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The Alpha’s witch available on webnovel and dreame

Recently, I completed something called an author boot camp with E Global Creative Publishing. They are a company from China and are working to make webnovels popular in the US. I had to complete a 50,000 word novel in a month and they gave me free editing and a cover as well and have posted it on multiple webnovel platforms. Right now The Alpha’s Witch is available on Webnovel, Dreame, and iReader.

The Alpha’s Witch is available on webnovel, dreame, and iReader

Serena Setter is a powerful witch who expects to mate with a warlock she thinks she loves. But, at the Revealing ceremony, a werewolf is declared her mate instead. Macon Forrester has been around for a long time and is just as surprised as everyone else when Serena is revealed to be his mate.
None of them is happy with it, but they need to think about the safety of their pack and coven, so being together is actually the best option. Shocking news also put them on edge, trying to figure out who is behind mysterious disappearances amongst them.
While Serena and Macon try to understand their feelings, they discover that the enemy might be closer than they imagined.

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“You really want me to kiss you?” I asked.
She nodded. “Prove to me that there’s something between us besides complete disdain since you always have to babysit me.”
“Disdain? What makes you think that I have disdain for you?”

The Alpha’s Witch is created by Cambria Covell, an eGlobal Creative Publishing signed author.

Some Projects I’m working on

Okay so aside from The Vampire Institute series on Kindle Vella, I’ve started some other things. The first is a personal blog where I’m going to write about projects and different things I like called Cambrian Culture. Its https://cambrianculture.wordpress.com.

The second is this new way of storytelling I’m trying, through Instagram. This has been done before by Rachel Hulin. She wrote heyharryheymatilda through a series of e-mails using instagram posts to do it.

I’m doing something similar, only I am using aesthetic pictures from pinterest. The series is called The Diaries of Series and I plan on doing some different ones. The first one is The Diary of Lucy Collins and it follows her summer with the Gold family.

Follow the account @thediariesofseries on instagram if you want to follow along. And don’t forget to follow https://cambrianculture.wordpress.com

-Cambria

Kindle Vella Again

So, a while ago I was documenting my experience with Kindle Vella. When it first started no one really knew it was out there. And it was cluttered with things like Role Plays and a bunch of other nonsense that I wasn’t quite happy with.

I’ve tried writing on Wattpad, and have started to understand the type of content that works there by reading as well as writing.

And so I decided to do the same with Kindle Vella. I read one of the serials which was actually Hot Vampire Next Door by Nikki St. Crowe. It’s a steamy adult paranormal romance novel and actually pretty fun.

So, now that I understood the tone and what was popular on there I decided to give it a try. I think with platforms like these it’s really important to write FOR the platform if you want to be successful. I don’t think literary fiction is going to be popular on something like kindle vella, unless maybe you were already an established audience.

I took this week to rework a story I had published on another platform a few years ago and published it on Kindle Vella. This one is called The Vampire Institute and it’s about a girl who signs up to be a blood donor for vampires. Of course, it’s a romance.

The first seven episodes are up now and the first three are completely free! If you were able to read Her Dark Love that is the story I reworked for this. Click the cover to go read or at the very least like to support!

What I’ve Learned writing on wattpad

Wattpad is THE social media platform for writers. Over time, it has even published its own works and offered a paid program for writers. However, the platform itself is tricky to learn especially because there aren’t a lot of people that talk about wattpad.

Wattpad tends to gear towards a younger audience. A lot of the writing on there is fanfiction, even launching the career of Anna Todd, who famously wrote the After series which was about Harry Styles.

One of the things I struggled with in understanding the platform was ranking. One day, I would be number 4 in like deception and then the next number 138 in suspense just as examples. The way Wattpad ranking works is it shows the most impressive ranking out of the tag that has the most stories in it.

So say there are 6,000 stories in comedic romance but you’ve also tagged your story as comedy and there’s only like 2,000 in there it will show where you are ranking higher. Complicated, right? It took me a while to figure out but just something to think about if you start writing on Wattpad.

Also, the more active you are, the higher you’ll rank. So if you’ve only got one book on there, you might not see much activity. But if you’ve got like 5 or more, then you’ll see more activity. Wattpad, like any other social media platform, is all about CONTENT.

Fandom is also a great way to get readers. So if you do write fanfiction, maybe try posting some on there and then post some original work. It’s a great way to actually get an audience especially if you are a beginning writer.

Plus, it’s totally normal now for fanfiction to actually get published by normal publishers. Also, it’s a great way to teach yourself to write novel-length fiction if you haven’t done it before.

Oh—-and don’t be afraid to check out my free, New Adult Contemporary Romance on there, “Finding Serenity”.

Making Print Book Covers

Making a Print Book Cover is a little different than making an EBook Cover. With an EBook cover, all you have to worry about is getting the dimensions right for the platform that you are selling on. With a Print Book Cover you have to make sure that you have the following things:

  1. The Spine
  2. A back cover, complete with space for the author’s summary.
  3. Space for a barcode.
  4. Make sure that the pages are cropped right.

