Welcome to Evolved Publishing’s New Website

It’s been a long time coming, but….

 
Evolved Publishing has a new website for you to find your favorite books, keep up with our talented authors, and re-discover some old literary friends.
 
It’s not quite done as of the moment we pulled the switch (September 6, 2015), but we’ll be working on it throughout the next couple of weeks to make sure everything is up to date.
 
The primary impetus for this change was the failure of our old eCommerce solution we had attached to our site. Ironically, we still haven’t got the process up & running whereby you can order signed copies of our books directly from us. Please be patient, as we’ll tackle that over the next couple of weeks.
 
So cruise around the site, and check all the menus and sub-menus across the top of the page. Oh, and by the way, if you should happen to find any mistakes, missing information, etc, we’d love to hear from you. You can email us at Admin@EvolvedPub.com.
 
We hope you like the new site. Thank you!
 
NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: We would be remiss if we did not recognize the work done here at the website by Tim Zulauf, our primary architect. Tim is patient, detailed, and available if you should need help with your own website. You can contact him at talaysen@talaysen.com.

Evolved Publishing Storms into 2015

LaneDiamond102_760xManaging publisher/editor and author Lane Diamond discusses the past, present, and future of Evolved Publishing.
 
 
 
 

Growth breeds success; success breeds growth–2015 will be a good year.

Thank you!

We thought it was important to start with that, because were it not for you, our loyal fans and readers, we would not be where we are today. It all happens because you buy and read our books, and post reviews, and tell friends about us, and spread the good word about Evolved Publishing. We appreciate you more than we can say, so we’ll keep it simple: thank you.

We wanted to share with you some of our good news to date, as well as some of our plans for the future. Why? Because we want you to trust Evolved Publishing to be your consistent source for great books, a place you can come back to time and time again to pick up that next great escape from your daily grind. Whatever your genre preferences, there’s a good chance we have multiple selections that are right up your alley. So without further ado, let us tell you a little about our business, and about why we should be your preferred publisher of fine books.

With recent additions, here’s how our current/active team now looks:
Authors: 32
Editors: 12
Artists: 9
Translators: 7
Those numbers will continue to grow, of course, as talented people continue to express an interest in EP.

With our upcoming releases on March 23rd, here’s how our current/active catalog now looks:
Awards Won: Over 70
Novels: 43
Novellas: 3
Chapter Books: 9
Children’s Picture Books: 20
Anthologies: 4
Box Sets & Omnibus Editions: 5
Memoirs: 1
Short Stories: 11
Foreign Language Translations: 13
Audiobooks: 26
These numbers grow with each month’s new releases. Additionally, we published 15 titles for which we have now returned the rights to the authors.

When we started a little over 3 years ago, we never expected to grow so quickly. Our first major book launch was actually in March of 2012, and we’ve come a long way since then. As a new small press, we began with authors who, like us, were just getting started. That continues to be the case for the vast majority of our new authors now. However, we now have some established authors who are really hitting their stride, and who are either enjoying real success now, or will be soon.

Let us spotlight 3 of those authors for you here:

Bio_Pic-Amelia_James_300dpi_760x790Amelia James: Later in 2015, she’ll be releasing Destined for Genius, a contemporary romance. At that point, Amelia will have 5 books in the romance genre, 5 books in the erotica genre, and one paranormal romance short story. She has enjoyed intermittent success with her first romance, Tell Me You Want Me, which has been on the bestseller list a couple times, and with her books that have been translated into French, which spent several weeks atop the charts at Amazon.FR.

Amelia’s romances offer what far too many (in our humble opinion) romances don’t: strong plots, memorable characters, and solid, well-crafted prose. Oh yeah… and the sex is pretty darned steamy too! Although Amelia has enjoyed some remarkable spurts of success, we think 2015 might be the year the world truly discovers her and launches her career. She has already sold over 30,000 copies of her books, and had over 70,000 free downloads, but that is only the beginning.

