I mean there are definitely more than three reasons to pre-order #TheLeftoverBride audiobook but … let’s start with three.
You may have seen that the Kickstarter for #TheLeftoverBride audiobook was not funded. Which yep. Sad. But because I always try to have a backup plan and because I do believe in this project, I have set-up a pre-order for #TheLeftoverBride audiobook in my store.
If you pre-order the audiobook, you will receive additional narrated bonus scenes!
If you pre-order #TheLeftoverBride audiobook before August 2nd, you can get 25% off. Yes, you read that right: for a very limited time, you can get 25% on the pre-order of #TheLeftoverBride audiobook. Just use the coupon: TLB25 at checkout. The coupon is only valid for that item and will expire on August 2nd: so make sure you click pre-order today!
You’ll be able to listen to the audiobook before anyone else… The audiobook will be sent to you via BookFunnel. You can listen to it on your phone or on your computer. You can use the BookFunnel app (very easy) or via a browser (also very easy). And BookFunnel is there to help you if you’re having issues.
Plus: when you pre-order #TheLeftoverBride audiobook directly from my store, I receive more royalties and I don’t have to wait sixty days, so you basically support a small business 🙂
Well, if you’re like me, trying out Kickstarter was a roller coaster full of emotions. Plus, all that marketing? And putting yourself out there? Challenging to say the least. One day, I thought I had the best carefully-crafted plan, the next I thought: what am I doing? I really believed my Kickstarter would get funded. Yet, here I am. The kickstarter was funded at 48% and it had 23 amazing backers.
When your Kickstarter doesn’t get fully funded, you do not receive any of the pledges.
Part of my process…
Also part of my process…
I am so grateful to everyone who backed this project for believing in it and me and Megan.
But now that it hasn’t been funded, what do I do?
I will do a root cause analysis of why I think it wasn’t funded. And what I might do differently should I ever do a Kickstarter again. If you’re an author, there are many free resources available (podcast, blog posts and more that talk about kickstarter for authors – I’ll make a list when I do an episode on my podcast about it).
And when it comes to one of the major next steps: before the Kickstarter announced it wasn’t funded, I updated my online store to offer some of the rewards. For example, readers and audiobook listeners can pre-order #TheLeftoverBride audiobook directly from me (helping with increasing the royalties), they can name a character in #SweetsForLove, get their names in the credit and chat self-publishing with me if they wish. 🙂
And I offer rewards in exchange for your pledge to fund said-production (rewards include: an early electronic copy of the audiobook, your name in the credits, pick a name for a character, more audiobooks, chat with me about self-publishing and so so much more…).
The project will only be funded if it reaches its goal and you can choose your reward (they start at $1 or even pledge whatever you’d like without a reward here).
People who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards or experiences in exchange for their pledges. This model traces its roots to subscription model of arts patronage, where artists would go directly to their audiences to fund their work.
Closed caption: My story? I was born in 1981 … Oh no, not my story but the story of this project…Oh, okay, Keep reading…
There we go.
#TheLeftoverBride is a book I wrote not long after my autologous stem cell transplant as I needed a novel I could concentrate on that would make me smile. And a book that I hoped would make people smile.
This is the dedication of the book:
It seems it worked for many readers.
Those are some reviews the book has received:
“This book is so much fun! The perfect combination of romance, angst, and humor, it’s your favorite Hallmark movie’s sassier, steamier cousin.”
“Sweet, sassy and fun!”
An audiobook allows me to reach out to so many more people around the world. Maybe making them smile, too.
And by funding this project, you ensure that it can be made available to libraries as well as retailers. In addition, I can make the book available at a lower price around the world if this project is fully funded, than if it was made exclusive to only one distributor.
This book has characters who have been through a lot. Sorcha has OCD (wonder where I got the inspiration for that?). Ryan dealt with a tough childhood (that I’m lucky I had to research a lot as my experience differs from his) and thinking his career defines him (hmmm).
And an audiobook production requires investment up front for my wonderful and amazingly talented audiobook narrator.
Do you know the amount of work for one hour of finished audio (narrated, edited and mastered)?
It takes about 6 hours to produce one hour of finished audio: about two hours of narration and going through the audio to edit it (take away possible repetitions, mistakes, extraneous noises, clicks) and master it (ensuring the noise level is to the requirements. One also needs to re-listen to the finished file for quality control.
So, when you’re listening to an audiobook of about eight hours, it may have taken the narrator/producer about 48 hours to produce, not counting the breaks when you’re recording for your voice or for the way you sit or stand.
