<![CDATA[ALL THE CREATIVE WORKS OF KIM SIGAFUS - Writing Blog]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:17:50 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[2018...Here I Come!]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:24:53 GMThttp://kimberlysigafus.com/writing-blog/2018here-i-comeBoy, this year came in with a bang. I was honored to have been chosen again for the Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Speaker Bureau this year and I believe I am already booked! We are allowed five bookings with them, and five people have contacted me and I have them down on my calendar. And, I have more speaking engagements coming in as we speak.

My school district will be purchasing my children's book, The Dress, for their libraries, and they would like me to come in and do a Native American presentation.

I have already started Frank's book, The Mida Book Five, and am searching for a cover picture and title. Set in Nebraska, I will be doing a short road trip to do some research  in the upcoming months. At this rate, the book should be out in May, June at the latest.

As I'm rolling along, McIver Publishing has seen an influx in clients in the last couple of months, so I am busy helping others down their publishing path. My new venture, Native Touch Weddings, is rolling merrily along as well. On top of that, I have finished my training and am now a reike master. (Reike is a form of energy healing) Amazingly enough, this has led me down the path of doing reike on people's pets. I have always had an affinity for animals, especially those who have chosen us to spend their lives with. 

When my writing partner passed away last year, I wondered what would become of my professional life. I should have had some faith in myself, I guess, because I am busier now than ever.

I can't wait to see what the rest of the year holds for me...
<![CDATA[As the end of the year approaches]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:16:17 GMThttp://kimberlysigafus.com/writing-blog/as-the-end-of-the-year-approachesI tend to look back this time of year to see what I accomplished and if I left anything undone I planned to do. I finished The Mida Book Four and that was well-received, and I have also started Book Five of that series. 

My business, McIver Publishing is doing well, and my speaking engagements are going well. As I look to the New Year, I have the following goals in mind: 

1) Finish and release The Mida Book Five
2) Increase my speaking engagements to doing at least one per month
3) Publicize my press release service in several different outlets 
4) Set up school appearances to come in and speak on bullying

Only four things, but it feels like a lot. I wonder where the year will take me?

​What are your goals for next year? I would love to hear about them.

<![CDATA[The closing of Book World]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:12:53 GMThttp://kimberlysigafus.com/writing-blog/the-closing-of-book-worldTerribly sad news for indie publishers and authors. Where are we to go for book signings and placing our books in the local author section? Libraries are great venues, but they are only ONE venue. Our physical marketing world is getting smaller by the minute. It is necessary to put your book on amazon now to move sales. However, what about the people who walk past a bookstore and see the book in the window? What about those purchases that are last-minute just because they were in line and saw your book there? Impulse buys are part of every author's sales, traditionally published or indie published. How do the big 5 publishing houses feel about the closing of all these bookstores? Where are we headed now? What will things look like in 5 years? As a publisher, author, and individual, I love going into bookstores. It is now possible that one day, they will be a thing of the past and my granddaughter's children will never be able to walk into one because they will be a thing of the past.😔]]><![CDATA[The Mida Book Four has been released!]]>Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:29:21 GMThttp://kimberlysigafus.com/writing-blog/the-mida-book-four-has-been-releasedAfter a year of writing, planning, researching, and editing, The Mida Book Four has been released. I've had nothing but trouble with Amazon as usual. They always seem to mess something up and try to blame it on me. This time they took the e-book I added last week and then changed it to a paperback today. I was on hold a half an hour as they tried to figure out why it did that. They could see I added the info right, but it wasn't labeled right. I ended up having to delete it and start over tomorrow. 

There's always something.

The book launch went well and people seemed anxious to get book four which is always gratifying. I have book five rolling around in my head, but I need to write a short play for Christmas for a theater group I belong to. I will probably start the next book in the series as it gets colder and I an sequestered in my warm, toasty office staring out the window and the snow covered streets.

In the meantime, fall is my favorite time of year and I got a chance to play with the grandkids yesterday for a few hours. Watching them rolling around in the sand box and flying down the slide, I was reminded of how much time I do NOT spend just sitting around being grandma.

Take some time to breathe in the crisp, autumn air, bite into some crunchy apples, walk a corn maze or two, and just enjoy the weather as our part of the earth prepares for winter. 
<![CDATA[Almost there]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:54:32 GMThttp://kimberlysigafus.com/writing-blog/almost-thereThe Mida Book Four has been formatted and the cover has been designed. It will go to the printer this week and I should get a proof shortly. We are on track for the Saturday, September 30 book launch.

If anyone is interested in pre-ordering the book, let me know. How this works is, you pay for the book in advance, and when the book is released, I send you a signed copy and nice gift. The books are $15, and I will ship it to you for free.

This book has been a journey to write. I have had to adjust my thoughts and push my sadness away for the moment at Lyle's passing. But I m proud of the work and I think Lyle would like the story line.

I plan to spend the next couple of weeks outside with my grandkids, Aria and Ronin, and make a few fires in the fire pit. I like to BBQ, so I'm sure I will throw a few meals on there as well. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I love the smells and nice weather.

