Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My debut novel's out....Now what?

by Kim Van Sickler


Snatched in Gullybrook is the first of the four book's I've written that I've felt was ready to publish. More than ready. I'd spent nearly a year querying the book to agents and hearing back that the book was great...but too edgy. Yes, it's difficult to write a book about sex trafficking of minors as anything other than edgy.

Meanwhile, a human trafficking professor at OSU spent the past year urging me to publish the book so she could recommend it to the students in her massive open online course. I missed her last course. Her next one starts this month (August 2014.)

Did I really want to miss this opportunity again?

Uh, no.

I took the leap. I don't know what I'm doing, but doing it anyway. I enjoyed the publication process with CreateSpace. They were easy to work with, and any issues were resolved quickly and decisively. I loved finding Michael Di Gesu to create my cover art, Michelle Ziegler to develop my website, and Janie Sullivan and Kate Kyle Johnsen to edit my manuscript. Finding Dr. Jacqueline Meshelemiah, during the writing process, to guide me and inspire me. I've been contacting human trafficking organizations, registered to attend a September human trafficking conference, and encouraging book groups to read and discuss this difficult subject.

I decided to donate 10% of the profits I make to organizations that educate about human trafficking or rehabilitate/aid victims.

And I'm working on my next book so that I can take advantage of the momentum created by Snatched in Gullybrook, the first novel set in the sex trade industry and told from three interconnecting viewpoints. (See how I'm choosing to think optimistically, that the book will sell and readers will be looking for my follow-up novel?)

Here's the pitch for Snatched in GullybrookThree of Gullybrook’s teens are manipulated, then snatched from the local mall. In their new lives as sex slaves, Megan, Candace, and Sissy, strangers before their abduction, forge a bond with one another that becomes their lifeline.

I've got a giveaway going on Goodreads.

I hope you enter, or that you buy a copy of this book and become part of the "proceeds" I donate to human trafficking charities. I welcome your reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, and your recommendations to other readers.

I also welcome your advice. I'm learning as I go. This is a process. I'm in it for the long-term and want to do things the right way. What pearls of wisdom do you have for this debut novelist?


13 comments:

  1. No advice, but a hearty CONGRATULATIONS!!! Brava for following your heart and going your own way. xo

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  2. It's out now? Congratulations, Kim! I also think contacting those organizations is a great idea.

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  3. I have no pearls...just a huge " you go girl" for you!

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  4. Thank you, Irene, Alex, and Patty!!!

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  5. Kudos for donating part of your proceeds! And congratulations on the book's release! Where do I go to buy a copy?

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    1. Hi Kathy! Thanks! One place you can get it is on amazon.com.

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  6. Gosh, Kim. I have no idea what else to tell you to do--You've already done so many things right! I'm impressed that you started on your next book. That sounds as if you're off on the right direction. I think you should also consider entering the book in The Writer's Digest Self-Pubblishing book contest. DOn't know when it is, but you should try!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I think I missed the deadline by a couple of months for 2014. I can try in 2015, though. Why not?

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  7. ALL THE BEST KIM!

    It was a pleasure working with you on your project. I wish you EVERY SUCCESS!!!!

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    1. Oh, when you get a chance drop in the direct link on Amazon to make it easier for your readers to buy your book....

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    2. http://www.amazon.com/Snatched-Gullybrook-Kim-Van-Sickler/dp/1500547395/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408105832&sr=8-1&keywords=snatched+in+gullybrook :-)

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  8. You're awesome, Kim! The whole world *needs* to be enlightened, to know how to not fall fool to a con... Thanks for sitting up, taking notice, and writing their stories!!!

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Elizabeth!

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