That’s what chocolate is for.

Whew! It has been a busy couple of weeks! I know we haven’t had a chance to talk about my journey to publish my novel series for a while because my last few posts have been about author platforms. I wanted to kick off my new Resources for Authors section here on the ole blogy-blog so I made that little detour. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should head on over and poke around. There are some helpful tips and what-not there that I think you might find useful. I will be posting new articles each week so keep checking back for more updates so you don’t miss out. I would hate for you to miss out. πŸ™‚

So, how things have been going for me. Well, I’m now the proud owner of even more shiny, new rejections letters. I keep telling myself that one day when I’m a well-known, best-selling author that I’ll look back on this and remember it fondly as “paying my dues.” Of course if that day never comes, I will look back on this and smack myself in the forehead for all the time I’ve wasted trying to be a writer. Haha! Was that a little too real for you? Sorry, it’s been a rough week.

Let’s get back to the positives. I have had some great experiences with the two writer’s groups I’m in. One group meets in the flesh and the other “meets” online through Google docs and Hangouts (to read more about that one, come back on Friday, I’m posting about critique groups and beta readers. They have been so great, I’ve gotten some really good feedback and they both leave me feeling even more motivated to write.

Also, a new friend on Twitter told me she’s enjoying my blog. Now that may not seem like much to you, but it seriously made my week! The timing could hardly have been better, and to have someone other than your mom tell you they like your writing is such a mood booster! Although if we’re being completely honest here, my mom doesn’t even read my blog and I’m totally calling her out on it because she won’t see this. lol (Don’t tell on me k?) But seriously, Tracy, if you’re reading this, you are a Rock-star and I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog!

Also good news not related to writing (very much), my fellas told me that for their birthday they would like to do a Harry Potter party. For those of you new to my blog and who know little about me I should tell you, I am a huge J.K. Rowling fan. I love her Harry Potter series! I was so excited when my fellas informed me of their choice, that I wasted little time in going on Pinterest and pinning about 150 Harry Potter party ideas. Again, for those of you who don’t know me well, I live to plan things. I usually go all out for my fellas’ birthday too. I’ve always thought about starting my own event planning business and dessert catering company so I thought this might be the opportune time for that (seeing as how I have yet to find work as an attorney or a writer, but that’s getting back into the negative so let’s not dwell). So if you’re in the Phoenix or East Valley area and you need help planning your party, check out my other blog Piazza Parties and we’ll talk!

And not to worry, I have not given up on my writing journey! I will persevere even in the face of all the naysayers and shiny, new rejection letters that I get. What am I planning for my next steps, you may be asking. Well, first is to send out round two of my query letters. Although it is taboo to send more than one letter to agents in the same agency at the same time, if you have received a rejection letter from one agent, some agencies are ok with you querying other agents (just check with the submission guidelines first!). So there are some other great agents that I’d really like to query that I will now be able to since I got those shiny, new rejection letters.

There are also some other agents I didn’t query the first round because, well, it takes a lot of work to query. After sending out letters to those in my first round, I was mentally and emotionally exhausted. So I set aside the rest for my second round (though I was hopeful I wouldn’t need them, sigh, ah the blissful hope of the novice). I will be querying them now with fingers and toes crossed and a ton of prayers murmured every few minutes or so.

I will also continued to build my author platform and I’m working on self-publishing my novella. So if you haven’t read it yet, you should do so now while it’s still free. πŸ˜‰ You can do that here #themaladroit. Also, I will keep working on my newsletters that I started sending out. The next one will come out tomorrow, so if you haven’t signed up for my monthly newsletter, you should hurry up and do that! (If you’d like legal tips for writers.)

Otherwise, I want to hear from you. Jot down what topics you’d like to see discussed and maybe, just maybe, I will write about them. Ok, I’ll totally write about them because I think you all are so awesome, I just can’t say no. Unless it’s something about quantum physics or where babies come from because I won’t talk about those things. πŸ™‚

Anywho, thanks for joining me for another week. I hope you are having an absolutely spectacular day. And if you aren’t, hang in there, you aren’t alone, and that’s what chocolate is for.

Until we meet again!

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    I think you are a great writer and you gave me great insight on a story I wrote at our last Meet Up. I admire how you want to get published by the ole’ school way and don’t resort to self publishing online; especially when its free now. I am enjoying your novel and I too enjoy your blog. Sincerely, David

    • Kara

      Thanks David. I enjoy helping other writers so I’m glad I could help you. And in answer to your question about chocolate, it doesn’t matter which, as long as it’s chocolate. πŸ™‚

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    When you say chocolate. Do you mean chocolate candy or chocolate ice cream?

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    Ha! Be careful what you write! Also – what did I teach you about ending a sentence with a preposition??? #mothersalwaysfindout #iactuallyreadthisone

    • Kara

      I’m a rebel, tell me not to end a sentence with a preposition and I’ll do it just because I want to.

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