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Kelly Hand replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"It's a couple of days old now, but I posted a curmudgeonly rant about the overuse of the word "awesome." If you find that word annoying (or if you want to defend it), please make comments on the blog. There was a lively debated via my…"
May 14
Kelly Hand replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"My latest blog post, "Halloween Rant: I Hate Candy" includes a poll at the end.  This is an experiment for me to see if interactive blog posts are more interesting for readers. Even if you don't have kids of trick or treating…"
Nov 1, 2013
Kelly Hand commented on the blog post '[DIARY OF A MEMOIRIST COUNTDOWN] PLATFORMING'
"I share your feeling that the solitude of writing can feel less lonely than "reaching out."  In spite of that, I am following you on Twitter now.  At the very least, you should tweet links to all of your blog posts.  That is…"
Oct 31, 2013
Kelly Hand commented on the blog post '[DIARY OF A MEMOIRIST] This Sex Which Is Not One'
"I think what is also quite clear is that women who succeed professionally--especially in the corporate world--must be especially attentive to their appearance.  At the very least, they will be judged by that, and as many have pointed out,…"
Oct 24, 2013
Kelly Hand liked Nancy K. Miller's blog post [DIARY OF A MEMOIRIST] This Sex Which Is Not One
Oct 24, 2013
Kelly Hand commented on the blog post '[DIARY OF A MEMOIRIST COUNTDOWN] The Journey'
"I have long wanted to tell the story of the time I spent in France (I worked for a summer on a farm in the Tarn near Gaillac and then studied at the university in Nantes while working as an au pair), but feel more comfortable writing fiction than…"
Oct 24, 2013
Kelly Hand replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"It has been a few days, but I wanted to share with you my latest blog post, "Au Pair Suites and Sweet Au Pairs: What Real Estate Agents Can Teach You About Your Child Care Needs."  Whether or not you have an au pair or a basement, I…"
Oct 22, 2013
Kelly Hand replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Hi Anna--I have had a little trouble finding focus, too.  At first my blog, www.kellyjhand.com, was supposed to be about my novel and about writing.  However, all that advice about there about finding a platform made me think I needed to…"
Oct 13, 2013
Kelly Hand replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"I blogged about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's blogger fantasy in her wonderful novel, Americanah.  Adichie makes it seem easy for her protagonist to make a living through clever blogging--something she could probably pull off if she ever…"
Oct 3, 2013
Kelly Hand replied to the discussion 'Find your fellow SheWriters on Twitter' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Hand, Kelly @khwriter https://twitter.com/khwriter"
Sep 30, 2013
Kelly Hand commented on the group 'Novelists (Struggling or Not)'
"It's nice to be able to communicate here at SheWrites in more than 140 characters, but would love to connect with everyone via my Twitter account, @khwriter.  My Facebook page is facebook.com/KellyHandAuPairReport.  I linked my…"
Aug 21, 2013
Kelly Hand replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"I am quite susceptible to pastoral fantasies, so I enjoyed your blog post.  Even better is the idea of living in the countryside and writing while someone else does all the work (the way you describe your household).  I commented on the…"
Aug 17, 2013
Kelly Hand replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"I posted this a week ago, but it's probably pretty relevant for many of you who also happen to be moms. My blog post, "The Burden of Summer Fun," is all about the special challenges this season imposes on…"
Aug 15, 2013
Kelly Hand commented on the group 'Novelists (Struggling or Not)'
"Meg--What is truly inspiring about this recent boost in sales is that this is for a book you published years ago (I know because I just read the sample and bought it).  It proves that an author's backlist can still have a lot of life in…"
May 25, 2013
Kelly Hand commented on the blog post 'The Many Paths to Publishing—Which One’s Right for You?'
"Thanks, April. I agree with you about the quality control factor, and yet it feels like a huge gamble to invest money in editing, cover design, etc.  I self-published a novel that I revised based on feedback from my writing group, and then I…"
May 24, 2013
Kelly Hand commented on the blog post 'The Many Paths to Publishing—Which One’s Right for You?'
"April, Literary Change Agent and Author Advocate is a great title.  I guess my question would be what do you want to change and what do you think is best for authors?  Which approach empowers authors and brings them the readers they want?…"
May 22, 2013

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Who I am:
I am a fiction writer with an academic background in English literature. After getting my PhD in Medieval English literature, I realized that writing novels is my true calling.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
website: www.kellyjhand.com
Twitter: @khwriter
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
I am the author of Au Pair Report, a novel about the politics of child care in Washington, DC. It's available at Amazon and Smashwords. It's a fun and humorous story that addresses serious issues such as mental illness, presidential politics, and the global economics of delegating child care.
My writing is:
Fiction
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
www.kellyjhand.com
Services I offer to other writers:
I would be happy to review books about mothers, working women, au pairs and other caregivers, and the impact of mental illness on families.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
www.sixgreatbooks.com
I found out about She Writes from:
my writing group friend, Molly Mahoney Matthews

Kelly Hand's Blog

What's the best way to reach out to moms who read?

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 9:08pm 0 Comments

I am wondering if any of you write fiction targeted primarily at moms and/or know about how to get the word out about such writing.  I published Au Pair Report, a novel about the politics of child care in Washington, DC independently and do not have access to the marketing resources of traditional publishers.  The "indie author" world seems dominated by genre fiction, and each genre has a number of websites supporting authors.  I haven't found the same support network for indie…

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At 7:34pm on February 19, 2013, Deborah J. Brasket said…

Sounds good.  I'll be thrilled to get some real readers' feedback.  And if they like it, i can send them the 1st draft of the book, which is finished, so they won't have to wait.  I'll get a few chapters converted to pdf form this week and email them to you.  Thanks again for the offer!

At 11:50am on February 17, 2013, Lisa M. Lomeli said…

Thank you so much Kelly, I will check it out next Wednesday!

At 12:23pm on February 14, 2013, Lisa M. Lomeli said…

I'll take a snapshot of my view and share it with you soon.  

At 10:25pm on February 13, 2013, Deborah J. Brasket said…

So nice to meet you here at SheWrites!  I'm glad you liked my blog posts and are interested in the middle grade series about sailing around the world.  I'm in the second draft stage or revising the first book in the series.  Your kids would be perfect age to give me some feedback on the book if you'd like to see a few chapters.  I'd welcome your feedback as well.  let me know if you're interested.  In the meantime, I look forward to checking out your book which sounds intriguing!

At 1:12pm on January 24, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

And welcome to the novelist group. If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion.

We do a live chat at 1 EST on the first Wednesdays of each month, with instructions on how to participate in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread and to published books in the “Our Published Novels” one.

I hope you’ll enjoy the group.

At 11:32am on January 24, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Thanks for the friend reach-out, Kelly. I look forward to connecting!

At 8:16am on January 19, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Kelly, Just waving hello. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group.

Hope you’re enjoying exploring SheWrites, and best of luck with your writing.

Warmly,
Meg Waite Clayton
Moderator, Novelist Group
Bestselling author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel), and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters, (all Random House/Ballantine)

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