My young adult series, Worldweavers, about Thea Winthrop, a teen who can do no magic in a magical world, was first published by HarperCollins in the heady days when every publisher was hoping to find their own Harry Potter.
My trilogy was no ripoff. Thea is as American as Harry is British and the world of my series is totally my own, invoking both modern computers and Native American gods. But, of course, Harry Potter is the elephant in the living room and I was delighted when the series got excellent reviews, some of them invoking that magic comparison (see below).
Alas, HarperCollins did virtually nothing to promote the trilogy and sales were not what they, or I, had hoped for. In the end, they were happy to give me back all rights.
It is now being reprinted by Sky Warrior Books and the first book, Gift of the Unmadge, has just been released in e-book form; print will follow. The new cover is gorgeous.
The second book, Spellspam, and the third, Cybermadge, will follow soon. And I have added two more books to the series, which will also be published by Sky Warrior Books.
Oh, a few of those magical reviews:
"Although it will appeal to those who love Harry, there is much more in store for readers who discover, along with Thea, the ordinary magic in the world around them." Teri S. Lesesne said in a starred Voya review for the first in the series.
"For readers suffering withdrawal (from) Harry Potter, this new series might just suffice," said a Voya review for the second book.
"…it's too simplistic to compare this book to (Harry). There's much more here, including elements of Native American culture and ancient mythology. Thea might be time-traveling and struggling with magic to face nefarious forces, but her situation rings universal for teens struggling to come to terms with their identity." – Seven Impossible Things before Breakfast.
"This book does remind me of Harry Potter….a highly imaginative story and I really loved it," said Susan Rappaport of the Rutherford Public LibraryRead More...
Here's something new that I am doing.
Several e-collections of short stories are in process of being put together - they are called the Alexander Triads, and they will consist of three stories per themed package. The first collection, already available at Smashwords, is called "Once upon a Fairy Tale" and contains the three fairy tales which were the first book I ever had published as a professional writer. Other themed triads, in preparation, will be released as they become ready.
Have an e-reader? Want to read Alma Alexander stories? You can SUBSCRIBE TO THE ENTIRE SERIES - and get them first, before anyone else sees them. More, subscribers will get one entire Triad - that's three short stories - as a perk of membership. This Reward Triad will not be made available to the public - it is the author's thank you for subscribing to the series.
Each themed collection of three short stories comes complete with a foreword which sets the stage for the stories in that collection, and an individual introduction to every story telling you about their origins and the inspiration behind them.
Go to Smashwords, here, and download a sample of "Once Upon A Fairy Tale" if you would like a glimpse of what's on offer. Then come back here and click the "Subscribe" button if you want to get the rest of the stories, before anyone else gets a glimpse of them. The stories consist of previously published material (which you may not have had a chance to see before) but also NEW stories, things that have not been published before. Upcoming themes include "Haunted" (ghost stories), "Cat Tales" (cats, of course, but in three VERY different stories), "Out of This World" (Science Fiction), and MORE! Subscribers will receive an email newsletter which will announce the release of each new collection, plus other material which will only be available to the members of this subscription club.
There may be an option of a paperback book containing ALL the stories in the Triads, at the conclusion of the series. Inquire about the subscription option which guarantees you a copy of that book (but this is a threshold subscription, and it is ONLY guaranteed to happen if I have enough subscribers expressing an interest in the book.
I look forward to sharing my stories with you.