Thursday, March 31, 2011

For/From Indie Authors: Kathy Carmichael

Kathy Carmichael is having lots of fun being an indie author.  Her indie romantic comedy titles include Kissing Kelli and Angel Be Good (awarded #2 Romance in the 2010 Red Adept Annual Indie Awards).  Her traditionally published romantic comedy, Hot Flash, was named as one of the Top 10 Romance Fiction titles for 2009 by the American Library Association's Booklistmagazine. Besides the fact Kathy's a writer,  the main thing you should know is that she spends way too much time daydreaming. Her daydreams are mostly about fictional characters, but she also spends considerable time thinking about her Scottish husband, two sons, two cats, her grandpuppies and where she mislaid her reading glasses.
  • Positive affirmations: I keep notes taped over my computer that direct where I want to go. Before my first sale, I had a note that said: “I am a multi-published author.” After selling, I replaced with this note: “I am a bestselling author.”
  • Out with the old: Sometimes you have to put away the old book that’s been revised to death and write something new and fresh. Stubbornness is what allows us to persist, but it can also be our greatest weakness. Don’t be too stubborn to move on.
  • Accent the Positive: Did you make finals in a contest? Celebrate it. Did you receive a great review? Celebrate it. Did your critique group give you the thumbs up on your latest scene? Celebrate it. Celebrating your successes, however minor, helps to keep your chin up and gives you optimism. Celebrate by giving yourself a pat on the back, by displaying your finalist certificates near where you write and by sharing with other writing friends. Celebrating your wins will give you the courage to continue following your dreams.



  1. Great post! Nice to 'meet' you, Kathy. I had to laugh out loud about the grandpuppies and the reading glasses.

    And I love your attitude!

    Michelle Muto
    The Book of Lost Souls

  2. Thanks so much, Michelle! I have the cutest grandpuppies imaginable, but I won't pull out my wallet to show you pics ;)

  3. Robin Aylesworth11:13 AM, March 31, 2011

    I like the idea of the Positive Affirmations - I need to give that a try for inspiration!


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