Sunday, September 10, 2017

Delay on Re-Releases for Several Books #SelfPub @KarynGerrard #Historical #Contemp

Yikes. I got the rights back for this book Dec 2016, and I wanted to revise and re-release it in under six months under my KG Publishing. Not going to happen.

Obviously any contracted books I have with a publisher (Kensington) must come first. I have to pass in book 2 manuscript Sept 15th. Book 3 is due March 1 2018. I think it best I get these two books written and passed in before I turn my attention to any self-publishing releases.

As a result it has caused a real pile of rights reversed e-books on my back burner. My back list has shrunk by nearly half. But these books need work (in some cases A LOT of work) and I am not going to rush it. Click HERE to see a complete list of my books that are no longer available.

After the Copper and the Madam? I had hoped to revise Knight of Christmas (my one and only Ellora's Cave release) for Fall 2017. Again, not going to happen. I have pushed it to Fall 2018.

Though I did fix the cover so it is ready to go! EC said I could use the same cover if I removed their logo (gladly!) I added the Victorian Xmas street light. Not bad, eh? Yes, it is a historical, hence his cravat.

This is a sizzling erotic romance, and I will be dialling down the heat to sensual since I do not write erotic any longer. I want to expand it a bit as well.

Again, I refuse to rush it.

After that? I have one other cover art I bought, I was going to use it for my Wicked Men of Rockland series, but I have decided I will be revising and seeing if my agent can shop it around first.

(Note to self: do not buy cover art until revisions are done and you are completely sure of your plans)

So what to do with this cover I bought? First, I removed the 'Wicked Men of Rockland' logo under the title.

Now I can use this for a short novella. I received rights back to 'Rock the Wolfe' from Decadent last year.

It is around 17,000 words, a rock star contemporary and it needs revising, editing, and expansion. So this is the third self-pubbing release in the queue.

After that? Also received the rights back to my free erotica. Again, I don't write this hot anymore, I will be able to ask for the sequel back this coming spring. So I will revise this short story, put it up as a free read the same time I am able to put up the sequel. I will be changing the titles from The Riding Crop and A Riding Crop for Two to something less BDSM-y. Again, this is a ways off. These two stories need major revising and editing.

Also, no immediate plans for my paranormal series. (Blackthorne Clan) If I do rework it, I will no doubt release under my other pen name (which is dormant at the moment) No idea on the release dates for any of this.

I refuse to stress myself out by spinning too many plates. But stay tuned, as I plan to release them as soon as I can give them my full attention. :)

Thanks for your patience and understanding!

Friday, September 8, 2017

RWA (Romance Writers of America) Should you Join? #Opinion by @KarynGerrard #RWA

This is my own opinion and I am not speaking as a member of the RWA or for the RWA as a whole.

A quick history, The RWA (Romance Writers of America) was formed in 1980, back in the days when gatekeepers stood at the doors of publishing, ready to skewer anyone they did not deem worthy of being traditionally published.

This is vital to remember, because this belief is still the linchpin of the RWA, at least in the minds of many romance writers, whether they are 'old school' members who loathe to open the door just a teeny bit to allow fresh air in, or the marginalized authors of colour and sexual orientation and disability (or a mixture therein) who feel the RWA is nothing but an exclusive country club, or a mean girl clique straight out of high school who boost each other's signals, but no one else's.These beliefs are so ingrained, I am not sure how the RWA can breach the wide divide.

An aside: I am a PAN member of the RWA. I joined in 2015, when I started to see positive changes. I am Canadian, so I am all for including everyone. Here's the thing, I didn't even know there was a PAN forum. The website is hard to navigate and information hard to find. (RWA says they will be working on that.) The main reason I joined is its around the time I decided to take my writing more seriously. Since then, I now have an agent and contracts from Kensington. Did the RWA help me to achieve my goal? Not directly. But being a member showed the publishing industry I was serious about my craft and eager to learn more. At least that is my belief.

