Category Archives: Evolved Publishing

Three Amazing New Books from Evolved Publishing

Well, I’m fairly fired up about the latest offerings from Evolved Publishing, which I co-founded, and where I function as CEO and Managing Publisher/Editor. We take such great pride in our books, a right we think we’ve earned — as evidenced by these 3 books.

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I’ll mention first the book I edited, THE LAST MERIDIAN by Joe Hefferon. This is a harboiled crime/noir mystery that you’re really going to love. Just click on the title to go to the book’s page at the EP website, or go ahead and pop over to your favorite retailer to grab your copy:

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

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Next up is THE ATHEIST AND THE PARROTFISH by Richard Barager, M.D. In this case, you should REALLY click on the title and go to the book’s page at the EP site, because you’ll see there the many endorsements for this book from the likes of Midwest Book Review, U.S. Review of Books, San Francisco Book Review, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, and Chanticleer Reviews. Or, you can just trust me and grab your copy today!

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

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Third up is THE TRACE by Adelaide Thorne. This young adult sci-fi adventure is sure to appeal to fans of that genre, and a great addition to an already strong EP catalog of young adult titles. Click on the title for more information, or go ahead and grab your copy today.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

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I hope you enjoy one of these books… or two… or all three! If you should happen to read any of them, we would be so pleased if you would leave an honest, heartfelt review at the site where you made your purchase, and at Goodreads, should you have an account there. For a small press such as Evolved Publishing, your reviews are so, so important to us.

Thanks a bunch, and enjoy.

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The Last Meridian by Joe Hefferon

I recently had the great pleasure of editing a harboiled crime/noir mystery novel by Joe Hefferon, and this is one I really think you’re going to like. Any number of authors come to mind when considering whether this book might be for you: James Lee Burke, Ed McBain, Nelson DeMille, Michael Connelly, Raymond Chandler, Paul Levine, John Sandford, Blake Crounch, Sue Grafton, Robert Crais, (and many others)–fans of all these authors are sure to love THE LAST MERIDIAN.

So let me tell you a little about it….

At the center of it all is the protagonist, Nina Ferrer. She is quite a strong woman, with a sometimes harsh and brutally honest approach to life that is at once a little disturbing and fairly refreshing. If you love great female lead characters, whatever the genre, this book is for you. But she is not alone, of course, and Joe Hefferon does a great job building a supporting cast of characters around her, many of whom are sure to appeal to you. As I’ve written in the past (more than once), the best books for me are those that provide a rich cast of characters that I can love or hate. The Last Meridian delivers that in spades.

Second is the story itself, and here Joe makes what I think is a great choice, taking us back to Hollywood (mostly, but also a bit of Chicago) back in the 1960s. This is really a fun blast to the past, and it provides for great ground to enjoy this story.

Third is the writing itself. As I edited this book, I was struck by how often Joe took the time to wax philosophical, often providing prose that reads practically like poetry. Man, I love that kind of writing! I so appreciate authors who take the time to elevate their prose, and to provide us with some eloquent passages that make you say, “Man, I wish I’d written that.” Joe does so on many, many occasions.

Thus, I’m so pleased to have played my part as editor in bringing this book to publication (available for pre-order now, releasing May 22nd). I can give it a hearty thumbs-up and my highest recommendation. Am I biased? Well… sure… but really, I’m also a reader of this genre, and AS A READER, I can honestly say, “Get this book!” 😀

A little more about the book:

The Last Meridian – crossing it was her only choice.

A telegram sets off a chain of events that destroys five lives, throwing Hollywood insider Nina Ferrer’s life into turmoil. The infant boy she gave up for adoption in Chicago sixteen years earlier has been arrested for murder. A plea from the boy’s adoptive mother pushes her to act, but Nina has a big problem—she never told her husband about the boy.

Nina must come to terms with her guilt, while accepting the reality of her fragile life and her cheating husband, who’s embroiled in another deadly plot. As her life unravels, the boy’s fate grows ominous. Set against the backdrop of the Hollywood heyday of the early 1960s, the quick-witted, smart-talking Nina, a designer for the well-heeled of Los Angeles, hires a private detective to uncover the facts about what happened back in Chicago, and save her boy. Maybe… just maybe… he can save her, too.

