BookBub Deal #2: American Rebirth Trilogy Boxset!

BookBub Deal #2: American Rebirth Trilogy Boxset!

The time has come!

Starting today, my second BookBub deal for my brand new AMERICAN REBIRTH TRILOGY BOXSET goes live!!

And I’m super fucking excited about it! Because I’m gonna sell a shitload of books. That’s just how badass BookBub is as a promotional tool.

They’re so hard to book, I’ve applied probably 20 times and I’ve only gotten two deals. I’ve heard from people who have applied hundreds of times and never gotten any. This shit is exclusive.

Hence, the excitement. Part of me wants to throw up, selling all three books of my series for 2.99$. But that’s the price of business, baby. Gotta give somethin’ to get somethin’.

IN OTHER NEWS: It’s too early to tell for sure, but I might be doing a book signing on long island sometime soon at a place called Huntington Book Revue.  I’ve never done a brick-and-mortar signing before, so it’d probably be pretty fun. Anyway, I’ll let y’all know if it happens.

Stay safe wastelanders, and happy holidays!

-Evan

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VERY GOOD NEWS!! And a Moment of my Gratitude.

VERY GOOD NEWS!! And a Moment of my Gratitude.

First off, to those readers who took a second to write a review for my new American Rebirth Trilogy Box Setthank you from the bottom of my heart. It is because of you, that this awesome news has happened:

I GOT A NEW BOOKBUB DEAL!!!!

I submitted the very Box Set Trilogy in question for a bookbub featured deal, figured it was worth a shot. I got my first bookbub deal last year for HOOD and it was incredible. I sold thousands of books in a day.

That’s how badass a Bookbub deal is.

AND I GOT ANOTHER ONE!

Thanks to those people who wrote the reviews. If I didn’t have reviews, I don’t get no deal. So thank you kindly.

The featured deal for the boxset will be on Nov. 29th-Dec 2nd. It’ll be on sale during that time.

It’s pretty baller. I’m psyched to get the box set rolling, it’s something I’m really proud of. Looking at all three books together just kinda made something click and I felt pretty happy while I was formatting it for release.

I’m trying not to flip out, but it’s pretty freaking awesome.

See you soon, wastelanders.

-Ev

Results: One Month After Publishing Book 3

Results: One Month After Publishing Book 3

It’s been almost a month since I released American Rebirth. 

And I’m pretty damn happy.

I’d always heard that getting the third book out there is a pretty significant milestone. Especially for a series. I’d heard, and hoped.

Hood sold like hotcakes when I published it. Legends did fairly well, but nothing like the first time around.

…Turns out the third time IS the charm.

I’m happy to report that I’ve basically quadrupled my daily sales average since American Rebirth was released.

And it seems to be just gaining momentum, seeing very steady numbers per day. We’ll see how it continues to go moving forward, but I think they’ll move pretty well. I love the new covers, and I think I’ve done solid work on the blurbs. And people tend to like things in threes. Something about the trilogy feel seems to just feel complete for readers.

And again, this book isn’t the end of the line for the series/universe. Not at all. But these three books are a complete story arc. No cliffhanger nonsense at the end of American Rebirth. What’s great too, is I really have done very little in terms of marketing. This has been mostly organic. I really need to find some more dedicated marketing channels, but for now I’m psyched with the results.

A REQUEST TO MY READERS:

So, if there’s one thing I do want, it’s feedback. You’d do me a huge favor by leaving a review or emailing/messaging me on social media. To all those who have read my books: if you haven’t already left a review or dropped me a line on social media, please do if you feel so inclined! I’d love to hear from you. I’d love to hear both what you liked and didn’t like. It’s really fun for me to hear what people thought. You pour so much into these books and at least for me, all I really want is to hear what people think.

So please, if you want to make this author happy, give me some feedback.

Alright everyone, be well, enjoy the last vestiges of the weekend.

Evan P.

 

A Promise is A Promise…Book 3 is Done

A Promise is A Promise…Book 3 is Done

A promise is a promise. I said I’d get the book done by the end of this week. And even if I came screeching up to the deadline…

American Rebirth, Book 3 of the American Rebirth series is finally finished.

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It’s hard to believe this day has come…

I’m submitting it to Amazon tonight. It might take a few days, but soon it will be live for sale. I’ll push it out to all the other distributors in the next few days.

I feel kind of numb, floaty, like nothing really make sense yet. It hasn’t hit me, and it probably won’t for awhile.

Like all writers, I am currently in that manic state of excitement to get it out, and fear that it somehow isn’t ready or isn’t good enough. But I must kick that feeling in the face, and trust the work I and others have done to help make this book what it is.

And it is time.

