Frequently Asked Questions

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    Who do I talk to about...

    23 Mar 2018

    Please email [email protected] for:

    • Licensing, film, and other rights enquiries
    • Speaking engagements including school visits, festivals, and workshops
    • Interviews, blurbs, collaborations

    Please feel free to reference the media resource centre for promotional images and content if needed.

    Public Speaking and Teaching

    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 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 camp and term-length workshops on creativity, storytelling, and writing themes for ages eight and up.

    Previous, one-off, in person and remote festivals, 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. I’ve spoken to elementary, middle school, high school, and adult audiences. As a business writer, I also offer communications and marketing training for adults (these sessions are generally promoted separately via The Creative Collective.)

    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.

    I have a couple mini writing tips posted on social: Spooky Middle Grade Openings and Speculative Worldbuilding Skills, and here’s a quick video created by the awesome team at ORCHIDS Childrens Literature Fest (Mumbai, India) with some classroom teaching footage:

    Please get in touch directly by email ([email protected]) to discuss your event!

    Where can I get hard copies?

    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:

    Blind the Eyes—Retail

    Blind the Eyes—Library

    Do you offer review copies?

    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

    Review Policy

    On Reviews

    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.

    Besides, there is no one right way to tell a story or shape a book, and feedback only really gives insight into individual reviewers’ tastes. ;)

    What to Expect

    I generally make an effort to avoid reading reviews entirely (occasionally I stumble across them by accident or sift through looking for great blurb inspiration or 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!)

    How to Request an ARC

    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.

    I use BookSprout and StoryOrigin to coordinate pre-release ARCs when a new book is coming out, and you can also just follow me on BookSprout to get an automatic notification whenever a new review edition is available.

    Unfortunately, I do have limits on my marketing budget and I also have to screen for book pirates, so not every applicant will be accepted, 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 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.)

    Who's your publisher?

    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.

    Other short fiction has appeared in anthologies by Fiction-Atlas Press and in Enchanted Conversation: A Fairytale Magazine and Frozen Wavelets by The Earthian Hivemind.

    For all rights and licensing enquiries, please email [email protected]

    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.

    Lisa Poisso

    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 Black the Tides

    Plot Accelerator on Burn the Skies

    Catherine Milos

    Proofread on Blind the Eyes

    Copy Edit with Developmental Notes on Black the Tides

    Copy Edit with Developmental Notes on Burn the Skies

    Regina Wamba of Mae I Design

    Digital and Print (paperback & hardcover) Cover Design on the original “Tower” variant of Blind the Eyes

    Christian Bentulan of Covers by Christian

    Digital and Print Cover Design on the 2020 update “Horror” variant of Blind the Eyes

    Digital and Print Cover Design on Black the Tides

    Digital and Print Cover Design on Burn the Skies

    Modifications have since been made to all three designs.

    Morgan Wright

    Cover animations for Blind the Eyes, Black the Tides & Burn the Skies

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