So the time is finally here, my young adult novel INVISIBLE TOUCH is back for readers!
It is the same mysterious paranormal story with Kara and Anthony and her BFF Danielle, with a brand new cover for the digital reissue. And it’s confession time as I tend to do here on my blog…
The rights to Touch were giving back to me a few years ago. That means the publisher no longer had the right to publish my book any more. I did. But all by myself? *gulp*
The reason it took some time to reissue Touch as an eBook is because I did not know how. Until Amazon came around and said you can publish your own books now! Here are the steps! *woo hoo* But…how again, exactly?
First, I took some writing time off and since I didn’t know how to publish an ebook or use Amazon’s program, Touch just sat there collecting dust. My other author friends were totally rocking it, reissuing their own works and hiring people to do it for them. Literary agents were getting into the game and becoming publishers themselves! Hot damn!
I finally told myself, “Kelly, just research, learn, and ask a bunch of annoying questions. You’re a creative hobbyist too remember, so start playing with cover designs. Take a month to edit your novel and get it on Amazon.” So I did, and I’m so happy I finally did it!
A print version is in the works…because now I have to figure out how to do that too! And that takes time, peeps.
Am I going to totally self-publish now that I reissued Touch? Um, maybe! Haha. My next release will be a romance novella, which is a romance story that is a shorter version than a full-length novel. My plan is to self-pub when I finish, however, I can always change my mind and submit the story to a publisher. I shall keep you posted on that front, peeps!
In the mean time, read an excerpt here, buy an eBook here, spread the love and share my tweet here or on FB!
Thanks so much for adding Invisible Touch to the list! And it’s an honor to be listed with such a great selection of titles!
1.Rogelia’s House of Magic by Jamie Martinez Wood 2.The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans by Carmen Tafolla 3.Voices in first person edited by Lori Marie Carlson 4.The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez 5.White Bread Competition by Jo Ann Yolanda Hernandez 6.I Wanna be Your Shoebox by Christina Garcia 7.Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra 8.Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez 9.Who’s Your Daddy? by Lynda Sandoval 10.Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena 11.Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos 12.The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees 13.Gringolandia by Lyn Miller Lachmann 14.Down To The Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole 15.The Meaning of Conseulo by Judith Ortiz Cofer 16.The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 17.Journey of Dreams by Marge Pellegrino’s 18.The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales 19.Leaving GloryTown by Eduardo F Calcines 20.Petty Crimes by Gary Soto 21.Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 22.Haters by Alisa Valdes Rodriquez 23.Honey Blonde Chica by Michele Serros 24.Sofia Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico by Malin Alegria 25.Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork 26.La linea by Ann Jaramillo 27.The Poet Slave of Cuba by Margarita Engle 28.Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer 29.Amor and Summer Secrets by Diana Rodriquez 30.Gamma Glamma by Kim Flores 31.Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa 32. Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz (MG) 33.Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz (MG) 34.So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez 35.Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez 36. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles 37.Jaguar by Michele Dominguez-Greene 38.The Whole Sky Full of Stars by René Saldaña Jr 39.Cubanita, Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana
I’ll be the first to admit, I had some trip ups with Invisible TouchMy first release date was supposed to be September 2008. I didn’t know if this was the perfect date, but I planned all of my promotion for September. Then, the strangest thing happened…my Advanced Reader’s Copy was printed instead of my edited manuscript. The publisher graciously fixed this and reprinted my books with the correct edits, but my release date was pushed to October 2008. I moved my launch to a month later, but somehow it still felt a little off and promotion for the book hasn’t been the greatest. So I’ve come up with a list of reasons you might like to read Invisible Touch!
1. I commissioned this cool book video about the story…it really captures the suspense and premise of the novel.
2. Touch had the weirdest printing snafu that I mentioned above. Come on, my book has a supernatural storyline and this weird glitch happens. *shiver* Is that like a sign??
8. Invisible Touch is on the Fresno Library Summer Reading List (this was found by chance) and this is a quick blurb from the site: “There’s romance, Latino culture, mystery, and a touch of the paranormal, witten by the author of Graffiti Girl. It’s better than an asada burrito at El Pollo Loco!” Love that one!
9. Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz said, “Invisible Touch is a blending of mystery, romance, and deep and dangerous secrets.” *sigh*
10. Ultimately, I wrote Touch for two reasons. 1) for the reader to have an entertaining read. I know as an author you can’t please every reader, but I hoped to entertain as many readers as I can. 2) I lost two important men in my life and I dedicated this book to them. It was a way to say goodbye and I put a lot of my grief into the book. There was a time I was writing the book and I was so deep into Kara’s POV, I spaced. When I finally snapped out of it, I had a whole page written. I blinked and it was one of those weird moments that you’re not sure what happened, but something weird did indeed happen. Still trips me out…