Category Archives: Evolved Publishing

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

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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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Guest Post by Angela Scott, Author of DESERT RICE

Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming author Angela Scott, award-winning author of WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD, DESERT RICE, and SURVIVOR ROUNDUP, for a guest post I think you’ll find interesting. This is part of a blog hop running at Evolved Publishing this week, in which you can not only discover new authors, but win some cool prizes, too.

How do you balance your religious beliefs but stay true to the story you need to write?

I’m not a religious fanatic, but I do have a moral compass and “rules” for myself that I try my best to live by. But here’s the thing…I belong to a religious affiliation who have even more rules that I should be living by, and the kinds of stories I find myself writing tend to break a lot of those rules. I’m a good person, but my characters make a lot of mistakes–some pretty big ones. These are the stories that come to me, the voices that whisper in my ear. Personally, I think I would be HORRIBLE at writing religious fiction type books, so knowing that, I don’t even try.

So why does any of this matter? I guess because I worry someone might mistake my stories as my own personal belief system. What I write about rarely matches up to what I believe to be true. Do I believe kids should be having sex at fifteen-years-old? Heck no. Do I believe it’s okay for kids to drink? Never. The list goes on.

Desert Rice deals with some pretty tough topics. I don’t go into details, but there is enough there for a reader to paint their own sordid picture. This is a book that I know might offend several people of my church. I guess, even after all this time, I still worry about what people think of me. Sad, I know.

So then why write the stories I do? Why write about zombies or child abuse? Why not just stick to my moral compass and do the right thing? Because rarely do I pick the story or its characters–they come to me. That sounds crazy, but it’s true. So I write what I write, and I will let the chips fall where they may. I don’t think what I write about pushes any major envelopes–there are MANY books out there with topics and word choices I would NEVER do–but to be a member of a religion that preaches building up the kingdom God, I’m pretty sure my books aren’t doing any of that.

Take Stephanie Meyer for instance (I know, I know. We really don’t want to talk about her, right?) but her fourth book got some members of her religious group in an uproar. They didn’t agree with what she wrote. They attacked her and questioned her standing in her church. Besides her writing not being up to par, she didn’t write anything completely offensive or downright evil, but she suffered some backlash for it, regardless.

So how can I be who I am, believe what I do, but write books that contradict some of those beliefs? Am I a hypocrite? Maybe. I don’t know. There are certain lines I have drawn, certain “things” and word choices I would never use, but I have made some “creative choices” (for lack of a better term) that some in my religious community would say is wrong–I should be sticking to my standards, so they would say.

What do I do? How do I walk that fine line? How do I explain myself…or not?

What do you think? How do you balance it? Do you draw lines in the sand or do you write the story that needs to be written…no matter what? I’d love to know.

Click HERE to learn more about Angela Scott.

About DESERT RICE: Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl, but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. 15-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place–their mother.

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”–who smells an awful lot like a horse–in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.

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I Didn’t Disappear – I’ve Just Been Editing, Editing, Editing

Yep, I’ve been a busy editor, indeed, with no time for writing (including this blog… yeesh!).

In the last couple of weeks, Evolved Publishing has released the following books, all of which I had a hand in editing:

If you like contemporary romance, you’re going to love Secret Storm by Amelia James. This is a companion piece to her first novel, Tell Me You Want Me.

If you’re a fan of YA Paranormal Romance, or movies like X-Men, you’re going to love Forbidden Life (Forbidden #3) by Kimberly Kinrade, which is the final installment in the Forbidden Trilogy.

If you have kids 6-9 years old, they’re going to love this chapter book, The Three Lost Kids & The Death of the Sugar Fairy by Kimberly Kinrade, a Halloween adventure sure to make reading fun for the kids.

Introduce your kids 3-6 years old to the joy of reading with this picture book, Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating (A Bird Brain Book) by Emlyn Chand, with full color illustrations by the talented Noelle Giffin. This Halloween adventure, featuring Tommy the Woodpecker, and his pal Michael the Racoon, is sure to be great fun for the little ones.

Last but not least, Evolved Publishing has put out its 2nd anthology, resulting from its 2nd Short Story Contest. Evolution: Vol. 2 (A Short Story Collection) contains 10 terrific stories from 10 talented authors, and is sure to offer a little something for everyone (multiple genres and styles).

