I will be extending my Patreon special offer of Dedicate or Die until 4/30. If you're not aware of this promo, let me explain. Dedicate or Die is a new special promo over on Patreon. From now until 4/31, if you sign up to become a patron of mine, you have the option of either being mentioned in the beginning dedication in my next book OR getting your very own death scene. All you have to do is head here and sign up for any tier. Then, I'll ask which you prefer and boom, you're in a book for life! How cool?
This promo was scheduled to end on March 31st but with everything going on in the world right now, I thought it would be best to push out the dates. Many people are having to stretch their wallets right now due to school closures or not being able to work. So there may be some of you who would love to jump on this offer but can't at the moment. And I want to make sure everyone has the chance because this kind of exclusive deal doesn't come often! I mean, how many people do you know who get their very own death scene in a book? Or how many people do you know are in the dedication of one? Head over to Patreon.com/EvanBond today and sign up!
A lot of places are shutting down and postponing events lately due to the COVID-19. The WHO has declared this outbreak a pandemic which means governments and event coordinators need to take precautions to help stop the spread of the COIV-19 virus. And I wanted to do my part to help!
From now until the end of March, my e-books will be on sale for .99 cents. Cheap, at home entertainment! All 5 of my books can be purchased for under $5. If you're going to be staying in over the next couple weeks and want some good books to read, please consider checking them out! You can check them out on Amazon here.
Avoiding large crowds and areas of high traffic, especially places prone to international travel, can help reduce the spread of the virus. Remember, COVID-19 is especially deadly for elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Being precautions and being smart can help save lives, even if you don't fall into one of these categories. Wash you hands. Carry a little hand sanitizer with you. Don't go out if you're feeling sick. All easy steps to ensure this virus doesn't spread more than it already has.
Hopefully my book sale helps a handful of people want to stay home over the next few weeks and read. Stay healthy and safe everyone!
INTRODUCTION: I've decided to start writing new blog posts about haunted places. Most of them will take place right here in Florida because I've visited the majority of them. Those places are more fun to write about for me. Since I'm currently writing a novel about a ghost, I figured this would be very appropriate. So, settle in for Ghost Stories, a blog series about haunted places.
May 9th, 1980 It was a stormy day with low visibility. A heavy wind had blown a tanker off course and it rammed straight into the support of the Skyway Bridge. This caused the southbound portion of the bridge to collapse into the ocean below. Six cars plummeted into the water below along with a large bus. Thirty-five people lost their lives that day.
There are several ghost stories around the Skyway bridge and Fort Desoto due to this disaster. Several people have claimed to see a spirit hitchhiker on the bridge in the middle of the night. Others have claimed to have picked up someone walking on the bridge, only for them to vanish.
Standing on the beach overlooking the bridge, some say you can hear whispers of ghosts as they wander the shores close to where their lives were lost. Just looking at the Skyway bridge and thinking on what happened there forty years ago, it's not hard to imagine the lost souls of the people who lost their lives. What do you think? Have you been to Fort Desoto and heard the ghostly whispers? Or have you seen a paranormal hitchhiker on the bridge? Let me know in the comments below!
March 1st through March 31st, prepare for a special offer you won't want to miss! Have you ever wanted to be mentioned in the dedication section of a book? Or maybe you would prefer to have a grisly death scene in one of the chapters? Well, here's your chance!
Introducing, Dedicate or Die! This is an exclusive Patreon special offer. For the month of March, if you sign up for any tier on my Patreon, you will have the option to either become a character in my upcoming book and killed off OR get mentioned in the dedication section in the beginning of the book. Either way, your name will be forever immortalized in a book!
Don't wait, March will go by quick and you won't want to miss out on this! Trust me! You can show all of your friends your death scene or dedication. How cool is that? Head over to Patreon by clicking here and sign up today!
In case you missed it, I got interviewed at Space Coast Comic Con. You can check out the video below! And yes, I will be signing autographs later! BYOB (Bring your own book)
First Draft Completed
I finished the first draft of my latest novel the other night! It always feels so good to finish a first draft. Next, comes the re-writes and the editing but we'll put that off for now. I read something by Stephen King once which said to revisit your book after a few weeks or a month. Take time and come back with a fresh mind. I've found taking a break after writing the first draft helps. Plus, it gives me time to start on my next novel. Which I'm really excited about.
