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I am proud to announce today that Infinity Flower Publishing is now offering editorial services!

If you’re like me, you’re an author who has big dreams but little money. And that’s okay! I want to make editing and proofreading options affordable for us little guys. So far this year, just on editing alone, I’ve spent more than $500. That’s a lot when your book is still in production! That means right off the bat, to recoup my costs, I have to make that back, and then some. I’m not very good at math, but that’s hard.

Why should you choose Infinity Flower Publishing?

At Infinity Flower Publishing, LLC, we believe that every author has a story to tell, and that every story deserves to be told. We work with our writers every step of the way on their literary journey, helping to bring out the most from their work. From an idea and rough draft, to editing and publication, Infinity Flower Publishing, LLC helps our authors produce high quality, interesting, and entertaining books.

Can I see some of your work?

Check out this debut children’s book by our newest author, Van Sledge! Book two from Van will be coming soon!

What are you waiting for???

That’s a great question! What are you waiting for? Send me an email at infinityflowerpublishing@gmail.com today! Let’s polish your baby until it shines like the star it should be!

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Dear Writer: STOP Releasing So Many Novels!

People who churn out a ton of books always astound me….there’s no way that their work is edited and as awesome as it could be. I always worry about my number of works, but not at the expense of the quality!

A Writer's Path

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by Michael Cristiano

As I’m sure you know, dear readers (or Mom… Hi, Mom!), I’ve come to a couple realizations over the past year or so since the release of my first novel. The biggest revelation, the one where I decided to go back to writing for myself, I’ve written about extensively already, and you can read that post here…

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Building Your World With Maps

Maps are hard. Especially for people like me who have trouble visualizing what the heck even goes on a map. My most basic map of Gexalatia, from years ago looks like this:

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Awesome, right? (It’s okay to say no!)

Gexalatia has come a long way since its early days. Now it looks slightly better, like this:

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Definitely starting to be flushed out a bit.

So what should your map have on it?

1. The easiest place to start was the countries.

So the overall land/continent is called Gexalatia. So far Gexalatia consists of Ymber to the north and Siccita to the south. Once I decided that, building around the two countries wasn’t too difficult.

2. Every country obviously needs a capitol city!

For me, the capitol cities are Regius Carmen in Ymber and Celo Cavus in Siccita. I chose to put them at opposite ends of the map for no real reason. That’s just sorta where they ended up.

3. Next you gotta add some landscaping.

I decided I wanted Regius Carmen to be encased in mountains, and the royal city is even built into the side of one, making it a great fortress. Enemy soldiers only have three ways to get to Regius Carmen: funnel through a mountain pass, try to make landfall by boat through the bay, or fly over the mountains with dragons. None of these would do much to intimidate Regius Carmen or its citizens, especially since the bay is heavily policed by Ymber soldiers and the country that supplies Siccita with dragons is on strike.

For Celo Cavus in Siccita, I decided that it would be bordered on the western side by mountains and be surrounded by open plains. I’m not a military strategist by any means, but I figure it’s hard to attack someone if they can see you coming. And of course, to the north is forest and a pretty large river that runs from the Coracinus Mountains (left-hand side) to the bay (right-hand side). Siccita also has the benefit of being the aggressor. They have Ymber pushed well within their bounds of their country, so the risk of attack on Celo Cavus is pretty minimal during the events of Return to Royalty.

4. Add some character to your map.

So once I added the countries and the cities, my map was looking pretty sparse. This allowed me to decide where I would put rivers and forests and mountains. This also gave me opportunities to really explore the people who live in these regions. So far I’ve really nailed down Ymber, since that’s where most of the action in the series will take place, but I plan to expand on Siccita as well.

In Ymber, from left of the map to the right, we have the northern Coracinus Mountains, where the Limen is hidden, the Abjure forest, the Plains of Aduro, the Forest of the Aife, the Forcia Mountains, and the Bay of Antiquus. A wall was built in between Ymber and Siccita during the reign of King Paries to keep enemy soldiers in Siccita and protect Ymber from their attack. It has only one opening along the main road, called the Custos Obduros, which are watchtowers. Anyone who comes to Ymber from Siccita must pass through the Custos to enter, unless they come by water.

