K.T. Leone

Balancing act

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There is quite the balancing act going on with my new post: Unreachable. It seems that there are some who are really enjoying the story and I wish I could just throw it all up at once, but it really is too long (180k+ words). Add on top of that that I'm selling it on Amazon and it leaves me in a bit of a lurch. Of course I want to sell books, it helps with the bills, but I also like sharing my creations as well. I also like reviews and comments and kudos in abundance.

Children's book update

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It's been a while. A long while. But finally my illustrator is devoting a whole week to doing the drawings on the children's book "But I'm not a boy." There are two pictures already posted but this will be the complete thing. I've had others turn me down because the girly activity the main character wanted to do was too stereotypical. Oh well. Onward and Upward.

Sometiimes it is worth it

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So here I am, watching the read totals pile up on Unreachable but the kudos staying put and feeling sorry for myself. I tend to compare myself to others and how they are doing far more often than I should.

So I do what I normally do. I check other numbers: namely sales and reviews. For kicks, I go to goodreads and come across a review that leads to a link that leads to a greater review. All I can say is WOW!!!! Did they give me the royal treatment and I didn't even ask.

I wanted to share the link out of courtesy and maybe those who get ebooks can look at other reviews.

The next step

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So I'm sitting here debating whether or not I should post the unreachable on the site. The problem, it's long.... really really really (don't make me write it 100 times) long. It comes in at 185k words. The transgender part doesn't show up until 150k words in. So I'm wondering if I should or would people think it a big waste of time.

End of the line

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I just posted the last of God Bless the Child and published Unreachable. That is going to be it for me. It has been a great ride. I had some laughs, shed some tears, but I'm really not cut out to be an author. I don't have what it takes and it has become obvious. There is a certain level of attention to detail to produce a good story, and I don't have that ability. It is more than just not getting reads and comments and kudos and reviews.

New Book Available

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I am pleased to announce the release of my new book "Unreachable". It may be my best story yet and considering God Bless the Child and Finding Jenny, I think that is saying something. There isn't the religious overtones like there were in Wrestling Against Myself, so it should appeal to all.

New Novel Update

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As some of you may or may not know, I've been working extremely hard on the next great trans novel. It is a good story, about a middle school teacher and a troubled student with a panache for misbehaving. They butt heads in the beginning of the book until the teacher realizes the kid is harboring a secret and his tough guy image is just a facade to keep people from finding out the truth about him.

Going mainstream is hard

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When I wrote God Bless the Child way back in 2002 my goal was to write a mainstream story that gave some insight to the plight of a transsexual. The story, which few would doubt is gripping, reads like a Lifetime- made for tv (good pun)- movie (still waiting on the deal).

Link to TG TV interview of a great author

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Okay, so maybe not a great author, but I got you to check out the blog, how about checking out the clip and telling me what you think. If for nothing else, you get to see and hear what I look like. I am out there and there might not be any bringing me back.

Please post comments too.

http://www.notstr8.tv/shows/trt-44/

I wish we could embed this so you don't have to go off page.

About the TV experience

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Yesterday I got interviewed on Transition TV on the NotStr8 television station (now available on Roku). I will post the link as soon as I get it. After the show goes live, they edit and then post a cleaner version.

Being interviewed was quite interesting. Part of me wonders if I am playing make believe with some of the stuff that's been happening in my life. I feel I backdoored my way into the interview, but I guess I'm okay with that.

No longer writing

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This is a good day, kind of. I am no longer in the writing phase of my next novel. I wrapped up the first draft earlier to day of "Unreachable"" (I dropped the word "The" from the beginning). and now I am onto the tedious part of editing. The book is 240k words long, so a bunch is going to be cut off to get it to a respectable length. I overdid the beginning and I think I can lose that without hurting the story.

Need help forming a business

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It has gotten to the point where authoring is no longer a hobby. I have money coming in and money going out and I need to do a better job of keeping track of everything. Now that I am advertising I have money going all over the place and when tax time comes, I'm going to be screwed if I don't get things in order.

New Milestones

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I really hope I'm not annoying people with these updates or come across as if I am gloating because that is not my intent at all. I hope by sharing my success and excitement it will encourage others to follow their own dreams and press on.

Earlier tonight I hit my: Drum roll please


1,000th sale of the month on Amazon

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Sold over 600 copies of God Bless the Child this month

My new author website up and running

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Thanks to a friend of the site (they can name themselves if they want, I didn't want to presume) I have my very own website. That means I am not only an author, but a webpage as well.

Should I give people what they want

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I haven't posted a story in what seems life forever. Sure, I posted a poem a little while ago, but that's not the same thing. Rest assured, I am in the middle of a grand work. It is 180k words and still going strong (I don't look forward to editing).

When I don't post new things, sometimes I go back and look at comments and reviews from old stories. And since I sold a small boatload of God Bless the Child books last week I decided to check out the reviews for smiles sake.

I guess transgender fiction can sell

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I am so happy and excited and I wanted to share my enthusiasm with the site and offer some encouragement to those who are thinking about publishing E-books. There is a market out there and it isn't as small as you may think. If you write good books with global appeal, it will do well. You need to work, you need to market, but it can be done. I'm not the only author on the site who is doing well on Amazon, and I think there are several others who might be wanting to join the ranks.

Figuring things out

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If you've followed any of my blogs you know that I oft struggle with defining what I do as a writer. I know that may sound weird to some of you but it is very important to me. When writing is a hobby, you can get away with doing whatever you want and I, on occasion, will write as a hobby. When you write as a way of making an income you have to be a bit more defined in what you do. People see your name and they expect certain things from you. So for the last few months I have been trying to figure out who I am as an author. (I view being an author different from being a writer).

Interesting proposition

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As some may have guessed, my career as a writer is really just starting but it's moving in the right direction. I am selling pretty steadily on Amazon and have another major novel in the works. I have more story ideas than I can shake a stick at, so I should be kept busy for quite a while. Needless to say, I still plan on posting stories to the site, I just don't have anything completed (but 150k words of a new story that should be finished in 2 weeks then editing).

Amazing Sale on Amazon 8/1 - 8/4

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Just to let everyone know, in honor of the ten year anniversary of me publishing God Bless the Child. It is now on sale at Amazon for the low, low, price of .99 cents. This is a wonderful story about finding love and acceptance. It is a serious story with a great message and should be read over and over again. There has been some slight changes (I've tightened up the language a bit) and a new cover to boot.

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