Feb. 29, 2020

Hello everyone!

I’m actually posting this update a few days late, but the end of February was so hectic! I’m not sure where to begin.

A lot happened in February. My Instagram got a reboot with better content, I created a Facebook for the page, and I created an actual plan for the coming year centered around book and movie releases I’m excited for! My fanart features finally got off the ground, I wrote a short story, and I thought it was getting published.

I suppose it could’ve been, had I gave them $100 and paid for multiple copies of the book after it’s release. If you google Something or Other Publishing scam, you’ll find several forums across Reddit and other platforms explaining their elaborate way of boosting their sells and numbers off the backs of their authors, all while the authors themselves do all their marketing and lose certain rights in regards to publication.

Something or Other Publishing is a publisher but their system is rigged to exploit their authors. I didn’t catch on to the scam until after I had “won” my spot in the book, but let’s start at the beginning. First off, these people contacted me. That should have been my first warning.

Screen shot of open call for submission email I received on February 4th.

Not to mention the immediate, obvious double greeting for it to be a publishing company, but I was too happy to think much of it at the time. Everyone makes mistakes. So, I set the fanfiction I’d been working on aside and started on my submission.

Even though the word limit was 2,000, it took me an entire month to write. I poured over every line until it was perfect, all the while telling everyone I knew about this exciting thing that had happened.

On February 24th it was finally ready to be submitted. I wrote a quick synopsis and filled out the form, and within minutes it was up on their website. It took me less than two days to get the required amount of votes for the place in volume one of their two part anthology series.

You can’t imagine how happy I was when I received my congratulations email. I cried when I opened it. The moment was so overwhelming. My first published piece. I scanned through the short message, drawing up short at the words “refundable author deposit”. It hadn’t been mentioned in the previous email or the program page.

So, I googled it. You already know what the results were. To say it was devastating was an understatement. Again I cried, but this time the tight feeling in my chest was anguish instead of exhilaration. But I’ve never been very good at being sad.

So, when I stopped crying, I got angry. Fuck them. I still earned my place. A whole community had rallied around me to get the votes I needed. A whole community of people who wanted to read my story, so I posted it to Wattpad. You can find it under the title Fall Into Me.


Life is a spectator sport for Anastasia until one winter night when the glittering lights of the season and the skaters below her window draw her from her apartment. With a little bit of courage and her mother’s skates, she finds herself stumbling across the ice and into a boy with stars in his eyes.

It had since gained 15 views at this point and seven votes already and it makes my heart so happy.

My only other published piece, a work in progress Witcher fanfiction titled Biter, has 193 views and some amazing reviews on Fanfiction.net and Wattpad.

Reviews on Biter on Fanfiction.net

Thank you all so much for the love and support πŸ’•. It means more to me than any of you will ever know.

If the most I ever manage to do is self publish with Amazon at least my work will be out in the world. Real ink and paper in anyone’s hands. That’s all I’ve ever wanted. Next year is my goal but I have so much still to do. Just stick with me guys.

As always, stay magical,


Published by Alexa Messer

I'm a young mother, wife, and writer from Virginia with a passion for fantasy and romance. I'm currently working on my first novel as well as an Etsy shop selling resin bookmarks, jewelry, and more inspired my crystals, books, and botanicals.

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