The Letter Mage
Aleph Worf-Sapir has spent all fourteen years of his life enduring the ravages of academic war, and he is over it. The second the Lunar University offers him a spot in an unprecedented peacekeeping effort—a student exchange program—he jumps at the opportunity. Aleph expects that he’ll have a chance to bring peace to the University Moons, stop the bloodshed, and keep his home safe.
Yet nothing goes according to plan. The Prism Witches of the computing department lock him away. The Warlocks of the Gear are fighting amongst themselves. Soon after he leaves, one of Aleph’s mothers is accused of murder back on the Glottal Moon. And to top it off, Aleph finds himself falling fast for a handsome spy from their origin planet—a place more dangerous than every department in the university put together. Aleph sees solutions to every source of conflict he encounters, but no one seems to pay attention to a kid.
Listen, Aleph didn’t set out to be a supervillain. But he’s quickly learning that no one’s going to pay attention to him otherwise.
About The Letter Mage
Set in a university spread across seven moons, Aleph explores the cracks in education and the mistrust between adults and children.
The story continues monthly in serial installments: Patrons can pay whatever they'd like and will be charged on the first of the month following a new publication. Flash Interludes, short slice-of-life insights into the world, are published weekly for free.
Quartos include all installments and Flash Interludes, as well as a few extras.
A quick note: fanart, fanfiction, and fancrafts are supported and appreciated by the author so long as they are free. Artists who wish to charge for their work (and should be paid!) may contact me at the form/email here to discuss licensing.
Support The Letter Mage
Love the story? There are a number of ways to support The Letter Mage!
First and foremost, leave reviews!
…on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews are the independent author’s bread and butter: the more reviews we get, the more marketing we get from those platforms. It’s better than any advertising we could buy. It doesn’t have to be 5 stars. It doesn’t have to be any longer than “I liked it” or “I hated it" or even “this book made me hate potatoes”. Just leave something!
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Second, spread the word!
Request The Letter Mage. Request it at your local libraries, at your kid’s school libraries, at your local bookstores. We get on the shelves through your word.
Tell your friends. Tell your local teachers. Tell your friends to tell their friends. Like reviews, word of mouth is advertising that we as authors cannot buy, and it’s the absolute gold standard of marketing.
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Make art. Write fanfiction! Create fanart! I love to see what The Letter Mage inspires in people. However, if you wish to sell your work for a profit, please contact me through either email or the form on the contact page to discuss licensing.
CW: Swearing, politics, generally not targeted toward children.
Apparently I’m in a fairy tale mood, because I decided I needed to write a retelling of Beauty and the Beast today.
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Buy The Letter Mage merch on Teespring, and check out the multiple tiers on Patreon! Patrons have access to early installments, paintings, and other amazing behind-the-scenes stuff.
There are a number of ways to read The Letter Mage. Purchase the Quartos series through Amazon, read installments as they are published through Patreon, or put in an order in person at your local bookstore.
Purchase through Amazon
Support on Patreon
Patreon support includes a full installment once a month, and a Flash Interlude once a week. All Patrons have complete access to the whole story, no matter how much you pay to support. Minimum payment is $1.
Become an ARC (Advance Review Copy) Reader
ARC readers receive books before anyone else—by several weeks! I get my ARC readers through my mailing list, and only my mailing list (at least for now), so if you’re interested in free copies now’s the time to subscribe. When I need ARC readers, I’ll put out a call through the newsletter, and add you to my ARC list if you express interest.
Remember: in exchange for a free e-copy, ARC readers are expected to review the book on launch day, on both Amazon and Goodreads. If you have a blog or site on which to post a review early, just let me know—I love the early buzz—but other than that please do not redistribute your ARC copies. Early distribution can do irreversible damage to indie authors. Please don’t pirate my books—but if you’re going to, do it after launch day.