Review copies of Dismissed available!

Hi all!

Xpress Book Tours are currently accepting registrations for readers who would like to receive a review copy of Dismissed. If you feel like a fun afternoon read featuring a gorgeous teacher who moonlights as a rockstar, and his trouble-making, dreadlocked twin brother, sign up here!

Wattpad

I found this interesting article about an author who had great success with Wattpad: http://kobowritinglife.com/2014/11/13/wattpad-a-powerful-tool-for-book-marketing/ (for those who have never heard of Wattpad, the article explains that too).

She makes an interesting point about writing the whole story first and then releasing it a chapter at a time, but reminding readers that they can buy the full version if they can’t wait for the next chapter for free. *Sigh* I have so much still to learn!

Earlier in the year I opened a Wattpad account, but I wasn’t really sure how to use it effectively. I also got a bit burnt out using Tablo and SwoonReads at the same time. But it might be time to revisit it and see if I can actually become a properly functioning community member!

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Romance Writing Structure

Even though I’ve written two novels, I still feel a bit clueless when it comes to structuring one. I find the middle particularly hard to deal with, especially when trying to incorporate a romantic relationship into the story. So I went hunting and found this cool post about the seven story beats in a romance novel: http://kayedacus.com/2008/04/28/writing-the-romance-novel-the-seven-story-beats/

Hopefully it will inspire you and help you develop a stronger and more consistent story.

Indie Aussie Authors…

I recently started a website that was designed to support independent Aussie authors on their writing journey. I did this because I had no idea where to meet others that were doing the same thing as me – wanting to self-publish and learn the right way to go about it in 2015.

So I launched the site, but around the same time, I had a few other commitments that meant I wasn’t able to dedicate as much time as I would have liked to the concept.

But even when I was able to focus back on it, I struggled to figure out what it was that I was trying to achieve. I wondered why I was attempting to help people when I had no idea what I was doing myself. I had finished my second book, but I didn’t have a strategy for it, so I decided to release it and just ‘see what happened’.

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An awesome resource…

I have just discovered the Writer’s Café at Kboards, which has a great community of indie authors. They even have an Aussie Writers thread: http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,158050.0.html

The people there are all very friendly and helpful in terms of sharing advice, and I hope to relay some of it here as I navigate this very crazy world of self-publishing in 2015.

I’ve only been back in the marketing side of things for a few weeks, but so far it’s been a bit overwhelming. It’s made me realise I know almost nothing about this business, and that I have a lot to learn!

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Dismissed released today!

It’s only taken four years, but Kirsty’s second book Dismissed was released today! This story was written for Nanowrimo in 2014 and inspired by a fascination with forbidden relationships. Some of Kirsty’s favourite love stories have involved couples that have taken forever to get together – think Niles and Daphne or Fran and Maxwell.

The teacher / student concept isn’t new, but hopefully this take on it feels fresh and entertaining. Set in Brisbane, Dismissed follows Lizzie White’s final year of high school and how she deals with a crush on her English teacher while trying to commit to a fellow classmate. Add in a selfish best friend, a trouble-making twin and a rock band, and you have the makings of a fun and fast-paced read.

Dismissed is available in both Kindle and paperback on Amazon.

And for those who want to delve deeper into Lizzie’s world,  here is a playlist of songs to go with the book:

  • Samuel Larsen – Be (Samuel Larsen was my inspiration for Brandon in case you’re wondering!)
  • Incubus – Stellar
  • Sing – Ed Sheeran
  • Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  • Backstreet Boys – As Long As You Love Me
  • Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Pharrell Williams – Happy
  • Sting – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
  • Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know
  • Wicked Games – Parra For Cuva

Click here for the playlist on YouTube.