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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.


Surreal

I’m sitting at my desk, staring at a print copy of my first published novel, and it somehow just does not feel real. I’m holding it in my hands, and I keep waiting to wake up and realize that I still haven’t accomplished anything with my writing. Frost is out in the world. People are buying copies, and I’m tracking sales and downloads on a daily basis. For some crazy reason, though, I keep waking up and wondering if this is real, or if I just dreamed it all and I’m still a failure as a writer. I’m not really sure how to shake this feeling of things being surreal.

Will it feel more real when I get my first royalty check? Will it feel more real when I start signing copies for friends and family? Would it feel more real if I had a launch party? Any thoughts or advice are welcome.


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.


What Now?

So, after working on my first novel for the past eleven years, I really don’t know what to do with myself now that I’ve finished the first edition and it’s out in the world. I’m having this vague, restless, listless feeling that I don’t really know how to deal with.

I know I have other things I need to be focusing on right now. I have MTE school to finish. I have a house that is in DESPERATE need of a good top-to-bottom reorganization/cleaning. I guess I’m just confused because I thought being done with this novel would feel like more of a relief than it does. I thought I’d feel more celebratory, more ecstatic. Right now, all I feel is deflated.

Maybe I just need to decompress for a while? I know I need to look at what my goals are for the future, now that I’ve accomplished the biggest goal I had set for 2017. I set out for 2017 to be the year I finally let Frost go, and I’m certain I’ve achieved that. So, what do I do now?

If you’re interested in my personal goals, feel free to check out my personal blogs: We’re the Moyes (A Chronicle of My Adventures With My Wonderful Husband, Lake, As We Try To Adult Without A Manual) and Chelsea Moye (Random Commentary & Observations On My Life).

As for my writing goals for 2017, I’m feeling pretty vague on that point right now. Completing and submitting Frost by the deadline I set for myself knocked out three of the biggest goals I had written down in my “Goals” Notebook. (I keep all different kinds of notebooks and journals for various reasons, and I also recently started doing my own, modified not-so-pretty version of bullet journaling.) The only writing goal I currently have is incredibly vague: I want to publish a romance novel before 2017 ends.

I guess it’s a place to start? Anyway, I’m going to make a concerted effort to blog more consistently across all my blogs as a collective. If there’s a day I don’t post here, check the two personal blogs for posts and vice versa.

I love you guys!


As Usual, It's Been a While…

As you guys know, I’m pretty much the most inconsistent blogger ever. I even annoy myself with my own inconsistency. Instead of constantly pimping Frost and Frost-related products to you on a constant basis, I decided to give the self-promotion a rest. I hate doing it, and other people hate reading posts that are purely self-promotion.

So, instead of wasting everybody’s time in that way, I decided to focus on editing/rewriting Frost and getting it ready for release. I’m not going to beg anybody to buy it. I’m not even going to post the preorder link in this blog post. I’m just taking these next few days to finish getting my manuscript ready because it’s time for me to let this novel go and find a new project.

In all likelihood, after Frost releases, I’m going to take a step back from writing for a while. Why would I take a step back from something I’ve been so passionate about for so many years? As you know, I have a baby boy on the way. I need to get my house in order so we’re ready to take care of him in the best possible way when he gets here. I also need to turn my single-minded focus toward finishing MTE school.

While I’m totally nerve-wracked about Frost releasing on January 31, I’m also excited by the possibilities of finally letting go of this story and making improvements in other areas of my life.

Wish me luck!


As Usual, It’s Been a While…

As you guys know, I’m pretty much the most inconsistent blogger ever. I even annoy myself with my own inconsistency. Instead of constantly pimping Frost and Frost-related products to you on a constant basis, I decided to give the self-promotion a rest. I hate doing it, and other people hate reading posts that are purely self-promotion.

So, instead of wasting everybody’s time in that way, I decided to focus on editing/rewriting Frost and getting it ready for release. I’m not going to beg anybody to buy it. I’m not even going to post the preorder link in this blog post. I’m just taking these next few days to finish getting my manuscript ready because it’s time for me to let this novel go and find a new project.

In all likelihood, after Frost releases, I’m going to take a step back from writing for a while. Why would I take a step back from something I’ve been so passionate about for so many years? As you know, I have a baby boy on the way. I need to get my house in order so we’re ready to take care of him in the best possible way when he gets here. I also need to turn my single-minded focus toward finishing MTE school.

While I’m totally nerve-wracked about Frost releasing on January 31, I’m also excited by the possibilities of finally letting go of this story and making improvements in other areas of my life.

Wish me luck!


Otherworld Tales Merchandise

As you know, ebook copies of Frost are now available for preorder HERE. I bet you’re wondering what other cool news I could possibly have regarding this book today, right?

Well, I’ll tell you. In addition to the ebook being available for preorder, I’ve also made Frost-related merchandise available for you to order in anticipation of the book’s launch on January 1, 2017! You can check it out HERE. Also, be sure to check back often because I’m adding new products every day!


Frost: Now Available for Pre-Order!

That’s right, y’all! The ebook version of Frost: An Otherworld Tale is now available for pre-order through Amazon KDP!

Get your copy HERE.


Frost: An Otherworld Tale – Plans & Progress

So, as many of you know, I’ve been working on this novel for over 10 years now, with little to show for it so far. The truth is, I think I’ve been avoiding writing the latter half of this book for the past 10 years. Fortunately, I finally have some good news for you on that front.

In the month of November, I have completed rough drafts of 12 previously unwritten scenes for this novel. I have 11 scenes left to go in six days. At first, I wasn’t sure I could make it, but now I know I can. I put NaNoWriMo to good use this year producing what I’ve needed to rewrite, and FINALLY finish this novel.

