The Whirlwind of December

 

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December was my busiest month this year!

I had two holiday craft fairs on December 6th and December 13th. That means I’m up at 6:30 a.m. getting ready, packing the car, heading to the venue, setting up, and then actively selling the book for 6 hours with Mom and then packing everything up again.

It’s a long day for both of us. I’m very lucky that she helps me out.

St. Pius X Holiday Craft Fair on Dec 6th:

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Friends of the Wolcott Public Library Holiday Craft Fair on December 13th:

 

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I also had some holiday orders for signed copies. In December, I sold a total of 47 books! I’ve also broken the 1000 copies sold milestone, which is something only 10-15% of debut authors (traditionally or indie published) accomplish.

I finished my first draft of Six Train’s sequel on December 12th. It’s 82,000 words or 445 pages. I planned to take the rest of December off since I’d been drafting non-stop for 4 months, but things had started to happen with The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts.

Harlequin signed off on the termination agreement for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. Then they sent me the line edited version. ICM agreed to terminate me as a client too.

So I spent December 14-Dec 28th doing line edits. I’ve never seen so much red on a page before. Most painful editing process ever. But the book is far better for it!

My reward was that I spent the New Year’s holiday in NYC with my best friend, Brett. We hung out, watched movies, galavanted around the city, and caught up on each other’s lives. On NYE, we went to see Erasure in concert at Terminal 5. It was amazing!

Andy Bell is in fantastic shape. He moved like a leprechaun all over that stage. And he’s got such charisma and personality. A real showman.

 

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At midnight, Brett and I hugged and kissed and it was so nice to be with someone I’ve known 19 years. What a wonderful start to 2015!

On New Year’s Day, I got to have lunch with my mentor (and dear friend) and his wife and daughter. It’s so cool to reconnect with people who were such a big part of my early days in New York.

The next day, I had lunch with my former boss and early reader of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. She always supported my dream of being a writer, even when I wasn’t particularly good at it. It was lovely to catch up with her.

On my last night in the city, my oldest friend Ant and his husband Darren met Brett and me for dinner. We had a blast catching up and the conversation flowed so freely. Two hours flew by.

I’m so lucky to have such great people in my life. I can’t imagine my world without them.

 

 

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30 Responses to The Whirlwind of December

  1. kathils says:

    Congratulations on the 1000 copy mark!! Well deserved. 🙂

  2. K. Lyn Wurth says:

    Kourtney, you’ve been working so hard and I’m so happy that you’re reaping success! I love your updates. How exciting that you have your novel back in your hands. And I’m excited to read your six train sequel! Keep writing, dear blog buddy. I wish you the best in this new year! Maybe 2015 will be the year I actually get to meet you! Love, Kelly

    • December was one of the most writing intensive months this year. 🙂 Thanks. I’m glad I could finally share some good news. This fall was a pretty dark time. It was a lot of nail biting time before I got it back. Six Train’s sequel should be out in fall 2016. That’s the deadline I’m working toward. I will. I have an idea for a standalone simmering in my brain too. Hope you have an awesome new year too! LOL. I hope so, though I am cutting back a lot on travel. There just isn’t a budget for big trips in 2015. I’ll be staying on the east coast this year. Hugs, Kourtney

  3. So good to know you have had such a wonderful fulfilling even though busy December Kourtney.. And you looked to have enjoyed Christmas and the New Year..
    Happy New Year to you.. wishing you every success with your New Book too in 2015. xxx Hugs Sue

    • Thanks Sue! I definitely rang in the New Year the right way. I came home full of hope and energy. 🙂 Aw thank you. I’m hoping I’ll have some good news to share in the coming weeks about that. 🙂 Hugs, K

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    Sounds like a busy but rewarding month, and getting to see Erasure live was the cherry on top. 🙂 Congrats on the 1,000-book sales mark!

    • Yes. I worked hard, but I played hard. There has to be that balance. Erasure was wow. So cool. And being back in NYC always grounds me. It still feels like home 4 years after I left. Thanks–I was really hoping to break that number in 2014. So happy it actually happened!

  5. Congratulations on the 1,000 copies Kourtney – you’ve worked hard for that so it’s much deserved. And a first draft of the sequel, great news. Glad you found time to have some fun (I’ve been to see Erasure a few times over the years, always entertaining!)

    • Thanks Andrea. There were times I despaired that it would never happen. Yes, I’m going to be taking a break from the sequel to work on my other manuscript, but I have a timeline set up so I will get back to it and move it along in the process. Fall 2016 publication is completely doable. They are just so great–their music, their energy, and their love of what they are doing comes through so strongly!

