the pleasure of writing their stories in a way that is intriguing and (hopefully) inspiring to all of you sweet readers!
Now that you know a bit more about me and what I write, feel free (because it is legit Free99!) to join me over on The Stories Stations! There I share no more than twice a month links to new short and sweet stories, along with info on my upcoming events, and a cute curated playlist for you to enjoy while reading.
Looking forward to seeing you all there soon!
“Continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process!”
And second, thank you for checking out my little corner on the interwebs!
I’ve been quiet these last few weeks, working on some Sprina fanfiction over on Wattpad . Just really needed a break from the sequel to A Dove’s Cry, so I went and wrote some super sweet fluff for the GH (almost) couple.
Now that I’ve had the time away, I am back to writing this sequel!
And I want you all to be the first to know the title of said novel, which may come as a surprise to no one (if you’ve looked at my current backlist, it was pretty much a given, lol).
Dove’s Cry Too – coming soon!
I’m really taking my time with this sequel, especially after the issues I had getting A Dove’s Cry published. The rough draft is just about done, and I am going to do a few rounds of self edits before putting the down payment for proper editing with the editor for A Dove’s Cry. I’d like to have it to you all by the summer, but I am not putting an official date on this novel until it’s gone through several edits with my editor!
Anyhoo, here is a sweet excerpt for you all while I clean up the rough draft to Dove’s CryToo!
Writing this scene was so much fun!
And it helped me clear the way for the third act of the story. If you want more behind the scenes news (and excerpts!) for Dove’s Cry Too, go ahead and join us over at The Stories Stations today!
Hope you all enjoy your Valentine’s Day!
Continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process!