Blog

Oathbreaker

It’s 2:49 a.m. here in chilly Moorhead, MN and I am waiting for the second book in my Legends of Light series to go live on Amazon. That’s so awesome to type. Seriously.

For those of you that were able to attend my Author Talk at my home town library on May 5th, you understand how awesome it is. I spoke about self-publishing and how the only thing you really need to publish your work is complete determination and desire.

The desire is still there for me. It’s real, tangible. I’m clicking my nails on my desk right now staring at my Amazon listing like….come oooooon, I want to share this with the world!

I haven’t gotten much sleep in the last couple weeks getting this second book ready for publication. I agonized over layout for the hard copy, which is currently resting in the capable hands of my amazing cover designer, Robin Ludwig Design. I anticipate that the hard copy will be available about a week after the E-book.  The E-book this time around I think, is much better. I figured out a bit more coding, yeah, I know, right? Coding. So, the layout is more pleasing to me, at least.

Oathbreaker will take us back in time and follow the beginning of the most important relationship in the Known World, namely Lasher and Shyla, those two we met in Lightbringer. They will become pivotal characters in the books to come.

This second book is much darker too, not because of anything to do with me, but everything to do with the culture that these characters come from, and as with all excellent world building, one must stay true to the culture.  I’m much more of a rainbows and unicorns kind of girl, but Lasher and Shyla? Not so much.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Book 1, Lightbringer, find it here.

I strongly encourage you to also sign up for my mailing list as I will begin to release exclusive mini stories connected to this series for those VIP subscribers. Cool, right? I got some pretty exciting feedback from readers. Seems like mini stories is a great idea.

Now I just have to think about what I want to start with, but I’ll figure out.

This is all so exciting. It’s 3:03 a.m. in the morning, and I’m doing exactly what I love to do: write and share stories.

I’ll be posting like crazy letting you all know when Book 2 is live. Remember, VIPs get the heads up first, the freshest copies, just sayin’.

Thanks for all the support, and here’s to Oathbreaker!

Oathbreaker - K. M. Kaufman

Paperback is Live

Well that was faster than I thought it would be.

I reviewed the Paperback Proof yesterday after holding it for a few hours.  Everything looked up to my standards. So I hit the approved to print button on Createspace and read through the information. 3-5 business days for your book to go live, yada yada, so I resigned myself to waiting.

I waited 24 hours.

I had a few more questions, being a newbie indie author and not sure how I would know when the paperback copy was available, so I was tooling around the message boards on Createspace, trying to figure this out and just thought, I’ll check and see if my Amazon listing looks different.

Yeah. It was.

There are now two versions live on Amazon. The ebook and the paperback!

I immediately told my super close VIP friends/beta readers and they purchased as a test and all seems aboveboard and working.

So, here I am telling the world that my first ever book is for the first time ever available in paperback on Amazon.com. If you are interested, click here.

Thank you, and goodnight!

Paperback Proof Copy is Here

This started out as a pretty regular Saturday. I groggily stumbled out of bed at 8:00 am to feed the cat and dog, then went immediately back to bed.  Why? Because it’s Saturday. Woke up again at the crack of 10:00 am and microwaved eggs for breakfast, then watched some latin music jam on NPR with husband.

Then it all changed.

Got home after a trip to Target for Starbucks and stuff, and what did I find in my mailbox? Only the most amazing thing ever in Katie history:  the paperback proof copy of Lightbringer.  Naturally, I tore into the packaging, held the book, and cried. Ten years guys, ten years. That’s how long this has been in the works. It took maybe three years of serious writing and editing to get this book, which is still, as I type, pressed to my heart.

But ten YEARS, talking about the story, formulating the idea in my mind. How does the adventure start, and when it starts, where do we go? What happens? Who are the characters? Why do I even care about them? Ten YEARS of listening to the characters evolve in my head, telling me what they want to say, how they want to say it, demanding that I don’t sensor –Lasher– them.

Now that I have the proof in my hands it’s so real, crazy, surreal, peaceful, EPIC! I want to make a living out of using words to paint you all a picture, but they’ve run dry in this moment. There’s a peaceful stillness in my soul. I did what I said I was going to do ten years ago. “I’m going to write a book.”

Then I bleep-ing did.

The words in my head right now are from Shawshank Redemption:  “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”

Livin’.

 

 

Lightbringer Paperback is Coming Soon

Hello All,

Update: I have been editing away on book 2. Still don’t have a title for it, but that will come with  time and maybe stoutness exercises (high five yourself if you got that reference, you deserve it).

Still hoping to publish book 2 in May 2018. I will send out notifications to let you all know. If you aren’t signed up for my new release mailing list yet, click here to join and you will be the first to know when book 2 goes live.

Next Update:  I am currently, even as I write, finalizing the trade paperback version of Lightbringer: Legends of Light: Book 1.  I will announce on Facebook when it goes live on Amazon.  I’ll let you guys know here as well. Really, I’ll plaster the internet with the exciting news of my first book in print. This is crazy exciting!

Last marketing plug of the evening, please remember to leave comments for Lightbringer here if you wouldn’t mind, so that Yasha can get some more visibility on Amazon. If you have read book 1 and loved it, please, we need reviews.

I hope you all are doing well, if you are in the MN/ND area, I hope you are warm and weathering the blowing snow and cold temperatures. I recently fell in love with a new book series, The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. Follow the link to the Audible version (I love my Audible), or browse for the ebook or paperback. Definitely worth your time.

Take care,

KK

Thank Yous from KK

I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to David Gaughran, an indie author and fount of knowledge for self publishing. Go follow him everywhere on social media, buy his amazing book Let’s Get Digital. That book changed my life for the better. I listened to it on repeat in the car for weeks.  Thank you, Audible.  Thank you, David.

On to the next.

I want to thank Martha Olsen, my life coach who told me that it was fear keeping me from publishing. So here we are, vanquishing fear, publishing, and ready to succeed. If you are in the Fargo, ND or Moorhead, MN area, check her out on her website.

Last, but definitely not least, a big thank you to Lyda Morehouse, an author I met at the Minnesota Writing Workshop.  Mom and I had fun at the workshop, but pretty much were on cloud nine after I had a one-on-one with Lyda, and she told me  she loved my book, and I should get it published.  In her words:

“I’m completely and 100% sold.”

I couldn’t believe it, still am pinching myself.  Thanks, Lyda.

Check out Lyda’s books here on Amazon, and check out her website.