I’ve Made My Decision.

20BooksVegas is happening folks!

I looked over my finances after my last post and said, “I can totally make the virtual event.”

My accountability partner heard this and went –

Then I heard that another fellow author and friend had already purchased their room and ticket for 20BooksVegas. They even offered to let me room with them!

So, I’m going to the event in person.

And with a little power of peer pressure, I’m back!

Though since my last post, I have made a few minor changes.

To keep track of my finances this year, I’ve signed up for Found, an all-in-one income and expense tracking website/app (If you’re interested in trying them out as well, use my referral code LYVRBZ to get started!). I think this will be essential in my decision making each quarter as I prepare for 20BooksVegas this November.

Also, I’ve decided to not have an author booth. Instead, I’ll bring a few e-book swag totes – light weight and super sweet minis – to give out at random to folks (and authors that I fangirl over on the regular, lol) during the event.

That way I can help a few other authors on author signing day with less stress and mingle with ease.

I am still adamant about having my own room this year, and will be making that deposit the same day that I buy my ticket to the event. Then in the second quarter I will pay the deposit for my flight with airfordable!

It won’t be an Emirates flight, but it’ll get me there. Hopefully this time the airlines won’t be filling flights up passed 70 percent capacity…

Yeah, I’m still upset about that.

I would love to know what you fellow authors have in mind for 20BooksVegas2022!

Are you attending in person? Virtually? Not at all?

Let’s chat it up in the comments.

Until next time –

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

-K. McCoy

20BooksVegas 2022 Prep!

Registration is now open for 20BooksVegas! Let the prep work begin!

Calling forth all my resources, in the event that I decide to cash in my chips and go all in on this author conference in Vegas again.

I will be holding nothing back as far as my finances and budget for this trip, in hopes that it helps another fellow author do the same.

Right now, I make annually less than $1k as an indie author so I have to be exact and up front about every nickel and dime that I bring in from my work. Because the numbers don’t lie and I do not want to be twisting in the wind, hollering my would’ve, should’ve, could’ve’s into the sky when it’s all said and done.

K. McCoy’s 20BooksVegas Budget Board

Yeah, attending the event virtually is looking real good right now.

But, November is 10 months away!

I can make this work. The best plan of attack for this kind of price tag is installments.

We’re going to take it step by step, quarter by quarter.

And lots, LOTS of freelancing projects to raise the coin.

Couldn’t have said it better myself Tim Gunn!

First up, the registration. Makes sense to knock this one out by the end of the first quarter, as there are not many tickets available for the event. So, if I’m going to this shindig, I have to pay that $300 no later than March.

Next up, the flight (some may say room and board, but remember, I have a plan!).

Thanks to airfordable, I can make a deposit on this and then pay the rest in small installments. All while securing the most affordable price!

Setting this up no later than April is a given.

Now, let’s take care of the hotel.

I’m hoping that by now 20BooksVegas will have provided us attendees with a code to book our stay. Not sure what the deposit will be, but that gets paid first, no later than August (if I have a great few months of freelancing, I’d like to pay it in May). After that, I will begin saving $30 a week on a SEPARATE card to pay for the entire week’s stay at Bally’s.

Because I refuse to not be able to pay that fee at check-in.

As for my daily budget, I have decided to bump that up to $75 a day. Last year it was half that amount and I’m sure prices/fees will go up between now and November. I don’t plan on going to any shows, and any meetups that I do attend will probably be at the hotel (with the exception of a formal dinner at Hell’s Kitchen) so that should be fine.

Now, this last part gets a little fun – Author Signing Day!

Do I want to do it? Yes!

But I am still growing my audience, and the little audience that I do have is not in the city of Sin (which is why I didn’t do it last year).

Though the thought of having my own author booth and meeting my favorite authors at the same time won’t leave my head.

So I have included an author booth into my plans as well! It’s a small fee in comparison to everything else, which means just one weekend of online hustling will cover it.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Now, to share or not to share?

To save costs, I’m totally down to share a booth with a fellow romance author (so slide into my DMs *cough* The Lunchtime Chronicles Crew *cough*)

Right now, I have a strong back list and two scheduled releases to present at the event. But I really am not trying to lug a ton of books back home! From what I observed during last year’s author signing, this is really a time to network and support fellow authors. I suppose those are the two reasons why I want to do it too.

