A lot has happened…

…since my last post. First, and probably most importantly, we now have a definite release date: April 22, 2016!

In addition to that, “Sparrow” is now available for preorder on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Sparrow-Kelsi-Rose/dp/194105840X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460422696&sr=8-1&keywords=sparrow+kelsi+rose

I have also scheduled one book-signing event as well. I do not have all the details hammered out yet but it will likely be in Millersburg at the Millersburg Art Gallery.

I have started writing and collecting pieces for a second book (though it will be some time in the future). I will also be entering a writing competition for the second year in a row, for a chance to win a really monumental scholarship!

I’ve finally gotten back into my Tumblr, please look me up there if you wish: same name, different channel. (poetkelsirose)

I am so very excited, I can hardly wait.

February

There’s been a delay, which I’m sure is normal. Originally, we were anticipating a February release, but it looks like March is going to be a safer bet.

I’m still very excited about my book, but I find myself almost forgetting that I’m moments away from becoming a published author. Between the pursuit of two different degrees in different schools, working full time, wrangling a kindergartener, preparing for my trip to China, and managing my every day life, it’s easy to forget that I am a writer.

I have been beginning my next collection of poetry, though with my busy schedule, I would say it’s going to be some time before I get around to anything solid!

We’re getting closer…

As 2015 dwindled, my communications with my publisher and editor picked up speed as we worked on getting everything up to date. The acknowledgements, the dedication, the final draft of the manuscript, it all needed to be finalized, perfected.

I’ve signed off on everything. I’ve read, re-read, rewritten and sent it off.

As the release of my first book draws closer, I am filled with equal parts fear and excitement. I’ve never been so public about my work before. I’ve never held it out for criticism and judgement, not on the scale that it is about to be. I have also never published anything before, aside from the high school newspaper.

In the next coming weeks, the official unveiling of “Sparrow” should be happening. Keep your eyes peeled!

 

Until then,

 

K

20 Things About Kelsi Rose

I thought that I ought to have some sort of introductory post, for people who may not know me personally. I found, through the NaNaWriMo site, (that’s National Novel Writing Month, if you were unsure) a list of getting to know you questions for authors:

  1. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE US TO CALL YOU?
    My name is Kelsi Miller, though for the purpose of writing and also for Facebook, I’ve chosen to go by my first and middle names: Kelsi Rose.
  1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
    My favorite cereal is, has been, and probably always will be Count Chocula, even though it only comes out in October now.
  2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
    This question actually depends on a few factors: Is it soft-serve? Because if so, chocolate marshmallow, hands down. Is it a disgustingly hot summer? Because if so, mint chocolate chip is super refreshing. Just a regular day? Chocolate peanut butter cup usually takes the cake.
  3. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?
    My favorite authors are JK Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow, Charles De Lint, and Stephen King.
  1. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
    I’m actually not wearing shoes at the moment, though my socks are mismatched.
  1. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
    Cerulean has always been my favorite color of crayon.
  1. SUMMER OR WINTER?
    Summer, definitely… I can’t stand the chill in my bones.
  1. IF YOU COULD BE ANY FICTIONAL CHARACTER, IT WOULD BE…?
    Hermione Granger. I was always jealous of her intelligence and passion for learning.
  1. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
    Pokemon.
  1. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
    I am currently listening to a lecture on the making of Norse Myths by Nancy Marie Brown for my Mythology class.
  1. WHAT DO YOU LISTEN WHEN YOU WRITE?
    I usually just have some kind of television or movie on in the background.
  2. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
    The last movie that I actually watched… I’m actually not sure. I binge-watch a lot of Neflix though.
  3. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
    I’m currently reading “Orange is the New Black” by Piper Kerman.
  4. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
    A really serene photo of a tropical beach.
  5. WHAT’S YOUR WRITING VICE? (EG., COFFEE, CHOCOLATE, ETC.)
    I would have to go with Hot Chocolate with caramel on this.
  6. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
    I have one handwriting that I like but it takes a lot of effort to write in it. Usually my handwriting is little more than a scribble.
  7. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING?
    At this point, I’ve been writing for well over a decade. However, for the most part, my entire life my writing has been something very personal where I maybe only shared online or with a handful of people. This is the first time I will put my writing on display for my family and friends to read and judge.
  1. HOW DO YOU DEFEAT WRITER’S BLOCK?
    I usually just write a bunch of crap poetry, sometimes hundreds of them, until I have something to say that’s worth writing.
  2. WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
    Free time? I don’t have a lot of that. In addition to working a full time job, I’m also in school full time right now as I work towards getting my Bachelor’s Degree. When I’m not at work or doing school work, I spend time with my boyfriend and his son, as well as my dog. There is a tiny fraction of time where I’m not active in any of the above obligations, where I paint and do photography.
  1. FAVORITE WRITING SPOT?
    I enjoy writing in bed.

First Blog Post

So, here it is, my first blog post. I have, for years, imagined that I would someday sit down and create a blog that I would hopefully get into a routine with. I’ve never really had a reason to have a writing blog and have never really had a whole lot to say that I needed my own space for it. However, I am at a time in my life where things are changing for me.

I have decided recently to try to have my book published. So I spent many painstaking hours cataloging all of my poetry from the past 5-10 years, anything that I deemed at least a little decent or that could eventually be revamped. I put it all onto an archive and then I began to weed through it. I collected about fifty or so poems that I thought I would like to see published and worked on a manuscript, going through and formatting, editing, proofreading everything until I was happy with it. And then I took a deep breath and submitted it to a publisher.

The publisher I chose, Winter Goose Publishing, I had come to know because an Internet friend of mine had some work published through there and I had “liked” their page on Facebook so I was often seeing updates about them. I noticed they had an open submission period for poetry and that is why I decided to take advantage of submitting my manuscript.

I honestly didn’t think it would go anywhere. I fully anticipated getting an email that said something to the effect of, “We’re sorry, but we’re just not interested” so after I hit “Submit”, I kind of put it to the back of my mind. I decided if something would come of it, then I’d be pleasantly surprised and if not, oh well. I could try again some other time or with some other publisher. Now, let me be clear about  one thing: for years, I have been trying to put together a manuscript to be published. Every New Year’s Eve, I say to myself, This year, I will do it. This year I will put together my manuscript. And then, I usually forget or life gets in the way.

What I got instead was a huge shock. The publisher had liked my sample manuscript and requested to see more. I eagerly polished my manuscript and submitted it. And then I waited. Anxiously for the next step.

A week after my congratulatory email, I was still over the moon, bragging to my boyfriend how he’s now dating a published author and being generally pretty pleased with myself. It is still sinking in. Somedays, it almost feels that it is not quite real.

My first book, “Sparrow” which is a collection of poetry that has been written sporadically over the past decade will be released sometime in 2016. We don’t have specifics quite yet. I am already thinking up my manuscript for a second book, but we’ll see how this goes first!

Stay Tuned for more~