Clara and Claire: Cover Reveal

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Cover reveal day is finally here! I am so thrilled to finally be showing you the official cover for Clara and Claire, the one you’ll be seeing on release day and from that day forward. So at least, here’s everything to know about my upcoming release.

Title: Clara and Claire
Author: Lindsey Richardson
Genre: fantasy, mystery
Release date: December 2016 **actual date TBA soon!
Cover designer: Alivia Anders of White Rabbit Book Design
Blurb:
Betrayal wears many masks. Sometimes… familiar ones.
On the night of her 20th birthday, Clara Nasso witnesses an illegal act of magic.
The following morning, two lives are changed forever.
When Claire Kanelos, daughter of the head counselor, disappears from the island of Ninomay, Clara is kidnapped and taken there by a council member. Her unmistakable resemblance to the missing woman, and the disturbing facts that come to light, convince Clara to stay and play the role of Claire –at first, for one night only, and then indefinitely.
Though Clara grew up hearing stories about the rich and powerful mages that filled Ninomay, all she finds there are liars and mysteries. And Ezra, the only person who can see through her disguise. He promises to help her return home, but how can Clara leave when secrets are unraveled every day and a killer might walk freely?
When she might be the key to Claire’s survival?
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Clara and Claire will be releasing in both paperback and ebook formats. I’ll be announcing the official date as soon as I set it, but in the meantime, here’s also the book jacket for the paperback.
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Thank you again to Alivia for making another cover, and this one really tops everything! I really can’t put into words how amazing this cover looks. Now I can’t wait to get my proofs and see this it in print!
Throughout today I’ll be updating all my social media to show the new cover. Shoutout to everyone who’s already sharing the cover, and a huge thank you to everyone who plans to. At the end of the day I hope we can spread awareness of this book’s upcoming release. Not too much longer of a wait now!
Thank you so much to everyone who’s been patient with the release of this book. Believe me, I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to release it. But all the hard work and time spent on it has been well worth it. When it releases it’s going to be beautiful and ready for your eyes. I hope you’ll be able to fall in love with Clara’s life just like I did.
Lindsey Richardson

Clara and Claire: Cover Reveal Date

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In other news, I have an exciting announcement about Clara and Claire. This is the book I’ve been talking about for what feels like forever. I’ve also been working extremely hard to make sure it releases sooner rather than later. But without further ado, let’s talk about the cover reveal.

The official cover reveal for Clara and Claire will be this week on November 11th –that’s a Friday. I’ll be sharing the cover on all of my social media networks, and I’m hoping you’ll join in with me in spreading the word. It’s going to be a very important day for Clara and Claire, and it won’t be nearly as successful without your help.

Mark your calendars and save the date because we’re only three days away from the cover reveal! Upon the reveal day I’ll also be updating Goodreads and the blog (and several other places) with the official cover.

I can’t wait for you to see it. This one’s my favorite yet!

Lindsey Richardson

NaNoWriMo: Day 8 (AM)

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NaNoWriMo day 8. Word Count: 7,223. Words left: 42,777. Mood: exhausted.

If you’ve been following my NaNoWriMo updates or just the blog in general, you might have noticed since day 3 of the challenge I went silent (at least on the blog). In truth over the past few days this challenge has really been causing me all sorts of anxiety. And if you’re looking at my word count today you’re probably wondering how I went back instead of moving forward.

Where I was on day 3 with Frost’s Bite was not something I could continue with. I wasn’t getting attached, and I was having serious doubts. Such serious doubts that I wondered about trashing the idea altogether. And in a way yesterday I did just that. It’s currently 1am here, so when I’m calling this “day 8” because of it being technically Tuesday, it still feels like day 7 to me. And while my word count was originally to reach 10 or 11k today, I wrote over 7k new words. At this point I gotta take what I can get.

The hardest part about NaNoWriMo is once you start noticing you’re behind it leads to a lot of doubting and fears. That’s where I’ve been these past few days while also analyzing the story I chose.

