Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all having a great morning!  The baby is napping, so I thought I’d give you all a quick update.  Since publication, Twisted Tales for Tacky Children has been selling steadily, (the breakdown is about half of sales are coming from individuals on Amazon, and half directly from bookstores.) I know these sales are being driven by all of you, requesting the book from your local bookstores and libraries, and also ordering copies for your friends.  Thank you SO much. I know I’ve said it before, but I really couldn’t have done any of this without y’all.

My next step is to try and push the audience for this book beyond my own network.  Many of you have already helped in this effort, by gifting the book to friends for baby showers, birthdays, etc...  Please, keep doing this, and let me know if I can help by signing copies, or mailing a handwritten author note to include with your gift! If you feel up to it, another way you can help is by leaving a review for the book on Amazon, or on Goodreads.com.

Here is a link to the amazon page. Tips for leaving a strong review-- Include details like your favorite poems, how your kids reacted while you read it, or who you bought it for.  See below for an example written by my friend, Stacy:

I absolutely love books like this - it offers something for my 2 and 5 year olds, but also something for me. While my boys giggle when I read “The day I ate fifty popsicles” to them, I smile reading the poem about the leech placing a personal ad. Then I cried reading “When the hard things happen.” This book of poems is so rich and creative. I hope Katie Hayes writes more things just like this!

Here is a link to the page on goodreads.com.If you already use goodreads to find, recommend, and review books, please consider leaving a review for Twisted Tales there!

I hear the baby waking up so I have to run!  Thanks friends for all you do to support my author dreams.  It does not go unnoticed!


I can’t believe that the publishing date for Twisted Tales for Tacky Children is in less than a month (July 24th!) I couldn’t have done any of this without your encouragement, support, and patience.  Thanks so much.

The folks at inkshares tell me your copies are likely to ship out early-- potentially even by July 13th.  I’m currently sitting on my deck, enjoying the summer heat, and signing hundreds of these awesome bookmarks to include with each of your books.

IMPORTANT:  If you have moved since you originally ordered the book, make sure to log onto inkshares and change your mailing address!!!  I had to do this, since we moved from Ohio to NC, and it was a fairly quick and easy process. I simply went to my inkshares account, clicked on "Bank Account" and then clicked on "Change Address."

I am so excited for all of you to get these books in your hands! Let me know if you have any questions, and have a great week!


Dsc 0423 Mona.K · Author · added almost 5 years ago
I read your sample poem that you have posted here. You are hilarious & I too am sick of the sugary sweet as pie, nicey-nice message in kids books. I have a somewhat sarcastic, gallows humor even, and wouldn’t mind reading my son some books where its funny, humorous, even poking fun at the characters. To that end, I decided to write the book "Zombie Catz" that I have up on Inkshares right now. 

You have beautiful illustrations too!
Good morning inkshares supporters!

I’m writing because I’ve gotten some new information on the publication timeline for Twisted Tales, and I wanted to share it with you.  According to the folks at Quill, there are currently two books in the "pipeline" ahead of mine. They estimate that production can begin in earnest in January or February, and that the books can ship 5-6 months after that.  In my case, because I have done so much of the design work on this project myself, the timeline could be slightly shorter.

My first reaction to this information was I AM CRUSHED. As most of you know, I’m a fast moving and high energy person, so to me the publishing process is maddeningly slow.  However, then I thought about it some more and I was like CALM DOWN KATIE THIS IS FINE. I am still enthusiastic about this project, and I know the payout will be huge for having a thorough and high quality editorial team.

In the meantime, if you were hoping to use this book as a gift, email me.  I can’t deliver the final book, but I can create some printable wall art from the illustrations, etc... so that your little people can have something to open this year.  As always, I am super grateful for your patience, and the encouragement you have given me as a young author.

You are the greatest,


Hello Friends!

Great News! I was recently able to send in my manuscript to the people at inkshares! This was a big relief for me--at 33 weeks pregnant, I was anxious to get my product into the hands of the professionals before the baby arrives.  BTW- thanks to everyone who gave me input on which of these baby poems to include in the final draft! (note: I picked the Stork and Baby Rose.) 

At the same time, I got to write a bunch of book jacket information (Author Bio, short synopsis, etc..) This felt SUPER AWKWARD, but I got through it, and feel pretty pleased with the final product.

