About Mary

Unpacking and detoxing fiction

After years of hypothetical (perhaps literal) blood, sweat, and tears, you finished your book. Did some editing, slapped a cover on it, released it to the world. And got crickets. Your mom bought a copy. A few of her friends bought copies. You got some lovely (if unhelpful) 5-star reviews about how wonderful you are with no mention of the book you worked so hard on. It’s been months, and every time you check up on your baby, all you do is cringe at that 1-star review from someone who didn’t finish because “I couldn’t get past chapter one.”

A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia (relevant, stay with me). After much trial and error, it broke down to too many toxins in my body. A few diet changes and supplements later, I’m glad to say I’ve got my blood counts back in healthy ranges.

Imagine the moment I realized writing is like your bloodstream—bog it down, and it doesn’t work right.

An MFA and 6 years of book reviewing/evaluating later, I’m not just an editor. I’m a book healer—I unpack the story you want to tell and cut out all the parts that keep it from shining through. I can’t guarantee you’ll never get a 1-star review again—no one can do that. But I can make darn sure your story’s the best, cleanest version of itself.

I abruptly decided during my senior year of college that I didn’t want to be a psychology major, after all. I wanted to write. Terrible timing. Despite this revelation, I graduated with my B.A. and began hunting for graduate-level writing degrees. Enter Seton Hill’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. I could get a masters level education in fantasy fiction? Sign me up! I applied, got accepted, and sent in 10 pages of my self-proclaimed “amazing fantasy novel” to get feedback on at my roundtable critique session. I wasn’t worried. My writing was fantastic. I mean, I got into the program, so I had to be great, right?

Oh, so wrong.

I sat in that critique session while 15 people handed my butt to me on a silver platter.

  • “I don’t care about these characters.”
  • “You’re head-hopping all over the place, and I lost interest on page 2.”
  • “This reads like someone’s Dungeons and Dragons campaign.”

Ouch.

Did I cry later? You bet I did. But after the tears came understanding. Okay, I wasn’t the protagy I thought I was. But I had potential. I could improve.

And I did.

I worked my butt off that first semester to understand everything I was doing poorly. When my second roundtable critique came around at the beginning of semester two, the comments were glowing. Someone who’d been in my critique group last semester commended me on my leaps of progress. I still had work to do, but if I could learn this much in one semester, the sky was the limit.

Kit ‘N Kabookle came shortly after. I’d found my love—genre fiction—and I wanted to get as involved with that love as possible. This site started as a book blog for hosting virtual book tours/promoting authors. After 6 years, the promotion is still going strong, and I’ve added editing and writer wellness to my arsenal. Because keeping ourselves as detoxed as our stories is so important.

Check out my 5 Easy Stretches Every Writer Needs for Their Creative Muscles. Writing is about balance, so here’s my article on”middle actions” and when to use or not use them.

My editing services can be found here. Beta reading, developmental editing, manuscript evaluations, and more for whatever level of detox your story needs.

And for monthly emails full of exclusive resources for unpacking, detoxing, and thriving (both as you and as a writer), join my newsletter: The Whole Kit ‘N Kabookle. All subscribers get a free copy of my Punch Your Prose Pamphlet, my writing detox guide.

.
Find me elsewhere. I love to connect!
-Facebook
-Twitter
-Linkedin
-Goodreads
-Amazon
-OnlineBookClub.org
-Booklife

Kit ‘N Kabookle is listed at the following places:


-bookbloggerlist.com
-The Bibliofile

And I host book tours for:

Goddess Fish Promotions
Audiobookworm Promotions