Subscribe To My Ko-Fi

Ever since I started a Ko-Fi shop back in October last year, I have been blown away by the support that I’ve received from fans. My readers are just incredible and I wanted to find a way to give back to them.

I’ve opened my Ko-Fi page to accept subscriptions. This means that I can post content there exclusively for my subscribers. For a small monthly donation, subscribers get a slew of perks:

What you get as a monthly supporter on my Ko-Fi page: ko-fi.com/marlenafrank: Thank you in my Book acknowledgements, Monthly shout out on social media, Chapter sneak peeks, Progress updates on my upcoming releases, A free signed paperback after 6th month of patronage

For all of my books going forward, my Ko-Fi subscribers will get a thank you in my book acknowledgements. This will include both my print and ebook editions. They will also get a monthly shout-out on social media as a thank you.

Chapter sneak peeks will be given out months before they are available anywhere else, including my mailing list or my Facebook group. This includes my upcoming Wolves of Kanta series and my Impostor collection.

Subscribers also get access to my work behind-the-scenes, from incomplete cover art, to formatting my books for print, to struggles I run into with being a hybrid author, to trying to wrangle edits. If you want to see what goes into my books, this is where I’ll share the process.

Also, after being a subscriber for six months, I’ll sign and ship a paperback of your choice.

The minimum cost of subscribing is only $3/month, which is about the cost of a coffee (or a tea for me).

I hope this will be a fun way to let my fans be part of my books and help motivate me in my author career. You’ll get to join me as I stumble my way through self-publishing several upcoming books and ask any questions along the way.

If you can’t subscribe, you can still follow my Ko-Fi page for any public updates I make about book releases and items that get added to the shop.

A big thank you to my readers and fans who have supported me through this crazy year we’ve had! I look forward to where we go next. 🙂

A Tentative Look Forward

If you go back and look at my Appearances page from 2020, it’s a bit of a mess. There were a ton of events that got scrapped due to the pandemic. Everything simply vanished–from a library visit I had planned to whole weekend conventions. Some events have disappeared completely and won’t be returning (RIP BookCon) but many will be back.

Slowly with the progress of vaccinations, it seems like shows are opening up again this year, and we’re able to make plans to get back out to see people again. Check out my updated schedule on the Appearances page.

Of course, I don’t expect things to go back to a complete normal for a long while. In addition to vaccines, we’ll be practicing safe distancing, masking up, and slathering on hand sanitizer the whole way. I’m just thrilled to be able to attend shows and talk to readers again!

Anyone else excited to be part of conventions again?

Brand New Year, Brand New Goals

Usually I post my annual check-in around the beginning of the year, but already 2021 has proven it’s a little different than normal.

Between checking the news on a regular basis here in the U.S. and working on my latest work in progress, The Blood of Kanta, it’s taken a bit to wrap my brain around 2021. If you follow my mailing list, you’ll have likely already seen all these plans, but I like to share things publicly too on my blog every year. You can go back and check out my previous entries from 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020.

Last year the pandemic threw a huge curve-ball in my plans, but I also had several experiences that made me re-examine my work and my publishing process. Here’s a quick overview:

  • At the start of 2020, I had a short story coming out in Masks, a Mardi Gras anthology alongside some incredible authors. I had a second short story coming out in an anthology with the same publisher that was set to come out in December, but then the publisher closed its doors suddenly. Although the anthology was picked up elsewhere, I kind of wanted to take the reigns back on my short story, and now I’m planning on publishing it this October in my own collection of tales, The Impostor and Other Dark Tales.

    I made some truly amazing friends throughout this journey, but I still felt singed by the whole experience. That made me start looking at my writing differently and led me to the next step.
  • In 2020, I got back most of the rights back to The She-Wolf of Kanta, and have since decided to turn it into a full series, The Wolves of Kanta. This ended quite amicably, but I had been considering expanding on this universe for some time. Now I’m aiming to re-release The She-Wolf of Kanta along with two sequels in 2022.

I’ve always considered myself a hybrid author, with one foot in the small press world and one in the independent publishing world. I’m very proud of the Stolen series. The final book, Chosen, releases on March 23rd from Parliament House Press, who have been amazing to work with. However being hybrid means that I also publish independently, so I’m going to try my hand at that next year. It’s going to be a learning curve since I plan to tackle physical books and ebooks, in a series that doesn’t yet have a solid ending.

With that in mind, here’s my overview for my writing for 2021, and where I’m planning to go next.

Listing of my books and stories that are currently in progress.

There’s a lot listed above, but here is a quick run-down of what I’ll be working on this year:

It’s sure to be a busy year, and it’s already started off pretty darn busy. It’s going to take a lot of learning, a lot of writing, and a heck of a lot of editing, but I’m excited to see where this all goes!

If you want to follow my progress, check out my mailing list or follow me on all the social media channels. I’ll be posting regular updates and sneak peeks as I continue on this journey.

Join Me For A Reading

Tomorrow at 9 PM EST I’ll be taking part once again in the Southern Nightmare Reading Series with the Atlanta Chapter of the Horror Writers Association!

It’s always great to hear authors read their works, and I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside many of my fellow readers this year. If you dropped by the Decatur Book Festival last year, you might have seen Marc and I sharing a table!

One of the things I love most about being part of this group is getting to see my fellow authors grow as I grow with them, and it’s so cool to see where people are today compared to a few years back. Being an author is an ever-changing journey and a challenge, and having a group of friends to cheer you on is empowering!

I hope you’ll come join us! The event will be streamed live on Facebook. Check out the link listed below for details:

https://atlantahwa.com/the-southern-nightmares-reading-series/

Chat With Me At Multiverse

Come see me at Multiverse this weekend!

This weekend you can attend a FREE virtual convention that covers everything from writing to fandom love. It’s a three-day con and there are going to be some amazing panels to watch. No need to sign up, just show up. They’ll have information going up soon on how to get on their Discord server so you can chat with folks in real time throughout the convention.

I’m going to be in a panel on Sunday at 1:00PM on Characterization: Crafting a Villain with some absolutely fantastic fellow authors. Panelists will be watching and commenting live on Discord in the #write channel. Come join our discussion on crafting villains!

In addition to the panel, I’ll have one-on-one mentoring opportunities available Sunday afternoon. Have you ever wanted to pick my brain on publishing? Or on writing? Or on whatever writerly problem you want? This is your chance! I’ll have 8 fifteen minute sessions available, Sunday afternoon after the panel. Pick a slot and you can chat with me on Zoom.

Here are all the main links you’ll need:

I’m super excited to get to chat with y’all one on one! There are also a lot of other folks doing mentoring too, including authors and editors. Some people will even be accepting pitches. This is honestly a fantastic free opportunity so make sure you take advantage of it!