IWSG: September + House Of Falling Embers Cover Reveal!

It is the first Wednesday of September--also the first day of school here in New York City--and it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group! We post our writerly insecurities out to the world every first Wednesday!

Today's co-hosts are:  Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!

And the IWSG question of the month is:

What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why? 

So, as soon as I began to learn more about self- and indie-publishing and saw some writing friends go in that direction, I was intrigued. I used to intern at a literary agency. I know how much literary agents have to wade through in terms of the slush pile everyday. I even did a cursory querying process on a manuscript just to have a small experience of querying under my belt. I knew the ms wasn't publication-ready though.

But when the first thing I had an urge to publish turned out to be a novella, I thought self publishing was the route to take. It didn't seem worth the time and energy to query agents in the trad lane for a 100-page novella. And I'll self-pub again, as soon as I have something ready to do so. 

But I like the idea of being a hybrid author, too. "Haunted Lake" was trad pubbed by a small publisher in an anthology and I enjoyed the experience. 

And now for my friend Krystal Jane Ruin's cover reveal!!

House of Falling Embers
Krystal Jane Ruin
Publication date: October 1st 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Retelling
Once upon a time there was a witch. She was a kind witch, but that didn’t matter. The people were afraid, and fear often turns to hatred.
When Artemis was thirteen, her best friend Aris was swallowed by the crumbling house they found in the woods. Like a coward, she abandoned him to the horror within.
She moved away. She tried to forget. But when she finds herself back in her old neighborhood after college, the ghosts—and her guilt—are waiting. A charred figure stalks her dreams, and someone, or something, haunts her from the trees.
Going back into the woods might be the only way to save her sanity.
Because nine years later, the house is still there. Still waiting. Still restless.

Author Bio:
Krystal is the author of supernatural and paranormal fiction, living in the Tennessee Valley with a collection of swords and daggers. When she's not hoarding stuffed pandas, hourglasses, and Hello Kitty replicas, she can be found in a YouTube hole or blogging about books, writing, and random things at KrystalSquared.net.



  1. I can't wait for you to have something else out there!! Honestly, though, that anthology is bomb. I still regularly think about those stories, and you know I love Haunted Lake!

    Yay! Cover! Thank you! ^_^

    1. I...may have something I'll email you about later (it's a short story). I'm trying to get back into my longer projects, as time has opened up a wee bit.

      Your cover is *gorgeous* It's purple. I LOVE purple (clearly)

  2. Both ways to publish have their pros and cons, but it's great we all have the choices. Love that cover, btw.


    1. Yeah, choices are instrumental in getting different and new work out there.

  3. Congratulations, Krystal! Right now, I think hybrid might be the way to go. There are so many possibilities!

  4. For novellas, indie is the only way to go. =) I LOVE Krystal's cover and blurb. Total winners right there.

    1. Yep on the novellas. And I love Krystal's cover. It's gorgeous!

  5. I like being a hybrid author, too.l Self-publishing smaller works is a lot easier, but bigger projects I like to traditionally publish.

    I love the colors on Krystal's cover!

  6. I love being self-pubbed. I won't say never, but I have a hard time seeing myself doing it any other way.

    Creepy-good cover! And an intriguing premise, too. Good luck!

  7. Happy IWSG Day! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Thanks for sharing your publishing story. Hybrid publishing seems to be the way to go.
    Congrats to your friend Krystal. Her cover looks beautifully haunting. All the best of luck with this release.

  8. I like that being a hybrid author is open to us now. And that's a gorgeous cover!

  9. That's a gorgeous cover! I really like the idea of a hybrid approach - the best of both worlds.

  10. I love reading the paths people take and their reasoning. Sounds like you've done a great job figuring out what you want to do. Good luck!

  11. Ooooh. Great creepy vibe from the cover there. I think it's pretty neat that you have that behind the scenes experience.

  12. I'm querying now for the same reason. I want the experience more than anything else. Would it be cool to be hybrid author? Yup! But if it never happens, I'm okay being indie

  13. I love some of the novellas coming out lately telling some really great stories. Best of luck with your writing journey? Also, I have to say that purple cover is lovely. I love purple. :)
    Anne from annehiga.com


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