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Sneak peek at my Valentine to you.

VDaymemeBe the first to know… I’m offering a free download for “Three of Cups” on Thursday!

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, I have some random thoughts:

Once—I think it was Mrs. Sanders’ 4th grade—we had a substitute teacher the week of Valentine’s Day. We’d all brought in empty Kleenex boxes so that we could decorate our Valentine’s mailboxes, and on the day of decoration, we had the sub.

I covered my box with pink construction paper and the substititute teacher thought that was dumb. She pretty much said so.

“Red is for Valentine’s Day,” she said. “Not pink.”

I didn’t try to come up with a reply, because I thought she was kidding. Pink is the closest color to red. It’s a desaturated version. Pink is a tint of red, vs. maroon or burgandy, which is a shade. Add white=tint. Add black=shade. I wanted pink construction paper to backdrop my Valentine’s box that I added hearts cut with Mrs. Sanders’ pinking shears and paper doilies edging out the opening to. I thought it was fabulous.

She wasn’t kidding though. She really thought that my design was dumb. So dumb that she felt it necessary to tell a 4th grader so. I don’t know why I remember that, but I do.

I remember something else too.

My friend Debbie had a boyfriend named Jeff. He gave her a box of candy conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day and she shared them with me on the bus. They tasted terrible. We figured out— and the next day he confirmed— that he’d sprayed the box of candy (no Cellophane, by the way. It was a long time ago.) with his mother’s perfume. Chanel No. 5, I think. We could taste it.

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Would you buy this book?

THREEOFCUPSCOVERONLYTHREE women: Mandy, a determined young mother raises her son alone when husband Adam is drafted in the U.S. Army. Ginger, a lonely new bride waits for her husband’s return from Vietnam. And Rachel quits her high-pressured job with a burgeoning company to seek her next adventure.

TWO time periods: Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, their stories begin in the early 1970s and converge almost three decades later.

ONE secret: A secret lies dormant before threatening to undo all their lives.

Tying them all together are the eccentric Millie, who mixes up vocabulary words and dabbles in the tarot; Mandy’s impersonal family that she strives to transcend; and Oodles and Poppy, Rachel’s grandparents that provide the stable grounding she seeks.

Artfully entwined, you’ll root for all three women because ultimately, “Three of Cups” is the story of female friendships and unshakable bonds.

Would you buy this book?

What color do you think is most appealing?

 

 

I am indie, hear me roar.

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I’ve been on the fence and, at various times, on either side of it. There have been times I went to sleep on one side of the traditional vs. indie fence and woke up on the other.

But after considerable appeal from each lobe of my brain and ventricle of my heart, the gut took the spoils.

I’m full-on indie and ready to roar.

Indie? It means I’m publishing my new novel, “Three of Cups” independently.

Traditional publishing works great for known authors and the microscopic percentage of newbies with the right story and the right mojo at the right place at the right time. But my luck has always been to find the missing earring two days after I’ve decoupaged its mate to a craft project. And my mojo shows up only when I’m in control.

Plus, I’m impatient.

I published my first two books, “Jaybird’s Song” and “You’ve Got a Wedgie Cha Cha Cha” through CreateSpace, Amazon’s publishing arm, and loved the process. With those credentials under my belt, I was tempted to seek an agent and a publisher for “Three of Cups.” But my research, my meager attempts at the process, and my gut quickly reminded me that I don’t want anyone changing the name of my book. I like it. And the whole, “if we are interested, you will hear from us in 8- to 12-weeks, don’t call or email us in the interim, and send all 80,000 words in the body of the email because we won’t open any attachments” crushed my mojo and flattened my convictions.

So I’m presenting it with my words, my title, my cover design and my marketing efforts, and hope to find its audience.

Indie publishing is huge for many reasons. It’s simpler than ever to distribute author’s works via electronic e-book files. More, it’s simpler than ever to print paperback versions as each book is printed on demand. There’s no outlay for cases of pre-printed books. Best of all, it gives the artist the opportunity to present his or her work as truly his or her work.

I like that part. A lot.

That’s not to say it should really be done independently. Professional editor Wayne South Smith is currently doing a content read on “Three of Cups.” He gave me great ideas after my first draft of “Jaybird’s Song,” and I’m expecting he’ll have an insightful grasp of ways to improve upon this new one as well. And my crack team of beta readers is hard at work. Reader No. 1, Monica McGurk, has picked up on tweaks, inconsistencies and a few goofs as well as offered fabulous feedback and ideas. I’m taking every suggestion.

Beyond that, every author needs a meticulous line-by-line proofreader and grammarian before expecting the world to embrace their efforts.

And a great cover is critical. Use a professional. Fortunately for me, I know one. And my dear friend Sharon Moore is the most amazing artist I’ve ever met. She’s working on an illustration that will go on the cover.

And then there’s the whole marketing thing. But from what I hear and read, so much of this is on the author’s plate anyway. Unless, maybe if you’re John Grisham or J.K. Rowling.

The most important component of all, though, is readers.

Indie authors need readers and fans to help catapult their story. Your support is huge.

There are so many ways you can help:

  1. Be a reader. Indie published book libraries are LOADED with talented authors and fabulous stories. Look beyond the top ten lists and spend time reading reviews. You’ll be surprised at what you can uncover.
  2. Share posts. Help good work go viral by sharing your opinion with your own spheres. One sphere becomes two, becomes four, becomes sixteen, and ultimately becomes viral.
  3. Leave a review. Reviews are gold to authors. There are plenty of places to review books, Amazon and Goodreads being the most obvious. Leave a few words if you wish, but even a handful (or close) of stars means so much.
  4. Tell your friends. Invite your book club. Write your own posts. Share stories you love with people you know.

“Three of Cups” is coming soon. It tells the stories of three women — Rachel, Mandy and Ginger. Though their narratives begin decades apart, a secret between two of them and the amazing power of female friendships, bring their stories into one.

I hope you’ll like it. KWF

 

 

A new story is spilling.

I’m three chapters in to what I hope will become my second novel and the adrenaline is pumping. This one involves two women friends that share a really big secret. There’s also a semi-eccentric, perfectly lovable older woman character. Subliminally, I think I’m not ready to let go of Annie Jo, so I’m resurrecting her in a new character — but this time she’s an amateur fortune teller named Millie, and she has some hilarious quirks that will be tons of fun to write.

As a new novelist, I’ve learned a couple of things:

  • I really love making things up. Fiction is really freeing. I never knew how fun — and addictive — it could be.
  • I’m a pantser. From the writer’s blogs I’ve been reading, there are pantsers and there are plotters. I’ve got a loose web of plot lines, but I tend to get there by the seat of my pants. Just sitting down at the keyboard to see where it takes me.
  • Your encouragement is everything. I had such a hard time gauging “Jaybird’s Song” before I got reader’s feedback that help me confirm, alter and push the story out. Since then, your fabulous reviews of my story have made me really, really want to try it again.

I’m up to 26 5-STAR reviews for Jaybird’s Song! 

5StarMemeBlown away! Outrageously humbled and so grateful. Thank you!

My first benchmark was to hit 25 reviews, as word in the blogs is that Amazon will take note and hopefully make some marketing effort toward suggesting the book to readers who buy books in the same genre. I’m there, PLUS!

Benchmark II is 50 reviews as then Amazon or another publisher could take interest in re-releasing it with a bigger push. If you’ve read “Jaybird’s Song,” I’d appreciate a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Be sure to log in to your Amazon account if you purchased online so it will show as a verified purchase.

And (TOP SECRET ADMISSION COMING:) I’ve mailed a copy to Reese Witherspoon. It was my friend Pattie Baker’s idea. Movie producer Reese loves stories with strong, colorful female characters and those of you who’v read it will agree that there lots of coolness, depth and fun between Josie, Beverly, Annie Jo, Ansley, Laura Liz, more.

Meanwhile, I’m thrilled to know that so many of you like my story. I love hearing from people with questions and comments. I would LOVE to talk about the book under any number of scenarios:

  • A Dunwoody book club is reading “Jaybird’s Song.” I’ll join them for a book discussion near the end of May and I’m SO excited. Would love to do more! Will travel!
  • Lets meet for coffee or lunch. Don’t have a book club? I’d still love to meet to talk about your questions.
  • Email or call— 404-680-9604. Feedback is so helpful, even if it isn’t 5-STAR feedback, I’d love to hear your thoughts. For example… I’m putting together a reader’s guide. What suggestions do you have for discussion?

I’m groovin’ on this novelist plan. Thanks for your jazz, too. Meanwhile, Millie’s calling…