Thursday, January 1, 2015

Here's to 2015! (And a look back at 2014)

Happy New Year!

I don't know about you guys, but I'm PUMPED for 2015. Lots of movin' and shakin'. Writing and editing and submitting and PUBLISHING! Whoot!

It's always kind of fun to go back and look at what I thought was going to happen last year. Turns out I was fairly close.

Here's the list of goals I had for 2014. 
(I've highlighted the things that did happen.)

Start submitting THE INFORMANT 
Start the search for representation for THE PRINCESS AND THE THIEF
Release of ROAD TO SOMEWHERE (Bloomsbury Spark)
Release of FRACTION OF HOPE (#2 in The Fraction Series)
Write and release the third book in The Fraction Series
Release of ONE WISH AWAY (Bloomsbury Spark)

I pretty much achieved the goals that weren't attached to The Fraction Series. (At the end of 2013 I realized I had to get the rights back for the series which took most of 2014). 

2014 was SUCH a learning year for me in terms of everything writerly. I'm really excited to put all those things to use in 2015 and beyond.

Speaking about 2015... here are my goals for this year!
Publish all four books in The Fraction Series. (First one comes out January 6th!)
Publish NO TIME FOR LOVE, my collab with the super duper Cassie Mae!
Publish ALL SHE NEEDS IS LOVE, YA Contemp

Continue submission with PRINCESS AND THE THIEF, collab with Jessica Salyer

Finish RAINBOWS & RAINDROPS with my collab author bud, Jenny S. Morris
Write BEST FRIEND WARS with another collab author bud, Jessica Salyer
Write the first book in a YA Dystopian series, working title, WINDOWS TO THE SOUL


So that's what 2015 looks like right now. Like I said, I'm really excited. By the end of 2015 I should have eight published books and hopefully a few more with their feelers out there. 

So how about you guys!? Got a lot of exciting stuff happening in 2015?

Monday, December 22, 2014

This is... the Story of a Story

Now don't tell me you don't have the Nine Days song playing in your head thanks to my brilliantly chosen blog post title? You know the one I'm talking about right?

This one.

 

That was fun. Taking a trip back to 2000... or whenever that song was released.

This post is going to have a little less guitar and even though I'd love to have you all over to my place for a dance party.... we'll have to wait. (And maybe avoid the fire and the whole city power outage in the process.)

No, this story of a story is about the first book I ever published and why I'm re-releasing it two years later.

This story is called FRACTION OF STONE, and is the first of four books in a YA Fantasy collection, The Fraction Series. I wrote it as my NaNo 2011 project. Took me ten days. I was obsessed. SUPER obsessed. This wasn't the first book I'd ever written, in fact, it was my fourth. But it was the first one that felt...good enough. Like perhaps I'd finally learned enough, practiced enough, honed my skills enough to be a good enough writer.

Of course I queried the bejesus out of it. Got seven requests for fulls...but Fantasy is a hard sell so all of them came back with a pass. So I subbed it out to small pubs.

And I got a bite! My first ever offer for ANYTHING! This was it! This was what it was all about! There was a contract and official edits (four rounds!) and an amazing cover and people liked it! Holy crap, readers actually liked it!

I dove into creating the second book, the writing fire burning bright inside me.

And then a little less than a year into the release, word came down that there were some complications which didn't allow for the small pub to take on the rest of The Fraction Series.

After pondering what to do for a number of months, I made the decision to take the rights back, and publish the series on my own. It was a really hard decision, because I loved the folks that helped me achieve my dream. They understood my work, and it was better because of them. But ultimately, I had to do what was best for the series.

It takes a while to get through the logistics of getting the rights back. Changing everything online. Creating your own self publishing identity. I was working on other manuscripts and the wind for the writing sails was kind of taken up elsewhere so I kept putting off working on my Fantasy series. The second book remained half finished on my hard drive.

And then one day I was pursuing Goodreads and realized someone had recently left an encouraging review for FRACTION OF STONE. They understood the characters and enjoyed the story. All of a sudden I had to get back into that world. I opened the half done manuscript.

With the reader's words in my mind, I finished the second and then flew into writing the third book. As I immersed myself in a world I loved, with characters I couldn't believe I ever left, I forced myself to learn the ropes of self publishing. It was hard, yes. But thanks to the help of so many friends in the publishing world, I worked through it.

So now, almost two years after it was first published, I am re-releasing FRACTION OF STONE on January 6th, 2015 with an aggressive plan to release the rest of the series in the first half of 2015.

It is so true, that this writing journey, like any journey in life, is a road full of ups and downs. I am so thrilled to have made the decision to self publish this series and to take responsibility of the ups and downs that are certain to come along with this part of the road which, up until this point, I have not traveled.

So thank you to my betas, my family and friends and especially to Cassie Mae and Jolene Perry for helping me with the formatting and cover respectively.



Here is the 2015 release schedule for The Fraction Series
Fraction of Stone releases on January 6th, 2015
Fraction of Hope will release in early February, 2015
The third book in the series will be out sometime in April, 2015
And the series will be complete in June, 2015

To help me celebrate, enter to win a signed copy below!

And most of all, no matter your dream, no matter the obstacles or bumps in the road, don't let it stop you. Because even if the way you get there is in no way how you imagined, if you don't give up, you will eventually get there.

And it's worth it.




Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn

Fraction of Stone

by Kelley Lynn

Giveaway ends January 06, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Friday, December 5, 2014

HUGE Contest Giveaways!

Hello blog.

It's been a long time.

But luckily you're still here because I have a REALLY amazing giveaway to share with you.

As some of you may recall, the super duper Cassie Mae and I have a collab project releasing November 2015 with Tulip Romance titled NO TIME FOR LOVE. 

Well, the Spence Hill Family (which Tulip Romance is a part of) is throwing a HUGE giveaway in the month of December. So make sure to throw your hat in the ring at least once, if not a million times.

I mean, look at all the cool stuff you can win! (Not nearly everything is pictured below.) And these buckets of prizes include books, swag, gift cards, critiques...chocolate.





So GOOD LUCK! And make sure you let me know when you win ;)



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