The Victorian Gentleman

Hello comrades,

Promotion is the name of the game in this business, and I have been brainstorming for a while to come up with a unique way to get my name out to the general public that otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to my writing. Since a good number of stories I write take place in the 1800’s, I decided to get my own Victorian style outfit. Piece by piece, I put together a complete outfit from a place called Gentlemen’s Emporium which specializes in handcrafted clothing from that era. Everything they make is high quality but buyer’s beware, this will cost you a nice chunk of change! In my case l believe it is worth it, because l plan on wearing this while I pass out some artfully designed promo stickers made by my talented artist friend, Jasin Wayne. The goal is to make me memorable so they will feel so inclined to get on this website. So, if you are out and about in the Indy area at any upcoming festivals you may run into me. I’ll be the guy in the black John Bull top hat, silk puff tie, and Edwardian morning jacket. I’m more than eager to get started but sadly this heat wave we are experiencing is preventing me. Since this is a three layered outfit, I don’t believe it would be wise to venture out onto the streets in 93 degrees. Rest assured, as I have done countless times before in this business, I need to practice patience. That is all for now. Crank up the AC, fix yourself a glass of lemonade, and try to stay cool.

 

 

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Video

Hey folks,

A quick note that there is now a link to a promo video for my latest book, “Toll of Shadows” on the main page. This was created by my good friend and technical wiz Mark Powers. l think it really captures  the essence of the book. Check it out!

 

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Review for Toll of Shadows

Greetings and salutations my friends!

Toll of Shadows has been out for awhile now, and I’ve had good fun meeting new fans and traveling about the Indianapolis region to sell and promote my work. I’ve gotten some good reviews, thank you! I would like to share one that was posted recently on amazon by Mr. David Childers.  It brought a big smile to my face. I hope all is well!

Toll of Shadows is an eclectic, enjoyable collection of short stories. Epple’s stories traverse many genres and themes, each with a compelling idea or twist. There are elements of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, but not all of his tales delve into the supernatural. Some are haunting simply because of their sad representation of the human condition. These varied themes and ideas put you in the mind of The Twilight Zone. But Epple’s effort at darkness doesn’t seem manufactured. His characters are developed and have an identity and humor about them. It seems that many writers are willing to sacrifice story and plot to advance shock value, but Epple emphasizes intricate storytelling which allows his “shocks” to seem more authentic and unexpected. I highly recommend this book.

 

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Toll Of Shadows

The day has finally come! My third book of short fiction “Toll of Shadows” is now available for purchase! Simply click on the picture of the book cover on the main page and it will bring you to the order site. There is also a sample story to read “Gems Of Time” if you’d like to get a taste of what this book has to offer. Enjoy!

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So Close!

Good Morning,

I hope everyone is having a great summer. This is a little note to tell you that my new book entitled “Toll of Shadows” will be released within the next week or two. This is another collection of suspense and paranormal fiction, with a little Sci-Fi thrown in the mix. It’s been a long road getting this to publication and I have jumped over countless hurdles to get this far. I’m very excited and can’t wait to share my work with you! There will be a video promo and I’ll be trying some other strategies to get the word out on the streets. Stay tuned!

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Publishing

Hello friends,

Now that my third book is finished I am currently searching for a publisher. Hold the excitement though, lol. Like all the phases an author goes through before a book is on the shelves, it is a long and tedious one. Typically after sending a query letter and submission, the response is 2-6 months. I understand why. Each publisher gets a huge number of potential additions to their catalog, and someone has to comb through all of this material to determine who who make a good fit. If you are chosen a contract is either accepted or not by the author. Each publisher offers different royalty rates and services, and you need to decide if this contract is a good fit for you too.

And then of course, we need to address self publishing. For a long time self publishing was a last ditch effort for a writer to get their work out to the public if no publisher was interested. Nowadays, self publishing has become very popular and even writers who have been working with traditional publishers are using this option. With the internet and high quality books being cranked out by self publishing companies, this can be a good option if you have a promotion budget and willing to do a lot of leg work to get yourself noticed. You also work at promotion with a traditional publisher, but if you self publish you are on your own. Both have big pros and cons.

So what is my take on all this? To be honest, like all the authors that I have spoken to, I’m not sure, lol. No one has given me a strong enough argument either way, but I am open to both and still weighing my options before I make a final decision. I do know for sure that my number one goal in life is to be a success in this career, and I’m more than willing to pour whatever blood, sweat, and tears are necessary to make my dream a reality. I’ve come so far since this all began, and I’m proud to say I have no intention of slowing down.

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My Third Book

Hey friends,

I thought I’d let you know that I have finished the last story for my next book. Well, not quite, lol. Although I have written 6-12 drafts of each story and it’s in good shape, I always go back for a final review which will undoubtedly include revisions. This time around, I am reading my work out loud as I do this. I was told this is a good way to detect errors with flow, and so far it has proved to be a valuable strategy. This work is another collection of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi stories, and I am very excited to make it available to you! However, keeping my obsessional nature in mind, it is still going to be awhile, I’m afraid. There are many hoops to jump through before a book goes live. But, don’t you fret! Slow and steady wins the race here and I expect to have this on the shelves in 2015. I will keep you posted as things progress. Cheers!

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Update!

Hello friends,

I apologize for the big lapse in time between blog entries, but I can assure you that I have been slaving away on my new book. I am currently working on my 9th story, which is a sci-fi tale, and it should be completed by the end of the year. After that there are only two more to write (which are already locked away in my mind) and then it is time for revisions and a search for a publisher. It never ceases to amaze me how much time, work, and dedication it takes to write a book. I understand why so many people talk about it but never follow through. It can be a very lonely place, meaning aside from the few trusted friends who read my work and give me feedback, I am basically off in my own little fantasy world until it is finally released. I need to tell myself that it will all be worth it in the end. It is a very special thing to not only have an original artistic idea but to make the concentrated effort to bring it forth into reality.
I have not ignored my musical inclinations, however. I have joined a new band called BLACK GROVE which is an instrumental trio. It’s tough to describe but I can say that we have a heavy, dark hypnotic sound. I’m loving it! Our first show will be this Friday at the Columbia Theater in Muncie. Come check us out if you can! Also, find us on facebook. We have a few videos posted.
So, that is all the news for now. Still plugging away. The ideas keep coming 🙂 Hope all is well!

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In search of the Odd – the comic book!

It gives me great pride to announce that currently a comic book based off my story “In search of the Odd” from my book THE MACABRE BOX is in the works. My talented friend and business partner Jasin Wayne (who created the cover art for both of my books) is focusing on creating an amazing quick read graphic novel which should be released later this year. We are both working side by side to unify a singular vision of what this story represents, and when it is finished we will be shopping it around for a promotional contract with various companies. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this! I will keep you posted on the development of this unique project. In other news, I continue to work on book #3 and I have added a few more appearances for book signings this year. The Hannah House Paranormal Meet and Greet Aug. 11th in Indianapolis -12:00 p.m. The Paranormal Meet and Greet Oct. 6th 1:00 p.m. in Atlanta, Ind, The Irvington Halloween Festival Oct. 27th in Indianapolis, and the Paranormal Horror Underground Festival Nov. 9th 4:00 p.m. in Indianapolis. I’m working on setting up a few more dates and will keep you updated. I hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable summer!

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NEXT APPEARANCE

Hello friends,

I wanted to let you know that my next book signing appearance will be at Paranormal Festival, May 19th, 2012, at The Crump Theatre in Columbus, Ind. There will be horror movie actors, special effects artists, ghost hunters, and so much more! This will be a huge event. I will have copies of both of my books available. I hope to see you there!

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