So, I am planning to bring no more than 50 books –

As well as QR e-book post card options and swag bags for everyone that I give (did I mention that I’ll be giving out a few freebies to my fave authors throughout the week?)

List of books from author K. McCoy that will be available during the 20BooksVegas Author Signing.

Right now, the ‘under construction’ book is still in the writing stages.

As I currently have a series to complete, a sequel to finish writing, and a new series starting, I’m still not sure which book I will have completed to add to this line up.

But one thing I do know is that I’ll also have swag to give out for everyone!

To promote A Dove’s Cry as the ‘main novel’ at my booth (and to give a nod to Soprano Speaks, Volumes One and Two) I will have Dove chocolate at the table.

But just like my books, I will have limited chocolate at my booth, because if it isn’t gone by closing time I will eat it all. I’m thinking 1 or 2 pounds max, because I do not want to end 20BooksVegas in a cocoa coma!

Did I leave anything out? Probably.

But I still have time to make adjustments to this plan, and so do you fellow authors!

Next post about 20BooksVegas will be either me bowing out of the in person event, or fully committing to the trip, so stay tuned!

And if you are feeling inspired, charitable, or supportive, please buy me a cup of tea here.

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

– K. McCoy

The Marathon that is 20BooksVegas

With the registration of 20BooksVegas just days away, I wanted to share my thoughts and plans for the event.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so we’ll start with that theory.

Right now the picture below perfectly sums up how I feel about the event:

Last year was my first time attending, and overall it went well.

Though right now, the idea of getting on another plane that is not taking me aboard is just wrong and I don’t want to do it. Also, these airlines don’t care about anyone – their employees or their customers. I say that because in the midst of the pandemic, every flight I had to and from Vegas last year was at 80 percent (or more) capacity.

And now that I’ve ‘done’ Vegas, I honestly don’t ever want to go back. With the exception of 20BooksVegas, I never wanted to visit the place. There lies my problem – I really want to attend 20BooksVegas!

The event will be available online, and I’m thinking of just attending virtually and getting together a group of other authors to chat with during the week about the classes that we want/will watch from home. I also remember talking about helping someone else attend the event, since I was a previous scholarship recipient.

I’m still a plankton, and honestly the latter is the more logic choice for me right now.

But I know what a difference a year can make and believe in being as prepared as possible, so I’m still going to prep for the off chance that I do attend 20BooksVegas in person.

One thing that I learned about this event last year (besides what I don’t want to do again, lol) is that 20BooksVegas is a marathon, and in order to participate and succeed in any marathon, one has to first set some goals and make sure that they are in peak condition.

So, that is what I plan to do.

My next post for the marathon that is 20BooksVegas will be all about how I plan to save and budget for the in person event. I hope sharing my plans with you all will help you do the same, and if you also have any tips/advice, please feel free to share them in the comments!

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

-K. McCoy

2021 in the Rear(view)

Where do I even start with what this year was?

Rude!

A mess!

Restless?

Chaotic?

Through copious amounts of dark chocolate Cella’s and other weird vices, I somehow made it to the end of this year.

Went from writing outside in countries I’d only dreamed about visiting to a half hermit existence in West Virginia. I wish I can say it’s been fun, but I for sure could think of several other ‘f’ words that could sum up the experience better.

Anyhoo, I’m here and 2021 isn’t anymore, so I thought I’d do a bit of reflecting.

Before I finally crack open one of the white wines that have been chilling in my fridge for some time now.

When I think back on 2021, all the plans I had and how the pandemic interrupted all of them, I used to feel real bitter. Though after a year of returning to the US, I have to say that being Stateside as been GREAT for me as an indie author!

I’ve written more than expected, finished my first full novel, and I’ve gotten to do it with my fellow authors, who I now know are also my good friends. And I am so ready to square up with 2022!

Respectfully, lol.

Let’s take a proper look at what I’m most proud of from 2021:

K. McCoy’s collection of works from 2021.

This year I took part in my second anthology, March for Justice. And I wrote a pretty amazing story if I do say so myself – outside of the romance genre!

Though this anthology holds a special place in my heart, as it is the first one that I was in charge of putting together. It was a bumpy ride, with me being in Poland for the first half of the journey, but one that I am so thankful to have been able to see it through! So looking forward to doing it again (more about that later, lol).

