Release Day Reveal!

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Happy August, readers! The kids are back in school and I am spending my days listening to the soothing sound of silence (and the dog barking, but she’s cute, so I can overlook that.) The end of August also means that we’ve reached the deadline I mentioned in my last newsletter. I promised if I finished drafting Dusk Shall Weep by the end of August, I would set a release date. The question is, did I reach my goal?

The verdict is…

I am only 75% finished drafting, but I decided to pick a release day anyway. Having a set schedule provides motivation, especially now that we’re back in the swing of school activities. With that said, Dusk Shall Weep will be available on…

May 2, 2023

You may be asking, “But, Kelsey, that’s over eight months from now. Why so long?” The answer is that, even with indie publishing, there are many boxes to check before a book enters the world. Here’s a simplified version of the task list:

  • Finish writing.
  • Edit.
  • Receive beta reader feedback.
  • Edit again.
  • Design the cover and the interior page layout.
  • Create launch team information and shareable graphics.
  • Post repeatedly on social media and wish there was an easier way to market.
  • Take off most of December so I can enjoy Christmas and family time.
  • Remember things I forgot and make more edits even though I’m supposed to be “off most of December.”
  • Fight with the distribution sites over whether my margins are correct even though I used their templates.
  • Print a proof and often realize that the colors are off. Make updates and try again.
  • Edit one final time. (Eventually, you just have to stop yourself.)
  • Distribute Advance Reader Copies (ARCs).
  • Organize launch day reviews, book signings, and/or activities.
  • Send your book baby out into the world and start the next one!

There you have it. The publication process in 15 easy steps! Did you know there was so much to it?

My Current Inspiration

Have you ever visited the Pacific Northwest? My Dusk Shall Weep characters  currently reside in Washington State, and seriously, how stunning are these scenes? It’s definitely on my list of places to visit someday.

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Released in August

Need another read? Here are the August releases I’m excited about:

  1. Blood Secrets by Morgan L. Busse – Steampunk Dystopian with Zombies
  2. Complete by Kortney Keisel – Stuck in the Friend Zone Rom-Com
  3. Meant to Bee by Storm Shultz – Single mom and Hunky Irishman fall in love over a rampant goat and a few thousand bees
  4. Treacherous by Susan Laspe – Percy Jackson meets Narnia in 14th Century England
  5. Welcome to the Hamilton by Tanya E. Williams – Desperate times call for desperate measures in an opulent 1920s hotel

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Book Announcements

 

Over the Atlantic Sale

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The overstock sale is still going! You can get paperback copies of my Over the Atlantic series in my direct store for $9.99 or both books for only $18. This deal does not apply at other retailers and is only available to U.S. residents.

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Tell me what you want…what you really, really want…

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Happy July, readers! Yes, I did just quote The Spice Girls and had major flashbacks to my grade school days when my friends and I danced to their music in our talent show.  Thankfully, this was the pre-smart phone era (think bulky camcorders), so I don’t believe anyone has a recording of it. But the lyrics do make a great lead into the first newsletter section…

What exactly do you want, readers?

As is done in most of the business world, I complete regular reviews of my book marketing, social media, pricing etc. With so many options available to readers, it’s important to pinpoint what brings you back to my individual stories time and again. Obviously, you each signed up for this newsletter for a specific reason and there are reasons you continue with me month after month. There are reasons why you buy a book and reasons why you don’t. Why you click on an Instagram post and why you scroll right on past.

I want to know all those little details that help bring an ideal experience to my readers. Yes, I want you to buy my books, but I also want to provide additional engaging material. If something isn’t working, then it’s time to do it differently.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could take ten minutes of your time to complete the survey below. All the questions are optional, but I do hope you will consider completing them. Also, responses are anonymous, so please share all your thoughts! Thank you in advance!

Provide Your Reader Preferences

 

Dusk Shall Weep Writing Updates

I won’t lie, this month has been rough for writing. For some reason, my motivation severely lacked. I did, however, get a few important plot points figured out and am hopefully back on track. At about 50,000 words in out of 90,000, I hope to finish drafting by the end of August.

If I hit this goal, I will be announcing the release date in next month’s newsletter, so stay tuned! I appreciate any prayers to help keep the creativity and motivation going!

 

Shop the Sales

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In January 2020, I purchased several copies of Across Oceans and Twisted River in anticipation for book signings during 2020 and into 2021. Well, we all know what happened after that.

Since then, I’ve published three more books and need to make room in my house for updated inventory. Therefore, good news! You can now get either paperback in my direct store for $9.99 or both books for only $18. This deal does not apply at other retailers and is only available to U.S. residents.

Also, there are still a few days left to get For A Noble Purpose at a discount. Simply use the code Noble5 at checkout from now until August 1, 2022.

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Extended Sale and Giveaway!

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Happy June, readers! Can you believe it’s already been three weeks since the launch of For a Noble Purpose? Thank you all for making release day such a fun – and busy! – time! I received so many encouraging notes from ARC readers, celebratory release day posts, and overall excitement for the first book in this new series. I am so grateful to you all!

Reviews are like Gold

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If you’ve read any of my novels, I would be so appreciative if you left a review. It doesn’t have to be long or poetic. Even a simple, “I loved this book,” or, “It had great characters,” is still a huge influence. Positive reviews are like gold to an author (and hopefully bring a little gold to our bank accounts). They help readers find new books and tell the website algorithms to continue recommending the book to new readers. Without reviews, books tend to drop off the recommended reads after about 90 days.

Here’s what readers are saying about For a Noble Purpose:

“Kelsey has such a unique way of stringing words together, it made the whole book feel like a dance of language…I was amazed by her gift with words and story. I’ve never read another book like this one.”

