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Launching the Murphy Family Mysteries Series

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I know I’ve been a little bit off the radar for a while, but I’ve got lots of updates coming down the pipes for you guys! My major project for this year is getting Frost published by Inkshares. To do that, we’ve got to get 750 pre-orders by December 31, 2018. With the amazing people in my street team, plus the support of my friends and family, I’m SURE we can make it happen.

I’d appreciate any shares you’re willing to give via Thunderclap, guys! Help me spread the word. More news for you soon!


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PSA for Readers

Do you love an author who hasn’t hit the bestseller lists yet? Want them to be successful? YOU CAN HELP.

I know you’re sitting in your chair at home, frowning at me, wondering what you can possibly do to help out that author you love. Whether they’re traditionally published or independently published, authors need reviews to survive in this business, much less succeed. If you’re going to take the time to read their work, why not take a couple of minutes to let them know what you thought about it?

Honest, constructive reviews are necessary for authors’ survival these days. Ratings determine your author ranking, and ultimately how many people have the opportunity to discover your book. People who haven’t “hit it big” in the writing business can’t really afford to put ads for their books in front of millions of people the way bigger publishing houses and bestseller list authors can. If they’re anything like me, they can’t afford to pay for ads at all. So, your reviews are extremely important for authors, but especially those who haven’t “hit the big time” yet.

Your voice matters, and you can be the voice that helps amazing new authors get discovered by a broader audience than they could ever hope to reach without you. If you love to read, I implore you to review the books you read because the authors need your voice to be heard for theirs to be heard. Readers completely dictate the writing industry. We do what we do FOR YOU.

So, if you love a new, as yet undiscovered author, please review their work everywhere you possibly can. Tell the industry what you want to see more of. Not only do you get to see more of what you want when you take the time to write reviews, when that undiscovered author you love hits the bestseller list, you can tell everyone around you, “I TOLD YOU SO! I loved them before they were big. Don’t believe me? Check the dates on my reviews. I told the entire world this would how awesome this author is. Nice of the rest of you to catch up with me!”


Frost: An Otherworld Tale Book Signing

As you guys know, I haven’t been doing a lot of marketing and promotion for Frost so far because I’m in the middle of the crazy process of getting my house baby-ready. I do, however, have a tidbit of super-exciting news for you.

I’m doing a book signing for Frost at the Bay Minette Public Library on August 31, 2017, at 6:00 P.M.!

One of the reasons I’m so excited about this signing is that it’s the first event I’ve EVER been able to add to my Amazon Author Page! I’m also running it as a Facebook event so I can share updates about the signing with you as I get them.


Is Resistance Futile?

I tend to obsess about things pretty regularly. I fixate, and when I do I fixate HARD. Right now, I’m trying to resist the urge to check my sales stats for Frost. Should I be resisting? Probably so. If I don’t resist the compulsion to constantly check for updates, I’m probably going to end up driving myself insane.

How could I drive myself insane with that information? There’s the list, as it currently stands.

  • I’m not doing an official book launch right now, so I can’t expect the sales to be spectacular in the first place.
  • I’m not doing any official marketing at the moment, which also won’t help my sales.
  • Professional envy. I’m not going to lie, I’ve got it bad, but it’s something I’m working on because I know that comparison breeds misery. Better to work on staying in my own lane and keeping positive.
  • I’m already too impatient, and checking sales compulsively only makes me more impatient.

I bet you’re wondering why I’m not doing a launch or marketing the novel when I’ve just released it. Honestly, I just don’t have the time or the energy for it right this minute because I feel there are certain personal matters that are a much more pressing need at this point. My son is due to arrive in a little less than four months, and I have to pick up the slack I left in my life when I dropped everything to focus on finishing and releasing my first novel.

I guess I’m just in a really weird, restless place in my professional writing life right now. I don’t really know what to do about it. Any advice you have is welcome.


Custom Ebook Cover Design for Amazon KDP

Since I’m currently between jobs, I’ve started doing a few odd jobs here and there, and one of those odd jobs is making ebook covers for writer friends of mine that are compatible with Amazon KDP. If you’re interested in getting a custom cover from me for as little as $5, please check out my Fiverr Gig HERE.