So I kept my favorite character names and made a dramatic change to the story. So far the title has stayed the same (mainly because I don’t have time to worry about it right now), and a few character’s names have also stayed the same. The main plot I was rolling with before has changed entirely. I’m using my journal to write down ideas for later, and I’m hoping this huge change isn’t going to hurt me later on.

I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo last year because of my wedding, but the two years before that I wrote sequels to books I was already very familiar with. This year is my first time in a while writing something entirely new. And it’s quite honestly scary because at first everything goes so smoothly, and then before you know it you’re way behind the word count and stressing out like you never thought you could.

Today I know I made a lot of progress, even if my word count tells me I worked backwards. I’ve had a lot of support from writing friends and my husband. This challenge is important to me, and I don’t want to give up because it’s hard right now. It’s not meant to be easy, and I know plenty of people who are also behind on their word count right now. So instead of staying up all night just to hit 10k and then be pounding my head against the wall later today, I decided to stop at 7k and continue on later (once I get some sleep).

I guess the best advice I can give at this point to you (and even myself) is to know when to problem solve. If something isn’t working out address it right away. I made the mistake of trying to force the story because I had already dedicated words and time to it. But today I reached 7k (in one day) on a story that now I’m relating to more. One that I have more creativity with. I can’t explain it fully because it doesn’t make complete sense to me either.

Problem solve. Never let writer’s block take you out.

Wishing all of you luck! Here’s to hoping I can reach my goal tomorrow…

Lindsey Richardson

NaNoWriMo: Day 3

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NaNoWriMo day 3. Word count: 7,071. Words remaining: 42,929. Mood: Tired.

It’s the third day of NaNoWriMo, and I’m going to be honest I actually can’t believe it. It feels like it’s the tenth day. I feel like I’ve been writing this novel for more than just three days, but that isn’t the case. (Shoutout to the calendar for reminding me of the simple things.)

Today I didn’t accomplish as much as I wanted to. My word count app, Wordly, actually is telling me I have 82 more words to write today (until I reach my daily goal of 1667). But with having had interviews today (and getting a job!) I admittedly didn’t have a lot of time to write today. I’m definitely planning to get more done this weekend, so I’m remaining hopeful but cautious all the same.

The thing with NaNoWriMo is it’s a constant struggle. With this challenge you can never get too comfort with where you are. One day you’re ahead, and then the next day you might not write nearly as much (and hence start to fall behind). It’s hard, but I also think that’s the great thing about it. This challenge allows you to see what writing every (or almost every) day is like. It teaches you deadlines and pressure and perhaps most importantly of all dedication. At the end of these 30 days we all should be taking away something from this challenge.

By the third day, how are you feeling about your novel? Do you love it, hate it, still can’t decide on it? I’ve personally been pushing myself toward the more exciting action-packed scenes of my novel. Everyone has something different pushing them along, but it’s important to make that for yourself.

Another thing you’re going to realize with NaNoWriMo is you have to rely on yourself. Learn your schedule. Learn what you can and can’t do. Do those crazy 5k Friday sprints, or dare to stay up for one full night. Challenge yourself, and always remember there’s no “right” method to the madness. You’re going to know how to write your novel better than anyone.

It seems like today went by too fast. I’m constantly reminding myself tomorrow is another day, and tomorrow can even be the more productive day. It’s all about ruling your dice and seeing where they land. Maybe today’s your day, and if not aim for tomorrow. Just keep aiming because it’s mind over matter, and you’re more able to do this than you might be thinking today (or tomorrow).

Leave your progress in the comments below if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo! I can’t wait to see where we all are at the end of this adventure. Take it one day at a time, and don’t forget to take breaks when you need them.

Keep on writing!

Lindsey Richardson

NaNoWriMo: Day 2

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Day 2 of NaNoWriMo. My current word count: 5, 486. Words left: 44,514. Mood: hopeful.

You know when I write up two blog posts in one day it’s been a productive (and busy!) day. Today is the second day of NaNoWriMo, and I can’t help but feel hopeful. I reached over 5k today in my novel. It’s interesting to watch as people announce their progress because everyone’s at a different place right now. Some people write crazy fast, and I admire that. And then there’s people like me who are more on the slower side. But at the end of the day we’re all working toward the 50k goal, and the great thing with this challenge is it doesn’t matter how you get there.

