This Is Really Real!

Well, it’s been a while since I updated any information on here! So much has happened in the 3 1/2 weeks that “Perfect Scents” has been published. I can hardly believe it’s been that long, yet it feels like it happened yesterday. Wow. I’ve been able to experience a lot in the last fewCover weeks with doing my first author takeover and HOLDING MY FIRST BOOK IN MY HANDS!!! That’s right, the paperback is available now too! There’s nothing quite like holding a book in your hands with your name on it and your guts spilled across the pages inside. I also did my first signed book giveaway, and signed the first paperback! What a moment! There are no words to describe these small moments (small to the world but large for me!).

At first none of this felt real. It was like a dream. The day the book came out I was in a giddy haze that almost had me crying (almost, but I’m not a crier). Since thBacken I’ve had wake up after wake up that this is really happening! Like, the other day I was driving to work, or something like it where I had plenty of time to think, and I realized¬†that I actually have fans of my book who aren’t family or friends! People I’ve never met or heard of like my book! My book gave them a book hangover! Seriously??? That’s for real! Something I wrote, something that was never to see the light of day outside of my la
ptop and apartment has people hanging on for Book 2.I have people asking when Book 2 is coming out!!! Wow!

I’m not tSpinerying to brag. That’s not what this post is about. This is just me coming to reality that my dream has been coming true, and it’s taken a lot of hard work to get here, and it’s even still hard as I try to market and get my book into more hands
and finish the rewrite of Book 2. I’m having a hard time concentrating on it tonight, so I wanted to update this.

This rollercoaster ride has just begun. I’ve made so many new friends through this experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I will continue to do so. There’s no turning back now. I’m in this for the long haul!!!

It’s Go Time!!!

Well, here it is!! It’s finally here! “What,” you say?? Oh, you know, just PUBLISHING DAY!! Yes, “Perfect Scents” is now available on Amazon. Can I believe this? Nope, but yes. Today has been such a whirlwind for me. I know it’s real, but it’s so hard to believe at the same time that what I’ve been waiting for has finally happened. But I’m so happy about it!

I’ve been extremely happy today, but today has also been emotionally draining as I’ve worried hTodayow the book will be accepted and loved hearing friends and people I don’t know on facebook say they’re going to buy it. Only time will tell.

But to celebrate, I pulled out my new favorite mug and poured myself a cup of Raspberry Cranberry juice and threw on my new tiger shirt (just bought it on Wednesday in anticipation of wearing it on release day) and have been monitoring my computer and phone today…all while trying to clean my apartment. Yeah, maybe a little cleaning got done.

Now that “Perfect Scents” is out, I can focus my time on Book 2! Now to get it finished rewritten. The process begins again!

Check it out here: Perfect Scents on Amazon


Goal Keeping & Calendaring

For authors, goals can be an important part of the writing process. So can keeping track of dates on a calendar (this includes past and future events). While these can be two separate topics, and rightly should be, I’ve combined the two in my progress to complete my dream.

How combining Goals and a Calendar help me

Goals are important because they break down the process to complete our dream into smaller, more manageable steps. Each goal itself can have a multitude of smaller goals needed to accomplish it. With a broad dream of becoming a self-published author, there are several large steps, or goals, that need to be completed before the dream can come true. Writing the book is one of them, and obviously a crucial one, but there is more beyond that which needs to be done.

To keep myself from going crazy while remembering what I still needed to do and to keep on a schedule, I began using an Excel calendar. This allowed me to choose dates for when each goal was to be completed by, while giving me the opportunity to be flexible. The calendar is fluid, meaning I can change dates as I need to. It keeps me organized and on task for things that I still need to do, and since I’m rewriting book 2, it allows me the opportunity to keep track of the progress for that one as well.

Breaking down your Goals

First, you need your dream. Once you have that, you can start breaking that dream down into goals that need accomplished to make the dream come true. These goals can be as big as you need them to be. Here are some that I’d suggest as an author: First Draft, Revising/Rewriting, Marketing, Beta Reading, Odds & Ends.

Each one of these large goals that are needed can have as many smaller goals as you need to accomplish them. For the first draft of books 1 & 2 I didn’t have goals. As I said in previous posts, I was never planning to publish them so I wrote whatever came. It wasn’t until the Revising/Rewriting step that I began to make goals. That’s when the dream of publishing came alive. I’ve never broken down in a list what I needed to do to complete each of the above goals. Instead I threw them into a calendar to keep track of.


This is June’s calendar. It lists all the goals that I wanted to have completed that month, and what day I completed them. Obviously it also has some personal items, but I wanted those listed so that I could plan my other goals around them.

In May I began to plan June & July’s calendars and set dates for my small goals. For my Marketing goal, I knew I would need a website and a Facebook author page. If I wasn’t sure when I would do it, I made a note on the bottom to be sure I remembered that it still needed to be done.

