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Harmony native writes about love in anthology

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
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Amy Hahn will have a short story included in a romance anthology coming out in February. Photo by Jade Sexton

Amy Hahn of Rochester started writing stories when she was a child growing up in Harmony. Throughout school she always had several notebooks with her and was always reading or writing something. She knew that was what she wanted to do with her life.

So far, Hahn has had five books published, and is working on a few more. She lives in Rochester with her husband Chris, and works at Mayo Clinic as a writer/editor in Patient Education. She and her husband both grew up in Harmony and graduated from Harmony High School.

Hahn’s first published book was Mr. Jack Frost, which came out in late 2008. Since then she has released Courting his Royal Highness, Dr. Anderson’s Nanny, and Knight of the Amulet. She has also had The Ice Carousel published as an e-book only.

These books were all published with the Wild Rose Press except for Knight of the Amulet, which was published by Willow Moon. They are all available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites as well.

Hahn belongs to the Romance Writers of America, which is a national organization. She receives a monthly magazine from them that lets her know what is going on in the publishing world and updates on what publishers are looking for.

Entering contests and submitting manuscripts for publication have helped Hahn to become a better writer.

“My first rejection letter was two pages long,” shared Hahn. “They gave me ideas to improve. It was a good rejection letter; I saved that one.”

Hahn took their suggestions and polished up her work and eventually it was accepted.

There are many more opportunities for writers today than ever before, and Hahn encourages writers to get out there and seek out their niche. With the many different genres, there is a place for almost anything. And being rejected by one publisher or editor does not mean it’s time to give up.

The next project that Hahn will be a part of is an anthology of short romance stories titled Love in the Land of Lakes, which will be coming out around Valentine’s Day. Hahn explained that she received an email asking her to be a part of this anthology. The story had to be a maximum of 5,000 words, and had to have a lake in it.

“I’m really excited about this anthology,” Hahn said. She added that she had been apprehensive about coming up with a short story out of nowhere, but it wasn’t as hard as she thought it would be. In fact, she had a lot of fun doing it.

According to Hahn, getting a book published is a long process. In the beginning, she sends a query letter to an editor, and they may ask to see the first three chapters. After waiting a few months, they may ask to see the entire manuscript. “It can take a year to get accepted and up to a year to get it published,” she said.

The Ice Carousel had a must quicker turn around because it was an e-book. The rest of the books are available in print or as an e-book.

The books that Hahn writes fall under the romance genre, but they are still varied. Some of them have a fantasy element to them, others paranormal, and even historical romance.

Many writers are choosing to self publish their work, and Hahn thinks that is a great option. “Self publishing has really exploded,” she said. “There are publishers that watch that market and may take writers on. Some people have been very successful.”

Hahn said she is not opposed to self publishing, and may even try it herself, as it is an easier process, and keeps her name and writing out there for people.

Hahn stresses that nobody’s road to publication is the same. “My experience will be totally different than anyone else’s. Don’t give up. Keep writing, and keep submitting.”

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