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The One Where You Could Help The Chemical Engineer reach his Fundraising goal for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s #LightTheNight…

First of all, I hope you’re all doing well and keeping safe. As you may have seen, I’ve been raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And thank you so so so very much to everyone who has already donated.

Both The Chemical Engineer and our friend, Sam, joined our team. We’re very close to reaching our team goal of $1000 (anything above would be amazing, of course), but Alex hasn’t reached his goal of $200 yet. And that’s where this post comes in.

You can donate to Alex’s Fundraising Page here: https://pages.lls.org/ltn/md/Baltimor20/ANowodazkij  or on his Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/726116337938686/10109848498367178/  

  • $300 helps fund one week of LLS-sponsored group support for families dealing with blood cancer treatment.
  • $500 helps defray the costs of treatment-related travel for a patient.
  • $1,000 helps fund general lab supplies for seven weeks to help LLS-funded researchers conduct laboratory work needed to develop blood cancer treatments.
  •  $6,000 funds the work of an LLS-funded research fellow for six weeks.
  •   $10,000 allows a donor direct funding of one of nine disease-specific research portfolios.

Alex is quite busy these days. He’s always quite busy but even more so for the past few months, and he doesn’t have much extra time to fundraise. And this is where I and this post come in…(especially as I’ve already reached my goal. Thank you again to everyone who already donated!)

If you cannot donate we totally understand!

Don’t hesitate to share this post…:-)

Help him reach his fundraising goal and light the night!

Audiobooks

The One Where The Killer Speaks Again…(from the upcoming FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook)

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Did you know that there is a page on this blog full of extra content, available only to newsletter subscribers? Newsletter subscribers will be the first to receive the exclusive scene narrated by Megan.  You can subscribe to my newsletter here to receive the password.

Thank you to everyone who voted in my Instagram stories to help me decide on which exclusive excerpt to share today. 🙂 By popular demand, I am sharing another sample from the killer’s point-of-view…Perfect as we edge closer to Halloween…

As always, Megan Carter brings the story to life in such a wonderful manner, or in this case a very eerie manner. 🙂

Press play on the video below or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

Perhaps in a last attempt at survival, Rachel pushes herself to sit back up in an impressive move. Many girls have totally given up by this point.

“I won’t tell anyone who you are. I swear.”

Her upper lip quivers. And this time my smile turns angelic, innocent. It’s a smile I practice often, the one I use when I need to blend in the crowd. Right now, it’s a smile that teases her into believing she has a chance.

She must see hope in this smile, because she repeats, “I swear I won’t.”

But like all the other ones before her, this girl isn’t going home.

Have you already listened to the recording bloopers Megan agreed to share? Warning: even her bloopers sound amazing.

Bloopers Part Two.
Explicit bloopers (Part 1)

Have you already listened to other excerpts from the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook I shared over the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…
A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

And if you’d like to help me raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and #LightTheNight, please check out this link.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

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Motivation Monday

The One With The Coffee Mug Motivation…

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I love mugs. If you ask The Chemical Engineer, he might tell you we have too many mugs. I would disagree. We have mugs that are full of memories that make me smile. We have mugs that have sayings on them that make me smile.

I actually got the mug below for him. 😉 I do use it as well.

It’s official. You’re awesome.

I took the following picture sometime last week, and I thought I’d share it in case anyone else needs that reminder or needs a smile or loves mugs as much as I do. 😉

I shared it on Instagram this morning.

Oh, in case you’re wondering where I got it. It was at Target. They don’t seem to ship it anymore, but some stores may still have it. They do curbside contactless pick-up. 🙂

I have a lot of things on my to-do list for today and for this week, including:

  • Finish revising/drafting my first adult rom-com.
  • Getting the German/Italian version of ONE DREAM ONLY ready for publication. That means: work on the ebook cover, the paperback cover, upload it on different platforms.
  • Getting the Italian version of ONE DREAM ONLY ready for re-publication, as I’m getting the rights back this week. That includes: work on an updated ebook cover, an updated paperback cover, upload it on different platforms.

Do you have mugs that bring a smile to your face as soon as you see them? What do you have on your to-do list for today? Or for this week?

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The One With The Love List…

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What is a love list? Honestly, you could do a love list for a whole lot of different things, but this one is about my manuscript. 🙂

Once upon a time, YA Highway (remember, YA Highway?)’s prompt for Road Trip Wednesday was: “What’s on your Work-in-Progress Love List?”

