Ferro, Fan Fiction, and Kindle Worlds!

avery.jpgI discoveredfan fiction after I released my Demon Kissed series. There were people that loved the world so much that they wanted to contribute to it! Sometimes they’d bring their own characters to life in it, and sometimes they’d play with the characters that I created. That’s totally awesome. And, as a writer, really weird. Those are my characters!  And when other people play with them, it’s like they’ve rented a condo in some small part of my brain — and it can be crowded enough in here at times.  :o)

But, fan fiction has been around forever! The problem has always been, what do writers do with those stories after they write them? No matter how great their stories are, they can’t distribute them – after all, it isn’t entirely their story (remember, they’re borrowing space in my brain, so there are usually copyright issues.) So, some great stuff has ended up locked away on somebody’s hard drive, or tucked away in some dark corner of the internet.

Kindle Worlds is a great solution! I’m inviting the awesome Ferro fan fiction writers that are out there to share their stuff with the world. I’m cool with it! Will Ferro fans want to read it? I have no idea. Like anything creative, there’s going to be stuff that misses the mark. But, there will also be some incredible stuff that never would have seen the light of day without Kindle Worlds. And even I want to read that stuff!

I’m planning on writing for a long time to come. So, fans aren’t in trouble of running out of HM Ward books or Ferro hotness.  This move just brings out a lot of great stories that were being written anyway and lets everyone have a chance to decide if they’re worth reading.

If you caught my announcement earlier in the month, about HM Ward Press, you already know that I think some of my fans are amazing writers. Enough so that I’m writing some (stand-alone) novels with them and putting both our names on the cover. The talent is out there – and a lot of readers are always looking for great books. This is really exciting and a new step that hasn’t been taken before, and the cool part is that it allows new writers to explore parts of the Ferro story that I’ll never have time to write. For the love of all things Ferro, let’s see what we can do! Head over and check it out.

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New Release: SECRETS & LIES by HM Ward

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SECRETS & LIES is out today!

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A new serial by New York Times Bestselling author H.M. Ward

They say the best way to get over a broken heart is a random hook-up. So my new BFF is dragging me to a bar. All I have to do is wear a slutty dress, choose a dude, and do the deed, right? The thing is, this isn’t me. I’m the good girl — the one who has sex for love. But, since the love of my life is shacked up with someone else, I guess it’s time to move on.

One night, one time. That’s all. I’ll have a clean slate.

A guy with a sketch pad, sitting alone, catches my eye. I’m a sucker for the artistic type with dark hair and bright blue eyes. Soon we’re in his hotel room doing things I’ve never done. His smoldering body, perfectly toned with hot skin and a firm touch, has my mind reeling with the things to come. We’re both naked and glistening with sweat, breathless.

And then he darts, right before doing the deed, abandoning me in his room. He doesn’t return.

A week later I see him again, and realize that he wasn’t just a random guy. My heart clenches at the massive mistake, and I still don’t grasp the extent of it. I should have run and never looked back.

Genre: New Adult Romance
This story unfolds over multiple volumes, approx 115 pgs ea, this is 1 of 7

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(paperback to follow)

What people are saying about this new Ferro series:

“A MUST read.” -Debi

“Funny, sassy, smart, quirky, light, sexy, heartbreaking & intriguing.” -Melanie

“Smoking hot mystery man, and… strong characters you will also love. It is well crafted to leaving you wanting more.” Marianne

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New Release: THE ARRANGEMENT 15 by HM Ward is Out Today!

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THE SERIES WITH OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD
Volume 15 in the New York Times Bestselling Arrangement Serials

It’s hard to trust anyone anymore. Everyone is suspect. And I have no reprieve, no rest. I can’t sleep after all I’ve been through.

Sean is slipping away, receding back into the monster he was. Alone, I’m being smothered by death’s cold shroud.

Too many people have died — this ends tonight. If it kills me, so be it.

Genre: New Adult Romance
This story unfolds over multiple volumes approx. 125 pages each.
~The Arrangement Vol 1-15 are on sale now.~

GET IT TODAY AT THESE RETAILERS:

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 (itunes, nook, and paperback to follow shortly)

For more information on this series, click here. I know we have a lot of new fans that have never encountered a series like this before. The main thing to know is that it has over a million rabid fans and that I write more when they ask for more. The series is fan driven, which is really unusually and way cool. Thanks for reading!