I searched 'RWA' on Twitter recently, and found many authors say they had joined, but didn't feel welcome, (either at the chapter level or in general) because of what genre they wrote, what heat level, or how much money they earned (or didn't earn), or how they were published. And more disturbingly, because of the colour of their skin and/or sexual orientation. Many left after the first year of membership. Many are bitter about their experience. To me, this is a real problem. Let's face it, the RWA has been slow to adapt to the rapidly changing publishing landscape. It had stayed the same for so many years, no doubt many older members/authors can't or won't keep up with the changing times.

But that is no excuse for some authors wishing to remain an 'exclusive country club.' Yes, the RWA is an organization, and they have the right to set up their own rules and bylaws. Just like a romance author has the choice to join or not.
Frankly, I am appalled at the elitist, exclusionary air I have seen from certain romance authors. Hell, we are all in this together. The pie is growing smaller with each passing year. We should be supporting each other.

But until the RWA makes serious changes, and reaches out to those romance authors who feel—and are—excluded, they will NOT grow and prosper. My suggestions? Make a serious PR push on social media to show how all are welcome at the table. How about more articles in the RWR magazine focused on those who feel marginalized? Give them a voice. Same with workshops. Be more open to allow ALL to volunteer. More on-line chapters and workshops, please!

Here's the thing—and it gives me hope—there are plenty of members of the RWA who are eager to throw open the door and allow fresh air and sunshine in. Especially members of the RWA board.

Keep an open mind about the future of the RWA. It's far from perfect. But changes are being made and will continue to be made. Give it another look, and if you are so inclined, another chance. The more voices who speak out, the quicker change will come about.

Karyn Gerrard

Monday, August 28, 2017

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Governess and the Beast by @KarynGerrard #scarredhero #Historical #Gothic

blurb: With a new name and an eagerness to begin a new life, Lila Jenner answers an ad for a governess and embarks on an adventure she did not expect. Hiding secrets and a past she longs to forget, she is disappointed to find out she has been employed to be a companion of a different sort: To a man who embodies both beauty and the beast.

In a gothic, crumbling manor on the edge of a North Sea cliff, Baron Simon Wolstenholme is cloistered away from society. Horribly scarred from battle wounds, the baron lives up to his infamous title “The Beast of Stonecliff” in appearance and attitude and comes to the realization he’s been alone too long.

Simon bargains with Lila for a singular night of passion. A storm rages outside, but it cannot compare to the clash of emotions between a lonely man and a distrustful woman. Secret desires are revealed, hearts are laid bare. Many obstacles lay before them until they can admit their true feelings, though pride could destroy the fairy tale before it begins.

BOOK #1 The Blind Cupid Series NOW AVAILABLE 99 cents!


THE SPINSTER AND MR. GLOVER (Blind Cupid Series #1)
By Karyn Gerrard
KG Publishing
Approx 15,000 words Short Story/Historical/Victorian

BLURB: His male beauty moved her. His vulnerability touched her. His past horrified her...

Anne Sommer, a spinster firmly on the shelf, does the unthinkable. She hires a man from the Blind Cupid brothel for a night of scandalous pleasure. Anne wants the sensual memories to keep her company in the lonely years ahead. However, she did not expect the young man to move her in ways she never imagined.

Desmond Glover gives sexual gratification—for a price. An orphan whose childhood was mired in scandal and poverty, Desmond has learned to close off his emotions with regard to his occupation. He did not count on a lonely spinster to awaken his hidden passion.

Not only do the years separate them, but so do their social standing. Can Anne and Desmond cross such a chasm and find mutual desire—or love?

This short story was previously published with a different title. Revised, re-edited, and more than 7500 words added. Heat Level: Very sensual 

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COMING SOON! The final book in the Blind Cupid Series
(hopefully this fall)The Copper and the Madam


Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. 

 Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historical and contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must. 

 As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Rethinking the Social Media Presence and Other Author Things by @KarynGerrard #Opinion

Interesting articles in the August issue of the RWA(Romance Writers of America) magazine about promo, social media, brands, etc. It sparked on something I had been considering anyway: reworking my social media plan.

I am on four main social media sites I will list them in order of my own personal preference.