It was a summer day, forever ago (on August 22nd, 2012), when writers around the globe shared their love lists for their own manuscript. I did, too. Even if I did apparently forget.

Full disclosure: I actually remembered Katy Upperman’s love lists (for KISSING MAX HOLDEN which was then called CROSS MY HEART and another book which is full of hearbreak and emotions), which is how I found my way back to Googling YA Highway RTW Love List, re-read Dahlia Adler’s Love List for her manuscript which popped up in my Google search, and then re-found my own from August 2012.

That YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday prompt was based on a guest post by contemporary young adult author  Stephanie Perkins’ for author Natalie Whipple’s blog.

Whenever I begin a new project, I also begin a list called “What I Love About This Story.” I start by writing down those first ideas that sparked the fires of my mind, and then I add more ideas as I discover them during my push through early drafts. I use this list as a touchstone to remind myself during the hard times why my story is worthwhile. It’s easy to forget the GOOD STUFF when I’m wading through the muck, and the end is still months away, and it feels pointless and hopeless to continue. This list becomes a crucial reminder: Yes! This is a story worth telling! 

And as I’m about to go back into finishing drafting/revising my current work-in-progress, I feel like writing down this manuscript’s love list (in addition to my Pinterest board) will be helpful.

This is my first adult rom-com and I’ve only been sharing snippets of it with my critique partners.

So, here we go.

💕Love List 💕

Second chance romance.
Bucket Lists.
Lace. And tule. And wedding dresses.
Vintage clothing.
Old Bay.
Swans’ Cove.
Maryland Eastern Shore Little Town.
Holiday season.
Laughter.
Animal shelter.
Hockey.
Therapy.
Ice rink.
Self-confidence.
Therapy.
Friendships.
Giggles.
The sweet smell of cinammon apple pie baking in the oven.
The flavor of Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon.
The sound of the waves.
Family dinners.
Support.
Chemistry.
Scenes full of sexy moments…including sizzling sexy moments and laughing sexy moments and full-of-emotions sexy moments.
and so much more ;-)…

Do you have a love list for your manuscript? Or maybe for your job? Or your day? Don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments. 🙂

Oh, and if you’d like to help me raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and #LightTheNight, please check out this link.

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Audiobooks, narration

The One With The Recording Setup and tips for audiobook narrators from Megan Carter…

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I love seeing narrators’ recording setups and so I’ve asked Megan Carter, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT (coming soon), if she didn’t mind sending me a picture of her setup.

And…here it is. 🙂

Where the recording magic happens.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some tips for narrators from Megan…If you haven’t listened to those three tips, you can catch up here or below.

You can also click here to access the YouTube video.

1. Try to pick projects you love! Don’t be shy about asking to read the whole book before you sign a contract. If you like what you’re doing, you’ll enjoy the process more and create a better product.

2. Keep track of your characters! I use a spreadsheet with timestamps for each voice. If you have a minor character that appears in chapter 3 and doesn’t come back until chapter 17, you want to remember exactly what he sounds like!

3. Take care of yourself! Sitting in one place and using your voice all day can be really hard on your body! I warm up before, take breaks during, and I’ve bookmarked a few favourite yoga videos on Youtube for a great neck and shoulder release after. And make sure to hydrate!

Have you already listened tothe excerpts from the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook I shared over the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…
A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

Have you already listened to the first part of the bloopers?

Explicit bloopers (Part 1)
Bloopers (Part 2)

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletteror to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

And if you’d like to help me raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and #LightTheNight, please check out this link.

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If you’d like to receive updates about my books and get exclusive access to bonus content, don’t hesitate to susbscribe to my newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website .

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The one where I share what I learned about tags and journeys for newsletter subscribers on Mailchimp…

…Yes, I know it’s a long title. 🙂

Long story short

This is what I learned:

  • In Mailchimp, you can assign tags to new subscribers who subscribe from a landing page. The advantage? You know exactly where subscribers signed up from and you can tailor some of the emails based on that tag. In addition, you can then keep only one list with different automations.
  • You can then create a “journey” for them based on that tag.
  • At the end of the journey (since I have an essentials plan and not a standard plan), I add an additional tag to those subscribers.
  • They then start on the “regular” journey I have created for people who sign up through my website.
  • Let’s say, reader A finished reading FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT and would like to read a bonus scene, he/she/they click on the link at the end of the ebook, subscribe(s) through the landing page (example here of said landing page) and then get(s) assigned the tag “FMFMN Bonus scene”.
  • Reader A then receives:
  1. The exclusive bonus epilogue.
  2. Then, an hour later, an other tag is added to Reader A through the “journey” called “Welcome emails”. Reader A then starts the “Welcome Emails” journey.
  3. Reader A receives about one to two hours later a Welcome Email with a password to access more bonus content.
  4. A week later, reader A receives another email with more info on the newsletter, info about free books, audiobook promo codes and pictures of Plato The Dog and Bobbie Voltaire The Cat.
  5. So reader A receives a total of 3 emails within a week.

