Category Archives: Promotion

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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I Give My Highest Recommendation To “Hannah’s Voice”

THIS POST IS FOR READERS:

I’ll start with this quick note to followers of my blog: Since I write, when I actually manage to find the time, for both readers and writers, I’ll start each post as I do above, with an indication of who its intended audience is. And now… on to the post.

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Like all authors, I started out, and was driven to the craft, as a reader. I so loved books that I wanted to be one of those who provided them to others. Well, I now do so in two ways: 1) I’m an author, and; 2) I’m a publisher (Evolved Publishing). I shall speak now as the second.

Occasionally, I’ve been fortunate to “discover” some great works by some truly talented authors. Well, in fairness, the authors discovered Evolved Publishing (EP), and I was simply lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to bring them onto the team. I’ll probably be blogging about some of those specific authors, and their works, in coming weeks. For now, I want to speak about one particular book, because you can now get it while it’s on sale.

Hannah’s Voice by Robb Grindstaff

[This portion is re-posted from the EP blog.]

It’s no wonder Mr. Grindstaff’s book has garnered an average rating at Amazon of 4.9 Stars (30 5-star, 4 4-star, and nothing lower). Simply put, Hannah’s Voice is one of those stories, featuring an extraordinary character in Hannah Cross, that will likely remain with you long after you’ve finished it. Indeed, like me, you may be itching to read it again not long after completing it the first time.

When Robb first submitted his manuscript to us, I was buried under so much work that I was a bit burned out, and the submissions were a big part of what were wearing me down. I’d recently rejected about 49 out of 50 submissions, and I was becoming disheartened. I waded into Hannah’s Voice frustrated and jaded, thinking, ‘Let’s see how long it takes me to reject this one.’ Imagine my delight as I read page after page without even realizing that I was already 25 pages in before thinking, ‘Holy cats, this is fantastic!’

And I’d barely scratched the surface, for Hannah’s Voice did what every great book does: it started out strong, and got better with each page… right up to the end. When I finished it, my first thought when seeking to describe it was, ‘You know what? This reminds me quite a bit of A Prayer for Owen Meany.’ That great book by John Irving has long been one of my favorites, and Hannah’s Voice stands right alongside it. The stories share certain thematic qualities, and they both feature characters that are uniquely intriguing (and of course, solid writing).

Having not yet lost my mind, I moved quickly to bring Robb onto the Evolved Publishing team, and to get Hannah’s Voice into our catalog. And I’m so happy to share with readers this great book, about which I am (obviously) unabashedly enthusiastic. I simply can’t recommend it strongly enough. You will love it; of that, I have no doubt.

Hannah’s Voice is on sale for 3 days only!

You can pick up your eBook copy of this amazing story for just $0.99 (SAVE $3.00), but only through Wednesday, August 28th. If ever you were going to try a new author, this is the time.

HannahsVoiceSale price available only at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

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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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Free Short Story eBooks from Author Lane Diamond

What’s that? You want a little sample, and you want it for free?

Well, all-righty then….

You can now get 3 of my short stories for FREE as eBooks at most online retailers.

PARADOX – A Short Science Fiction Adventure

Paradox_500x800FREE at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo, and everywhere eBooks are sold.

DESCRIPTION: Ted volunteered for the mission because, after all, it was just a routine trip to Mars. What could possibly go wrong?

In the deepest, darkest reaches of space, one must fill the vacuum, the void, the emptiness. Yet do we humans have the “psychological stuff” for deep space travel? If not, we may end up like Ted.

DEVANE’S REALITY – A Short Psychological Thriller

Devanes_Reality_800x500FREE at Barnes and Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, and most places eBooks are sold (still $0.99 at Amazon, though I hope it will be free there soon).

DESCRIPTION: We humans do not suffer solitude well. I long for contact—any contact. I yearn to meet a one-legged, one-armed, one-eyed, elderly gypsy woman who spends every waking minute singing show tunes with a voice like a howler monkey undergoing torture.

How does one cope with complete and utter loneliness? Imagine living in a world occupied by one – not another living creature. How could such a thing be possible? Doesn’t matter. What matters is how Lawrence Steven Devane reacts when plunged into precisely this situation.

WELL-SUITED SENTRY – A Short Horror Story

well_suited_sentry_500x800FREE at Barnes and Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, and most places eBooks are sold (still $0.99 at Amazon, though I hope it will be free there soon).

DESCRIPTION: The prison rose out of the cornfields, a concrete and steel monstrosity about as likely in this serene setting as an elephant in an igloo. The sentry couldn’t help but smile at the thought. With no one else to amuse him, to distract him, to help push his days contentedly forward, he often amused himself in such ways.

‘I’ve done my work too well,’ he thought. ‘Opportunities to spill blood are so rare these days.’

This prison sentry is unlike any other. You don’t want to cross him. Better that you should remain in your cell, follow the rules, and never get on his bad side. Transgression comes at far too high a price.

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PLEASE ENJOY! (And please leave an honest review wherever you picked up your copy. Thank you.

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Raffling-Off a Signed Hardcover of “Forgive Me, Alex” by Lane Diamond

This one is just for all you Goodreads members out there!

If you’re not a member, fear not! It’s simple to join, and it’s free.

