Still trying to write a novel

Thank you all of you who have written me about it, and those of you who offered to be test readers of my manuscript. I really appreciate the interest!!! I ended up going with a couple of my best homegirls for that. Anyway, my manuscript went out to 10 book editors recently, and now it is a candle lighting/finger crossing/marathon prayer session/waiting game to see if a publishing house will buy it. I think it is the cutest book ever – of course, I wrote it, what else could I say??? It has adorably kooky characters, love triangles, roller derby girls, crafting, Mexican food, reggae music, and of course, GLITTER!

So will it sell?

Half of me knows that many, many authors have never published their first, or even second, manuscript. I’m ready for that. I knew I was taking a chance when I devoted all those hours to it. The chances are slim.

However, the other half of me has this gut feeling that this was meant to be!!

I’ve had visions of seeing the cover of my book on the middle table at Barnes and Noble. I’ve been working on this project for the past three years, with no paycheck or guarantee attached. I’m a busy lady who has a family to feed. During those three years, I worked full-time, wrote my craft books, ran my online store, and did the whole domestic thing. Why in the world would I stay up until 2 a.m. every night to write a novel? I’ve never written a lick of fiction before. But I felt so compelled to do this. I don’t know why. The characters just hopped out of my head, and followed me around in my daily life. Something in me, maybe an angel or an internal (fictional?) boot camp coach, made me follow through like a woman possessed.

It all started in 2004, when I saw an ad for National Novel Writing Month. Tonight I re-read my blog from that month, where I posted my progress. I would love more than anything to email NaNoWriMo founder, Chris Baty, and tell him – “My novel sold! Thank for having NaNoWriMo!”

Even if it doesn’t sell, I feel so proud to have accomplished such a feat. Will I ever do it again? Probably. I have a couple other ideas for saucy reads. In the meantime, I’m still working hard on my craft books. My next one is for Random House/Potter Craft (they rock!), and it is a Crafty Chica sewing book. I’m so grateful to write craft books.

Today at Borders I looked for my books to sign. I couldn’t find them anywhere. I asked the clerk to please look up my name to see if they had any in the store. She said yes, and we walked to the craft section to find a stack of them. I got a bit worried because I had signed several a couple months ago. For a second I thought, “How embarrassing, these must be the ones I signed last time!”.

But no.

It was a fresh pile of books. The others had sold! So, thank you to the wonderful Glendale crafty chicas who purchased them! It made my whole day!
Felicidades,
Kathy 🙂

Love & light,


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