Here you can read much more about tags, journey, landing pages:

Long story long:

Authors are usually told that newsletters are very important because, unlike social media, one keeps the contact info of people who subscribe and is not subjected to the whim of the ever-changing algorithm of social media.

What does this mean? It means that you can reach people without relying on them using social media. You also can reach people without boosting your posts, because you land directly in their mailbox. When algorithms change on Facebook or Instagram, it can affect how often your audience sees your posts…and then your audience may leave social media, but might keep their email address.

It doesn’t mean that it’s free. Hosting a newsletter can get costly, depending on which provider you decide to use.

The ones I hear most about are Mailerlite and Mailchimp. I personally still use Mailchimp. But it’s mainly for convenience, and I still have a plan from years ago with them, and I haven’t reached the number of subscribers that would make Mailchimp very expensive.

Because it can get expensive. Did I mention that?

If you’re interested in the different platform and their pros/cons, here are a few articles.

I used to have different mailing lists, depending on where I was getting my susbcribers. This made sending newsletters a bit cumbersome, and then I had some duplicate subscribers. So, I’ve been consolidating my newsletters into one. And that’s when I started looking more closely at tags, and journey, and automation, and …. and …. and…

I chatted with Mailchimp employees several times to understand fully what the best solution for my needs was and decided on creating different landing pages, depending on where subscribers signed up. That way, I can attach a tag to said subscribers and they can have personalized “welcome” emails.

I’m still working on some landing pages but here are two of them if you’re interested in taking a look:

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT exclusive epilogue (link is at the end of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT encouraging readers to leave a review, but they don’t have to leave a review to receive the epilogue…): https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/fearmefearmenot

Website subscribers landing page: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website

  1. Website subscribers receive a password to a bonus content page which has all the bonus content as their first welcome email.
  2. FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT subscribers first receive the exclusive FMFMN epilogue and then another tag is added to their profile and they go on the same “journey” as website subscribers. Their second email is the password to the bonus content page.
  3. The last email both sets of subscribers receive as part of their “welcome journey” is more info about the newsletter, as well as pictures of Plato The Dog and Bobbie Voltaire The Cat, and info about free books and audiobook promo codes.
  4. FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT subscribers receive three emails within a week. Website subscribers receive two emails within a week.

And this is it, today, for “The one where I share what I learned about tags and journeys for newsletter subscribers on Mailchimp…”

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I turned one yesterday!

I turned one yesterday.

Well, I turned one in a way yesterday. I celebrated my second birthday. A year ago, on October 7th 2019, I received my stem cells back as part of the autologous stem cell transplant.

I wrote a much longer update on my CaringBridge journal in English, French and German: https://www.caringbridge.org/…/…/id/5f7f593bd73a099f728b4928

We celebrated that day yesterday. October 7th. It is my second birthday. And every day, I am grateful. Fine, maybe not all day every day but at least three times a day. 😉
And celebrating those milestones is important to me, to us. So, yesterday, we took a stroll in the park with Plato the Dog. I had a pumpkin spice latte with the creamer I had gotten from Target in curbside pick-up. Alex picked up food at our favorite restaurant. And I even had a candle on my cake.

If you want to help me celebrate, don’t hesitate to share my LIGHT THE NIGHT fundraiser or Alex’s LIGHT THE NIGHT Fundraiser (on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society platform for Alex – on Facebook for Alex – on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society platform for me – on Facebook for me). You can give from all around the world. And/Or register to BeTheMatch.

And/Or register to BeTheMatch in the US. If you’re in France: https://www.dondemoelleosseuse.fr/ or in Germany: https://www.dkms.de/de/spender-werden

And if you can, enjoy the sunshine outside your window, or the rain pattering, or just take a moment to breathe or check in on someone you haven’t checked in a while, or ask for help if you need it, or take some time to enjoy your favorite dish, and be kind to yourself…

I turned one yesterday—in a way.
And I have plans. And pumpkin spice latte.

