Clara and Claire Paperback

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The paperback for Clara and Claire is now available through Createspace. Createspace is the company I self publish through. It’s controlled by Amazon, so the price you see on CS is exactly like what you would see on Amazon or anywhere else. And when you order through Createspace is helps me earn more royalties *wink wink*.

If you’re looking to order directly through Amazon or Barnes and Noble it’ll be available on there too within the coming days. I’ll be posting links as it becomes available, and then posting on here again once I have a full run down of everything.

Unfortunately this is going to be a short post, but I just wanted to make sure the word was out about the paperback, and I’ll be updating my “Books” page as well.

Thanks for all the support everyone.

Lindsey Richardson 

Revealing My Next Novel

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It’s been a week since the release of Clara and Claire. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to pick up your copy of the ebook on Amazon. Remember the paperback will be releasing soon (maybe this month or next), but I’ll keep you updated on the status of that. The first review is up –and it’s 5 stars!– so I decided it would be the perfect time to announce my new book that I’m working on.

I talked a lot about Clara and Claire being a standalone novel. That was always my intent while I was writing it. However, when I reached the end I realized the entire story wasn’t going to fit into one book. Clara wasn’t done, and neither was I, and so I decided…

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MOCK cover! (Made it myself!)

I decided that yes, there is going to be a sequel. Since someone has already finished reading Clara and Claire I decided it was time to make this announcement before someone else beat me to the punchline. I’ve been keeping this a secret for a quite a while now. Only my beta readers knew about it (and a select few friends and family).

For obvious reasons I don’t want to reveal the storyline behind Clara and Ezra just yet. I don’t actually have a summary written up so far. I’ve been plotting a lot and working on the beginning of the story. I’m nearly 10k in, so I’m hopeful but cautious (because sequels are so tricky!).

A lot of my beta readers asked what will come next after Clara and Ezra –if there would be even more to Clara’s world. As far as I have it planned out right now there will only be a sequel, and then that will be it. After this sequel I’m going to start on something new entirely. Hopefully I’ll be going back to the story I was writing for NaNoWriMo, but who knows. I tend to take my projects one by one otherwise I get overwhelmed.

So there you go, that’s my big project for 2017! I’m excited with the work I’ve done so far, and I’m even more thrilled to hear more back from you guys about Clara and Claire. Admittedly this month has been crazy busy for me, so I don’t know how much more writing I’ll get done with the holidays and so forth. But at least now when I do work on the book I can share more details!

Let me know what you think below in the comments! Are you excited to see where Clara’s world will take us next? And what about Ezra –what’s he going to add to the adventure?!

Lindsey Richardson

P.S. I’ll be updating my “Books” page with the information about Clara and Ezra as it becomes available.

Also, unrelated, but important: it looks like Cursed With Power is now unavailable to buy on Amazon entirely (unless you’re buying a used copy, which in that case, please just wait for the re-release). Hopefully I’ll be getting to work on the re-release of that as well! I’ll keep you posted!

NEW release: Clara and Claire

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Clara and Claire is now available! You can purchase the ebook on Amazon today for just $2.99. Just a quick reminder that if you’re waiting for the paperback that will be releasing soon. It’s still being formatted currently, but I’ll announce a date as soon as I have one.

Remember there’s a release party today on FB if you’d like to join in. It’s public, and there’s a great list of authors showing up to celebrate with me. Just this morning fantasy author Michael Sullivan stopped by to say hello! The last time I saw him was at my first book signing for Cursed With Power. He is always a huge inspiration!

I started writing Clara and Claire in September of 2015. I’ll admit writing this novel was never easy. After finishing the Magicians series in 2015 I had a hard time letting go of the characters I had spent so many years with. But along the way I realized it was kind of a relief to have a break from a series.

This book is now so close to my heart. I fell in love with the characters just like I did with beloved ones from the Magicians series. It’s something I’m releasing out into the world today, knowing how proud I am to have written it. I spent a lot of time writing, rewriting, editing, and then re-editing this book. It’s why it’s been a long time coming for the release. I wanted to make sure the best version of this book would be releasing out into the public.

I have a busy day ahead of me with the FB event. But without further ado, please share with your friends and family. If you’re in need of a new book this one is now available! And I hope you’ll consider stopping by the FB event to say hello, pick up a book, and maybe even walk away with some free stuff!

