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

 

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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 

Writing Breakthrough Moment

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As September comes to an end, I’m thinking back to how important last September was to my writing. More specifically to Clara and Claire because last year around this time I had my  breakthrough moment.

I think every writer has a breakthrough moment. It might not be obvious, and then other times it might be the difference between writing and giving up. And while I’m sure everyone has a different definition of what a breakthrough moment is, in my experience it’s the moment when you know this is the story you want to continue with. All the doubts, questions, and fears you had before might still be there, but you have a moment of clarity where you’re ably to fully embrace the story and the book altogether for everything (flaws included).

And there’s no telling when this moment will happen for you. Maybe it’s at the beginning or maybe it doesn’t happen until nearly the end of the book. How can you get to your breakthrough moment? There’s really no set of rules or guidelines to get there. For me, it’s just happened, and perhaps that’s the magic behind writing. Some things can’t be determined ahead of time. Sometimes you have to take the leap of faith and see what happens.

If you haven’t reached your breakthrough yet and you’re feeling frustrated, don’t give up. Giving up will only leave you with unanswered questions. Take a break, listen to music, look for new inspiration, or just try (writing) a different angle. For me my breakthrough with Clara and Claire didn’t happen until I joined a writing support group on Facebook. This was my first time joining a support group, but now I definitely want to stay with it as I continue with my writing career.

Had a breakthrough already? Let me know in the comments what was your moment, or if you’re still waiting on it.

On a different note…

Just wanted to give a quick update about Clara and Claire. My editor has been in contact with me this week. Right now we’re working on content edits, and I should be getting the results of that soon and then going to work on that. Good news is everything is going smoothly, and we’re working hard to release the book as soon as humanly possible! I’ll keep you updated!

Lindsey Richardson

Clara and Claire on Goodreads

As promised, I wanted to update you on a few new things as far as everything on Goodreads. Earlier today I added Clara and Claire to the Goodreads database, so if you’re eager for the release you can go ahead and add it your reading list. The official summary is up on there as well, and the cover will be uploaded on cover reveal day.

Also, if you head over to Goodreads you might notice that under Clara and Claire there are two authors mentioned: Lindsey Richardson and Lindsey R. Sablowski. After completing the Magicians series, I decided I want to publish the remainder of my work under Lindsey Richardson. Unfortunately as of right now Goodreads doesn’t support authors with multiple pen names, so I had to make another account for my “new” name. I’m waiting to be approved for the Lindsey Richardson account (to be put in the author program). So it’s not confusing to readers (or myself), I’m putting Clara and Claire under both names on Goodreads. That way no matter which name you know me better as you still find the same work.

So if you have a Goodreads account (or make one today), please let me know if Clara and Claire sounds like your kind of book. I can’t wait to share more, but in the meantime: baby steps.

All in all, this turned out to be a much shorter post than I originally thought. Just a quick update while I decide what else to do with the spare time I have (now with being undecided on whether I should start writing my next book or not). Feel free to leave recommendations of books I should check out on Goodreads in the comments below! Thanks so much for your support!

Lindsey Richardson 

Quick update 

So I won’t have internet again until tomorrow. I finished editing Clara and Claire, and I’m sending it off to my editor this weekend. 
I planned on posting my “Editing at Home: Day 4” update today, but without Internet I’m posting this from my phone. (Again such a cool feature it blows my mind). And I didn’t want to skip over anything, so I will post the official and final editing update tomorrow or Sunday at the latest. I can’t wait. Just when I thought this book couldn’t change anymore, it did!

Thanks for your patience and understanding! 

Lindsey Richardson 

End of August

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August seems to have flown past me in a matter of days. So much has happened this month, and even more is awaiting in the months to come. With the end of one month coming and the start of a new month I like to share what’s ahead in the grand scheme of everything.

Today being the last day of August also means it is the deadline for my beta readers. I’ve heard from almost all of them by now. And I still have a strong sense of what needs to be worked on. All this feedback from my beta readers is actually leaving me excited for the work ahead of me because everything is fixable.

Next week I’m dedicating my time to Clara and Claire. By then I will have all the feedback from my beta readers organized and ready and know where to start. My intentions are to finish everything that I feel needs to be fixed by the end of next week and then send the book off to my editor. My editor is the last person who’s going to read through the entire book and tell me anything that I or the beta readers have fixed. Then based on her suggestions, I go through one more time to ensure it is ready for publication. Only once she has given me feedback can I then plan the date for publication (and get everything set up).

September is definitely an important month, and next week I’ll be pushing myself to get everything done on my side so I can get this to my editor at the time I’ve planned. These last few weeks I had a nice break from writing/editing, but I’m definitely ready to get back into it. I love this story and the characters, and I’m eager to make sure the story is solid and ready for the world to read. All this extra work is going to make the wait worth it!

As for on the blog, in September I plan to be share the next steps in this process with you. I’ll share about what’s being fixed in the book (if not specifically, just overall talk on the subject of it) and share my progress as I go. Since I won’t be rewriting the entire novel again I won’t be using Wordly to track my word count or anything like that. But I’ll try to give you an idea of how far I am with chapter numbers (or page numbers). I haven’t decided exactly yet, but I’ll figure it all out before the start of next week!

Though I’m focusing strongly on my book next week, I’ll also need to take breaks now and then. If you know any good motivation/focus songs, leave them in the comments (I’ll give them a listen)! And I was thinking about possibly doing a short live video segment on my author Facebook page. If you’d like me to host a live video and answer questions about writing, publishing, or any of my books (published, WIPs, future and past) let me know. I’m only going to do the live video if people express an interest. If not I’ll save it for another time.

Looks like a busy month awaits me! Wish me luck, and let me know in the comments what you’re working on for September. I can’t wait to share more in the coming days!

Lindsey Richardson

Weekly Update

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I want to try every week (or at least the majority of the weeks) to give an update on what’s happening as far as my current projects and upcoming news. It also seems like the perfect time to do so with August’s end quickly approaching.

By August 31st I’m expecting to have (or at least most) feedback from my beta readers. Some have told me they’re finishing within the next few days, so it’s not much longer of a wait now. I am itching to get back to work, and once I have all the material back I can give you an idea of just how much (or little) work is ahead of me. I already have a lot set up at home, so I can start immediately. My plan is to try and dedicate perhaps an entire week (especially if it looks like a lot) to this process, so I can get things moving for publication. Remember, after beta readers the book is going to my editor and then will be ready for publication.

For those of you who haven’t heard, my husband and I are in the process of moving! I’ve been spending the majority of my time packing and enjoying the time we have left in our condo. We’re going to be making a large move all the way to Texas, but I’m eager to see what journeys await us there. I’ve also heard moving does wonders for your creativity, so who knows what new stories I’ll be eager to write once we settle down.

And last but not least, I’ve been writing down ideas for my next novel. I don’t want to start writing it until Clara and Claire is ready for publication (or at least in my editor’s hands). But I’ve definitely been spending time and preparing myself for the next adventure. I won’t be revealing the official title and more information about my next novel until after Clara and Claire‘s release. But trust me it’ll be well worth the wait!

I’m eager for this week to fly by so I can start working on my book again, but at the same time I don’t think August has felt long at all. These months are going way too quickly for me. At least we have a lot to look forward to in the next several months.

Lindsey Richardson