March 2020 writing update

I’m really terrible at giving writing updates, wow. And considering this website is supposed to be an author website, I guess I should give you updates on author related things.
So in February I applied for Author Mentor Match which I have linked so you can see what it’s like if you want.
Long story short, I didn’t get in. But what it did allow me to do was have a deadline to finally finish my book, write the synopsis, and write a query letter. Pretty much everything that you need to submit to an agent.
In my opinion, it wasn’t a total bust. It makes you prepare for what the next process is going to be. And then it also gives you a taste of what the waiting is like. Agents don’t get a hold of you right away. In fact sometimes it’s four to six months that you could wait to hear back. Most of the time you don’t get a response at all if it’s a rejection. You look at each agents guidelines and see how long it could be that you could wait for a response. If it’s six months, and you waited seven or eight months, chances are that’s a rejection. And unless you actually have another agent wanting to give you representation, that’s the only time that you contact other agents back. Otherwise you can’t contact them and ask if they received your submission. Or what their answer is, because they are too busy.
It’s a pain in the butt, but understandable.
So what did I do? I adjusted my query letter to be able to submit to agents, and that’s what I’m doing right now. Submitting to six or seven agents at a time and well, waiting for feedback or rejections, or until it’s passed their response time.
Or you know, waiting for somebody asking to read more of my manuscript. That’s always a goal.
While that’s happening I actually have three other projects on the go. Which isn’t something I used to do. I didn’t like working on more than one project at a time. But if writer’s block hits, it’s more productive to start working on something else then not working on anything at all.
I can’t really tell you much about either project, I can tell you that one is a poetry collection. Another is an adult paranormal romance that is a crossover into horror. The final, the one with the least amount of work done to it, is a young adult book that will feature a physically disabled main character that should be in the vein of The Magicians or Ninth house. That one will be an #OwnVoices novel.
Other than that I also attended an online writers conference called WriteOnCon, it was amazing and well worth the money. And actually incredibly cheap. I ended up getting the more expensive ticket, it was like $30. Worth it in my opinion. You also have a really long time to access the videos and blogs.
That’s all I have in the way of an update. You should hear from me in a couple of weeks about another book review.

Have a good day!

#AMMConnect Round 7

Ok so I’m doing this post a bit late, but I still have time! This is my #AMMConnect post.

My name is Kala Godin. I am a physically disabled woman and writer living in Alberta, Canada. A year ago I self-published a poetry collection. And I’ve been writing with the intention to be published since graduating high school, which was about 5 years ago. 

Since then I’ve had a couple of writing jobs, mostly writing for websites as blogs or columns. Most recently I wrote about my physical disability at SMA News Today, I was with them for a year.

Along with poetry, I also write fantasy, horror, and paranormal in both the Young Adult and Adult age genres. Because of my poetry background, I like to write lyrical descriptions. 

My project for round 7 of Author Mentor Match is a YA dark fantasy. The basic concept is what happens when modern teenagers looking to get away from the world, try to become gods instead. What an obsession with power does to a person’s morals. And what that amount of power does to someone’s personality. I like to play with the idea of what a monster is and what it isn’t.

I think I’d be a great mentee simply for the fact that I’m willing to put in the work. Yes, I’ve self-published before, but my intention was always to be traditionally published. A great writing career isn’t a book that is hyped up and then the author disappears. I want a consistent writing career. I want to publish books and have a consistent readership. Ultimately everybody thinks that they want the hype of Twilight or Harry Potter. But those didn’t end up being consistent careers. That’s not what I want.
I take criticism well, and I tend to be better with blunt criticism rather than sugar coating. I like to get right down to what the problem is. Of course I like to hear what I’ve done well. But if I can make it better, that’s what I want to do. 

The only thing is that I tend to work slowly, but that is due to the physical disability.

I have a couple of pinterest boards for some of my characters.

Asteria 

Kai 

Loki 

And a general aesthetic.

I hope you browse through the boards and get a sense of who my characters are.

Here’s the link to the original #AMMConnect post. 

October Update

Hello, I hope everyone is having a good fall! Or whatever other weather you are having! I haven’t given a proper update in a long time. For one it’s hard to update you on writing. That’s because it can be hard to see progress until a project is complete. What I can tell you is that I have completed my first readthrough of my manuscript. And I’ve started my first round of plot edits. 

In october I had my first book signing. It made me nervous but was a great experience.

Since my last update I up-ed my reading goal to 40 instead of 30. So far I have read 36 books for the year. Nearly there!

In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt: 1 star

DNF… I buddy read this one with my mom. It was terrible. The writing style seemed similar to Emma Donoghue’s in Kissing the Witch. Which is a style that I tend to like. It sounds poetic and seems to flow well. But in this story it didn’t work. We often didn’t know what was happening. 

Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer: 4 stars

Received an e-arc from Netgalley. I loved it a lot. Almost all of the poems were relatable in some way or another. I read them all, and I never found myself wanting to skip one. The art inside is also beautiful. Ultimately I think it’s a really well-done poetry collection. 

