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,
I’ve got a recipe, here. It’s very simple.
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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!
I’m really excited about this one.
I’ve been working with Jeff Brown with creating new covers for the series. And while it is bittersweet changing the old covers, I’m pretty excited with how the new ones look.
This second one, in particular, is quite gorgeous and does a sick job capturing the scene from the beginning of Book 2. And in general it’s just a gorgeous-looking work of art.
So yeah, I’m pretty psyched. The level of detail and how beautiful the scenery is really just blows me away. I think it also conveys the mood and tone of the book and the series really well.
Now it’s on to book three. All I have to do now is finish it!
Regarding Book 3…
I had hoped to have it released by the end of Summer. Clearly that hasn’t happened. Various circumstances in my life has slowed the writing process considerably for me. I still am determined to get it out as soon as possible, but more importantly…
I want to make sure the book is as good as it possibly can be. This book is tremendously important to the overall story arc of the series, and I don’t want to rush it. I thought I was going to have all Summer free like last year when I produced Book 2, but it didn’t work out that way.
So, I am still writing, I’m happy with how it’s coming out, so that’s really the most important part. But it still is going to take some time until it’s completed.
Feel free to leave thoughts and comments below!
After some time deliberating and hand-wringing about how much I love my homemade covers, I finally decided to invest in some professionally made covers.
Because it’s about time. While I am proud of my covers, for what they were, and as a creative maniac I love being able to design them myself–but reality is given how well my series has done, I’m doing them and myself a disservice by not having professionally made covers.
So, I contacted Jeff Brown, who designs covers and graphics, and started working with him on a design. After he dealt with me asking for a thousand different things, we have reached a finished product:
So what do you guys think? How does it stack up to the old cover? I haven’t put it up yet, since I’m deliberating on whether I should wait for the cover for LEGENDS to be done as well so I can change them both at once, or just do it piecemeal.
Part of me just wants to put it up now, because I’m excited about it. But I know for branding purposes it’s probably better to wait.
I hate waiting.
Anyway, I’m excited about the art. Feel free to share your thoughts with me!
Good friend of mine and author-superstar Heather Graham just did a HuffPost interview about herself as a writer and her new book. It’s quite entertaining. She’s also a ridiculously talented and successful author for y’all who don’t know her!
Some quick hitters:
- She’s published over 150 (WHAT?) books.
- She wrote her first novel on a typewriter that didn’t have an “E” key. I would’ve thrown up.
- Her choice of 5 people alive or dead for a dinner party is…unconventional lol.
Alright, have a good weekend everyone!