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.

Synopsis:

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 💕. 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,

Alexa

Jan. 31, 2020

Hello everyone! It has been a while, hasn’t it? Well, I’m back, and this time I’m planning on staying.

While I’ve not been devoting my time to this blog and my other social media accounts, I’ve not been wasting time. In the year since you last heard from me, Black Magnolias (what I had written) went through a complete rewrite. The plot is still the same, but the format of the story has changed as I discovered what I liked as a reader rather than a writer as well as feedback I received from my critique partners.

The changes have been drastic, bringing in much more magic, and I love it. My current word count is around 34k and I’m the process of editing chapter nine, which has been salvaged from draft zero.

I’ve also rekindled my love of fanfiction from my youth and have started writing sexy oneshots and short stories as practice and something fun to do when writer’s block strikes on my WIP. Currently only one is posted: Biter, a Witcher fanfiction, can be found on Wattpad and Fanfiction.net. Pop over to either sight and sends me a favorite or a like and a review!

Thank you so much for taking time to read my post, and I hope you’ll read my works and join me in my journey to publishing my first novel. If you’d like to stay update with the little details and day to day things you can follow my Instagram @arrowsnatlases or check here for monthly book updates, fanfictions, fan art features, giveaways, and book reviews.

Stay magical

March 9, 2019

Hello everyone! Another week has come and gone, and I’ve got a few things I can let you guys in on. First off, the word count for Black Magnolias is 30,888. Slowly making progress, but if I don’t pick of the pace I’m not going to make my goal of 40,000 words this month. Chapter ten is a pretty important chapter, and I’m doing my best to make sure I get it right.

That being said, I hope to make up for the extra time spent next month. If everything goes according to plan, I am going to use Camp NaNoWriMo‘s April camp to first the novel, and begin devoting myself wholeheartedly to revisions and edits so I can get the book onto shelves by February of next year.

I’ve already begun outlining and jotting down ideas for the second book in the series, White Heart, as well as planning my third book, I Am Water. For now, the third book is being planned like a stand alone novel, but I love the concept, so that might change as I finish my first two books.

For those of you who didn’t see my last post, I did commission the cover art for Black Magnolias, though I haven’t heard anything from the artist. I’ll be getting in touch with him later this week to give him the tag line for the book, and to ask about his progress. Hopefully, I’ll have a cover to reveal soon. Until next week.

XOXO

Alexa

March 2, 2019

Hello everyone, I’m sorry I’ve been missing the last few weeks, but I have several awesome things to update you guys on, as well as tell you all my plans for March.

Let me start off by saying the word count for Black Magnolias is over 29k! I have officially reached chapter ten and my writing goal for February just as the month ended. This month, my goal is 50k. Fingers crossed.

I’ve also began the editing and revision process on the chapters I have written, thanks to the help of a lovely Australian woman named Paige that has agreed to be my critique partner. She is absolutely brilliant and has been such a help with her feedback. Just this week, she and I have exchange three chapters already and edited each. For those considering becoming an indie author, a critique partner is invaluable. Hopefully before the end of March, I’ll have the first ten chapters editor ready.

Probably the most exciting thing that happened this week was commissioning the cover art for the book! I have a super talented friend named Russell – A tattoo artist by trade, but an artist with a pen and paper, too, who has agreed to do the cover art for me. We discussed the details this week, and he is going to get in contact with me when he has it finished. Hopefully, it will be perfect, and I can finally do a cover reveal.

Lastly, I’ll be creating a Facebook page later today so if you guys would like to follow me it would be greatly appreciated. I’ll be adding the link to the homepage sometime this evening, and if you don’t follow me on Instagram, go have a look. Like some stuff, follow. It would really mean a lot to reach 200 followers this month. My audience is growing a little more every day.

Just based on the title, Black Magnolias and the genre (Adult supernatural romance) what do you think the cover will look like?

Feb 8. 2019

This week I finally concurred Chapter 7 and began work on Chapter 8, and as of 10:00 PM tonight I’ve reached 24,502 words. The story is really starting to take shape on it’s own and it’s better than I could’ve ever imagined. I’ve even began to consider the possibility of a sequel to Black Magnolias. At this point, I plan to see where the character take me.

I’m also proud to announce that reached 100 followers on Instagram, created my Instagram design, and decided on my publishing method and how I define myself as a author. It seems my brand is coming together. My goals for the rest of the month:

  • 500 Instagram followers,
  • Create my author Facebook page
  • Create my IngramSparks account
  • Most importantly start searching for a graphic designer or artist to design the cover of my book.

So artists: if you’ve read my posts or the first chapter of the book and you’d like to work with me, send me an email with a link to or some examples of your work. Maybe we can make some magic together.

Feb. 1, 2019

Chapter seven of Black Magnolias has been a struggle to write. There’s so much that needs to go into it. So much emotion, so much detail, but I think I’m figuring it out. It’s turning out to be a longer chapter.

The official word count as of today is 22,837. Admittedly, I’ve not made this much progress as I would’ve liked, but I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather.

I’ve been looking for motivation. What motivates you to write? How do you convey emotion in your writing?

Jan. 25, 2019

Hello, everyone. Let me just say that I’m sorry for the delay. My twenty-third birthday was this passed Saturday, and I spent the weekend celebrating with my husband and friends. Thats’s not to say I have nothing to report.

The book has reached 19,813 words, and I’ve completed the first scene of Chapter 7 of Black Magnolias. I’ve been looking into IngramSparks and Createspace as design and distribution options, and I’d like to commission an artist to do the cover art. After all, artist have to support artists, no matter what media you choose.

I’ve also decided that when the time comes that I’m going to hire an editor.  So, that leads to a question for any of self-published authors reader.

How did you find your editor?

Do you have an agent?

Which company do you use to distribute your books?

Let me know in the comments.

Jan. 11, 2019

Starting today, I am going to be posting updates on the progress of my novel every Friday. This post covers my latest progress as well my intentions for the book. If you haven’t read the first chapter of Black Magnolias yet, and you’d like to, you can find it here.

Today, I’m proud to say as of 11 pm I have 14,745 words written. That’s fifty-two pages. I’m currently working on the final scene in chapter five, and should be done with it by next Friday, as well as chapter six if I continue writing at the pace I’ve been going.

I estimate the first draft will be finished and ready to begin editing within the next six months. Hopefully, if the process goes smoothly the book should be ready for launch shortly after. That all must sound a bit vague, but as of right now, I do not have a set deadline. Only that I want to have my first book available as an ebook, print copy (paper and hardback), and audio book before next year.

I intend to self-publish. My goal as an indie author is only to add some adventure and romance into your lives through my stories, and maybe make enough to pay the water bill every month. If you’re reading this, I hope you continue this journey with me as I navigate made up worlds and the corporate city of publishing.

If there are any self-published authors out there I would love to hear from you. Just drop a comment below or send me an email.