Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Writer Wednesday: Who Am I?


Did my post title confuse you? It confused me a little too if I'm being honest. And here's why. My agent, the very talented and uber intelligent Sarah Negovetich, recently posted about author bios, and I had to smack myself in the forehead after reading her post. Why? Because I did every one of the things she cautions authors NOT to do. ;) Oops! If you haven't read her post, check it out here. It's definitely worth your time.

I realized I had to change my bio because one thing I really pride myself on is being me. I embarrass myself all the time because I refuse to hide who I really am. Yet my bio was doing just that. It was stuffy and boring. My motto is, and has always been, "If you're not weird, you're boring." So why was my author bio boring?

Here's my old bio so you can see for yourself:
Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency. 

It's over, so feel free to stretch and wake yourself up again. Yawnfest, right? So, I'm trying to get my bio to convey who I really am, and while I'm not quite happy with it yet, I think it's getting there. So, I'm going to share it with you today so you can tell me what you think.

Here we go:
Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction for young adults and middle graders. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes YA and NA romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor, and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

For those of you who have known me for a while, what do you think? Is it more me? Would you change anything, add anything? I'm all ears. :)

24 comments:

  1. I think you need to mention your picture books, too. In fact, I'd enjoy having you write more K-5th grade books since I spend so much time volunteering at an elementary school. :)

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    1. Great suggestion, Ed. I find forget about my picture books. I write a lot for the K-5 group, but it's through a site called Super Teacher Worksheets. I have a bunch of short stories there if you want to check them out.

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    2. I'll check out that site. Thanks for the information. I love the new bio.

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    3. Great. You're very welcome. :) And thanks again for the suggestion.

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  2. I agree about adding the picture books. Love the new take on your bio, but now it makes me shutter about mine.

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    1. Yes, I need to add that in there. Thanks, Sherry.

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  3. I think the new bio reflects who you are much better, and it's more amusing/interesting too. Sounds good to me.

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  4. YES, the second :) I'm all about being who we are, no holding back!

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  5. The second one does work nicely, Kelly.

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  6. Thumbs up to the second bio. You've got me thinking about mine now...

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    1. Thanks, Karen. It definitely feels more like me.

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  7. The second one is fun. I like it!

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  8. I saw nothing wrong with your original bio but this new one is definitely more fun. A little humor always makes things better!

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    1. The first one is so blah. lol Formulaic.

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  9. Well, I'm still getting to know you, Kelly but after reading the 2nd Bio, I want you for my B.F. Ha! Seriously a fun write up. It's much more creative than the first Bio. Although, the first one wasn't bad at all! I guess it depends who we're writing the Bio's for. If it's for critics, agents, publicists, than the credentials count for more. If it's for the readers, then we need to talk to them with more of our personality. Great job. Now I'm off to fix my Bio!!

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    1. lol I could always use another B.F. ;) I think I can see readers paying more attention to bios if they have personality.

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  10. Wow, I LOVE your new bio!! It's fun and I think it helps readers relate to you more. I see the Mom with a capital "M" and I think "heck, yeah" it deserves to be capitalized!! Way to go with your new bio! I think it's great. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kristin. Mom definitely deserves to be capitalized. Of course, only Moms understand why. ;)

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  11. Your agent is smart and her post is smack-on. The only thing I would add is that a bio on your site, which is also for your readers, should include your kid(s) and pet(s) because I have yet to present for younger readers or answer their letters where they don't ask about such. Other bios -- aimed for colleagues, agents, editors and whomevers in the business-- would do well to follow her advice to the T.
    Your new bio version is a wonderful improvement.

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    1. I do have two bios on my website, Mirka, because I agree that there are some who would want to know that I'm a former teacher and a mom. Both bios have their purposes.

      And yes, my agent is very smart. That's why when I was querying, I had my heart set on her. :)

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