Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sequelphobia


se·quel·pho·bia noun \sē-kwəl-fō-bē-ə\
An extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to writing sequels.


It’s legit. I swear. And if it’s not, I’m coining the phrase right now because I totally suffer from it. Writing a sequel is an entirely different ball game. If this manuscript were a first book I’d have it done already. Instead I’m staring at draft five, ready to rip my hair out and strangle my characters. 

I thought it would be a lot easier. I’ve had this story completely plotted out for years, and I know my characters in and out. So why is Jamie 2 giving me so many problems? I think it's because I’m scared of letting people down.  

Writing used to be a lot simpler back in the days when the only person who read my stuff was me. It’s really stressful to know that there are people out there who are waiting to read this book. People who are anxious and excited for it. What if, after all that waiting, they don’t like it? I would feel terrible. Not just because people don’t like my book—people hate on my books all the time; that’s to be expected—but because I know how much I hate it when I’m disappointed in a book. I don’t want to disappoint anyone.

I love Jamie and Ryan to bits and pieces, and I LOVE that other people love them as much as I do. I love that there are people out there who swoon over my characters the way I swoon over my favorite book characters. I can’t tell you how much it means to me when people write me asking about sequels.

Maybe my real problem is that I’ve never cared so much if my books turned out good as much as I do with this book. I want this book to be amazing. I want it to be everything that people are hoping for. I want to live up to all those expectations. I want my fans, who deserve the BEST because they are AWESOME, to get another book they can love as much as the first one.

No pressure, huh? It’s hard for me to separate Kelly the writer from Kelly the reader, and nobody is harder on second books than me. So, Kelly the writer is trying to finish this book and Kelly the reader is sitting here, reading over shoulder saying, “Nope. It’s not good enough. You can do better. Do it again." 

I am seriously stressing myself out.

Do I have issues? Yes. Yes I do. Right now I really do.

So…


e·piph·a·ny noun \ih-pif-uh-nee\  plural e·piph·a·nies.
A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.



I have decided that my sequelphobia is a good thing. If I stress this much about this book and work this hard on it, then there’s no way it can totally suck by the time I’m finished. Right? Right. Draft five is definitely five times better than draft one anyway. Just think how good it could be by the time I'm on version five hundred. (Which at this rate, I will most certainly get to.) This book is going to ROCK. 


ANYWAY... 

Now that we've all experienced a little dose of Kelly's CRAZY... Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to me TOTALLY STOPMING my sequelphobia and writing a SERIOUSLY KICK BUTT sequel that is worthy of Jamie. She deserves awesomeness.

That is all. Now I'm off to feed Lucky Charms to my children for dinner because it's been a long week and I'm tired and my baby is sick and I don't want to cook.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Happy V Day!

V is for Virgin is finally here! Yay!  
Happy Book Birthday V! 
So much to do, so much to read, so much to win


Chapter 1: "The Book"

When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation.

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy.

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?



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Chapter 2: "The Tour"

The V is for Virgin Blog Tour kicks off today with these three fantastic blogs: 




Click the link below to see the entire tour line up, read a review, author interview, guest post, or book excerpt and enter a tour giveaway for your chance to win a $30 amazon gift card or paypal cash! (open Intl. I support the buying of ebooks!)


Thank you to Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting me!



Chapter 3: "The Game"


In the book Val uses letters of the alphabet as her slogans. Obviously, V is for Virgin, but there are others. A is for Abstinence, S is for Sex, F is for Families, H is for Hypocrite and P is for President. As part of my V-Day Celebration, I thought it would be fun to make a game out of it. So...
Play The ABC's of V is for Virgin and enter to win one of twenty autographed V is for Virgin bookmarks. (open Intl.)

To play/enter to win just tweet your own letter about V...  For instance, A is for Awesome. K is for Kyle. S is for swoon. T is for Tralse... you get the picture... 

Enter as many times as you'd like using as many different letters of the alphabet as you'd like. Game open internationally and ends when the blog tour ends January 2nd. Have fun, be creative and make sure you use the hashtag #VisforVirgin and @kellyoram so that I can find you! 


Chapter 4: "The Giveaway"

So, aside from the $30 amazon gift card/pay pal cash blog tour giveaway and the ABC's of V autographed bookmarks game/giveaway I've added my own giveaway on this blog as well. In the book Val loves jewelry. She wears her own "V" necklace like you see on the cover and then she makes "V" jewelry as part of her V is for Virgin campaign. So, in the spirit of "V Day" Enter to win your very own "Virgin Val" original keychain. (Handcrafted by yours truly.) I'll try to get a picture posted by the end of the day. Again, this giveaway is open internationally and ends when the blog tour ends January 2nd.


If you've made it all the way to the end of this blog, the you are awesome! Thanks for stopping by, and Happy V Day!