Did You Know I’m an Author?

So… hey, wow. Apparently I’m an author. Who knew, right? I’m glad I figured it out before someone had to tell me; that would be really embarrassing.

*ditches casual nonchalance*
GUYS. I AM SO EXCITED. NEWS. I HAVE NEWS.
I’ll try to refrain from ‘all-caps’-ing you though and speak like a semi-rational human.

Some of you here are probably familiar with Rooglewood Press’s annual fairytale retelling contest. They hosted their very last one this year, and I was honored to be able to participate. I had no idea what I was doing, but I thought it would be fun, and I had a story idea I was fairly happy with.
The fairytale for this year was Snow White. A creepy, slightly neurotic little tale (at least if you’re going by the original), but hey, it could work with a little tweaking, right?

Now. *grins* The big reveal. *deep breath*

I didn’t win.

While you’re picking all the bleeding pieces of your shattered little hearts up off the floor, let me explain why this is actually good news. I didn’t win, but I was a finalist, and scored 57 points out of a possible 60.

Here’s proof:

Rooglewood_Finalist

Isn’t that the loveliest thing you’ve ever seen?

So yeah, pretty good news, huh?
It gets better.

See… if I had won the contest, they would have published my story for me in their collection of five winners. I would have been launched to an enormous audience practically overnight and taken a huge step in my publishing journey.
But… I also would have lost all rights to my story.

Because I didn’t win… it’s still mine. Which means I can do what I want with it.

Which also means… I’m going to publish my first book this year. *CONFETTI*

It’s written already as a novella and it will hopefully remain a novella, even through all the editing and expanding and developing. The tentative release date is September 15th of this year.

More news will be forthcoming. But I was just so excited I had to share.

This calls for ice cream. *hands out free virtual ice cream for everyone*

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35 thoughts on “Did You Know I’m an Author?

    1. *grins* I won’t say anything for certain yet, but I’m going to need people to sign up to review it when it comes out, so that might mean that *coughs* some of you will be getting a copy before it’s officially published. Shhh though. That’s our secret. ;P

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  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! THIS IS SO EXCITING I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE FINAL PRODUCT YOU’RE AMAZING AND AWESOME AND *gives up on words and dances around the room*
    *takes deep breath* Seriously though. This is awesome, and I can’t wait to see how the Lord continues to use your writing for His glory. ❤ 😀

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS THAT IS SO AWESOME I SERIOUSLY CANNOT WAIT! That was a run-on sentence specifically for this celebration. That is awesome, Kate! Let us all know if you do a blog tour, ’cause I’ll be the first to sign up. 🙂 Exciting!

    *throws confetti and eats the ice cream*

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  3. *joins the dizzying array of cheering humans*

    Once again, WOOOOHOOOO FOR YOU!! I still get tinglies every time I think about this. I mean, the FINALISTS! That’s a big thing! So excited for you, Kate. I can’t wait until September.

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  4. YES YES YES YES!!! I can’t wait to read it!!! I love books that could make me cry. (Although I’ve only ever cried about a book only ONCE in my life. Twice if you count the second time I read the first book.) And Snow White is awesome. YEEP! I’m excited! Congrats, Kate!

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    1. *grins* Thanks so much. Yeah, it’s rare I come across a book powerful enough to make me cry, so I always appreciate it when my work does that to others. 😉
      It’s a cruel authorly thing… XD

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  5. WAIT WHAT HOW DID YOU NOT TELL ME THIS?! CAN I PREORDER THIS FAR AHEAD? LIKE, E-BOOK OR PAPERBACK?! THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!

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    1. Whoops! I thought I did tell you. 😛
      Well… there’s no pre-order option, but I guess I’ll mark it down in my head just for you. *wink*

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  6. *grins and kicks back* So far most people aren’t commenting on the actual review on your finalist picture: ‘the ending made me cry’. Though maybe that’s just a given with your works. I’d not know.

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  7. CONGRATS!!! I can’t wait to read your novella! (even if the ending will make me cry…at least I’ve been warned 😉 )

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  8. *wipes a tear*
    Did… did I… beta read that?
    *starts jumping up and down*
    THAT IS EPIC
    I, honestly, cannot wait to read it in expanded form. How expanded is it going to be?

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    1. :’D Yessiree that you certainly did. I am forever beholden to you for pointing out how unnecessarily weepy was my protagonist. XD

      I don’t know for certain sure yet, but I definitely want to expand the worldbuilding at the very least. That was one of the things the judges wanted more of, so it goes pretty high on the list. 😉 But since worldbuilding by itself is boring, that also means expanded scenes, more time for character interaction and action, and maybe even a few EXTRA characters.
      The challenge will be to make it its very best without turning it into a 500,000+ word novel. 😛

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      1. XD Yes. ‘STOP CRYING BOI’ – that world you had was pretty awesome. I love those steampunky machines and contraptions that are all throughout it

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      2. XD Poor Keary…
        Yeah, that was actually my first try at steampunk and I have to say it was tremendous fun. I want to do more of it in the future.

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  9. Fantastic! This is great, so happy… and excited about this virtual ice cream. *cough* I’m dieting *cough* but virtual ice cream is still on the table! (plus it doesn’t melt… since I’m like a month late to the party).

    This is still exciting though, and demands celebrating! *THROWS CONFETTI*

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