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23 Mar 2018
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22 Mar 2018
I’m passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and equipping readers and writers of all ages and welcome the opportunity to join events including festivals, conferences, school visits, camps and workshops, and more, schedule permitting.
I’m a member and registered speaker with the Children’s Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia (CWILL BC) Society. (Speaker’s profile.) Learn more about funding grants for BC community events such as school and library visits.
I’m also a creative writing coach with Creative Writing for Children Society, and have experience creating curriculum and facilitating multi-week workshops on creativity, storytelling, and writing themes for ages eight and up.
Previous one-off sessions, workshops, panels, and masterclasses have included topics on writing and storytelling, publishing (traditional, hybrid & indie), and motivation and resiliency for ages 10 and up. As a business writer, I also offer communications and marketing training for adults (these sessions are generally promoted separately via The Creative Collective and Business Writing Solutions.)
Please enquire regarding dates, fees, and any other pertinent logistics with as much notice as possible.
Fees are generally in line with local standards, but may be subject to adjustment based on the specific event. Nonprofits should enquire about discounts or alternate arrangements if budget is a barrier. Assistance with grant and funding applications may be available.
Home base is Abbotsford, BC and the nearest international airports for travel purposes are Abbotsford or Vancouver, BC.
Here’s a quick video created by the awesome team at ORCHIDS Childrens Literature Fest (Mumbai, India) with some of the classroom teaching footage:
Please get in touch to discuss your event!
21 Mar 2018
I often get asked where readers can find my books IRL, so I keep a running list of bookstores with copies in stock and library networks with lending copies here.
Online shopping options are linked from each title on the Threads of Dreams and Standalones pages.
(With apologies to those who struggle with reading off a screen, it’s usually not feasible to create print versions of the shorter fiction unless they sell as part of an anthology.)
If you’re a library or bookseller interested in carrying one of my paperbacks or hardcovers, feel free to get in touch or reference the linked cut sheets for the relevant work:
21 Mar 2018
If you’re a book blogger, reviewer, or bookstagrammer, first of all, you rock & I wish I could take photos even half as well as you. :D
I believe reviews are for readers, not authors!
On a practical level, by the time reviews are being left, it’s really too late to make changes and the author has moved on—sometimes by a matter of months or years.
On a creative level, one of the things new creators have to learn is that it’s very important not to let too many voices into your creative process and to understand the perspectives, qualifications, and purposes of those voices you do let in, which is why I work with experienced professionals and a few trusted first readers when it comes to shaping my stories.
If giving feedback at an earlier level of development is of interest to you, I do work with beta readers at the later stages of story development to help me widen my perspective and catch blind spots and plot holes.
Often aspiring authors and editors like to do a little beta reading because it’s a good way to learn to think strategically about stories, while other readers want a peek behind the scenes or simply to learn what happens next a little sooner. I provide beta drafts on novels (very rarely on short fiction) in .epub & .mobi formats and usually seek comments within 4-6 weeks.
You can apply to beta read here if that’s something you want to explore.
I generally make an effort to avoid reading reviews entirely (occasionally I stumble across them by accident or sift through looking for great blurbs/ad-copy) because it’s very important to me that you feel comfortable leaving an honest, unbiased review.
I never follow-up on store (or Goodreads) reviews in any way.
Social (Instagram, mostly) and blog posts will probably get a like/repost/boost/comment if I’m tagged, but I will never follow up on a negative review in any way.
(I mean, I hope you all love my stories, but even if that’s not the case, you never need to be scared of being honest!)
The best time to request a review copy (/ARC) is up to two months before an upcoming new release, but I will consider all review copy requests and can add you to a list of interested reviewers at any time. A larger number of ebook review copies will be available compared to paperback, given cost, time, and technical constraints, but paperback ARCs are occasionally available.
If you would like to review one of my books, please email the details of your blog or other online presence and the book and format you are requesting.
Unfortunately, I do have limits on my marketing budget and I also have to screen for book pirates, but do feel free to get in touch even if you’re a smaller/newbie/international reviewer—I want to support those starting out, too!
I use BookSprout to coordinate pre-release ARCs, and you can also just follow me there to get an automatic notification whenever a new review edition is available.
I welcome bloggers and reviewers from all countries; however, the ability to read and communicate in written English is a necessary requirement. (Reviewers interested in my translated works should contact the publisher directly to enquire about a review copy.)
20 Mar 2018
Snowmelt & Stumps is an independent single-author imprint with no formal business status. It’s used as a matter of convenience in lieu of author name if/when a publisher or imprint field is required.
Blind the Eyes and all other in-progress and completed works on this site are copyrighted by K.A. Wiggins unless otherwise marked.
Italian language ebook rights to Letter From the End of the World have been licensed to Virgibooks, Inc. The translated edition is Lettera dalla fine del mondo.
For all rights and licensing enquiries, please contact the rights holder.
From September 2017 to March 2018 Blind the Eyes (Threads of Dreams book 1) was queried for representation and receieved multiple full requests.
In March 2018, it entered Kindle Scout, but the program was cancelled before its campaign ended and all rights reverted to the author.
In June 2018, ebook and paperback editions were independently produced and sold by the author.
Blind the Eyes is a 100% indie title written and produced with independent or hybrid publishing in mind.
Though I’ve sinced also worked with small presses as a hybrid-published author, I’ve found independent publishing to be a great option. Going indie means operating your own micro-sized publishing company, and I’ve had the great fortune to work with awesome professionals on every stage of bringing Blind the Eyes to life. If you’re looking for support with your own ventures, I highly recommend every name on this list.
Developmental Editing Round 1 on Blind the Eyes
Developmental Editing Round 2 on Blind the Eyes
Substantive/Line Edit on Blind the Eyes
Plot Accelerator on Threads of Dreams book 2
Proofread on Blind the Eyes
Digital and Print Cover Design on the on sale version Blind the Eyes
(Note: all other graphics and in-progress/pre-publication version covers are designed & copyrighted by K.A. Wiggins.)