Readers, Listen Closely

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!”

-K. McCoy

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Virtual Spring Writing Retreat

Happy Spring y’all!

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 🙂).

The Write Services’ Virtual Spring Writing Retreat 2022
The Write Services, Virtual Spring Writing Retreat 2022

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.

Get 15% off your registration fee when you use the code ‘KMCCOY15’ at The Write Services!

Now go check out the retreat over on The Write Services’ website and make sure to follow me (and my fellow instructors) on the interwebs for all the latest news.

Happy writing!

-K. McCoy

Read an Ebook Sale!

They don’t call it ‘March Madness’ for nothing.

This month is the annual Smashwords’s Read an Ebook Sale, and I’m going all out with my backlist!

Why?

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!

K. McCoy’s collection of books for the ‘Read and Ebook’ Smashwords 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!

-K. McCoy

What I Write

First things first – happy national pancake day!

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!”

-K.McCoy

Quiet Confessions

First things first –

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 Cry Too!

‘Quiet Confessions’ an excerpt from K. McCoy’s upcoming novel, Dove’s Cry Too.

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!

K. McCoy

Where are my Prints?

Last year I had announced that I would begin the process of having my books available for print on demand.

And I did.

Though I stopped.

I’m glad you all asked!

The answer is a simple one – I wants my own ISBNs.

Using Draft to Digital has been great, don’t get me wrong.

I love that they offer free ISBNs for indie authors, but that only sits well with me when it comes to distributing my e-books.

When it comes to using their ISBNs for print – physical copies of my work – I don’t feel comfortable going through that process. So I’ve been saving up for a ten (10) bundle ISBN deal with Bowker. Right now, I can only comfortably buy one.

It’s not much, but it’s certainly a start.

Which, honestly is fine – I only have one full novel available now (#adovescry) and could easily purchase the ISBN and set up distribution with Draft to Digital. But I want to have a few more available, as I am finishing up the rough draft to A Dove’s Cry and also would like to offer Sweet Seducing Sighs to my readers as a Novelette.

That’s already three ISBNs. And with seven left for future projects, that would be ideal for me right now.

I’m so serious about wanting to buy my own ISBNs that I’m not even going to crowdsource for the $300 needed to do so. These are my stories and the mere thought of someone being able to say, “If I hadn’t donated to your little project, you wouldn’t have those ISBNs now!” sends me into screeching rage mode.

See? There are other methods of motivation out there authors!

Probably not the most healthiest, but gosh darn if it isn’t effective.

Anyhoo, I have to get back to my nine to five!

What are your thoughts on having your own ISBNs?

Let me know in the comments.

Tune in next time for another episode of K. McCoy’s Simple Struggles

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

-K. McCoy

Signs You Are Not Ready to Self-Publish Part 4: You Are Afraid Someone Will Steal Your Idea

Reading these blogs have been so helpful, as I’m saving up to buy ISBNs!
Thank you for sharing this knowledge with us Yecheilyah!

The PBS Blog

One of the first signs that someone is new to publishing is their obsession with copyright.

Everyone at some point thinks about ways to protect what they have built, but obsessing over the possibility of someone stealing your work is one sure way of waving your hands in a crowded room and shouting, “Hey, everyone! Newbie here!”

“People who are paranoid about the theft of an unpublished manuscript or who obsess about somebody “stealing their ideas” red-flag themselves as amateurs.”

Anne R. Allen

You Can’t Copyright an Idea

Pixabay

Despite how brilliant I am sure you are, your book idea is not unique in the sense that no one has heard of it in some form before, and you cannot copyright an idea. According to Section 102(b) of US Copyright Law:

“In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system…

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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