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Guest Posts Wanted!

I would love to feature guest posts from other writers, big and small, concerning the struggles we all face, and the passion that gives us the perseverance to continue pursuing our writing dreams. If you have something to share in this vein, please submit it via email to chelsealclemmons.author@gmail.com.

If you submit a guest post, please include a link to your blog and the name of one work/project of yours (as well as a link to it if it is available for sale, etc.) so that I can promote you to my followers.

Once your guest post has gone live, feel free to share a link to it on your blog, social media, etc. I will share it with mine, plus the Author Promotion Network (@AuthorPromoNet) Twitter accounts that I run. If your book or project falls into a particular genre, let me know so I can promote it for you on the correct branch account(s) as well!

In other news, I am actively seeking books to review. If you have a book or story you’d like me to review, please attach it as a PDF or EPUB file and I will post a review within 40 days of receiving the file.


Quote of the Day – 12/11/15

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want.”

-Richard Yates


Manhunt by Tyler Anne Snell

I love the characters, settings, and plot that Tyler Anne Snell created in her premier Harlequin Intrigue novel: Manhunt. I must admit that I may be slightly biased in Tyler’s favor, however, because we took several creative writing courses together at Troy University, and she is a delightful, interesting human being. Not only is Manhunt sexy and fun, but it is also jam-packed with fascinating plot twists. Sometimes it takes me a couple chapters to fully engage with what I’m reading, but I did not experience that with this book. It sucked me in from the very first word and didn’t let go until the last. Tyler’s use of foreshadowing is nothing short of masterful, and I love how real her characters felt to me. I also ADORED the “sound of the south” easter egg nestled in the pages of Manhunt. What do I mean by Easter egg? “Sound of the South” is the name of Troy University’s marching band, but Tyler uses the term to describe nature’s indigenous music in the Southern states. Well done, Tyler! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next!


Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert

It may sound strange to say so, but I felt very at home in this book. I loved the setting, and especially loved the mentions of Mobile because it’s a place I know pretty well. Mrs. Herbert shows small, Southern, coastal communities in their full color and glory. The mention of real incidents that have affected the Gulf Coast, like Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill lent even more credibility to the story. Not only is the setting pure perfection, but I have also had a lifelong obsession with mermaids and romance. That made Siren’s Secret pretty much the perfect book for me. I love that there is a romance novel with a mermaid as the heroine. I loved every minute of discovering the relationship between Shelly and Tillman as it developed, and I love the sizzling attraction between them. I love how it always seems to be more than mere physical attraction, though, no matter how Shelly and Tillman try to convince themselves otherwise. I like the supporting cast of characters. I love how the characters’ names all fit so well, especially for Lily and Jet. I love how good Shelly is with Tillman’s autistic little brother, Eddie. I also love how truly well constructed the villain is. I won’t say more for fear of accidental spoilers. Suffice it to say that Siren’s Secret is a perfect marriage of fantasy and reality.


Siren's Secret by Debbie Herbert

It may sound strange to say so, but I felt very at home in this book. I loved the setting, and especially loved the mentions of Mobile because it’s a place I know pretty well. Mrs. Herbert shows small, Southern, coastal communities in their full color and glory. The mention of real incidents that have affected the Gulf Coast, like Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill lent even more credibility to the story. Not only is the setting pure perfection, but I have also had a lifelong obsession with mermaids and romance. That made Siren’s Secret pretty much the perfect book for me. I love that there is a romance novel with a mermaid as the heroine. I loved every minute of discovering the relationship between Shelly and Tillman as it developed, and I love the sizzling attraction between them. I love how it always seems to be more than mere physical attraction, though, no matter how Shelly and Tillman try to convince themselves otherwise. I like the supporting cast of characters. I love how the characters’ names all fit so well, especially for Lily and Jet. I love how good Shelly is with Tillman’s autistic little brother, Eddie. I also love how truly well constructed the villain is. I won’t say more for fear of accidental spoilers. Suffice it to say that Siren’s Secret is a perfect marriage of fantasy and reality.


