Kel’s June 1st Update

To all ye who, upon my browser, post missives of frantic necessity, I have heard your cries and here seek to provide knowledge of that which is much desired.

For a while now, I have been working two jobs (sometimes more) in addition to working (and it is work!) as a full-time single parent. As you can imagine, writing has been a bit slower than I would have liked. Thanks to the support of my readers and the amazing success of the KDT series, I am taking the plunge and am now writing full-time! I hope to finish a few more books this year, including the much-anticipated Book 3. I have been loathe to estimate a release date because I don’t like making promises I can’t keep, so we will see how my full-time writing progress goes!

That leads me to the next update. I am spending no small amount of money to have Books 1 and 2 professionally edited in anticipation of theie release in print! Many people have asked for print editions to add to their collections, and I am honored for my works to be included. These should be available by the end of the summer. Book 3 and all subsequent books will also be professionally edited prior to release. (Disclaimer: Future release dates may be delayed due to scheduling with the editors.)

On that note, I would like to thank my awesome readers for identifying and putting up with my errors. Some people question why the books were not professionally edited in the first place, and I think this is a good place to point out that it can cost upwards of $2,500 for light editing and proofreading by a reputable editor for books of this length. Many new self-published authors, who have no idea how their books will be received, will never be able to recoup the cost. Please remember, if you are purchasing a book for only two or three dollars (or perhaps even free), you are getting a good deal compared to what you would pay for a book published through a major house that employs a multitude of professional editors. Be kind to new self-published authors.  The kind of amazing support I’ve had from my readers can seriously help to improve the final product, as I am doing; but overly harsh reviews for some relatively minor errors can be discouraging. I feel like I’m preaching to the choir, though, since you guys are awesome!

Finally, recording for the audiobooks is scheduled to begin this month. I will update you all with an audiobook release date when I receive one from Podium Publishing.

Warm regards,

Kel

P.S. I heard a rumor that KDT may also may be getting some new cover art. 😀

P.P.S. A buddy of mine finished running the London Marathon last month. He’s not a professional athlete or anything of the sort. He’s a guy who decided to push himself for a good cause. I am so proud of him. His fundraising efforts go toward the fight against childhood cancer. If you would like to donate to the cause, please check out his fundraising page here!

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28 thoughts on “Kel’s June 1st Update

  1. It’s almost like all of my wishes are coming true! I was just thinking how much I would love having this series in print! Also…book 3!! Yay!

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  2. This is such good news. I stumbled upon the books by accident and I was very pleasantly surprised. I think both books are my favorite books I’ve read so far, I read each in a day, and then proceeded to read them both again in 2 days just 4 days later. I enjoyed them so much I just had to read them again!

    I can’t wait for them to come out as a print edition, it’s an instant purchase for me, and I am even more excited for book 3, whenever it comes out!

    Thanks!

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  3. I am glad to hear that book 3 is coming. I have read books 1 & 2 just three times. I look forward to Rezkin’s further emotional development. I love the way you have written all of the misunderstandings and miscommunications. Awesome read. Marilyn

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  4. This is amazing news! Your first two books had me sitting on pins and needles until the end of the book and i’m excited for round 3. Your a great author and I’m sure you will be twice as successful now that you are a full-time writer.

    Best Wishes,

    Jake

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  5. Awesome! How about starting a kickstarter project for an editor.

    I want to be a papa hawk that helps support his fledgling and let them fly.

    When I see you stalking your prey like the predator you are meant to be, it makes me proud. Go on the hunt and claim more fans to feed yourself . Just don’t eat me!

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  6. No worries !!! Don’t rush, keep the quality super high!! I’d be lying if I said I’m very patient and can wait as long as it takes when in reality I want the next installment NOW !!! KDT and Reaper Inc are by far my two fav series. Think I mentioned earlier I’m a retired Police Officer and really enjoy the logic displayed and the justice meted out. Our society seem to suffer with a lot of law and very little actual justice. Keep up the good work ! Thanks for keeping us posted Fan in Florida Tommy K

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  7. Make sure you bring the print edition and audio to Europe! Loving the books in Ireland. If you ever need digital marketing help to increase your readership or reach get in touch. I want a lot more KDT and of course there is no charge!!

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    • Maybe I should bring them myself! I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland. Not to worry, though. The books will be available online. I haven’t done any marketing aside from operating this site, but “no charge” sounds like a good deal. I’m glad you’re enjoying the books! Thanks for reading.

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  8. Hope the printed editions are ready for Christmas, like to gift some of my friends with them….hope to read Vol. 3 soon.

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  9. I’m truly in awe that you can write these amazing books while working and being a parent. It makes me feel like a serious underachiever. So happy you can now focus on your writing and thrilled to hear you believe you’ll finish book 3 this year. I’ll be waiting!

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    • Thank you, Amber! I appreciate the encouragement. Truth be told, I didn’t start out to write a book series. I started writing as a way to deal with stress and express my creativity. It was only when I had nearly finished that I decided to share my story with others! I am the one in awe of the amazing support from readers like you!

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  10. I am an avid reader and have taken a few attempts at trying to write myself with no great success lol. But there are a few book series out there that I am on pins and needles waiting for. I happened to stumble upon KDT when looking for other books to read while anticipating the release of a few others. KDT is now on my top 3 of eagerly awaited releases. I can’t express how much I want this book and I am really hoping there are more than 3. The characters in this book are too great to just let go.

