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!

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

 

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

A Break from Writing


August 31st is the date I’m waiting on. That’s the deadline I gave my beta readers to finish Clara and Claire. I read a lot of blogs before I sent out my book to beta readers. A lot of them talked about what to do, how to organize it, and etc. But none of them ever talked about what you do while the beta readers have your book. 

Do you spend more time on it? Analyze more, take notes, come up with possible ideas, plan on what to do when they’re finished?

I decided to take a break from writing. Or at least serious writing. For one, I’ve been able to blog more (a huge reason of that also being because of the switch I made to WordPress). And while blogging is a different form of writing than the fictional books I write, it’s still practice nonetheless. There’s also been a lot of rain and storms lately… making me want to just write for fun. 

This short break from writing is important. Taking breaks isn’t a weakness. It’s essential at times so you don’t lose sight of what’s important. And so you don’t over analyze your book to the point that it doesn’t have any feelings in it anymore. I never used to take breaks (especially without feeling guilty about it), but I’ve learned it helps keep the mind sane. And come the end of August I’ll have an open mind and new thoughts when I read over the feedback from my betas. 

It might not be everyone’s ideal time management. And that’s okay. For me this is what works. I do know what my next novel is (after Clara and Claire), but I’ve also decided I don’t want to start that until this novel is complete and ready for publication. I’ve never been good with trying to work on multiple books at a time, so it’s best if I stay patient and wait.

Does this mean I haven’t thought about my book or put anything more towards it? Of course not. I still think about it daily, but the difference now is I can just play with ideas in my mind and save them for later. This is a much welcomed break, especially with knowing that I have more work ahead of me come September. 

So what about you? Do you take breaks in your writing? Anyone with their book in the hands of betas right now?

Lindsey Richardson