Bio_Pic-Ruby_Standing_Deer_300dpi_760x790Ruby Standing Deer: None of our authors has been a greater example of the power of word-of-mouth than Ruby. Her books have captured the imagination of readers who have been happy to spread the word of their experience. Her characters and the culture of which she writes have touched the hearts of almost 17,000 readers, and they’ve wanted to share that joy.

Her readers have also been remarkably loyal. Now that her 3rd book is out, readers who’ve read her 1st book are returning to read her 2nd and 3rd books, keeping them rock steady. I fell in love with these characters early on, and I’m so pleased that readers have reacted in the same way. To date, Ruby’s 3 books have sold over 12,000 copies, and another 8,000 copies were downloaded during a free promotion.

Bio_Pic-Angela_Scott_v2_300dpi_760x790Angela Scott: With the release of her 7th book, Anyone?, in December, Angela has shot up the charts at Amazon. She’s won multiple awards for different books, and to date has sold over 9,000 books, and had another 60,000 downloads of her books while on free promotion. Her The Zombie West series is beloved of readers, and her The Desert series is an emotional powerhouse that leaves readers thinking about them long after they’ve finished reading. We think Angela sits on the cusp of stardom. Watch for Zia the Teenage Zombie and the Undead Diaries, coming in September 2015.

Although Anyone? has been the big star as of late, I must say that Desert Rice and Desert Flower, long among my personal favorites, are finally being discovered by readers. It’s long overdue, but we’re pleased to see folks discovering these wonderful books.

The Long Slow Grind

As everyone trying their hand at this business knows, this is a difficult business in which to achieve success. Actually, everyone defines success a little differently, but if we narrow it to the number of books sold to readers, it’s a long road indeed. It’s not uncommon for authors to have to publish 3, 4, 5 or more books, before the sales numbers start to really move. This isn’t anything new in the business, as authors have long joked about their “overnight success” after publishing their 4th or 5th book. However, it might be more difficult today than ever before, simply because of the sheer volume of new authors entering the field and competing for those readers. Most authors sell less than 1,000 copies of their first book (at regular price), a significant percentage sell less than 500, and an alarming number sell less than 200.

So how do authors like Amelia James, Ruby Standing Deer, and Angela Scott do it? Simple: they stick to it. They keep the quality books coming, continuing to build their catalogs even in the face of the inevitable frustration spawned by this industry. It ain’t easy! Yet all things are possible when one is determined to produce quality work.

Ah yes, quality–we talk about that a lot here at Evolved Publishing. We think the three authors we’ve highlighted have gotten to this point by producing one quality work after another–written well, professionally edited, great covers, professional formatting and presentation.

And we think that’s why several more of our authors, each of whom are in earlier stages of their career, will achieve that success over the next year or two. We have three authors who’ve sold over 2,000 copies of their 1st book, as an example, which is pretty good for having only one book out. The sooner they get their 2nd book out, and then their 3rd, the sooner they will reach their professional goals as an author.

This brings us full circle to you. Thank you! You are the reason our authors are gradually making their dreams come true. We hope you will continue to find the books you love here at Evolved Publishing, and that you’ll tell your friends about us. Those of us in this business do what we do for any number of reasons, but reason number one remains simple: we love reading good books. Now, we love bringing you those good books.

We think 2015 will mark another step forward for our team of dedicated professionals–not just our authors, but the committed editors, artists, and translators who support their efforts. We have some exciting books coming in 2015 and 2016, and we’re thrilled about the new authors who’ve joined our team in recent months. The future looks bright, promising some truly entertaining and fun books, some provocative reading, some stories that will stretch the mind, tug at the heart, or just make you laugh or cry or yearn or experience a full range of emotions. We love reading! And we love you for your support.

And speaking of great books coming, these new offerings are now available for pre-order, and will officially launch on March 23rd. Just click on the covers for more info at Amazon.

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Two of Evolved Publishing’s Titles Win the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Fall 2014

Two Big Winners: The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky and Shatter Point.

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We’re always thrilled when one of our books receives special recognition, but even more thrilled when it’s two books! And from a prestigious group like Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards!

Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards – Fall 2014

We believed from the beginning that these two books deserved to be discovered by readers, and now that they’re racking up the individual awards, including this latest one, we hope more readers will discover these wonderful works. They’re very different works, one a literary saga (and light fantasy) and one a suspense thriller, but both are spectacular stories by talented authors.

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The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack

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After centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light—two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.

Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena’s plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena’s home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself “The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.” A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever… and perhaps their world as well.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ENTIRE TEAM:
David Litwack – Author
Lane Diamond – Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist & Interior Designer

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Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef

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Maggie met Cooper at a young age, but even then she sensed something was wrong with him. His charm, good looks, and wealth could not hide the danger that burned in his sapphire eyes.

Some nightmares don’t go away. He’d been haunting her from a distance for as long as she could remember.

Now things have changed.

When her sons Jack and Tom discover she’s been taken, they set out to rescue her and uncover nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders along the way. Only their colorful great aunt and a covert resistance group can help them navigate the dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare.

All the while, Maggie struggles to outwit her tormentor in a life and death psychological battle of tense desperation. Will Jack and Tom arrive before Cooper reaches his shatter point?

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ENTIRE TEAM:
Jeff Altabef – Author
Megan Harris – Editor
Lane Diamond – Senior Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist & Interior Design

New Website Coming Soon to Evolved Publishing, New Shopping Cart

Our shopping cart is not currently working, but a fix is coming.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our shopping cart not working. Sadly, when WordPress upgraded to their version 4.0, our template (which our now-former provider no longer supports) stopped working properly. Thus, we’re left with only one option: a new website.

We’re working on a new site, but as you might imagine given the broad content and data we have here, it’s proving to be a whole lot of often complicated work. So please bear with us as we get that up and running. It may be a few weeks.

In the meantime, if you would like to order any of our products directly, simply email us HERE, and include a description of what you want, your PayPal address, and your physical address for shipping. We’ll send you the invoice via PayPal, and once you pay, we’ll get your product(s) shipped out.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

“Desert Rice” Audiobook Narrator, Hillary Hawkins, Nominated for Voice Arts Award

Hillary Hawkins has been nominated for her work on Desert Rice by Angela Scott.

We’re excited to be a part of an award nomination in the audiobook category for the first time here at Evolved Publishing. The multi-talented actor and voice artist Hillary Hawkins did the heaviest lifting on this particular audiobook project, of course, but as with every project at EP, it was a team effort.

THE AWARD:
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Outstanding Audio Book Narration – Teens (1 of 3 Nominees – Winner Pending)

THE TEAM:
Angela Scott – Author
Megan Harris – Editor
Lane Diamond – Senior Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist
Hillary Hawkins – Audio Book Producer/Narrator

Congratulations, Hillary, and good luck on the final vote!

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Desert Rice by Angela Scott

Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place—their mother.

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”—who smells an awful lot like a horse—in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.

Hillary Hawkins also narrated the sequel, Desert Flower by Angela Scott.

 
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Desert Flower by Angela Scott

Bodies have a canny way of finding Samantha Jean Haggert—the first, the dead body of her mama; the second, a naked man in the middle of the Arizona desert. For Sam, dealing with one dead body in her lifetime was more than unfair. Two is downright cruel.

Seven years after running from West Virginia, Sam’s now a young woman of nineteen, trying to put the pieces of her life together with the help of her family—Jacob, Boone, and Laura. But the naked man in the desert spirals her world out of control, resurrecting past hurts and revealing old secrets. It also pits against one another the two men who vie for her heart: Carson, her friend, her first kiss, and the one man who knows everything about her past and loves her despite it; and Turner, the stranger who knows nothing, but who excites and frustrates her all at once.

When bad choices made as a child lead to more bad choices as a young adult, Sam finds herself at a crossroads, forced to face her demons head-on if she plans to have any future at all—with Carson, with Turner, or with anyone. But fixing the wrongs of the past takes time, and learning to forgive one’s self is damn near impossible.