Tag Archives: novel

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo 2017

That’s right, I’m doing it again. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) is right around the corner, and I’ve committed to doing it again this year. I’m taking a short break from my Otherworld Trilogy to start my Murphy Family Mysteries series. So, what book am I doing this year?

Murphy'sLaw of theJungle

This will be the first of many mysteries for the zany but endearing Murphy family. I’m not letting myself do a whole lot of over-planning for this one. I’m trying to short-circuit my perfectionist tendencies that usually make me bog down in my writing. This year, I intend to make steady progress and have an extremely rough draft to work from by November 30.

What tools do I have in my arsenal for this November? Here’s a short list:

  • LOTS OF COFFEE
  • A Basic Idea of Where the Story Is Going
  • The 5KWPH App/Technique Developed by Chris Fox
  • My Bullet Journal/Planner
  • Pens
  • Papers
  • Notebooks
  • Supportive Family & Friends Who Will Hold Me Accountable Via Our Facebook Group
  • My Awesome Word Count Widget In the Sidebar of My Blog! →
  • My Fantastic Blogging Community
  • Some New ADHD Management Techniques I Learned from Overcoming Distractions by David A. Greenwood
  • My Amazing Friend Lacey At The Creative Kitchen & Her YouTube Channel (Daily Check-Ins Are Totally Going to Happen)
  • My Trusty, Well-Worn Copy of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence
  • Did I mention COFFEE?

Well, that’s about all I have for you guys right now! 🙂 Stay tuned for all the NaNoWriMo shenanigans!

For Excellent Writing Resources, Check Out WritersDigestShop.com!


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!


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


Celebrating a Friend’s Success

Congratulations are in order for one of my former classmates, Tyler Anne Snell! She’s been published with the Harlequin Intrigue line. When you can, please check out her premier novel Manhunt. As someone who took creative writing courses with her, I can guarantee you that the book will be witty, fast-paced, and impossible to put down.

Congratulations, Tyler!


Celebrating a Friend's Success

Congratulations are in order for one of my former classmates, Tyler Anne Snell! She’s been published with the Harlequin Intrigue line. When you can, please check out her premier novel Manhunt. As someone who took creative writing courses with her, I can guarantee you that the book will be witty, fast-paced, and impossible to put down.

Congratulations, Tyler!


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


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


Harlequin Christmas Challenge

So, as some of you may know, I absolutely adore Harlequin romance novels and would love to write for Harlequin someday. I submitted an entry to their Christmas Challenge, and I’m looking forward to the guaranteed editor feedback.


NaNoWriMo 2014

I’ve decided to go for it with NaNoWriMo again this year. What do you guys think of the temporary cover I came up with for the novel I’ve chosen to work on this November?

In the Dark Temp Cover Even Lower Quality

I know it’s not a masterpiece. Mostly, I was just playing around with Pixlr.


Why Did I Go to College?

I am a substitute teacher. We do not get paid at all during the summer, and that can get stressful when you have bills coming in, but no way to pay them. So, I’ve applied for jobs everywhere that I can. (I can’t work in food service due to extremely severe food allergies, so that limits my options.) I’ve applied at every retail place that I can feasibly afford to drive to, should I get hired. Only two places have called me back, and both of those places told me that I am overqualified because I have an AS and a BS.

This is deeply frustrating because the point of going to college and getting degrees was supposed to be that it would make it easier for me to get a job when I was through. Apparently, this is no longer true. So, why did I go to college? At this point, I’m just praying someone will have mercy on me and at least give me the benefit of an interview.

In the meantime, I’m trying to pay the bills by doing something that I love: writing. Not only do I have Custom Romance campaigns on Indiegogo (whatever you contribute is kept and your novel & perks are guaranteed) and Kickstarter (you only pay and get your novel & perks if the campaign is successful), but I also have a much broader option on GoFundMe allowing for any genre of custom fiction, at any level from flash fiction to a trilogy of novels, depending on what you want to contribute.


%d bloggers like this: