Dec 28 2012

Reviewing

Hello everyone in blog-land…

In my searches to find ways to get my book “out there” I stumbled upon a review site www.selfpublisingreview.com

I am considering not only having my book reviewed on this site but becoming a reviewer myself.  If I want to do this I need to prepare 2 reviews before applying and will be posting those reviews on this site for your reading pleasure.  And if I become an official reviewer I will also post those on this site! 

I have not decided which books to review yet, so if you’ve read a book recently that was amazing (preferably not on the best seller list, please) let me know and I might just review it!

I’ve also contacted a local radio personality that has a book club to see if they might read my book. 

Embrace Truth,

Kayleigh E Suggett


Feb 6 2011

Next Book Release

Hello readers!

I am looking ahead six months to my next book release!  I know many of you have been bugging me/asking me/interested in my next work, and you will be the happy ones to know this information!

I am hoping to have my next book ready for release in August of 2011!  I have decided to go the self-publishing route again (though probably with a newer, better, cheaper company, lulu) as I just enjoy being able to control every aspect of my book and believe that I am not doing this for the money, recognition, or fame (however fleeting or great it may be).  I am doing it to share my stories and I truly believe that the people who need to read my stories will read them.  Whether that is within my lifetime or even after.  Word spreads slowly sometimes, or maybe even quickly, but that’s where you come in!

If there’s anything we can agree on it is likely that social networking is the newest and fastest way to advertise.  So if you’re following along with my books this is your chance to help me out by telling your friends about it!

In the next few months I will be adding more posts about the book including a title, a synopsis, and maybe even a small sneak-peak.  Of course I’ll give you updates on the publishing process too, but there won’t be much to update on that until we get a lot closer to August.  I will be contacting Chapters/Indigo again to see if they are willing to partner with me for a few book signings and of course I will have a book release party as well.

What can I tell you about the next book so far?  Well not much because I don’t want to let too much information out too early.  I will tell you that it is a story inspired by a famous person, it’s a story that is so close to my heart that it was painful to write, and that it is a story that I believe has great redemption.

Stay tuned for more and thanks again for your support.  But please don’t ask me about it!

Embrace Truth,

Kayleigh E. Suggett


Nov 17 2010

… Publishing?

Okay folks, so here’s the deal.

My writing, first and foremost, I believe is a gift from God.  I believe that these are his stories that he graciously shares with me so that I can tell them.  I don’t for a second believe they are mine.

I also believe the purpose of these stories is to share them.  I think that even if one person reads them and finds meaning then that is worth all of the effort.

I am dedicated to high standards in my work, however, and believe that pursuing and enhancing my gift is my responsibility.

So what am I trying to say?

What I’m trying to say is that I do believe my stories are good enough to be published by conventional means, but I’m not so sure that’s how they are meant to be shared.

I’ve had such a blast sharing my short story with you here on this blog.  And I am always glad when someone tells me they got something out of what I wrote – it helped them, it moved them – anything.

I also love having complete editorial control over my work.  I like being able to tell the story I need to tell without worrying if it will “sell”.  Instead I just worry about the integrity and the truth of the story.

So, here’s what I’ve been really praying about and thinking about and leaning towards lately and I want to hear from you on.  I have been considering using a service like Lulu to share my work with you!  Instead of this service costing thousands (like many other services) it is very affordable and easy and still gives me (and you) the opportunity to hold my book in your hands.

Rest assured I would be still taking my time on projects to ensure the best quality and I would still do my best to market each individual title, as I have done with my first release, Two Small Stones, but this way I would not have to wait years for a publisher to pick me up.  I would definitely make sure my manuscripts were professionally edited and completely ready to go before rushing to get it out there.

Working this way could be our own little community, which I love the idea of.  I don’t need millions of fans.  I just need a small few who appreciate my work and want to support me.

So what do you think?

I’m not giving up on my work by doing this.  Like I said I do believe my work is publishable in the conventional world.  But in the meantime I don’t want to sit in the shadows.

Another side to this decision would be that I find it very hard to be motivated to work on my projects when a publisher seems so very far away.  I hate that feeling.  I want to continue to enjoy my work and explore new facets of creativity.

In the end I believe that if I am meant to find a publisher, I will.  But right now I don’t feel like that’s part of my calling.  Right now every time I think about my writing all I feel is that I need to share it.  And I feel like Lulu could be a great way to do this.

It sort of fits with the very quote I have affixed to the bottom of my computer screen:

“The vocation of the story teller is not to worry about the expectations of the world, but to bear the pain of redemption.”  - Madeleine L’Engle

Embrace Truth,

Kayleigh E. Suggett


Nov 3 2010

“So, how’s the writing going?”

