Publishing with World Anvil—what’s it like?

Publishing is a dream for a lot of authors and worldbuilders, and possibly for you it’s already a actuality! On this article, 5 authors shared their experiences with publication (and a few ideas), and the way World Anvil helped them on their journey to publication!

Amy Winters-Voss, writer of the Liminal Chronicles

Amy Winters-Voss is the Amazon-bestselling writer of Rise (ebook one of many Liminal Chronicles) and is presently engaged on the upcoming ebook 2, Guardian! Earlier than becoming a member of World Anvil in 2019 her worldbuilding was in a large number of notes that have been tough to kind by means of—her characters and setting modified as she wrote, however the notes didn’t evolve with it. However World Anvil modified that!

Since then, worldbuilding has grow to be a interest I’m obsessed with. I get pleasure from creating particulars and including the occasional map, discovering or creating photographs so as to add to the texture of the article, and sharing secrets and techniques for readers. Liminal Chronicles is a a lot richer world due to the instruments, World Anvil group, and contests that push me to suppose past simply the floor particulars.

Amy Winters-Voss' old notes compared to the notes published on World Anvil

Look how fashionable her worldbuilding appears to be like on World Anvil in comparison with her earlier notes!

After becoming a member of World Anvil she was capable of publish her debut novel, Rise, thanks partially to the help from the lifelong pals she made right here! Rise is an city fantasy ebook about Umeji Tatsuya, an ex-mobster who vows by no means to return to the yakuza life. When he rescues a kitsune, a fox spirit, he should select between breaking a promise to his parole officer—which can ship him again to the slammer—or revealing the identification of and angering a strong supernatural being. Confronted with an not possible resolution, will he discover a method to forge a path to redemption?

She had some recommendation for you—no matter for those who’re a author, a recreation designer, or one other sort of artistic:

We’re all nervous. The concept of sharing what we put our coronary heart and soul into is each intriguing and terrifying for each creator, whether or not writer, artist, musician, or creator by different means. It’s a part of the method, a part of what it’s to be human and share what you make. Don’t let that cease you. You received’t know what you’re able to for those who don’t strive. So, DO THE THING!

Take a look at Amy’s world on World Anvil, in addition to her books!

Jaime Buckley, writer of the Needed Hero collection

Jaime (additionally an Amazon bestselling writer!) had been writing and worldbuilding lengthy earlier than he discovered World Anvil—however when he did, his means of working utterly modified! Not solely might he set up his work extra effectively, however he additionally used it to spark curiosity in his tasks and current his worldbuilding to the general public.

My thoughts is artistic by nature and I come from a household of storytellers, however I have a look at the platform and group as limitless gasoline to that creativity. When you will have instruments that assist make clear your ideas, you’ll be able to develop and costume up your tales far past mere pen and paper.

He shared with us a comparability between his notes about the identical species earlier than and after World Anvil:

Jaime Buckley's notes before and after being published on World Anvil

As beautiful as Jaime’s handwriting is, I’d take into account this an improve!

And being a Sage on World Anvil (he was one of many first to get the tier!) impressed him to publish the Superior Worldbuilding Journal, a ebook with instruments and assets to craft your worlds—and the Grasp Creator Journal is its sequel! That’s, in fact, along with his ebook collection Chronicles of a Hero. As somebody with a lot expertise within the writing and publishing world, we requested him to provide you some recommendation—and that’s what he needed to say:

You’ll by no means attain your full potential UNLESS you fail! So don’t sweat it. Take each a part of this journey as alternatives to develop your expertise, develop your confidence and apply your craft.

Greater than anything, nevertheless, is to create for your self first. Fall in love along with your tasks, your characters, your worlds and tales. As a result of while you love what you do, readers can inform. They will really feel your ardour, your anger, your disappointment and hope, and that may dramatically improve your probabilities of gaining readers.

Take a look at Jaime’s world on World Anvil, in addition to his books on Amazon!

E. Christopher Clark, writer of the Stains of Time collection, printed on World Anvil too!

Chris is not only a broadcast writer, but in addition a writing professor! Nonetheless, he advised us that after publishing his first novel (Lacking Mr. Wingfield, 2018) he didn’t know what to do subsequent. Although he had a sequel in thoughts, he had 20 years’ value of unorganized notes, which made them fairly unwieldy. He additionally had grand ambitions for one more mission, a fantasy collection, however he wanted to discover a method to higher set up his worldbuilding.

World Anvil has helped immensely with each of those ambitions. I’ve not solely accomplished the collection that Lacking Mr. Wingfield started, however I’ve constructed up a strong basis for the fantasy collection I intention to put in writing subsequent. The whole lot’s neatly tied along with World Anvil’s strong linking system, my timelines are lastly so as, and I also have a map now! Plus: I wrote the primary draft of my newest novel, The Dance of Goals, completely with World Anvil’s Manuscripts characteristic.

