Author, Editor, Publisher, Coach

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The Power of Teamwork

When I think back to my childhood, some of my fondest memories are of my summer baseball teams, my school baseball and basketball teams, even my golf team (damn knees kept me out of football). When I was with my teammates, competing against another team, I enjoyed a sense of camaraderie and support. We worked together, providing each individual on the team a chance at success that he couldn’t achieve on his own. When we failed, we commiserated together, and supported one another, vowing to work harder and do better next time.

It’s true that when you go it alone, you get to keep all the fruits of your success to yourself. Yep, you can sit at your desk in the corner, put on your party hat, pop the cork on the champagne, and celebrate… all by your lonesome. Fun. Of course, when you fail, you shoulder that burden alone, too.

And why did you fail? Might you have needed some help, a supportive group to lift you over the top? Might a team have been the potential key to your success?

Look, I’ve always enjoyed a certain amount of autonomy. I like to control my own life to the greatest extent possible. I love freedom—in life, in work, in play. Yet a properly constructed team allows a significant amount of that. Indeed, for a team to achieve maximum success, each member of that team must perform at his best.

Now, whether your team is in sports, or at work, or in a charity group, or any other environment, no two individuals will perform exactly alike. We recognize top performers for their unique set of skills, and, yes, we cut loose those who simply can’t do it. Give any ten individuals the exact same opportunity, and you’ll see ten varying levels of success… or failure.

Welcome to life.

Yet those who struggle can become fair, those who are fair can become good, and those who are already good can achieve greatness, when a team is in their corner, fighting on their behalf.

I like to think of myself as a good teammate precisely because I don’t expect everyone to be great; that’s just not realistic. I expect my teammates to be pretty good, of course, but mostly I expect them to give it their best. Period. If you give me your willingness to work at it, your positive attitude, your desire to work with the team in a cohesive manner, I’ll give you a loyal teammate who will do all he can to help you succeed.

So what does all of this have to do with writing, one of the most solitary pursuits on the planet? Simple: writing is only step one. Eventually, if you’re a professional, you need to take your product to market. You need to get your books into the hands of lots and lots of readers.

Of course, before you can do that, you may need one or all of the following: beta readers to help you plug up some gaps in your story; a qualified editor to help you polish your manuscript to a fine sheen; a talented artist to create a professional cover for your book; and a marketing plan and sales strategy to sell your brand.

What is your brand?

If you self-publish, your brand is your name, and perhaps the name of a series (by title or primary character) you’re writing. Period.

If you publish with a team, you enjoy the benefits of an additional brand, a reputable name that provides quality products across a broad spectrum of genres, from a group of authors with varying styles and voices, supported by talented editors and artists.

And that is why my partner, D.T. Conklin, and I formed Evolved Publishing. We didn’t want to self-publish because we didn’t want to go it alone. We thought the power of a dedicated and well-coordinated team would improve our chances of success. Our early teammates—7 more authors and counting, 4 more editors and counting, 4 artists and counting—joined us for those reasons, as well.

Do you like the idea of having a team in your corner? If so, stop by the Evolved Publishing website and browse around. At worst, you’ll lose a few minutes of your life. At best, your life and career will take on a whole new prospect.

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Podcaster Timothy C. Ward Interviews Lane Diamond and D.T. Conklin of Evolved Publishing – Part 2

This is the second in a 2-part interview series by podcaster and aspiring author Timothy C. Ward, who was kind enough to sit down and talk to us about our business, about our authors and books, about why we do what we do.

I think this one is a little more about me as author and editor, and about my novel, Forgive Me, Alex.

We sure appreciate Tim’s taking the time give us this opportunity, and I hope you’ll stop by and enjoy our conversation.

AudioTim 26: Lane Diamond, Author of Forgive Me, Alex

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Every Author Struggles to Find His Voice in the Beginning, and To Keep It Fresh Throughout His Career

John Anthony Allen, an Editor at Evolved Publishing, has offered an interesting article on the development of “voice.”

As authors, we tackle this difficult discovery early in our careers, and we work to keep it fresh and dynamic as our careers progress. In fact, a good editor will help your voice grow as an author. Just be careful to keep it YOUR voice, comfortable and natural to you.

As readers, we seek out authors whose voices we find appealing, and our tastes might well change over time. Mine sure did. What I enjoyed reading 30 years ago doesn’t always appeal to me now, and much of what I read now, and LOVE, I would have scoffed at 30 years ago.

Stop over and check it out: God Bless You, Mr. Prokofiev — and join the conversation there. How has your voice changed over the years?

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A New YA Paranormal Fantasy Featuring Valkyries and Norse Gods

I’m so excited to announce a new book , DEAD RADIANCE – Book 1 in the Valkyrie Novels, from author T.G. Ayer. This YA Paranormal Fantasy from Evolved Publishing is steeped in Norse mythology, full of Valkyries and Norse gods. Gonna be a fun read!

