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My Book Deal Journey Told Through Disney GIFs!

flying_pig_by_rutabagaHi Everyone!

I hope you’re having a great weekend so far. You may have guessed by the flying pig over there (and the title to this blog post) that I have a book deal!! The manuscript of my heart, TEACH ME TO FORGET, is going to be published! I’m thrilled to say I will be joining the awesome group of talented authors at Merit Press! I’m also SO SO excited to work with the amazing editor-in-chief there, Jacquelyn Mitchard, as well.

For those of you who don’t know what TMTF is about, here’s a quick blurb.

Ellery’s bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen in to place.

Now all she has to do is die.

When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with breaks, she does the one thing she has control over–return it and get a new one. After tormenting the crusty customer service associate by trying to return the gun with the wrong receipt, Ellery gets caught by the security guard who also happens to be someone she knows–the annoyingly perfect Colter Sawyer from her English class.

Colter quickly uncovers her secret and is determined to change her mind. After confessing his guilt over his brother’s suicide, he promises not to tell her secret. Ellery tries to fight her attraction to him as the shadows of her past cling tight around her, but when she’s faced with another tragedy, she must decide whether her love for one boy is more important than a lifetime of pain.

You can now add TEACH ME TO FORGET on Goodreads!
I now have a FB page too. Wow. Authoring is weird.

My journey to this book deal is kinda long so rather than tell you about it, I’m going to show you through Disney GIFs because that’s more fun ;o)

I started to write my first book in 2007 after reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series (LOVED it). I had no idea what I was doing and to say I was a noob was an understatement.

Bambi

I discovered Nathan Bransford’s blog and started to learn more about publishing.
There was so much out there I felt like I was entering a new hidden world.

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I joined twitter, participated in NaNoWriMo, and made some great friends.

Toy Story friends

I queried my first book.

Nemo shark  No, is that the only word you know? queen of hearts Alice 2

Then I got “the call.”

Aladdin start panicking

And it finally happened. I had an agent…

Beauty and the Beast 1

Anna 1  Marlin  Anna 2

Then a friend suggested I write something from my heart.
Something I cared about.

Tarzan idea

I wrote TEACH ME TO FORGET in a week. It was crappy, full of plot holes,
and mostly dialogue, but I left my heart on those pages.

Timon and Pumba

During this time, my agent decided to change career paths…

You'll be find partner

Which allowed me to find my dream agent–Christa Heschke.

mermaid the one I've been looking for
Thank you, Christa, for literally making my dream come true.

Then the work really began.

Lets get down to business

I revised, and revised, and edited, and worked to get my MS in shape.

Mulan 2 Tangled 5

Then we went on submission.

Mulan 1

frozen 3

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frozen 2

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Cheshire cat 8

Then one day another call came. I had a book deal!!

Mine?  Frozen 11 Frozen 7

So now it’s time to say goodbye to my book and give her to you.

Toy Story 1 Toy Story 2 Thanks for the adventure

I’m SO proud to share Ellery’s story with you. It’s been a long journey but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Ratattooe

My list of thanks is long. But I will keep it as short as possible.
Christa: for believing in me, never giving up, and for your mad skills. Hannah and Ron: for unending support and love. Brenda: for being the best bestie I could ever have, and for being there unconditionally. Carol: for being my soul sister. Melanie: for being a great friend and for the good times! Dahlia: for giving me the idea to write about something I care about and for your continued support. Marieke: for your critical eye, encouragement, and friendship. Kaitlin: for friendship, coffee dates, and fun times. YA Misfits: for being so much fun and a great support system. All The Write Notes: for nourishing my musical creativity and providing a fun outlet to share it. Jamie and Brooklyn: for being my first CP’s ever, and for believing in me in the very (very) beginning. Jude: for making me believe I may have a shot at publishing. My twitter friends: for providing an amusing, supportive, and encouraging outlet for my thoughts, fears, and pretty much anything I can think of. I love you all <33

Toy Story 3

Until the pigs fly again. Rock on!

erica

 

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Cover Reveal: HYBRID by KT Hanna!

I’m SO SO excited to share the cover reveal for a good friend. KT Hanna! HYBRID is coming soon!!

Hybrid is finally almost ready for release. S.P. McConnell worked magic again here.

Hybrid (The Domino Project #2) is the sequel to Chameleon. It’s set in the wasteland of earth after a meteor shower causes ecological disaster, damages the atmosphere, and gives the gift of an alien parasite to the world. Book two furthers Sai, Bastian, and Dom’s journey in their fight to live free from GNW imposed rules.

The goodreads blurb is as follows:

As Sai recovers from her life-threatening injuries, she struggles to piece together her damaged relationship with Dom. He fights the parasite within, suddenly freed from the interference of the other Dominos in his head.

Inside Central, Bastian’s Shine dosing has become a dangerous dance. Enhanced security protocols and endless meetings have him on a tightrope, with little room to move without revealing himself.

When the GNW release the Damascus to begin their systemic hunt of the Exiled, the noose closes around the rebels and their allies. If they can’t disable the threat, the Exiled won’t be the Damascus’ only agenda

Without further ado – here’s a teaser of the cover by the amazingly talented S.P. McConnell.

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Go see the full cover at YA Interrobang!

Isn’t it GORGEOUS!?!?!

Sit back and bask in this for a moment.

It’s available for pre-order for $3.99 and will be available on November 10th, 2015!

Amazon Link

It will also be available in print via CreateSpace, Amazon, but best of all, the local indie store is being really supportive and already has it available for pre-order in print there!

Watermark Books

 

Haven’t read Chameleon? There’s still time to catch up!

Get it HERE!

About the Author

Me

KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.

Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.