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    • Thank you! I am very happy to hear that you are enjoying the series so much. I am definitely planning more than 3 books in the series! I hope you continue to enjoy them.

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  11. So happy that you are able to write full time now! As a mother of 5 I can appreciate how little time is available in any given day. I can’t even explain how obsessed I was with your two books. They fall into the category of what I like to call ‘the bad mom books’. Like, I can’t play a game or make dinner right now because I can’t stop reading… Thank you for such emotionally compelling writing! Good luck with book 3 and the audible versions.

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    • I’m always excited to hear that someone is enjoying my books as much as you. Thank you for the kind message and encouragement. I feel like a success every time someone says he or she couldn’t put them down.

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  12. I commend you Kel for the tough journey you have chosen to tread. Your writing will lead you to easier roads for you and your family, I have no doubt. I am excited, as many are, to own your series in print. I have a growing library and only my favs are put on display. Thank you for sharing your journey and pointing out to the ‘picky readers’ as I like to call them, that writing and editing are two different worlds and it is the story that matters. Errors pointed out are helpful but harsh comments wear on the soul, but don’t give up. It only gets worse, but the good fans will keep you rolling. Take care.

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  13. Kel you are a truly talented story teller with a deft touch between the broad strokes and details. I have re-read each book and have become more of a fan. Your grasp of internal logic working in conjunction with the growth and development of Rezkin and the world you created is mezmerizing to behold. I cannot wait to read what unfolds next. Take your time to continue producing outstanding work that blends together all the hues you have adroitly mixed.

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    • You are too kind! Thank you for your eloquent remarks. It’s a pleasure to have someone show so much appreciation for my efforts. I hope I can maintain and improve upon the quality with subsequent books.

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  14. Kel any info on book 3? I would love it if you would do a monthly update. I am having Rezkin withdrawls! 🙂 Also, thanks for writing such an awesome story! You are the best indie author I have ever read!

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  15. can’t wait for book 3, can you please make rez more untouchable, invisible and impossible to defeat, hahahaha,
    that at least one my favorite character for the protagonist, since it hard to find other novels with the protagonist with overpower skill
    after reading book 1 and 2, side character in book 1 seems getting more and more useless, like tam and frisha, hahaha, but i don’t mind it
    the other reason i like very much this KDT, because are one of the few novel, with straight line from chapter to chapter with the main character, not jumping around for 1 main character to another, every chapter, can you imagine if the novel have 4,5 and 6 main character, and have to jump every chapter with each main character, wew, it very frustating, when about to enter the tense moments, when open new chapter, it became anti climax, because had to shifted to another main character
    if i watch in movies or tv series it’s not a problem but if i read it, it become a problem, hahahaha

    oh sorry for my bad english, i’m from indonesian, some say when i speak or write in english, it similiar to MASTER YODA, 😀

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    • Thank you for writing! I love to hear from my readers, and it’s great to have so many from different places. I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me what you think of the books. This great feedback helps me make a better story.

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  16. I really like your books. Just a random note from a german reader: I don’t know if it’s something you intended, but frisha is basically useless and unlikeable. She really doesn’t offer a lot. She’s not particually pretty, intelligent or strong. She’s unreasonable jealous and really kinda silly. The only logical reason for Rez to like her at all, is that she’s the first girl he met. I still hope he’ll find someone more suitable. Really hate frisha. You gotte kill her off. She’s the king Joffreyof this book. Can’t wait for her death. Would be a great plot device to develop Rez as a Character as well.

    I understand why you are hestitant with a release date or ANY information on when the next book will come out, but providing a general idea on when the next book is scheduled will go a long way in making readers happy.

    regards

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    • I disagree that Frisha is useless. She is attractive, as is shown by the fact the Rezkin acknowledges it multiple times, and Tieran makes the comment about how she would look better without a dress, showing that he thinks she’s attractive too, and at that time he was a stuck up son of a duke, so he would likely have high standards. Also, I think Frisha helps Rez understand how most people act. Saying all of that, I think it would not be unreasonable for Frisha to be killed off as Yserria is now available, via Palis’ death. He just I think has to make sure that general marcum isn’t alienated by her death, as that would make it nearly impossible for Rezkin to receive support from the army.

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  17. I really enjoyed these books, and the story pulls you in like no other, I have been reading fantasy novels for a very long time and this ranks up there with the very best authors. I know there is more to Frisha , she is naïve but she will grow I just know it, hopefully she will be with Rez (I like one woman kinda of guy) and be able to hold her own as well as be able to aid in the in the experience and journey.

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  18. For those hating on Frisha, keep in mind her upbringing. Also, keep in mind how much time has elapse and what she so far has been exposed to. If she does grow, I want it at a realistic rate. There is something I want her to grow into and that is Reskin’s confidant. He has a strong mage, swordsman and woman, a healer,and a best friend that helps with errands. Face it, it would take her years to be proficient with any weapon, she does not possess magic, and she is not a violent person.

    Honestly, I am okay with Reskin shielding Frisha from a lot of traumatic events thus so far as best as he was able to. If she transitioned too quickly into Reskin’s world, it would have likely caused mental and emotional instability. I want to let her grow.

    Please more on Reskin’s adventure as the Raven!

    Lastly, when is the audio book coming out? I thought July but is it going to be in August or later?

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  19. I have read your books several times and very much enjoyed them and though I know you don’t have an actual release date, do you perhaps have a loose idea of when you hope to be finished with the third book? Early fall? By the end of the year? Keep up the good work!

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