The Writing Process of SOULED

The Inspiration:

It started as a spark of inspiration. Watching children spending so much of their day using screen time and particularly video games, I wondered what if the reason children are so drawn to it is because there’s another force behind it. Someone or something makes the pull irresistable.

The Writing Process:

I decided I would write this during the annual NANOWRIMO challenge (National Novel Writing Month) challenge . While the novel wasn’t finished with the first draft at the end of November, I was well on my way. My first draft finished in January. Once I finished, I set the book aside for a while before moving on to editing.

After a month, I began the editing process. I went through the story several times before hiring a professional editor. This step is really important. No matter how well you know your book, you need a separate pair of unbiased eyes to help make the book the best it can be.

My favorite part has been hiring the illustrator. I worked with Junior of Junior’s Digital Designs a few years ago and loved their work. The team was the first group that came to mind knowing that my book included gaming characters.

Second Way to Earn a Free Book

The Campaign is going well for SOULED on Indiegogo. We are on day three and at 20% of our goal. If we can reach 30% by the end of the day, EVERYONE who contributes will get a second hardcover of Souled FREE. So be sure to share, click and contribute!

What is Souled?

Souled is a novel about Ethan and his friends who end up getting trapped in a video game.

When Ethan and his friends play the much anticipated new game Seeker, they are thrown into a new world where the lines of reality and gaming are blurred. As people close to Ethan, including his sister, start to disappear, Ethan and his team must free the trapped souls, defeat the dark wizard and stop the destruction before he and his friends are trapped forever.

Get a FREE Copy of Souled

This morning we were at 12% funded. Now we’re at 15%.

This means another Giveaway has been unlocked! This will be ongoing and in addition to any other ongoing perks.

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What’s the deal?

Simple. When you send people to the SOULED campaign and they contribute, you will earn a referrer credit. When 5 people contribute from your referral, you earn a FREE HARDCOVER!

How will this work?

1.) Log into your Indiegogo Account


2.) Go to the Souled Campaign


3.) USE the Indiegogo Share tool- URL LINK.

  • Right under the pledge option is a SHARE tool
  • Click the LINK button.
  • USE ONLY THIS. THIS IS YOUR REFERRAL URL
  • SHARE and encourage others to join the campaign

4.) When they contribute, you get credit as a referrer

5) That’s it! 5 contributions credited to you = a free book.

Souled is Moving

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This is a tough thing to post, but I want to be sure my energies are utilized the best they can be. We were on day 6 of the campaign and at 17%. In order for this to succeed in reaching the goal I chose, I should have been over 30%. So I chose to stop the All or Nothing Kickstarter and relaunch it here with a better goal and more flexibility.

WAIT! HEAR ME OUT!

art by Junior’s Digital Designs

That isn’t a bad thing, really.

In fact, it just means I’m going to go about this another way. I wanted the Kickstarter so I could get a decent print run but that’s not the only way to publish a book.

Instead, I relaunched this on Indigogo. Any funds I raise will cover your rewards and printing in a smaller quantity. The good news about this, with the nature of my plan, is there will be no risk to either you or me. Those who order a book, will get their books. No matter how much is raised.

We also won’t have to wait as long for delivery of the books.

So head on over and get your books!

Pre-Order Campaign Now Live!

Today’s the day! It’s Launch Day for SOULED at Kickstarter! Your support means that SOULED can be printed and put into the hands of children everywhere.

So what exactly is Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform but it is very different than just donating money to a project. Every project has reward tiers. Most projects, including mine, have tiers directly related to the project such as copies of the book or book swag. Most authors’ tiers are Pre-orders of the actual book. Below is an image of a few tiers that I have set up.

I have several more tiers created as an attempt to meet everyone’s comfort level of support. In addition to the tiers, I have a special announcement. For TODAY and TOMORROW only you can pre-order at the $18 level and get:

  • Autographed Hardcover Copy of Souled
  • Digital bookmark
  • Digital Download of Souled
  • Printed Autographed Bookmark
  • Digital Characters Card – a digital photo of the main characters
  • Printed Characters Card – A printed card featuring the Characters
  • Souled Sticker
  • TY Message from Ethan, Alyssa, Jason, and Brody from SOULED

Once you have stopped by my page and helped me out there, share the page and tag me in it. You will get a free downloaded image of Ethan, the main character in Souled. Again, be sure to tag me in your post so I know.

