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Al Galasso, Executive Director of NABE, Endorses Evolved Publishing

AlPortrait“Publishing your book is a very important time for authors. Choosing from the many options available today can be quite a difficult chore. There is a new firm out now that has the author’s best interests in mind. They produce quality books, well edited, with eye-catching covers. It is called Evolved Publishing. They offer a variety of services that authors can use and provide some of the largest royalties in the business. Before you decide on a publishing house to work with you on your new book, give Evolved Publishing a call and get some valuable information from their website at http://www.evolvedpub.com. You will be glad you did.” ~ Al Galasso, September 19, 2015
 

Al Galasso Endorses Evolved Publishing

 
It’s always pleasing for us when someone outside our organization recognizes the quality of our work, and even more so when they are willing to tell the world about it. Such is the case for Al Galasso, Executive Director of NABE (National Association of Book Entrepreneurs), www.BookMarketingProfits.com. As Director at NABE for over 33 years, Al is a respected industry pro. That makes his words above all the more pleasing to us.

Al’s organization contributes to the industry in a number of ways, including through the highly regarded Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. We’ve been blessed to win the PBAA on 6 occasions to date:
1) Fall 2013: Fantasy — The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich
2) Summer 2014: Fiction — Hannah’s Voice by Robb Grindstaff
3) Summer 2014: Thriller — Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond
4) Fall 2014: Fantasy — The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack
5) Fall 2014: Thriller — Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef
6) Summer 2015: Science Fiction — The Children of Darkness by David Litwack

Those multiple awards are, frankly, the reason Al has been kind enough to endorse Evolved Publishing. The Pinnacle Book Achievement Award is offered seasonally, and each category typically carries only one or two winners — they’re not so easy to win. Thus, we are quite proud of the 6 project teams who helped bring the above books to market.

We hope those 6 won’t be the last Evolved Publishing books to be called Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winners, but whatever happens in the future, we will be forever grateful to Al Galasso for taking a few moments to offer his endorsement of our efforts.

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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Evolved Publishing Opens a Crowdfunding Campaign on IndieGoGo

Working to Build a Stronger Alternative for Indie Authors

Yep, we’re looking to the public to help us ramp up our game a bit. The campaign is running here: End of Summer 2014 – New Visions.

First, what’s in it for you? Well, that’s easy, and it’s really two-fold:

      1. You support an artistic team so that they can continue to bring you great material well into the future. You help ensure that we can continue to open up new opportunities for the indie authors, editors, artists, and translators that make up our essential team. And you help us to grow that team.
      2. You get a real value for your contribution. Whether you’re contributing $2, $5, or $500, you get more than your money’s worth in the end. This was important to us.

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Why a Crowdfunding Campaign?

We thought long and hard about this. On the one hand, we have a business that should be self-supporting. On the other hand, we’re a relatively new business that is still seeking to find its place and really make its mark in the marketplace. This has been hindered as much by the general state of the economy as anything else.

We believe strongly that we’re putting together a first-rate team of talented individuals, and we want them to be successful in their endeavors not just for their sakes, but for yours. We’ve put out some absolutely wonderful books (if we do say so ourselves), and we want to continue doing so long into the future. Will we have to stop if our crowdfunding campaign fails? No, but this gives us opportunities to step things up and power through the tough times.

Many of you may not know, but we as a publisher take a smaller percentage of the profits on any given book than perhaps any other publisher in the business. In turn, we pay exceptionally high royalty percentages, and fair commission rates to editors, artists, translators, and the entire supporting team on any project. Of course, high percentages for them only helps if the books actually sell.

As for us, the very low commissions we take as publisher is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it allows us to attract great authors who produce some fantastic work, encouraging them to come on board with us rather than pursue the self-publishing option. This is critical for us, because our slogan–Quality is Priority #1–is more than just a slogan; it lies at the very heart of everything we do. On the other hand, those low commissions during hard economic times, meaning lower sales for almost everyone in this business, make it tough to keep the business moving forward, and not just stalled in a holding pattern.

Thus, we believe we offer something fairly unusual, if not outright unique (we think some folks are trying to copy our model *wink*), for both authors (and the team that supports them) and readers. Ah yes, readers….

In the end, as much as we talk about what we do for indie authors and their supporting teams, this is really all about the readers. After all, we have a product to sell: great books. Without equally great readers, those books are meaningless

And so we hope you’ll want to participate in this campaign not just to support the arts, and our small place in that world, but because you’ll get a really great deal no matter which contribution option you choose.

As always, thank you for your support. We couldn’t do it without you, so please come on over and make your contribution (and get your perks). You really do make a difference: End of Summer 2014 – New Visions

Lane Diamond Talks about the Future of Publishing

A frank, no-holds-barred discussion of the publishing business for both writers and readers.

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LaneDiamond102_760xManaging publisher/editor and author Lane Diamond, on his own website yesterday, weighed in on some of the debate raging about the future of the publishing business. Given that so much of his piece relates back to us here at Evolved Publishing, we thought it only appropriate to link it here so you can read it yourself, and perhaps offer your own comments. We know it’s a subject about which many are passionate. Just click the link below.
 
 
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The Future of Publishing – One Man’s Perspective

“Raven Reviews” Interviews Lane Diamond – Managing Publisher/Editor, Author

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Lane Diamond answers questions about the publishing industry and more.

Lane recently had the opportunity to sit and answer some questions about the industry with Michele Biring-Pani, purveyor of Raven Reviews. He covers a wide range of subjects, and offers some practical advice without pulling too many punches.

Whether you’re an established author, an aspiring author, an avid reader, or someone with an interest in this industry, you may find something useful there.

Please stop by at the link below:
Interview with Evolved Publishing’s Managing Publisher/Editor Lane Diamond