Changes in Online Presence

In the past few months, I’ve spent most of my time in the now. I have a few goals that I’m moving toward, and each day I am giving my all to reach it.

And it feels really great to be pushing forward and taking pride in what I’m doing.

I don’t feel the pressure to “be on” that always dogged me online. I feel like I can finally relax and be me.

Then I realized I created constraints like I must be on Twitter x number of hours or I must post a blog twice a month or I have to be on Facebook every day.

I think pulling back was the best thing I could do because it made me realize how much happier I am offline. I love having private thoughts and not sharing them.

At my heart, I am an introvert. I don’t crave attention or interaction. I honestly prefer being anonymous and living my life below the radar. I also have just so much time to split between rebuilding my career in finance and writing.

At the same time, I recognize that as an author I want to give my readers access to me. I love every reader email I receive. It’s awesome to hear the affect my book had on a reader. Truly, I treasure that.

I’ve tried to come up with a balance. I will be focusing my energies on my newsletter and will send it out every two months. That’s where you will find free, unpublished short stories by me, giveaways, book updates, and insider info. I also want to keep the blog going, so I will alternate a newsletter mailing with a blog update month by month.

As for Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, I’m not planning to be there much. So it may take a while to hear back from me on those platforms.  I hope you can understand that this will help me focus more on my stories and will be better for both of us in the long run.

Have you changed your online presence? How did it work out for you?

 

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Summer Break

Right now, my real life has to take a front seat to my online life.

There are things that I absolutely need to get done this summer and that means I won’t be online much. I’ll still be sending out my monthly author newsletter, so sign up for it if you want monthly updates on my writing life (http://kourtneyheintz.com/contact/).

I’ve got a few major projects happening.

I’ve got to revise my first draft of The Unbelievables Book 3 and deliver a polished second draft to my editor by September 1.

I’ve got some personal goals that require daily exercise and cooking. I need to exercise 1-2 hours a day. I also have to prepare healthy meals.

I also have some additional professional goals that require major time this summer. I’ll explain more about that in the fall. But for the summer, I’m studying and taking tests and getting certifications that requires hundreds of  hours of preparation.

I looked at my schedule and realized that in order to complete these goals, I have to let other things (my online time) slide for a few months.

I’m sorry to be away for a bit, but it’s what I have to do right now.

Have you had to take a break from being online? Was it helpful to achieving your goals?

 

 

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A Weekend in NYC

I started the month off in Manhattan with Brett for Easter weekend. We did most of this in one day!

Macy’s had a really cool flower show in the flagship store. It looked like an enchanted forest was dropped amongst the beauty department.

 

Then we decided to go down to the Village and walked along Christopher St. and Bleeker Street.

We ended up in Nolita for sushi lunch.

And even popped into Marie Belle’s in Soho for her signature dessert and hot chocolate.

Since Brett lives Uptown, we wandered around Downtown until we were ready for dinner at Green Bo in Chinatown. The best soup dumplings and pork and rice cakes. And then across the street for my favorite pandan ice cream from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.

 

The next day we went to Central Park to see if any flowers were blooming.

 

 

Then we had an Easter feast at Kings’ Carriage House. The appetizer was purple potatoes with crabmeat, salmon, and avocado piled on top. Each bite was filled with so many flavors my tongue was dizzy with delight.

I had the duck breast with crispy kale and sweet potato entree. I can’t even describe how awesome it was. It’s a month later and just thinking about it makes my mouth water.

Dessert was a super smooth cheesecake. Awesome Easter.

 

 

And then I came back home to the turkeys that roam around in my neighborhood. I literally had to stop my walk to let a turkey cross the road.

 

 

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The Five Things I Would Tell My 20-Year-Old Self

Lately I’ve been thinking. Mostly because it’s the first time in a year and half that my mind is clear and my thought processes are firing again. I can actually do a few things at the same time and do them pretty well. In February, I started taking walks. It began as 30 minutes twice a week and mushroomed to daily walks that last 60-80 minutes, which gives me a lot of time to ruminate on stuff. I’ve got a backlog of thinking to catch up on!

On one of my epic walks, I was thinking back to when I was 20 and all the stupid things I thought and did. And I started composing this list of things I would tell my 20-year-old self. Some of it’s purely practical, some a bit deep. But I really wished I knew this back then.