Lindsey Richardson.

Cursed With Power Announcement

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Instead of doing my usual “beginning of the month” post, today I have more important news to announce.

As of yesterday, November 30th, Old Line Publishing has ceased operations. As many of you know, my first book (and the first book in the Magicians series) was published through Old Line Publishing. Unfortunately the company was not able to hold up financially any more, and thus all books published through them will be taken off of the market.

I heard about this news around the beginning of November. As much as it breaks my heart to know a company like OLP will be no more, I know this also means new opportunities are open to both me and the book. This post is to clarify exactly what is happening with Cursed With Power

As of today Cursed With Power is still available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and etc. The ebook is no longer available. I suspect very soon this will not be the case. I will be posting again when it is officially taken down from the market, being it will be unable to purchase during that time.

I will be self publishing Cursed With Power, as I did with the rest of the Magicians series. This is something I had been considering for several months now, and with OLP’s announcement it made it final for me. I will be once again self publishing through Createspace, meaning that CWP will be available again through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace and etc. I have the final files that were published and will be using these to re-release the book.

However, with OLP ceasing operations, the book cover will change. Since OLP supplied the book cover originally I will not be using it for the re-release. Since money is extremely tight right now with having moved and still settling in, I am working with someone in hopes of getting CWP back out into the market in a reasonable time. I believe we have a cover designer picked out, and I’ll be working with them to ensure the new cover fits the book even better (and aims more toward shouting “this is a fantasy book!” than the last cover).

When I re-release Cursed With Power the price for the paperback and ebook will be changing. I understand the original price of approximately $18 for the paperback was a common complaint, and I have taken that into consideration.

With so much happening to CWP, I will also be re-working the remainder of the Magicians series. My end goal is that by the time we re-release CWP I will also have covers lined up for the other three books, and can go back through the entire series with a fine comb (since they’re going to be re-releasing as well with new covers). By the end of all of this the series should have covers that let you know this is a series, the books are related to one another, and along with doing so, I’m making sure the writing is also top-notch.

Upon the re-release of the series I am also going to be changing over the entire series to be under the name Lindsey Richardson. When I originally released these books it was prior to my marriage. Now that I’ve been branding my new surname it’s the one I want to stick with. I think we all can agree Richardson is easier remembered than Sablowski. So expect to see that change in the book cover and throughout Amazon, Goodreads, and etc.

There’s a lot of work to be done. When I first heard the news about OLP, I’m not going to lie, I was freaking out. But fortunately I have some wonderful friends, authors, and other talented people who will be helping me make Cursed With Power‘s 2nd release stronger than the first!

Lastly, I realize this is a lot to take in. I’m still taking it in, even now as I type this. I honestly believe self publishing Cursed With Power is going to be a wonderful new opportunity, and I’m excited to see where it will take both me and the series. And to everyone who’s been a part of this journey and continues to be, thank you so much for your support.

Lindsey Richardson

 

Release countdown: 3 days

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Releasing a book out into the world is both an existing and scary adventure. Think about how many books you’ve seen in the library, the bookstore, even at stores like Target and Walmart. And then think about all of the books online. It’s safe to say there is an endless amount of books everywhere.

With Clara and Claire releasing in just three days, I just wanted to share once more how you can be a part of the big day. If you haven’t already, join the FB event where we’ll be celebrating the release. Several wonderful authors have agreed to participate in takeover slots where they’ll be talking about their writing and books with you, and also giving away any goodies they have. I also have several things planned out myself that I’ll be sharing throughout the day –including the amazing songs that helped me finish writing the book.

Remember the FB event is public and open to everyone. It’s an all day event that I’ll be starting at 7am. I’ll be posting the purchase links as well.

Even if you can’t buy the book this weekend, or maybe fantasy/mystery books aren’t your thing, sharing matters! You never know what friends or family members might be looking for a new book to read.

Again I just want to thank everyone who’s been so patient with the release and so supportive. Some amazingly talented women helped me bring Clara and Claire to life, and also made it possible for me to release this book this year! I’m over the moon about the release, and I’m hoping once you read the first few sentence or two you’ll be too.

