Debut Author of A Plan to Save the World

Signed Copies of A Plan to Save the World Available Now!

Guess what? I've got an announcement...

My signature may be slightly under-practiced, and extremely inconsistent, but it's about time I've come out with a way for people to access signed copies of my book!

Few of you might know that I published my book through All Written Things publishing, but I've come to say the website will now also host paperback copies of A Plan to Save the World, ready for the taking. 

And guess what? Shipping is available worldwide! 


If you get your hands on a signed copy, don't forget to tell me! I'd love to write you a little note.

Until next time,

Elaelah xx

Stupid Things I Did While Writing My First Novel

It has officially been three months since A Plan to Save the World was released to the world, and I've had some time to reflect on the story itself... Or more so, how it came to be. 

Lots of authors look back on old writing habits while facepalming, and I could definitely relate – but rather than keeping it to myself and maybe even learning from my bad decisions, I thought I might as well share them with you.


I literally based a character off of Charlie Swan from Twilight (movie version of course), and I called him Charlie as well. It's the type of decision that lead to Charlie being the fan favourite. After all, why like Rome or Willa when you have the tried and true OG right in front of you?


I changed an integral part to the plot VERY last minute, one that repeated several times throughout the entire book, just because I liked a one-off cover I saw online and had to make it mine. That was a stupid decision that took ages to fix, but in saying that, no one is honest about how hard it is to find the perfect front cover?! 


I named THREE different characters Richard, completely unintentionally. In fact, I didn't even notice until my brother pointed it out in the third round of edits. That was the day before sending the story off to the printers! Could you imagine if that leaked out? I'd probably play it off like a game though; "spot the Richards".


I created a Spotify playlist for my novel (as all novelists should do) to ensure the vibe and emotion stayed consistent. The stupid part? I never listened to it again, and the soundtrack now sounds entirely different to my story. It almost makes me wonder if I did myself a disservice with this, or if the evolution of my story turned out for the better this way. I guess we'll never know, heh.


I wrote romance scenes that were so cringe-worthy I almost removed the entire romance plot from the story. For those who haven't read it yet, don't worry, I watered it down a lot. But, the fact that my own writing almost scared me off was VERY eye-opening. Again, the stupid part? I'm continuing to write romance books as a main genre of choice, and I've learnt absolutely nothing from my struggles. 

I hope you enjoyed reading about my internal struggles at least just a bit. As I'm already up to the editing stage of my next manuscript, I'm sure there will be more stupid things to share (sooner, rather than later).

Until next time,

Elaelah xx

NaNoWriMo Stopped My Reading Flow

Honesty hour! Now that I’m back working full-time, I’m sad to say that by staying on track with National Novel Writing Month’s daily word limits, it means my time for reading is almost nonexistent. How do people manage keeping a book club and participating in NaNoWriMo? Maybe it’s because I’m still a rookie in this writing challenge, and I’m yet to crack all of the secrets to super-powered efficiency. But despite my reading slump, I’m proud to make some announcements:

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 25K

This is it folks! I’m officially halfway through the National Novel Writing Challenge. I’ve further refined the direction for my story, so I hope I can enjoy pouring my creativity onto the page towards the end of the month, rather than panicking about where things are going next. In fact, having completed 23 chapters of my work in progress already, I’ve only got 10 to go before I finish writing this book entirely. Isn’t that insane? Of course, who knows if it’ll end up with 33 chapters by the time you see the final product sometime next year. There’s sure to be a LOT of chopping and changing.

If you have any questions about the NaNoWriMo challenge (or even about my story), don’t be scared to pop them in the comment section. 😊

Top Ten Best Seller of THREE Amazon Categories

For those who received my special edition email on Saturday, November 13, you’ll know that I just released my first book: A Plan to Save the World.

In just one day of sales, this book reached an exciting high on the charts! I was Top 10 in three categories!