Snow Blind by Cassie Miles

This fast-paced Harlequin Intrigue novel is one of my favorite Harlequin reads of all time. Sasha Campbell witnesses a murder after drinking three glasses of champagne and calls 911. Unfortunately, the bubbly has gone to her head, and when sheriff’s deputy Brady Ellis shows up, he’s a little wary of her claims because she’s obviously a wee bit intoxicated. Their chemistry is instant, electric, and deliciously satisfying. The only problem is that Sasha is the only witness to the murder, and when Brady decides to investigate, there’s no evidence to be found. Snow Blind is a sexy thrill ride with plot twists you’ll never see coming, no matter how well-read you are.
Additionally, her setting descriptions are fabulous. I’ve only been to Colorado once but reading this book made me want to go back.
I recommend that you pick up a copy today!

Daily Writing Is Happening!

Even though I haven’t been posting on here every day (like I should), I have been writing for at least five minutes a day. I’m doing a lot of roughing things out with a pen and notebook. Things just seem to be flowing better with ink and paper, as of late. Even with everything that’s going on in my personal life (both fantastic and bad), I’m managing to get things done in my writing life.

I’m working hard to merge Frost back on the track I laid out for it in my original outline. I set my outline aside for a little while and wandered a little farther away from it than I intended. There are things I like about the old outline and things I like about where the creative flow took me. Now I’m just working on making a cohesive marriage of the two, and trying to see how that’s going to change the remaining 31 scenes I had originally planned for the book. I plan on finishing the free version on JukePop by the end of the summer so I can get it edited and release some time this winter.

After I get the next scene written for Frost, I’m going to work on the next chapter of The Alexandria Chronicles, then Murphy’s Law of the Jungle. Frost is still my number one priority, though. Once the edited and expanded version of Frost has been released, I intend to focus primarily on finishing Murphy’s Law of the Jungle. I’d like to have that story wrapped up by the end of next summer. If all goes well with Frost, I am likely to try to publish an edited and expanded edition of Murphy’s Law of the Jungle through JukePop.

What about that awesome space opera I’m working on called The Alexandria Chronicles, you ask? I will continue adding chapters to it when I’m taking breaks from my primary projects!

As for personal things going on in my life, it’s now a mixed bag. My grandmother is going on 93 and her health is deteriorating swiftly. She is the only living grandparent I have left. I know she’s had a lot of good years and is leaving us with an incredible legacy, but it’s still a very painful thing to deal with. On the bright side, however, my fiancé got to meet her and she congratulated us on our impending nuptials. This brings me back to the original reason I started this post: daily posts are not my strong suit, and I can guarantee you that my updates will be scattered and/or infrequent between now and the wedding.

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to really and truly settle into the habit of posting on here daily some time in August or September. I feel that, as a writer, I need the responsibility and  accountability that posting on a daily basis brings. In the past, my creativity has been a bit spastic and dictated by my rather fickle muse. I’m glad to state that the muse and I recently had a come to Jesus meeting, and she’s being much more cooperative now that I’m only demanding 5 minutes a day from her, as opposed to me trying to write a novel in 3 days during a manic fit riddled with very little sleep and too much coffee.


Writing Priorities

So, it’s pretty obvious that the daily writing entries on here aren’t at the top of my list of writing priorities. So, I figured I’d give you a look at my list of writing priorities just for kicks.

  1. Manage the Custom Romances group of authors and try to keep everyone on track in spite of the authors dealing with several family problems, etc.
  2. Write the next chapter of Frost.
  3. Check how far I’ve deviated from my plan for Frost and get it back on track.
  4. Find the genre I’d really like to write in for Harlequin Romance and write a proposal for it.
  5. Write the next chapter of Murphy’s Law of the Jungle.
  6. Write the next chapter of The Alexandria Chronicles.

Those are the top 6 priorities right now, but I feel like I’ve got about a billion others going on in there with it and, as a person with ADD, I’m struggling with keeping focused on my priorities.


We Did It!

