Losing Hold Cover Reveal!

Hey everyone! I’ll be hosting a live Facebook Event this Friday to reveal the cover of Losing Hold! I’m pretty psyched about the artwork—spoiler alert: it’s gorgeous—and in order to celebrate I decided to do something a little different and try a live Facebook Event!

What does that mean?
Well, Friday between 7-8pm (PST) I’ll be on my Facebook Event page posting things like what Losing Hold is about and the inspiration for the story, hosting a Q&A session with giveaways (that’s right, free stuff!), and of course, revealing the cover! Basically it’ll be a chance to ask me some questions and be entered to win one of the four giveaways prizes! Speaking of…

What are the Giveaway Prizes?
I’m going to give away two signed copies of Finding Hekate and two 30-page edits from Edit Revise Perfect. I’ll be picking four participants from Q&A at random to win the prizes, so be sure to ask a question to enter!

Here are the specifics one more time!
Friday, February 24th
7-8pm (PST)
On this Cover Reveal Facebook Event Page (be sure to select “Going” to get the notifications!)

I hope to see you there! *waves*
Warm regards,
Kellie

LifeGoals in 2017

Well, here we are. There are only two more days in 2016, and as this year comes to a close, I’m left to wonder what my goals are for the new one. To that end, I’ve complied a list of goals I’d like to complete in 2017:

Secure a Job
This one’s a no-brainer for me. It’s been my goal since I graduated PSU, but since 2016 was a little harsh, this one has to be the first one on the list. Here’s hoping 2017 will bring more opportunities!

Create and Stick To a Fitness Plan
Note how I didn’t say, “go on a diet.” Diets are tricky and they have a bad connotation in my mind because they remove food that I enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, my fitness plan will still cut back on the unhealthy foods—cookies, I’m looking at you most of all—but it won’t remove them entirely. (I hope to create healthier versions of the unhealthy food.) My plan will also include finding workouts I enjoy—like zumba, step, or swimming—and doing them more often in order to lose weight and become stronger.

Write More/Launch Losing Hold
I’m currently working on the first book of my fantasy series! It’s the first draft so it’s just me getting the story on the page at the moment, but I plan to have the draft done by end of March/beginning of April. Why? Losing Hold is slated to launch in April and that was the perfect deadline for me. Launching Losing Hold is also a goal for this spring, so I’ll be working on a marketing plan and then initiating it, too. I also plan on writing more in this blog, as I seemed to have fallen off the wagon a bit.

Do More Activities
I sway to being a homebody more than anything else. This isn’t exactly a new discovery; I’ve always liked hanging out at home. After all, I have tea, a computer with internet access, food I can cook into something yummy, and my two cats…it’s a cozy and comfortable space. Plus, since I don’t have a job, going out and paying for things I don’t really need—like a drink or a book or a meal or a movie ticket, etc.—seems unwise. I do take walks and go to free things, but I hope to do more activities in the coming year. Meetups come to mind! And wherever I get a job I hope to engage in after-work activities and really try to put myself out there more often. It’s something I always want to do, but don’t do nearly enough.

Make New Friends
This one goes hand-in-hand with the “Do More Activities” idea. Since graduating from PSU, my friend circle has diminished quite a bit. A lot of my friends moved away to bigger and better things (namely: jobs) and I’m quite happy for them, of course! But it means I don’t hang out with friends nearly as often as I probably should. Because of that, I plan on making some new friends this year!

Annnnnd that’s all the goals I’ve formulated thus far! I might add more as time goes on, of course, but I like how the list is shaping up. They all seem like accomplishable goals for me, and I’m excited to learn what opportunities 2017 has in store.

What are some of your life goals for the new year? I’d love it know in the comments.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday this weekend!
Warm regards,
Kellie

A Random Monday Post Appears

In which I let you know that I updated a bunch of things on this blog!

I’m going to put it as a list, because that makes me feel better:

  • Updated the About section a bit to include a link to my website and such
  • Updated my Editing Services section
  • Added a BRAND NEW Books section
  • Added some more poetry to my Poetry section in honor of National Poetry Month
  • Added more links to the Non-Fiction section
  • I also changed the menu header around a little bit

Go check them out and let me know what you think!

Now, I must work on my graduate thesis. Wish me luck.
Warm regards,
Kellie

Blogging: Achievement Unlocked

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I’m so pleased that blogger Sarah nominated me for The Blogger Recognition Award. This is a pretty awesome award, and I’m so happy to be part of a community that celebrates each other so thoughtfully! Sarah has an awesome blog dedicated to discussing all things related to reading, writing, and publishing. She also created a writing service called To Publish Or Not, which gives free advice to writers about story ideas. She’s pretty awesome, so go check her stuff out!

Rules for The Blogger Recognition Award

  1. Select fifteen other blogs you want to give the award to
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
  3. Write a post to show your award
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  7. Attach the award to the post (right-click and save, then upload)
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them
  9. Provide a link to the award post you created

Pretty simple, right?