I wanted to give you all an update on my work… and maybe say a little something about my dislike of this question.

After MUCH deliberation I’ve decided to shelve my young adult trilogy for a while.  There is a lot of work that needs to go into it before I feel it will be ready for publication and I don’t feel like the timing is right for that particular story to be told.  I have begun the long and tiresome process of some pretty extensive re-writes on it, but nothing feels too concrete or right yet.  I realize a few of you were very supportive and helpful in the formation of those three books and I’m very thankful for that, but as of this point in time I feel like they need to be put on the back burner.  This doesn’t mean I’ll never return to them, it simply means they’ve gone as far as they can go at the moment, and sadly that’s not far enough.

I still have a number of other projects I’m working on, and I will continue to work on them and eventually send some more things out to publishers.  Right now I feel like I really need to take my time and wait until the story is ready to be sent out rather than rushing just so I can send something out – to have something to say when people ask me “how’s the writing?”

I’m exciting to dedicating myself to the highest possible standards and hope that in the end this will pay off a lot better than just sending something out as soon as it’s done.  I hope you’ll all appreciate the time and effort I put into the writing, and that you’ll notice the quality of it when the next book finally does hit the shelves!

This kind of concentration and dedication to high standards takes a lot of work and time.  Time that I do not have in bundles of anymore.  While I wasn’t working I was able to spend a good 5 to 8 hours a day on my writing.  That just isn’t plausible anymore, and while I look forward to being able to do that again one day, I am also realistic.  I am very blessed to have another job to supplement my income, so this is not at all a gripe at the time I do not get to spend, merely a statement of the way things are.  So, please, in your support of my writing, realize this is a slow business and we all (readers and writers alike) need patience.  I am working, if only bit by bit, and one day there will be another book out there for you to read.

Until then I will continue to give my loyal readers their fiction fix via my blog!  I am actually very excited about that feature of this blog.  It gives me a chance to supply my reading base with a little bit of my writing, but it is pressure-free.  I realize that some of my story lines may not get to be as complex as they would in a non blog type of story, but I think it is important to continue to have my writing out there.  I am hoping that more and more people will follow my online stories and hopefully get excited about what is to come.  That way when I do have another book to present I’ll have a lot of interest generated.

I don’t like the idea of going off for a few years to write a new book while my readers lose interest.  I want to keep you guys on the inside, and hopefully, keep you entertained as I pursue my craft.

That, in a nutshell, is how the writing is going.

If you can help it, please refrain from asking me this question every time you see me!  How’s it going?  Its going.  I’m always working, and when there is something big to report, I’ll let you know.  It is very frustrating being asked for a status report all the time, when in this business there is very little status to update.  I know you care, and I’m glad!  But being asked this question all the time is a bit disheartening because it is almost like being asked, “So what have you done of worth lately?”  My work is hard to quantify, and in a world that likes to measure things, it is hard to be someone that doesn’t produce an end result all the time.  So, your support in not asking me where my result is, would mean a lot to me!

If you want to show your support for my work, instead of asking me that question, show me your support right here on my blog!  Read the work I do have out and comment on it.  Or, if you want to talk about my writing when you see me in person, go ahead and ask me about the short story.  That is a very easy and wonderful way to show your support (which, as I said, is very important to me!).

Thanks for reading, and, as always,

Embrace Truth.

Kayleigh E. Suggett


Oct 10 2010

Pork and Pie

I know I owe you a new instalment of ITAAOAP, and I promise you it’s on the way, just got to digest all the pork and pie I’ve eaten first.

Stay tuned.

Embrace Truth,

Kayleigh E. Suggett


Aug 7 2010

Monthly Creative Writing

Thank you everyone for your comments on my last post!  From what you all said I have decided the following: Instead of Short Story Saturdays it’ll be Monthly Creative Writing!

I will post a short story/creative writing something about once a month.  I have decided to keep it casual, since that’s what you all seemed to want anyhow.  So I’m not going to say it’ll be once a month at the beginning, or the middle or the end of the month – just sometime during the month!  I am thinking that I will use this creative writing time to be a little more light-hearted than I am in my usual writing – but I am not sure it will always end up that way.

Some of you have been begging me for “Chick-lit”, others for mystery, others for Zombie-pirate-ninja-vampires, and still others for sexy ladies and secret agents.  Maybe I’ll use this time to delve into those topics a bit. Not all at once of course, but we have time to get into more than one thought thread here!  We’ll see what happens.  In any case I am excited to be sharing some creative writing with you.

