Thursday, November 17, 2011

Available Now! EIGHT by Karly Kirkpatrick

I'm excited to announce my latest title, a collection of short stories titled EIGHT (Because there are 8 of them. Yeah, I know, clever, right?). I've included the product description and below that are the links to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you enjoy my writing and are looking for a little more to read while you're waiting for the next book to come out, here it is! And it's great for quick reading, squeezing a story in while waiting at the doctor's office or while drinking your cup of coffee in the morning!

Prepare to be thrilled and chilled by Kirkpatrick's eight short tales in EIGHT. These eight stories, while short, pack a big punch. There are demon spirits, zombies, and even some human baddies. Each story comes complete with author's commentary. It also includes the previously unreleased short Grenades.

The following stories are in this collection:

The Box
A young girl finds a box that should never be opened.

The Chosen
A teen discovers that her future may include some not-so-alive friends.

A young girl deals with evil of a human nature.

A teen deals with his addiction.

Never Say Die
A surprising daydream.

The Saxon Chronicles Part 1
The Saxon Chronicles Part 2
The Saxon Chronicles Part 3
These three shorts tell the tale of a group of high school students and their discovery of the mysteries that exist beneath their school.

EIGHT contains over 8,000 words of excitement, great for a quick read! Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Only $1.49 at the following retailers. Ebook format only!


Barnes & Noble:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guest Post: The Indelible S.R. Johannes - Out There On My Own

I'd like to introduce you to a great new debut author, S.R. Johannes. Her book, UNTRACEABLE, will hit the e-shelves in a mere 12 days on November 29th so be sure to add it to your to-read list. S.R., also known as Shelli, originally had pursued traditional publishing, like many of us, and had gotten very far in the process. After hitting some bumps, she decided to pursue other options. I'm so happy she is able to share her story with my readers. While I never bag on traditional publishing, I feel that it's important to understand every side of the process, good and bad, so you know whether it's traditional or indie publishing, just what you're getting yourself into. Be sure to check out her blog, and follow her blog tour. Thanks again for sharing, Shelli!

Karly asked me to talk about when I made the decision to indie pub.

I started to think back and realized…it was always in the back of my mind… somewhere.

Before I ever got an agent, I had 2 books go to acquisitions. My first was an MG fairy book. I – of course – at the time assumed it would automatically be picked up by the publisher who was considering it and my bestselling book would shove Harry Potter right off the charts. When they ended up not taking it, I was devastated. It was then that I remember talking to people about self pubbing. That was about 6 years ago, right after Eragon came out after being self published and ended up a huge hit.

I don’t know what held me back at the time – maybe fear, maybe ego.

I went on to do a Nonfiction tween book that went to Acquisitions at American Girl for their Smart Girl series. Again, when it was rejected, the thought of doing it myself crept up again. I know marketing and packaging- why not?

But something or someone always deterred me.

Then I got an agent for my 3rd book. So the thoughts were buried. I didn’t need to think that anymore because once you got a top agent at a top literary house, you would get published. Right?


My tween fiction book went to acquisitions at a few houses, made it to several editorial boards, and I completed 3 noncontractual revisions. All ended up going to the great land of nowhere.Talk about frustrating and devastating and unfair! After wallowing in my own self pity for a couple months, I picked my ego up off the floor and revised Untraceable for over 6 months. Then, my agent sent it out to a couple houses, where once again it went to an Acquisitions Board and was discussed. Only to be turned down because it was too similar to another book they just bought. Another house considering it felt a contemporary thriller with a tough girl would not sell unless it was dystopic.

My agent started talking about not sending the book out any more because she didn’t know how to fix it. But I was not going to give up on this book. I wanted it to go out on another round. Most books get 3 rounds not one small one. She disagreed. After going back and forth – we decided that we probably needed to part. I wasn’t ready to give up and she wasn’t sure how to get me to the next level.

That was the hardest decision of my career – leaving a top agent and going on my own.

After that I had several agents interested in my WIP but none of them would touch Untraceable because it “had been seen by some editors”. It wasn’t until someone said, “You are a marketer, you can do this book on your own and probably do it better than a publisher can.” Then I remembered always wondering about self or indie publishing. I know distribution, I know packaging, and I know marketing.

But still my ego got in the way. What if people thought I sucked? What if people laughed at me? What if I wasn’t good enough? What if ---what if---what if---

For a while I thought about putting the book out under an alias. But I am not one to hide from people and it would not have been smart marketing to try and start a platform over again.

So I decided to put my fears and insecurities out there on my blog for all to see and move past this weird time in my career.

I’ve gotten great support from the blogger community and have had a wonderful time doing this project. It is the best I can do right now – I'm happy with it and proud. The process has been a wonderful journey.