That also doesn’t take into consideration the pre-work that might be needed like reading the entire book before you record, making notes to make sure you keep the characters’ voice the same throughout and so much more…
When you hire a narrator/producer, you hire someone who can not only act and perform, you also hire someone who knows the intricacies of audiobook narration and production.
Once the audiobook is distributed, I receive between 10% and 40% of the price of audiobook (depending on the royalty share agreement, on the way a listener buys or borrows the audiobook, on the retailer).
With this payment structure, I might decide to put the audiobook available in places where my return on investment might be higher. It not only means the audiobook wouldn’t be available everywhere, but recouping said investment can still take quite a long time.
In addition, the narrator may also take a risk when they agree to a part of their return being royalty-share because what if the audiobook doesn’t do as well on the retailers? Not from any fault of their own, but maybe the marketing or advertising plan doesn’t work the way it could/should?
So… this would be how the project funding would be used:
First, the audiobook will be made available on a larger distribution platform, which would include libraries. Libraries can then purchase the audiobook at a much lower price;
$2000 for the audiobook narrator/producer: this would be an actual remuneration of $40 per hour for the work done. (This is the median hourly rate for an experienced audiobook narrator). This narrator has gone above and beyond for previous audiobooks which she had agreed to do via royalty-share (where she had reduced her rate per finished hour but, like me, ended up making a loss);
About $130 for Kickstarter fees;
About $130 in processing fees;
About $200 for shipping (including some international shipping);
About $70 in taxes;
About $20 for the platform enabling distribution of audiobooks electronically;
About $250 for ads once the audiobook is available worldwide;
And because I can dream, right? Anything above the goal would be split this way: half for the narrator and half for me.
By funding this project, you not only will help me make more people smile. It will make it easier for me to have the audiobook possibly available in libraries and in more countries around the world where people speak or learn English. But you will also enable me to accomplish other projects (such as more bilingual books and more actual writing…)
So, thank you, thank you, thank you SO MUCH! It means the world to me.
Risks and challenges
All the rewards are either already in production or will be as soon as the project is successfully funded. The only one is the short story reward. That reward might take me a bit more time to get more to, which is why the delivery is longer. When it comes to the short story, you’ll be able to give me names, tropes or story idea. There will be a survey to fill out. If the story idea is out of my competencies or a topic I do not write about, I will deliver a short story that might be slightly different but will still be exclusive.
This is the story of my morning’s happy dance…or this morning’s port flush. I’ve been posting on Instagram using the hashtag: #OurDecemberMornings started by Corinne Cunningham.
I was thinking of posting a picture of the cancer center waiting area but when I got out, I saw this tree and the “Home of the Brave” sign and yep, it is definitely “Home of the Brave”.
I am so grateful for the nurses and doctors and technicians and receptionists and custodian staff of the University Of Maryland who have been giving even more than before.
For a while, due to the pandemic, cancer patients couldn’t have anyone with them in the cancer center. And that meant, people just starting treatment didn’t have their support system physically with them. And I can’t imagine how much harder it must have been to enter that center or the transplant unit and not knowing what to expect…alone. And the entire medical staff stepped up even more to be that support system for the patient, showing up in so many ways.
So yep, definitely “Home of the Brave.”
This morning, I got my port flushed. My port needs to be flushed every six weeks or so, since I’m out of treatment.
I love my port. It feels weird to say that because the only reason I have a port is because I needed it for treatment. I’ve had my port now for almost 3 years. I started chemo without one. One day, it took hours (in another cancer center) to find a vein after the first one collapsed because the first chemo drug was administered too quickly. I still had three chemo drugs to go that day. This was a hard day.
The day after I got my port (in January 2018), I started treatment at the Greenebaum Cancer Center. And this little port has saved me hours of anxiety and pain and tears.
So, every single time I see the blood return and the port flush working, I do a happy dance. Literally. I do a little dance in the chair.
And I did my happy dance this morning.
Crossing my fingers you do a happy dance this morning too. For whatever reason.
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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 #LightTheNight? Long 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.
It’s time for another TeaserTuesday and today you’re about to meet Dimitri. The excerpt is a few paragraphs into Chapter 3. 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!
There really is a before and after. When Nadia used to tell me about some stories she’d read, or a play she was auditioning for, she always said there was a before and an after. And with those comes one moment that changes everything
My accident was the turning point. And my after sucks.