How This Blog Came To Be

Well, originally this blog was just a personal collection of stories from my day-to-day life. Longterm followers will remember the blog changing not once but twice throughout it’s little lifetime (this used to be Finding My Voice and then it was Snowed In Scribe). I finally settled on Have Pen, Will Pen, because I finally narrowed down what I wanted to talk about: writing, publishing, editing, and the advice that goes along with it, though I still do occasionally post about life (because who doesn’t right?). I wanted this blog to be a place where writers and editors could come and learn about the (somewhat daunting) world of book publishing. I also wanted to convey the struggles that go along with being a writer and the ups and downs of being an editor. I figured sharing what it was like to have a foot in both those doors and giving advice to help writers navigate those tricky waters would help.

Over the last year, I have gained a new respect for the publishing world, as I’m currently starting my second year as a graduate student in PSU’s Book Publishing program. It’s been an intense ride and working at Ooligan Press has given me new insight that I’d like to share with the world. I’ve also gained a new respect for the writing side of publishing, since I’ve been picked up by Desert Palm Press for my first novel. I’m looking forward to sharing what I learn by going through the process as an author, too!


Advice to New Bloggers

  • Write about something you love. If you love it and are passionate about it, that will shine through in your blogposts. Plus, it’ll give you the opportunity to explore that love and will help you continue to post in a regular fashion.
  • Comment on things you love. If a blogger posted something absolutely amazing, comment on it, like it, reblog it even! The original blogger would be thrilled, and you have a better chance of making connections and building an awesome community of friends by doing so.


Here are my nominations!
(I hope you guys take the torch and pass it on!)

Michelle Magly

Word Nerds Unite

Molly K.B. Hunt

Erika Schnatz

Writer Girl, Lately

Live to Write, Write to Live

zumpoems

Kristin McFarland

Bottled Up Sentiments

A Glimpse of Starlight

Scarring Words

Girls Gone Geek

Grad Mouse

Grace’s Wanderings

Stephanie Flint

Keep writing!

Warm regards,
Kellie

The Advantage of Social Media

Social media is everywhere, on computer monitors, on tablets, on iPhone screens. It’s carried around in backpacks, back pockets and purses.  You can’t get away from it. And most don’t want to. Most thrive on this virtual reality. Whether it’s to check up on friends, lose time by perusing the photos or simply to tweet something cool, people allow social media to perforate their everyday (and night) lives.

But is this a bad thing?

Some would say yes – the lack of physical communication, the need for instantaneous feedback and the endless searching for things we probably should already know are setbacks of this virtual communication.

There are many good things about social media, though.

For one, it allows people from across the globe to interact with each other, to share ideas and creativity with people one might never have met otherwise.

For another, it’s an awesome launching point for a budding author (or agent, or business, or group… the list is endless). Social media – and the instant connections it brings – allows us to create a platform, one that can extend our reach farther than ever before.

There are multiple ways of using social media to further your writing.

Blogging – This is a simple way of putting yourself out there, but be sure you know what you’re going to blog about so it doesn’t get stuck in the doldrums after a few months.

Websites – This is a bit more complex, not terribly so but before you create a website you really need to have a solid idea of what you do as an author, who your target audience is and what your plans are. Websites aren’t something to be randomly generated and then forgotten (though, like blogs, some are); they are meant to be a showcase of who you are as a writer and author. Put your recent publications (novels and links) on here, a brief bio, plans for your next novel/anthology and anything else that may stir a reader into spreading the word about you (twitter or facebook links, a word-count to your next book, any readings or conferences you’ll be attending or book signings you’ll be doing, exc.). You can also have a blog within your website.

Facebook – Get an account. Yes, that means you. It’s surprising all the stuff you can do with an account – not only post little quips and updates about your life – but it links you to even more people on the internet world. (If you’d like to keep your personal life separate from your writing one, just create an author page and a personal page.)

Twitter – I tweet on rare occasions. I was hesitant at first about getting one, to be honest. It’s a different form of writing, a different platform of getting thoughts out there, but it could possibly gain me more readers so I signed on. Twitter might be a good alternative to a blog, if you’re seriously strapped for time, as you can hashtag and link different sites.

After all that, get chatting! Update the website with any new information, blog about interesting things of the publishing and writing world, and connect with people. (If you live in Alaska check out the 49 Writers Directory, another good way to get your name out there!) Make sure you have a business card with your pages on it; it’s always a good investment.

There are multiple advantages of social media and if you don’t apply those advantages, well, you’ll just be left in the dark.

Have a lovely weekend!
Warm regards,
Kellie

The Tool Box website

I’m amazed to see how far the world of art has traveled, how art has helped others. Creating something – drawings, paintings, sculptures, poetry, prose – just the act of creating something helps. Helps to relieve stress, helps to channel the energy – bad or good – into something productive, helps to heal. This website, Tool Box, does just that, it attempts to heal by expressing art of all mediums.

I submitted one of my poems entitled Shards of Blue. The lovely Elise accepted. So now it’s on the website. Hopefully my words will help someone out there, hopefully the poem will inspire them to do better, to be greater, or at least… to remember.

The works there ones born of pain, of anxiety, of suffering. The works there are beautiful. Check it out, you won’t be sorry.

Warmest regards,
Kellie