  1. Take care of your teeth. When you’re thirty, you’ll need 2 root canals and a gum scaling. I know you hate flossing, but do it. Daily. Even when you hurt your back, and life is utterly miserable, make sure you brush twice a day. And use mouthwash. Your 40-year-old self thanks you.
  2. Most people leave, but you will never correctly guess who will stay. The people that you’d trust your life to at 20, most of them will leave. Some gradually, some quickly. But most won’t be around in ten years. The ones you don’t expect to stay, they will. And they will keep coming back to you. Treasure them and let the rest go.
  3. When someone shows you who they are believe them. The guys that lie and cheat—that’s who they are liars and cheaters. You cannot reform them. You cannot love them enough to make them love you. It won’t happen. I’m sorry, dear, but you just need to cut the cord and move on. Third chances are for idiots. Same with friends who betray you—frenemies are only cool in movies.
  4. Your dreams will change. And you have to find a way to adapt to a complete shift in your motivations and goals. You may feel like you are not the same person. You aren’t. And sometimes what you flee from is what you will return to in later years. Accept it and embrace change.
  5. You’ve only got this one life. Make the moments count. Live the life you want and make sure you spend your time in pursuit of your passions and your interests whatever they turn out to be.

 

When you look back on your life, is there any advice you wish you could give your twenty-year-old self?

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Does Social Media Make You Miserable?

For the past 3 months, I’ve curtailed the time I spend on social media. I check Facebook and Twitter once a week. I respond to all notifications and I try to take about 30 minutes to interact with friends’ posts and tweets. I’ve cut back on blogging and reading blogs too.

I’m not bombarded with angry political rants. I don’t have to constantly hear how awesome or awful everyone else is doing all the time. I’m not pressured to post all the time and create content and get followers. In short, I’ve stopped pushing my introvert-self outside my extroverting comfort zone so much.

What I have done instead is put more energy into my author newsletter. I enjoy creating that content and I only have to do it once a month. I’m getting responses from readers, and it’s fun without the pressure cooker feeling of social media.

The overall result is that I feel more relaxed and happy, which is incredibly important to my creating stories that I love and can share with readers.

Fundamentally, I have to be true to myself. I like living my life offline. I like having private moments that are only documented in my memory. I like disconnecting from the computer and reconnecting with friends on the phone or in person. I like listening to music and reorganizing things in my room or cooking a dish I’ve never made before or taking a hike through the woods.

So though social media can make me miserable, I’ve decided that I won’t let it. It can be a useful tool when used properly. But it can be a misery maker when you feel like you have to be there all the time and the tool starts to control your life.

 

How do you feel about social media? Epic time suck? Excellent Promo tool? Fun? Taxing?

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Winter Blog Break

With all the weekly author events, my monthly new newsletter commitments, and my writing schedule, I’ve decided to take a break from blogging for the holiday season.

I’ll still be on Facebook and Twitter, but I’m going to take a blog break from now until January 15.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

If you miss my posts, please check out all the amazing interviews and guest posts from the book tour in October and November!

TGWSG’s Blog Tour

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What is my Inspiration for the Character of Kat Preston?

 

As you might expect, I’m a bit exhausted from the blog tour for TGWSG, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite guest posts from the tour!

Guest Post from Butterfly-O-Meter Books’ Blog: My Source of Inspiration for the Character of Kat Preston by K.C. Tansley

Creating a character requires that I borrow from my own life, react to things in literature, and swirl in a ton of imagination. None of my characters are like any single living person, but I definitely borrowed from my treasure trove of personal experiences to create Kat Preston. I also created her as a reaction to some of the things I was reading in YA fiction. Sometimes others’ work can inspire us to go in a different direction…

Read the rest of this post on Butterfly-o-Meter’s Blog!

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Upcoming Author Events

November 5th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

November 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

In East Lyme, CT, at the East Lyme High School (30 Chesterfield Road): author selling and signing books.

 

In Manchester, CT, at Manchester High School (134 E. Middle Turnpike): author selling and signing books.

 

 

November 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In Meriden, CT, at the Horace C. Wilcox Technical High School (298 Oregon Road): author selling and signing books.
November 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In Southington, CT, at the AquaTurf Convention Center craft fair (Mulberry St.): selling and signing books.

 

 

 

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How to Support An Author During Her Release Week

Tomorrow (October 17) is the release date for The Girl Who Saved Ghosts! I feel like I’ve been preparing for this day all year. It’s always exciting and nerve-wracking to see how sales go!

Thanks so much for being here with me throughout this journey. There are so many ways friends, family, and fans can support an author during her release week, I thought this would be the perfect time to share them.

1. Spread the word

I only have so many followers on social media. But all my followers have their own followers. When you share something about my book on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, you help me reach new readers.

