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.

Can Your Readers Relate With You?

The number one reason readers buy books is because they know the author.

This doesn’t always mean the reader is a friend of the author. Sometimes, the reader may have read other books by the author, heard them speak or interviewed on a podcast, radio or television. They might have visited the author’s blog or followed them on social media. A connection is made, and this drives readers to the author’s books. 

This is the reason for the “about the author” section in books. Readers want to know who the book came from. They want to know the author is an actual person, just like them. That automatically makes the author relatable. They’re human. And once a reader can connect to an author on that level, it becomes easy to persuade them to buy your book. 

Who the author is plays a big part in the success of their book. If a specialist gynecologist were to write a book on menopause, it’s more likely to be bought by people experiencing said ailment than if a baker who experienced menopause wrote the book. This is simply because the specialist is just that. A specialist! 

Who you are affects how people receive your book. 

Growing up, I never truly belonged anywhere because of my mixed heritage (and the discrimination I faced due to it). For many years, I struggled to fit in because I was too light to be black. Then I moved to the U.K. where I was too dark to be white. And this was part of what formed the basis for Age of The Anathema. I’m a mixed-race author writing about people being persecuted for being mixed race. And one comment I got back when Tainted came out, was by a mixed-race woman who said: “… finally, we have someone who will speak up for us.”  

She bought and read the book because the author was relatable. 

So, as an author, stop and ask yourself:

“Can my readers relate with me? Or am I just another author to them?” 

Glasses: Also a writing tool

 "...And one sunny spring morning, I awoke to find my glasses missing a screw."
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To all those who wear glasses… you know what it’s like when your glasses just don’t sit right.

For those fortunate enough to never experience such discomfort, wearing glasses that don’t sit right can be really frustrating, especially when you’re writing.

Besides typing, I like to write, draw, and doodle in my notebooks. And recently, my glasses keep sliding off my face. But I get ahead of myself. It all started when…

I travelled for a few months, and got locked down abroad without my spare glasses. One sunny spring morning, I awoke to find my glasses missing a screw. (#crying)

It relieved me to find the screw about an hour later. I fitted it back, thinking that was over and done with.

Until my glasses started zooming in.

I’d be reading, and after a couple of minutes, my glasses would creep down my nose, toward the page. It got steadily worse, and by the time I returned after the travel restrictions were lifted, I was literally having to hold my glasses in place.

Clearly an inconvenience.

And for those wondering, I don’t wear contacts because my eyes water a lot.

Anyway, many reading and writing blogs touch on tools, apps, and equipment creatives need. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen any which touch on glasses. And I know I’m not the only creative who wears glasses (or has had an interesting experience with them).

Glasses are a tool to aid your sight. They’re meant to make your visual experience better, not worse. And I know there are a lot more issues that occur with glasses than them just not sitting right. Things like getting the right prescriptions, and the right shape of frames to fit your face, and the right size so the lenses cover at least 70% of your field of vision. And let’s not even go into tinting and glares.

So, there are many, many things to deal with when talking about glasses. This is just to remind you that glasses are also a writing tool, and as a reader, writer, or just a basic human being, remember to get your glasses sorted.

New book for the new year!

As we kick off into the second month of 2021, we have a great new book which will aid you on your journey to making your dreams a reality.

Dawn Lulu-Briggs’ debut book, Words, Sweeter Than Honey: A simple guide to understanding affirmations gives powerful and easy-to-remember phrases to change your life… Literally.


WORDS, SWEETER THAN HONEY

A Simple Guide To Understanding Affirmations

Synopsis:

In a world where everything seems hard or tough it is my sincere wish that anyone who comes across this book gets to smile. My intention is to soften the edges, one beautiful mind at a time.

Each word is carefully thought out and each affirmation is written and sent with love.


Out on February 6th, 2021 in print and ebook format.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR’S :

Dawn Lulu-Briggs is a self-taught inspirational speaker who has developed enough strength to keep going, no matter what.

She is a resilient, selfless goal-getter, and an emerging thought-leader who never points you in directions or areas she hasn’t walked in herself.

She is fearless and full of faith.

Season’s Greetings

Christmas is a time that quickly reminds us all the reasons we write and want to write some more. It comes to us like hope flying on the wings of love to the climax of perfect joy as the year ends.

As writers, we get to feel this beautiful season even more intensely because it bears remarkable resemblance with Act 3, the Happily-Ever-Afters we chase down to the ends of the stories we’ve been writing all year.

At Chartus.X, we know that all stories are about our beautifully battered lives and how we wish they were or could become. Christmas brings the hope that our wishes can become our realities. 

We appreciate you for staying with us through the year. We know it’s your unintended compliment that we’re doing something right. 

The new year is only a few days away, and all we can say to you is what we’ve always said to you – Write Your Story! Write ambitious Happily-Ever-Afters.

Remember, wishes come true at Christmas time.

We wish you a happy holiday and can’t wait to see you in the new year.

Indulgence, by Chiedozie Omeje is out now!

With his stellar 3 chapter story, Autumn, Chiedozie won the 2020 C. I. T. Writers Award, receiving a publishing contract with us.

Claiming his victory, he has used that stepping stone as a podium to launch his writing career with his first book, Indulgence.

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Introducing our new web novel library!

For those who don’t know what a web novel is, it’s any type of novel that’s published online as a page, a downloadable format (such as PDF), or any other electronic format. 

Some web novels are free-to-read, while others are pay-to-read… and a web novel can very well grow to become a published book! 

We at Chartus.X understand this and have put together a number of stories (with more on the way) for your enjoyment, ranging from a quick 4 min read to over 20 mins of story time. 

With completed stories and those still on-going (chapters updated on a regular basis), you too can join in the fun. If you’re a lover of books and short stories, you’re in the right place.

You can now find our web novels on our main menu, or follow the links below for completed and ongoing stories.

Completed Webnovels 

Ongoing Webnovels

Also, if you’re a writer of novels/short stories and are interested in getting them published with us, simply email chartus.x@gmail.com (re: web novel enquiry) with your name, the title of your story and a synopsis. 

All our stories are copyright © protected and licensed for your enjoyment only.
Please respect the hard work of the author by refraining from copying their work (except for the purpose of adverting it)

My Coronavirus Story

My Coronavirus Story narrates the captivating experience of a five-year old boy, Muna, who was happy to learn he must stop school because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, his joy was short-lived when he also learned that he could not play with friends or do most of the things he loved.

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The strongest shoulders often carry the heaviest burdens.

A man turned to his friend for help with $100 top up so he could buy a car. Little did he know that the friend he had turned to was also looking to his cousin for $1000 to fix an ongoing issue with his own car engine. And that his cousin was also looking to his own godfather for $10,000 to fix an issue with the plumbing in his home. And his godfather was also looking to his bank for a $100,000 loan to fix up his own home.

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We are creators

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“𝕀 𝕒𝕞 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕒𝕣𝕔𝕙𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕔𝕥 𝕠𝕗 𝕞𝕪 𝕝𝕚𝕗𝕖; 𝕀 𝕓𝕦𝕚𝕝𝕕 𝕚𝕥𝕤 𝕗𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕔𝕙𝕠𝕠𝕤𝕖 𝕚𝕥𝕤 𝕔𝕠𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕤.”

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