Who is Xander?
I am a freelance writer in Los Angeles, CA.
I graduated from Radford University in 2009 with a degree in theatre. I do technical theatre. I don’t act. I did that once in college and I highly doubt ever again.
I’ve had an interest in fantasy since forever. I’ve always been a picky reader – I like to own my books not borrow them, so I haven’t really explored the vast depths of the genre until recently, which mostly means I’m suddenly reading some really good books. I don’t have favorites and even when I do it’s my ‘favorite [insert here] right now’. So maybe you should check out Seanan McGuire cause she’s my favorite author right now.
I gained confidence in my writing through participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and have been a Municipal Liaison for Los Angeles since 2011. To expand on that, I was strongly discouraged from writing in elementary school and middle school to the point that I didn’t try in high school and never really thought about it in college. Things may have been different otherwise.
Why are you writing serialized fiction?
To keep myself writing.
There are two problems writers have: 1-They never start and 2- they never finish.
NaNoWriMo solves one of those problems. On November First you start writing (or once you’ve done it as much as I do, you start whenever you start). Finishing is another matter. Fifty thousand words is not much of a novel and even if you get to the end and proclaim ‘The End’ you then find yourself in endless revisions and edits. These are important, but there tends to be a bit too much flexibility. You find something in chapter ten that doesn’t it right so you decide to change it, but that means you have to rewrite chapter four, and now chapters twelve through the end need to be written to accommodate the changes. This might sound fine the first time, but after you’ve effectively rewritten the entire novel six times you want nothing to do with it. You can’t read it, you can’t research it. You can’t rewrite that awkward love scene again or that death scene – wait, you’d love to rewrite the death scene, but this last revision means there isn’t a death scene.
Before you know it, it’s a completely different novel than you began with. By publishing it in smaller chunks, I’m effectively stating that it happened exactly that way. I might come back and rephrase things or change my word choice or maybe even realize I need them shot in the left leg not the right, but whatever I write is set in stone for purposes of canon.
Doesn’t this screw up your ability to publish with a major publisher?
Yes and no. By publishing this here I have used my First Digital Publishing Rights. If I continue with my goal of publishing these as e-books I lose no rights but if I produce it via Createspace I’ll have used my First Printing United States Rights (or something along those lines) and likely international rights since I’ll pay the $25 fee to allow it purchased internationally.
Most publishers want those first round publishing rights, but it’s not set in stone. If I was to self-publish it and it did amazing enough a publisher would still approach me, if not for my currently published projects, then my next project.
Half my issue with doing it this way is mental – convincing myself I can’t go and rewrite the entire work. A traditional publisher would want the entire completed work at one time – if they wanted it at all. I’m comfortable with producing my novels by this alternative method even though I might mean they aren’t as widely advertised or produced as I’d like.
What is Resurgence?
Resurgence is world quite a bit like ours, save that on a seemingly mundane Monday evening on March 20, 2023, sorcery in all it’s forms returned to the world. As humans regained the ability to manipulate the natural forces of the universe, so did other things. Dragons, phoenixes, monsters were right here too, just unable to use their true powers or reveal themselves. The world exploded into social and economic upheaval as moral, religious and political debates reigned for the next decade. Just as humanity begins to feel comfortable with the situation, paths to other dimensions and realities begin to be unlocked, from this side and the other.