Greetings wonderful followers,
I have some news. I have contracted Mickey Mikkelson with Creative Edge as my publicist. He will help me build a strong writer platform and get the word out about Beyond the Code. He’s already booked me to be a guest on the awesome writers video podcast, Spilling Ink, on Feb 17/18. Look out for it.
With any luck, we’ll have plenty more events to announce in the future. I’ll keep you informed the best I can.
Also, I’m being told that the email address confirmations have been going out to my wonderful readers. So if you have moved in the recent future, make sure to input your correct address. And don’t forget that once you have read Beyond the Code, make sure to give it a review. Reader reviews are a first time authors best friend.
Thank you all for following me this far. It’s been a long road but pub day is fast approaching.
Kelsey Rae Barthel
Dear friends and followers,
Things continue apace, and I think we’re on track for publication before summer. It’s a lot more work than I bargained for! The big news, though, is that we’re changing the title of the book. The story will now be published as "A Gentleman’s Murder". Well, if a gentlemen’s club, then of course a gentleman’s murder, right? And one has to admit it rolls off the tongue more easily.
It does mean I’m going to need a new header for these news bulletins....
The other big news is that we’ve also got a new cover!
It’s not quite final yet, I’m told, but I gather that this is a pretty good taste of what’s in store.
And now, I had better get back to those edits. Before somebody murders me....
Hello dearest readers!
The Love Fool production process has been going smoothly thanks to the Inkshares team.
First: Many of you may have noticed, I’ve recently posted the official book cover for The Love Fool. (For fellow writers, the cover was designed by the team talented team at CoverKitchen.) It’s a total deviation from my temporary photo, and I like it because it’s a better representation of what is written inside.
I’m writing this as I begin the final review of the official print proof of The Love Fool. And it’s hitting me again: THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING. Wow! In a couple of months, my book will be in your hands and hopefully we’ll all find ways to discuss it.
With that said, The Love Fool is now listed on Goodreads – so if you are a member of Goodreads, please add The Love Fool to your “To Read” list - and be sure to follow my author profile. Of course, if you are a member of other online book reader websites, please do share – and I will make sure The Love Fool is on it.
Note: An official The Love Fool website is coming soon.
Guys! It is an awesome feeling to see The Love Fool popping up on online bookseller websites including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Hudson Booksellers, and Canada’s Indigo. And I hope to see the book on store shelves too – I’ll definitely be working on that, folks.
Nervous. Excited. Anxious. Cannot Wait!
As 2017 comes to a close, I want to wish you all a prosperous and healthy new year. Thank you for coming on this journey with me. It’s been a long road, but we are at last reaching our destination! Mechcraft will be published on February 20, 2018 and I could not be more excited!
We’re having a book release party on that date, so look for details coming soon.
Happy New Year, everyone!
I hope you are enjoying this holiday season, and are getting the chance to spend it with friends and family! With one more day until 2018, this seemed a good opportunity to check in with a brief update on Lost in the Fog, my book you graciously pre-ordered/followed.
And I finally have some good news to share!
For the last month I have been working with an editor, the extremely talented and sagacious Caroline Tolley. Her resume is beyond impressive (please click on the link and check out all the great books she has edited), and I am very lucky to have her in my corner. A few weeks ago she returned her first round edit of Lost in the Fog, which was filled with terrific advice to make it a better book.
Caroline’s development notes were overwhelmingly positive on the story, characters, pacing, and plot. She said overall the book was in great shape. Her feedback for improvement was mostly in the narration: specifically, the 3rd person narrator (while often humorous) impeded the reader from bonding with Camden and Veronica. This also caused a ripple effect where these two main characters did not share enough internal thoughts. I also have some tone ambiguity I need to work on.
I agree with my editor’s evaluation, and these necessary changes will be relatively minor in scope.
I just need to find the time to do them.
This month nearly every night has been a holiday party for work and friends, and I’ve also had visitors and long days spent in the office for my job that pays the bills. No complaints at all, as I’ve been having a lot of fun and finding satisfaction in my work. But I’ve been eager to dig into my rewrite based on Caroline’s notes, and I finally was able to make some progress this past week.
I plan to keep this momentum going, and mid-January should be a realistic timeline for me to finish my rewrite and submit it back to her.
The next step in the process is for Caroline to do one more edit. I’ll then take that, make the required adjustments, and Inkshares will do a final “line edit”. This is exactly what the name implies- someone will go line-by-line to ensure everything is proper, perfect, and ready for publication.
I’ll keep everyone updated as I hit key milestones, and I hope to get Lost in the Fog to all of you by late summer/early fall of 2018. But the date is unfortunately out of my control. Whether you’re an established best-selling author or someone like me, unlike the instantaneous click/like/tweet of our culture, the publishing process is plodding and requires patience. But I’m so glad to have you all with me on this.
As the clock ticks down on 2017, I will humbly once again say thank you and mahalo for your support! Simply put, Lost in the Fog would not be getting published without your help. I wish you all a Happy New Year, and success and happiness in 2018!!
This Red Fire did not reach its goal for publication with Inkshares. Thank you so much for rooting me on as I try to achieve my dream. I’ll never forget your support. This Red Fire may still see the light of day as I have been offered agent representation. I could not be more excited!
Per the Inkshares business model, you get a refund if the book does not make its goal. If you have not received a refund, contact Inkshares at email@example.com and let them know.
Have a great new year,
I hate to disappoint this wonderful following! In 3 days, the campaign will expire and everyone will get a refund. I’m tempted to extend it, but ... no, I don’t think it will be a good idea. It was a fun experience, and I may have found an interesting method of gathering support, but there just wasn’t enough positive response. I had a few friends and family members pitch in, but I think neither the idea of the story nor the Inkshares method appealed to them. With the bad relationship with my wife, debt, and anxiety taking over, I simply cannot campaign any longer.
I’m looking into alternatives. I will self-publish Far Flung most likely - I will use this wonderful list of followers and contacts and ask everyone to follow along as I update progress on the fate of Far Flung. My next draft will go to Launch Pad early next year - they might be able to help me find someone interested in publishing. After that, I’ll be looking for ways to get a professional edit done. I’ve no idea how I’ll get the $$$ for that, but ... one step at a time, I suppose.
Anyway, my thanks to everyone. You’ll get your refund shortly, though I wish it were a promise of a book instead.
This was an amazing experience, despite this outcome.
Good day readers!
All is moving wonderfully with THE LOVE FOOL publication. As many of you already know, the official release date is 13 March 2018.
You can now see THE LOVE FOOL listed on prominent retailer websites like Barnes & Noble, Amazon, but more importantly on IndieBound - where readers can find their local independent bookseller and hopefully pre-order. (More on this later.)
We are in the final stages of completing the book cover design. I’m working with a designer recommended by the wonderful staff at Inkshares. And I cannot wait to share it with you all.
As far as the publication process, the manuscript should be in the galley proof stage by now, and would be coming to me for another review sometime soon. We’re on schedule for the March release and it is super exciting.
The official THE LOVE FOOL website will be coming early 2018.
I’ve also been working on other publications: I’ve been contributing to a lifestyle, food and travel magazine called Intermezzo Magazine; and you’ll see a classic aperitivo drink recipe I contributed to SIP the Magazine – a cocktail focused publication. Look for them in your local newsstand, bookstore or subscribe to each (see links).
I wish you all a festive holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a happy & safe new year!