10 Things Indie Authors Should Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving


In advance, happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I know not everyone here on WordPress celebrates manifest destiny and the destruction of a native people, but all the same, have a good one!

For most of us, Thanksgiving is about food, family, and giving thanks for everything we have. At least that’s what it means to me. And this year I’m grateful for many things, most of all getting to spend another holiday with my mother and being a published author.

I know I complain about the trials and tribulations of being indie author in today’s over-saturated and ever-volatile market, but there are many things that indie authors should be grateful for this thanksgiving. Here are ten:

1. A Variety of Alternatives to Traditional Publishing

2. Word of Mouth (AKA, Free Marketing) 

3. Positive Reviews

4. Any Reviews

5. The Internet

6. Local Bookstores and Libraries 

7. Librarians

8. Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages  

9. Friends, family, and cats

10. Readers

Is there anything I forgot? What are you grateful for? Please share in the comments below and I’ll see you on Black Friday!


Disney • Pixar – The Good Dinosaur – Official US Trailer


So, I just stumbled upon the official US trailer for Disney • Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, set to release on Thanksgiving. Previous trailers have sparsely shown the main characters: a green herbivore and a feral child, choosing instead to focus on shots of scenery and herds of dinosaurs running around. This newest trailer finally introduces our heroes and gives us a glimpse into the relationship that will drive this film.

For the record, I’m a die-hard Disney • Pixar fan. My favorite movies (after the LOTR trilogies) are Brave, Frozen, UP, Inside Out, Finding Nemo, etc. I love how these movies generate all the feels, making audiences laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneous. So, imagine my disappointment when this newest trailer did not inspire me to see the film.

I’m not sure if it’s the dinosaur’s design (a little juvenile) or the boy and his dog story line that has me so uninspired. Or maybe the problem is my expectations are too high. I don’t know. All I’m hoping is that the film exceeds my current expectations. And who knows, maybe it will.

For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer, I’ve provided it below. After watching it, please share your comments below. I’d really like to know your thoughts.

Check out The “Favorite Things” Blog Tour Lineup!


Not your usual suspects

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for everything we have. Black Friday–Thanksgiving’s arch nemesis–falls between the holidays and threatens to destroy the spirit of thanks. In the meantime, to keep things light, check out the “Favorite Things” blog tour! Through the month of December, me and a handful of other writers will be sharing our favorite things–no, not raindrops, and roses, and whiskers on kittens–favorite characters, scenes, & quotes from our books!

Here’s the tentative lineup:

Monday December 1st: Kylie Betzner (me!)
Monday December 8th: Ryder Islington and Jennifer Conway
Monday December 15th: Mrs. N (aka N. N. Light) and Lara Willard
Monday December 22nd: Anthony Renfro and D.S. Kane
Monday December 29th: Alison Jack, Noelle Granger, and Toni Betzner

Each member will, on there assigned day, post a short blog sharing the title of their published work or work in-progress, a brief synopsis if needed, and any other important information pertaining to that title. Then, they will tell us about their favorite character, describe their favorite scene, and share their favorite quote from that novel. The goal of this blog tour is to have fun, practice self-promoting, and share some things we like about our books. Thank you again to everyone who shared this event on Twitter and WordPress, and thanks in advance to all of the wonderful writers who have agreed to participate in this blog tour! See you on December first!

Why I’m Participating in NaNoWriMo 2013


November is quickly approaching, and for all of the writers out there, it means one thing–no, not Thanksgiving–although we all enjoy a good pig-out session once in a while;) November is the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

By now, I’m 2013-Participant-Facebook-Profileassuming most of you know what this event is. For those who do not, NaNoWriMo is an annual novel writing project that brings together professional and aspiring writers from all over the world during the month of November. Writers create a profile, including author and novel information, and can connect with other writers through forums and write-ins & other local events. These connections are invaluable for participants to receive the support they’ll need to reach the ever-looming 50,000 word goal. You heard me right! Difficult, but not impossible.

This year I’ll be participating because I want to connect with other writers. I’m interested in forming writer partnerships, becoming a beta reader, finding beta readers, etc. Also, I need the motivation to finish two projects so I can move on to the anticipated sequel.

If you are interested in connecting with a motivated supporter, you can find me under Kitomi. Good luck fellow writers! Hope to see you on the site!

Link to Official Site: http://nanowrimo.org