For all you readers who waited patiently, thank you. I really can’t wait for you all to read it.

And if you really want to make me happy, leave a review when you’re done. Whatever you think of it. Even if it’s just a bunch of stabby emojis.

Now I [try and] rest.

-Evan Pickering

The Obligatory “I’m Drunk” Book Update

The Obligatory “I’m Drunk” Book Update

It’s 6a.m. Saturday.

I got drunk on craft beers with my friends at a local bar, came home and passed out on my bed, woke up and didn’t know who I was.

God I love the weekend.

But on to what is important… The question you all want to ask me…

“Evan, where the fucking hell is book 3?”

The answer is… 65,000 words.

Wait, no. That’s the wrong answer. I mean, It’s on my laptop. In my laptop. Backed up on another thing.  Because if I lost the manuscript at this point I’d probably just die.

I am really, really excited about this book. I truly can’t wait to get it into your hands. I’m gonna batman into your house and drop it on your face and ghost out of there. I promise.

It’s probably going to be around 80,000 words. So it’s pretty damn close. After that I have to edit it, and then that shit will be fresh AF blastin’ out on the ‘Zon.

I want to have it published by the end of February. I just need my job to calm the fuck down so I can get to grinding on this thing every day again.

Out of random drunken curiousity, I wanna know: What do you think book 3 is going to be about? What do you want to see in book 3 more than anything?

OK BACK TO BED LOL

Love y’all

Evan

LEGENDS Audiobook Giveaway!

LEGENDS Audiobook Giveaway!

I’ve got a recipe, here. It’s very simple.

Take one new audiobook (LEGENDS, American Rebirth Book 2)

Plus free promo codes

Plus Audiobook listeners (that’s you)

Equals Audiobook reviews.

Got it?

I’ve got these promo codes burning a hole in my pocket for a free copy of my new Audiobook. And I want to give them to you, my dear readers. So if you’re interested in listening to the Audiobook for LEGENDS in exchange for an audiobook review, reach out to me at EvanPickering@EvanPickeringAuthor.com

I only have so many codes, so I can’t guarantee everyone will get one. But if I do I’ll give you instructions how to get my book for free with them, and then the rest is up to you. An honest review is all I ask for!

QUICK BOOK 3 UPDATE:

I’m still working on the manuscript, but it’s coming along now. My end of Summer deadline has come and passed, but I knew that would be a pretty aggressive goal anyway. I’m shooting to have it done by wintertime, now.

I’m really excited about how it’s coming out. It’s been really fun to write, and it’s pretty interesting writing sequels in general. There’s so much more to build off of an so much to consider as you craft the story when the background isn’t just background–it’s the beloved books you’ve laid down to get to where you are. More than anything, I just want this book to be fun as hell to read and a big payoff for readers of my series. I think I’m well on the way to that.

That’s that. Have a good day y’all, and try not to kill anyone in the wastelands!

-Evan Pickering

 

 

Why Am I Writing?

Why Am I Writing?

No, this isn’t some foray into self-doubt. The question is semi-rhetorical.

The purpose of asking myself this is simple: It’s worth remembering why. It’s only been a few months since I started writing full-time but I think this is something very, very easy to forget with everything that has changed.

In life, and in writing, you need to get back to center sometimes. So… Why am I writing?

The money is great. But it ain’t about the money. Making a living from my book is pretty sick. It’s nothing short of a dream. But if it was about the money, I’d hate writing in short order. It’s like turning your favorite food you eat everyday into poison. I’d rather work some other job and write for fun and secondary income.

Getting recognition is awesome. Having people tell you how much they love the story and appreciate your success is nothing short of every writer’s dream. But you can’t live on that alone. If there’s anything that life’s taught me, it’s that happiness should never be dependent on the opinions of others. It can’t be, really. Because they are not you.

Don’t get it twisted–having readers tell me they loved the book and can’t wait for the sequel, it’s unreal. It’s beautiful. Truthfully it is probably a majority reason of why I write, why most writers write–to share their stories with others. But it is not the core, the seed that grows in all writers.

The real reason I write is this: I love the stories I create. I love to see the world and the story become real for me (and in turn, for readers).  I write because I’m selfish, because there is a story inside me I want to see, I want to record it permanently, write it in stone and make it something more than what it is–just words on a page.

I write because I get inspired. Because I read other books and remember great stories and video games and movies and they fill me with this joy that wants to come out in some story of my own. I write because I want to improve, I want to become an even better storyteller, because I want to inspire others to think about their own lives and write their own stories the way other stories inspire me.

That’s why I do this. And that’s the shit I need to remember when I have days that I just roll around my apartment saying “what’s the point?”

You already know the point, asshole. Just walk back to center and find it again.

-Evan