  6. Pete Denton says:

    Congratulations on breaking through the thousand sales mark. Very good news.

    I didn’t know about the problems with Harlequin for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. I’m sorry and hope you either find a new home for your story or release it out into the world yourself.

    Wishing you the best for 2015!

    • Thanks!

      Yeah, that all went down in October. It was one of the worst experiences. I’m working on that. 🙂 Hope to share some news in the coming weeks. Wishing you a wonderful 2015 too!

  7. Lori D says:

    Congratulations on 1,000 sold sold. Great job, Kourtney. You’ve been working so hard. Keep up that good work.

    • Thanks Lori. It’s been a challenge but I’m sticking with it. It doesn’t get easier, but I am getting better at it. Always new hurdles but I’ve never had a job that required so much of me and gave me so much back. 🙂

  8. Mayumi-H says:

    Sounds like an awesome way to wrap up the year, Kourtney! So glad that you’re building up The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts *and* Six Train’s sequel! Congratulations on the 1,000 mark, too!

    Greater things ahead for 2015, I’m sure. <3

    • Thanks Mayumi. Yes, lots of stuff is now in process again! So glad that draft is done. I needed to know how the story ended for my own peace of mind. 😉 It’s funny. The marketing is really hard but you start to have successes, even little ones, and you realize you can sell books.

      I certainly hope so. Hugs!

  9. What an awesome, upbeat post. I’m so happy to read all this good news. Of course, we follow each other on FB so I knew much of this already, but it’s great to get the nitty-gritty details, especially where the writing and manuscripts are concerned. A huge congratulations on breaking that 1000 copies milestone! You’ve worked your tail off to get there and weathered many ups and downs. A true example of perseverance that I don’t think I have in me. Add it to the list of reasons I so admire you.

    I’ve been woefully absent from the blogosphere lately, but not without good reason. I have an unexpected day off today, so I think I will cook up a post. All the best for a productive 2015. xo

    • Thanks Gwen. It was a tough time in October and November. The only thing I can equate it with is being fired and losing a loved one at the same time. Sometimes I really wanted to give up. But I stayed the course and eventually things started to turn around again. It’s really weird like that in publishing. Just when all hope is lost and any sane person would give up, that’s usually when a few more months will pay off in some way. Thanks. I’ve been hustling all fall to make that happen. Mom’s a terrific saleswoman and I wouldn’t have sold them without her help.

      I never thought I would keep going in the face of all these failures and almosts. But at some point it almost felt like well what else can happen? And let’s see what I can do anyway…

      No worries. I know blogging is one of the many things you have on your to-do list. I haven’t been as around in December as I usually am. Hoping to get more into the swing of things in January. Looking forward to the post. Hugs!
      Kourtney

  10. jmmcdowell says:

    That is fantastic news about breaking the 1,000-copy barrier, Kourtney! And I know there will be many more to follow. 🙂 Best wishes for the writing, editing, and production in 2015. It sounds like you had a great start to the year, and I hope that momentum carries through!

    • Thanks JM! I hope so. Thank you so much. I feel like there’s a lot of momentum and focus right now. I feel really good about a lot of things. It’s the first time I’ve started a new year feeling like this was going to be a good year or I was dead set on making it one. 😉 Congrats on all the progress with your house, I’ve been watching it all on FB. Hope your writing progresses and that 2015 is a productive year for you too!

  11. TBM says:

    Whew! That was busy, but fun. Congrats on 1000! Best of luck in 2015.

  12. Aquileana says:

    47 books in december!?~ Way to go Kourt!… You are unstoppable, my writer friend! Congrats. :bear:
    Happy New Year and all the best to you! Aquileana 😀

  13. Happy New Year! And best of luck with your book.

  14. EllaDee says:

    Congratulations on the plus 1000 copies sold milestone 🙂 I’m so pleased that the whirlwind of December and indeed 2014 for you ended up with time spent with what matters most, people who are there, who care for you. Having that support and wonderful energy in the background works so well to complement all that you accomplish.

    • Thanks. It was a really important number for me mentally. Me too. It was a great way to wrap up the year. Being surrounded by people who believe in you and wish you well. It’s such a wonderful gift. It really invigorated me for the months ahead. 🙂

  15. I love being busy with friends! Happy 2015. Sounds like you’re off to a great start by ending 2014 with such a bang!

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