So, what are my plans? I plan to spend December editing and polishing this rough draft into a manuscript. If all goes according to plan, I should be releasing Frost: An Otherworld Tale on January 1.

Wish me luck!


Frost: An Otherworld Tale – Plans & Progress

So, as many of you know, I’ve been working on this novel for over 10 years now, with little to show for it so far. The truth is, I think I’ve been avoiding writing the latter half of this book for the past 10 years. Fortunately, I finally have some good news for you on that front.

In the month of November, I have completed rough drafts of 12 previously unwritten scenes for this novel. I have 11 scenes left to go in six days. At first, I wasn’t sure I could make it, but now I know I can. I put NaNoWriMo to good use this year producing what I’ve needed to rewrite, and FINALLY finish this novel.

So, what are my plans? I plan to spend December editing and polishing this rough draft into a manuscript. If all goes according to plan, I should be releasing Frost: An Otherworld Tale on January 1.

Wish me luck!


Chelsea Clemmons Moye Interview – The Hangin' With Show

Only 27 days remain in the pre-order window for Frost: An Otherworld Tale! Get your copy while you can!


Chelsea Clemmons Moye Interview – The Hangin’ With Show

Only 27 days remain in the pre-order window for Frost: An Otherworld Tale! Get your copy while you can!


Orison Swett Marden on Opportunities – Quote of the Day – 6/2/16

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” -Orison Swett Marden

With only 53 days to go in Frost’s campaign, I thought it might be pertinent to share a little more about why I’ve chosen to seek publication via Inkshares with you all. Originally, the plan was to publish via JukePop, where I was writing Frost as a serial, but they had some technical difficulties, put their publishing program “on hold,” and will not be publishing Frost as a novel anytime soon.

I am almost done with my first draft of Frost, and Inkshares has the sort of distribution options that I believe Frost needs to bloom. I am in the process of writing the final scenes, and I’ve made note of several changes I’m going to make in the text during the editing/polishing process.

Some of you are probably wondering why I chose to go ahead with an Inkshares campaign if I wasn’t quite finished yet. Well, I didn’t intend to start a campaign so soon, but I’m willing to see it through, and it’s been great motivation to me to go ahead and finish my draft. This is propelling me to heed my calling to complete and publish Frost.

My mom asked me today why I chose to do a 90-day campaign, and I think that’s a good question. Statistically speaking, 90-day campaigns tend to be more successful than either longer or shorter campaigns, so I decided just to roll with it.

So, in all honesty, I didn’t mean to start the campaign as soon as I did, and I probably should have allowed for more time than just 90 days. However, decisions were made, and although they probably weren’t the most well-advised decisions I’ve ever made, I intend to stand by them. As Orison Swett Marden says, “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.”

With your help, I believe we can make Frost great.


Dr. Seuss on Thinking – Quote of the Day – 5/10/16

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Theodor Seuss Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss

I have often struggled with writer’s block in the past. That is one of the reasons it has taken me so long to finish Frost: An Otherworld Tale. I’ve been working on (and wrestling with) this novel for the past 10 years.

Something to remember when you’re dealing with roadblocks on the way to pursuing your calling: you can think your way out of anything. That’s what I take away from this quote!

Heed your calling, and God bless!


Apology for Getting Behind On the Quote of the Day Posts

I realize that I’m really behind on my Quote of the Day posts, guys. I know I need to get back to it. There is no good excuse for dropping the ball like this, but I have been sick and also focusing really hard on letting people know about my Frost: An Otherworld Tale campaign on Inkshares. I have to get at least 221 more pre-orders in the next 77 days for my novel to be published. I can’t tell you just how important that goal is to me. I’ve been working on this novel for the past 10 years, and it’s time that it gets shared with the world.

I’ll be getting up Quote of the Day posts again starting this evening. I look forward to connecting with y’all through those again, and I hope that you consider supporting Frost on Inkshares!

Love,

Chelsea Clemmons Moye, Author


Frost on Inkshares

I have a special announcement for all my lovely followers! I have chosen to publish Frost through Inkshares since JukePop’s publishing program is currently on hold. Reserve your copy now!

What would you do to keep from dying in this world? Anything? Would you save another world from destruction?

Saving a world known as Daraglathia from annihilation via total war is what Lauren Frost must do to earn back her life in our world. Reserve your copy now for just $10 on Inkshares!

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Quote of the Day -4/4/16 – Alan Alda On Creative Life

“Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory. Be brave enough to live life creatively.” -Alan Alda

I needed this quote today. As you can probably tell by my inconsistency in posting lately, I’ve been wavering on the value of my blog, and whether or not it’s worth it for me to continue to pursue this when I have no real measurable income to speak of right now.

My logical mind is screaming at me to hurry up and finish my medical transcription and editing courses so I can make money and be an active contributor to my marriage. My logical mind likes to make me feel like this blog is a waste of time.

My heart and soul disagree. All I’ve ever wanted to be is a successful writer, and that desire is never going to go away. I still need to finish my medical transcription courses, yes, but I also feel that I must continue to “Be brave enough to live life creatively,” as Alan Alda so eloquently put it.

So, in the interest of both continuing to heed my calling and bringing in an income to contribute to my marriage, what am I going to do?

  1. I’m going to pray for God’s guidance.
  2. I’m going to get back on my schedule.
  3. I’m going to do my writing very first thing in the morning.
  4. After I’ve done my writing for the day, I’m going to work on my MTE school.
  5. I’m going to spend at least one hour a day on housework.
  6. I’m going to pray some more.
  7. I’m going to get back to using the 5,000 Words Per Hour method created by Chris Fox.
  8. I’m going to finish Frost as soon as I get the help I need from my beta readers.

If you are interested in beta reading for me, please contact me.


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


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