If you’re feeling down on your progress –believe me we’ve all been there, and I’ll be there at some point this month too. And what I say to that: Don’t be! Be proud of how far you are, whether you’re only a few hundred words in or you’re way past where you ever expected. Progress is progress no matter how small.

Something I’ve been struggling a lot with (and this is always a problem I have when writing) is analyzing my work. My inner editor keeps begging me to go over that last sentence, that last paragraph, the last three chapters. And I have to keep resisting! NaNoWriMo is all about writing that 50k. And I think the best lesson this challenge teaches us is that it doesn’t matter if you write crap. Right now I’m not sure if I’m over the moon with my first few chapters. Honestly I might hate them later on and be wondering “who wrote this?!” But I’m not letting that stop me.

As for some NaNoWriMo necessities to success, here’s what I’ve been using (that helps a lot):

  • coffee (notice how this is always the first bullet point? It’s that important!)
  • “Wordly” –this is a writing app. I’ve talked about it many times before, and I’m going to keep talking about it because it’s amazing. It’s entirely free, and it’s how I keep track of my word count. I set it to remind me about writing at certain times in the day, and it keeps up with my goal of reaching 50k. I used it for Clara and Claire, and now I’m using it with NaNoWriMo. Seriously get this app or something close to it!!
  • Ommwriter –I wish I could suggest Scrivener, but I don’t have it. If anyone wants to gift it to me this Christmas, I’d love you forever! Ommwriter isn’t free (I think it’s $4-5), but basically it’s really cheap for what it offers. Distraction free writing is huge. It’s so important, especially if you’re like me and get distracted by everything.
  • stationary: journal/paper, pen

So it’s not a lot, but that’s what is keeping me on my toes during all of this.

Remember that you determine your own pace. You might not go as fast as someone else, but it’s easy to fall in love with a story. If you have to leave spaces for parts of the story you’re not sure about for right now and move on. Don’t stay stuck in one place. Just keep writing, and remember after this month you can go back and fix it. (Or if you want never look at it again.)

As for me, I’m working outside my comfort zone with this new novel because it’s unlike anything I’ve done before. So it’s both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. But who knows, maybe after this month I’ll share the first chapter or something on Wattpad for a limited time.

Writing is a beautiful thing, and so long as you know where you are and where you’re headed, you’re covered! At this point I’m glad I’m taking on this challenge again because it reminded me how simple writing can be sometimes. To take away the stress of “oh my gosh this is my next releasing title” and just write is a beautiful thing. I had my break from writing for long enough, and now I’m just glad to have a break from “serious” writing to explore into a genre I wouldn’t usually write.

How far are you into NaNoWriMo? Leave your book title and link to your profile below, and I’ll check out your progress!

I’m not sure if I’m done with writing for the day, but I wanted to write up this post just in case. Keep up the writing!

Lindsey Richardson

Clara and Claire Cover Reveal: Sign Up

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Clara and Claire is releasing soon, and it’s time we prepare for the cover reveal! I don’t know the exact date just yet, but I’m expecting it to be this month (unless something unexpected goes wrong).

How do you sign up? Simple, go to this form and answer all the questions. I promise it’s quick and easy! All the questions I’m asking help me contact you for the big day. If you’ve done cover reveals with me in the past this is exactly like how we’ve done it before.

Never done a cover reveal before? That’s okay, there’s a first time for everything! Cover reveals are a great way for authors to spread the news about their upcoming release. AND a great opportunity for readers (and potential readers) to learn more about the book.

The cover reveal for Clara and Claire will include the official cover, book jacket, summary, a teaser, and most importantly a release date! (This is why I hesitate to pick a date for the reveal because I want to make sure it has the release date. And there’s a few things being finished up this month, so hang tight.) Overall, it’s a really big day, and I couldn’t do it without your help. So if you love book covers as much as I do and you’re excited for the release, please sign up.

I’ve had people in the past say, “but my blog isn’t that popular” or “I don’t know if me sharing it will do anything.” But that’s not true! Anyone can participate in a cover reveal. And the best part is it all happens on the internet, so pick your favorite social media (or several) and share away! I’ll be reposting what you share throughout the day as much as possible.

