Behind the Scenes: What I’m Doing When I’m Not Writing and Teaching


I met with the owner of the lovely Gifts in a Basket at 51 North Main Street in Southington, CT, and they are now carrying signed copies of my award-winning novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin!


I’m hard at work on promo goodies for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts. I’ve got an amazing designer working on a temporary tattoo that ties into a family heirloom in the novel. Here’s a sneak peek at an early draft:


She’s also working on a limited edition piece of jewelry that will be a prize in a summer contest for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts (TGWIG). We met last Friday to talk metals and stones.

I’ve hired a friend of mine to design the stickers too.

Because the book is YA, we’re focusing on more fun goodies that appeal to teens.

There will also be the standard bookmarks and pens. Because who doesn’t love a bookmark or a pen?


I’ve reached out to my web designer about rebranding the book page on my website this summer.


I’m working on getting a banner sign for TGWIG events made.


I gave feedback and approved the press kit that my amazing publicist is sending out soon! My publisher loved the Q&A so much, they decided to include it as bonus content in the paperback of my novel.


I’m brainstorming contest and giveaway ideas with my publicist.


In April, I’ll be attending the NESCBWI Conference in MA. So excited to be there!


I also signed up for ReaderCon 2015 in July. I’ll be attending and volunteering at this awesome event!

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43 Responses to Behind the Scenes: What I’m Doing When I’m Not Writing and Teaching

  1. Elle Knowles says:

    You have been busy, busy! ~Elle

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Your post demonstrates the huge role marketing plays in an author’s life. It’s certainly not all just sitting at the computer and creating, is it? 🙂

  3. You’ve been busy, Kourtney…very exciting.How nice to see your book on display front and center. 🙂

    • I’ve never worked harder in my life. I used to have so much free time but now it’s all about the books. Especially since it’s a launch year. It’s really cool. She did an amazing job displaying it. 🙂

  4. Sheila says:

    That’s a great idea to link jewelry and tattoo designs in with your book. Seeing your book on display like that must make all the work worth it.

    • I wanted to do it for years. I was just waiting for the book to find a publisher. 🙂 Seeing the advance reader copy is so cool. I sometimes just pick it up to hold it. 😉

  5. You have such good ideas. What a cute shop. Perfect place for your book.

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Love the tattoo. Smart idea to use it as part of your promotions. I’m impressed by how much you can do in a day. You inspire with your plans and follow through. It’s fun/interesting/amazing to see just what goes into writing a book, then getting it published and promoted. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks! I try to think of what my readers will enjoy and what I would want as a reader. 🙂 The promo stuff is tons of footwork behind the scenes to make each thing happen. All worth it and it keeps me on my toes.

  7. EllaDee says:

    I love the temporary tattoo design and the inspiration of jewelry. Very clever ideas for promoting a book 🙂

  8. Yatin says:

    You know how to keep yourself busy; with two kids in house we at times wonder how would it be like not being busy 🙂

    • There’s always so much to do for the books. It doesn’t stop with writing them. It’s about connecting with readers and building an audience. It’s funny, before I started writing, I had this thing called free time and hobbies. It was pretty cool, but I love my life now. I’m guessing it was the same before two kids? 🙂

  9. jmmcdowell says:

    Ah, the never-ending need to market and promote! I’m dreading that part of the process so much. You’re definitely an inspiration for me, but I’m realistic enough to know I won’t be anywhere near as good at it! 🙂

    • I was too, but the more you do it, the better you get at it. When you’re doing events and interacting with people, you can see what attracts them to your book. That’s helped me tremendously in honing my pitch to readers at events. I also work with an awesome publicist. She takes so much off my plate and it helps to have someone who is an expert that I can run ideas by. 🙂

  10. Where do you find your energy? I love the idea of the tattoo and jewelry. I think those will be wonderful complements to your book. I’m thinking it must take a lot of courage to implement some of your ideas, especially because so much of the book’s success will depend on the success of your marketing strategy. From where I stand, you’re looking like you’re right on top of things!

    • This book went through so much and almost didn’t get published. So I’m in fight mode. I pretty much have no social life and all my time is going into this stuff. 😉 Marketing is so key. I learned that with Six Train. My mistake there was that things weren’t coordinated enough. So this time around, we’ve got the big cover reveal on April 6th. The pre-order on May 2. Cool contests this summer. Events lined up as soon as the book is published. It’s a ton of planning, but I hope it makes a big impact on sales. Fingers crossed.

      I can’t wait to try the tattoos and wear the jewelry. 🙂

  11. This is really exciting Kourtney – it’s great to see the creative things your doing to promote the books.

  12. Brimming with great promo ideas, although I’m not surprised. You certainly work hard at this end. You’re a shining example of how it’s done.

    • Thanks. My mom suggested the shop to me. It’s great visibility! LOL. I have a mind that won’t stop. I keep turning over promo ideas. Aw, thank you! I learn something new everyday that I’m doing this. 🙂

  13. Chris Edgar says:

    Oh, man, people are going to totally camp outside the stores waiting to get people dressed as the main character to stick those tattoos on them. Except they themselves will be dressed as the characters so it won’t be clear sometimes who’s running the event and who’s merely a fanatic. Or at least that’s my understanding of what was going on at the Harry Potter release I went to.

    • That would be the dream Chris! I just ordered the tattoos yesterday. Squee! Can’t wait to try one out. Wow I would die to have a release that is 1/100,000th of a Harry Potter release. What a cool experience. 🙂

  14. Wow… Lots of exciting goodies on offer and I can see you will be really busy with your new book launch 🙂 xxx Wishing you every success you totally deserve.. xxxx <3

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