As you may already know, it is my goal to publish a new horror novella every year. These novellas will always be released in October. I'm having a lot of fun working on these novellas and thought I'd up the ante a little. Starting with my upcoming novella this October, each book will feature a never before read short story.
These short stories will not be related to the horror novella they are featured in but they might be part of a larger universe themselves. They will either be a continuous story told in short story fashion or stand alone stories. I have yet to decide.
Actually, this would be a great thing for you all to decide. What would you prefer? Let me know if the comments below if you'd rather read a larger story via short stories or if you think stand alone would be better. And, as always, thanks for reading!
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!
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!
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!
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!
In case you haven't heard, there will be a virtual launch party for my upcoming horror novella Getaway. I held one of these parties for my survival thriller Death Can Wait and it was a lot of fun. I really wanted to hold one for Ethan McCormick #2 but found myself a little too busy with the birth of my son (not complaining). But now, I'm getting back into it!
So, please join me on Friday, October 13th for the virtual launch party for my horror novella Getaway. Perfect day, am I right? It will be held on Facebook with trivia, games, and some giveaways. There may or may not be a few extra surprises as well. If you RSVP on my Facebook page, you will be entered into a drawing for a giveaway. The prize will be a free e-book copy of Getaway and another surprise. Remember, Getaway will only be available as an e-book so I won't be able to give out paperback copies like last time.
Click here to be redirected to the launch party event on Facebook and RSVP. Hope to "see" you there!
Is everyone ready for next Thursday? What happens on Thursday? Well, I'm glad you asked. Next Thursday, 8/17, is the premiere of my blog novel The Truth You Seek. The first part will be posted here on my website with the next part coming out on August 24th. Of course, you can read all current parts of The Truth You Seek over on Patreon by becoming a patron. Currently, there are 5 parts out. Remember, these episodes are being posted to my website a month after they were written. So if you hate waiting, head over to Patreon and check them out now!
Otherwise, stay tuned here on 8/17 at 9:00 A.M. for the first installment of The Truth You Seek. I think you will be pleased with this project. I have so many plans for the story in the future. Stick around and see what happens. Know anyone who loves books and reading? This will be perfect for them! Share this post with your friends and family and let them know you will be reading The Truth You Seek on August 17th. Thanks for reading!
Back in 2015 I decided to self publish my very first book. It was a thriller novel based on a character I had written short stories of throughout high school. It was titled To the Wolves. Less than two years later I've written a sequel, a stand alone novel, and I have a horror novella coming out this October. I had no idea I would have 4 books published in less than 2 short years.
But even more surprising is the fan base that has been growing. My followers on my social media pages have been increasing and people I've never met before on Instagram and Twitter were buying my books! I couldn't be more thrilled about this. Then, another milestone came. 100 likes on Facebook! It might not seem like that exciting of an ordeal but it's truly amazing.
Of course, I can only thank all of you for getting me to where I am now. Without the support of my friends, family, and fans I would not be able to continue doing what I'm doing. Everyone who has been there for me, everyone who has read my books, everyone who has given their feedback or volunteered their time to help me- you are incredible people and you're amazing.
So, to celebrate the 100 likes on Facebook, I've decided to give away free ebook copies of my latest book Sins of the Mother to anyone who shares this blog post (or the previous post on my Facebook) to Facebook. This page is at 100 but let's see if we can't reach 200 in half of the time! I will also be posting a previously unpublished short story to my Facebook page later this week, so be on the lookout for that!
Thanks again, everyone! I wouldn't be here if it weren't for you and I look forward to many more years of entertaining you all!
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.