Since I have you, let me tell you a little more about the book I just finished writing. It's called Deserted...
Want to read more? Click here. Author life is a weekly blog update over on Patreon. I will be posting updates every week on my journey as an author. Whether it be first drafts I've finished or events I sold my books at, I will be giving a fun weekly update. If this sounds like something you're interested in, click here to find out more.
Have you ever been interested in the truth behind an author's life? Not just the social media posts or the highlights but the truth? The ups, the downs, the work, the procrastination. Do you want to hear about it all? Over on Patreon, I'm posting a weekly blog series which I'm calling Author Life where I will share my experience as an author. I'll post everything and anything related to my journey as an author there. Raw and real. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please consider supporting me on Patreon. You'll have access to this exclusive blog series, custom short stories, and something new I'm working on that you won't want to miss! Thanks for reading and I hope to see you on Patreon with me.
Do you want a flash fiction story or a short story written specifically for you? Maybe you want a sci-fi thriller about aliens on Earth. Or perhaps you want a gritty thriller about a man's twin brother trying to kill him? Maybe you want to be surprised by what you get and ask me to be creative?
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, then please check me out on Patreon. I've developed new reward tiers which include custom stories. Here's how it works. Once you sign up to become a patron (which is an awesome way to support me and my writing career while also getting sweet rewards and perks), I'll send you a message. Depending on which reward tier you've chosen, I'll write you either a flash fiction story (under 1,000 words), a short story (under 7,500 words) or for the highest tier 2 short stories (that's about 15,000 words!). I'll ask you what genre/themes you would like in your story. If you have an idea of what you would like to read, let me know! If not, tell me to get creative with it. I will happily write you something I know you'll enjoy! And the best part is, these stories will never be published. No matter how proud of them I am. They are for you and you alone!
Hopefully this sounds like a cool perk and I hope you'll consider supporting me on Patreon. It really is a great way to support your favorite creators and their careers. And the rewards are definitely a plus. And if this doesn't sound like something you would want, do me a favor? Share it with someone who might? That would be incredible of you! Thanks so much for reading and supporting in any way that you do! You guys are the best.
To become a patron or to simply browse the rewards, click here.
There's many of you out there writing a book, planning to write a book, or already have one finished. And I know some of you don't know what you should do next. If you're torn between self-publishing or traditional publishing, I can't help you there. There's pros and cons to both. You'll have to figure out which works best for you. All I will say on the difference is, I've spoken to many authors who have gone down both avenues and they always say the same thing. "There's more money to be made in self-publishing but traditional can help with exposure."
But that's not the point of today's post. Today, I thought I would give you a little advice on how to self-publish. Remember, these are the things that I do. That doesn't mean these are the only options or even the best options. These are the things I've found helpful and my little tips and tricks. So, if you're one of my friends/followers looking to self-publish a book, hopefully this list will help you get started.
1. Make a website
Of all the things on my list, this is the one you should do first. You need a central hub for fans and followers to seek you out. If you're worried that you don't have anything to offer yet then do what I did when I first started. Use it to showcase short stories. You at least want a site with a bio for yourself and a blog attached to it. That's important. Have a blog! You can use this to share short stories with people or even info about the book you're writing. Personally, I prefer Weebly for my website hosting. I've used other sites and Weebly has been my favorite. Best part is, a blog comes attached to the site. You don't have to install plug-ins for third party. It's all managed under one roof. And that's useful. Oh, and one final thing. Make sure your website is clean. Messy sites with poor navigation are awful. I've seen big name authors with terrible sites. I don't want to boast too much but I've received many, many compliments on my website (which makes me incredibly happy because I'm always working on it to make it better) so use mine as a template if you want to.