So, I am incredibly excited now. Why? I’m excited because Frost‘s investments campaign on JukePop was successful! What does this mean? Well, it means that JukePop will FOR SURE be publishing Frost as a novel. I’ve got to finish it, get it edited, and get the art done, but I’m HOPING to release by Christmas. We’ll see how it goes!

xoxo

Chels


So, I fell down on the job with my dailies…again.

I’m trying to get back into writing daily posts on here. Things have been insane lately. I’ve had a lot going on with my family, school, moving, and with promoting Frost’s investments campaign. I’ll get on my daily post for today in just a moment.

xoxo

Chels


Invest In the Next Big YA Sensation | Only 14 Days Left

Hello, YA and Fantasy Readers!

I am Chelsea Clemmons, author of Frost, the first book in my planned Otherworld series, which includes one novel in progress, and two more currently being planned for the series. I’m incredibly excited that you’ve discovered my serial, which I’ve been working on for the past six years. JukePop has allowed me to connect with readers and build an impressive fan base for Frost, and hopefully the next two books in the series: Flames and Mist. My lifelong dream has been to be a successful author. My passion lies with my stories, and it would be amazing for me if I could make my living as a writer, as well as giving back to my wonderful, supportive fans through JukePop Investments. I believe that Frost, Flames, and Mist will be highly successful, and therefore profitable for my investors. What leads me to believe this? Frost has made the JP30 8 times, and has now garnered 3,526 votes from readers, so far. I have plenty more chapters on the way, and lots more to share with you from Daraglathia!

You may be asking yourselves why I’ve set the goal at $5,000, and that’s a valid question. In addition to publishing costs, commissioning cover art, a map, and illustrations, editing costs, and promotion costs (all of which will be discussed below) I am also a student and substitute teacher. The pay I get is directly proportional to the number of days or half-days that I work, and this year hasn’t been the best for me. I want to bring you the best quality book possible, but I also have bills to pay, which is why my goal is set a bit higher than the promotion and editing packages I’ve chosen. What packages have I chosen?

I have chosen the Line Edit editing service from Writer’s Digest, which will cost $4.00 per page. By the time I finish, the book is going to be roughly 200 pages long, so the editing is going to cost me $800. I have also chosen their Developmental Editing Service, so that professional editors can give me a better idea of what I can do to make this novel the absolute best novel it can be by providing me with detailed notes on premise, plot structure, pacing, characters, dialogue and marketability. This package also comes with an emotional response chart, a rating on the “Pass, Consider, or Recommend” scale, and a one-page synopsis of the story. This package is also $4.00 per page. That brings our pre-artwork and pre-promotion total to $1,600. I have not yet gotten a quote from the artist I want, but I will share an update with the quote as soon as I can talk to him. The next concern I have is getting the book promoted. Now, on to the promotion monster. I intend to purchase a Clarion review for my book (price not yet quoted), an Author level membership with Author Alliance ($397/year), and the Pro package with CoPromote ($49/month, so a year would be about $588). So, not counting whatever the cover art, map, and illustrations cost me, we’re looking at $2,585. I will add the quotes for the Clarion Review as soon as I receive it. We now have an artist onboard, and I’m setting the cover art, map, and illustration budget at $1,000, as discussed with her.

Her name is Kaytalin Platt, and she is positively incredible! Just look at the title font and sketch draft of the cover of Frost that she came up with for me over the weekend! 

She looked at my “cast picks” on the Otherworld Trilogy’s Tumblr, got me to describe what I wanted for the cover, and sent me this example for us to work from! Isn’t it amazing?

It’s currently looking like $5,000 will only cover the costs for Frost, with the promotion and editing packages I’ve chosen so far. As it stands, the $5,000 will be split between the previously discussed $3,585, with $1,415 left to help with my bills and any unforeseen costs regarding the book(s). If we surpass our goal, I will also be able to fund Flames and Mist! Either way, you will also share in the sales profits for those books because you’re investing in the entire Otherworld Trilogy when you invest in this project. The more we raise, the more time I can dedicate to writing and perfecting this series for you!

I should be finished with Frost’s manuscript by July at the latest, after which we will begin the editing and publishing processes. I hope to release Frost some time around Christmas of 2015, if not sooner (I hope sooner)!