I’m really excited for this cover –quite honestly because it’s the best one yet– and I think you’re going to love it. It was done by Alivia, who did the cover for Thicker Than Blood, and she never fails to impress me.

If for some reason you can’t figure out the form, leave a comment or email me and I’ll gladly help you. The more, the better! So if you have friends who love to participate in cover reveals bring them along with you. This cover reveal is only going to happen once, and when it does we want to make it as big as possible!

Thank you so much in advance to everyone who’s planning to participate and for the support!

Lindsey Richardson

NaNoWrimo: Day 1

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Somehow November is already here. I’ve been silent the past few days because we just moved into our new home in Texas, so we were on the road for a couple of days.

And boy do I have a crazy month ahead of me, but I’m still going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year to the best of my ability. I think it’ll help my writing, and I have the perfect story for it too. So without further ado, since November is NaNoWriMo, don’t be surprised that a lot this month will focus on that.

First and foremost, I want to announce my official NaNoWriMo novel. It changed at the last minute, so let me introduce what I’m actually writing now that the big day is here.

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The book is called Frost’s Bite, and I’ll have more details on it a little later on. Right now I’m solely focusing on writing it. But to give you a little insight, it’s my first paranormal novel set in modern times. Anyone who’s read my work before knows this is a huge leap of faith I’m taking, but I started to fall in love with the characters in this book and couldn’t resist.

So far since this morning I’ve written 1,165 words. Mind you I’m doing all of this while still settling into our new home and applying to jobs. My goal is 1667 words at least each day, every day, so that way I can at least hit 50k. 50k isn’t my normal word count for novels, so I don’t expect at 50k the book will be complete, but it’ll be a good start. (Or who knows, maybe I’ll just add on more after the challenge.)

This novel is not the one that will be releasing after Clara and Claire. I have yet to announce that novel, but I’ll be announcing it soon after the release.

As for anyone else who is participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I’m wishing you all the best of luck. This is one of the hardest challenges, but it’s well worth it in the end!

Advice for the first day:

  • drink lots of coffee (or tea) –but most of all just stay hydrated!
  • have a journal or something nearby to write out ideas for future chapters, characters, etc
  • remember to take breaks –you’ll need it!
  • don’t get too caught up in the word count
  • stay inspired –whether it be with music, pictures, etc.

I’m going to keep working throughout the day on my novel, and then I’ll update either later tonight or early tomorrow morning. And if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo don’t forget to add me so I can cheer you on as you write!

I’ll have announcements for Clara and Claire and also announcements about the Magicians series coming within the next few weeks, so keep checking in!

Happy writing, and good luck!

Lindsey Richardson

Preparing for Publication

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This is the part I both love and hate at the same time as far as self publishing goes. You would think after doing it three times I would have it memorized, but I’m terrible at remembering. (I think this time I’ll save what I have as a template for my next book that way it’ll be all ready and I won’t have to do as much.)

I am going to do one final read through of Clara and Claire. But as of right now I’m working on getting it ready for publication. I’m doing the interior design (in terms of the formatting) myself, since my original plan fell through. And so far it’s not as difficult as I thought it would be, but once I put it into Createspace that’ll be the real test (because nothing is easy there).

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To give you an idea of what I’m working with so far, this is what I have so far, though this picture was taken before I actually edited it slightly. But you get the idea. I’m moving on to headers and footers and inserting page numbers on all the pages. And I’m also speaking with people in the Createspace community to make sure any of my last minute questions are answered.

The thing with self publishing, not matter how many times I do it, is that it always reminds me how much I’m actually capable of. It’s a lot to take on, but knowing I’ve done it in the past and it can only get better, I’m feeling better about the whole experience. Later tonight I’m also going to start planning a cover reveal date, so I’ll let you know when that is and have a sign up sheet for anyone who’s interested. The cover reveal will also include a release date, so I have to plan both of those together (and around my schedule with moving and all…).

I also need to set up the ebook and format that, so either tonight or tomorrow I’ll start working on that conversion as well.

