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


Dec 17 2009

The Long Road Ahead

Tonight was spent mostly searching through and out-of-date Writer’s Market Guide and comparing it to the websites of publishers.  A few publishers have gone belly-up since 2007 which leads me to want to submit only to publishers that have been around the block a few times.  Other than that it is a long process of research that most people probably don’t realize is a part of an author’s job.  I have to find the publishers that best fit my book, research their guildines, make a proposal that is suited to them and hope upon hope that they like it.  So, beyond the hours of creativity and more hours of painstaking editing and rewrites there are the hours of research and proposal writing.  And all of those hours could amount to nothing more than a form letter of rejection that doesn’t even specify why the book was rejected.  After a three to six month wait.

Tonight my most promising publisher is looking like Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.  They published a lot of Madeleine L’Engle’s works back when no one else would.  I’d like to delude myself into thinking that since I strive to be like Madeleine in my work, they’ll like me.  Then sense hits me and I realize that fact probably has nothing to do with whether they will like my book or not.  But hey, don’t we all look for that false silver lining now and then?  Works for me.

I’m not done looking through my list of young adult publishers, and I am hoping that an updated version of the Writer’s Market might also illuminate some more possibilities.  I have now exhausted by top four picks for Canadian publishers so now I’m going on to publishers in America and around the world as well as a few small presses.  Not sure when I will resubmit, but I am hoping it will be sometime in January 2010.

Okay, so say somehow someone finally wants my book.  It’ll be another 12-36 months before it hits the shelves.  That’s not really a big deal to me, per-say, but it is sort of annoying when I really want people to have access to my work.  But those 12-36 months will give me a chance to hype everyone up about it.  Silver lining again?  Maybe.

But I am getting ahead of myself here.  First step: find a publisher.  If stubbornness can be a gift, then it should be in this case.  I need to stand firmly behind work that I believe in, because I do believe in it.

If you believe in it, then you’re along for the ride with me!  If there is one thing I am sure of, it is that no one can succeed in any field without friends and family firmly behind them believing in them.  That’s your job!

My job?  For now, research and proposals, and (hopefully) getting into a new book.

On another note: I came across this really neat looking book tonight put out by Bloomsbury Children.  It’s called “Pastworld.”  They have a trailer on their website that I encourage you to check out.  I have placed it near the top of my “to read” list.  I actually said out loud “What an idea!”

That’s it for tonight.

Embrace Truth,

Kayleigh

It’s all I know: this empty road.  It keeps me looking for a place in your heart.

—Matt Good quote of the night


Oct 19 2009

In the Works

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Please visit my “In the Works” tab to read about my upcoming work.  I am hoping to generate a lot of interest to help me find a publisher.  It would be helpful if you could go there, read the description, and then comment.


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