And he’s made it! The Stains of Time collection now spans 5 complete books! The collection is a suburban fantasy set in New England within the late Nineteen Nineties and the primary twenty years of the twenty first century. It facilities on the Silver Household, a clan of pissed off artists attempting to strike a steadiness between familial obligations and desires of putting it huge. Because the collection progresses, they journey by means of time, confront the ghosts of their pasts, and check out their darnedest to proper the wrongs of generations passed by. Take a look at the Stains of Time on World Anvil!

E. Christopher Clark's before and after worldbuilding

Think about sorting by means of 20 years of texts and spreadsheets with out the group instruments World Anvil presents!

Trying to get into writing? Effectively, Chris has some recommendation for you too!

You’re the solely you within the universe, and we’ve by no means heard your specific story. So, please: write it! It doesn’t must be excellent. You may excellent it later in revision. Bear in mind: you’ll be able to’t revise a clean web page. So, as George Washington tells us in that one track from the musical Hamilton, “Decide up a pen, begin writing.”

Take a look at Chris’ world on World Anvil!

BasicDragon, writer of Idyll

We’ve examine individuals with messy notes—however BasicDragon took it to the following degree. They used to worldbuild partially on the again of bus tickets! If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what’s… After which, in 2018, they joined World Anvil and now have 25 worlds (did I point out their dedication for worldbuilding?)! They’re presently engaged on Skywell and Urskoga, however they’re well-known in the neighborhood for his or her world of Idyll and its related Select-Your-Personal-Journey (CYOA) zine, Surviving Idyll.

Idyll is a ruthless world hidden behind a fantastic panorama. Step outdoors a village with no crew and also you’re toast. You aren’t in your kitchen anymore, you’ve woken up in the course of a forest and now you need to survive!

BasicDragon's worldbuilding after being published on World Anvil

Pages from BasicDragon’s three worlds printed on World Anvil (out of their 25 complete worlds! I’m nonetheless amazed on the quantity).

And sure, additionally they had some recommendation for you for those who aren’t certain about publishing your work!

“Simply do it!” Is the perfect recommendation I may give since have been individuals ought to begin is dependent upon them. I did my first zine/CYOA throughout Kickstarter’s ZineQuest, which could be enjoyable to check out. However you may as well simply make a tiny one for family and friends at first. If you need assist with a CYOA you’ll be able to at all times be a part of the CYOA chapter on WA’s discord as properly.

Take a look at BasicDragon’s profile to see all of their worlds, in addition to their Surviving Idyll zine!

Wordigirl, writer of Secret Agent Somebody

WordiGirl is the writer of Secret Agent Somebody, which she has printed each as an e-book and an audiobook! Earlier than World Anvil (she joined in 2020), she already used digital instruments for her writing—however, as she places it, “it wasn’t best for creating a complete one-stop-shop for worlds like World Anvil is”. And the principle factor about World Anvil that helped her was our beautiful group!

Having numerous individuals uncovered to my work, supporting one another and cheering one another on could be very useful. I was a little bit shyer about self-promotion, however now I’m higher at it, due to World Anvil’s beautiful beans! Challenges additionally assist me to get issues out of my head and onto the web page. At instances, I’ve a lot story and worldbuilding in my mind, however I don’t know the place to begin. Contests and prompts assist me to pinpoint sure matters and say, “Hey, let’s write about that now.”

Curious to see what the outcomes of her efforts look (or sound) like? Take a look at the trailer for her audiobook!

The tales of her Secret Agent Somebody happen on this planet of W.I.L.L.O.W.I.S.P., which she describes as having “intriguing mysteries, hidden histories, spies, lies, shock, and a person with malachite eyes”. In the event you’re contemplating writing or producing an audiobook, check out her recommendation about this subject!

Don’t be intimidated. Do what you’ll be able to with what you will have. In the event you don’t have a elaborate studio now, it’s okay. Report in your cellphone. In the event you don’t have a giant finances to rent skilled voices, use your personal voice, pals, household, and even text-to-speech apps. Perhaps strive pondering of audiobooks or audio dramas that you just get pleasure from. Why do you want them? What entertains you? You additionally should do not forget that, in contrast to a tv program, your listeners won’t be able to see something. Generally, I adapt scenes from my novels to have individuals mumble to themselves or narrate their actions so there aren’t awkward bits of silence the place no one is aware of what’s happening. Effectively-placed sound results may assist individuals think about issues occurring. When writing these sorts of scenes, particularly for those who don’t desire a narrator, that is important.

Take a look at Secret Agent Somebody on World Anvil!

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