Karen has been writing since she was ten years old, when she furiously scribbled a lot of angst about nothing in the small spiral bound notebooks that she then hid under her mattress, which fooled nobody. Karen writes a novel every year in November, as part of National Novel Writing Month. In 2016 she published one of them, One Brave Thing, and in 2017 she published the second one, What if Bebe Stays with Steven?
Karen’s favorite things to do are reading and writing. Oh, and going to the ocean (the cure for all ills). Karen writes about anything that interests her, which most recently is books (other people’s as well as her own) and metaphysical healing (she is also a Registered Nurse Health Coach and Reiki Master Teacher).
Reach Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in reading my blog posts along the way from writing to publishing my book, scroll down this page:
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February 2, 2016: My proof copy has arrived!!!! Note the new title: it’s once again One Brave Thing. I am accepting advance orders! 🙂
January 22, 2016: Submitted! Now I am waiting for my proof copy and hopefully there won’t be too much that needs fixing…
June 7, 2015: I finished it!!!! As of yesterday, June 6th, my book, once again entitled Why Buy the Cow? is complete. Next step: find an agent. My query is written! I am waiting, however, until Mercury turns direct to send it out. Why not control what little I can?
May 14, 2015: My book is having an identity crisis. One of me readers liked the title it had when she read it: One Brave Thing. Because I am firm and decisive, today I have changed the title back to this one.
Don’t judge me.
May 6, 2015: I am one giant step closer to publishing my first novel! After meeting with my editor/writing advisor Kim (check out her blog at ourstorymatters2.com) today, I have come full circle, back to the title of Why Buy the Cow? I am going to get my revisions done this month (she said, hopefully…) and start querying in June. I am almost there! I have even sent my book out (two chapters at a time, like Stephen King did once) to my friend Lynn and the good feedback she gave me helped brave me up enough to send it to Kim for editing and feedback.
October 31 ,2014: I was reading over this page that, until 5 minutes ago, was entitled My First Novel. So, it just occurred to me that i have written four books, not just one. As I sit here and reflect on this, the hallowed NaNoWriMo eve, my thoughts are thus: should I do it again? I pause for a moment, and then I hear the words of Elizabeth Gilbert in my head: Well why the hell not? And so. Let the games begin. 🙂
March 2, 2014: Hello novel, it’s been a while. One thing is for sure: It has been a while since I’ve been talking about my first (as yet unpublished) novel. Another thing is that I definitely have lost track of the number of drafts it has undergone, since I was thinking this was the fourth one but after reading the previous update, I fear I may be underestimating.
Anyway, I spent the day getting ready to write the Final Version of the story, which might include a title change, as well as the elimination of several thousand words. The longest draft was somewhere around 110,000 word count…too long for any people who I know to read it in this lifetime (only Stephen King and scarce few others can get away with a word count that high-can you say Under the Dome?). I am hoping to tell the story in about 65,000 to 75,000 words and to finish before 2014 does.
I am writing more by hand than by typing at this point, so we’ll see.
Write it Down, Make it Happen. Are you familiar with that book by Henriette Klauser? That’s what I’m doing. I am writing this down to Make. It. Happen.
September 23, 2012: I am hard at work finishing my third (fourth? fifth? I’ve lost count) draft of my first book in its third person POV morph. I plan to finish it before November 1 because that’s when NaNoWriMo starts, and I”ve already got two book ideas that I’m trying to choose between to write this time. Note to self: It would be really, really good if I finish the book I wrote for the first NaNoWriMo that I completed in 2010.
April 14, 2012: Sad but true: my book is still not ready for prime time. My husband (remember him? the one I did not slap back in December?) said: “You have to start over and write in the third person point of view.” Really? Really? So I did. I’m giving it six months.
December 30, 2011: I have come to the sad realization, after weeks of trying to cut and paste my edits and revisions, that it’s just not possible to do it this way. I shared this insight with my husband yesterday, who replied, “No kidding.” No, I did not slap him. He was out of reach at the time.
So I will begin my fourth and final (one can only hope) re-write of Why Buy the Cow tomorrow. Wish me luck.
NOVEMBER 18, 2011: My husband, who is my first, best (and thus far only) reader, read through the rough draft last night and had this advice to offer: “It needs to be reworked.” Fine. I knew this. I will do it. I have a plan (actually, we brainstormed a little and he helped me to organize my thoughts as well as to make a plan to reorder some of the chapters (and condense others) and I’m recommitted to getting it finished this year. 🙂
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011: The uncorrected proof of my book is, alas, still mostly uncorrected. I had to shelve it for a bit while I undertook another (work) project but now that transition is mostly complete, it’s time to finish the proof. I have set a deadline that I will finish proofing it by October 31, since the next NaNoWriMo begins November 1st and I just may be participating again this year. It doesn’t make sense to do so though if I haven’t finished the work from the prior year, though, right?
JULY 6, 2011: My proof copy of my book arrived in the mail today! I saw the package lying on the kitchen island with the other mail when I returned home from work.
BEFORE: I’ve just finished my novel, entitled Why Buy the Cow? A Young Woman’s Journey Through Men to Marriage. I am working on the editing of my manuscript and am lucky enough to have the love and support of my family and friends every step of the way.