Audiobooks

The one with bloopers from the upcoming FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook…(Part Two)

Time for part two of bloopers from the audiobook recording of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT by Megan Carter. 🙂

I love watching bloopers for some of my favorite shows. They make me laugh, and sometimes they give an insight into the creative process.

And I was so happy, when Megan agreed to share some of the bloopers of her recording of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT with me. Spoiler warning: even her bloopers sound amazing.

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan. That exclusive scene will be available to those who signed up as soon as the audiobook is available for sale! The audiobook is currently undergoing ACX review, so it should be available before the end of October, right on time for Halloween.

Here’s the second part of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT bloopers.

Press play on the video below or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

Have you already listened to the first part of the bloopers?

Explicit bloopers (Part 1)

Have you already listened to other excerpts from the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook I shared over the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…
A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

And if you’d like to help me raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and #LightTheNight, please check out this link.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

Oh and you can sign up below if you want to receive an email when I write on this blog…

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Help me #LightTheNight?

The messages pictured in that post were on the wall of the Family relaxation room of the stem-cell transplant unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center. And honestly, those cards throughout the unit helped me quite a bit during my hospital stay for my autologous stem cell transplant last year.

My admission date was supposed to be October 2nd, 2019, but I got admitted a day early, and started high-dose chemotherapy that same evening.

How can you help me #LightTheNightLong story short: I want to find ways to help patients and families dealing with blood cancers — if you haven’t checked out my #LightTheNight fundraising page for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the link is: https://pages.lls.org/ltn/md/baltimor20/elodieslightthenight

We would love to have you on our team! Once you click on the link, there’s a button at the bottom called “join”. If it doesn’t take you directly to my team, you then look for the Baltimore event and then you can look by Team Captains. And you type in my last name: Nowodazkij. You can decide how much you want to raise and LLS gives you all the tools you need. Thank you to everyone who already donated! 

Did you know that LLS helped advance 55 of the 65 blood cancer treatment options approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2017?

Long story long: Last year on October 2nd, I was at the hospital. My admission date for my autologous stem-cell transplant was supposed to be October 2nd, 2019, but I got admitted a day early, on October 1st and started high-dose chemotherapy that same evening.

This was part of the message The Chemical Engineer had posted on our CaringBridge on October 1st, “Today we got a call from the hospital and the admission date was moved up by 24 hours, so it’s happening! We are trying to stay cool and prepare to check in at 12:30 pm.” That part about staying cool? The operative word of that sentence is “trying”.

Staying cool wasn’t that easy, especially as I still had things I wanted to do before getting admitted. I wanted to take a stroll into our favorite park by the water for example. I was scared. I had done a lot of work to prepare myself mentally and that switch in schedule, which I knew could happen, still came as a surprise. I thought I had another day to get ready. But, there was no time and off to the hospital we went. The team at the hospital was amazing and made me feel at ease. Looking back, I think the stress would have been even higher if my parents and Alex would not have been able to visit me as often as they did. On October 2nd, 2019 I also got more high-dose chemo, and I was also signing books for a vendor event in our neighborhood that was taking place that weekend, and where The Chemical Engineer went for me.  

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about joining #LightTheNight …

Thank you to everyone who already donated, and thank you to Sam and Alex for joining my team. I could have come up with a cool name for our team, but right now we’re “Elodie’s Light The Night.”  And did you know you can join us and help us raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?  They give you the tools you need. You get your own fundraising page and you set your own goals.

Check out the link here: https://pages.lls.org/ltn/md/baltimor20/elodieslightthenight

Audiobooks

The one with bloopers from the upcoming FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook…(Part One)

I love watching bloopers for some of my favorite shows. They make me laugh, and sometimes they give an insight into the creative process.

And I was so happy, when Megan agreed to share some of the bloopers of her recording of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT with me. Spoiler warning: even her bloopers sound amazing.

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan. That exclusive scene will be available to those who signed up as soon as the audiobook is available for sale! The audiobook is currently undergoing ACX review, so it should be available before the end of October, right on time for Halloween.

Here’s the first part of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT bloopers.

Little warning: there might be a curse word in there. 🙂

Press play on the video below to hear an excerpt from the killer’s point-of-view or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

Have you already listened to the other excerpts I shared over the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…
A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

And if you’d like to help me raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and #LightTheNight, please check out this link.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

Oh and you can sign up below if you want to receive an email when I write on this blog…