But finally being at this point with Clara and Claire has me excited. I’ve seen my author friends releasing their books, and now I’m eager to release mine. And since I’m now working with just my schedule alone I’m aiming for a 2015 release. I’ll be able to determine for sure the date and everything once I have a proof of the book. I’ve been so eager to see the book cover physically in my hands!

Keep an eye out on my social media, as I’ll be sharing as I go through the different processes. And if you have any tips for formatting please leave them below in the comments –I’ll use anything I can get!

Lindsey Richardson

Weekly Update 

If it hasn’t been stated enough, this month has been crazy busy! I’ve been meaning to post, but I’ve also been distracted by prepping for NaNoWriMo and just living life in general. But I wanted to make this weekly update so you wouldn’t think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth. 

So I’m prepping for NaNo. I’ll talk all about it in the days to come, but I’ve been trying to make sure I know what I want to do with my novel before I give you advice on writing your own for this challenge. If you’ve never done NaNo before, don’t worry, I’ll go over everything you need to know. And in the end the decision is yours on whether you want to do it or not. My plan right now is to finish this week with a clear verdict on which of the many novel ideas I want to run with for NaNo. 

As for Clara and Claire, it looks like I’ll be getting the book back sometime this week. I have content editing to do, and then once it’s done and I’ve read through the book again, I’ll be preparing it for release. I already have the cover, but I need to figure out the interior formatting and also get the ebook version ready as well. Once I’m done with edits and start working toward release I can give a better estimate for the release date. It might be before February if everything works out. 

I’m moving to Texas in two weeks, and I’m sure with the move and settling in I’ll be extremely busy and overwhelmed. So I’m going to get as much editing done before I go and then maybe prepare release or just write on the trip there. From the sounds of it, I don’t have a massive amount of editing to do on Clara and Claire, so I might be able to finish before we actually move if I really focus. 

That’s pretty much everything as far as what’s happening as we approach the end of this month. I promise to post more as soon as I have my NaNo novel picked out or once I start editing again. 

Lindsey Richardson 

Powered by Indie Month

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Amazon announced that for the entire month of October they’re celebrating “great writing self published” through their self publishing services (Createspace, KDP, ACX). They’re calling it “Powered by Indie,” and they’re encouraging indie authors to talk about their experience, share what they love about being self published, and perhaps most importantly spread the word.

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I’ve self published three books so far and am coming out with a fourth very soon. (Remember Cursed With Power, my first book, was traditionally published.) Shadows and Embers was my first self published book, and ever since then I haven’t looked back, only forward. I love being an indie author. When I realized how I had control over every aspect of my book’s publication from the beginning to the end I couldn’t believe it. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It’s certainly not for everyone, and that’s what makes this month so important. We need to bring more attention to indie authors!

Everything from the book cover, release date, and even down to how the pages look are in the hands of the author when you self publish. I’ve never had the same experience twice, and I always end up learning something new. The indie community is hands down amazing and supportive. These are the people who told me “you have to be willing to stand or fall with your book no matter what,” and that’s when I knew I was ready to make the plunge.

The success I’ve seen other indie authors have is what inspired me and will continue to inspire me for years to come.

Ever single book that I’ve self published (and any book that’s self published) I put the hours and dedication to. Every step of the way I was there, ensuring that the final product was exactly how it should be for my readers. It’s the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life, but if done right, it can also be the most rewarding.

And like with anything in life some days are stressful and other days are like a walk in the park. At the end of the day, I love what I do, and I love being able to go through the process and know exactly when and where my book is releasing.

If nothing else, I hope this month of Amazon sharing indie novels will encourage you to pick one up and check it out. And if you’re an indie author like me I encourage you to tell your readers why you chose this path. Who knows if indie authors will ever be treated the same way as traditionally published authors, but I’m hoping every day we step in the right direction for progress!

A huge shout out to all my readers –because you are the reason why I’m able to continue writing and releasing these books. Thank you so much.

Lindsey Richardson

Find my indie books online:

Shadows and Embers

Thicker Than Blood

Bloodline Inheritance