Kat Cho

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Once Upon A K-Prom Cover Reveal!

Oct

25, 2021 |

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This is an updated version of a post that originally appeared in the September 2021 edition of my newsletter Readiculous Musings. You can subscribe for it HERE.

Love love love the cover for my newest Young Adult Rom Com, Once Upon a K-Prom (Out May 17, 2022 with Disney-Hyperion). My first foray into contemporary romance, it’s about a Korean-American girl who made a pact to go to prom with her childhood best friend. But when he moved away and became one of the biggest K-pop stars in the world, she thought that promise would never be fulfilled…until he shows up on her doorstep, cameras and all, to ask her to prom.

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Fun fact, we originally discussed doing a photoshoot to have real people on the cover, but the ideas we for the design ultimately seemed like it would fit better with an illustrated style. And I’m so glad we went that route because…I mean, look at this gorgeous art!

The artist hit it out of the park. My publisher asked me to send them my thoughts on what I dreamed of for my cover and I immediately sent in the aesthetic board of my visual inspirations and some covers I loved for recent contemporary romances. And when they sent me Xiao Tong Kong’s first draft, I knew immediately I was in good hands.

I love all the details that the artist brought in from the book, including Robbie’s pink hair, Elena’s casual and comfortable style, and the butterfly corsage! You might notice that there are two different backgrounds, which represents that our two main characters, Elena and Robbie, are coming together from two different worlds. This cover is everything I could have dreamed of to represent K-Prom and more and I am so grateful for the entire team.

Feast your eyes on the cover with gorgeous illustrations by Xiao Tong Kong (Velinxi). Design by Marci Senders. Hand lettering by Liz Casal Goodhue.

What would you do if the world’s biggest K-pop star asked you to prom? Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon, this hilarious and heartfelt novel brings the glamour and drama of the K-pop world straight to high school.

Elena Soo has always felt overshadowed. Whether by her more successful older sisters, her more popular twin brother, or her more outgoing best friend, everyone except Elena seems to know exactly who they are and what they want. But she is certain about one thing – she has no interest in going to prom. While the rest of the school is giddy over corsages and dresses, Elena would rather spend her time working to save the local community center, the one place that’s always made her feel like she belonged.

So when international K-pop superstar Robbie Choi shows up at her house to ask her to prom, Elena is more confused than ever. Because the one person who always accepted Elena as she is? Her childhood best friend, Robbie Choi. And the one thing she maybe, possibly, secretly wants more than anything? For the two of them to keep the promise they made each other as kids: to go to prom together. But that was seven year ago, and with this new K-pop persona, pink hair, and stylish clothes, Robbie is nothing like the sweet, goofy boy she remembers. The boy she shared all her secrets with. The boy she used to love.

Besides, prom with a guy who comes with hordes of screaming fans, online haters, and relentless paparazzi is the last thing Elena wants – even if she can’t stop thinking about Robbie’s smile…right?

I had so much fun writing this contemporary romcom, but I definitely had to kind of start from the beginning to discover my contemporary voice while staying true to my natural author voice that I’d found for Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits. One of the things that helped me write this new kind of story was by incorporating a lot of things I love in the story. Including, but not limited to, K-Pop, Childhood Friends-to-Lovers, and complicated family dynamics! I hope you all enjoy Elena and Robbie and their budding romance!

Learn more about K-Prom HERE

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New Book Announcement!

Nov

03, 2020 |

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I was finally able to announce my next Young Adult book and it’s a K-pop rom-com!

I am really fond of this new project because it includes two things I love: K-pop/fandom and childhood friends-to-lovers trope. Very specifically childhood friends who’ve been separated for awhile and come back together to realize they still have feelings for each other which may or may not bloom into romance (hint: it does!). I’m also super excited to be working with Disney Books on this story, the team there has been amazing so far!

The book isn’t out until Winter 2022 (I know! So far away!) but everyone can already add Once Upon a K-Prom on Goodreads now!

Go here to watch a video I made with more details about Once Upon a K-Prom!

My New K-Pop Book Announcement! | Authortube

I wrote a K-Pop Rom-Com! It will be published by Disney Books in Winter 2022! Go Here to add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55811853-on…

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Debut Year in Review!

Dec

31, 2019 |

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This is an updated version of a post that originally appeared in the December 2019 edition of my newsletter Readiculous Musings. You can subscribe for it HERE.

The year has been a wild ride! My debut YA fantasy novel, Wicked Fox, came out in June of this year. I got to travel to promote the book and I was able to announce the title of the sequel, Vicious Spirits. Sometimes I feel like it just happened and sometimes I’m so shocked that it all happened this year! I’m so happy I got to celebrate the launch of my book with amazing family, friends, and readers!
My launch event at Books of Wonder moderated by the wonderful Tochi Onyebuchi
Debuting is very exciting but it’s also a lot of hard work. They say that writing is a second full-time job, but I would also argue that promo for your book is a third full-time job! Writing a book is hard. It involves so much time, creative energy, and emotional energy. But doing promo for your book is a different kind of hard. It’s pretty much saying to the world, “I’m good enough and talented enough for you to spend money on my work!” And, I gotta say it was very difficult for me to do that in an authentic and organic way.