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Souled Media Kit

Thank you for your interest in the middle-grade novel Souled, a book about gaming, friendship and loyalty.

If you are on Instagram, send me images of you with the book. You can tag me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jengladen/ Also, add the hashtags #souled and #letsdothis

Souled – A middle-grade book on gaming.

Souled is Jennifer Gladen’s first middle-grade fantasy novel about a boy, his friends and the release of a video game they all have been waiting for.  But when people start disappearing, Ethan realizes there is something more to the game. 

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A book about friendships, family and loyalty, Souled is an action packed book filled with one adventure after another. When Ethan and his friends play the much anticipated new game Seeker, they are thrown into a new world where the lines of reality and gaming are blurred. As people close to Ethan, including his sister, start to disappear, Ethan and his team must free the trapped souls, defeat the dark wizard and stop the destruction before he and his friends are trapped forever.

About the Author

Jennifer Gladen, author of Souled, is a teacher and children’s author who lives and writes in Pennsylvania. She is also the author of A Star in the Night, Teresa’s Shadow, Angel Donor, and Caitie the Caterpillar through Guardian Angel Publishing. Angel Donor is a story about a girl in need of a liver transplant. The story was inspired by Ms. Gladen’s own daughter who was in a similar situation.

 She contributed as a columnist at Catholic Mom and is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild (C.W.G.). She is also a P.A.L member of the S.C.B.W.I. She has written several children’s stories, poems and articles.  She is currently working on more middle-grade projects.

The Launch

Available at Kickstarter: Link coming Soon

Website http://jengladen.com/SOULED.php

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jengladen

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Souled Cover Reveal And Kickstarter

If you’re part of my VIP team, you already know. The cover for my middle-grade novel SOULED has been released. A day later I posted it on some of my social media.

The amazing cover was done by Junior’s Digital Designs . I was so impressed with the quality of their artwork. As you can see above, they do amazing work, so definitely follow them on Instagram.

In addition to the cover, I am launching a Kickstarter campaign in THREE days. I can’t wait to send you over there to see what I put together. There will be rewards with print copies, digital copies, bookmarks, character cards, stickers and more. Also, there will be an EARLY BIRD special featuring a limited time only reward. Again, my VIP team will hear about it first, so be sure to join here.

If My Nose Could Talk Book Review

The picture book If My Nose Could Talk by Nicole Fillippone is a cute and fun story about a girl wondering what her nose would say if it could talk. The idea of a talking nose threw me off for a second, but I enjoyed the flow and the rhythm of the story. I think young readers would thoroughly enjoy this, especially since they do wonder about these things.

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Another thing I liked was the repitition. “What would I do? What would I say?” Not only is it fun to hear and read, but it is great for early learners. Repitition is a large part of language learning for that age. Definitely check it out on Amazon.

Overall, this was an adorable story that explores the imagination, which I think children will enjoy.

Book Review: Cami and Wyatt Have Too Much Screen Time

Last week I recieved the book “Cami and Wyatt Have Too Much Screen Time” by Stacy C. Bauer. I purchased it when Stacy ran her pre-order campaign on Kickstarter. It immediately caught my attention because of the topic. During the school year I teach Technology, so this is a topic I talk about ALL the time with my kiddos.

The story takes place when Cami and Wyatt were playing with their new devices. They were so excited and so enthralled with it that they passed up opportunities to do the things they normally love to do. They missed out on hanging out with friends, the ice cream truck, a fishing expedition with Dad, and Mom’s yummy cookies.

When the power goes out unexpectedly at dinner, Cami and Wyatt must find another way to spend their time. With games of Hide-and-Seek, flashlight stories and board games, they were able to take their minds off the dark room.

When Mom and Dad explain their worries to Cami and Wyatt about their excessive screentime, they all find a way to solve the problem without having to give up their devices indefinitely.

I really enjoyed the fact that this story shows there is a balance. It doesn’t indicate chosing one activity over the other but they discover ways to spend their time instead of staying on the devices all day.

This book is a nice, calm and fun way to break the topic of screentime to your kids without seeming too “preachy”about it. Definitely put this on your To Read List.

Get it here