Caitlin Miller Joins the team!

It’s an excitig start to the new month, with author, editor, and reviewer, Caitlin Miller, joining the Chartus.X family as an official editor.

Author of The Memories We Painted, Caitlin Miller is a part-time college student and part-time English teacher in Japan. She has long dreamed of spinning words into stories, and draws her storylines and characters from things most familiar to her: her relationship with God, her family and friends, and life lessons she’s learned along the way. Aesthetic, historical fiction, and green tea are just a few of her favorite things.

Rights Report – The Forgotten Countrymen Series

Author, Kaitlyn Deann

Chartus.X has acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to YA Dystopian Romance series THE FORGOTTEN COUNTRYMEN by Kaitlyn Deann, in a nice deal.

Book 1 set for publication in March 2023 (world).

Set in a tyrannical dystopia, the story follows Carson Owens as he navigates the rocky terrain of forbidden love, irreparable heartbreak, and ghastly secrets that could turn their world upside down.

Age of the Anathema 2 – Title & Cover Reveal

Regan wants peace, Kayle wants freedom, Sexa wants blood…

Dealing with grief and fighting to stay alive, the young Anathemas find sanctuary in the home of their Kuwaha. Then a magical brand suddenly appears on Anathemas in Sabato, and Regan makes it his mission to find and save his kind from the Council, no matter the cost.

Until the asking price is the life of his friend.

When a rescue-gone-wrong shatters what little stability the children have found, the young prince is forced to face his greatest fears as he tries to preserve what is left of their little colony.

But the alignment approaches, the necromancer awakens, and blood must be paid for freedom if they are ever to truly have peace. 

The story continues in the spell-binding sequel to Tainted.

A great time for new beginnings – announcements, sales, and more.

Happy Easter lovies!

Hope you’re enjoying this seasons as much as I am. I know it’s been a while since I shared anything on here, so I’m really grateful to see you’ve stuck with me through the silence.

And what better way to break that silence than by bringing you some good news!

2022 Releases:

God Seeker – Coming June 14th

The God Seeker Collection by Xyvah Okoye is finally complete, and now the omnibus, God Seeker, will be availabe in ebook and print from all major digital and print retailers. Distribution of the individual books in the colection will remain exclusive to Amazon, with the ebooks available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited.

Tutu Bento and the Nuband – Coming October 3rd

I’m proud to announce that Chartus.X has acquired the rights to “Tutu Bento and the Nuband” by Selassie Agroh, and will be publishing this juvenile fiction story in October 2022. Selassie’s debut novel follows the 10yr old Tutu and his friends as they come together to form a band in the hopes of winning Nubia’s annual music competition and starring in the Festival of Sounds.

Fun-filled and fast-paced, this is a story you will not be able to put down.

Cover to be revealed.

Age of the anathema, #2 – Coming this winter

The sequel to Xyvah M. Okoye’s young adult fantasy novel, Tainted, is due to be released at the end of this year. With the title and cover reveal set for May 13th, more updates on the release will be communicated. You can also keep abrest with the goings on and more info on her books at http://www.xyvahmokoye.com or by signing up for her monthly newsletter.

If you haven’t yet read the first book in this gripping fantasy series, it is available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited.


Sales! Sales!! Sales!!!

From the 31st of April to the 5th of May, all the books in Xyvah’s Events to Emotions Poetry Series will be available to download for FREE on Amazon. This collection includes 2 poetry volumes: A darker shade of light and When hearts run on batteries.


Submissions

Currently, we are not accepting any manuscript submissions for publication. However, our editors and affiliates are still open for commission if you need services like proof reading, editing, book reviews, cover designs and character illustrations.

Based on the volume of work we currently have, we forecast that our submissions will reopen at the third quarter of the year towards 2024 publications.


5 Ways to save on self-publishing

As many are aware, traditional publishing isn’t the only route to getting published. Indie and self-publishing are also very viable options for getting one’s words to the hands of readers. Despite the stigma surrounding self-publishing, it does not mean a book is less than par or poor quality (unless the author wishes it to be so).

