Wanted: Connection and Community

Hello, darlings.

I’m back in the saddle again. This time, I’m ready for world domination…I mean, I’m ready to tackle 2022 with new goals and a metric ton of motivation. That’s always how it starts, isn’t it? Ask me how it’s going on April 1st, and I’ll let you know if I’ve still got a grip on my sanity.

But let’s be positive and open-minded. Yes. Goals are a wonderful thing, if they’re reasonable, attainable, and set clear expectations. You don’t want them to be so overwhelming that even thinking about them makes your head spin and twists your stomach into knots. Small, attainable goals will help us reach our ultimate dreams, whatever they may be.

Last year my goal was simple and straightforward.

  1. Write one book every two months. Six books total for the year.
  2. Publish one book every three months. Four books total for the year.
  3. Take time for family and friends.
  4. Take time for myself when necessary to avoid burnout.
  5. Give myself grace.

Well, I thought those goals were pretty reasonable. By December 31st, 2021, I had written six novels, one Christmas novella, and two short stories. Now my typical novel is around 50,000 words, and my novellas are around 25,000 words. All in all, I’d say that’s a pretty good year for me.

I chose to publish four books a year because I’m writing, editing, and marketing all at once. That work is all on my shoulders, so spacing things out ensures I can give great quality stories, properly edited, to my readers multiple times a year. After ten years of writing, I have finally found my groove, and I kind of like it.

For the record, last year I also homeschooled my two kids, moved from Italy to Wyoming, and crashed with family for six weeks over the summer. Even though all that, I wrote when I could, stuck to my goals, and bam! Nailed it.

Now, this year, my goals are the same, but I’m adding an extra layer. Marketing. And no, I’m not talking just throwing ads up on Facebook and Amazon and calling it a day. No, I want more. I crave more.

What do I desire? I want a sincere connection with my readers. I envision a community of readers who love romance of all subgenres. I want you to join me on these epic journeys across time and around the world. I crave the companionship of adventurous readers like myself. Will you join me?

I may have an eclectic backlist, but it’s so much more than just an author who can’t stay in her lane. I write the stories I long to read. The ideas for my books come to me, and I cannot deny their demands. They chose me, and I follow willingly because I want to experience their story firsthand. Where will it lead? I want to travel to medieval Scotland one day and Prohibition Illinois the next. I have my own personal time machine that can whisk me to another century and continent where I can bask in all the enduring love stories. Could you deny their request if they chose you? I cannot.

This year, let’s come together in celebration of our love of romance, no matter the subgenre. Being part of a community gives us a warm and welcoming place to connect and share the love. Join me, and we can make it happen together.

Cheers! I wish you all the best in the coming year. Thanks for being amazing. Your support means the world to me.

All my love,

Kirsten S. Blacketer

A Special Holiday Deal!

Click HERE to grab a copy and start reading today.

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to read When I Found You, look no further. Until January 1st, this steamy time travel romance is only 0.99 cents. It’s like a blast from the past. ❤

Katherine Cohen
This year sucks. I lost my job, my boyfriend, and now my mom. The worst year of my life is about to end, and I don’t hold much hope for the future. Dad would know what to do. I escape to the one place where I feel connected to him, the top of the Empire State Building. Instead, I find a star-spattered void and a gaping hole in my chest. But the universe isn’t finished with me yet.
When I wake up in 1985, I must be dreaming or dead. The most pressing issue stands at six foot two and looks like he stepped out of my fantasies. Unfortunately, he’s my father’s boss.

Arthur Maxwell
Assault and kidnapping were not how I envisioned starting the new year. I came into work to get some papers and ended up accidentally knocking a stranger unconscious. Who the hell is this woman and why is she snooping around my office in the first place? Too bad she doesn’t remember anything besides her first name.
Between her strange comments, odd requests, and unsettling questions, something doesn’t add up. She’s not telling me the whole truth. But, as time wears on, I realize it’s useless to deny the attraction simmering between us, even if she insists we were never meant to be.

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Every Author Needs a Reader

The first week of January. It seems like the BEST time to renovate. Right? New year means new me. I hope I’m not digging my own grave here by posting my intentions for the year. You’ll hold me to it, right? Not exactly new year’s resolution material, but I’m definitely gearing up for a new direction. So…my game plan this year:

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But wait, don’t you already market, Kirsten? I tried, and I failed. Let me be honest with you. I suck at marketing. I’m horrible at it. I absolutely hate trying to sell myself as an author. Feels like I’m tooting my own horn a little too loud. The worst part is, I have to toot my own horn louder than everyone else who’s blowing theirs. So, it’s just a gigantic cacophony of authors making noise. And honestly, it’s exhausting.

I need something new, something fresh, which also brings me to my brand. I know who I am. I know what I like to read. I certainly know what I like to write. And I will be perfectly frank, I write what I would want to read. Sounds simple right? Wrong. Once again, I need to build my relationship with readers. Which is why I’m firing up the old blog again.

Facebook has done a bang-up job of hiding posts from my followers and potential followers. They want me to pay for every post to be seen. Well, I’m sorry, I don’t have that kind of money laying around. I have to be wise when I invest my money and my time as an author. Just like you do when you’re thinking of trying a new-to-me author with a shiny book cover and a promising blurb. I’m a reader too, I know. *wink*

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I picked up two part-time jobs to pay for my self-publishing. The problem was, it stole all my time from writing and marketing. My writing fizzled out. I had no direction. So, I made the decision to leave those jobs behind and focus on my writing again.

YOU are going to be the biggest help in having me succeed in my goal this year. When I say Focus on the Relationship, I mean the relationship with you as a reader. ❤

Readers are KEY. Why am I spending the money and the time writing and editing a book if no one will read it? I will gladly write it for me. But I want to see the joy and delight when someone dives into one of my stories and loses themselves if only for a short period of time.

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I love creating worlds and characters and romance. I truly believe it’s my calling in life. But I can’t write if I don’t have readers.

I promise to do my part. I have a list of stories that long to be shared with the world. Your love, encouragement, and support are more important than you know.

If you love an author’s work, let them know.  It could be the encouragement they need on a day when they just want to give up writing altogether.

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Here’s to a new year. I hope you will join me on my journey of writing self-discovery. I have faith it will be a productive adventure for both of us. Be sure to follow for updates. There are some fun blog posts planned for this year.

May your bookshelves be full and your hearts even more so.

All my love,

Kirsten

Happy New YEAR!

As we usher in 2014, I want to thank everyone for their support and kind words.  2013 was an exciting year.  I am excited to see what the next one has in store for me.

I will be spending New Years Eve with my husband at home.  No exciting parties or venturing out into the snow.  But one particular tradition I will be partaking in is the kiss at midnight.  You know me, I’m a sucker for kisses.  So, in honor of my obsession and to usher in the new year, I will leave you all with a video clip of my favorite holiday kiss.

 

I hope you all have a happy and prosperous new year.  *toasts to you*  Cheers, my friends.  Let’s go out with a bang.

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