~ Heather Wood, author of Until We All Find Home


“If you are a fan of Jannette Oke’s series – Love Come Softly or When Calls the Heart (two iconic series in my mind) this series is for you!”

~ Erica, Goodreads review


“This concept was so unique and unexpected, but I loved it!”

~ Storm Shultz, author of Meant to Bee


“What a wild ride! … I’ve shed a few tears while reading this one.”

~ Tiffany, Goodreads review


“The tension and the triumphs were written so empathetically that the reader felt the senselessness of the tragedies, the frustration of dreams unraveling despite everything being done to fight for them.”

~ Jennifer Q. Hunt, author of In the Night Season


“You don’t want to stop turning until you’ve finished the story.”

~ Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, author of A Bride’s Journey to the Colorado Territory

Extended Release Day Sale

As mentioned in my previous newsletters, I now have an online store where my novels can be purchased directly from me in both paperback and eBook. Now through August 1, you can continue to receive the eBook pre-order price on For A Noble Purpose, a deal not offered at other retailers. Simply use the code Noble5 at checkout. Plus, make sure to check out the newly added book bundle discounts.

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Family Saga Giveaway

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Historical fiction author, Jennifer Q. Hunt is running a Family Saga Giveaway which includes signed copies of For a Noble Purpose as well as the American Civil War novel, Until the Light Breaks Through, by Heather Wood. Winner will be contacted on July 8.

Enter the Giveaway

Also, a special congratulations to those who won the For a Noble Purpose release day giveaways:

  • Just Love Prints sticker set Giveaways – Danielle A., Julie B., and Barb S.
  • International eBook Giveaway – Katja
  • Refreshing Reads Story Tour Giveaways- Jodie N. and e***6@gmail.com

Winners have been contacted directly. Thank you to all who entered.

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It’s Here! Happy release day to For a Noble Purpose!

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Happy Release Day!

Today marks the official release of For a Noble Purpose, the first book in the Larksong Legacy series and my fifth book overall. I’m so thankful to everyone for making this happen especially my family, beta readers, and advance readers. To all of you who shared posts and reviews and talked this story up to your friends and family. I am so, so, grateful! Readers are less likely to purchase a book without a trusted review, so sharing your thoughts is the best way to help an author.

Join me online for more release day excitement with giveaways and author interviews. The schedule of events is below:

Ongoing – To celebrate the launch, you can get 10% off everything in my store using the code Larksong10 at checkout. This includes the already discounted eBook pre-order price, a deal not available on other retail sites. Price will increase after launch on June 7, so make sure to snag this deal while it lasts.

Ongoing – Giveaways posted on my Instagram and Facebook pages and with Refreshing Reads Story Tours

10:00 a.m. CST – Christian Mommy Writers Interview hosted by author, Tiffany Goldman

12:30 p.m. CST – Catholic Authors Show Interview with Dominic de Souza

2:30 p.m. CST – Book Banter Interview with historical literary fiction author, Tanya E. Williams

Are you on social media? If so, I would love your participation with a release day post, sharing your excitement of For a Noble Purpose. Premade graphics can be found here or feel free to create your own!

I look forward to seeing you online!

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1 week! Are you ready for release day?

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Happy May, readers! We’re only a little over a week out from the official release of For a Noble Purpose, which means busy, busy, busy! Read on for launch day events and much more.

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  1. Join me on release day, June 7, for exciting posts, events, and giveaways throughout the day. In particular, check out my interviews on the Catholic Authors Show at 12:30 p.m. CST and on Book Banter with Tanya E. Williams at 2:30 p.m. CST.
  2. Are you on social media? If so, I would love your participation with a release day post, sharing your excitement of For a Noble Purpose. Premade graphics can be found here or feel free to create your own!
  3. Paperback readers rejoice! You can now purchase paperback copies of For a Noble Purpose both signed from my online store and unsigned from other retailers. If you pre-ordered from my site, your orders are in the mail.
  4. To celebrate the launch, you can get 10% off everything in my store using the code Larksong10 at checkout. This includes the already discounted eBook pre-order price, a deal not available on other retail sites. Price will increase after launch on June 7, so make sure to snag this deal while it lasts.
  5. If you’re a library reader, ask your local library to purchase For a Noble Purpose. Libraries love to provide materials their patrons want as more items checked out equals continued tax funding. More information is included in the “Stock the Shelves” section below.

Library Lovers – It’s time to Stock the Shelves!

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Did you know you can suggest titles for your public library’s permanent collection? I, along with several Catholic fiction organizations and dozens of authors, want to flood our local libraries with fiction by Catholic and Orthodox Christian writers, bringing our unique sacramental perspective to a wider audience.

How can you help? Simple! If you are a fan of my books, share them with others by filling out a request form at the library or via your library’s website. It costs nothing except a few minutes of your time. Find all the information you need here.

In addition, visit the Stock the Shelves campaign homepage (chrismpress.com/stock-the-shelves) for more great Catholic and Orthodox authors. If you see something that interests you, request their books too!

Pirates Adventures with Faithful Fiction Book Club

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After an inspiring first read with the Faithful Fiction Book Club, we’re getting ready for our second round, this time with YA fantasy author, Victoria McCombs and her pirate adventure, Oathbound. Join us for our readers only discussion at 7 p.m. CST on June 21, followed by a Live Instagram Q&A with Victoria McCombs and book club co-host, Susan Laspe, on June 28 at 7 p.m. CST.

More information is available here: https://www.instagram.com/faithfulfictionbookclub/

 

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