Let me start by saying there will be spoilers in this post for my latest book, Getaway. So, if you haven't read it yet, go ahead and read it and then come back here. Go ahead, I'll wait.......done? That was fast! I guess you know the ending now, huh? What did you think? Good? I thought so!
Well, the book could have ended differently. Not dramatically, mind you, but perhaps a little less ambiguous. You see, I debated between two styles for the ending. There's, of course, the one you read and the one in my head. I'm going to detail the alternate ending here for you now. Remember, spoilers! (In case you somehow forgot you hadn't read Getaway yet)
With the family dead, minus Samantha and Wesley, the two siblings decided to travel towards town together. Wesley was reluctant because it seemed Samantha had murdered their father for the death of Tyler. Despite this, he was forced to work with her. So far, this is all the same. But here's where they start to differ. In the alternate version they would have stopped to make camp and Wesley reaches for something, revealing a cut on his upper arm.
Samantha notices this cut in both versions but I had played with the idea of Samantha acting on it. She decides to take first watch and let's Wesley fall asleep. As the fire slowly dies, Samantha takes her knife and kills her brother. From there, she marches into town with blood on her hands and is soon arrested for the murders at the cabin.
Now, don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean she was the one who committed the murders in the book. It was just an idea for how to end it. Everything else would have been the same. Was Wesley the killer? Or was the scrape from his kayak accident? Did Tyler do it? Was he really sick? The answer to that died with him. And did the mother really commit suicide or was it one last kill? I've left all of that up to you to determine. In fact, I would love to hear your theories. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Here's the thing, self-publishing a book is hard work. If you're looking to make a quick and easy dollar, don't do it. It takes time to write a book, more time to edit, and even more time formatting. I can't tell you how many countless hours I've spent doing all three. But the book is never finished. Once the book is published, us indie authors have more work ahead of us with advertising and trying to get reviews and so on. Then, we write another book and the process starts all over again.
So, what's my point? Well, recently, I was informed of a local publishing company and decided to take a look. I thought, if they accepted one of my manuscripts it could help cut down on some of the time editing, formatting, and advertising and allow me to spend more time writing. When I looked up the company, however, I learned they were one of my least favorite types of publishing companies. So, here's my PSA below about why I dislike self-publishing companies.....
Personally, I use Kindle Direct Publishing and Smashwords.com. These are great because it allows me to maximize the platforms in which my books are published. KDP gets me on the Kindle, obviously, and Smashwords pretty much takes care of everything else. Yes, both companies take a percentage of my sales for their profit, which is understandable. What's not understandable is these self-publishing companies charging upwards of $800 for the same damn thing.
Look, if you prefer to go through these companies, that's fine, I'm not judging you. If it works for you, then great. But personally, I believe many of these companies are taking advantage of a market that a lot of indie authors aren't fully familiar with. Here's how many of them work:
In this way, these companies at least provide a service for which to keep everything in one organized place. One platform for all of your platforms. I'm sure this can be helpful but the price tag is too high for the service. They're majorly profiting off of your hard work and I think it's wrong. Yes, self-publishing can be a lot of work but it's also fun, challenging, and you learn a lot along the way.
If you're looking into the option of self-publishing, try and stay away from these companies. Trust me, they promise a lot and make it sound wonderful and simple but the truth is, doing it yourself can be too. And, you have the added bonus of not putting yourself deeply in debt before your book is even put on the digital shelves. Save that $800 for advertising!
Also, if you are looking for the option of self-publishing and don't know where to start, leave me a comment, send me and email, or DM me on social media and I can give you some tips. I might not be the expert but I've been doing it for a while now and I'm always learning. I'd be happy to teach you a few tricks. Maybe I'll do a blog post in the future outlining how to self-publish. Thanks for reading, everyone!
In case you haven't heard, my horror novella was released today. You can get your copy from your favorite e reader platform. You will enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you've never read one of my books before, this is a great place to start. Pick up your copy today and don't forget to leave a review!
Hello there, readers. Things have been pretty busy for me lately and I haven't been updating my blog as often as I would like. But, I think I have some exciting news that should make up for it. For a limited time only, there are a couple of ways to receive one of my eBooks for FREE!
The first way is to join my monthly newsletter. After signing up, I will send you an email asking which book you would prefer and in what format. It's that simple! Sign up now to get your book!
The second way is to become a patron over on Patreon. For as little as $1, you could support me and my growing writing career. With your patronage, I will be able to submit my books to higher marketing platforms, hire editors, and keep the quality book covers coming! If you're interested in becoming a patron, head over to Patreon.com/EvanBond. There are some great rewards as well.
