After much consideration, prayer, and wise counsel … I have decided to go through with self-publishing my first book, Phantom Island – now coming out summer 2009 (hopefully by May)!!

This has been a crazy journey and I’m not sure I could even adequately describe to you all the situations, conversations, circumstances, and choices that have led up to this decision. What I can tell you is that it feels RIGHT. How do I know? Because every door has opened, every detail covered, every need met in order for this to happen. I am ASTOUNDED (and I do not use that word lightly) at the number of gifted people who are helping me and supporting me on this project. To name a few … my mother decided she wanted to take on the full-time job as financial manager and investor for my book. She is a brilliant businesswoman with years of experience operating a successful corporation. She wants to handle all the numbers for me, so that my “creativity is not ruined with financial worries.” Not only that, but she is investing her own savings into this project because she “believes in the book.” *fighting back tears*

Then, my good friend, Katrina Elsea, who has been a faithful friend (and big supporter since the inception of this whole project) is currently copy-editing the book and she is more perfectionistic about it than me! Not only is she highly educated, but she has a natural ability with writing and grammar rules, plus an artistic eye. She is also helping design the cover art – in other words, painting my tribal symbols. I can’t wait to see that come to life! Meanwhile, her husband, David, is creating a FABULOUS website with a promo video for the book and banners, etc. (You will die when you see all of it!! I felt like such a rockstar with just the first run of it. More info to come later.)

I have some totally fun high school students who have agreed to start and run the first official fan site of Phantom Island … you will laugh when you see it. Some of their ideas are so great!! Another high school student wants to start the MySpace group/fan club. I will just need another savvy student to do Facebook, too …

I have four wonderful friends at school – Donna (my partner in all crimes), Lisa (my sweet neighbor), Jennifer (the cool librarian), and Jaclyn (photographer extraordinaire) – who have agreed to help me put on a huge book signing party once the book comes out. Some of their ideas for promotion are beyond what I could have imagined (yay, Jaclyn, with the scent artist idea).

My aunt BJ and cousin Arley are working on t-shirt ideas and other promotional items to sell in support of Phantom Island. My principal, Mark Wilson, is supportive and excited for me. My husband (and manager/cheerleader) has been rearing to go on this whole project for awhile. It goes without saying that he is a major player in the success of Phantom Island because he keeps me sane and encouraged on a daily basis. I feel like I have a live-in fan club named Sam Dallas. And, then, of course, there are the students in my life … without whom I would not have even written this book in the first place. It is INSANE the way God is blessing this whole endeavor.

I do not know what the future holds, but this whole experience feels so surreal. No matter what, the glory is the Lord’s and I’ve committed in my heart to see to that. I am asking for all of my blog readers/friends/students to just continue with your unwavering support and encouragement. As a self-published author, I will need it more than you know. Your enthusiasm over the book and sharing it with others will make this work — you are each a part of this journey in your own unique ways. Thank you, thank you! I am so very excited and look ahead to the future with great excitement and joy.

A Magical Place Awaits You… To My 8th Grade Boys
A Magical Place Awaits You…
To My 8th Grade Boys

Comments to “BREAKING NEWS …”

  1. Hooray! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  2. Get a few high school girls interested and this will be the new Twilight!!!

    Love ya K!

  3. krissi!!! i love love love your book and i cant wait to have a copy of it sitting on my bookshelf next to twilight but this time i can be like “I KNOW HER!!!” lol i am incredibly excited for you and your book! just to remind you you have an amazing high school support group 🙂 you have basically helped raised us to the people that we are and you have my full support! i love you!!

    sara lightfoot

  4. I am so incredibly happy for you. I cannot wait until everything officially comes together. I love you and I support you through all of this!:):):):)

  5. It’s finally happening!
    I remember when you first said you want to WRITE a novel, and now here you are PUBLISHING it!

    This is a time to FREAK OUT!!
    I am so ecited for you, Krissi.
    I know that this has been a long road, to say the least, and you still have a lot ahead of you, but I know that this is right, and God is going to oversee it all!

    You are an AMAZING writer and your book is great! I will help you do anything and everything you ask me to help you move all of this along! And you trust me, I will be at every book party, rally, promotion mumbo-jumbo you can imagine! I’ll get all of my friends to read it at school — I know this is going to be a HIT!

    I love you so much and I’m so happy for you!

    … Always here for you.

  6. Brava! The whole story is beautiful; communal work is the only real work. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy at the signing party.

    love,love,love… YOU!

  7. ohMY mrs. d!! this is wayy too kool for school. i am so very impatient to read that novel!! ahhh!! lol:D i’m so super duper excited for you!! it makes me smile:)

    savannah m.

  8. I can not wait to read the book! I just know it will be amazing. You are a beyond great writer!

  9. This is awesome!! Congrats Krissi! Let me know when it comes out! I would love to get a copy!!!

  10. Yay!!! I want a book, a t-shirt and whatever else you guys come up with. And, when it goes to film, I want to be considered for a role. I love you and CANNOT wait to read it!!!!


  11. Krissi – how exciting! I can’t wait to read it!

  12. So excited for you, special granddaughter! We now have three generations of writers on the
    Stutts/Reeves side of the family. Shine on…..
    and as for Sam…well, go ahead and be the model!

    Love, Nanny in North Carolina

  13. Krissi,
    This is so AWESOME!!!!!I am so excited for you. I will be a fan that’s for sure, and it sounds like you have a great team of people helping you. The only thing I’m not so sure about is Sam stepping in to be the hot model!LOL (JK Sam) Well maybe JK ;D Really Krissi congrats to you! I’ll be praying for you.
    Love ya ~Dee~

  14. I am so excited for you (as I’m crying reading this). I am so proud of you and if there is anything Vic and I can do to help just let us know.
    I Love you….. Susie (Mom #2)

  15. I agree with Jaclyn, a Gabriel Model would be ideal…I’ll bring him…m

  16. YAY Krissi!! I’m SO happy for you! And I can’t wait to BUY my copy!! 🙂

  17. Krissi I didn’t realize Sam was illiterate…how sad. 🙁

  18. Yeah, baby!! LOL!

  19. If you need me to step in Jaclyn, I can do that.

  20. Yea me…I am brillian BEYOND. Yea you! This is so exciting and I can’t believe I get to be a part of it! :):):) I still think we should have a hot Brazilian male model to be Gabriel at the release party. :-0

  21. Krissi Lou….it is happening! and NOW..glad to be a part of your success and DREAMS. You deserve it. I love you…MOM

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