Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Mishmash 1/23/17


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Lies We Tell  I'm getting really excited for my April release, Lies We Tell. Just a reminder or in case you missed it: If you'd like to help me get ready for this release, you can sign up for the cover reveal, release week blitz, and/or to receive an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Huge thank you to all who have already signed up! :)
  2. Pocono Writers Conference  This past Saturday, I attended the Pocono Writers Conference. I had a great time and even won a book with a title very similar to my upcoming release:
  3. Editing  As always, I'm editing for a client this week.
  4. Scholastic Book Fair  I'll be helping out with the Scholastic Book Fair at my daughter's school this week. You know that means I'll be buying books, books, and more books!
  5. Revision  At the writers conference, Megan Hart gave me some great advice for my psychic mystery, so I'll be working on revisions soon.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Feature: $.99 Sale About to End!




The $.99 sale will end tomorrow night! The horror, I know! Be sure to grab your copy of Fading Into the Shadows here now before it's too late.



When sixteen-year-old Ella Andrews’s best friend, Avery, goes missing, she’ll do anything to get him back—starting with punching the no-brain cop who couldn’t care less about the disappearance.

Ella’s convinced Avery’s been kidnapped, and she tries everything to find him—even fol-lowing a strange shadow to another world where the constellations are real-life figures in the sky. But three star groups have fallen and are destroying the world.

The fallen constellations are not the only enemy. Melanie, the princess of Stellaris, is forcing Ella, Avery, and an army of other kids kidnapped from their world to fight the rogue con-stellations, even as the land is draining away their life. The longer they stay, the more they fade into substanceless shadows—a fate worse than death.

Can Ella save Stellaris before there's nothing left of her and Avery?


Here's what readers are saying about Fading Into the Shadows:

"From the first word, Fading into the Shadows has you wishing you could fade into a shadow and read this book in one sitting!" ~Beth Consugar

"This was the first book I have read by this author and I was not disappointed." ~KRLGA

"Kelly Hashway has created a fantasy world that will enchant you and yet leave you wondering who are the good guys and who are the bad." ~Beverly's Reviews

"A must read, fast-paced thriller." ~Kindle Customer

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Writer Wednesday: Failed Author Moments


On Monday, my daughter and I went shopping. I bought a pretty new dress for YA Fest, and when I brought it to the register, the woman asked my daughter if she had a dance coming up. I told her the dress was for me. (Note: I'm not that much bigger than my daughter any more, and because of my small size, I have to shop in the juniors section if I don't want my clothes to fall off me during the course of the day.) What happened next had me wanting to smack myself.

No, the cashier didn't make fun of me for shopping in the juniors department. I told her I'm an author and I was buying the dress for an upcoming book signing. She looked at me in amazement. Then she proceeded to tell me how cool it was that I'm an author and asked what I write. Here's the part where I wanted to smack myself. I told her the book released that day and it was for teens. That's all I said. She looked at me like she was expecting me to say more, which I should have, but I paid my bill and left the store.

Here's the thing. I'm not comfortable talking about being an author to people I meet under normal everyday circumstances. I tend to dodge the subject. If I'm at a book signing or a school visit, it's a completely different story. But put me with people who don't know what I do for a living and I clam up. Why? I could say I don't know, but that's not true. I do know why. I'm not a best seller. I'm not a name people recognize unless you know me. Should I be embarrassed because of that? Of course not! Yet I don't talk about my books unless I'm in a book-related setting.

I've published 23 books, 3 novellas, and over 200 short stories. Why shouldn't I be proud of that? I'm sharing this today because I suspect I'm not the only author who acts this way—thinking less of him/herself because he/she hasn't hit the NYT best-seller list. We need to stop acting this way. I look at my daughter, who couldn't be more proud to have her book published and available for free. She gets it, and she's nine. Maybe we all could learn something from her.

*If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Mishmash 1/16/17


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Fading Into the Shadows is Here and On Sale!  Today is release day for Fading Into the Shadows, and it's on sale for release week! Grab your copy here for only $.99! Don't wait though. This sale won't last long. 
  2. Editing  I finished a client edit last week and am working on a new one this week.
  3. Short School Week  My daughter has off from school today and Friday so I get to have two mother-daughter days this week. :)
  4. Plotting  I'm brainstorming for the next book in my adult psychic mystery series. It won't release for years due to the backlog of books I have in the works, but I have to keep writing. 
  5. Lies We Tell Sign-ups Are Open!  My first ever adult mystery/suspense releases in April. I'm SO excited!!!! Sign-ups for the Cover Reveal, e-ARCs, and Release Week Blitz are all open. If you're interested, just click on the ones you'd like to sign up for. (You do not need a blog for any of these. They will all be shared on social media, though you can share on a blog if you'd like.)
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Feature: Pressure Point



Six weeks after the Trascion Crisis, the Alliance is long dead—but its secrets are not. Taylor Ghatzi knows the truth lies within her enigmatic dreams—if she can decipher them before the Kaleknarians make their next move.
On the other side of the galaxy, Cherran DeGuavra is trying to wrangle the five powers into an agreement that will open up a new era of pan-galactic cooperation—until developments within his own government threaten the foundations of interstellar order. 
As Taylor and Cherran battle Kaleknarian plots and Meltian politics, little do they know more than peace is at stake.