The chapters listed I handle differently. I don’t project when they will be done. I did at first, and after constantly changing the dates earlier or later depending on when I finished, I gave up. Now I enter the chapter revisions the day that I finish them. This helps me to see trends that I may otherwise miss, such as that it appears I can rewrite two chapters per week. This in turn pushes me to see if I can somehow rewrite three in a week. Remarkably I just had my first three chapter week!

Even smaller Goals

There are various amounts of goals you can set for yourself. In later posts I’ll go over what works for me to break down goals and accomplish them. For now though, know that goals are there to help you and motivate you. There’s nothing better than accomplishing a goal, especially if you beat your goal deadline. If you don’t make the deadline, it’s okay. Be fluid with them. Life happens, and books take on a life of their own (more like the characters) so that what you had planned must change.

When you reach a goal, especially one of the bigger ones, celebrate! I’m horrible at this. I’ve yet to do anything special for myself when I finish one of the goals, especially the writing and rewriting of Perfect Scents.

If you’ve just made the goal to self-publish, or if it’s been your dream for forever, make your goals and then break them down into smaller goals of what you need to do to accomplish this dream. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, and still do, and so will you. Don’t let that deter you. You can do it!

*Side note: this knowledge also applies to other dreams besides becoming a self-published author*


What are your dreams?

After thinking about what I wanted to write next, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to write about one of the main reasons I write, and why I’ve been pushing myself to learn about self publishing: it was a dream. Now that dream is coming true, and every day when I think about it I have moments of disbelief. Is this really happening? This can’t be happening. And then something happens that reaffirms that yes, this truly is real and it’s happening.

If I can do one thing as an author, and as a person, it is to inspire others to follow their dreams, whether it’s to become an author themselves, to be an artist, or even to be an athlete of some kind. We all need to have dreams. That is what gets us through the hard days and the days when we want to quit “adulting” altogether. I’ve had plenty of those days, and several in the last few weeks. Keeping my dream as a focus in my life has helped get me through those days.


My writing buddy. He makes sure I take my breaks.

Now one thing that I want to point out is that dreams are hard. They often take hard work and sacrifice to accomplish. I can’t tell you how many hours, days and weeks I’ve spent doing two things: working my day job and writing. I also can’t begin to tell you how much time I’ve spent researching self publishing and marketing and then actually going out and using what I’ve learned. Dreams are HARD!!! But they wouldn’t be dreams worth having and see come true if they weren’t.

Well, my dream is about to come true. Soon I’ll be a published author, something I’ve wanted since I was thirteen.

When I was in college I attended a forum where a man (I can’t remember his name off hand) said something remarkable. He said, paraphrasing, that one day we’re all going to have our dreams come true. What are you going to do the day after?

We always need a dream, something to work toward. I guess that right now I need to find that next dream, whether it’s to complete my trilogy as a self published author or to be able to make a living off of writing; it’s up to me. But I need that next dream because when our wildest dreams come true, what are we going to work toward the next day?


When I first began the Weregal Chronicles I was writing for fun. I hadn’t written anything since college so I was a bit rusty and unsure of what I wanted to write about. My college creative writing classes were good, but I never got the warm fuzzies that I was good enough to become published. At that point I also stopped reading for fun and started on some new hobbies that I enjoy.

Fast forward to last spring when I found Relentless by Karen Lynch. I love that book!! Her work introduced me to many new YA authors (including Melissa Haag, another one of my all time favorites) and so began my need to write stories for the characters in my head. Like I said, the Weregal Chronicles was never going to be published, so I just wrote what I wanted to. There was no rhyme or reason to it, and I had no idea what it was going to be about. I had two characters. That was it. No plot.

As I wrote the story took shape and I began to fall in love with it. Now Perfect Scents is more than what I could ever have imagined it to be. These two original characters came alive, and with them came more characters that I’ve watched grow, like children, into who they have become.

I don’t remember when it was that I decided I was actually going to publish Perfect Scents. Every now and then I thought about it, and figured since I was writing I might as well. What would it hurt? Then I would worry that writing would become a job and I wouldn’t want to do it anymore and it wouldn’t be fun. While sometimes I feel the pressure, I’ve never lost the fun of writing these stories. I think part of that is due to those who have beta read Perfect Scents for me. They’ve helped me see my book from many different perspectives and have helped me see where I needed work, but most of all they helped me see a much larger picture than what I’d first imagined.

Like I said, I don’t remember when it was I decided to publish Perfect Scents, but I know that since then I’ve been on an incredible journey, and I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait to continue learning, and I can’t wait to see where this journey continues to take me. The revisions for Book 2 (currently nameless) are underway and the plotline for Book 3 is being fleshed out and solidified. While I know Perfect Scents is coming out soon, I don’t have an exact date yet. When I do, y’all will be the first to know!

Until then, I hope you enjoy the teasers!

New Author, Heather Karn

New Author, Heather Karn

Welcome! My name is Heather Karn and I am the author of The Weregal Chronicles. Perfect Scents, Book 1, is due to come out this Summer. It is in its final stages of revising and editing. As of right now it will only be available on Amazon, but I’m looking into expanding to other vendors in the near future. Check out my Books page for more information!