But I realize it’s hard to know what to say or share. So I’ve created a page of shareable stuff: images you can pin on Pinterest or copy and share anywhere, pre-written tweets, pre-written Facebook posts that share my book page, etc. Basically 1-2 clicks and you are done!

So this week, please stop by http://blog.kourtneyheintz.com/shareable-stuff-for-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts/

and share something with your followers!

2. If you got an ARC, post a review

Early reviews are critical to a books success. Getting 50 or more reviews on Amazon’s site during the release week makes Amazon notice a book and do lots more promotion of it. Reviews on Goodreads matter too. A solid amount of reviews signal to readers that this a book worth their time. Long or short, every single review counts and can help an author’s success!

So if you got an advance reader copy of my book, please post an honest review on Goodreads and Amazon.

3. Request your library carry the book

If you can’t afford to purchase a copy of the book, go to your library and request that they buy a copy. Libraries consider patrons’ requests for books and often make purchases based on them.

Getting my book into a library make it visible to new readers and expands my readership. So it’s a win-win for me and you.

4. Buy a book

If you are planning to buy my book, please buy it during release week. That first week of sales is when the book is most likely to hit Amazon bestseller lists and every sale counts toward making that happen. Strong sales the first week mean something to the publisher too.

If you have an Amazon credit card, you can use your points to buy the book too.

So if you can purchase the ebook or the paperback, please do it then.

5. If you have a book club or know a book club, suggest that they read the book

Book clubs are great ways to grow an author’s audience. If you happen to know a book club, tell them about my book. I’m always happy to call in, Skype in, or visit with a local book club to chat about the book.

6. During the book blog tour, stop by and comment on posts

During a blog tour, it helps to have commenters come by to chat. If you have a moment, swing by any of my upcoming blog tour stops and post a quick comment.

My official blog tour is with Xpresso Book Tours. The list of blog tour stops is going to be constantly updated in real time here:

Tour: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K.C. Tansley

 

I also had a few blog friends fit me in on their blogs too!

10/17/17: Tome Tender: Guest Post + Giveaway: Why YA Paranormals Will Never Die

10/17/17: Blossom Twins: Book Review + Giveaway

10/20/17: Jill Weatherholt: Author Spotlight

10/22: Harvest Hecate: Guest Post: Finding Balance

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Expresso Book Tours is also organizing a book giveaway for the blog tour. If you’d like to win a signed copy, you can enter the book giveaway:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232088/

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A Day In the Life of an Author

Recently, I put together a post for an ezine called Modern Creative Life. I spent a few weeks working on this post and it’s all about what my “typical Tuesday” is like. If you’ve ever been curious about what my day to day life is (and you want to see a picture of my desk), swing over there and find out!

 

Typical Tuesday with K.C. Tansley

 

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New Reviews for TGWSG

I also had two amazing book reviews this week for The Girl Who Saved Ghosts!

You can check out what Tome Tender and Confessions of a YA Reader had to say in their blog posts!

 

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Winner of Signed Copy of TGWSG

Congrats to Andrea Stephenson, who won the signed copy of TGWSG from the giveaway in the last blog post.  I’ll email you for your mailing address this week!

 

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The Girl Who Saved Ghosts Releases in One Month!

 

I can’t believe there are only 4 weeks left until The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is released! This entire year has been about revising the book, proofreading the book, marketing the book. And there’s still so much to be done!

The preorder links are up for the paperback of The Girl Who Saved Ghosts on

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

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SIGN UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER FOR INFO ON PREORDER GIVEAWAYS

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter. There’s videos and images of author notes and stuff you can’t find anywhere else on this series. The preorder giveaways are only available to newsletter subscribers until October 18, 2017.

Make sure to sign up for author updates so you’ll be in the know!

Contact Kourtney

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EARLY REVIEWS

Early reviews of the book have been terrific!

If you got an advance reader copy, please remember when you post your review to mention “I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.”

Amazon doesn’t allow review posting until the actual release date on October 17, 2017. But you can write the review whenever you finish the book and have the review ready to post or post it to Goodreads now. Early reviews are absolutely critical to a book’s success. Thank you so much for your support!

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UPCOMING BLOG TOUR

I’m hard at work on all the guest posts and interviews for my blog tour in October. I’m hoping you’ll swing by some of the posts then.

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ARC GIVEAWAY

And lastly, I haven’t done a giveaway of an advance reader copy to my blog followers, and so here it is!

Comment below and you will be entered to win an advance reader copy of my book.

I will close the giveaway on September 29, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. and announce the winner in my next blog post on October 2. Make sure to get your entry in!

 

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