Final Book 3 Update!

Final Book 3 Update!

So as you all may know, I finished the draft of American Rebirth, edited it once, and gave it to my Beta readers. So here’s the news:

The Bad: I just got back the book from my Beta readers, and I do need to make some changes. A bit more than I expected, maybe.

The Good: All things considered, it’s mostly tweaks and alterations, only one chapter needs to be overhauled, as far as I can tell.

The VERY Good: I have this week and next week off for Easter break. So I’m going to ballistic editing this thing. I have no doubt I can have it finished by then. I’m goin’ into grindmode, muddertruckers. Furthermore, I am really, really excited about the changes I’m making. I am very happy overall with the quality of the draft and how much my Betas enjoyed it, and I think after these edits it’s gonna be BALLIN OUTTA CONTROL.

Or at least, that’s the plan.

TL;DR The book is nearly done, I should have it completed by the end of the first week in April.

Next time you hear from me, the book should be out.

GET HYPED!!!

-Evan

 

 

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HOOD on Sale for 0.99$ In Honor of BOOK 3 Upcoming Launch!

HOOD on Sale for 0.99$ In Honor of BOOK 3 Upcoming Launch!

So I finished the last few touches on my first edit of AMERICAN REBIRTH, Book 3 of the American Rebirth Series, and gave it to my beta readers.

Soon, very soon, Book 3 will be live for all you wonderful maniacs to read. Depending on how much I have to edit on my second pass, it could be here within the month.

In Honor of that upcoming release, I’m putting HOOD, Book 1 of the American Rebirth Series on sale for 0.99$!

So for all you new to my stuff, here’s a chance to check out my style for a buck. That’s so cheap I kind of want to arrest myself.

Oh, and for those of you new to my site, you may be here because of your signup for the BookSweeps post-apoc Ebook giveaway. So welcome!

Alright, that’s it y’all. Short and sweet. Is it Friday yet? Tomorrow I’m going out to queens and I’m gonna drink many beers.

-Evan P.

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Audiobook Has Arrived!

Audiobook Has Arrived!

I’m proud to say the Audiobook for HOOD is finally live! It’s available on Amazon, Itunes, and Audible. I’m psyched to finally see it up for sale! Booya!! MORE MEDIUMS!

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE

…It might not yet be up on iTunes…cough… maybe I’m just a spazz and can’t find it.

So: something awesome. For all those who want to make ACX give me free money, if you buy the HOOD audiobook as your first purchase on Audible, then I get a free $50 bounty for bringing someone into audible!

Granted, you don’t have to do that, proceed however you like, I’m just happy to have the thing up for sale, but if you feel interested in audible or just want to make audible give me free money, do that and I will be a happy meatsack.

One way or the other, I really love how this audiobook turned out, and I’m excited to see it getting into the hands (headphones?) of listeners. For all those peeps who wanted it audio, thank you for waiting patiently! The day has finally arrived!

Whew.

Evan P

*BEEP* Audiobook Launch Detected.

*BEEP* Audiobook Launch Detected.

Can you hear it?

It’s the glorious sound of HOOD as an Audiobook featuring narrator Michael Jameson. The entire book has been recorded and revised, and is in the final stages of publication. Once final production stuffs are done and it gets approved by Amazon/ACX, it should be up for sale. I don’t know exactly how long that will take but it shouldn’t be more than a few days!

I love the way it has come out. Mike did a fantastic job, he really captured the spirit of what I wanted with the book and I can’t wait to get some reviews and hear what people think of it. With all the internal dialogue and wide range of characters/voices it wasn’t a simple book to narrate, and it came out better than I could have expected.

Not going to lie, it was pretty fun. Stressful at times, because your letting someone put your baby into the spoken word, but all in all it was an awesome experience, and I’d recommend Mike to just about anyone.

Soooo… I’ll make a post when it is live, but hear ye gentle folk, the narrated tale is nearly upon us!

BOOK 2 UPDATE: I’ve gotten back large-scale revisions from my editor, I’m going to do some changes to the draft–but it looks like there won’t be any HUGE changes necessary, so hopefully it won’t take too long to get this baby pubbed! Man, I want to see it done today. I keep reminding myself I’m in the home stretch and it won’t be long now.

Once you start publishing, you just can’t stop. MOAR BOOKS!

-Evan

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