Author Updates, Book Fun

COVER REVEAL!

Without further delay, below is the BRAND NEW cover illustrated by Samantha Bell and designed by Helen Barrios. I am absolutely in love with this design and am anxiously awaiting publication day! Below, find the answers and the links to more information to the trivia questions from the previous post.

There were no winners this time, but that’s okay. I’ll mark this copy to go to Child Life or STAR Kids. Thanks to everyone who has visited!

Trivia Questions and Answers

Q 1: What is the name of the disease of the bile ducts in infants where the bile ducts become inflamed or blocked, causing restricted bile flow and damage to the liver?

A: Biliary Atresia (https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/diseases-of-the-liver/biliary-atresia/

Q2: Name two symptoms of the disease referenced above.

A: Jaundice, Pale stools, hardened abdomen/liver (https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/diseases-of-the-liver/biliary-atresia/#information-for-the-newly-diagnosed

Q3: How many children under the age of 18 are on the national transplant waiting list?

A: 1900 Children (https://www.donatelife.net/types-of-donation/pediatric-donation/

Q4: How can you register to be an organ donor?

A: DMV or Donate Life website (https://www.donatelife.net/types-of-donation/pediatric-donation/

Q5: The main character in Angel Donor was born with the disease referenced in question 1. How many babies are born each year with this same disease? For example: 1 out of every hundred births, etc.

A: Biliary atresia is a disease affecting about one out of every 18,000 infants.  (https://liverfoundation.org/biliary-atresia-the-liver-disease-that-affects-children/

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Souled is Moving

Moving Clip Art

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!

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Less Than 1 Day Left for Early Bird Special

There’s less than 18 hours left if the $18 early bird special of Souled featuring:

  • 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 – Printed card featuring the Characters
  • Souled Sticker
  • TY Message from Ethan, Alyssa, Jason and Brody from SOULED

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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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.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.

Author Updates

A Writing Update

I want to thank all my family, friends and readers for all your support during my writing journey. You’ve been there while all four of my picture books have been traditionally published. There may be a fifth one on the way…time will tell.

If you’ve been following me, you know I also started a whole other writing project and wrote my first middle grade novel. As I transition from the writing phase to the publishing phase, I am tackling another first for me- I’m choosing to independently publish my novel.

There are many reasons for this such as gaining higher royalties and control over my content, but the biggest one so far is how much I enjoy being part of the whole process. I find it fascinating and I’m always learning something new.

As the book passes through its final edits, I will be preparing for the printing stage. In order to meet the costs, I will be running a pre-order campaign using the Kickstarter platform. I haven’t started it yet as I’m still planning all the fabulous rewards for you. For this to be successful I need all of your support and I want you to be the first to hear about when it goes live. Why? Because the first day will be a one day deal only for a super deal. Sign up here to get the updates (I also send freebies occasionally). Make sure you add me to your safe list. Just by joining my group ,you will be helping me while being the first to access updates and my freebies.(Psst a cover reveal is in the works!)

Once again I am so grateful for all of you. Signing up is the a sure fire way of showing your support and ensuring you have the latest information.