No matter the route an author takes to get published, there are a number of ingredients involved in publishing a book, and leaving some out–or accepting poor substitutes–will affect the quality of a book. Such things include, but are not limited to, editing, a professional book cover, a good blurb, and proofing.

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Outlining

Welcome to 2022.

Since it’s a new year, I figured it’s only fitting to start off the year with the dreaded O word.

If you’re a writer, you might have shipped yourself into one of two categories: plotter or pantser. And for some, plotting, outlining, structuring their work is a way of life. But for some others, they prefer to discover the story as they go along.

No way of doing things is right or wrong. There’s just what works and what doesn’t.

So why are we talking about outlining?

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Creatives & Mental Health

Taking care of your biggest asset...

As a collective, authors, writers and creatives in general are often the solitary sort. And with the days getting colder and darker, this can have adverse effects on one’s health – both physically and mentally.

So I thought it might be helpful to remind creatives (and others) of a few ways they can take care of heir mental health.

1). Exercise.

You may not need to join a gym, or even go for a walk in the cold, but did you know that standing counts as exercise?

Yes, standing. Just by standing every 30mins or co, you are getting your body to move, helping your cirtulation, and improving your mental health. So stand, walk round the room, then go back to whatever you were doing.

2). Get fresh air.

Now, I already said it’s cold, and if you’re like me, you’re probably not built for that sort of weather. But fresh air helps. It really does.

It helps clear your mind and improves your state of thinking. So go stand at the door for a few minutes. Or stick your head out the window once a day.

3). Eat healthy.

A cup of hot chocolate may keep you warm, and with the festive season, sweets and cakes and puddings may seem like a great way to improve your mood. But after a few hours, the crash from your sugar high will leave you feeling worse than before you had them.

And it’s not just sweets. Eating fresh, healthy foods help to boost your immune system and unfog your mind. Which in turn helps your creativity.

So these are three tips I hope might help. And if you really are struggling to cope during this time, there are people out there willing and trained enough to help. Call a friend. Hell, call 10 till you feel you’ve got the help you need. And it if isn’t enough, call a hotline, or your doctor.

Just remember, you’re not alone. You don’t have to be. Take care of you.

Get feedback!

It is commonplace for new writers to be protective of their work. And there’s nothing wrong with that… except that it robs a writer of opportunities to improve their craft and story.

Feedback from peers and mentors is invaluable, especially in the early stages of your writing career.

When you open your work up to others you trust and admire, others with knowledge and experience in the craft, you put their expertise to work for you. Now, that’s priceless!

Some simple ways to get feedback include:

a. finding a mentor

b. finding a critique partner (or partners)

c. joining a writing group

d. sharing free content on your blog or social media (though I would only recommend this to those with a thick hide).

The honest truth is, getting feedback can be brutal sometimes… but the key is to pick out the useful, constructive advice, and run with it. In the end, it’s all about your success.

Dear “Author Who Cringes At The Thought Of Socialising”…

I get that authors are busy… but so is everyone else.

We all have 24hrs in a day, and if you as an author can’t make time for someone who has taken their time to contact you after spending their time reading your book, then at least hire or assign someone (PR Manager) to do so. Because it’s just rude.

This is where social media helps.

I understand a lot of authors are very reclusive, but if something about your book struck deep in your reader, deep enough for them to want to reach out, there should at least be a platform for them to do so.

A lot of people recommend an official author page or website. And these are helpful resources. But they aren’t always practical. It’s better not to have a facebook page than to have one which isn’t active, where you never respond to messages (I learnt that the hard way).

Some publishers and book distributors such as Amazon and smashwords offer author pages. On Goodreads, you could start a blog if it’s something you’re interested in. And if you pick a couple of sites you know you’ll be active and available on, that is easier to manage, less overwhelming and generally better than having an official site and accounts on every social media platform. Plus, your audience knows exactly where to find you.

P.S. if having all those platforms works for you, then go for it. If not, I hope this helps.