Remember, an author’s success is not measured by how many books they release, but rather by how many readers they have.

Thanks everyone, and get ready because it’s almost release time!

Lindsey Richardson

5k Words in One Day

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Today I set a goal for myself: 5k words. All in one day. And just now I completed that goal. It’s a small goal in the grand scheme of things. But after reading a post about writing 10k in a day yesterday I felt inspired. I pursued my goal, and I’m ending my writing session today feeling satisfied. There was a time, about half way through, where I thought about stopping. That I wasn’t going to make it to 5k today, and I could always get to it tomorrow.

But that’s not how goals are reached! Don’t put it off for tomorrow. Do it today.

As promised, I wanted to talk about my writing today. Because for those of you who follow along with my writing, my usual goal is 1k a day. It’s a reasonable goal, and it’s usually one on a good day (without writer’s block) I can reach. But today I reached for 5k, and here’s why.

I started a new book today. I’m not going to reveal the title until December, but this new book has me excited. A lot of new ideas are stirring around in my head, and there’s still a lot more that I’m working out. But with the first draft it’s okay to not focus on everything at once. At least for me, sometimes I just figure out things as I go.

Someone on Instagram had mentioned they listened to The Crown soundtrack while writing. The Crown as in the Netflix show that if you’re not watching yet, go watch it! It’s an amazing show. But in all seriousness, I had forgotten what an impact soundtracks can have. I decided to listen to the soundtrack for the first time today, and I found one song (“Duck shoot”) that I placed on repeat for the entire time I wrote today. Maybe it was because I had seen the scene with this particular song in the show, but this song was so powerful today. It was just what I needed, and it honestly worked perfectly with everything I was writing today.

In total today I wrote for 4 hours and reached 5,105 words. Mind you the four hours were split up into smaller sections. The first hour or so I did this morning, and then the remainder of the time I did this evening (since hubby is at work).

So let’s talk about how you can reach 5k. Whether that be today, tomorrow, or next month. Set a date that you have free time to just focus solely on your writing. Make a small retreat out of it if you have to. Have a writing buddy join you. But here’s the most important things you’ll need to succeed:

  • Announce your intended goal –This is why social media is so great to have. Announce your goal is 5k today, and then have your friends and family hold you responsible for reaching it. Maybe check in now and then to update your progress. But just one simple announcement does the trick. It holds you responsible for reaching that goal.
  • Coffee –Or some other beverage to help you stay energized. Unless you’re one of those writers who gets 5k done fast, you might need a few hours to do this. Or you might need the whole day. But don’t lose hope! Drink your coffee, make another cup of tea, and keep on writing.
  • Break your goal into smaller sections –Hit 1k? Great, take a break! And continue this when you feel yourself getting distracted or feeling at a loss of words. 5k in a day can feel like a lot, and you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. Staying focused doesn’t mean driving yourself insane. Take some time to cuddle with your cat, eat a snack, and then get back to work.
  • Keep track of your time and word count –Again, I’m going to suggest the app “Wordly” if you don’t already have it. There’s other apps similar to it, but this is the only app I’ve ever used for my word count. I’ve been using it since the first draft of Clara and Claire and haven’t stopped since. It helps you stay accountable for the time you’re spending on your writing and who much you get done after each writing session. This also really helps with breaking up your sessions when you need to take a break. Just jot down when you stop and how many words you’re at, and then pick back up when you start again.
  • Music –music isn’t for everyone. The majority of the time I write in complete silence. But sometimes music (or some kind of inspiration) can really help you get into the mood. For me today it was The Crown soundtrack. Other times I’ve listened to rain and thunder soundtracks (because I’m weird like that). Find what works for you. Maybe listen to music during your breaks to get re-energized.
  • Other preparations –Notebooks, pen, post-its… Whatever you need for those moments when you have a “aha!” moment and need to write it down fast for later. Characters, dialog ideas, plot twists… anything relating to your book that you can’t write into it right now, write it down and save it for later
  • Write like you mean it! –This seems obvious, but seriously just write your heart out. Whether you’re writing on paper or typing, try not to think about grammar or sentence structure or plot holes. Just get the ideas out of your head and onto paper.