My audience is a diverse one, which I think gives us yet another advantage. With such broad-spectrum appeal, more sales (and thus more money coming back to you) are likely. Let’s take a look at the analytics for my readership.

Who is interested in Frost?  Of the non-anonymous readers on JukePop:

  • 65.5% female, 34.5% male.
  • 31% ages 25-34, 20.7% 18-24, 13.8% 35-44, 10.3% 13-17, 10.3% 65+, 6.9% 55-64, 3.4% 35-54, and 3.4% < 13. I have readers in EVERY age group. 
  • 89.7% US readership, and 3.4% each in Great Britain, Canada, and Singapore.


I think this is a great starting point for information we can use for promoting sales of Frost. I plan not only to use the marketing and promotion options offered with the publishing package, but to also use my personal and professional social media to do some grassroots networking. It would be absolutely amazing if my fans and supporters could do the same—we’re more likely to get returns on your investment if you do!

Frost is an engaging story with relatable characters, and it is set in a brand new fantasy world that holds infinite possibilities. Readers have already raved about some of the new “mythology” I’ve created in Daraglathia. This is a book that readers love, so far, and I believe they will continue to do so! Frost is a solid investment that you’re bound to see returns on. Reviews and comments have been highly positive and encouraging, as you can see below:

“Love how she describes an angelic dog and trench foot in the same sentence. The way Lauren describes herself is pretty good, I think. She is very observant. I find she rolls with the punches very well. I almost want her to meet a dwarf so she can dote all over them. ” – Ryan Watt, JukePop Author of Flocked

“I love the cover! I love the story! It reminds me of when I lived in Europe.” – Eddie Edwards, JukePop Author of Blind

“Gorgeous cover and engaging writing! Lauren is a sympathetic character and I want to read more! Loved the description of icy wings beating against her skin. I love football watching as a safe zone!” – Debbie Herbert, author of Harlequin Nocturne novels Siren’s Secret and Siren’s Treasure

“Really well written, all the dialogue flowed naturally and I easily got lost in the story. Can’t wait to find out more about Lauren after reading the description!” – Christina Ratcliffe, JukePop author of The Disciple List

“Didn’t think I would like this story but I LOVE it!!! Keep going!” – Angelica Aguilar, JukePop Reader

“I love the way you describe things. When I’m reading, it’s like I can clearly see the picture you’re painting in my head.” – Evie Brennan, JukePop Reader

JukePop investments presents a fantastic opportunity to get Frost (and eventually Flames and Mist) published and also benefit my supporters by giving back to them for their faith and investment.

Here’s a little more background about the Otherworld Trilogy: The Otherworld Trilogy features young adults from the “real world” who are sent to another world because they are failing to learn certain lessons they need to progress. Frost features Lauren Frost, a young woman whose passive, people-pleasing tendencies have caused her own life to stagnate, is attacked and begins dying, but three women known as the Messengers step in and offer her an option: go ahead and die, or save a world that’s descending into ruin to win her old life back. Flames will feature her best friend, Audrey Miller, and Mist will feature a young man named Tony, whom Lauren meets at college.

Frost, the first of the three novels, is what plunges us into the Otherworld Trilogy. Eighteen-year-old Lauren Frost’s life is split between two families and two continents. After spending the Christmas holiday in England with her mother, she comes home to a nightmare. Her Forty-two-year-old father has married his girlfriend, who is twenty-one and enjoys making Lauren miserable. So, Lauren flies back to England, considering leaving Florida and her father behind for good, until her mother reminds her that she’d be leaving her friends behind in the middle of her senior year. Plagued by indecision, Lauren goes for a walk that brings her life to a stand-still. However, the Messengers of Destiny step in as she’s dying and give her a choice. She can give up and die, or fight for a chance to reclaim her former life. The second option comes with a catch, though. She has to save a foreign world to win her life back.

Please consider investing in The Otherworld Trilogy. I have absolute faith that we can make my dream of publishing the Otherworld Trilogy come true, and to our mutual benefit! Does it get any better than that?

Thanks,

Chelsea L. Clemmons


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