Perhaps it’s because I was raised in a very Korean style where we were supposed to be great, but never overtly talk about how great we were. (I guess it’s the lifestyle version of “show don’t tell” lol). So, to talk about my book in a way that could entice people to buy it meant that I had to gush about a story I had written. It went against everything I was taught as a kid.

Still, I was very proud of what I’d accomplished. And I wanted to shout about it from the rooftops. And, in that came the anxiety that has forever been a part of me. I’d talk excitedly about Wicked Fox and then immediately feel paranoid that I was being too excited, too loud, too much. And I’d spiral quietly in my own head.

But, this is all where my friends and community came in. I have said anywhere they’ll let me that I feel so lucky that I had good friends and support before I got my book deal. I am so grateful for all of my critique partners (hey, Writer Cult!) many of whom are at a similar stage as me. As well as an amazing best friend (shout out Claribel A. Ortega, everyone go buy Ghost Squad!). And, finally, I truly trust my agent and editor to do the best thing for me, my book, and my career. I know I’m in good hands.

I was so lucky that I got to travel a bit to promote my book this year and often, I was with someone that I truly considered a friend! It made the act of talking up my book in unfamiliar places feel a lot safer because I could look over and see a friendly face!
Our DVPit panel at ALA Annual in Washington DC!
There is also the fact that there will be things you truly want that you won’t get. It’s hard to discuss because we don’t want to seem ungrateful for literally being able to live out the dream of publishing a book. So few people get to do this, and it’s such an amazing gift that I can write stories and know other people can read it. But, I like to be transparent and honest, and I know some people who subscribe to this newsletters are writers as well. What I do when there is something I really want but don’t get (or don’t think I’ll get) is use my list making skills and I make a list of all the good things that I do have to give myself perspective. It’s also good to be part of communities so you can see what others are discussing, what other people are struggling with. Because when you want something that you don’t have, then it’s good to remember that you might have something that someone else wants as well.

And in that vein, there will potentially come a time that you get something that’s a total surprise. For me, I truly never thought I would sell foreign rights or be chosen for a book box. Those things are such amazing bonuses for any writer. So, when I was told by my editor or agent that those things were happening it took me a bit to actually accept it was happening. Even as I was reading the words in black and white in my email, I kept looking for the caveat (like “you sold Spanish rights, but only if you howl at the full moon three months in a row and find the elusive midnight flower in the field of dreams!”). I was also so stunned that I was able to go to some book festivals like Texas Teen, NYCC, Miami Book Festival. AND, I was floored that I got to go to Switzerland and meet international readers!
It’s been a whirlwind of a year! And I still can’t believe all of the things I’ve done already as an author. I know that there are so many more amazing things to come and I’m looking forward to telling more stories, meeting new friends, and talking to more readers! See you all in 2020!

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Wicked Fox Sequel Title Reveal!

Dec

10, 2019 |

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I am so happy I got to reveal the title for Book 2! I’m still in the process of working on some revisions for the sequel to Wicked Fox, but it’s shaping up to be a really fun book and I can’t wait to share it with you all. I don’t want to give any spoilers (but if you want to learn more go HERE), but I think some non-spoiler details I can share are:

– Characters from Wicked Fox return
– It includes stories for a new Korean myth
– There are still a lot of K-drama tropes peppered in
– A mysterious figure from someone’s past comes back to complicate everything
– The paranormal world is threatening the human world in a way that could affect everyone
– There are two new POVs and if you like sexy anti-heroes then you might like one of the new POVs!

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Wicked Fox Order Gift!

May

02, 2019 |

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If you’re buying Wicked Fox or requesting it from your library, I’d love to give you a gift to show my appreciation! These beautiful character cards were created by the amazingly talented Alexis Castellanos (http://alexiscastellanos.com/)

Please fill out the form below to receive your character cards!

This Wicked Fox order gift campaign will be running through July 1, 2019 (which means it is open for those that can’t pre-order for any reason and wish to buy the book during the first week it’s on sale!) Open Internationally!

You can order a SIGNED COPY of Wicked Fox here:

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You can order at any of these places:

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Barnes & Noble

 

Target

 

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Wicked Fox Order Gift!

Thank you for ordering Wicked Fox (or for requesting it from your library!) As a thank you, I’d love to send you a few custom character cards! Just fill out the form below! (Open until 7/1/2019)

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Wicked Fox cover reveal!

Jan

23, 2019 |

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Hi all! If you follow me on social media then you probably saw me shouting from the rooftops about my cover reveal for WICKED FOX. If not, then here is me shouting about it!

I was so lucky to have my exclusive preview hosted on Entertainment Weekly! They also included an excerpt. Which I will give you some insider info on and let you know it is NOT from chapter 1, but rather the time that Jihoon and Miyoung meet for the first time!

If you’d like to see the full cover and read the exclusive excerpt then go HERE

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