This was a really great achievement for me, since I tried hard to accumulate first-day Amazon sales for a ranking specifically. If you’re thinking of adding A Plan to Save the World to your Goodreads TBR list, don’t forget to click the button below and follow me on there too! I love seeing what other books my readers are consuming!

Instagram Fun - Would You Rather Results

I’ve decided to start a weekly tradition to carry into each newsletter - and that’s gathering Bookish data from my friends on Instagram and displaying it for the world to see here. How fun?

Mystery or Romance?

65% Mystery | 35% Romance

Bookstore or Library?

73% Bookstore | 27% Library

Reading With or Without Music?

22% With | 78% Without

Morning Reader or Night Reader?

15% Morning | 85% Night

Mini Reviews or Lengthy Reviews?

73% Mini | 27% Lengthy

The Break Down

  • While Romance is the world-winning genre in terms of general favourite choice, Mystery was chosen. This makes sense when considering the demographic following my Instagram, as well as the stigma around admitting you like reading about people kissin’. Just pick Romance next time - I won’t judge.

  • Capitalism wins here folks - a clear majority of voters enjoyed being in the presence of a bookstore over a library. I would definitely side with the winning vote here too. There’s simply nothing like strolling through your favourite bookstore with money to spend… It’s even better if there’s a cafe!

  • Another clear winner for music choice. Most people prefer reading without blasting tunes. I’m a bit of both kinda gal, but I can definitely empathise with those who find it distracting.

  • The only way I can understand the mentality of morning readers is if it’s a weekend or you don’t have morning job commitments. Any other reason? You’re waking up too early! Fortunately, night reading was the majority here.

  • News is out - people prefer short-form reviews much more than they prefer long-form. Some folks simply don’t want to hunt to know whether or not they should read a story. However, I believe the small percentage on the other side might prefer long-form for the simple notion of reliving their favourite stories through another person’s eyes. I’m guilty of this one - I’ll often read reviews of books I’ve already read, just to get an update on the general consensus of how that story was perceived.

This was pretty cool!

If you’re the minority in any of these answers, I’d love to know the reasoning behind your choices. Otherwise, to take part in the next story survey, follow me here.

My New Mystery/Romance Book is Here!

 November 13 has arrived with a bang, along with the release of my new novel, A Plan to Save the World!

Check out the front cover!

Read the blurb!

This new book contains the essence of a small town mystery, a splash of romance over the top, speckling hints of environmentalist themes along the way. I spent four years bringing this book to live, which is very long looking back after participating in NaNoWriMo this November. But I promise you, it’s worth the wait!

Willa Triston loves three things – music, her only friend Poppy, and the earth. These passions are put on hold, and her reclusive life is shattered after she sees a strange flickering light from her window.

Her lack of impulse control forces her to investigate it, but the night turns dangerous, and a series of bad decisions bring her to the attention of Sheriff Rome Pendleton. When clearing up a misunderstanding creates more problems, and Rome’s department becomes understaffed, Willa gets wrapped up in the case, helping at his side. 

At first, it seems easy enough to balance her studies, the mystery and Rome’s persistent flirtation – that is, until she finds there’s a bit more to the story than everyone initially thought. 

Now, she realises it might not just be her in danger... but maybe her whole world.

A plan to save the world is Elaelah Harley’s debut novel, and after reading this book, I cannot wait to see what she writes next. The book entices you with its beautiful cover, and then captivates you with the ever eventful story found within its pages. 🦋 - Samantha

A really fun mystery novel with great characters and fun dialogue.

An enjoyable main character, coupled with the perfect blend of suspense and wholesome/lighthearted moments.