That being said, these posts will likely not get the close scrutiny and excessive editing that my other work gets – but it will still be up to my standards of good work!  The idea is to have fun and share, not to make sure it is perfect.

I would also encourage you to please, please, please comment if you do read my work.  Even if it is to say one simple sentence I would really appreciate it.  To know I’m not throwing this out into the void is a great comfort to me, and your comments and your thoughts (and of course your prayers should you give them) mean more to me than you can imagine.

Also, go ahead and post ideas!  What do you want to read a story about?  I might surprise you and give it a whirl.

In between those posts I still plan on posting other things, but if you want to be a strictly creative writing reader, go ahead and click on the “Short Stories” category only and have at it!

In closing – Thank you all again!  Please keep watch because I am hoping to post something creative this month for your reading pleasure.  I have a few ideas floating around… so stay tuned.

Embrace Truth,

Kayleigh E. Suggett

Sing like you think no one’s listening

Straylight Run–


Jul 26 2010

Short Story Saturdays/Sundays

I am thinking on embarking on a new exciting feature on my website, and I want to give you all a chance to tell me what you think of it.  Quite simply the idea I have is this: Short Story Saturdays/Sundays.  I say one or the other because as time allows I am not sure if it will be Saturday or Sunday.  What I propose is to write a short story every week to keep the creative juices flowing and to keep you, my readers, interested in my work.  I know it’s a long wait ahead for a publisher, and understandably you may not want to hang in there with nothing new.

Here’s the catch though, I’m not going to waste my time writing these stories if you won’t even bother to read them.  And if you read them you need to comment.  That’s the deal.

So be heard, here and now.  Do you want such a feature on this website?  Would you read the stories every week?  Would you comment?  If once a week seems like a bit much, would you be interested in Short Stories biweekly or perhaps a Short Story of the Month?

Your answers will depend on what I do, or if I do this at all.

As always:

Embrace Truth,

Kayleigh E. Suggett


Apr 13 2010

Updates

Okay, just an update for you:

Chapters in Chinook is no longer carrying my book as my consignment term is up.  If you or anyone you know wants to buy it you can get it through me directly, or through your favourite online book sellers.  Chaptersidigo.ca still carries the book as well.

Update number two is that Arthur A. Levine decided to reject my manuscript.  I believe that’s rejection #8.

I’ve been doing a lot more research on publishers as well, for my trilogy as well as for my next book, which I am not saying much about at this time.  I’ve got a few WIPs (work in progress) on the go to0.

To close, my cat has now decided to sit on my lap, making the use of this laptop rather difficult.  Apparently he thinks he’s more important than you.

Embrace Truth,

Kayleigh


Mar 4 2010

Rejections, rejections, rejections

Well another rejection letter came today.  It was from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, the same publishers that did Madeleine L’Engle’s books.  I was really hoping they’d be the ones to take me, just because it’d be the awesomest thing ever to have the same publisher as my favourite author of all time.  Guess that it’s not to be though.

I’m still very hopeful and I trust that the right publisher is out there.  Just haven’t found them yet.  One day.

On the plus side they did get back to me really quickly, which is kind of nice in a way.  I have another publisher I can send out to as well, and I’ll let you know when I do that.

Until then, as usual,

Embrace Truth,

Kayleigh E. Suggett


Jan 4 2010

Picture Yourself

Well, for starters, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As it is now January and the craziness of the holidays has died down I have returned to my publisher research.  This go around it seems like I’ll be able to send out my manuscript to quite a few publishers all at once, which will be a welcome change from the previous waits of 4 months between publishers.  The only downside is that I will be writing up quite a few proposals all at once and I am guessing I’ll get rather tired of it.  But it will all be worth it in the end, I am sure.

When I really think about it, what is a few years to wait for the right publisher?  The impatience of youth is often cited, and I suppose those of us who haven’t been on this planet for more than sixty years fall prey to it often.  When I am seventy will I look back at 2009 through 2010 and wish that my publishing process had gone more quickly?  It is unlikely that I will.  More likely I will look back and see the uncountable blessings that came with my wait.  I will smile back on my twenty-two year old self with fondness and remember the drive and desire I had to get my work out there.  I will look back and wish I could tell myself to relax and enjoy the ride.  That things really wouldn’t take that long in the scheme of things.

It helps to picture yourself as a grandmother, nearing her eightieth birthday, like my own grandmother is.  The everyday things that seem to matter so much sort of fade in the comparison of a long life, lived well, and full of love.  After all, what more could I ask for?

Embrace Truth,

Kayleigh

“So if you made it, just be glad that you did and stay there

If you ever feel loved or needed

Just remember that you’re

One of the lucky ones.”

–Straylight Run–


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