Yes, if you do both, you will be eligible for TWO free books! I know, it's crazy! Which ever option you choose, thank you for your support in just reading my books and keeping up with my blogs. It means a lot to me! Thank you!
Tomorrow night is the virtual launch party for my new horror novella, Getaway. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, today is the last day to be entered for a chance to win the grand prize. It consists of autographed paperback novels of To the Wolves, Sins of the Mother, and Death Can Wait. It will also contain a flash drive with all my books in e-format, and a short story never before published. Good luck and see you tomorrow night!
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My horror novella, Getaway, comes out this Friday. Don't miss out! You can pre-order your copy today! Find it on your favorite e-reader device. If you're a fan of horror, you're going to love this book.
I was scrolling through my social media feeds this morning and I saw so many people sharing their condolences with the victims of this tragic and senseless act of hatred and violence. Many people stated they wished they could offer support and help.
Now through October 31st, any book sales I make, 100% will be donated to the victims families who tragically lost their lives. Please, buy a book and help make a difference. Remember, any amount helps! We need to fight back these hateful attacks by coming together and helping in any way we can. Let's make a difference!
My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Las Vegas and all those impacted by this cowardice act of violence. The community, the country, the people, and the world stand with you!
Halloween is fast approaching which means everything horror is upon us. Scary movies such as It (which was fantastic, go see it!) make their way into theaters, haunted attractions spring up, and Halloween parties are held.
Speaking of parties, have you RSVP'd to my virtual launch party for my upcoming novella Getaway? No? You really should and I'll tell you why. Everyone who RSVPs before October 12th will be entered into a drawing. The name of the winner will be drawn during the launch party on the 13th.
What can you win? Well, the grand prize winner will receive a flash drive containing EVERY eBook I have published so far. They will also receive ALL my books available in paperback. That means, To the Wolves, Death Can Wait, and Sins of the Mother. Sins of the Mother is not currently available in paperback but will be before 10/13. As well as a $10 Amazon gift card.
Apart from that, I will be giving out random prizes of eBooks, and maybe a few other surprises as well, throughout the night. It's gonna be great. Please RSVP on Facebook now. And don't forget to share with your friends and family. Let's make this a great, albeit scary, launch party!
Things have been a little busy since this time last week. Hurricane Irma was bearing down on our state. And with the images of Hurricane Harvey fresh in everyone's mind, people were panicked. Lucky for us here in Florida the storm began to die before it made land fall. The damage could have been a lot worse.
I thought I would quickly share with you my experience during hurricane Irma. I live in the Tampa Bay area so it was only a Category 2 when it finally reached us. The Florida Keys and Miami got hit pretty hard but overall the damage was not as bad as expected.
I took my family over to my parents house for shelter. We played games and watched the news while waiting for the storm to pick up. Eventually, it did. We had wind gusts of about 100 mph. It sounded like a jet engine revving up every time the wind kicked in. After a few hours, my family and I watched the storm from under their screened in back porch. The winds were high but there wasn't much for debris in the air so we knew we'd be alright.
At some point, a large tree in the backyard gave way and toppled over, taking part of the fence with it. It was an impressive cracking sound as the roots snapped out of the ground. That was mostly it for the excitement around the house that night. Eventually, the power cut out and we all went to bed.
The next day we assessed the damage and started on clean up. I took a quick journey home to make sure everything was still in tact. It was, but the power was out there as well. While on the roads, there were several downed power lines, trees on top of house, and a couple flooded roads. But otherwise, not too bad.
Many of the traffic signals were out which made driving a bit dangerous. When that happens, the intersections should be treated like a 4 way stop. Unfortunately, not everyone knows this and we were almost hit several times.
All in all, Florida got lucky and things should be back to normal for everyone a lot sooner than expected. I hope everyone stayed safe during the storm!
Ever had a burning question you wanted to ask but didn't know how to ask it? Did you want to know something about your favorite characters but didn't know how to get in touch with the author? Was there ever a time you wished you could ask your favorite author what they were working on next? Well, I can't help you do any of that but you could settle for asking me some questions!
That's right, I'm doing another ask me anything and I need your help with the questions. Ask me anything you can think of. Want to know which celebrity I think could play my characters? Or maybe you want to know who my favorite authors are? Anything!
Please, post your questions in the comments below, on my social media pages, or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will collect them all and publish a blog post in the next few weeks with all of the answers. I will also post the questions to my Goodreads page! I can't wait to hear the questions you all have in store for me!
Evan Bond, author of To the Wolves and Death Can Wait, is a thriller/suspense author. When not writing, he can be found hiking or camping in the beautiful state of Florida.