It’s available now at Amazon.

…My fingers uncurled their desperate grip on the rose and it fell, tilting, to drop head first onto the casket, twirling as it descended into the eerie depths. It hit the lid and shattered. Petals flew in all directions and everywhere yellow scraps of the dismembered flower reflected Joshua’s iridescent light….

Short Description for DEAD RADIANCE – Book 1 in the Valkyrie Novels:

For as long as she can recall Bryn Halbrook has seen a golden aura around certain people, and it is only when her new best friend Joshua dies that she understands the glow means death. Bryn struggles to adapt to a new town and a new foster home while trying to deal with the guilt of being unable to save her friend. Until mysterious biker-boy, Aidan Lee arrives.

When Aidan unexpectedly takes off he leaves behind a shattered heart, a ton of unanswered questions and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn is a Valkyrie. Bryn is faced with questions about Aidan’s real identity, the real reason he came to Craven, and that Odin, Freya and Valhalla just might be real.

As if accepting her new wings, new life and new home in Asgard isn’t difficult enough, Bryn is forced to find and return the precious necklace of the Goddess Freya. The only problem is – if she fails, Aidan will die.

The mystery of a Mythology is easy to enjoy. The reality is much harder to accept.

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You can sample the first 3 chapters HERE.

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Podcaster Timothy C. Ward Interviews Lane Diamond and D.T. Conklin of Evolved Publishing

Podcaster and aspiring author Timothy C. Ward was kind enough to sit down and talk to us about our business, about our authors and books, about why we do what we do.

We sure appreciate Tim’s taking the time give us this opportunity, and I hope you’ll stop by and enjoy our conversation.

AudioTim 24: Lane Diamond and D.T. Conklin of Evolved Publishing

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Catching Up on Catching Up, and New Opportunities

I must apologize for not keeping up with the blog these past couple weeks. No excuses. I need to do better.

Most of my efforts have been tied up over at our Evolved Publishing website, working on that part of the business, and letting my business as Lane Diamond, Author, shuffle to the back burner for a bit. Yes, that can be rather frustrating. It can also be quite exciting.

Monday was a case in point. Yesterday, we added to the Evolved Publishing (EP) team author Emlyn Chand. Emlyn will be an exciting addition to our organization, and you readers are gonna love her. I promise. Find out more about her, including all her social media links, at her author’s page HERE.

Also in EP news, we expect to release author D.T. Conklin’s epic fantasy novel, Eulogy, on March 14th. The cover is just plain fantastic! Check it out.

Beware! That center eye will never leave you. Ever.

We’ll have a big 2-day promo event at Amazon coming up on February 21-22, which will include most of my pieces, as well most of what EP has released to date. Be sure to stop by and check it out.

We’re opening for submissions our 2nd Semi-Annual Short Story Contest on Wednesday, February 15, so don’t miss that. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a Kindle Fire and a place in our next anthology. Additionally, 5 other winners will be placed in the anthology, along with 4 authors from the EP team, myself included. And here’s the great news: all the authors share in the royalties. Yep, you heard right. Really, how could it be any other way?

In the meantime, I’m going to be releasing another short story of my own VERY soon: The Hobby. It’s a little horror blast I conjured, with some cool cover art by EP artist, Sam Keiser.

Finally, I’m working with 3 authors, providing some online classes to elevate their craft, each of whom I hope will join our EP team when ready. I should probably not take anything for granted, and won’t mention their names here, but maybe they’d like to stop in and comment. We’ll see. This is in addition to finishing edits on Eulogy (mentioned above), and preparing to edit Kimberly Kinrade’s next installment in her Forbidden series, Forbidden Fire, with cover art by EP artist Sarah E. Melville.

My editing duties keep me busy, as do my responsibilities as an owner of Evolved Publishing, and they can be quite rewarding too. I complain about the time requirements on occasion, but don’t let that fool you…. I love it!

Lastly, we have 3 new editor applications and 3 new author applications to consider, as the EP family just grows and grows. It really is an exciting moment in our young history. Still, I think I need to spend a little time wearing my other hat: Lane Diamond, Author. Soon. Really. I promise.

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Another of Lane Diamond’s editing projects is about to be available as an eBook – “Bella World” by Kimberly Kinrade.

The only thing better than releasing one of my own books, is releasing a book I’ve edited. Well, the next one is coming up fast: Bella World, book #2 in the Three Lost Kids trilogy by Kimberly Kinrade.

This is a children’s chapter book series, which includes some terrific and fun color illustrations by artist Josh Evans (Josh also did my cover for Forgive Me, Alex). If you’re a parent of a 4- to 9-year old, you might want to check out book #1 in the trilogy, Lexie World, currently available at Amazon.

Watch for the release of Bella World on Tuesday. Book #3 in the series, Maddie World, will be coming within a few weeks.

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