Time to get this blog on my website back up and running! I’m going to be sharing the transcripts (okay, more like scripts that I mostly stick to but may not be exactly word-for-word) from my brand-new Rambling Prose YouTube channel. I’m hoping to post at least once, if not more times, a week on writing and publishing-related topics with the occasional personal topic possibly tossed in. I would love to have you subscribe to the channel!
Here we go with Episode 1: Intro of Author Kasey Mackenzie & Channel!
Hi and welcome to my new Rambling Prose YouTube Channel, where—spoiler alert! I plan to ramble about all things writing and publishing related. Just an introduction for those who have absolutely no clue who I am—which, let’s be real, is gonna be pretty much all of you! I’m Kasey Mackenzie, a New York Times bestselling author—no, wait, that’s not me! Um, I’m a USA Today bestselling author—fudge. That’s not me either. Wait, wait. This one’s true! I swear. I’m a Kindle bestselling author—if you squint just a little. I recently appeared in the Once Upon a Star anthology, which debuted at No. 1 in Science Fiction anthologies on Kindle.
Okay, FINE! While that one actually IS true, let’s just go with the plain, unvarnished truth. I’m Kasey Mackenzie, a published author. A multi-published author. Yes, that’s right, I had not one, not two, but THREE books published by Penguin Random House under their Ace Books imprint. If you love urban fantasy with a side order of romance, please check out the Shades of Fury series. I’ve also indie-published a few more books, but years of dealing with grief from the loss of five family members and some mental health issues pretty much sidelined my publishing career.
Fortunately, neither my agent, Ginger Clark, nor my supportive friends or family gave up on me. So now that I’m in a much better headspace, I’m trying to become a Phoenix on the Rise, much like the main character in the indie-published series of the same name I’m working on, as I try to get both my writing and publishing careers kickstarted again. No, no, no, don’t freak out. I’m not asking you to donate money to me via Kickstarter. That’s just a figure of speech. Which I’m totally licensed to bust out as an actual published author. Unless of course you WANT to donate money to me via Kickstarter?
Kidding! So let’s cut to the chase. My friends Yasmine Galenorn and Sarra Cannon, who really ARE actual NYT, USA, and Amazon bestselling authors have inspired me with their own YouTube channels into sharing some of my own advice and experiences with both writing and publishing. I’ll be sharing some of the history behind my publishing experiences, some tips and tricks for writing, and charting my path as I work on getting this indie career going and hopefully sell more books to traditional publishers via my rock star agent. Because if my wonderful friends and family—and if the agent who reps (just to name a few) amazing authors like my childhood favorite Patricia Wrede, amazing YA author Gretchen McNeil, Sandman Slim author Richard Kadrey, and the late great Ursula Le Guin hasn’t given up on me, I can’t give up on myself.