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Monday, February 23, 2015

Writing Tips & Tricks & Other Useful Advice

The most common questions I get from people are writing and publishing. I usually try to keep it simple, because there's so much you can say on the subject, and not everything applies to everybody.

But since I've become obsessed (addicted) to Pinterest, I thought it might be fun to make a board with some of best pieces of advice I've found on every aspect of writing - from outlines and inspiration, to overcoming writer's block, to whether to self-publish or not.

So if you're an aspiring writer looking for advice, you should check it out. I really did compile the best advice I know - advice that has helped me, so it might help you too.

But remember - there is no one way to write a novel or to be successful. There are hundreds and hundreds, and you need to discover the path that works best for you.

  Follow Amanda's board Writing Tips & Tricks & Other Helpful Advice on Pinterest.

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Rose By Any Other Name

Over the weekend, I was cleaning my office and reorganizing my notes. (When it comes to writing, I am an obsessive note taker.)

While I was going through my things, I came across my brainstorming sheet for titles of the Kanin Chronicles.

I knew right away that the series would be called The Kanin Chronicles, but naming the individual books took quite some time actually.

When I initially pitched the series to my publisher in early 2013, the books were called First Oath (which would become Frostfire), Dark Marrow (which would become Ice Kissed), and Last Bastion (which would become Crystal Kingdom).

It actually took me a very long time to come up with those names, but I wasn't completely in love with them. My editor Rose suggested changing them because they sounded more like high-fantasy titles, and since my books aren't high-fantasy, it didn't really suit them.

So the two of us spent a great deal of time trying to come with names. I always think it's interesting to hear what books and movies were almost called, so I thought I'd share with you some of the possible titles.

  • Book 1 - White Rabbit
  • Book 2 - Blue Blood
  • Book 3 - Black Heart or Black Knight

  • Book 1 - A Rabbit So White
  • Book 2 - A Heart So Blue
  • Book 3 - A Throne So Black

  • Book 1 - A Promise in White
  • Book 2 - A Betrayal in Blue
  • Book 3 - A Heart in Black

I was really going with colors there for a while. But then I also just threw singular names, the way I had with the Trylle and Watersong series.

  • Book 1 - Dynasty (which really is too 1980s soap opera to have ever worked)
  • Book 2 - Throne
  • Book 3 - Empire

And eventually, I just had words written down that weren't attached to any particular book:

  • Trothe
  • Liege
  • Betrayal
  • Treachery
  • Sedition
  • Covenant
  • Chicanery
  • Branded

Eventually, after much deliberation, we finally decided on Frostfire, Ice Kissed, and Crystal Kingdom, and I do think they fit the series best. What do you think? Do you have favorites?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Words & Histories

One thing that's great about the internet is the ability to create bonus content for readers who want to know more, and especially with a world as extensive as in the Kanin Chronicles and the Trylle series, there's so much more I could go on and on about. (Believe me when I say I spent an insane amount of time developing histories and lineages and back stories that were never even referenced in the books).

For those of you that can't wait for Ice Kissed or even if you haven't picked up Frostfire yet, here's some more content from the Kanin Chronicles.

At, there's the a new pronunciation guide that just posted today. I did make a video a little while (which you can watch: here), but this one is written phonetically, and it covers words and names from the entire trilogy. Don't worry, though - there's no spoilers for Ice Kissed or Crystal Kingdom. You can read it: here.

I also wrote brief rundown of the five troll tribes from the Kanin Chronicles and Trylle series. In one of the books in the Kanin Chronicles, Bryn is reading from a Tracker Handbook, and in the back, it contains a quick overview of each of the tribes. It's so that in case a tracker runs into a member of another tribe while out in the human world following changelings, they know a few things about them and how to interact with them.

So I wrote the overview for the series, but it was too lengthy and unnecessary to include in the actual series. But I still think it might interesting to readers who wanted to know more about the tribes and read an excerpt from the Tracker Handbook. You can read about the tribes: here. (There are spoilers for those who haven't read the Trylle series yet).

Royalty plays an important roles in the series, and I have facts about the current royalty of the five tribes posted at WoAH. You can read about the Kings and Queens: here. (Again, there are spoilers who haven't read the Trylle series yet).

For a more intimate look at Frostfire, I have posted character info at Wattpad. It gives a good introduction to the major and some of the minor characters in the series. You read more about the characters: here.

And of course, there is my favorite - the soundtracks for Frostfire and Ice Kissed are both up now. You can listen to the Frostfire soundtrack: here, and the Ice Kissed soundtrack: here. As far as bonus content goes, I do probably have the most fun making the soundtracks, but really, all of this was fun for me, and I hope that it's fun for you too.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Groundhog Giveaway!

Groundhog Day is one of my favorite holidays, in part because I like any holiday that involves that animals being adorable. So I thought that it'd be fun to do a couple giveaways to celebrate Groundhog Day - and by celebrate, I mean "they happen on Groundhog Day" because I don't really know other ways to celebrate it.

So there are three separate giveaways on Goodreads - one for signed paperbacks of Frostfire, one for signed paperbacks of the special edition 3-in-1 Trylle: The Complete Trilogy, and finally, one for a signed copy of the ARCs of Ice Kissed, which won't be out until May 5, 2015.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking


by Amanda Hocking

Giveaway ends February 02, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Trylle by Amanda Hocking


by Amanda Hocking

Giveaway ends February 02, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

Ice Kissed

by Amanda Hocking

Giveaway ends February 02, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Signed Books

I did a signing last night at the Barnes & Noble in the Apache Mall in Rochester, MN. I want to thank everybody who came out. It's always great to meet people who love the same characters as much as I do (sometimes more), and I hope everyone had fun.

While I was at Barnes & Noble, I signed all of my books they had in stock. So they currently have signed copies of Frostfire, Switched, Torn, Ascend, Wake, Lullaby, Tidal, Elegy, and even Grim (the anthology that includes my short story "The Pink," as well lots of other great stories by authors like Ellen Hopkins, Julie Kagawa, Claudia Gray, Malinda Lo, Jackson Pearce, Christine Johnson, Jeri Smith Ready, and many more).

If you would like a signed copy of any my traditionally published books (Barnes & Noble doesn't stock self-pubbed paperbacks like the My Blood Approves series or the Hollows), you can contact the Barnes & Noble in Rochester, MN by calling them. The staff at the B&N (who were fantastic, by the way) told me that they don't currently have a way for people to order signed books directly from their store, so the best way to do order is either by coming into the store or giving them a call at 507-281-7950.

I'm only doing a few signings for Frostfire, all in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. (For more info, check out Events.There should be a couple more dates TBA soon.)

The small book tour is for several reasons - some personal (I just got married and didn't want to spend the first month as a newlywed on the road), some practical (time away on tours means time away from writing). In the future, with other books, I may do a more extended book tour, but I don't know anything for sure right now.

For people who would like a signed copy of one of my books but aren't able to make it the signings, this is the best way to get one at the moment. For those of you that can make it to the signings, I look forward to meeting you :)