Having allergies is not good this time of year. But I took Aria and Ronin to the apple orchard yesterday anyway. (I'm paying for it today, though.) We sat outside and ate apple cider donuts and apple juice slushies. A good time was had by all.

It's a good time to reflect on the year so far and where I want to be by the end of the year.  What do I want to start or finish? 

<![CDATA[Waiting...]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:07:50 GMThttp://kimberlysigafus.com/writing-blog/waitingThe Mida Book Four is with the beta readers at the moment and the cover design info with the cover designer. I am in the process of setting up book signings for the book as well as planning on a book launch party. This will be a special party as it will be a celebration of the last book writing partner Lyle Ernst helped write while he was still physically here. However, I think he stands over my shoulder once in a while to see where I'm at with things on the series.

I still miss him terribly, but onward and upward (Lyle hated that saying).

Next month is the 1st anniversary of Lyle's death. I can hardly believe it has been a whole year already. I have been told last year was a year of endings according to the metaphysical world. This is the year of new beginnings and that ended up being spot on as far as I'm concerned. I have a new project in the works and I actually am thinking about The Mida Book 5 already.

In the meantime, I am taking some time out for myself and I suggest everyone do that for themselves. Sometimes we are pulled in too many directions and we get lost in the shuffle.

Be safe and well.

<![CDATA[I'm done...]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:19:50 GMThttp://kimberlysigafus.com/writing-blog/im-donewith The Mida Book Four.

​It's called, "Perilous Choices." I am in the wonderful stages of editing at the moment. Here's how that goes for me:

1) I have Natural Reader which is a program that reads back to me what I have written. I load the book in there and it reads it back to me while I have Word pulled up with the manuscript on it. I edit as I listen. This is what I am doing now.

2) I send the book to Beta readers who have already been chosen. These patient people (they have been waiting an extra month to get the book as I had to extend my deadline due to illness), read through the book and do their editing. When I get that back, I incorporate the edits I need to change. into the book.

3) I send the book to my friend Jill who takes a look at it. She may have to format it as well. Lyle did that usually. I have no idea how that works. When she's done, I incorporate into the book what she feels is needed.

4) I read the book one final time before it gets sent to the printer for a proof.

5) When I receive the proof, I look it over carefully. Then I approve it.

6) The books will arrive 7-10 business days from that approval.

It's a good feeling to be this far with the book. I am grateful for all the help both along the way and from the series readers whose comments I always keep in mind as I'm writing.]]>
<![CDATA[Deadlines]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:40:12 GMThttp://kimberlysigafus.com/writing-blog/deadlinesUHG! I'm writing away trying to finish Mida Four but life keeps getting in the way. I wondered if the big-name authors had this problem and came across a quote from J.K. Rowlings in which she expressed dismay at how her publishers kept pushing her to finish her books but then they kept her so busy with press she hardly had time to write. While I wouldn't mind that problem, I have similar issues with spring planting of flowers, visiting grand kids, and spring house cleaning. My deadline for this book keeps getting pushed back farther into summer, but I don't want to put a book out there that I'm not proud of.

I know many authors who have been on deadline and feel the same way I do about it. Is it better to get two books (or more) a year out there possibly sacrificing good writing, or to get one really good book out there? I give kudos to those writers who can get more than one book out there a year and the books are spectacular.

I am starting to look at covers and names for the book. Usually by now I have both...sigh. Too much happened within the last year to put me into any sort of routine at this point. Hopefully I will find my groove and get going.
<![CDATA[´╗┐Mida 4]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:19:35 GMThttp://kimberlysigafus.com/writing-blog/mida-4I am moving methodically through the book, making changes as I go along. This is a careful process as there are a lot of twists and turns in this one. I have made copious notes on my conversations with Lyle. I am the queen of the sticky notes! 

I have just completed a Masterclass with James Patterson, which was absolutely wonderful. He has made me a believer in outlines, and I have started one for the remainder of this book. There's a lot going on even for me to keep track of.

The book should be complete in June and sent to the beta readers at that time. They will have two weeks to review it and edit, and then I will get it back for my review. I will make changes and will read thru it one more time before sending it to my editor for last minutes edits. Then I will have to read it again and then let it go.

Many people think you just write the book, do some edits, and then get it published. It is so much more than that and takes a lot of time to get it just right and as polished as possible.

​In the meantime, I will keep plugging away. I hope you like the finished product.
<![CDATA[Here we go]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:45:11 GMThttp://kimberlysigafus.com/writing-blog/here-we-goI am constantly amazed at how much life twists and turns throughout the year. I never would have guessed last year that Lyle would be gone, and my writing would quite possibly be taking me in another direction.

I have plans in the works to start a cookbook featuring Native American food and recipes. I will be moving the food from the pit fire in the ground to the kitchen. It's a huge undertaking for me as I work with many of my Native friends to put together traditional recipes for the book.

Of course, I am still finishing up The Mida Book 4, but it will be released a little late this year as it took me a bit to get moving on it this time. Grief tends to slow me down some, and getting going on a series I am now writing alone took a little getting used to.

I'll keep you all updated on Mida 4 and the cookbook as it gets nearer to completion. In the meantime, have a happy day!