Please Read…Important News!

It’s been a year since I updated my blog! Oops! A lot has happened!

First, in the most exciting news, my first horror novel, Entomophobia, was published by Omnium Gatherum Publishing in January. With a gorgeous cover! This was the book I pitched at StokerCon years ago, and it was written years before that, so it’s been a long journey from my brain to a published novel I can actually hold in my hand. I’m still thrilled about it.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that Omnium Gatherum has decided to close their doors, so Entomophobia will only be in print until January 2023! That means I have less than a year to get this book in as many hands as possible. I need your help to do this! Here are some helpful things you can do, if you’re so inclined:

  • Tweet, post, or otherwise tell the internet about the book, and the limited amount of time to get a copy.
  • If you have a blog or a podcast (or know someone with one) and I can appear on there somehow, that would help with promotion. I’m happy to cross-promote one of your projects. I don’t have a huge social media following but none of them are bots! And I give a great interview.
  • Read the book and write a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. If you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s currently free for you to read the digital version! If you’re a Patreon backer, you have access to the digital copy, and I’m happy to mail you a paperback if you send me your address. If you’re a reviewer, you can email me at sarah.hans@gmail.com.
  • Do you know someone who reviews horror novels on their blog or TikTok or Instagram? I’ll send them a copy of the book if they’re willing to write a review! Please hook me up.
  • If you’re a member of the HWA, please nominate Entomophobia for the Stoker for Best Debut Novel. I hate asking people to do that, but I don’t have much time. Getting on the recommended reading list would really help get the word out. If you want a copy of the book before you nominate, email me!
  • Anything else you can think of that might help! I’ve never had a novel to promote before (especially under these circumstances) so I’m very open to suggestions.

Thus ends the begging portion of the blog post. In other news, I’ve updated the Published Work section of my website with links for the stories that were published last year and info about lots of new stories that will be appearing this year! Also, there’s poetry! Although maybe I should say pooetry

And here’s my schedule for PenguiCon this weekend:

Friday:

4:00 (Charlevoix A) Outlining vs. Discovery Writing

Saturday:

11:00 (Charlevoix B) Trad vs. Indie Publishing

3:00 (Baldwin) Workshop: Short Stories, from Idea to Final Draft

5:00 (EMC III) Author Reading with Sarah Hans and Michael Cieslack

6:00 (Charlevoix B) What You Should Be Reading: Horror Edition

7:00 (Charlevoix B) Finding Your Central Idea

Thank you for your support!

Love,

Sarah

Stitched Lips and Penguicon Schedule

My latest news is that Stitched Lips is here, featuring my story “Chorus of Whispers.” It’s already getting a lot of positive buzz and a couple of reviews have called out my story, which is always nice. Best of all, the profits from the book go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Additionally, I’ll be at Penguicon next weekend! Here’s my schedule:

Saturday April 23

12:00 pm – Read Like a Pro (panel)

2:00 pm – Short Stories: from Idea to Final Draft (workshop)

5:00 pm – Pandemics in Literature (panel)

8:00 pm – Cieslak & Hans Reading

My understanding is that the panels and workshops will have links to their platforms (Google Meet, Zoom, etc.) that will populate in Sched 10 minutes before they’re due to begin. The reading will take place on the Penguicon Discord server, I think? I’m terrible at Discord so we’ll see how that goes! This will be my first solo workshop, so I’m nervous and excited. It’ll be a little preview of a much longer, more involved workshop I’m planning to offer during the summer.

I hope you’re well! I’m working hard in Richard Thomas’s Novel in a Year class, but finding time and energy to write during the school year while a pandemic still rages is proving to be a challenge. How are you?

2020 News and Updates!

It’s been a year since I last updated my blog–oops! I’ve been posting primarily on Patreon, and that’s taking up a lot of my blog post writing time (which is scarce). I’ve also been taking an Adanced Creative Writing Class (more on that in a minute) and writing a lot of fiction. Thus, I have some announcements:

Two of my short stories appeared earlier this year in the horror anthologies Burnt Fur and Monsters in Spaaaace! The first one is about an old, blind werewolf, and the second is about a haunted doll on a trash planet. I love it when friends edit anthologies, because I can sell stories I never thought I’d sell. It’s really hard to sell stories about a werewolf or a haunted doll terrorizing scavengers told in second-person. So I’m pretty darn happy about both sales. Yay!

I also sold a flash piece of mine called “Take The Fire From Her” to a new gothic fiction venue, Love Letters To Poe! It’s tentatively scheduled to appear in May 2021. I can’t wait for you to read it! ūüôā

ICYMI, my first novel is scheduled to be published by Omnium Gatherum in the Fall! I’m not sure if this date will change what with the pandemic, so stay tuned for more info.

Right now I’m on a Facebook break. Please follow me on Twitter (for political opinions, occasional slice-of-life posts, etc.) or Instagram (pets, selfies, gardening, dolls, and reading, mostly). I’m also on Goodreads if you want to keep up with my reading. I’m putting together a newsletter, as well, but it’s not quite ready yet.

Finally, on Saturday, July 18th, I’ll be on two panels for JulyCon, a fun little online writing convention that will be held on Twitch! You might recognize some of the panelist names from the Origins Author Library and other places:

Noon: Worldbuilding with Depth: E.D.E. Bell, Michael Underwood, Gregory A. Wilson, C.S.E. Cooney, Marie Bilodeau, Tracy Chowdhury, Iori Kusano, LaShawn M. Wanak


1:00: Working with a Small Press: Lucy A. Snyder, Chris A. Jackson, C.S.E. Cooney, Marie Bilodeau, Chris Bell, LaShawn M. Wanak

2:00: Narrative in Different Mediums: Toiya Kristen Finley, Jennifer Brozek, Daniel Myers, Gregory A. Wilson, Carlos Hernandez


3:00: Running Productive Critique Groups: Sarah Hans, Lucy A. Snyder, Iori Kusano, Aaron Rosenberg, Brandon O’Brien

4:00: Game Tie-in Writing: Sarah Hans, Jennifer Brozek, Chris A. Jackson, Tracy Chowdhury, Gregory A. Wilson, Aaron Rosenberg, Brandon O’Brien


5:00: Intro to Publishing: Toiya Kristen Finley, E.D.E. Bell, Michael Underwood, Carlos Hernandez, Chris Bell


8:00: D&D with an amazing cast including Rick Riordan!

I know that was a lot–thanks for reading it all! I really need to be better about short blog posts instead of saving everything for one big long post like this. Life goals! LOL.

If you’re a writer looking to take some classes to level up your writing, might I suggest classes from Storyville? Richard Thomas is an amazing instructor. I’m trying to get together the money to take the Novel In a Year class, so if you take a class with him, please use me as your referral so I can get a referral discount? Thanks a bunch!

I love you and miss you, dear reader! Hope you’re all staying healthy and well. ‚̧