1.  Twitter
  2.  Instagram
3.  Pinterest
 4.  Facebook

Notice Facebook is in last place. Oh, no, experts say, Facebook should be number one on your list! It's where you interact with readers!
I tried, but I am not one for sharing my personal life or for taking selfies, so that makes Instagram a wobbly place for me to be as well. More below on FB and Instagram. So, what does a sometime-introverted-lone-wolf author do?

Make changes that work for me personally.

First off, notice Goodreads didn't even make the list. It's because I don't go there. Unless a publisher makes me. Interacting there was fine when I was strictly a reader and reviewer, but after I was published? I found my stress level dropped several notches when I ceased visiting. I don't need to read every rating and review on my books. Again, it is my personal preference, but I do recommend published authors stay clear (for the most part) as it can be soul sucking.

Pinterest has...lost my interest. At 5700+ pins, I have nothing else to share. I am seeing the same things over and over. No Pinterest, I do not want to pin cream cheese frosting pics, stop sending me notifications! Seriously though, it is a good visual-aid tool if you are planning to write a series. My London 1940's board really helped me write Beloved Beast. So, have I interacted with readers? Maybe a handful over the past five years, but Has it boosted my social media presence? Maybe a little. I will still use it for a little promo, but in general, my massive pinning episodes are done.

Instagram. I only joined last year. Again, since I am not one for laying out my personal life on-line, this is a middle-of-the-road social media place for me. Instagram is very "me" oriented. I have no kids, and am in-between pets at the moment, so I have no cuddly pics to share in that regard. So adjustments had to be made. If I was going to do this, I had to share something. So I took a couple of pics of a recent trip. The lilacs in my backyard. I posted fun memes. Some of my hobbies like Red Sox and classic movies. And of course, interspersed with a little promo. It's all I willing to do. But at least I am making an effort.

Facebook. Confession: I don't like it. Over the past five years, I tried massive postings or ignoring it altogether. But as an author I hate to really can't ignore it. I can't stand the whole premise, nor the wonky algorithms that MAKE you interact, or you disappear from timelines. I understand many people adore Facebook. We all have our preferences.
So, I have a profile and 2 pages, (one for my author name and one for E-Romance News). What to do?

I came to the realization being on the profile wasn't working for me personally. Since I dislike the place, I couldn't fake that I did like it. And since I wasn't there much, I wasn't interacting with people and *poof* I don't show up in timelines. Since I am writing three books to meet contract deadlines, I have had even less time for social media, and Facebook suffered the worst.

I did link my Instagram with my FB profile, so at least I will post here and there, but I have decided to hang out more on my two pages instead of at my profile and see how that goes. I also did as experts suggested and started a Facebook group, and have now linked it with my author page. Though the last time I posted in my FB group, only three people saw it *sigh*

Twitter. It is my preferred social media place, which isn't saying much. Twitter also uses annoying algorithms so a lot of your tweets are not seen. I also linked my Twitter to Triberr (a sharing service for blog posts) I do try and keep those tweets for after midnight because they do have a whiff of spam about them, but it also boosts your visibility along with other authors you are tweeting. I am a big believer in reciprocal author support. I RT a lot. (Especially on my E-Romance News Twitter account) I especially RT those authors who RT my tweets.

So after years of trying to find a balance that works regarding social media...I still haven't found one. The RWA magazine suggests an assistant. Yeah. Can't afford that. So I have to construct a plan that works for me personally. And here's the thing, the social media plan always shifts, thanks to real life and contract obligations. Don't beat yourself up about it, just do what you can do.

Don't force yourself on a social media platform you can't stand. It will only stress you out and annoy you and interfere with what is important...writing. No matter what experts/bestselling authors say, you can't do it all. Pick and choose. Wisely.

Follow me! Like me! Whatever!

Monday, August 14, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Marriage with a Proper Stranger by @KarynGerrard #PreOrder @lyricalpress

Aug 23rd: STAY TUNED. This is not the final cover. More to come. 

by Karyn Gerrard
(Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #1) 
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press Feb 6, 2018

“Build a wall about your heart.”

