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.
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.
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.
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.
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The cover for Book 3 is hot off the presses, thanks to Jeff Brown Graphics. Jeff was awesome to work with for these new covers for the books, and I absolutely love they way the cover for American Rebirth came out.
In the category of great news, I’m very near completing the first draft. I’m at about 75,000 words. The book should probably be a little north of 80,000 when it’s done.
Once it’s done, I’ll get to work editing, run it by my beta readers, and it’ll be on the [virtual] shelves.
I’m so freakin’ excited. I’m ready for it to be out there. It’s been a long time coming.
Unfortunately I was stricken with the flu a few weeks ago so it slowed down my progress, but I’m rolling now. I want to see if I can finish the draft by the weekend, which would make me a very happy panda. Even if it’s not totally done, the progress I’ve made this week filled me with joy.
I’m taking part in a post-apoc giveaway promo in a few days, and I may be releasing American Rebirth for pre-order a few weeks in advance. I have yet to decide if that’s strategically the best option for me but I’ll let you know. Ah the glamorous life of Self-pub. Really, though, I love it.
Enjoy your weekend y’all!
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
Sometimes, there’s just no substitute for getting excited about something.
Those of you who follow me know that Book 3 has taken longer than I planned to get done. I’ve been working at it diligently, but at times the writing is slow, and I refuse to force it. I want this book to be face-meltingly awesome for readers of the first two books in the series. There’s something necessary for that.
Someone somewhere once said if you’re not excited about what you’re writing, there’s no chance your readers are going to be. I firmly believe that.
Sometimes you have to embrace there are natural highs and lows to writing. When I feel I’m in sort of a lull, the writing slows down a lot. Because if I’m not excited, then what the hell is the point?
Well, I’m pretty fucking excited about what I’ve got going now. I had a few lightbulbs go off that I think will amp up the intensity of the plot recently, and I think looking back on the book as a whole, it’s moving in a pretty fucking cool direction.
I’m channeling that excitement into more writing. I want to get my ass in front of the keyboard more lately so I can bring this thing to life. After all, it’s about damn time.
I can’t wait to share it with all of you when its done.
Hard at work in the wastelands,
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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!