Also, I released another short yet sweet collection of interracial romance stories with Sweet Seducing Sighs…Too!

Always a pleasure.

The Stories Station Podcast, the little podcast that I didn’t think I could and somehow totally did!

Over TWO DOZEN indie authors shared their stories with me this year, and I cannot thank them enough! And now that my skills and equipment have improved, I am so jazzed about hosting the podcast next year.

I even managed to give you sweet readers a short and heartwarming Christmas story!

Christmas Blessings is an excerpt/introduction to two new main characters, Tasha Daye and Jerome Grant Junior, and I hope that you all enjoy reading that story this (and every other one after) holiday season.

Which leads me to my diamond in the rough, the most beautiful surprise of this year – A Dove’s Cry! This novel here! Writing it was easy, but editing. . . Whoa!

I still love it though, even more so after going through the editing ringer. Also, the experience helped me decide what I want to focus more on for 2022, so I love it even more for that. Speaking of 2022 goals, why don’t I share those now?

K. McCoy’s 2022 Goals

MAGIX: Dulcet Duets was a given.

As for the others, I will let you all take a few guesses.

All I will say is that there are more than sequels involved!

Also, I plan on spending some time improving my editing skills, because after a rather embarrassing go of it with my new editor (and someone who clearly didn’t know what they were doing, besides trying to walk off with my hard earned money), I want to be able to offer line edit / copyediting services next year.

Again, 2021 was plenty of things, but for the most part, it was a learning experience.

And I look forward to seeing what 2022 has to offer.

Cheers to making it to another year everyone!

-K. McCoy

‘A Dove’s Cry’ Christmas

Just look at her!

A Dove’s Cry, written by K. McCoy

Still cannot believe that my first novel is almost ready for you all to read.

The editing process has been an uphill battle, but I have found the best Proofreader in Krystal Clarke, as well as a few more great authors to help me get this story in the best shape possible for its new release date.

Any guesses as to what date that will be?

Christmas Day baby!

Yep, I thought (foolishly) that I could get through the editing process quick enough to squeak a 12.20.2021 release out via e-book. But while I made that plan in my head, God laughed and I learned plenty.

Going forward, there will be some changes to how I approach publishing my novels. For one, I will never again schedule a publish date until after my stories have gone through more than two rounds of editing.

In the mean time, I wanted to share these two excerpts with you all for A Dove’s Cry, so here you go!

Enjoy and happy holidays!

Excerpt #1 from A Dove’s Cry, written by K. McCoy

Excerpt #2 from A Dove’s Cry, written by K. McCoy

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

-K. McCoy

20BooksVegas was…

I survived my first 20BooksVegas!

So many wonderful people and sessions took place, my head is still spinning from being apart of it all. Though I feel like I could go days without speaking to another person right now. I’m still at the hotel (thank you late check out, lol) and wanted to take this time to try and talk about everything while it was still fresh on my mind.

Industry Day was on Monday and it was the second busiest day for me, as I was assisting with a vendor booth the whole time. Lots of fun at first, meeting people and talking about all the different products and services, but ya’ll…when I made it back to my room –

I let myself forget how much interacting with people in person can take out of me. To be fair, I hadn’t done it in some years now, and with my excitement about being in Vegas for the event, I overworked myself. But it was a good day – I got to meet Voices by Veronica, who was on my ‘must meet’ list and several other key vendors that I look forward to working with over the next few months.

Tuesday was a slower day, only two sessions that I really wanted to attend were happening, so after going to those I made sure to get lots of rest.

Wednesday was THEE DAY. I spent the entire day bouncing from room to room because there was a session that I wanted to attend every hour. And if you did not get to the room in time, there was a good chance that you’d be turned away due to it being at capacity, so a few times I gave up socializing in favor of a restroom break. But the info from those sessions was so worth it!

With all that being said, I still have a few sessions that I’ll be watching over on YouTube later this week, because there was just that much good intel being shared on Wednesday.

Thursday was a bit slow, and I was able to get my author photo taken in between sessions while grabbing a bit of extra swag (as well as some much needed chocolate).

The last session I attended was the indie panel being hosted by Craig Martelle and the panel was fantastic! Hearing them share their stories, successes and failures along the way to becoming the best in publishing, writing, and everything in between was more than motivational – it really made me evaluate where I was in my authorship and where I wanted to be before the next conference.