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News from HuffoPo-EXCLUSIVE: H.M. Ward to Launch New Book Publishing Company

For those of you who missed it, here’s the article about H.M. WARD PRESS. :) More books! Hooray!!!!

Article by Jeff Rivera

HMWARDHOLLYHM Ward, arguably one of the most successful indie published authors in recent years, may have sold over 5 million copies of her books in less than three years, but she has been anything but stingy about helping other authors. Ward has made it her mission to lift other indie authors up and that includes launching a new publishing company called HM Ward Press.

In their first joint interview, Holly, as her friends call her and her husband and business partner, Mike Ward reveal the details of the project they’ve been keeping hush-hush for months.

Okay, so now I’m excited. When will you launch this new press?
HM: We already have two authors under contract now. We’ll hopefully release the first book after RWA. The whole concept behind the press is that these are co-authors. The first author is Stacey Mosteller. She is published. No one we’re working with is new. They’re proven authors. They’re great writers. Most will be New Adult titles but some will be Middle Grade.

Mike: So, right now, there are two authors that are under contract, that she’s tapped on the shoulder. They’re thrilled to do it. It’s a very different paradigm than anything traditionally done.

Can you tell us about the first book that will be released?
HM: 
It is a New Adult Contemporary Romance. It’s what every reader is looking for when they read Damaged or Stripped or the Arrangement. It does not include any of the characters in the first books. These books are totally standalone. They’re not intended to be a series, not upfront. Obviously, the potential is there for anything, but that’s not how they were originally intended.

Mike: That’s part of the reason why these may have not been put out already by Holly alone because if they didn’t fit with her previous series that she was already immersed in, it had to be put aside for the time being. And this is a way to still get those stories out.

And how will the creative process go for the co-authors?
HM:
 The creative process is very similar to James Patterson’s co-author program but the publishing process is very different. I have a backlist of concepts and stories that I’ve been building and never fleshed out or released myself; just because of time-restraints. I did a book every two and half weeks last year and I still didn’t get everything out that I would have liked to. Some stories have been very well fleshed out, thoroughly outlined where I’ve built out the whole concept but just didn’t put in the time writing them.

Mike: She has tapped a couple of people on the shoulder where they are great authors, where they write fast, they write in a similar style, they are exactly what her readers are looking for. She’s providing these co-authors with the first thorough outline, going over the whole story with them, talking about the ideas the characters, what the story is going to be like when it comes alive. The co-authors are going to take that very first draft, and Holly will go through it, they’ll be a process of revisions back and forth, and Holly will take it the final step, doing her own writing, whatever she hasn’t already worked into it through the revision process, and then that book will be released.

So, tell me about the business behind HM Ward Press. Who gets the rights to the books? How are the royalties split?
HM:
 HM Ward Press is buying all rights outright. So, we own the rights, we own the book. The co-author gets full credit as co-author for their contribution, but one of the key differences is that they’re getting paid a livable wage for their contribution, for really making the story happen. It’s higher than the average advance from the Big 5 for genre fiction writing and that’s the goal, to maintain that. So, right off the bat, they’re going to get more upfront than they would if they published anything on their own.

Mike: And then following that, once the book releases, they’ll continue to earn based on how it performs. They would earn additional bonuses on top of whatever they were originally paid. They’ll earn far more than they ever could traditionally. There are no royalties. It is 100% transparent. The author, upfront, knows exactly what they’re getting, they can watch the book perform and they’ll know what they’re going to get back out of it, they’re much more immediately invested in how it performs, there’s no waiting to earn out or months for royalty checks.

So, what are the advantages of co-authoring with you, instead of just doing a book themselves?
Mike: 
The way it’s working right now, Holly has her fingertips on the pulse of indie publishing. She knows who’s out there and so she’s looking for people that write well, write fast, that have a similar style, that her readers would want to read anyway. Her readers are always looking for something new. They want what she’s putting out, but people can still read a lot faster than she’s able to write, and it ends up being win-win for the co-authors, for the readers, and maybe the publishers will make note of it. The co-authors are also getting the advantage of working with Holly, a talented successful author who is just a great resource for anybody that’s in indie publishing, they get access to her fans and her readers and they’re going to get paid substantially better than they would if they tried to become traditionally published.