The worst thing you can do when you set a goal like this for yourself is get stuck in your head. And I’m guilty of doing this all the time. What if this is complete crap? Why isn’t this chapter longer? How can I make this scene more interesting? What if this book never sells? Why did I start writing in the first place? No, no, no. Get out of your head, and just go with your gut. I honestly feel like that works the best, especially when you’re just trying to get something written.

When you’re trying to get a book written, don’t worry about everything at the end for it to be ready for publication. Just focus on the here and now. You’d be surprised by how much you can accomplish.

I realize this has been a longer than usual post, so if you’ve made it this far I hope this post can help you with your future writing adventures. I was so overwhelmed with hitting that 5k marker tonight I’m eager to see what I can get done tomorrow. For now that’s all, and by the way…

4 more days until Clara and Claire release!!!!

Lindsey Richardson

 

 

Writing a series vs. a novel

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I am finally writing the post I’ve been wanting to write ever since I first started Clara and Claire. For those of you who are planning to write either, I’m hoping this can be helpful. There’s a lot of different ways I thought of tackling this, and mind you I’m going to include a lot of personal experience with this too. I think that’s a big part of writing. There’s no right way of doing something, but everyone’s experience varies.

Let’s face it a series takes a lot of planning. You might not have it all planned out at the beginning of book one. Unless you’re one of those people who have the whole series planned before you begin –to which I say bravo! But you can equally put just as much time into a standalone novel.

A series is a lot like a butterfly effect. If this happens, this will happen in the next book. If this character dies, this character won’t be in the rest of the series. It’s a lot of playing around with different ideas to see how they’ll fit into the puzzle. Because a series is, in a lot of ways, like a puzzle. You have to test the ideas, see how they work, and then if it doesn’t fit with the idea you have for the overall series you start over again.

With the Magicians series there were a lot of times I didn’t decide on the exact nature of the next book until I was finished with the current one. That’s just the way I write. But I constantly reminded myself after this book there would be another and another until the series ended.

There’s some other major points that make a series so different from a standalone novel:

  • Setting -There’s going to be a lot more time you’ll be spending with the setting of your novel. Even if your characters stay in the same place throughout all the books, there’s still a lot of development and thought you’ll need to put into it. You want this to be the world that’s special to your series, that separates it from other books.
  • Character development -Your characters need to be constantly developing throughout the whole series, just like real people do throughout their life. This is where the butterfly effect is huge. If something traumatic happens to your MC, we want to see and feel what effect that has on them. If they make a huge lifestyle change we want to know why and how it changes them afterward.
  • Voice -Maybe the voice changes throughout your series. For example, in my series the narrator changed with each book. So every book there was always a change in the voice because never the same person was telling the story. Even if this isn’t the case for you, your MC is going to be growing and changing throughout the series. What might have been a bitter MC at the beginning could end with a satisfied one.
  • Endings -endings are so important for series. I really can’t stress this enough. You have to end each book in a way to convince your readers to come back for more. Always leave them wanting more, which is easier said than done. My best suggestion for this is to read the endings of your favorite series and see how the author kept you coming back.

As for standalone novels they’re massively different from a series. This is a one time book. Afterwards you want the reader feeling like they’re just read an amazing book and can’t wait to read more from you.

A novel has everything a series has : character development, settings, a great ending, and your MC’s voice. Except all of these things you have to cram into one book. From someone who was used to only writing series, I found this to be the most challenging part. Like huh, how will this all fit into one book? So it’s important to plan and also recognize what’s in your novel’s ending. If at the end you still feel there’s more to tell, that it can’t all be said in one book, then maybe you need to write a sequel. But if you’re aiming for a standalone make sure you have everything wrapped up at the end.

With standalone novels this means you have one chance to impress the readers. By the end they should know whether they love it or hate it. And if you’ve done it right they should be searching your name to find other books by you. This is also a great chance to gain readers who don’t like series or don’t have the time for them.

Every author has their preference just like our readers do. As for me I’m still a sucker for series, but I loved the work I did for Clara and Claire and it has me excited for my next project –which I’ll be announcing after the release. But regardless I think it’s important for us to step away from the things we’re comfortable with and try something new. For me it was a standalone novel. For you it might be that romance novel you’ve been debating on writing. It can be anything, and if you don’t at first succeed keep writing. You can only get better!

Lindsey Richardson