If Charlie doesn’t have a cameo in another book I may scream. - Joshua

Elaelah for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC for a review 💖 I can’t wait to be able to get a physical copy when it’s released 😊

I intended the just read a chapter or two before going to sleep for the night BUT I was hooked in the story from beginning to end.
A Plan to Save the World was a pure delight for me to read, with witty dialogue, vivid descriptions and an overall pleasant writing style. The plot is original and I can safely say that I haven’t read anything similar and I was absolutely enthralled.
I loved the balance between the mystery and romance in the novel and it was very well paced. - Alanya

A captivating read :) a great novel - merging genres that kept me intrigued, with a hint of the mushy stuff, and a realism to the workings of a small town.
It’s light and personable, whilst also being layered with everyday human complexities and moral dilemmas.
The author is able to take you along with the characters, their strengths and flaws, and creates dynamic pace changes. Definitely following, keen on the next book! - Em

A great read! Loveable characters and developing intensity to keep you hooked. I read this in 6 hours (yes in one sitting) I could not put it down! - Laine

A fresh storyline with high energy from the first paragraph. The lead, Willa Triston, a tenaciously curious UNI student with strong values and fast wit, finds herself on a collision course with excitement and mayhem. There is crime, suspense and a sneaky chuckle to be found along the way. Making for an engaging read that suggests a great future for the Author and Willa if she gets a Private investigators license. This book is a perfect weekend companion. - Michael

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Giveaway Winner Revealed

A big congratulations to @ashleys.reads on Instagram for winning the November giveaway! You’ll be receiving your goodies shortly.

For those who missed out, don’t worry! A new giveaway will be up and running next month. Until next time!

Don’t miss out - buy the book on Amazon today!

All of the Poetry + Release Week!

Reading poetry is something I don’t catch myself doing often. I’m a fiction gal through and through, but sometimes a nice cover entices you to want to read more.

Now that it’s Non-Fiction November, I thought what better time to look into some poetry books I’ve hoarded around the house. They’re more than coffee table books after all, and I should give credit to the authors by giving their stories a look inside!

Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better

The first poetry book on my list was Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better by Madisen Kuhn.

Something about this story gives me a sense of familiarity. Maybe it’s the Tumblr-esque writing nature and illustration, since that’s where she started growing her following. Maybe it’s because she wrote this at a similar age to me now. Either way, it’s a nice, enjoyable read. Nothing is too complex about the poetry style, either.

The inspiration behind this story also shows Madisen as a human, especially with her comedic commentary on Twitter regarding the link between her success and a depleted mental state.

Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass

This next book is another quick read with beautiful artwork and foiling on the cover.

Lana Del Rey’s known for her music, so it’s not surprising that her poetry was easy on the eyes. I enjoyed seeing her feminine tone come through her words, and I like that there was a clear difference in tone between the two poetry books, simply based on age difference. We saw a more mature side to her work, compared to Madisen Kuhn who’s currently 25 years of age and wrote the story in 2018.

It’s Publication Week!

For some of you following my journey, I’m so excited to share that release week is finally here. By Saturday, November 13, my book A Plan to Save the World will be available for purchase in both eBook and Paperback form!

If you want to pre-order the eBook now, follow this link:

If you want to wait for the paperback, that’s fine! I’ll be sending another special edition email out this Saturday with the winner of the giveaway (drawn on Friday - see below for more information) and it’ll have all the information you need to get your hands on my story.

Book Club Giveaway

As promised, this book club will feature a monthly giveaway as a thanks to you, my wonderful subscribers. This giveaway will usually feature just one book of topic, where the winner will be randomly chosen from this subscribers list. But as it’s the first giveaway… I wanted to do something a bit special.

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Winner will receive:

  1. Paperback copy of A Plan to Save the World by yours truly

  2. A pairing copy of House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

  3. A $30 voucher to a bookstore of your choice (that allows online purchase)

Winner will be drawn Friday, December 12.

Question of the Week: What are your favourite non-fiction reads?

I might just give your suggestions a read this Non-Fiction November!

Reading & Writing On Holiday

There’s something about holiday freedom that makes you want to put everything on airplane mode, take your shoes off and throw them in the lake (thanks Kate Bush – Hounds of Love), or at least in my case, run out into the beach with glee and forget my day job.

But for those who follow my Instagram, you’ll know I’m very much keeping my focus on writing this November, and a holiday is no exception. In saying that – it’s hard to stay on track when literally every part of your holiday pay is telling you to ‘just take the day off’.