I’ve been told that the next step is for the inkshares team to assign me an editor.  I haven’t yet heard any news on this front.  It’s possible that the staff was unprepared for my tackiness and they are having trouble finding someone to rein me in. :)

I’m looking forward to the next time I can give you an update. As always, please feel free to email me at katiehayes927@gmail.com with any questions!

Warm Wishes,


Hello Fellow Tacky Ones!

I’m writing to give you a quick update on the status of your pre-orders.  The editorial team at inkshares tells me they are working on some new formatting guidlines for project submission. I should receive these guidelines in the next month or two. After that, I’ll be able to send in the manuscript!

In the meantime, I’m working on getting the book cleaned up as much as possible on my end.  I had the day off from work today, and here is a sneak peek of what I’ve been up to:

I know what you’re thinking-- THAT LOOKS SO  GLAMOROUS.  You are right.  I bet the professionals at Random House ALSO do storyboard layouts on their kitchen floors.  

Cricket has been worthless as an editorial assistant.

I’ve also been agonizing about which poems to include in the final manuscript, and today I’ve been able to make some tough cuts.  I’ve saved the fun part for this afternoon-- touching up illustrations that I’m not quite happy with, and adding a few new ones.

I hope this gives you a clearer idea of where your books are in production, and some insight into the process! If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me at katiehayes927@gmail.com, and remember that many of the poems can be viewed at my website, if you are eager to start reading it to your young people! 


Dear Friends,

At the end of each December, I sit down and I make a list of new years resolutions. Those of you who know me know that these resolutions are sometimes silly (increase hipster cred by learning to play ukulele,) sometimes practical (keep the baby alive), and sometimes designed just so I can have one accomplishment on my list I’m guaranteed to check off (buy cilantro.)  But on EVERY list I’ve made since I’ve entered adulthood, there is one item that I’ve always listed. Try and become a published author.

Thanks to you, in 2017 I’m going to accomplish that resolution.  I couldn’t be more excited, or more grateful. I promise in the months to come, I’ll work as hard as I can with my editor to try and deliver the kind of classless masterpiece you’ve come to expect from a tacky girl like me :)  I’ll update you on when you can expect books to print, ship, etc... and on the process in general.

In the meantime, we’ve still got 4 more days in the pre-order campaign. If you have additional first edition copies to reserve, or friends who still need to buy the book, you’ve got a few more days to pester them mercilessly.

Here’s to 2017!
Great News Everyone!

We’ve blown our first funding goal out of the water-- reaching 250 pre-orders with 45 days still left in the campaign. This means several big things:

  • The book will definitely get published.
  • I will be assigned an editor, and inkshares will take care of the ISBN number, printing,  order fulfillment, and much more.
  • I’m pretty much freaking out over here.
So what’s next? As you know, the book won’t be physically printed until next year, so those of you who want to use this as a gift for the holidays this year need to email me at katiehayes927@gmail.com and tell me how many gift receipts you need! I’ll mail them to you.

We are also still on track to reach 750 pre-orders!  This would basically change my whole life, since it would put my book on bookshelves across America.  Sooooo.... If you love me, and you believe in this project, please keep sharing, pestering, and finding excuses for the people in your life to buy this book.

Thank you so much for your support this far. Y’all are the smartest, funniest, and most supportive friends a tacky girl like me could ever ask for.



Hi Y’all,

In celebration of over 190 copies sold- I decided to post a new poem tonight.  It’s called "The Louse of King Street" and it has one of my favorite illustrations in the book. 

If you have a friend who has ever battled an outbreak of head-lice at their kid’s school, be sure to send this on to them, perhaps with a thoughtful note saying "When I see something about head-lice, I always think of your kids!" They will love that.

Joking aside, if you have friends who would see the humor in this-- forward it to them and
invite them to join us, as we all work together to publish this delightful, tacky, (and sometimes itchy!) book.


Hi Team Tacky! 

I’m writing with an update on how our campaign is going. (Spoiler alert-- we are crushing it!) We’ve been selling preorders for exactly a week, and as I write this, we are at 146 copies!! That means we need to sell just over 100 more copies to ensure this gets printed, and about 600 more copies to earn a national marketing and distribution package! To celebrate, I’d like you all to meet the Dread Pirate Bubble Beard. (Read the poem here!

Many of you have contacted me with amazing marketing and outreach ideas. Keep them coming! I’ve got some author event plans in the works. For now, one of the best things you can do is to email, call, or message your friends who you feel like would especially like this stuff, ask them to read the poems, and if they like them, to consider ordering. Thanks again for your support so far. You are the absolute greatest! 


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