The Star Child Shines Again

Hello and thanks everyone for allowing me to visit today! It is just fabulous to be a guest again!

Today is the release day for The Star Child. Ironically, a little over a year ago, I released The Star Child as a self-published novel. As a new Indie author, I tried to do everything to the best of my ability.

Yet, at the end of the release day I felt, well, rather empty. That’s probably an interesting word choice, but it’s true. I’d accomplished something tremendous, putting out a debut novel. Yet, save for the support from my LAHE colleagues, which was tremendous, I felt alone. I’d become the only person invested in the book.

Inkspell Publishing

When I first got wind of my contract offer from Inkspell Publishing for The Star Child after submitting to them, I was ecstatic! After six years of working with this manuscript, now there was someone else in the world, besides my husband, the quirky Mr. Keyes, who believed in my story as much as I did.

Right: Mr. Keyes and I on the way to the Love a Happy Ending Summer Audience In Tetbury, UK.

Within a day of accepting my offer, I received a pre-edit checklist of things that I would need to incorporate even before I had a chance to work one on one with an editor. It made sense. After all, there was probably quite a bit that I could fix on my own. Guess what? There was way more than “a bit”.

Enter editor, Melissa Keir. I’m being completely honest here. If you’ve been letting your relatives read your work, it’s time to terminate them. They simply don’t cut it as editors (please don’t tell my mom I said that!). When you have the opportunity to really dig into the work with an unbiased third party, it makes all the difference.

Under Melissa’s guidance, I was able to take my debut novel and shape it into a final work that I’m proud of. The final version happened to be edit #36, in case you’re wondering.

Then cover designer Naj Qambler came forward to design a phenomenal cover that embodied my imagination so accurately it’s like she read my mind.

Left:  A new cover by designer Naj Qambler

Finally, the marketing support has been wonderful. I am in the middle of a blog tour that will run until November 1st which includes bloggers from all over the world, including the US, UK, and Romania.

The Inkspell Version

The question that I get asked a lot is, “How different is it? Should I pick up a copy of the new version?” I will leave that up to you. However, I will tell you that this version does contain quite a bit of changes, though the plot is the same.

If you have a manuscript that you haven’t had any success with, I’m here to tell you to never give up. It’s amazing the journeys that we take in life, but I believe that these things happen for a reason. I’m living proof that the dream can come true, for I am beaming with pride today. The Star Child is back up in the sky and shining brightly, where it belongs.

Below: Hitting the Road With the Star Child

Thank you for having me as your featured author today!

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About the Book

The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

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About the Author

Stephanie Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master’s in Education. A seasoned, facilitator, Mrs. Keyes worked in Training and Development for an international telecommunications corporation for twelve years; spending the first eight years of her career as a Software Trainer and Technical Writer and the last four working in Human Resources and Employee Development.

In May of 2012, Mrs. Keyes left the corporate world to focus on her family and her writing full-time. She also operates a freelance graphic and instructional design business, Sycamore Road Design.

Inkspell Publishing will release her first novel, The Star Child, on September 21, 2012. She is now currently at work on the second book in The Star Child Trilogy, The Fallen Stars.

Keyes lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and Riley the dog.

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There is also a beautiful book trailer! We absolutely love it and hope you will enjoy it too!  Here’s the link:


Please leave a comment

  1. Carol Wyer Says:

    What a journey! As for editors – I definitely wouldn’t rely on my own mother to edit my work – she’d probably take it down the local pub and read it to everyone. Huge congratulations on your novel. The new cover is superb and I wish you every success for The Star Child . x

  2. Emma Calin Says:

    Congratulations on your wonderful new book. Fantastic cover and atmospheric book trailer. I wish you lots of success. Emma x

  3. Sheryl Browne Says:

    Me, too, Steph! I’d have a hard job relying on my family to edit. They didn’t even read it until I became uber-famous. Well, I got my name in the local rag, anyway 😉 Go, girl! Have a FABulous day! 🙂 xx

  4. Nicky Wells Says:

    Whoot whoot! You know how much I loved The Star Child and I am so happy to see it launch again. HUGE congratulations, and what a fabulous post you wrote above. Wishing you all the best on your big day, and rock on! XX

  5. Janice Says:

    Congratulations Stephanie – I’m so excited for you! I loved reading about your journey in your post today and I’m so happy I have had the opportunity to meet you in Tetbury and to spent time in the lovely company of both you and Aaron. Wishing you great success with all your writing.

    Per Ardua ad Astra (through hard work to the stars)

    Janice xx

  6. Chris Longmuir Says:

    Long may the Star Child shine.

  7. Stephanie Keyes Says:

    Thanks Carol! My mom has read my work. However, she’s not ambitious enough for the Pub. She talks it up in exercise class. 🙂

  8. Stephanie Keyes Says:

    Thanks very much Emma and Sheryl! I really appreciate your kind words and humor!

  9. Stephanie Keyes Says:

    Thanks Nicky! I do! You were my first fan! Thank you for that and for the encouragement. 🙂

  10. Stephanie Keyes Says:

    Okay Chris, you just made me cry. in the words of Kellen, “What’s up with that?”

  11. Stephanie Keyes Says:

    Janice, Thank you! We really enjoyed meeting you in Tetbury, too. We have had so many occasions when we’ve said, “Remember when?” about that weekend. So many memories back into a short space in time and relationships to last a lifetime. 🙂

  12. Melanie Says:

    Good for you Stephanie! I had lots of edits, too, once I was assigned an editor but not as many as you. 36! Yikes! But your book is all the better for them. Congrats!

  13. Sue Fortin Says:

    So pleased for you Steph – huge congratulations, you deserve it.

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