There are a few ways to make it easier to stick to your resolve, especially in the writing world. Firstly, taking part in a challenge has helped my productivity tenfold. There’s something about not wanting to fall behind – not wanting to let myself down, or even not wanting to let my boyfriend overtake my words-per-session since he’s participating in the same challenge. I’m quite a competitive person, if you haven’t realised already. With National Novel Writing Month in the works, getting that 50,000 words in a single month is a big commitment. It’s not one I’m planning on leaving behind.

The next step is sticking to a schedule. When you really have plans you don’t want to put aside, I’ve learnt it’s important to map out your day so that there’s plenty enough room for the project at hand. That means if I plan to go snorkelling in the Whitsundays, I’ve got to map out the time for travel to and from, the activity, and even the post-activity nap because I’ll be stuck out in the sun for longer than I’m used to. Skimping on the reality of how long things take will only make things harder for you, so make sure you’re being honest with yourself when you create your writing calendar.

Lastly, it’s all about making sure the people around you support your journey. Luckily, the only other person on holiday with me is my partner, who as I’ve previously mentioned, is aiming to complete the very same challenge by the end of November. By having people support you in such a busy month, it means they will be more understanding when you can’t make certain friend or family based plans. It’s so easy to treat writing like a hobby, when if you’re hoping to go commercial one day, it really needs to be treated like a job. Would you stop a workshift half way through to go for coffee with friends? If you can, I’m honestly envious of you. But if not, that’s the same level of dedication you should place on your writing time.

These few points aren’t to lecture you into taking stride with your hobby of choice and blocking out the rest of reality – it’s just my way of enforcing my ideals on myself, and I’m glad you’re here for the ride.

If you’re thinking of starting a project – whatever it may be – make sure to hit me up! I’d love to offer any support I can!

Book Recommendations

Now that my rant is over, I’d love to get into what I’ve been reading in the first week of November.

I’m about a third into The Red Queen, and while it was a slow-starter due to the story not being exactly my genre, I’ve become hooked. Something about Victoria Aveyard and her creativity keeps me guessing, and I’m loving the social commentary via the Reds versus Silvers communities. I know this is just the first of its already established series, but I’ve already got very high hopes for the rest of the literary journey.

Question of the week: What was your favourite read this week?

I’m always excited to learn about new fiction. Leave a comment to tell me what your latest favourite book is and why.

Welcome to the Book Club

If you don’t know me yet, my name is Elaelah Harley and I’m a published author, novel editor, ex journalist and book enthusiast. I received my Bachelor of Media and Communications, Majoring in Journalism in 2018, and completed a Graduate Diploma of Editing and Publishing in 2020. I am most of the way through my Master of Editing and Publishing, of which my thesis evolves around access to visually impaired communities within the publishing sphere, however I plan to complete it in 2022.

After writing my debut novel A Plan to Save the World, I found I had a lot more time on my hands than I was used to. When I got home from work, if I decided I wasn’t ready to dive into writing a chapter of my next story in the works, I finally managed to pick up a book I was saving for a special occasion (or a more focused occasion, really) and read it cover to cover.

At the beginning of October, I finally finished reading the last of Amy McCulloch’s Potion Diaries series, leaving me free to venture into new, untouched works. After all, I’d created a TBR pile longer than my arms combined, especially with the emergence of BookTok - something I am heavily subjected to. I moved on to a fun one - The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black, and I was hooked from the first chapter.

During October I also made my way through Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy, a dark one that had my mouth gaping. I realised I wanted to make this a habit, but I could only talk my boyfriend’s ear off so much before he wanted to read the stories too and therefore I had to stop myself from speaking spoilers.

So back to the present, here we are. It’s a dreary evening and I’m trying not to write my next novel before NaNoWriMo and I’ve somewhat committed myself to writing weekly updates for you. I hope you enjoy - I’d love for you to stick around!