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Adam Quinn is a Chicago-based author of science fiction and space opera. When he’s not writing about the technology of the future, he’s studying engineering so that one day he can help create it.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Writer Wednesday: I've Revised. Now What?



The other day I received an email from someone asking what they should do when they have revised and think they have their book where they want it. I figured others might have the same question, so I'm going to discuss that here today.

First, these tips are for when you are happy with the story itself. You're convinced you've cleared up plot holes and any other issues. What now? You're not finished revising. Now you need to focus on different things.

~Put Your Book Away  You need time away, at least a month, but I recommend two to three. Write something else, and read in your genre in the meantime. You need to forget that book in order to read it with fresh eyes.

~ Track Your Timeline  I keep a notebook where I track the timeline for each book I write. It looks something like this:

Chapter 1  page 1   Monday, October 3rd  morning to evening
Chapter 2  page 7   Monday, October 3rd  evening through Tuesday, October 4th midday
Chapter 3  page 13 Tuesday, October 4th midday through night

Why do I do this? Simple, you want to make sure you don't skip a day somewhere. Also, if I say the MC has two weeks to do something, I better make sure I'm accurate on those two weeks. (You can create this timeline as you are drafting.)

~Send You Manuscript To an e-Reader  I email my files to my Kindle. ALWAYS! Reading in a different format makes a huge difference as far as catching errors.

~Allow Your e-Reader to Read Aloud to You  This is one of my favorite tricks because it's been proven that your mind can read misspelled words as long as the first and last letter of the word are in the correct positions. I find "form" instead of "from" all the time! "Titled" instead of "tilted" is another common misspelling. Your e-reader can only read what you wrote, not what you meant to write, so it's wonderful for picking up on these errors. Also, hearing how your book sounds is very important for determining flow, voice, pace, and repetition.

~Read Your Book Backward  This one always confuses people, but it's a must! I don't mean word for word. I mean paragraph by paragraph or sentence by sentence. If I were reading this post backward, I'd start by reading the last paragraph first. Then I'd read the second to last paragraph. Then I'd read the third to last, and so on. The point of this is to keep the story from consuming your thoughts. You are focusing on sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, missing words, and spelling. The cool thing about reading backward is that repetition jumps out at you. I have no idea why, but it does. 

~Check for Common Misspellings  The publishing world defaults to Merriam-Webster. Live on that site!!!! I always have it open. Here are common misspellings I find all the time: (Note these are American spellings taken from Merriam-Webster.)

backwards - There's no S on this word!
forwards - There's no S on this word!
towards - There's no S on this word!
afterwards - There's no S on this word!
(Notice the common thread with these?)

~Check for Overused Words  There are some that we all overuse, and then there are others specific to each writer. Here are some common ones to look for and cut:

just
that
then
though
and
but
all
too
turn
like

~Find a Beloved Beta or Two  When you're finished doing the above, it's time to pass your book on to some betas. Fresh eyes that aren't familiar with your book work wonders. Once you get feedback from your betas and make changes, I'd repeat sending the manuscript to your e-reader and/or reading the manuscript backward to catch any errors created during your revision.

Your manuscript should be in good shape and ready to submit after that. If you're self-publishing, please hire an editor. It's a must! If you're submitting to agents or publishers, you'll eventually be paired with an editor, so no need to hire one.

Have any tips I didn't mention? Feel free to share them in the comments.

*If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Mishmash 1/9/16


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Fading Into the Shadows  I can't believe Fading Into the Shadows releases one week from today! Where did the time go?
  2. Lies We Tell  My first adult mystery/suspense will release on April 10th. Sign-ups for the Cover Reveal, Release Week Social Media Blitz, and e-ARCs have all gone live. Feel free to click on any or all of these to sign up. :)
  3. Editing  As usual, I'm editing for a client right now.
  4. Final Proof  Lies We Tell is finally proofed and ready. E-ARCs will go out on February 8th, so make sure you sign up here if you'd like to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Organizing  I organized my office this past weekend. My daughter and I somehow managed to get all my books (stock) into the appropriate boxes and in my closet. I also organized my bookshelves. I feel like I can be more productive now.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?