Friday was author signing day, and I am so glad that I didn’t have a booth. It gave me more time to mingle with other authors, help out fellow authors, and get an idea of what I wanted to do next year (if I decided to get an author booth). After wrapping things up there, I went back to my room (with some seriously sweet swag, lol) and made sure to pack. Then read a little before bed.

And now, here I am, Saturday morning – still decompressing (slightly, because I have a red eye to board soon) and looking over my notes from the whole experience. All in all, I am beyond grateful that I received a scholarship to take part in this conference this year. So ready to go back to WV and get my write on for November and see that I have the best launch possible for A Dove’s Cry!

Now…

If you plan on attending 20BooksVegas next year, working with a tight budget and fall somewhere on the introvert spectrum, then this section is for you!

The next conference will be held at Bally’s (as it was this year) and it is scheduled for Monday, November 14th until Friday, November 18th, 2022.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, January 8th, 2022, so that means you have two months – 8 weeks to come up with the $300 fee. Start saving $40 a week now!

Also, if you are in the 20Booksto50k Facebook group (you really, really should be), add another $40 to your weekly savings budget – especially if you want to stay at Bally’s where the event is taking place on the strip. I’m sure that those who are in 20Books that want to stay at the hotel during that week will receive a code, but something I learned this week was that the hotel charges you at the time of check-in for the full stay.

The deposit made only holds the room – PERIODT.

And if it had not been for the person that I was rooming with, I would have not been able to pay for the week’s stay. So please, set up your weekly budget and have funding set aside for that.

I’ll be sharing more tips as the registration date for 20BooksVegas 2022 appraoches, but the NUMBER ONE thing I’d recommend is you start saving your funds and keep them separate from your main account.

Please make sure to schedule your ‘recharge’ time well. The days are LONG, and in between sessions folks like to network. It’s okay to block off an hour (or two, if you feel it is needed) of the day to do what you normally do to decompress. I’m an advocate for silent time and naps.

Protect your peace and schedule that recharge time! I was not so good about doing that during this year’s conference and by Thursday I wanted to hide out in my hotel room on mute from everyone. You’ll get excited about seeing everyone and taking part in meetups and sessions early, so I strongly suggest setting alarms and sticking with them. That way you’ll really be ‘present’ when you are conversing with everyone and in attendance for your sessions later.

Also, if traveling with others, find out what they’re ‘bougie’ about. What I mean is, find out which things they absolutely love to take part in and see how compatible you all are with doing those things together. For instance, I’m bougie about airlines, beds, sightseeing and music. The folks I mainly attended the conference with love food, horseback riding, and sightseeing.

I’ve always wanted to go horseback riding and expressed an interest in doing so on this trip, but when it came time to sign up for the event, I declined. It was scheduled to happen early in the morning – time I’d rather spend in bed. And even though brekkie isn’t my jam on most days, arriving on time and not starving during the morning sessions for 20BooksVegas was, so I made sure to attend a few morning breakfasts meetups. Which turned out to be some the better highlights of my trip.

Again, I’ll be sharing more tips and advice as the registration for 20BooksVegas 2022 gets closer, these are just the main points in my opinion.

Feel free to ask me in questions in the comments, and I will do my best to answer them!

Let’s hear it for 20BooksVegas – hope to see ya’ll there next year.

“Continue reading, continue writing, continue loving the process.”

K. McCoy

20BooksVegas Ya’ll!

In another 24 hours, I will be attending one of the most anticipated author events of the year.

That’s right, I am attending 20BooksVegas!

Las Vegas has never really been on my list of places to visit, because in my opinion, it’s a place really made to be enjoyed with large groups (which I am not a fan of, even before the pandemic). Though a good friend encouraged me to apply for the partial scholarship (more about that will be talked about on my YouTube channel), so I did.

Once I managed to receive that generous scholarship, I booked my flight and now I have the privilege to travel with them to Vegas!

Bring on the bright lights!

Cause I’ll need them to sprint and see during the week long conference event, lol

There are so many classes that I’m looking forward to, the only part that stinks about that is that many of them are happening at the exact same time. Especially on Wednesday! But that’s okay, in between working (because that’s still a thing that I need to do while away), sprinting, and mingling (a little, lol) with other authors, I plan on watching the recordings of the classes that I couldn’t attend live at night.