In Siccita, I have so far only mapped the ruins of Dirvo. Before Ymber and Siccita split in two, Dirvo was the capitol city of Gexalatia. Dirvo will feature in book two of the series, when Nyx takes an unwilling trip there (no spoilers!). The river that runs through Siccita is called the Eluvios, and I picture it like the Grand Canyon, wide and deep. I’m not sure about the forest yet.

Then, in the Coracinus Mountains and to the west, not on the map, is the country of Fornax. Fornax is where dragons are bred. Fornax will also be featured in book two as Nyx and Jet meet some new friends…or enemies….

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So that’s all I can say for now, but hopefully this was helpful! Of course, I’m also learning the difference between estates, manors, provinces, etc. There’s so much to building a world! It can get overwhelming, so take your time and let it fill itself out as you go!

Leave a comment and tell me what your struggle with world-building is!

Overcoming the Post-Project Funk

Ugh, Yes!!! The Post-Project Funk!! It takes me much longer than a few days to get out of it 😦 But I think I’ve finally kicked it and am working on a new project!

A Writer's Path

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by Teagan Berry

A little while ago I finished up the first draft of a manuscript. Since then, I’ve tried (and failed) multiple times to pick up another unfinished first draft of a project that’s been sitting around for the past few months. Needless to say, it hasn’t gone well.

I’ve maybe managed to hash out a few hundred words – and that’s probably being generous. The words just aren’t flowing like they were while I was working on the other manuscript. At first, I thought it was just because I wasn’t quite sure where to go with the new story from where I’ve left off. But it isn’t that, and it’s taken me until now to realize that lack of plot isn’t the problem I have. I have the post-project funk.

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Another Writing Prompt!

Lust or Death? A prince and princess meet on the battlefield; both arrogant warriors and on opposing teams. They are both violent and patriotic, but there is a clear physical attraction. The prince is a brute and the princess is a seductress. How do they end up alone and what happens?

Rain was pelting her face, obscuring her view. She wiped the water from her eyes, smoothing wet strands of hair away. The end of her braid was heavy over her shoulder, the wind blowing the feathers tucked into it. She twirled her swords easily, cutting into an approaching opponent. With a sickening slosh of blood, he fell dead, leaving the path before her clear.

She looked up slowly, straightening as a man stood before her. She watched as he used an axe to cleave into one of her men, dislodging the blade with an easy swing.

“Here we are at last, Princess,” he said mockingly as he approached her.

She tightened the grip on her scimitars, feeling the battle around them beginning to ease. This had gone of for hours. They both were in prime condition, but she knew he had to be feeling the strain of the frey as much as she was.

“I hope you’re ready to meet your end,” she said challengingly. She knew she was alone now in this fight. Her country and his had been at odds for too long now. There was only one thing left to do; kill him or die trying.

Arrogant as ever, the prince scoffed. He tossed his axe to the ground, drawing his own curved blade. “Let’s see how good of a swordsman you really are.”

She braced, swinging her blades toward his chest as he came at her. It forced him to step away from her. He parried her blows, but his method was brute strength. He lacked any kind of finesse when it came to swords. He held his own though, steel on steel as he caught her off guard, catching her weapons against his. He held her in place, watching her jaw clench tightly.

“It’s too bad you couldn’t just accept my proposal,” he said through gritted teeth. Despite his strength, she was keeping him at bay.

She arched a brow at him, drawing a ragged breath. “I would never allow myself to be married to a brute such as you!” She disengaged him then, allowing herself open for a brief moment as she swung her sword back.

Both were surprised by the other’s swiftness, coming face-to-face suddenly. The princess looked down, seeing his blood running across her hands. This should have been a victorious moment, had her blood not begun to mingle with his. She looked up into his face, seeing the pain furrowing his brow.

“A fitting end, it seems,” he managed. He lifted a bloodied hand to press against her face. “You should have accepted my proposal.”

The princess shoved his hand away, staggering back from him. She gripped the handle that was protruding from her gut. She collapsed to the ground, watching as he did the same.

“I would rather die.”