I'm getting a lot of creative and funny pictures submitted for my picture challenge I submitted a couple weeks ago. It's amazing to see what my blogger buddies and readers are coming up with.
I think the coolest aspect of putting a book out there is the response you receive from readers, who are completely touched and in awe of what you wrote. Now that may change if I started getting a back lash of some sort (knock on wood that I don't). BUT the comments and reviews have humbled me and completely made this process worthwhile.
What's amazing me most are the comments or reviews from men! I don't necessarily consider Finding Kylie chick lit, but I knew it would be catered more toward the female demographic. Little did I know that men of all ages, as there have been some in their 80's and 20's, have thoroughly enjoyed this story too.
One of the more recent reviews, from a guy no less, I'll post here. I copied this from Amazon and pasted below:
"A touching story, March 26, 2009
By T. Norton
Finding Kylie is a very moving story which masterfully draws the reader into its world. I found myself surprised by the turns in the book as well and the emotional impact it had on me as a reader. Kimberly McKay is a rare talent that is able to convey her story through fleshed out characters and sets a tone that captures the reader's imagination. I'm eagerly awaiting McKay's upcoming novels and I strongly recommend one of the best books I've read this year."
I'd like to ask...how many of you like to fall into a story? How many of you love to fall in love with characters, who still haunt you after you've finished the book?
If that describes you, then I highly recommend you read this book. My contact info is in the back of it, and I would encourage you to write me - letting me know your thoughts.
Putting a book out there is the most scary thing. It's like standing on the edge of a cliff naked - totally exposed and ready to jump. Wow thats a picture none of us wants to see huh? BUT that's how it feels to put your heart out there for all to see, read, and respond to - good or bad.
I just wanted to send a sincere thank you to those that have read this, and a hopeful thank you to those that will. Each of you humbles me in ways you'll never know.
A few posts ago, I asked that you send me creative pics taken with the books... I have received many but want much more! I'm creating a collage poster for my office as inspiration, as I write the sequel. So get out your camera and get creative!
I want some taken:
* at city monuments
* and photoshopped with creative subtitles
* with celebrities
* with kids or animals
* in creative situations (you be the judge)
* in different countries
* on top buildings
* in the .... (fill in the blank) sky's the limit people!!!
Here's a couple to give you an idea!!
This was taken by my friend, Meleah, who blogs at Momma Mia, Mea Culpa. She's also in the process of writing an amazing book and she runs a quirky fun blog, which I suggest you go read!