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Freelancing for Texas Lifestyle Magazine

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That’s right, I’m officially a freelancer. I, Alysha Kaye, the girl who used to think freelancer meant everything you wrote had to be written for free. It IS a confusing word, you have to admit.

I’m really, really excited about my new gig at Texas Lifestyle Magazine 🙂 My editor, Elaine Krackau, has been super open to the jumble of ideas that I’ve thrown at her over the past month.

My first piece just came out- a fun little article on downtown Austin’s Hideout Theatre and the crazy mix of improv shows they host. Read it here.

Next up: a piece on Port Aransas’ Sandfest (publishing next week).

Yay for new opportunities and yay for sharpening my writing skills (it’s not like much work has been done on novel #2…) and yay for having something to keep me busy during this long teacher summer!

Authors Need Photos? Ugh.

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Author bio photos- gag me. No, I don’t want a boring as hell head shot. No, I don’t want to be reading my favorite book while wearing my glasses and sitting atop Poe’s grave.

C’mon, do I really have to have a photo at all? Turns out, yes. Unless you’re Salinger.

I’m not sure why exactly I was surprised by this, but I had zero professional pictures on Facebook. If my outfit was professional, I was holding a beer. If the background was a perfect mix of muted and artsy, my dress was revealing. If my smile said, “Hello, I am an author. Bitch.” then the background was undoubtedly filled with chaos. Le sigh.

There was no way that I was going to pay a photographer- so voila, Jennifer, my co-teach extraordinaire stepped up her game.

We headed to Castle Hill Graffiti–AKA the Hope Outdoor Gallery–and got some pretty amazing shots.

I do believe this is the winner:

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Yes, black and white. It somehow…looked…more…like someone who would write a novel and be serious about it goddammit. While standing in front of graffiti.

“Oh, look at me, I just wrote a novel and now I’m publishing it and I’m standing in front of Austin graffiti art to represent…art and stuff. ‘Cause I’m a writer. And I do that sort of thing.”

Keep your eye out for The Waiting Room, y’all. Should be out this summer! I mean, how can you pass up your own personal copy of that picture?!

Gotta’ Lub a Self-Pub

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***If you are an author/blogger/reviewer and you’re interested in writing a review for my novel once it’s printed, please message me and I’ll be happy to send you a free copy! Another way you can help out? Friends in low places (AKA awesome places)? Yes, please! Give me a shout.***

Yes, it’s finally happening!

I have dusted off the old novel (I really thought it might become one of those things people find on my laptop after I die) and submitted it for a proper edit. I started writing it when I was 20 and finished about three years ago, so the fact that this is finally coming together is a huge deal for me. It’s nerve-wracking to say the least.

I have some amazing graphic designers working on my book cover concepts (stay tuned for the options–I’d love to get your opinion and your vote). Pretty pumped!

And they’re making me an author website, whaaaaat?! I’m movin’ on up in the world.

 

Self-publishing is really the way to go these days. I interned at a huge pub. comp. in New York back in college and let’s just say…the market is bleak. Really depressing stuff. I watched every day as they shrugged off amazing novels only to replace them with pure crap (“This was written by Obama’s half-fourth-adopted cousin, so we can sell this and make millions!”). Plus, the writers get zero creative input and barely profit at all! After that experience, I was skeptical about any and all publishing companies.

So I started looking into the scary self-pub world.

I definitely could’ve done a LOT of this work on my own, but HELLO I also have a job wrangling 100 pre-teens every day…plus I do like to have somewhat of a social life. I also could have risked it and NOT paid for an edit…I mean, I WAS an English major, I think it would’ve been alright. But eh, why settle for alright?

 

Anyway, all this is to say that I’m ecstatic to get this process rollin’ and I’m happy you are here for me to share the journey with! Hopefully when the time comes, you’ll be reading The Waiting Room (check out the first chapter).

 

Be on the lookout for the book cover concepts, my upcoming author website/Facebook page, AND the book itself of course:)