Wednesday, November 30, 2011

GIVEAWAY WINNER

Wow, a big thank you again to Saba over at Of Thoughts and Words for organizing the New Author Blog Hop. I hopped all over the place yesterday and actually made it completely through the blog list. There are a lot of interesting debut authors and readers out there.

As promised in my original post, I'm announcing the winner for the signed hardback copy of CRACKED and swag basket. Another big thank you goes out to all of you who entered!

The winner was randomly chosen from the list of commentors, by the computer program The Hat:


Congratulations on the win! Winner, Susan Kaye Quinn's paranormal YA OPEN MINDS debuted November 1, 2011.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Author Blog Hop


I know I'm a day early, but I have a really good reason. I will be in Jamaica starting tomorrow. Yah mon. I promise to hop away when I get back next week. I do have a consolation prize package, to make up for me not hopping when I'm supposed to hop.*

Click on the image above and you'll be taken directly to the wonderful blogger who started this blog hop, Ms. Saba.. Once there, you will see the list of blogs in this hop--and you can get hopping. It's a wonderful chance to "meet" other debut authors and fellow readers.

This blog hop was started with the main purpose of supporting each other. I like that.

Information on my book, a contemporary young adult novel, titled CRACKED, can be found in the sidebar to your right, below the image of my cover. Links are listed to goodreads, the Facebook fan page, Indiebound, Amazon, B & N, my Simon & Schuster author site, and my website. And here are two reviews:

Bookanista Review.

Lenore Applehans

Happy Thanksgiving to you all and very happy blog hopping.

*Anyone who leaves a comment on this post will be entered to win a CRACKED swag gift basket: magnet, book plate, signed hardback copy of CRACKED (when it's released 1/3/12). Winner will be chosen by The Hat computer program and announced Wednesday, November 30, 2012.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

CRACKED Book Trailer Contest

This is the place where I tell my stories and boy do I have a story to tell you….

Sunday morning, November 6th to be exact, I’m lying in bed doing some thinking and I cook up this elaborate promotion idea for CRACKED. I sit up and start scribbling, and by noon that day I have a concrete plan typed up and bullet-pointed.

Monday morning, November 7th to be exact, I pitch this idea to my agent. She listens intently over the phone and ultimately gives me the go ahead to pitch it to Simon & Schuster. I do and they give me the green light too.

My idea: host a live action book trailer contest for filmmaking enthusiasts.

I wrestled with what would inspire people I don’t know to spend their time making a one minute book trailer for me? Money and the chance to get their work seen by top film industry professionals!

I put out one tweet and one Facebook post asking if anyone knows anyone in the film industry—directors, producers, writers. Since I know exactly zero people in the film industry that’s where the freaking-awesome-people I mentioned on Facebook come into this scenario. And then the fun (read work) begins.

Cue fellow Apocalypsie, Lissa Price. She hooked me up with THREE industry pros!
Cue my editor, Annette Pollert. She hooked me up with TWO industry pros!
Cue my friend, Lynn Smith. She hooked me up with another industry pro!
Cue, Pam van Hylckama otherwise known as @BookaliciousPam who hooked me up with TWO industry pros!
Cue another fellow Apocalypsie, Hilary Weisman Graham, she IS an industry pro and volunteered to help critique!
Cue my agent, Sarah LaPolla. She hooked me up with another industry pro!

In case you were counting, that’s ten amazingly kind film industry professionals who agreed to help me make this thing happen. Ten complete strangers who said, “Sure, I’m in.”

And wait till you read their bios in the Filmmaker’s Kit (available at kmwalton.com). Yeah, they’re kind of a big deal. I still can’t believe they all said yes. Seriously.

So, as part of the prize packages, the three winning trailers will have their films critiqued by ten industry film professionals—all in the spirit of helping the budding filmmakers to become better at their craft. They also have the chance to win $500, $100 or $50 and many more incredible prizes.

While my web designer, and lovely sister, jumped in and created the new logo on kmwalton.com, and my web developer cranked out the new website pages with lightning speed, and my other two lovely sisters cheered me on and helped generate early insider buzz…I was busy creating the Filmmaker’s Kit. It was labor intensive and worth every hour spent. And a big THANK YOU to my husband who proofread the whole kit.