Year One, and Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts: 4 stars

It’s pretty rare that I will pick up a book by Nora Roberts, because I tend to think that she writes only romance or mysteries. I actually picked up this series because of the controversy that happens between her and Tomi Adeyemi, the author of Children of Blood and Bone. I wanted to see what the fuss was about on Tomi’s end. Quite honestly I found the whole debacle hilarious, as the books are not similar at all. Anyway yes, these books definitely do have romance in them. But that’s not the main point. Originally I thought this was a duology, but then I found out that the third one should be out around December. This is a great series. 

The Weight of a Soul By Tammy Elizabeth: 1 star

DNF… Received an e-arc from Netgalley. I stopped reading the book at 20%. I just didn’t gel with it. I found that there was a lot of info dumping right at the beginning, that didn’t really need to be there. 

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix: 3.5 stars. 

I buddy read this one as well with my mom. It was good, though the first third was slow. But it was necessary to the rest of the book. If you have a weak stomach though, maybe check out some spoiler reviews to prepare yourself.

Betty Bites Back: Stories to Scare the Patriarchy edited by Mindy McGinnis, Demitria Lunetta, Kate Karyus Quinn: 3 stars

 I received an e-arc of this from netgalley. The beginning of it was interesting enough, but then around 60% through the book I noticed that I didn’t enjoy the stories as often. To the point that there was a number of them that I skipped. It’s an interesting premise to write an anthology about, and some of the stories were executed well. However I don’t think all of them necessarily lived up to it. In my opinion, only about half of them interested me.

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey: 5 stars

SO GOOD! Review done.

Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao: 3 stars

Physical arc from Penguin Teen Canada. Full review here. http://www.kalagodin.com/2019/09/17/review-song-of-the-crimson-flower-by-julie-c-dao/

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall: 5 stars

Physical arc from Penguin Teen Canada. Full review here. http://www.kalagodin.com/2019/09/30/review-rules-for-vanishing-by-kate-alice-marshall/

Wilder Girls by Rory Power: 5 stars

This was weird and so good! And kinda gross, but still really good. I don’t really get why people are saying that it’s like Lord of the Flies… 

Currently reading: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 

Well that’s pretty much all I have to update you with. 
Happy reading and writing!

Authortube Newbie tag (revamped)

So I decided to take the “Authortube Newbie Tag” and frankenstein it into a blog appropriate version. The tag was intially created by Jenna Streety. Here’s the link to her youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIgRD-9jYUocNNwCwITrKyw

Hopefully no one minds me taking this tag and doing it in a blog format. I will be changing the questions a bit to better suit my blog.

QUESTIONS:

How did you find out about AuthorTube? (Or author blogging?)

Well Authortube was more or less me frantically searching youtube for content about. I found booktube first, and then the Wordnerds. Now I have quite a list that I follow.

Author blogging I’ve known about for quite awhile. I used to do book blogging. Which you will see a bit of on here.

What genres do you write in?

Fantasy, paranormal, horror. And very widely within those genres. I also occasionally write poetry. However my poetry tends to revolve around those genres.

What is your preferred writing tense, point of view, and category of story? (Children’s, YA, NA, Adult, etc.)

Hmmm I like present tense, and 1st person POV. I prefer to write MG, YA, or NA.

Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser?

Definitely a plantser. I need just a few plot points to keep myself on track. But not enough for me to feel bored.

Are you a self-published, published, or yet-to-be published?

Currently self published, but I would like to traditionally published at some point.

What publishing company, literary agent, and/or printing company are you represented by or use? If you’re not yet published, what is your dream publishing house and/or literary agent?

Right now I am self published but represented by Patchwork Press. And then through Amazon, and Draft2Digital. I don’t really want to say a specific company or agent that I would like to be represented by, because it would be a dream to be published by one of the big 5, or even one of their imprints. But whomever I would work with well, is who I would choose.

What kind of content can we expect to find on your website?

Updates on my reading and writing. The process of writing. And my life updates.

When did you start writing?

Seriously for publication? Right after high school. Actually maybe even during high school, I think I entered writing contests. But I’ve been writing for fun since I was little.

What was the first story you ever wrote?

I was maybe 12. It was a fantasy about  a kingdom that had been cut in half but a cursed tree. An angel boy was prince of one side, and a demon girl ruled the other.

What authors have inspired your writing the most?

Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight was who made me want to be an author. I have so many good memories associated with the Twilight series. Otherwise I like the writing style of V.E. Schwab. I find she captures my attention from line one, and I never get bored.

Do you schedule your writing sessions or simply get to writing whenever you can find the time?

I find that I am a habit based person. I work from 10am or 11am until 1pm or 2pm, This is usually work revolving around editing. And then from 1:30pm or 2pm until 5pm, I’m writing. After supper is TV time or reading.

Do you type on a computer, typewriter, write everything out by hand, or use a blend of those?

All first drafts are written by hand. This way I am not distracted by flipping over to social media. My word choice seems to be more specific when writing by hand, as well.

And where do you write in general?

The living room. Soon, maybe the deck.

What are you most looking forward to now that you’re a part of the writing community?

Building community. I like being part of a community that has a mutual interest.

Well that’s all for today! I hope to have more updates soon. If you have any questions about me or my writing, please leave them in the comments!