Mostly, I have been making EBook covers. But just recently, I designed my first cover for Print Books and I was actually pretty happy with how it came out.

Writing on Wattpad

It’s been a while since I’ve posted but I’ve had a lot going on. I have still been working on my free wattpad novel, Finding Serenity. I think a lot of people jump onto a platform without really understanding it and just start posting. When you do that though, it’s really hard to get success.

As I’ve been writing on there, I’ve also been reading which I think you really have to do to understand what’s popular and what’s not. I’ve seen successful sci-fi and fantasy stories on there. But the ones that do really, really, well are usually romance.

Contemporary romance especially. As of 2015, the most popular novel on there was called Chasing Red and it has 260 million reads. It’s a sports romance written by Isabelle Ronin. Ronin’s work was so popular it got published traditionally and she is part of the Wattpad Stars program so she gets paid for her work whenever it is part of the website.

Wattpad stars has a submission process, and you’ve got to have a certain number of reads and followers to participate. Which means you’d have to be consistent in posting and very active on the website in order to get that kind of activity.

I’ve been actively writing on the website for less than a year, and only have 42 followers but I imagine it depends on the genre that you are writing too.

I think the reason romance is so popular has to do with tags and searching. It’s really easy to search for something like ‘enemies to lovers’ or ‘friends to lovers’ in the search tags. It is a lot harder to search for like ‘aliens take over the planet’ or something.

And while I don’t want to discourage anyone from using the website to post their writing, that is something to keep in mind. Romance writers will definitely find their niche here. Especially if you are writing contemporary romance or YA romance.

That said, it has been encouraging even to get something as simple as a like on my writing. The wattpad audience is a lot more interactive than the Kindle Vella audience because they’ve been on the writing platform longer and it is a social platform, not just an e-commerce store which is basically all kindle vella is.

While I do wish Wattpad would make their paying program for writers a bit more accessible, it is nice that there is a community for writers online to post fiction. There just needs to be more of them.

I made a cover in the style of j.r. ward

I’ve used adobe photoshop since I was a teenager. I started making fanart for movies and television shows that I like. Now, as an adult, I’ve decided to use my skills to make book covers. I previously made one in the style of L.J. Shen’s book covers. Today, I am making one in the style of J.R. Ward.

J.R. Ward is a paranormal romance author. Her covers are steamy and eye-catching because of that. The main series she is known for is The Black Dagger Brotherhood and that’s the cover style I tried to make.

The first picture that you see here is the original cover.

The second one here is mine. I’m a little meh on the font but I didn’t want it to be an EXACT match so I tried making it a little different. If you would like to purchase the second cover, it is available in my etsy shop. https://cambriacovelldesigns.etsy.com

I designed a cover like LJ Shen

I’ve always made my own covers. When you self-publish and write serial fiction, I think photoshop is one of those skills writers should know. A pre-made cover can cost $50 to $100 or more depending on if you are getting a bundle for a series. And an original cover can cost anywhere from $100-$500 or more depending on how fancy of a designer you get. I’ve never tried selling my covers though. I thought for a long time because I didn’t have a degree in graphic design that meant I wasn’t professional or something. But I’ve come to realize that isn’t the case.

So I’ve started an etsy store where I am selling my covers. https://cambriacovelldesigns.etsy.com.

And for one of my early projects, I tried to make a cover similar to LJ Shen. She writes contemporary romance that’s usually pretty dark and has always been one of my favorites. Her covers always catch my eye when I’m looking on kindle, and so I thought hers would be a good place to start.

This is LJ Shen’s cover for her book, Angry God.

This is the cover I created trying to make it in a similar style.

What do you think? Did I create a similar one? And if you like my work, it along with several others are available for purchase in my etsy shop.

Writing on Wattpad

I have mixed feelings about wattpad.

One, I feel it’s oversaturated by fanfic and kind of hard to make a name for yourself as a writer on there.

Two, despite being a platform for writers it took forever for them to offer a monetization process for them. And they still treat it by the old industry standards.

Three, there’s this misconception that if you write online instead of publishing fiction you aren’t a real author. Which is so far from the truth. But if you, like me, grew up just as technology was on the rise and the print medium was still popular, it’s sometimes a hard thing to get over.

I’ve never really seriously published something on there. I’ve put things up and then taken it down. But recently, I’ve decided to try publishing a contemporary romance there which is big on the platform. It’s called Finding Serenity.

I’m doing this because I read about an author that managed to monetize her writing by writing a free novel, and then publishing the rest through Patreon or kindle. She makes a full-time income doing this. I want to try to see if I can achieve the same results.

I’m all about serial publishing and publishing alternatives. And I feel like this a good experiment. So, if you want to follow along, I am windermerepoets13 on wattpad.

Also going to be talking about my experience on here.