I hope you’ll check these books out. I’m quite proud of them, and I’m sure you’ll love them.

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2 Books I Edited Are Up for Awards – LEXIE WORLD, and WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD

I recently announced that my novel, Forgive Me, Alex, is a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012, in the Mystery/Thriller category.

Well, one of the nicest aspects of editing the work of fellow authors is being able to bask in the glow of their success, too. They did the heaviest lifting, of course, as authors always do, but as editor, I got to play my own small part.

One of the books for which I had the pleasure of doing the final edit/polish is also a semi-finalist, in the YA category: Wanted: Dead or Undead by Angela Scott.

“Wanted: Dead or Undead” – Semi-Finalist in the YA category, Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012

And if that’s not enough, another of the books I edited, Lexie World by Kimberly Kinrade, is a finalist in the 2012 Global Ebook Awards, in the Children Literature Fiction category.

2012 Global Ebook Awards – Finalist in Children Literature Fiction category – “Lexie World” by Kimberly Kinrade

I have to say: All in all, I’m having a pretty good week.

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12 eBooks To Entertain You for Hours – A 3-Day Event from Evolved Publishing!

Evolved Publishing is making is easier for you to enjoy their eBooks. Get 12 of them, each with fantastic reviews, some awards, and legions of fans… for just $2.99 each (SAVINGS of $1-2 EACH). But hurry! This special event lasts for 3 DAYS ONLY – May 22-24.

Check out what they’re offering:

  1. An Epic Fantasy unlike any you’ve read before, sure to redefine the genre forever
  2. A riveting Psychological Suspense Thriller that delves into the mind of a serial killer, and of the man who hunts such monsters
  3. 2 YA Paranormal Thriller/Romance from the Award-Winning Forbidden series, featuring kids from the notorious Rent-A-Kid school
  4. A YA Paranormal Fantasy featuring Norse Gods and Valkyries
  5. A YA Romantic Adventure featuring Zombies and set in the Old West
  6. A Historical Fiction novel with a rare, uplifting, authentic glimpse into Native American Indian culture
  7. 2 Lower-Grade Chapter Books (Color-Illustrated) with important life lessons for kids 4-9, featuring Unicorns and Garbage Goblins and Dragons, oh my!
  8. A Children’s Picture Book for kids 3-6 years old, with charming illustrations sharing the wayward adventures of an intrepid bird
  9. A Memoir to inspire and motivate teens and young adults
  10. A Short Story Anthology with 10 terrific tales from 10 talented authors

Don’t miss this chance to load-up your Kindle! Click the link below for list of selections:

Evolved Publishing – Current Promotions

And please enjoy!

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My Take on the Indie Publishing Industry

Today, I put on my hat as Publisher and Executive Editor at Evolved Publishing, and posted a rather lengthy piece on the state of our industry, and how aspiring authors, or emerging authors, or floundering authors, can still make a go of this business. Come on over and take a look.

It’s not all kittens and roses, but it’s an honest assessment.

The Future of Publishing: How to Survive and Prosper as an Indie

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Big Promotion from Evolved Publishing – 9 eBooks and 3 Short Stories

Wowzer! Do we have a deal for you? How about 9 eBooks and 3 Short Stories, with loads of 5 star reviews, some awards, and legions of fans… all FREE from Evolved Publishing? It’s true. Just stop by on Tuesday, March 27th – 1 DAY ONLY – and download your books from Amazon.

 

 

 

 

This includes not only my psychological suspense thriller, Forgive Me, Alex, and my short stories, Devane’s Reality and Wind Tunnel, and the short story anthology I edited, Evolution: Vol. 1.

It also includes an epic fantasy that will redefine the genre forever, an award-winning YA paranormal thriller/romance, a YA paranormal fantasy featuring Valkries and Norse gods, a fun and fast-paced YA zombie western, an inspiring memoir, a deeply heartfelt and beautiful Native American historical fiction novel, and a humorous fantasy short story.

Don’t miss this chance to load up your kindle without spending a dime.

For the full list, click here: http://bit.ly/zXJER7

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