If Not For Kim…

Back in 2005…I quit my job…sold my house…and…set out to be a…fulltime…author…

Of course…I made an effort to do the things…authors…were supposed to do…among them being…social networking…and…as much as I hate to admit it…online life was different then…Facebook was around…but I’d never heard of it…so…I joined a Ryze group for entrepreneurial women…

It was there that I met…none other than…Kim Emerson…the woman was everywhere…encouraging others…offering marketing tips…giving workshops…coaching clients to be their best…and…to be honest…she totally intimidated me…not that she tried to…I just felt so inadequate around someone so accomplished

In fact…I felt so inadequate…and all the other women seem so accomplished…that…I almost never posted…anything…period…but…even in my silence…I watched…I read…I knew that…Kim…was someone special…

Then…came the crash…AKA…I ran out of money and had to go back to work…I’m still not sure where Oprah was in all of this…I was convinced she was going to discover me…anyway…I admit it…I was jaded…I was angry…I locked…Bertha…in a box and shoved her in the closet…after covering her mouth with duct tape…and thought my writing career was over…

Wrong…

One day on Facebook…I ran across a group…MasterKoda.com…a group for writers…founded by…drumroll please…Kim Emerson…honestly…I hesitated…I wasn’t a writer anymore…well…I had started this blog…but…I wasn’t a real writer anymore…but…what the heck…I joined…

And…with Kim’s warm welcome and encouragement…I did come out of my shell bit by bit…but…I still wasn’t a writer…

Until…

November 30, 2011…Kim posted…last call for the author makeover contest…with a link for the rules…the deadline was midnight…it was seven o’clock…and I go to bed early…I had to write one page on why I deserved the Ultimate Author Makeover

I can’t tell you everything I wrote…but…I remember it ended with…I’m not sure I deserve a second chance…but…Bertha…does…

And…Kim and her judges agreed…Bertha…got her second chance…her prize was a professional litflix book trailer…but…Kim didn’t stop there…she also interviewed me on Readers Rocking Radio…and…continued to encourage me…as…I once again…became a writer…

If not for Kim…I’m not sure I would have ever written…Becoming Bertha…if not for Kim…I’m not sure I would have ever learned the balance between working fulltime…and being an author…oh who am I kidding…even Kim with her super powers…couldn’t teach me that…if not for Kim…I wouldn’t even be in the relationship that I cherish…

If not for Kim…the list is too long to write here…but…suffice it to say…if not for Kim…I don’t think I would be who and where I am today…

Interestingly…I started out writing a happy birthday post to Kim…and…it seems that it has been all about…me…which at first embarrassed me…but…Bertha…reminded me…Kim’s deepest joy comes from helping others…seeing them succeed…so…hopefully…knowing that she has changed my life on so many levels…brings her joy…

But…I do want to mention…a few things just about her…

Kim has lived one of the most interesting lives imaginable…from riding wild horses and unicycles…to living with wolves…literally…to teaching high school…to wearing a bowler hat when she writes…to owning Master Koda Select Publishing…to mentoring hundreds of writers…to being a mother and grandmother…to writing a bestselling young adult novel with a killer cliffhanger…you name it…Kim has probably done it…or will say…yeah…just give me a minute…I’m in

So…where did the cliffhanger come from…from Digitus 233released last year…right before the world didn’t end

A group of teens are caught in a web of deceit. Will they break free of the world’s controlling power or are they doomed to die trying?

It’s really a great book…in fact…I bought a copy for the school last year…and…had a couple of football players read it…to see what they thought…they immediately sent Kim an email…asking for the sequel…and…you know what a tough audience the football team can be…but…not as tough…as…ex-husbands…and…Kim’s…gave her a five star review for…Digitus 233…so it must be good…

So…please join me…in wishing Kim…AKA…KD Emerson…a very happy birthday…you can find her on…FacebookTwitterAmazonMKSP…her Author Blog…or…donning a cape…and leaping over high buildings…just look up…I’m sure you’ll see her…

Jane

PS…Thank you Kim for helping me to be the person I am today…

PSS…Kim has been so busy helping others…that she hasn’t quite finished the sequel…but…I have it on good authority…that it’s gonna be worth the wait…

A Glitch in Time…

I’m not the world’s most organized person…in fact…I rank down there in that category of people…who…fly by the seat of their pants most of the time…but…sometimes a situation does call for organization…and I make an effort to rise to the occasion…only to be amused by the result…

Some of you are aware that…Bertha…was a guest of honor…along with Madison John’s Agnes and Eleanor…at MasterKoda’s Sizzlin’ Summer Book Launch last night…

Now…if you’ve never attended one of these gala affairs…let me just say…they are online…they move quickly…and essentially…you snooze…you lose…so I did what I could to organize ahead of time…

I made lists of timeslots and prizes…with spaces for winners…it was all laid out…and…that part worked like a charm…in fact…I was able to capture all the winners and their respective prizes…life is good…

But…

You had to see that coming…there had to be a glitch or it would hardly be blog worthy…anyway…I decided to take it one step further…I’d package all of my prizes before the event…have them ready to mail…now that sounds…smart…like something an organized person would do…

I carefully sized-up each prize…to determine the appropriate mailer they would need…went shopping…came home and carefully…lovingly…got them ready to mail…

And all was well…except that I didn’t take into account that some lucky ducky peeps would win more than one prize…so…now…much of my packaging was for naught…I’ll be combining prizes and figuring out the best way to ship them…

Of course…my first response was to be just a tad bit frustrated…I’d wasted time and effort in my misplaced organization…but…Bertha…assured me that I hadn’t…not at all…

She said that even though I will be redoing packages…that organizing them…cleared the clutter…both on my guestroom bed…and my brain…and that is really the purpose of organizing…to clear the clutter…it doesn’t mean that it’s perfect…it doesn’t mean it won’t have to be changed…it’s just a good framework…

And…she’s right…what can I say…I did feel calmer once all the prizes were secured in mailers…I was able to relax…it won’t take much to combine the ones that go together…at least I know where they all are…all is well…

Maybe those uber organized people are on to something…well…they probably are…but I won’t go that far…

Jane