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.

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.
  • 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.

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

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: 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. 


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




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.

The Writer’s Craft Summit

I just happened to see a post on one of my groups telling about the Writer’s Craft Summit. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. The videos are free to watch during the timeframe of the summit.

I’ve seen a few videos so far, but one of my favorites is the video titled “Creating Complex Characters”.  Megan Linski had many great suggestions on how to develop your character. One thing that really hit me was when she said how difficult it is to write your novel if you haven’t fully developed your character yet. She mentioned that sometimes the character sheets we use to develop our characters can limit our creativity. One suggestion is to interview and observe your character. Put them in situations and see what they do. I loved these ideas and I definitely plan to apply this to my work in progress.

My Work in Progeress is a novel that I have been working on for a long time. I go through dry spells with it because I often feel I hit a wall. After watching this video I am inspired to take another serious look at my book’s characters and see where they need to further develop.

One thing I asked myself was, What do you love about your favorite characters in other novels? Can you predict what they would do? How did the author convey this character’s traits so clearly? I definitely walked away from that video inspired.

Have you joined the Writer’s Craft Summit? What video did you enjoy?

Breaking through the Block

Have you written anything more on your book yet,” asked my oldest child. “I really want to know what happens.”  I had shared some of my early writings from my first NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month)  novel with my daughter and she wants to know what will happen. 

The truth is, I hit a major writer’s block right in the middle of NANO and didn’t get past 5,000 words. The novel was going great until I hit a wall. No matter what angle I tried, I could not go any further. Maybe the pressure of hitting so many words a day while working full time had something to do with it. Maybe I was trying too hard. Maybe I didn’t plan it out enough. Or maybe it was a combination of everything. The fact remains that I could not get anywhere with my novel for four months. 

However, I kept at it – even if it was just a little character development here and there. And finally it happened. I was ready to give up on the book, when everything began to click. It all started to fit together. FINALLY.  

I’m beginning to see that writing a novel is a bit like solving a puzzle. At first it is just a bunch of jumbled pieces. But if you look at each piece carefully, you will eventually match up the fitting pieces. I’m also beginning to see that my characters don’t always share everything with me right away. Maybe they’re testing me out as much as I’m testing them out. 

Now that I have broken through the block, I’m ready to tackle the novel head on. Although I’m mostly focusing on the outline and getting to know more about the characters, I’m finally moving forward. It was as if I found the missing key to the entire story. What a feeling to “break through” the block. The adventure only gets better from here. 

Book Review: Don’t You Forget About Me

 A Book Review by author Jennifer Gladen

Don’t You Forget About Me is an exciting, totally relatable, and laugh-inducing novel by Erin McCole Cupp and published by Full Quiver Publishing. I bought this great read at an author event back in February and finally had time to read it.  I could kick myself for not making time for it sooner.  At just 209 pages, this is a fast, yet thrilling read.

We meet Cate Whelihan, a “fallen away Catholic” and author who is strongly encouraged by her best friend to return to her old neighborhood to pay respects at a funeral and possible present at her old school. Cate is hesitant to return due to many bad memories of her childhood. After much persuading, Cate takes the plunge and heads back to her hometown. What happens next is a series of exciting twists and turns and plops Cate right in the middle of a dark and life threatening mystery.

 If you’re an avid reader, 80’s fan and  looking for a quick great read this summer, I highly recommend Don’t You Forget About Me. Where can you get it and learn more? Below are some links I gathered. Enjoy!

 Purchase the book in print or Kindle at Amazon  
 Learn more about Erin McCole Cupp and her writing at Erin McCole Cupp’s Website
 Don’t miss the trailer for the book here:  Check out the Trailer

If you’ve read it, tell me what do you think? What are some of your favorite parts? 


What did I say? NANoWRIMo? It’s an acronym for National NOvel WRIting MOnth. This is a month long event designed to get writers moving. For different reasons, a write may have story, or novel idea in our heads but can’t seem to get it out. Often what’s causing the writer’s block  is fear. Are we going to get it wrong? Will it work out? Will the novel say what I want it to say?

Pretty soon, we’re stuck and we’re not writing anything. One of the goals of NANOWRIMO is to get you writing – without the worry of editing, word counting, plotting, or even making sense at this point. They give you a month to write 50,000 word novel in November.You go to the website and upload to their system your word counts. They go into full detail here about the entire process. The best part is the website has many resources to support your effort including, blogs, motivational postings, forums to connect with other writers, tips, etc. I did it a few years ago and was successful.

So this November, stop on by the NANOWRIMO site and give it a try.