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!

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How to Support an Author

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With Clara and Claire‘s release being a week away, today I wanted to talk about how you can support authors. Whether they be best sellers, indies, or everything else in between. Along with supporting them comes the support for the books they write, the ones we fall in love with. One with out the other isn’t possible.

And with Christmas approaching soon, I expect there will be even more books to release before the holidays.

So first let’s talk about the easiest and free way of support authors:

  • Share on social media –Did they release the official book cover? Release date? Purchase links? Every little bit helps because you know a different group of people than the author.
  • Attend virtual events –You don’t even have to leave your house for this one! Virtual events might be live Q & A’s or Facebook events. They’re free, and you can participate all from the comfort of your home. It’s a great chance for you to learn more about the author and their book(s), and you never know you might walk away with a signed copy of something by the end of the night
  • Follow them on social media –Like their FB page, follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Most other use a lot of different social media, and this is also a great way for you to stay constantly updated on the latest news revolving around the book(s) you love. (And if you’re already following them, take it to the next step, and recommend their page to a friend.)
  • Tell your friends and family –Maybe you’re at a party, the coffee shop, at your dinner table… Whatever it be, word of mouth is so powerful. I can’t stress this enough. When you’re talking to someone in person it’s a great opportunity to tell them about the book(s) you love. Just read a brand new release? Tell them about it. Even if they’re not a reader themselves, they might know someone who is.
  • LEAVE A REVIEW –Alright this one is major. I’m putting this under the “free” solutions because it is 100% free. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and even on your own blog/website (if you have one), are all just a few examples of where you can leave a review for a book. Whether you love it or hate it, reviews are so important. Think about it… What’s one of the first things you see when you’re looking at the product? Chances are you probably read the reviews or skim over the star rating before you buy it. Whether the author is new or a best seller, this is something all authors can agree on. Reviews never go un-noticed and they are never taken for granted. We love reviews and can never get enough! And don’t forget, it can be short and simple too; we don’t mind.

Alright, so we’ve talked about the free ways to support authors. But what are the other ways? These ways I’m mentioning may or may not cost money, but if you love a book that an author writes odds are you’re willing to pay to support it.

  • BUY THE BOOK –Whether it be ebook or paperback, when you purchase a book the author makes a royalty. Royalties are how authors survive. It’s way countless authors can’t afford to write full-time because it’s not a steady income. Every time you buy a book, you’re supporting the author who wrote it. If you’re ever uncertain about where you can purchase the book(s), ask the author or go to their website. Always purchase from trusted websites.
  • Pre-order the book –This goes along with buying the book, but it never hurts to pre-order. If the author has the option, you should definitely take advantage of it. It allows you to get the book sooner, and it’s like saying “thank you” to the author.
  • Attend book signings –This could also be in the “free” solutions, but some book signings cost money to attend and usually if you attend you’re there to spend money. So let’s just say this is one that will cost you some money (most likely). Book signings are a great way to meet face to face with the author who wrote the story you love. If you already have a copy of the book you can get it signed, and if not you can purchase a book there. Sometimes there’s even extra goodies if you attend, so if you don’t have anything planned on the day of a book signing go check it out. I guarantee you it’s worth the time.
  • Purchase any merchandise –Maybe the book has merchandise that goes along with it. Shirts and other goodies. Ask the author where you can purchase them, and remember this goes along with supporting the book. (And it’s a great way for you to share with friends and family!)

I might have left out some other support methods, so if you think of any others leave them in the comments. But overall I wanted to touch on the big pointers, the ones that I think we often times forget about. There are so many ways to support authors and the books they write. Keep this in mind when you’re purchasing books for this holiday season.

Also if you have a favorite book or author you’ve been supporting, leave them in the comments and I’ll check them out!

Lindsey Richardson

P.S. If you’re wondering more specifically about Clara and Claire…. There will be a pre-order option for the ebooks as soon as I know the release date (which I should know by tomorrow). The book will be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Createspace. Ebook and paperback copies will be available for purchase. If you need any help purchasing let me know. I’ll be signing ebooks as well as paperbacks.