Or perhaps Nina will have to save herself, the most frightening prospect of all. To do that, she must cross The Last Meridian, the place beyond which life as she knows it will no longer exist.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AT:

AMAZON

BARNES AND NOBLE

iBOOKS

KOBO

SMASHWORDS

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End of Summer 2014 – New Visions (IndieGoGo Campaign by Evolved Publishing)

THIS POST IS FOR READERS (AND PERHAPS FOR WRITERS, DEPENDING….):

LINK TO CAMPAIGN: End of Summer 2014 – New Visions

As you probably know, I am the managing publisher/editor at Evolved Publishing, a small press I co-founded with D.T. Conklin. Indeed, you may have seen me lament on these pages that I spend so much time focused on my responsibilities to EP, including having a part in editing 70 (and counting) EP books to date, that I find it almost impossible to focus on my own writing. The clock just seems to run out on me every day.

Well, as much as I may complain about that on occasion, when my mood sours because I’m itching to write and can’t make it happen, the truth is that I love what I do with EP. I’m so proud of what we’ve built there. As of today, we have a team of 29 current authors, with 1 or 2 more likely in the next month or so. Supporting their work we have a team of 11 editors, 8 artists/illustrators, and 6 foreign language translators. We’re also working closely with about 10 different audiobook producers/narrators, and we have a team of fans willing to support us via advance reviews, social media sharing, and of course, snatching up our books just about as fast as we can get them out.

Oh, we do love our most loyal fans at EP, not just for their financial support, but for the constant moral support they provide. They engage with us and have fun with us and… well, they make an often tough business so much more enjoyable for us. We’d be lost without them.

I like to think that some of those fans would be at least a bit lost without EP, too. We’ve put out more than just a few quality books, as evidenced by the ever-growing list of awards we’re pulling in, often in competition with dozens or even hundreds of other titles. And our average rating at Amazon, across our entire catalog and many hundreds of ratings, is over 4.5 stars. Pretty good stuff. Our reputation for that kind of quality is growing, including with those loyal fans, who are quick to spread the word in their own circles.

 

That brings us to our IndieGoGo campaign. We talked about it over on the EP website here: Evolved Publishing Opens a Crowdfunding Campaign on IndieGoGo (Working to Build a Stronger Alternative for Indie Authors), so stop by and check it out.

Ultimately, though others are attempting to do what we do, and even tried to copy our model (one website copied our verbiage word-for-word, until I spanked them for it and they pulled it down), we think our standards for excellence separate us from the crowd. Indeed, some of those other houses are publishing works we previously rejected (I’m not throwing stones, just making an important point about EP). Quality is Priority #1–that’s not just our motto, it’s our covenant with our readers and with our team.

The IndieGoGo campaign we’re running is all about being able to continue doing what we do at a pace that readers want, and kicking up the visibility of our work across a broader audience out there. The best way to ensure that EP continues to attract great talent, and that those on board with us continue to create excellent, entertaining books, is to make sure everyone involved is reaching enough of an audience out there to justify keeping on with it.

Competition is fierce in its overall flood of offerings these days, though we think our quality helps us stand above that crowd. Still, too many do not yet know about EP’s extraordinary commitment to quality. We have some absolutely wonderful books that haven’t yet made their mark with readers, which is just a shame. We need to get the word out, and that costs, of course.

If you’d like to help, the perks are a great value. Even if you don’t want a one of the specific perks offered, and just want to support the arts and EPs place in that world, you can contribute as little or as much as you’d like. I’ve posted the link again below. And thank you!

End of Summer 2014 – New Visions

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An Opportunity for Aspiring Writers to be Published Authors

THIS POST IS FOR WRITERS:

Over at the Evolved Publishing website today is a post about my services as writing coach. Specifically, I’m looking for that one “special project” to help an author achieve his or her dreams, and to help make Evolved Publishing that much better.

If you’ve created a good novel-length story but your actual “writing” still needs some work, and you think I can help coach you up to “publishable,” then stop by and check out the post linked below.

Would a Writing Coach Make Sense for You?

