Spring 2018

This Month:

   
 

 

NEWS!

 

  • Thanks to all who attended my presentation, The Business of Writing Books, at the Orlando Public Library! My next workshop, How to Binge Write Your Novel, will be presented at the Alafaya Library on July 12 at 7:00pm! More info coming soon!
  • I have been writing, writing, writing! Here’s what I’m working on:
    • Love on the Rocks has been submitted for the first round of edits. It’s on schedule to release in early September!
    • 3 stories for 3 different anthologies! The Fisherman Nutcracker, a tale from Crane’s Cove, and A Night at the Inn (Where are my Lizzie Borden fanatics? Only the cat truly knows what happened that morning…!) Both will release at Indie Book Fest in August. More info coming soon! The last story, yet untitled, will be for the How I Met My Other anthology, coming out in early 2019.
    • I’m also working on a novella for a very popular Kindle World, due out in November… Here’s a clue – you’ll want your toes in the sand and a mimosa in your hand when you read it!
  • Rob Hare will be back to do my next cover for Love on the Rocks! I am so beyond thrilled and can’t wait to see what he comes up with! He was the last piece; I’m so very blessed that my entire publishing team is back for my second book. Racquel Henry, Nicole, Ayers, Valerie Willis, and L. E. Perez are so wonderful to work with and I can’t imagine publishing traditionally and not having the control and collaboration opportunities that Indie publishing allows. It’s hard work, expensive and limited as far as sales go, but I’m good with that.
  • Have you downloaded Meemaw’s Recipes Cards? Meemaw is character in the story that is a force! Imagine Rose from The Golden Girls with a sassy, take-charge southern lady attitude. She’ll appear in the next few books, and we’ll be adding recipe cards to the collection as we go. Special thanks to Valerie Willis of Battle Goddess Productions for designing the cards - I love how you can just fold them in half and stand them up on your counter!
  • Have you listened to the soundtrack on Spotify? This list of songs captures heart of the book. I listened to them for inspiration and to help me get my head back in the book on days I was stuck. If you are a writer, I highly recommend this technique! Currently, I’ve been listing to the Love on the Rocks playlist I put together.   Want to get into Kat and Easton’s heads with me? Check it out here: http://bit.ly/LoveontheRocksSoundtrack
  • You can always find the latest news and fun on my Facebook page!

 

Read on for five things I learned last month, giveaways, and events!


Many blessings to you and yours this new year!

 

 

      

  
 

5 THINGS I LEARNED LAST MONTH

  1. Presenting a workshop will not kill you. Now, I have spent thousands of hours presenting in front of kids and adults over the years. Presenting on writing at the library was different because it was all my stuff. It wasn’t someone else’s curriculum, product, or idea. It was all mine. If the audience left unhappy, it would be all on me.
  2. Binge writing is my thing. Some writers have the opportunity and the discipline to write 500 or 1,000 words a day. I can’t seem to master that. I don’t like the word, “can’t” but for this I make an exception. I homeschool my young children and I run three small businesses out of my home. I need to block time when I can get it, and make good use of that time. I can’t write when I’m stressed, distracted, or at home when there’s a million things going on. I need a quiet place, and I need the muse to speak to me. If not, I’m just staring at my screen thinking about all the things that need doing instead. So I’m embracing the binge. I wrote the bulk of Love on the Rocks in two months over about a dozen sittings. I’d say binge writing is working for me! Central Florida friends, stay tuned for info on my upcoming workshop How to Binge Write Your Novel.
  3. Everyone can teach you something. Even the pros learn from each other. I’m still amazed when I talk to a pro and glean things they’ve learned from others. But it’s not limited to the pros – newbie writers, workshop attendees, and friends in your writing group or book club can make an impact on your process and challenge you to acquire new skills.
  4. You should never stop challenging yourself. This applies to life, and to writing. Writing outside the comfort zone of my happily-ever- ever genre to write two paranormal short stories has stretched my creativity and strengthened my research skills.
  5. Even pros have trouble with the first draft. I will never forget Kristan Higgins stating that the first draft was the hardest part for her. Still, after all the books she has written!

 

  

 
  

 

EVENTS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO

 

August

  • Indie Book Fest
    August 9-12
    The Westin, Lake Mary, Florida
    Indie Bookfest celebrates Indie, Hybrid, and Traditional Authors and Artists and their freedom of expression. Join some of your favorite authors for a convention filled with workshops, panels, parties and more! You won’t want to miss the sessions throughout the day, where several panelists will be speaking on a variety of topics relevant to readers, book lovers, and writers.

  • 3rd Annual Romance, Wine, and Chocolate
    August 31
    Alafaya Library, Orlando, FL
    More info coming soon! Check out the recap from last year’s event!  http://www.loreleislitlair.com/2018/01/looking-back- at-romance- wine-chocolate.html

September

  • Tentative release date for Love on the Rocks!
    September 4 th
    If all goes according to plan, I will have advance copies for sale the last week of August! Lookd for
    updates this summer for how to get yours first!

October

  • Mom Mastery Live
    October 5-6
    Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas

    Mom Mastery University was founded on the simple thought that moms deserve more. You have the capability to achieve a life filled with joy, abundance, prosperity, and freedom.  Hannah Keeley created Mom Mastery University to get you there. With faith-based training and friendly support, we have the formula for total mom success. But as wonderful as the internet is, there is nothing like LIVE TRAINING. Nothing compares to being in a room full of women who are on the same track as you for a weekend of bonding, learning, and growing! Be there LIVE and you will never be the same.

  • Florida Writers Conference
    October 18-21
    The Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, FL

    This is the conference for you if you’re looking for three days devoted to the craft and business of writing. With more than 70 workshops and panels ranging from sessions for beginners to deeper, more interactive workshops, the Florida Writers Conference offers a satisfying and supportive celebration of the writing world in all its infinite variety. Plus Heather Graham!

 

And Don’t Forget!

Love on the Edge is published and available at Amazon, right here: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Edge-Cranes- Cove-1/dp/0999586114! I can’t wait to hear what you think! If you love it, please, pretty please with a cherry on top, leave a review at Amazon and/or Goodreads. Amazon reviews are gold, literally. The more you have, the more they expose your books to potential buyers and it’s great for the rankings. Not sure what to say? Just leave 5 stars and the words “Loved it!” - that’s all it takes! XOXO!

 

I’d love it if you followed me on Facebook, Twitter @theKerryEvelyn and Instagram @KerryEvelynAuthor!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful month!

 

 

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