 

Losing NaNoWriMo

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Today I’m going to talk about a very real possibility. Instead of telling you about my word count in NaNoWriMo (which unfortunately is still the same), I wanted to talk about the fact that some of us participating this year might lose. It’s a possibility every year, one that sometimes I try to forget, but it’s real nonetheless.

But is there such a thing as losing in NaNoWriMo? Maybe at the end of 30 days you won’t be at 50k, but if you’ve written something I think that’s still a win. NaNoWriMo is all about challenging yourself, and sometimes the challenge gets the best of you. That just means next time you’ll be better prepared. I know a lot of writers right now, like me, who are behind.

It’s the 16th day. I’m only at 10k, so right now I’m looking at the end of the month, realizing I might not be at 50k like I’d want to be. But this month also taught me a lot about myself as a writer and also what I need to do in order to be successful next time. Win or lose, I gained a new book out of this challenge, so I’m happy to be taking that with me.

Failure in writing is one of the hardest challenges. We see it in rejection letters from publishers and agents, criticism (sometimes), and writer’s block. All these things that feel like we’ve failed in some way are real. They challenge us as writers (whether you’re experienced or not). They make you ask the question “Am I going to give up?” And if you can move past the failure and write again the next day, then you know you’re cut out for this line of work. It’s not for everyone, but if you have the passion it’ll drive you unlike anything you’ve ever known.

So yes technically at the end of this month if you’re not at 50k, you’ve lost in the eyes of NaNoWriMo rules. But on the other hand, you might have won something bigger. And I truly believe if at the end of this month you can walk away and start December out with the intentions to keep writing, you’re on the right path. You’ve got this. Maybe this year NaNoWriMo just wasn’t for you. Next year and the years ahead of that all hold possibilities, and every time you try, you have a chance of succeeding.

If you’re behind, don’t worry. Keep on writing. Let’s make the most out of the time we have left this year. You never know, you might end up having a weekend without any plans and end up catching up. (Or accomplishing more than you planned.) Take each day one word at a time.

Lindsey Richardson

P.S. I know I still owe you guys the post about hitting 10k in my NaNoWriMo novel. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten! I’ll be sharing that tomorrow, so be sure to check back in then.

NaNoWriMo: Day 12

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First before I go any further, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who participated in the cover reveal yesterday. I had a great time connecting with all of you, and it has me even more excited for the release. (Who knew that was possible?!)

As for NaNoWriMo… it’s day 12. This month is flying by, and I’ve been somewhat counter productive. I’m going to admit it hasn’t been my strongest month, and definitely not my strongest NaNoWriMo. The past 2 that I participated in I had been writing the final two books in the Magicians series. Then I at least had more comfort with the setting, characters, etc. That’s not to excuse how poorly I feel like I’m doing this year, but it’s a big difference.

I was almost at 10k the other day when I decided to (for the third time) “start over.” Now I’m at 5k. Here’s how it happened. The first story idea I threw out entirely. Then the second story idea lead me into what is now the third story idea (and hopefully the last!). As much as I’ve been trying to follow my own advice, and the advice of others, you can’t write for 30 days a story you don’t have passion for. So this third idea I’m not working into I started yesterday. I wrote 5k since yesterday afternoon to this morning, so it seems to be working out so far. I have a lot more as far as the world and magic system written down to help me know where to go next.

12 days in doesn’t seem like too much. It seems like maybe if you’re behind you can still catch up, and for those of you, like me, who are I still believe that. I believe you can catch up; sometimes you just need to make it past the beginning. I’m going to hold onto that hope solely because I’d love to have at least a 50k novel at the end of this month. But regardless at this point even if I don’t win NaNoWriMo with 50k, I’m determined to win by walking away with a story idea I’ll stick with long after November.

This book I’m working on right now is meant to set me up for my next several releases. So it carries a lot of weight in terms of where I want to move forward with my books and for my readers.

So we’ll see… maybe I can do it, and maybe not. At this point I’m looking more at what’s in front of me than at the stats on NaNoWriMo that tell me I’m not going to finish until January if I continue on at this pace.

So tell me, are you behind, ahead or on track? Leave a comment below with what’s been working for you this month.

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

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