Hey friends! I know it's been almost a year since I've posted, and I do apologize for the very long delay. Life and writing and deadlines have kept pummeling into me, despite my good intentions to update my blog. But there is lots to catch you up on, so hang with me for a few … Continue reading Long Delayed Updates!
Release Day & Giveaway for BURIED EVIDENCE
If you've followed my blog for a while or poked around on my website, you probably know I write under two names -- Kellie M. Parker (this website) for my YA spec fiction and thrillers, and Kellie VanHorn for my Christian romantic suspense books. Deciding to go with two pen names was a tough call, … Continue reading Release Day & Giveaway for BURIED EVIDENCE
Choosing Your Path to Publication, Part 3: Decisions, Decisions
Welcome back for the last post in our short series on paths to publication. If you missed Part 1 Traditional Publishing or Part 2 Self-Publishing, be sure to catch up on the pros and cons first! Today, we're going to talk about how to make this important decision, why I chose traditional publishing, and some … Continue reading Choosing Your Path to Publication, Part 3: Decisions, Decisions
Choosing Your Path to Publication, Part 1: Traditional Publishing
If you’re an unpublished writer just starting out, you’ve probably already come face-to-face with the big question: how will I publish my book? In the “old” days (way back before 2010), you really only had one choice. Print out your manuscript, nestle it into a manila envelope along with your SASE, and mail it out … Continue reading Choosing Your Path to Publication, Part 1: Traditional Publishing
FATAL FLASHBACK Cover Reveal, Plus Publishing Q&A
I know, I know, I promised you more details about RWA National. And they are coming, but this bit of news is too good to hold back any longer. My cover for FATAL FLASHBACK, coming December 2019 from Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, is done. Since you'll probably just skip everything to scroll down anyway, let's … Continue reading FATAL FLASHBACK Cover Reveal, Plus Publishing Q&A
Guest Post: What First Edition Book Would You Buy If You Could?
Today I'm delighted to welcome author Jason VanHorn, who has some fun things to share for anyone who loves books. If you or a middle-grader you know are interested in action-packed spy adventures, be sure to check out Jason's books at http://www.alabasterdangermond.com. His newest release, Alabaster Dangermond and Astrid's Jewel, is available now. You know … Continue reading Guest Post: What First Edition Book Would You Buy If You Could?
Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Tips for Querying Literary Agents
One of the things I love about this blog is being able to share with you what I'm learning on my writing journey. Lately, I've been spending a lot of time reading up on how to query literary agents. As you might guess, thanks to my BFF Google, there's plenty to find on this topic. … Continue reading Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Tips for Querying Literary Agents
The Three W’s of Creating Your Own Publishing Imprint
Hello, friends! I'm so excited to be able to share with you something that's been in the works in my household for the past several months--my husband (also a writer) and I have decided to launch our own publishing imprint, Goldenwood Press, LLC. Today I want to walk you through the whys and hows of … Continue reading The Three W’s of Creating Your Own Publishing Imprint
A Crash Course on Wooden Sailing Ships for Writers
Hello, friends! I'm so excited about today's topic, because it means I get to dust off my very dusty nautical archaeology degree to talk about the basics of wooden sailing ships. Why might this be of interest to you? Well, if you're a writer, and your character is ever going to set foot on a … Continue reading A Crash Course on Wooden Sailing Ships for Writers
You Can Break the Rules If You’re Victor Hugo
Hello, friends! Some of you might recall that I read The Brothers Karamazov last year with a book club (homeschool moms are way too ambitious, sometimes). This year we've decided to up the ante--apparently 800 pages wasn't long enough---so now we're reading Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, which checks in at a whopping 1460 pages for the … Continue reading You Can Break the Rules If You’re Victor Hugo