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It’s finished!

The rough draft for Blood for Blood, Keira Blackwater #2, is finished! I am officially doing my happy dance. I started edits yesterday, plan to finish them up in the next week, then let my husband read it looking for errors I missed. Then on October 4th, my wonderful editor Kristen Hamilton takes over, and will do her magic. If everything goes smoothly, I hope to release it either in December (just in time for Christmas!), or early January. I can’t wait for everyone to read it and give me their thoughts.

In celebration of my new book getting ready to release, I will also be updating my website, Twitter, and Facebook banners. I am really excited about the new designs I have received from the designers at 99designs. I should have them up within the next few days, so check back and take a look at them, then drop me a line to let me know what you think.

Well, that’s it for now, I’m off to edit some more ūüôā

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A great editor

If you’re considering self-publishing, one of your greatest assets will be your editor.

When you’re a writer, finding a great editor is like finding a great doctor. You want one that understands your goal, listens to what you need, and doesn’t send you to the poor house. At the beginning of this year when I decided self-publishing was a viable option for me, my search began for an editor. I can’t tell you how many weeks I spent scouring the internet for the right one. Most of the ones I found had great portfolios, but their price per word to edit my manuscript gave me nightmares. I kept thinking, isn’t there someone who will do a great job for me, but won’t completely empty my wallet in the process? Finally, I stumbled upon Kristen Hamilton with Kristen Corrects¬†and my prayers were answered.

At first, I was a little worried that a less expensive price meant sub-par editing, so I had her do a sample edit for me. I was please with what she sent back. I read about her experience, checked everything on her website and Facebook page, and decided I liked what I saw enough to give her my hard earned money. Her average turnaround time as of this post is two weeks, which surprised me, so I didn’t have to wait long. I was amazed how much information and feedback I received from her. I immediately set to work implementing the changes she suggested.

A year and two edits later, Blood Cure¬†is fine tuned and ready to be published in just a few months. Kristen has been professional, friendly and courteous every time I have¬†emailed her with a question, and for me, that makes her rank at the top of my list.¬†I couldn’t have done it without her (or I could have, it just wouldn’t be as good!).¬†So if you’re looking for an editor who will be honest, professional, and help you take your writing to the next level, I highly recommend Kristen. Go check¬†out her website at the link above!

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Welcome to my website!

If you’re reading this, then my forays into the web development world were a success.¬†Woohoo!!

My name is K. R. Willis. I love reading and writing urban fantasy, anything that can take me to another world where the inhabitants are furry and fanged, or wield magic the way some of us wield a pen, and I can escape for a little while. After all, isn’t that what reading and writing are for? If you’ve landed on my website, hopefully you agree. Here’s how this road began…

Four years ago, the writing bug hit me on my way home from the grocery store. Keira, whom I introduced you to on my Home page, popped into my head and never went away. At the encouragement of my friend, M L Woods, I began to put pen to paper.

I had absolutely no idea how to write a book. I kept thinking, I can’t write a book, that’s what authors do, but Keira (and my very supportive husband) wouldn’t let me quit and Blood Cure was born. I bought every How To book I could find, joined a writer’s group, went to a critique group (which almost caused me to quit I might add – you’ve got to be pretty tough for those when you’re just starting out like I was), and read…a lot.¬†Reading books by other¬†authors I admire and¬†respect was probably the biggest way I learned. After awhile, it’s as though I absorbed their good writing habits. So to my heroines of the urban fantasy writing world, I can’t say a big enough thank you.

For the next two and a half years I worked on¬†Blood Cure. I wrote, rewrote, and struggled through telling Keira’s story, until finally finding my author’s voice (which is probably one of the hardest things to learn as a new author – or at least for me it was). After years of blood, sweat, tears, and almost quitting¬†more times than I care to remember, something resembling a real book was born. Then began my search for publication.

In the beginning, I went after traditional publishing. I queried agents, hoping one of them would agree to represent me. I had several nibbles, but no one signed me on. I¬†became frustrated, and took a breather to re-evaluate the direction I wanted to go. I happened to read a book by a self-published author, and loved it. I thought, Wow! This isn’t the crap I was led to believe self-published authors put out. So I began to research self-publishing, and after¬†reading the book SELF-PRINTED: The Sane Person’s¬†Guide to Self-Publishing, I felt confident enough to self-publish.

One year later, here I am building my own website from scratch, putting up a business Facebook page, pretty soon I’ll tackle Twitter (unfortunately, this one scares me the most because I don’t have a clue how to tweet!), I’ve had my editor Kristen Hamilton from Kristen Corrects go through¬†my manuscript¬†twice (I just got it back last Saturday with her seal of approval!), it’s formatted for e-book and paperback, and ready to go. Next I’ll launch a competition to create¬†my book cover. As of right now, Blood Cure is scheduled for an early 2017 release, so check back often for updates, and to see what I currently have in the works.

I¬†better go for now, there’s still a lot left to do, and I haven’t yet figured out how to make my list take care of itself!