Author's Journey

Kayla’s Author Journey: April 29, 2022

Hi everyone! I know it's been a while since I posted anything about my book publishing progress, but the fact is, the publishing industry is actually pretty slow. It's a whole lot of waiting, writing, waiting, writing, and so on. That said, I can officially say I'm on submission. My amazing agent has sent out… Continue reading Kayla’s Author Journey: April 29, 2022

Author's Journey

Kayla’s Author’s Journey: Book Proposals

Good morning everyone! If you've been following my posts, you know I'm sitting on pins and needs waiting for Minotaur and Mystery Writer's of America to announce this years First Crime Novel Contest winner. Hopefully, I'll get a book deal from that, but you know how super popular contests are, right? Those super popular contests… Continue reading Kayla’s Author’s Journey: Book Proposals

Author's Journey

Author’s Journey: Contest

Hey everyone! If you've been following the blog for a while, you know that I'm now an agented author, repped by Steven Hutson at WordWise Media. My first novel has won one award for best beginning of a first novel, and my agent has declared it ready to be pitched. What I haven't revealed yet,… Continue reading Author’s Journey: Contest

Author's Journey

Kayla’s Author’s Journey: Update July 7, 2021

This week started out a little rough. My baby was sick, my writing time was limited, and sleep wasn't happening. Yesterday, however, I woke up to an email from one of my dream agents. She not only requested my full manuscript, but she gave me notes on how to improve the 50 pages she'd already… Continue reading Kayla’s Author’s Journey: Update July 7, 2021

Lists, Mystery/Thriller

Kayla’s Tuesday Talk #3: Favorite Mystery Tropes

Okay, gang, I might be preaching to the choir here, but I'm going to assume that not everyone knows what a "trope" is. Let me explain. According to tvtropes.org, a trope "is a storytelling device or convention, a shortcut for describing situations the storyteller can reasonably assume the audience will recognize. Tropes are the means by which… Continue reading Kayla’s Tuesday Talk #3: Favorite Mystery Tropes