It has lifted a huge weight off my shoulder that after years of people rejecting me – I’m in charge of my own dreams and destiny.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It's Official ~ International Contract Signed

I have some very exciting news! I've been sitting on this for a month or so until we had all the details worked out. I'm very happy to announce that I have signed a contract with an international digital publishing company based in the UK. Mark Williams international Digital Publishing (MWiDP) has taken on my YA vampire novel, Bloody Little Secrets.  MWiDP will be responsible for the ebook version of Bloody Little Secrets and it will be published on Amazon UK, France, and Germany, as well as Waterstone's in the UK.

In addition to publishing through those venues, MWiDP will also carry Bloody Little Secrets on their future sale site, which will be built in order to offer English-speaking readers worldwide access to our books, which they do not currently have through Amazon in all locations.

For those of you wondering how this is a good deal for me, I'll explain my motivations for this move. While I can upload to Amazon UK, France, and Germany, my sales in those countries are pretty minuscule and I've been racking my brain (along with the rest of DarkSide, most of whom have joined MWiDP as well) as to how to better access that market.

MWiDP is responsible for the UK bestseller Sugar & Spice, by Saffina Desforges. They've sold over 100,000 copies in 10 months. We figured this was a partnership we'd be silly to miss out on. To work with bestsellers and the other authors MWiDP has under their cloud, and also to attempt to access the worldwide market in the way they're proposing is a wonderful opportunity and worth the small percentage I'll be giving up to be part of this club. I assure you, the terms at MWiDP are very favorable (you can check them out on their website).

I'm really looking forward to my future with MWiDP for international sales. Thanks to Megg Jensen for the connection and thanks to Mark Williams and Saffina Desforges for coming up with such a great concept!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Adventures in Epublishing: My First Year of Publishing

So I've made it. One FULL year as a published author. It's been an exciting year for me, for sure. I'll try to recap the year in numbers for you.

On November 1st, 2010, I published my first book, Into the Shadows, in both ebook and paperback format.

To date, it's sold a respectable 866 copies. I was hoping to hit 1,000 copies sold, but Into the Shadows was also free for most of September and part of October, which obviously cut into its sales. As a free download, it was downloaded 27,504 times. As a result, it hit the top of both its categories and also made it into the top 100 downloaded free ebooks on all of Amazon.

My second book, Bloody Little Secrets, was released in May, 2011. To date, I've sold 349 copies, most of them ebooks at the higher price point of $3.49.

So in total, I've sold 1,215 copies of my 2 titles. Not bad for one year.

Both books are available around the world and have also made their way into numerous libraries around the country.

On both books I've had numerous great reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

For those of you interested in the dollar amounts, I am bringing in at least $200 every month. I'm not making millions, but that adds up to a nice vacation, or some extra help with monthly bills.

In January of 2011, I started DarkSide Publishing with Megg Jensen and G.P Ching. Combined, our group, which has two additional authors in Angela Carlie and Magan Vernon, has sold over 5,000 copies and had nearly 40,000 copies downloaded for free. I look at my success not only based on my numbers, but on those of our group. We work together and celebrate our successes together. I couldn't ask for a better combination.

After one year, I'm definitely living the dream. Writing and working with other fantastic writers, finding readers, and making money. It's everything I wanted. It only gets better from here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Guest Post - Día de Los Muertos by Claudia Lefeve

Be sure to stop by Claudia's website and her YA novel, Parallel. She's here to share some info with us about today's special holiday!

When I took the plunge and became and indie author, I decided I wanted to write under my own label, Sugar Skull Books. Why SSB? Well, I wanted to chose a name that would reflect not only my writing, but my identity. I’m not just a horror and paranormal writer, I’m also Hispanic.

Sugar skulls are a popular offering (ofrenda in Spanish) during the Día de Los Muertos celebration, which runs from November 1 - November 2. The first day celebrates the children that have passed and the second day is reserved for the adults who are no longer with us.

Contrary to popular belief, Día de Los Muertos celebrations aren’t meant to be morbid or sad. Rather, it’s a celebration of life. Death isn’t the end of life, it’s just the beginning. We don’t fear death, we embrace it. And it is on these days where the living and the dead can communicate and visit with each other. During this holiday, friends and families will gather at cemeteries to bring their offerings to their loved ones that have crossed over. You’ll see everything from sugar skulls, tamales, hot chocolate, tequila...basically, all our loved ones favorite things.

Have you ever wondered why Day of the Dead artwork is so humorous? That’s because we mock death. The whimsical skeletal characters signify who we are in life, is who we are in death. One of the more popular depictions is the skeletal bride and groom (my sister presented me with one when I got married). It’s quite a beautiful sentiment actually, together in life and together in death. Often, you’ll see Day of the Dead pieces art depict professions (nurses, chefs, musicians, etc.) and even pets, because we continue on, even in death. Now don’t misunderstand, it is a reflective and respectful holiday, but with filled with celebration and jest.

So this year, splurge a little and get some sugar skulls for this year’s celebration. has some great sugar skulls you can purchase and recipes to make your own ofrendas.

I guess that’s why I chose Sugar Skull Books as my label. It’s my offering to the world.