Which works out just fine, because my budget is virtually non existent anyway for this trip.

I’m always broke, so I’m used to that and it’s never stopped me from learning or having a good time.

Besides, with all the knowledge that I plan on getting from this event, I just know that next year when I can go again that I’ll have a few more commas (instead of zeroes, lol) in my bank account. Really hoping to be able to offer a partial scholarship as well, as I know firsthand how beneficial receiving one as been this year.

So, in short, as Alanis Morrissette crooned in ‘Hand in my Pocket’ – I’m broke but I’m happy.

Can’t wait to tell you all about the experience soon!

“Continue reading, continue writing, continue loving the process.”

-K. McCoy

The Chosen One!

Coming to ya’ll with another update for A Dove’s Cry, my first AA Romance.

A book cover has been selected!

And it tells a story within itself – I hope ya’ll like it.

It’s taking all I have to not spill EVERYTHING that I have done in preparation for this release, but one thing I’ve learned in my journey as an indie author is patience. You all will have to keep checking back in with me for more updates.

Though for those of you that really, really can’t wait to find out with everyone else, then I suggest you join us over at The Stories Stations!

Those tuned in at The Stories Stations will be the FIRST to see this cover and find out why I chose it for this story. For now, all I will say is that I had the privilege of working with Covers in Color again and I couldn’t be happier with the turn out of this cover!

That’s it for now, because I don’t trust myself to not pull a Tom Holland and let some spoilers slip out.

I’ll check in again next month – after sharing my Nanowrimo plans!

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

‘A Dove’s Cry’ Journey

Well, it is SO offical!

I have gone live with the start of my first AA Romance novel, A Dove’s Cry.

I wrote the rough draft of this story last November, and what was suppose to be a one shot during Nanowrimo soon turned into a novel. So I decided to use it to kick off my main writing genre – Romance.

This story…ya’ll…every time I found myself reading it I just end up like this:

The characters! The story! The LOVE!

I love it all!

So much so that I pushed back the release of the next installments to MAGIX in hopes of getting it to you all this December. Here’s a video that I shared about A Dove’s Cry and why/how I plan to have the novel published in the next few months.

Soon I’ll start sharing excerpts from the novel over on Ko-fi, but for now I wanted to leave you all with the first inspo collage that I made for the story.

A Dove’s Cry, by K. McCoy

I really hope you all enjoy this story in December.

“Continue reading, continue writing, continue loving the process.”

-K.McCoy

A Biased Review of ‘Chaos’

I come to you all today not as an author, but as a reader.

And I really only have one thing to say: Not enough folks are talking about Keta Kendric‘s Chaos series. That is low key upsetting me and my homegirls!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Keta Kendric over on The Stories Station last month and after our episode aired she was kind enough to send me this:

I’ll get into #TheLunchTImeChronicles at another time. There is another keychain, which is also for The Chaos Series (or Keta Kendric’s logo/writing genre, not 100% sure there) , but I now have that attached to my keys 🙂

Needlessly to say, I was beyond thrilled and wasted zero time reading each story over the weekend. I started with The Chaos series and… I was HOOKED!

It’s been far too long since I’ve read stories packed with this much lethal action, f-bombs, and ravishing, spicy love scenes.

For the sake of saving time, I’m going to share each title from their series and follow it up with a gif that best summarizes how I felt reading it, okay?

Beautiful Chaos

Quiet Chaos

Hidden Chaos

From the first pages of Beautiful Chaos to the last of Hidden Chaos, I was strapped in and along for the ride that Keta Kendric took me on with each of these stories! I floved the love stories that developed throughout the ‘business’ of The Syndicate and to be frank (without spoiling anything) – Keta, ma’am!

Can we get just one more addition to this series?

There are still some unanswered questions that I would love to have answered, from each installment of this series.

I mean, I could fill in the blanks, given the way you wrote each of the main characters and with what happens in the last two chapters of Hidden Chaos, but I seriously want to read it from your prospective. These are your characters after all, that’s all I’m saying, lol

Just know that you have an open invitation to return to The Stories Station Podcast anytime to talk about this series!

And for those of you that have not heard our first episode together, you can listen to it here.

As always, continue reading, continue writing, and continue loving the process!

-K.McCoy