I set out in 2011 to make print-digital masters of ten of my “previously private publications” within five years; as an experienced book builder I knew exactly what I wanted to have produced for me. I learned that CreateSpace.com gave me the control I required plus creative insight I had not expected.
The first book was a trial run, and the book-team assigned to my project popped this image onto it with that choppety font: they caught the mood and carved it on the cover. Talk about a strong entrance to print-on-demand since that image draws then holds the eye, plus it thumbnails well. Deciding which book to put into production next is part art and part strategy, author meet publisher (“Enjoy sharing that skull.”). Joody grabs you long enough to notice there now are other characters-covers around her: a dozen Kathleen K. Books examine the commotion of emotion around sex∞love and the infinity between.
Bedside readers for the adult mind… erotic & sexotic
Examine what it means to hide your primary sexual relationship from the people you love but flaunt it in front of strangers.
Enjoy this flip and witty take on gender dynamics, deliciously explicit, as it probes themes of submission, permission, and admission.
Vivid family fiction for those who read
between, around and beyond the lines.
I set three goals for the first five years: make books, establish online catalog-outreach, and sustain a social media presence.
Done, done and done.
This is the foundation for the next five years. The turning point may be when I am accepted as a content-provider to an alternative-indie periodical of some sort for print and digital access: a home base from which to syndicate-replicate someday. I represent a distaff voice, in the tradition of lady wits and witches… sassy, sexy, smart, scorching, and self-contained. Right now I’m angling to luck across a keen scout who pulls my work forward and sees the business I am building… it’s all about the books.
Another bet that paid off was selecting Kirkus Reviews professional service as a trial-by-fire for the books themselves. Consistent positive reviews from Kirkus bolster my literary cred, which is especially valuable for the Indie publisher. “We see you.”
A witty and wise read, especially for fans of tough-minded heroines.
A beautifully woven novel about an unusual boy… and how he learns to be a father, without having really been a son.
Quotable tags like these shorthand the type of book it is, indicating the style and tone rather than touting a thriller-killer plot or genre-buzz. Consider this discussion on how readers might pick their books.
I leverage the GoodReads.com Give Away program to garner hundreds of “looks” from specifically-interested purposeful readers seeking books and willing to invest an actual click. I can “look back” at the entrants via online profile image and presence: I skim past fast, going for the overall energy. I’ve worked on the down-low so long, it’s exciting to start the next five years with a more public stance on my planning. So many people imagine the things they would create if they had an audience but I took the opposite approach, I created what I wanted to create for the challenge-fun of fabricating bedside readers for the adult mind. Groundwork laid, now I seek the rowdier readers who will at least pull my words to their screen.
Whether it turns out to be squibs of romantic-graphic poetry scattered around a gritty weekly, providing a quick jolt of thinking for the wandering mind, or excerpts serialized from my vignette-rich and scenario-driven books themselves between art-concept glossy covers, I can only imagine. This sought-after periodical presence would be in the long tradition of actual literature in counter-culture small presses and little magazines. With Playboy dropping nudes, they are conceding the porn-pic war as rendered irrelevant to their mission, we only hope they stay alive in the literary and arts communities which was the other revolution Hugh Hefner took on. Remember those glorious interviews and break-out stories between the impossible beauties and those crazy-cool parties “in the Grotto”? There is more to “getting it” than sex. What they called a club we now call a community. Like-minded.
I’m walking fertile ground since Fifty Shades of Grey helped weaken the grip of male-modality in adult entertainment: those books weren’t about content-quality but about the surge of consumer fever whether or not the literary community approved. Traditional publishers were aghast at the volume of mommy porn. Really? (Really.) I’m not banking on a book or three, I’m presenting a 12-book collection available online today.
My investment in the actual book masters establishes my freedom, each title is available on demand with no further cost or effort on my part. It’s a leap of faith to call a book finished, ending that interlude when a character’s bailiwick first exists without public criticism or praise, product of paper-pen-pixels grappling with the ineffable. And then at one moment in time the writer declares the book to be complete as it will be, the people and places forever captured there. Now, offered here.
Kathleen K Books — Next Five Year Plan
Produce five book print-digital masters.
Maintain online catalog-blog.
Sustain delivery of reTweetable @KathleenKxxx Tweets or similar evolving “pithy” webiverse. Reactivate @Potcentric
November 30, 2015