The Filmmaker’s Kit has everything the filmmaker needs to get started on their film: the requirements, the way judging works, directions, Qs & As, prize descriptions, critic bios, etc…. You can download it HERE.

If you are wondering how you can help, (first off, how kind of you *high five*) it’s easy. If you know of any filmmakers, regardless of age or training, let them know this contest exists. It would also be great if you spread the word online, however you feel comfortable.

If you wanna go BIG, here’s a flyer you can copy & paste and put wherever you think would be the most effective.



Today marks the official launch of the
CRACKED LIVE ACTION BOOK TRAILER CONTEST  

VISIT KMWALTON.COM for complete contest details. Download your Filmmaker’s Kit today and get started!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

BIG NEWS


I think I'll let this news out straight away, like, bam!

The Publisher's Marketplace announcement:
Children's: Young Adult  
CRACKED author K.M. Walton's untitled next novel, in which an overweight teen's life starts spiraling out of control when she is bullied and abused, to Annette Pollert at Simon Pulse, by Sarah LaPolla at Curtis Brown.

I can not wait for people to meet Dell. She's quite a complicated main character.

Getting the opportunity to work with Annette Pollert and the Simon Pulse team again is downright thrilling. I am smack in the middle of revisions for this novel, and I can't thank Annette enough for the way her brilliant mind works. Her revision letter should be framed, or at the very least, covered in hot fudge. Because hot fudge is freaking delicious and the most brilliant ice cream topping available.

You feel me?

And of course, the book wouldn't have been ready to go out on submission in the first place without going through who I like to call--The Gatekeeper--otherwise known as my better publishing half, my agent, Sarah LaPolla. The woman is one tough cookie, and my gratitude runs deep for her genius revisions.

I must also thank my tried and true friend (and beta reader) Christina Lee. Her insight, revision ideas, compliments, and her love for Dell, made the manuscript ready to send to The Gatekeeper.

Thank you to every friend and family member that read an excerpt, loved Dell, and believed in my writing.

I am blessed. I am thankful. I continue to not let it all sink in because I never want to forget the struggle, for it is the struggle (the tears, the doubt, the frustration, the disappointment associated with my long-ass-query journey) that makes these moments of success so sweet.

So hot fudgie.



To those of you on the path to your dream--no matter what your dream is--I say, stay at it. To those of you not even on the path yet, I say, get going and take that first glorious step.


In closing, if anyone would like to join in a funky happy dance with me, well, people, I've got the song for you. Play it loud. Do not sit while listening. Feel the hotness of the beat.


 
 Various side notes:
1. My 300 word Write Campaign Challenge entry made it to the semi-finals. Thank you for your kind comments and a BIG thank you to the judges for moving it on. It looks like Vance was a hit. Perhaps I will write that whole story out some day.... You can read the entry HERE.


2. This blog is going to take a nap for a few weeks so I can get my revisions done. See you on the other side my friends.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Top 5 Things I Learned at the Amy Garvey Book Signing

Amy Garvey and Joanne Fritz

Last night I attended a book signing for Amy Garvey's COLD KISS at the Chester County Book and Music Company. Here are the top five things I learned from this FUN event:

1. COLD KISS is Amy Garvey's twelfth published book, but her YA debut. She's written romance novels, ghostwritten books in a popular MG series, and penned a whole other series. In other words, she's a true writing professional! She also happens to be one of the most genuine people, and I like genuine people.

2. Whenever you plan to see Frankie Diane Mallis, and it's cold outside, please remember to bring a warm jacket, because you will stand in multiple parking lots for loooong periods of time, talking and laughing, laughing and talking.

3. YA writers are, hands down, the most supportive group of human beings. Proof? Ilene Wong, Christine Danek and Frankie Diane Mallis also showed up to support Amy and her book. And Joanne Fritz, fellow writer, blogger and CCBMC employee deluxe, made the event personal and fun. She even hung out with us for forever and endured the freezing cold "parking lot" part of the evening ; )

Me, Amy Garvey, Joanne Fritz, Christine Danek, Ilene Wong and Frankie Diane Mallis, all with COLD KISS lips.
4. The human connections made when you get to interact, you know, with other humans, can't be compared to any other form of interaction. So no matter where you are on your writing journey, get out there as much as you can and connect. Network. Laugh. Learn. Listen.

5. Going to these book events makes me all the more excited for January 7th.