Before, whenever I’d come into town, people would pat me on the shoulder, offer me an extra sandwich, an ice cream. Little kids would look at me with so much awe in their eyes. Guys would want to be me. I was celebrated. I mattered.
It wasn’t only about the game. It was a way of life.
Some look at me the way I expect them to: a bit of pity, a bit of you-deserve-this. But what hurts the most is realizing that most don’t even notice me anymore. I’ve officially become a ghost of football past. Unless I can convince one coach to take another look at me.
I think next week, I am going to share another excerpt…this time from the killer’s POV. Have you already listened to the first minute of the audiobook I’ve shared before? Here it is again. 🙂
I’m pretty sure it’s the first time I share one of my own recipes on my blog. I’ve been making this for breakfast every few weeks for the past four or five months and it’s really good. So I thought I’d share.
Plus, it’s inspiring my current rom-com since the hero really enjoys cooking…
Plato The Dog loves when I make this dish because of the smell of butter melting in the pan. I agree with him. 🙂
Crêpes filled with a mustard sauce, red onions and red peppers, roast beef and more.
This makes enough filling for 4 crêpes. And full disclaimer: when I say “sprinkle” it’s because I have no idea on how much I actually put in. I make a simple crêpe batter the night before (recipe from Marmiton (in French) – I change the ingredients for 10 crêpes instead of 20 and still have some batter to make sweet ones).
Ingredients for the filling:
1 red pepper
1 red onion
roast beef (about half a pack)
mustard (stone ground dijon)
shredded cheese (Colby or Swiss or Mexican blend)
While you cook this, you can make the crêpes at the same time. Preheat your oven at 200 degrees (Fahrenheit).
1. First step: sauté chopped red onions in a bit of melted butter and sprinkle with salt, pepper and sugar. 😊🍴 2. Add a tablespoon of red wine. And let simmer for a few minutes. 😊🍴 3. Add chopped red pepper and again sprinkle with salt, pepper, sugar and add a bit more red wine (I put maybe 3 tbsp). 😊🍴 4. Let it simmer until the red pepper for about 5 minutes. Then add the chopped roast beef and let it simmer for about 3 more minutes 😊🍴 5. Add at least 2 tablespoons of mustard. Mix. Then add about 1/4 of heavy cream. Let it simmer while you continue making the crêpes. 😊🍴 6. Add 2 tablespoons of chopped green onions and 1/4 cup of shredded cheese in the sauce. 😊🍴 7. Fill crêpes with mixture. 😊🍴 8. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions and put in oven for about 5 minutes. Or until the cheese is melted.
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First, Thank you to #ASummerInWriting over on Instagram and Dante Medema as well as Liz Lawson for all those prompts :-).
I got to meet and reconnect with some wonderful authors, and I’m feeling even more motivated to finish drafting my rom-com 🙂 I’m very excited about the progress I’ve made and for my upcoming Summer goals 🙂
1. Finish drafting my rom-com. This will be my main focus in the next two weeks so that I can send it to my CPs mid-August. I need about 15000 words. Totally do-able, right?
2. Announce and promote something very exciting (related to an audiobook). My newsletter subscribers will find out first (you can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/g_Qp4D – hint, hint).
3. Prepare for the publication of the Italian translation of ALWAYS SECOND BEST.
4. Continue adding words to 2 small projects.
5. Continue brainstorming MISS ME, MISS ME NOT. I’m not “officially” writing it yet, but this project is never too far from my mind.
6. Publish the German/English version of ASLNO via Ingram.
7. Enjoy the process and all those little happy moments. ❤
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Good news! I’m still in remission! Keeping it short 🙂 Because I could write pages about everything. I won’t go into the details of Scanxiety or what it’s like to wait alone for the PET scan results because visitors are still not allowed in due to COVID-19 (Alex was allowed in the PET scan waiting area though which was nice) or how much I laughed with the nurses who gave me my second round of vaccines.
We are breathing a sigh of relief (more than one) and doing a happy dance (as well as we can dance :-)). My scan yesterday showed no signs of recurrence! Based on the scan, I may have a nasopharyngeal cyst (need to see an ENT doctor). and a problem with my thyroid (we’re going to investigate with a blood test at my next doctor’s visit). And it seems the rash I thought was eczema could actually be shingles. But and I quote my report, “no metabolic evidence of nodal or extranodal lymphoma recurrence.”
We are very grateful to my oncologist and his team and everyone for the support.
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