Kellye Garrett

More Surprising Revelations as a Debut Author…

My book is out August 8, which means that people will be reading my book.

I won’t be one of them.

Let me explain. My journey to published writer has been an interesting one, especially in the year since I got my deal. Having dreamed of this moment for almost a lifetime, I thought I knew what to expect.

I was wrong.

Of course, there are some things that were as expected. Reading bad reviews sucks just as much as I thought. My inclination is to comment, “But I worked like really hard on this!!!” and then run tell my parents that someone was being mean to me. Instead, I just silently cry.

But there are so many times that I’ve been like this:


A few things that especially surprised me:

Writing is (still) hard, y’all!

My favorite quote is from Dorothy Parker: “I hate writing. I love having written.” I just read a blog from an author who basically wrote 10 books in 18 months. I am lucky if I can read 10 books in 18 months.

I honestly thought writing the second book would be easier because, hello, I’ve done this before. I know these characters. I know this world. But, it is not. At all. In fact, it might be harder because you know there is no way this book is going in a drawer, no matter how much it sucks. Someone will read definitely read it one day…


I’m so over my book.

Well, that’s a bit melodramatic. I still smile like a giddy school child whenever I see my cover. But at this point, I’ve read this thing front to back (and in one case, back to front because it helps you find typos) on at least a dozen occasions, including two times in the last two months for line edits and a final proof. I need a break from it.

Someone could slip “Kellye Garrett is the worst writer in the whole entire world” on page 174 and I may never know. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely going to lovingly caress the final copies when they arrive. I might even walk up to total strangers like, “Hey see this? I wrote it! Happy Tuesday.”

And I’ll probably occasionally peek at Hollywood Homicide for reference when writing more books in the series. I can barely remember my own eye color, much less Day’s best friends.

But reading the entire thing again? Probably not for a long time.

There’s a catch…phrase


I’ve gone on and on about Author Signatures (Don’t believe me? See here and here!) and my fear that I’ll forget and use my everyday signature. (What do I do then? Cross it out and write my Author Signature instead? Add a P.S. a la Please don’t steal my identity. Trust me, you will be disappointed. Thank you in advance!)

But did you know that you should also have a catch phrase you use when you sign your books? It should be something cute and clever that relates to your book’s title and theme. Me figuring out a catchy phrase was almost as hard as me writing an entire book. I’d settled on “Enjoy your Day!” in reference to it being the Detective by Day series, but I still am viewing this as a work in process. If you have any ideas, let me know in comments. Pretty please.


21 thoughts on “More Surprising Revelations as a Debut Author…

  1. I can certainly understand everything in this post. Thanks for being honest, but don’t worry – readers get it, too.

    But I’m with Leslie, author signature? That confuses me. Unless someone writes under a pen name, I always assumed the autograph was their signature.

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  2. Kellye, I know what you mean about re-reading the book — I just can’t bring myself to do it. Maybe one day, right? (When I have to refer to a previous book for research, I just go to the Word document version of the manuscript and do a search!)

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    • I only have on ARC in my possession right now so I’ve been going to to the Word doc a lot. I did just check the ARC to see how many chapters I had in book 1. Right now, book 2 is a few short (even though it’s same length.)

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  3. I like “Enjoy Your Day,” or just “Enjoy!” I perfectly understand about having a different signature for your books — I think it would be kind of fun to come up with a new signature ~

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    • Okay, it seems like Enjoy your Day isn’t as cheesy as I thought. My new signature looks remarkably like my other signature…I just changed a few letters. lol I know someone who just does their first initial.

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  4. Love everything about this post, Kellye! Thank you.

    Think you should absolutely do this. And hand them a book. > I might even walk up to total strangers like, “Hey see this? I wrote it! Happy Tuesday.”

    And your catch phrase is perfect. Congrats on everything.

    ps: I’m still looking for a catch phrase…suggestions welcome. 😉


  5. Enjoyed this, Kellye! Congratulations on your first book 🙂 As for catch phrases, I’m usually caught up in talking with the reader and afraid I’ll muff my line or my signature, so I keep it simple, like “Enjoy!”

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  6. I never thought about this, but what an interesting idea! Luckily, I already have an author signature. For years, whenever I sign a card or write my name on a post-it, I always write my first name in all caps with stars on either side and a little squiggle underneath my name. I don’t know when or why I first started doing it, but I’ve been doing it for years. And don’t worry, that is obviously NOT how I sign official documents.

    Is it lame that I haven’t even finished my story yet, but have also been wondering what my catchphrase would be? The things I dream about, I swear…

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    • Nothing wrong with being prepared for when the day comes. Sometimes that’s the only thing that keeps me going. When I sign cards for family as “Love, Kellye” I’ll connect the L and the K so the bottom of the L is the top of the K.


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