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Magic sucks. We’ve fucked it up. We’ve made it boring. We’ve taken something that, conceptually, contains the range of all things unexplainable, extraordinary, and mystical, and compressed it into essentially an invisible sack of hand grenades.

This isn’t just a problem with video games. It might have started with Dungeons & Dragons: D&D was originally created by combining the strategic play of war games with the high fantasy setting of The Lord of the Rings, and this origin still shapes what games are today, as well as what magic is within those games. However, while wizards and magic were an important part of the stories of Middle-Earth, these elements didn’t readily map to war game mechanics. Reading the books, it’s sometimes difficult to tell what’s magic and what’s just everyday cleverness, what’s mystical knowledge and what’s just regular everyday knowledge. Most of the time, Gandalf is a badass, largely not…

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HOOD on sale for 0.99!

HOOD on sale for 0.99!

Yessir!

For only a short time more HOOD is going to be on sale for 0.99!

For those of you who haven’t read it… Now’s your chance😉

For those of you who have, spread the word! I’d say it’s pretty damn good value to get for a buck if I do say so myself.

AUDIOBOOK UPDATE:

My voice actor, Mike Jameson, has been doing a fantastic job and I’m ecstatic on how it’s coming out. We’re most of the way through the book, so hopefully I should have it up for sale soon!

 

Hope y’all are enjoying your summer!

Evan P

 

BOOK 2 is COMPLETE!

BOOK 2 is COMPLETE!

Well, you know. Complete in the sense that I have finished writing all the chapters. Now comes the editing process, and then formatting, and then BAM! Soon it shall be in the Amazon book forest and I can’t wait to get it into the hands of readers. GAH I WANT TO PUBLISH IT TODAY!

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Behold, the might of Stormwind. I mean– the glorious green bars of Scrivener target goals.

It blows my mind that just three months ago or less I was staring at 5k or 10k words thinking “man, so much farther to go.”

But you just keep writing every day and that shit adds up.

Considering I didn’t really write at all in May–after I finished my semester I took the weeks thereafter to storyboard and outline–it only took me about 2.5 months to write the first draft.

75,000+ words in about 75 days. 1,000 words/day (no calc needed), that’s not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Hold tight, readers of HOOD. The second installment is just upon the horizon!

 

Hearts and huggles,

Evan P

August Book 2 Update!

August Book 2 Update!

So July has came and went. Damn that was fast.

So, where am I in progress of WHISKEY, BOOK 2 of the American Rebirth Series?

WORD COUNT: 58,000

Good news: The draft is almost done. It looks like the book will end up being around 70K+ words. I should have it done by this month! That in and of itself is a pretty awesome feeling. It took me three years to write the first draft for HOOD. It’ll take me about 3 months for WHISKEY.

Bad news: I only wrote 28,000 words in July. To give myself a break, I have been going through some pretty strenuous crap in my life. So there is that. But reality is, I fell short of my 2,000 words/day goal by a pretty sizeable margin, and I wrote less than I did in June.

I’m starting to think that word-count-hitting is a poor motivator. Aside from feeling satisfied that I hit my goals, it’s still mostly just a weight around my neck. Truth is I write most prolifically when I get in a flow and/or get really excited about the scene I’m writing.

I think I’d be better off just focusing on what gets me most excited about whatever current scene I’m writing. Last night I churned out 2,300 words pretty easily, because I really felt in the groove and felt excited about all the little details.

Anyway, I’m still trying to figure out optimal writing/motivation goals for full-time writing. As of right now, I’m just going to set the goal of having the manuscript done by August 15th. In the meantime I’m going to try and figure out something that makes the day-to-day writing pressure not… well… feel like pressure, lol.

Can’t wait to get it done and published already. I’m really pretty damn proud of how much I’ve written this summer so far.

-Evan Pickering

Part 2 of My Podcast Interview!

Part 2 of My Podcast Interview!

Hi E’rebody!

Mike Sanford, operator of the Introverted Indie Author Podcast just posted PART 2 of my interview with him!

Honestly, this interview was so much fun, Mike is such a good guy and so easy to talk to. I’m very grateful he asked me to come on, and It’s super fun (and a little bit anxiety-inducing) listening to yourself be interviewed😀

Really, it was so much fun that we talked for nearly 3 hours and had to split it into two pieces. So without further ado, part 2:

HERE BE PART 2 ON MIKE’S WEBSITE

DIRECT DOWNLOAD

Thanks to listeners for joining us in this foray into writing and uber-nerddom. You guys rock.

Oh, and here’s PART 1 in case you missed it.

-Evan Pickering

180 Days of HOOD.

180 Days of HOOD.

6 months.

It’s been pretty incredible, all things considered. Without any pomp and circumstance, here are the two graphs of my first 180 days:

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The huge spike in mid-April is my one stack promo. Sales were great for a long while, they’ve tapered off a bit lately. I’m not sure if this is summer slump or if I need to get my ass in gear doing better advertising. Time will tell, I’m sure!

By The Numbers

Keep in mind, these are inexact calculations. I don’t have the energy to exactly count out the number, lol. But if they’re not exactly right, they’re quite close. If I’m wrong, I’m probably wrong on the lower side, I’d rather be short in calculation than over-estimate.

Books sold: 4,389 (approximately)

KU Pagereads: 1,800,000 (approximately)

Books sold/Day: 24.4

 

What’s Next

I’m hard at work on WHISKEY, Book 2, trying to get it out as quickly as possible. I’m more than halfway done. I know the old adage ‘the best marketing is writing the next book’ so I’m trying to take that to heart.

Frankly, the drop-off in sales I’ve had the past few days (not graphed) has got me in a panic a little bit. I’m trying not to get too crazy about it, and just accept that it’s summer and books have natural ebbs and flows.

Part of why I wanted to post this is to take a step back and appreciate what this has been, and to give me some big-picture perspective. I’m immensely proud of the book and everything that’s happened.

Also, I’m working with a voice actor right now creating the audiobook for HOOD. I’ll write more about that soon, I’m absolutely ecstatic with his work so far and I can’t wait to get it out there. It’s so cool getting to hear your story narrated.

Anyway, thanks for all the love and support along the way everyone. I really appreciate how much people have done for me to help me get where I am.

 

-Evan Pickering