Today I welcome fellow Clean Reads Author, L.K. Kuhl, to my blog to share her Path to Publication story.
Without further ado, here’s L.K….
First of all, I’d like to thank Christi for hosting me on her blog.
I began writing over twenty years ago when my girls were little. In my spare time, I started dabbling in writing children’s books but never got too serious until about two years ago when I began trying my hand at full-length novels. In between writing children’s books and novels, I wrote numerous poems and songs. None of these ever went anywhere, it was more or less just a hobby at this point.
When I wrote my first novel, Chasing Butterflies, it was unbelievably hard. After about a week, I threw in the towel and gave up. But for some reason, the thought of not finishing it ate at me. I was very close to the theme of this book and it meant a lot to me. I couldn’t just let it lie. Ideas and scenarios kept playing over in my head about what I wanted to …what I needed to, write about. So, I dug it back out of the drawer and began again. I sent if off to agents and publishers and got rejection after rejection. After getting so many of these dream-crushing letters, I finally realized that although I loved this book, it just wasn’t up to publishing potential.
I started on book number two, which is now my debut novel, Everlasting. It is a YA Paranormal Romance novel. By now, I was addicted to writing and that’s all I wanted to do. I figured whether it gets published or not, I still wanted to write. Writing is my release from the world. Everlasting went through rejection after rejection also and, after so many, I put it away, thinking it was doomed as well.
I wrote my third book, Chasm. It is an Adult Suspense novel told from a dual POV. I just finished it up in June of 2015 and began querying it. Again, those nasty little letters came pouring in. But, later in the month of June I participated in a couple of twitter pitch parties. I had three or four publishers requesting the manuscript, and I was beyond excited. In my queries I also had a bit more interest, some of them requesting the full. I felt like I was getting closer.
I still wasn’t hearing much on my books, but in August, Stephanie from Clean Reads requested both Everlasting and Chasm from a twitter pitch party. I was still expecting a no because it seemed to be the norm with everything I’d sent so far.
But Stephanie offered me a contract on both Chasm and Everlasting in September. I am beyond excited! Clean Reads seems like the perfect fit for me because it doesn’t focus on nasty language or erotic sex to grab attention, which was always kind of uncomfortable for me.
Everlasting will be the first to be released, with Chasm to follow.
The moral of my story is to never give up. If you have a dream and something you love to do, don’t let it die. Always keep striving and reaching for that goal because someday it will happen. If I can do it, anybody can!
Everlasting is the first book in the Everlasting Trilogy, a YA Paranormal Romance series.
Back Cover Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Sophia Bandell is scared of boys, and her biggest fear is dying. Boys make her uncomfortable and itchy and dying is …well …dying. She is ecstatic when her long lost friend calls her, inviting her to spend the summer with her on the beach at Charleston, South Carolina.
When a plastic saucer hits her in the head as she’s sunbathing, Sophia has no idea it will forever change the course of her life. It is there she comes face to face with the impressive Tate Forester.
She is scared and …itchy, but he’s gorgeous and she can’t shake him from her mind. They begin dating and Sophia soon knows he’s the one.
But things turn dark when she learns Tate isn’t the person she thinks he is, and the real reason her friend has brought her to the beach will teach her about life after death.
This everlasting summer on the beach gives Sophia a sweet taste of first love—the happiness as well as the heartbreak.
L.K. Kuhl lives in Nebraska with her husband Gene of twenty-nine years, young son, Nathan, and Greg, their Black Lab dog. She has two older daughters, Morgan and Brittani and son-in-law, Trevor. L.K. has been writing for over twenty years. She first began writing children’s books and poetry, moved on to writing music, and is now writing Young Adult and Adult novels. She loves spending time with her family, vacationing, writing, reading, and taking long walks. It’s the characters who write their own stories in her novels, and she is just their messenger, sharing it with the world.
Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kuhlreads
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01BXDJGIY