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“I have a Kindle Paperwhite, and I love it! It’s so easy on the eyes that I can read on it for hours, just like a paper book, in any light.” – Lane Diamond

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW FOR DETAILS:

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“Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble” by D. Robert Pease is Perfect for Your Pre-Teens

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Yes, if your kids love the Percy Jackson adventure “The Lightning Thief,” they’re sure to love the adventure “Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble.”

Noah is a space ship pilot, a voyager to distant worlds, a time traveler, and at twelve years old, quite possibly the last, best hope for Earth.

There’s a reason this book has won multiple awards:

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Critics love it —- “Pease’s strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah’s excited, fast-paced narration.” – Publishers Weekly —- and so will your kids. And to make it even better, it’s on sale for the next few days only, at just $0.99 at both Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

I had the great pleasure of editing this series, and I know your kids are going to love it.

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Book Awards Are Just Plain Fun

As authors, we all hope to win the occasional award. I haven’t really submitted Forgive Me, Alex to many – just a couple – but I’ve managed to get a little recognition, and the kind reviews my book has received have been pretty good stand-ins.

Well, I have the added pleasure of sharing in the glow of awards won by books I’ve edited. Over at the Evolved Publishing blog recently (linked at bottom), under the heading of “Quality Matters,” they listed as evidence of that commitment a number of books and the awards they’ve won.

Well, of the 16 books listed there, which have combined for over 35 awards, I wrote 1 and edited or co-edited (meaning I did the final polishing pass) 14 of those.

I often gnash my teeth about the all the editing I must do, and how that keeps me from working on my own writing, but I have to say, all these awards do bring a smile to my face. I still wish I had more time for writing, but whenever I get down and moody about that, I’ll just refer to that blog post at Evolved Publishing.

Maybe that will lift my spirits. 🙂

Here’s that blog post listing all the awards:

At Evolved Publishing, Quality Matters!

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As I prepare to wrap up the year, I look forward to a more engaged 2013.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a very Happy New Year!

All in all, I’d have to say that 2012 has been an exciting year. It’s certainly been a busy one. Whew!

Those of you who follow my blog (Thank you!) know all too well that I’ve given it short shrift in recent months. I’m not the kind of person who thinks I should be sending you a new blog post every day. Bluch! Who has time to read them? Especially of you’re like me, and subscribe to about 200 of them. So I try to pick my spots, and provide 3 or 4 decent posts a month. Usually. Yeah, the last few months haven’t been so good.

My only real excuse is that I’ve been working insane hours trying to keep up with an insane editing schedule for all those insane authors at Evolved Publishing. (Just kidding! They’re terrific.) Seriously, though, the pace of things at EP this year far exceeded our expectations, which, I must say, certainly beats the alternative. 😀

My business partner D.T. Conklin and I had hoped to have 10 good authors and 20 quality books in EP by the end of 2012. Well, we ended up with 14 and 35, respectively. It’s been a grind, and we experienced a few growing pains — which, in retrospect, seems perfectly natural — yet even with those few challenges, it was just plain exciting! And 2013 promises to be a good year, as we continue to build our catalog of quality authors and books.

2013 will also be exciting for me because we’re making some changes to our management team, which will free up some time for me not only to do all I must do as a publisher, but to write my own books, too. Man, I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back into the writing routine! To say it’s been driving me bonkers that I haven’t been writing would be one of the year’s great understatements.

As part of that, I expect to be more engaged at this here sad excuse for a blog. 🙁 I doubt it will happen in January, but by February, I should be well settled into my new routine. If not, I’m gonna… I’m gonna… well, I’m gonna go truly bonkers.

Next up is the sequel to Forgive Me, Alex (BTW, it’s on sale this week. Save $2.), which I’m calling The Devil’s Bane. Some of my favorite characters (and I hope yours) will be making a return appearance: Tony Hooper, Frank Willow, Diana Gregario, Linda Monroe, Ben Komura, and yes… that despicable Mitchell Norton. Mwoohaha! My hope — nay, my intention — is to publish it on May 21st. A lot will have to go right for that to happen, but I am an eternal optimist. (After all, I’m the guy who assumed my girlfriend quit smoking cigarettes when I started finding cigar butts lying around the house. 😛 )

Will it all happen according to plan? I sure hope so. I mean… err… ahem… yes, it will happen!

In the new year, be happy, be healthy, be safe. Thanks again.

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