When Kristin and I moved to LA back in 2007 while I was working at Mahalo, she left her dance instructor job, started blogging for TV Squad, became a Lead Blogger for TV Squad shortly thereafter, and one afternoon when I returned from work said, out of the blue, “I think I’m going to work on the novel I’ve been thinking about writing for the past 5 years.” She then pulled out a yellow note pad that was filled with character descriptions, notes, etc. I asked her, “Where have you been keeping this?” Her: “In my head. I just filled this out today.” She then spent the next year writing and rewriting the full extent of this novel. She workshopped the rough drafts of the novel with the Mahalo Writer’s Group (an after work group of Mahalo employees who liked to write fiction and screenplays).
Then we moved back to New York in 2008, I started with Crowd Fusion, she started back teaching English in the Bronx, we had Jackson, and things were very very busy for a few years. Over this period, Kristin kept saying, “I need to finish rewriting my book this summer” and “I need to finish revising my book and we just need to publish it on the Kindle.” Kristin decided to stop teaching at the end of the Spring semester so that she could spend more time with Jackson, and as soon as summer started, she started revising her book and attacking it like it was her job full force. She contacted multiple agents, started a Facebook page, started promoting the book, and finished revising it. She’s had multiple requests for samples and multiple requests for full manuscripts and multiple responses to her manuscript that were positive and included positive feedback and notes for improvement, and Kristin, like the amazing professional she is, took the criticism to heart and went to work rewriting the novel yet again with their feedback.
We will be publishing her novel, North Shore South Shore (you can read a few chapters online now), on various ebook formats this fall and we’ve just put together and launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish a limited run of the novel to trade paperback. Here’s the video that we put together this past weekend (make sure you watch the bloopers at the end):
If this sounds like your type of book, please contribute. If you know someone who this book sounds like it might be their type of book, please tell that person about it. If you just know me and bothered to read this far or if you enjoyed the video, please spread the word. All help and good vibes appreciated. I’m hoping this is a huge success for Kristin. She deserves it.