2. Social media profiles
The idea of having a Twitter or an Instagram might make you cringe. Maybe you barely like using Facebook. Trust me, I get it. Managing a social media account almost feels like a part time job. But that's technically what it is. My advice is to stick with it and just have fun. Don't worry about selling books through any of these sites. Sales from social media are rare. Instead, it's a place to connect with readers and other writers. You can share articles related to your writing or just books in general. Or share funny memes about the writing process. Be creative and have fun. Don't stress over it too much. Personally, I like Instagram the best. It seems to have the best writing community and figuring out creative images to post is fun. But you may like Facebook or Twitter more. It's up to you.
This is another you will really want to have. It's as important as a website. Think of the whole process like this: Social media is where you meet with potential readers. You send them to your website to hang out and get to know you better. Your newsletter is where you sell to your fan base. People who sign up for your newsletter are interested in your writing or your genre. Which means they are more likely to read your books. And shoot for monthly. It might seem exhausting to send out an email once a month but it's important to stay relevant. Your subscribers might not only be subscribed to you so you want to give them a reason to keep following. Try giving out free stories or chapters of the books you're working on. Anything to keep them interested. My recommendation for newsletter hosting site would be MailChimp. Once you hit 1500 subscribers, it gets a little pricey per month. But up until then, it's free. It'll take you some time to get there.
4. Publishing Platforms
Here's where we get into opinions. Sort of. First, you're going to want to use Kindle Direct Publishing to get your book on Amazon Kindle. That one's a must. And trust me, you'll want to go straight through KDP to publish. With KDP, you can do promotions and even make your ebook available on Kindle Unlimited so users can download your book for free. Why is free a good thing? Exposure. You won't make money but more people will take a chance on your book. However, there's one major caveat to Kindle Unlimited. In order to list your book in KU for free, you can't publish your book anywhere else. I, for on, like to have my books available on all e-readers so I don't partake in this feature. Although, you may want to experiment with using KU for the first month or so. Especially for your first book. It's up to you. As for publishing to other e-platforms I can't recommend Draft2Digital enough. Their service is excellent AND a time saver. They have services that will format your book for you and give you the formatting and download for the paperback version. Plus, you can add neat little features to the interior of your books like automated end matter and other things. It's an amazing service. However, using D2D and KDP means you're tracking sales in 2 different sites. But the reports make it simple to view.
5. Book Covers
It may be tempting to make your own covers but you really shouldn't. Even if you're proficient in Photoshop, it's a good idea to leave that to professionals. But a custom cover can set you back a lot of money you don't have. So, what's the alternative? There's something out there called pre-made covers. Artists make high quality book covers using stock art for one of a kind covers. And once you buy the cover, no one else can use it. However, this does mean that there may be book covers out there that could resemble yours or even have some of the same stock art. But more than likely yours will be completely unique. Personally, I use a site called GoOnWrite and I love it. The covers are excellent and I've yet to be disappointed. My cover for Echoes of the Past was obtained from this site and I'm always getting feedback on how nice it looks.
Those are some of the main points I wanted to make when it comes to self-publishing. There's so much that goes into writing and publishing. I could write a whole blog series about it. If you want to ask questions about the process or my process, feel free. I'm always open to questions. And maybe I'll do a part 2 in the future, if people care enough. Thanks for reading!
Ok, so there's this idea rattling around in my brain that I can't stop thinking about. It's a new character, a new book, and a whole new series. I'm not going to be dropping all of the details right now. However, next month's newsletter will be packed with a lot more information. So, if you want to learn more then please consider signing up! You can click here to sign up.
What I will tell you is the character is named Jeffrey Raines. I held a contest a couple months back to help me pick the last name and Raines was the winner. Jeffrey Raines is a southerner with an interesting job. What is that job? You'll have to subscribe to find that out early. But I will tell you, it does center around the paranormal. And no, he's not a paranormal investigator.
I am so excited to start writing this book. The story is already planned and there's so much excitement building up over the details. You're going to want to read this book. If you're into thrillers, the supernatural, and everything in-between then you're going to love it. I will end this on a cliffhanger as well. Jeffrey Raines is dead....
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I am a self-published horror/thriller author. I love reading, writing, and taking long walks through scary parts of the forest. I'm learning new tricks everyday to become a better author and occasionally will share those tips with you. Otherwise, you can read book reviews, info about my writing, and personal stories about my adventures in nature.