When she’s not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.

Note: Still searching for her Tardis

Celebration!

To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of books 1 & 2! With an Amazon e-card, and a SWAG pack!

Winners will be announced on Monday October 19th!

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Later, Rockers!

erica


Twitter Analytics – It’s Not As Boring As It Sounds, Promise!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re having a great week. It’s been #PitchWars country for me this week and will be for a while which is awesome! I love this time of year, and Brenda and I are SO SO excited to work with our new mentee, the incredibly talented, Jenny Chou! ALSO my mentee from last year, Whitney Taylor announced her book deal today too!! YAY! Exciting times around these parts. So onto the fun part. Numbers! YAY! What? No, stay with me, it’s cool, I promise!

So I was dinking around twitter last year and I discovered something pretty cool (you may have discovered it too!). But for those who don’t know, I’m sharing the love. Let me preface this by saying that I have grown to love metrics. What are metrics some of you may ask? They are the specific measurements that show what the heck you’re doing. It is your story in numbers. So in my day job I work A LOT with metrics. If you’re in a corporate day job, I’m going to take a bet and say you palpatine metricsdo too.

So what does this have to do with writing, Erica?twitter analytics

Well, I’ll tell you.

Twitter has YOUR metrics. See the photo below? If you head over to your profile and click on the word ANALYTICS you too can enjoy the awesome. If for some reason you don’t have the ANALYTICS option on your profile go to analytics.twitter.com and login with your twitter credentials. Once you click, you’ll be able to see your twitter metrics. COOL, RIGHT? Even better, you can start to measure your twitter value and see averages of how many followers you get a month, your best tweets, how many RTs etc.

So how does this help me, Erica?

You can see what people like about your tweets! This is your direct line to your followers. If you know your followers you can ensure what you’re tweeting is actually relevant. If you’re a writer who wants to be published then you should be looking at yourself as a brand. Your brand has value! I pasted a few examples of my twitter analytics below if you’re curious. If you’re really brave you can export your data into excel and manipulate it yourself, but I wouldn’t recommend that. A bit overwhelming… and why do that when twitter does it for you! You can find the examples below if you click on the “Tweets” tab under the Analytics section.

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The best part is it’s FREE and you all have access to it. So go ahead and look up your tweet activity and see how awesome you are!!! Also, this is where the promoted tweet section is located and authors? You should use these! Target those readers! We can talk about that next time. I promised Brenda Drake I’d do a guest post on her blog on promoted tweets so look for that! If you like this kind of stuff I wrote a couple previous blog posts about social media: Social Media & You – The Basics and Social Media & You – Branding.

Okay, show of hands. How many of you knew this existed?

Until next time, Rockers!!

erica

 

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Cover Reveal: TOUCHING FATE by Brenda Drake!

Hi Everyone!!

I’m thrilled to be able to share the cover of my amazing BFF Brenda Drake’s TOUCHING FATE coming from Entangled Teen Crave! I’m so excited for her because she has two books coming out in less than 6 months and no one deserves it more than she does. So… let’s get to it, shall we?

 

… HERE WE GO!!!

Don’t you LOVE it!! YAY!
Touching
Fate

by Brenda Drake 

Release
Date: 10/13/15

Entangled
Teen: Crave

Summary
from Goodreads:

Aster
Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City
Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster
discovers she has a veryunscientific gift—with a simple touch of the
cards, she can change a person’s fate.

Reese
Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs
in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth
birthday—and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself
from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster
doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help–or that he’s
about to die.

But
worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark
consequences that can harm everyone she loves.

About the Author Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at schooluntil her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of hereccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was onlyfitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward thefantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

 
Author Links:
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Cover Reveal: FROSH by Mónica B. Wagner!

Hi Everyone!!

I’m SO excited today cause I get to help reveal the cover for FROSH by my amazing author and friend, Mónica B. Wagner! I’ve known Mónica for several years and I can honestly say she’s one of my favorite people. She even picked me for her Writer’s Voice team in 2012! I could talk about how awesome she is forever but let’s get to the cover reveal, shall we?

HERE WE GO!!!

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Almost here!!!!!!

 

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AHH!!! Love it! HULLO Hotness.

Here’s a little about FROSH!

During welcome week at Hillson University, the FROSH will hit the fan.

Type-A aspiring journalist Ellie plans to take freshman year by storm. But hell-bent on breaking a huge on-campus scandal, she risks becoming one herself—and getting the mysterious, heart-melting QB in serious trouble. 

Grant, star quarterback and charismatic chick-magnet, is hiding a life-altering secret. The last thing he needs is an overeager (absolutely adorable) journalist asking questions. He’s got a reputation to protect.

High-society legacy student Devon is ready to catch the football hottie of her dreams. If the tabloids feature her with the “it” boy on her arm, her tainted past will be buried—or so she thinks.

Charlie, pre-med, is done being the sweet and funny geek that girls like Devon ignore. But if he tries to impress her with a new edgy, spontaneous attitude, will his heart end up in the emergency room?

FROSH intertwines the stories of Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie in Mónica B. Wagner’s sexy NA debut series, about falling in love and falling apart.

I’d like to read about these characters for sure!!

FROSH on goodreads

FOTO YOMónica was born in a Peruvian city by a snow-capped volcano. Growing up, books were her constant companion as she traveled with her family to places like India (where she became a vegetarian), Thailand (where she *almost* met Leonardo di Caprio), France (where she pretended to learn French), and countless other places that inspired her to write. Now, Mónica lives in Chile with her husband, three boys, eleven hens, and stray dog. Facebook, Twitter, Blog

 

CONGRATS!! Mónica!!

Have a great rest of the week, rockers!

erica