Holly: There’s so many talented authors out there where they’re just going to be buried. It’s the slushpile that moved from the editor’s desk to Amazon. It’s not a matter of querying, or approaching us, I’m personally tapping people that I know my readers are looking for.

How many books will you be releasing a year?
Mike:
 We’re still ramping up and because it is so time-intensive for Holly, hopefully it’ll be 4-6 books in the first year, and will increase from there. We’d love to see that output double the second year.

So, how will you promote these books?
HM: 
The same way I market mine–social media, web, email, etc.

Mike: Holly is in a unique position. Her readers want more. As long as it’s an HM Ward book in style, and feel and content, it’s more of a matter of getting the books out there to her fans than a matter of advertising or marketing.

Are you worried about oversaturating the market with HM Ward books?
Mike:
 At this point, I’d love it if Holly was able to slow down a little bit. She’s had herhealth issues, she’s incredibly busy, she writes tremendous hours, and if it got the point where she was comfortable slowing down where the readers wanted to see her slow down then maybe … but, I just don’t see that happening. They want the titles. They’re reading a book a week. And Holly, even being Holly, can’t write that fast.”

See the article over here on Huffington Post

This article was in Huffington Post on 5/29/2014

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Book Expo America 2014 HM Ward

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So this event (BEA) was totally crazy! I was running non-stop between signings, meetings, and speaking.I thought I’d share some pics of the awesome fans and the stuff that was going on. The book signings were insane. I ran out of books in less than an hour and the tee shirts were gone within a few minutes. The first line wrapped all the way down the hall to the ladies room which was way long!  Then they cut off the second line when they saw the books were about gone. Thanks to the ppl who helped me during both signings! You guys are awesome! And EVERYTHING is gone-even the signs. :)

Thank you to everyone who came out and said hi! You guys rock! The pic below is me sitting in the author area right before things got crazy. As you can see, Mr. Turkey left his home in Canada to come visit me. (He’s supposed to be in Cherry Hill with Sid, but he was abducted by Mel). His sign is made from a toothbrush. :)

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And a special thanks to Anderson Porter who got me this chair so I could sit here and visit with you guys. You wouldn’t believe how hard it was to get this chair. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

And thank you also to the guy who helped me move my books to the signing location. I thanked you twice in person, but I didn’t realize how screwed I was until I lifted the box of books. OMG! Thank you for carrying them to the singing table on the other side of the Center.photo (3)

Here’s a group of fans having tea with me at the Ritz. It was more like a cake party. Mr. Turkey wore his finest.

And these are the tats they got later. It’s the Ferro family crest. :)

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Thanks to everyone who came out! I can’t thank the fans enough! And the random nice people who helped me!

 

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THE WEDDING CONTRACT by HM Ward Released Today!

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A Stand Alone Ferro Novel by New York Times Bestselling Author H.M. Ward

Description: After I get the witch at the front desk to hand me my room key, I head for the shower. I was supposed to shoot my best friend’s wedding alone, and I couldn’t wait to escape New York and Nick Ferro.

Yeah, he’s beautiful, sexy, and completely charming, but he’s stealing my clients. He’s done so much damage that I’m going to be lucky if I can keep my studio open for a couple of weeks. This wedding means everything to me, and I refuse to let a spoiled brat with a shiny new MBA put me out of business. Screw that.

But then I find myself wearing nothing but a smile when the person I hate most walks through the hotel room door. Nick Ferro. Two adversaries, shooting one wedding and sharing one room for one week. What could possibly go wrong?

Genre: New Adult Romance
Type: Novel 1 of 1
Series: Ferro

GRAB THE WEDDING CONTRACT NOW AT THESE RETAILERS:

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What readers are saying about Nick Ferro and THE WEDDING CONTRACT:

“Funny, sexy, and well worth the wait.” -J Maxwell

“This book contains all the essential elements that continue to make H.M Ward my favourite author: beautiful characters (have you hugged a Ferro today?), tons of sassy smart-assy funny comments, improbable and unpredictable predicaments (say that 10 times fast!), sexy scenes filled with anticipation… but most of all, H.M. Ward has the ability to bring the reader into her world as if they were there along with the characters, feeling every little bit of emotion her characters are feeling (yes, I cried!). Whenever you pick up an H.M. Ward book, you feel like you’re visiting with a good friend.” -Melanie

“Absolutely by far my favorite.” – Emily

“Hilarious, mischievous, and romantic!” -Sher

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