My grandfather lived to be 101 years old. In 2013, I visited him in Florida for his 100th birthday. While I was there, he asked me how my writing was going. I told him, my writing was going great, but I hadn’t found a home for my book yet. I had been submitting to agents and they all commented my writing was strong, but the book wasn’t for them. Being the smart man that he was, my grandfather asked why couldn’t I just publish my book myself. I answered that I could, but at the time, I wasn’t ready for that amount of responsibility. Then in the infinite wisdom that those who have truly lived, he said, “If you want to win, you have to play the game.”
I thought about his words for awhile. Wasn’t I playing the game by submitting to agents? Maybe he was referring to a different game? One where I controlled my destiny. One where I was in charge. I liked the idea, but it also scared me. Could I do it all myself? I wasn’t sure.
Fast forward two years: I was ready. I’d researched everything about the business side of publishing books. From cover designers to editors to marketing. I came up with a business plan, created a LLC, and separate bank accounts. Then I had my book professionally edited, had a gorgeous cover designed, and created a book launch plan. And here I am, my first book, The Colony, is published and I have two more books, in another series, coming out in September. I plan on having the second book in the Rasper series available in early 2017.
I’m not going to lie, running a business (because that’s what indie publishing involves) is a ton of work, stress, and time. But it’s so rewarding. And it’s not for everyone. It’s not what you do if you can’t get an agent. Committing to running your own business is a massive undertaking and not a decision that can be made as a reaction to rejection letters. It has to be planned, sacrifices have to be made. You have to change your whole outlook on writing. It’s not type up a story and you’re done. It takes passion, time, and commitment.
And the best part? I’m happy. I love writing. I made the decision to write my own destiny. I love playing my own game and winning!
Thank you for having me! Happy Reading!
About The Colony
The Colony (A Rasper Novel, #1)
by Kathleen Groger
Publisher: Leaf & Thorn Press, LLC
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Trust no one.
Never go out in the dark.
Always have a weapon.
Sixteen-year-old Val lives by these three rules etched on her arm. Her rules and her gun are the only things standing between her and assimilation by hordes of human-looking aliens she calls Raspers.
By day, Val gathers supplies. By night, she hides and wishes she could go back in time…before her family died…before the annihilation…before the Raspers began stalking her and demanding she join their collective.
But when the Raspers attack in broad daylight, the truth becomes startlingly clear.
A fellow survivor crashes into Val’s life. Adam’s full of charm and promises—like rumors of a safe haven—but there’s something wrong. He’s survived with no supplies, no weapons…no plans. Time is running out. With the formula for survival shifting around her, Val must decide how many rules she’s willing to break to escape the Colony.
About the Author
Kathleen wrote her first story in elementary school about a pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. After serving a fifteen-year sentence in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she turned her love of reading into a full-time career writing dark and haunting characters and stories.
She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two attention-demanding dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, or photographing abandoned buildings.