Riordan Wollstonecraft labors under the heavy burden of his forebears. For generations, a curse has followed the dashing young men of his family, guaranteeing the women they love an untimely death.  The youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall, charismatic Riordan is quietly resigned to his fate, an educator who devotes his life to good works, and ignores any longing for something more . . .

Widowed and penniless, Lady Sabrina Lakeside is desperate to avoid a second forced betrothal—this time to an aged marquess. Her chance encounter with Riordan leads her to an impulsive offer: a temporary marriage of convenience that could benefit them both. His agreement is as surprising as it is welcome. Before long, Riordan’s keen intellect and kind words have Sabrina rethinking her plans of a union in name only. But her new husband is holding something back. Will giving in to their tantalizing passion lead her only to further heartache . . . or could it be the first step toward healing them both?


✔︎Sexy beta hero
✔︎Grandson to an earl
✔︎Schoolmaster with a progressive soul
✔︎Loves children and kittens
✔︎Knight in shining armour

Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. 

 Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historical and contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must. 

 As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Its Time for a Break by @KarynGerrard Writers need Breaks #stress #opinion

Yes, my life needs me. Lately its been too much...writing. Contracts. Deadlines. It's getting to me. I feel isolated. A little overwhelmed. Basically I am taking the rest of August off.

Except for some schedules blog posts on E-Romance News, and a few tweets for them, I am staying away from social media and yeah...writing.

Not only do my wrists need a break *I've developed tenosynovitis over the past several months* but so does my mind.

Going to sit out on the deck, read, spend time with Mr. Gerrard. Go on a picnic. Read some more. Watch Poldark. Maybe watch BBC's North and South again.

Hopefully in September I will be ready to start writing the third and final book in my contracted series, because right now? I ain't feeling it.

Writers need to do this. Take a break. Living life is more important, at least to me. I've completed book 2 before the deadline, I should celebrate by taking some ME time.

Have a good rest of August!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

So you are NOT going to a Romance Conference...and it's Okay #Opinion @KarynGerrard

Image result for RWA conference
So you are NOT going to a romance conference. Its okay, and you are one of the majority. Most romance authors do not attend for a variety of reasons.

You start to see the tweets, about packing, shoes, wine, etc and you wonder if you are missing out on all the fun. Here's the thing, it's not for everybody. It really isn't. Shyness, anxiety, depression, illness, all factor into why some people cannot attend. Distance, cost, family illness and/or obligations are other reasons, and all solid ones.

The positives? Networking, workshops, drinks and socializing. Agent and editor appointments to plug your book. Fun. More networking.

The RWA (Romance Writers of America)  and RT (Romance Times) conventions are huge. Overwhelming. They can be stress inducing for some. If you are a convention/conference virgin, you may want to try smaller venues first before tackling these monster events. Or you may want to check out the newbie session at the RWA conference. There is a two hour first timers orientation which is helpful.

Conferences are NOT cheap. We are talking thousands of dollars for air, hotel, convention fees, swag, meals, and other assorted costs if you wish to do any sightseeing or barhopping.

I read a long thread on Facebook last month and various authors bemoaned the fact the cost is not worth what they took from the events/conventions they attended. That may well be the case for many authors. Whereas others adored it and took a lot from it. This is a case of how an experience can have different results for people.

Readers who attend these conventions are coming to see the huge authors, let's face it. If you can garner a little exposure from that, it may be worth it to you. There are people/authors who thrive on this sort of event and I say more power to you. But most of us would just as soon stay home and write.
And that's okay, too.

It is an individual choice. Don't feel you have to attend now you are published. It isn't a rite of passage. (At least it isn't to me) Always check the workshops to see if there is anything that catches your interest. Check the venue and city. I mean, Orlando in July? Been there, done that, and I almost perished from the heat and humidity. Too much for this Canadian, lol. But if you plan to stay within the air-conditioned hotel/conference centre, it should be fine. And if you thrive on heat, bonus!

It all comes down to this, there is no right or wrong decision. Only YOUR decision. And what is mine? Cost, distance, and family illness/obligations = no. It is just the way it is.
To those going to the RWA conference, stay cool, have fun, and network!

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