Hello friends and neighbors,
I thought long and hard about what I wanted to write about today, and it seemed fitting to do a 'State of Kelly' Address.
What in the world does that mean?
It means that I thought it would be good to let y'all into my mind a little bit ("But Kelly, we've read Heartless... we may not want in there...") Good point, well, here is the non-freaky part of my mind ;)
Last month, I released my 6th book/novella in 7 months. I know some authors who publish more than that... I know a lot who haven't published six books in three years. That's not the point lol
The point is my mind is erupting with story ideas. I just plotted out a huge story last night (that will cover several books) and I still have Reckless to write (I'm writing on it now. I'll have a release date for you soon. YES, it'll be this fall :) )
My mind is full of all these stories that I can't wait to get to you guys... but my heart... my heart is kinda tired. *Insert your eye roll here*-- I understand-- This business is so hard. It is hard work AND it is hard on the old nerves. One day you can be riding high and the next you want to curl up in a ball and never leave. And no, sales are NOT the only deciding factor (in fact you can feel like never writing another book again on a GOOD sales day). I think most (all) writers have this sense of "Oh my land.... what have I done?" And that through is worse on some days than others.
I am so grateful to have the Nerd Group to help on those days... and they don't even know it. Yesterday, we watched the X-files episode HOME together (I know... I know). It is nice to have things like that, a community of people who support you and who hopefully feel I support them. We've love to have you if you want to join...
I've also been thinking about self-publishing and the stigmas behind it. I've heard a few this past week that sort of got to me... I think I might do a youtube series on it. I'm not sure. I'm kinda in a unique situation where I've been traditional/small press published and indie.
Would I love a 'Big 5' contract? Heck, yeah!
Do I want to keep writing stories? Absolutely.
Do I know where the future goes? Not in the least.
*If you are a self-published author, what sort of things have you heard about yourself/self-publishing as a whole?
*If you are a traditional author, what stigmas have you heard about yourself?
*If you are a reader, what do you think of indie books in general?
All of these things will help me figure out what I want to talk about. AND I'm NOT going to whine lol. That's not what this is about "Ohhhhhhhhhh... it's so hard. Pity me!" No! I want to focus on the good, the bad, and the ugly. I want to help folks who maybe need help... and maybe some who don't ;)
BASICALLY, the state of Kelly is a rambly mess.
Reckless (fall 2016)
Breast Cancer Anthology (fall... I think... 2016)
Carnival surprise (2017)
After that???? Who knows?
Thank you for reading the confusing State of Kelly. I've actually had an amazing year and this is the FIRST year that I haven't taken a little break from writing. Breaks are good. I should look into that. ;)
Love y'all <3
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About Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin is an Amazon bestseller and award-winning author. She loves abandoned house photography, ghost stories, and trying to figure out what goes bump in the night.
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Books by Kelly Martin
The Afterlife of Lizzie Monroe
The Heartless Series:
Dark and Deadly Things
Dark and Devious Things
Dark and Dreadful Things
Dark and Desperate Things
Dark and Dangerous Things (AUG. 2017)
Fairy Tale Series
Betraying Ever After
The Beast of Ravenston
The Glass Coffin
The Deception of Devin Miller
B.I.G. is Beautiful: A Love Story
Out of the Blue
The Black Heart
Crossing the Deep
Saint Sloan Series
Love in the 80s
Once Bitten, Twice Shy
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