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Forgive Me, Alex

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Giveaway ends June 10, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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March Madness! Author Lane Diamond is giving away signed copies and other prizes!

Well, I’m a big fan of March Madness for the college basketball season, the arrival of spring (my birthday is the first full day of spring, the 21st), and the optimism that naturally comes from better weather. Plus, I’ll be able to hop on my bicycle and start riding again soon!

So I decided to offer up some goodies in honor of all these things.

What can you win?

1) Signed Hardcover of Forgive Me, Alex, my debut psychological thriller

2) Advance Reading Copy (electronic ARC, when it’s ready) of The Devil’s Bane, my upcoming sequel (you can even provide feedback prior to publication if you would like)

3) Have a character named for you in The Devil’s Bane, described similarly to you, sharing whatever history and traits you care to share, etc. It will be YOU… almost.

And there will be TWO WINNERS!

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Guest Post by Emlyn Chand, Author of the BIRD BRAIN BOOKS Series

Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming author Emlyn Chand, award-winning author of FARSIGHTED, TORN TOGETHER, and the BIRD BRAIN BOOKS series. She’ll be talking about the latter here, for parents and their kids. This guest post 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.

DON’T TALK DOWN TO CHILDREN! SMART ENTERTAINMENT EQUALS SMART KIDS.

Think back to your childhood. What was it like? What did you enjoy doing for fun? I remember playing outside, collecting Pogs and Beanie Babies, watching cartoons, and reading—lots of reading. I loved Bunnicula, because it taught me big words and never apologized for that. I couldn’t get enough of The Babysitter’s Club, which illustrated that girls could be strong and, no, you were never too young to start your own business (and follow in Kristy’s footsteps I did when I opened Novel Publicity at the age of 26. BSC totally deserves some of that credit, thank you very much).

These childhood favorites have stuck with me through the years—I even continue to learn from them! But what do kids have nowadays?

Is it just me, or have books and television seriously been dumbed down? Our kids aren’t getting any stupider, are they? I don’t believe so. Of course, this problem isn’t only the curse of the younger generation. These little kiddies have moms who read Fifty Shades of Grey and watch Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives for entertainment. What’s going on?

Am I romanticizing my childhood, or has something seriously changed? Either way, I refuse to follow trend with this stuff and drivel that’s far too widespread for my liking. What’s wrong with a little intellectual entertainment?

Smart books and TV shows equal smart children!

Although I have yet to add the mommy feather to my cap of accomplishments, I’ve been thinking about this issue quite a lot lately.

It all started when I finally decided to pursue the publication of the children’s book I penned four years ago. My editor loved the story but questioned my decision to use words like mysteriously, investigation, or catastrophe. In the end, we decided to forge forth with the larger vocabulary words and let the chips fall where they may.

… And readers noticed in a positive way!

In fact, one reader said:  “This is a smart book. The storyline is simple (it has to be, to keep things interesting and quick for young kids), but not simplistic. It has excellent higher-level vocabulary (quaint, gazed, zipped, shapely, fluttered, mysteriously, frantic, flitted, nestled-the list goes on and on). As a parent who is forever obsessed with expanding my kid’s vocabulary (which, at fourteen months, consists mostly of “doggie,” “kitty,” “up,” and “hi”-but we’re getting there) and exposing her to new words, this is essential. I loved that I, an adult, was able to read Honey the Hero without feeling cheated out of thinking. I kept imagining reading this story with my kids when they’re older, and pausing to explain what the new words meant, and how they could use them.”

And you know what? I’ve not heard a single complaint about the words being too big or challenging. There are plenty of books out there that stick to an easy vocabulary for three- to six-year-olds.

The Bird Brain Books are different, and if you ask me, they’re different in a good way.

Yes, I want to provide stories that can capture children’s interest, but it’s just as important to grow their minds as it is their imaginations. That’s why I will continue to use “big words,” make references to classic literature, and teach a lesson or two along the way—while always keeping the enjoyment factor number one.

What are some other “smart kids’ books” you’ve come across, and how have they been received by your little ones?

Don’t forget to stop by the Evolved Publishing pre-holiday blog hop. We’ve got 20 autographed books up for grabs! From thrilling young adult adventures to suspense nail-biters, thought-provoking literary novels, bright and cheery books for children, an uplifting memoir, and hot-and-steamy romance, we’ve got something for everyone on your holiday-shopping list.

About Davey the Detective

In Davey the Detective, the second of the BIRD BRAIN BOOKS, Davey dubs himself the luckiest crow in the entire world when he finds a wonderful, shiny object. It even has a fantastic name: “paperclip.” Wow!

One dark and dreary day, Davey’s treasure goes missing, and he is beside himself with grief. Luckily, he knows just how he can find out which of the forest animals is to blame for the theft. Inspired by the torn pages of a Sherlock Holmes story that were used to fashion his nest, Davey calls on the help of Sarah the sparrow to investigate the mystery and, hopefully, retrieve his prize.

Together the two birds begin to collect clues. Their trail leads them straight to Mr. Bushtail, a greedy squirrel who keeps a giant store of objects in a hollowed-out tree trunk. When Mr. Bushtail refuses to cooperate, the two birds have no choice but to break into his tree house in search of the truth.

Justice will prevail and treasure will be found in this intriguing tale of mystery.

About the Author

Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!

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