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November #InkRipples: Finishing That Book (Or Not!)

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on November 13, 2017 in Anecdote, Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Elixir Saved, Ink Ripples, WIP, Writing |

It’s no secret here on the Observation Desk that I’m a notoriously slow writer. I’ve expressed how I feel about prolific authors (see Confessions of an Author: Prolific Writers). More recently, I blogged about Why Is It Taking Me So Long To Write The Second Elixir Book. It took almost ten years from when I […]

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Event Announcement: Indie Author Day at the Norwalk Public Library

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on October 2, 2017 in Books, Elixir Bound, Events, Middle Grade, News, Pirate Island, Self-Publishing, Writing, Young Adult |

So by now most of you know that I have a book coming out soon (since I’ve been talking about it ad nauseam here!), my middle grade adventure PIRATE ISLAND. The paperback and e-book are available for pre-order on all the major book selling sites. And while it doesn’t officially release until October 17, I […]

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September #InkRipples: Building a Fictional World

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on September 8, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Fantasy, Ink Ripples, Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, Pirate Island, WIP, Writing |

What exactly is world building (or worldbuilding if your prefer is as one word)? Basically, it’s the creation of a fictional world. More than that, though, it’s how that world is explained within the confines of a story. The imagining and creating is the easy part (in my opinion). It’s choosing which pieces to include […]

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June #InkRipples: Utilizing Blurbs in the Drafting Process

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on June 7, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Ink Ripples, Middle Grade, Pirate Island, Self-Publishing, WIP, Writing, Young Adult |

When I first found out I was expected to write my own blurb for ELIXIR BOUND, I was kind of terrified. The blurb is one of the most important selling tools of a book, probably only second to the cover. If a cover and title draw in a reader, chances are the next thing they’ll […]

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Why Is It Taking Me So Long To Write The Second Elixir Book?

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on March 24, 2017 in Anecdote, Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Elixir Saved, Family, Kylene, WIP, Writing, Young Adult |

It’s been over four years since the ebook version of ELIXIR BOUND came out and over three years since the paperback version released (so forever in terms of publishing a companion novel). I’m sad to report that I’m only about 2/3 finished with the draft of the companion novel ELIXIR SAVED. And even once the draft is […]

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