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On Friday afternoon, April 29, 2016 hundreds of authors, editors, proofreaders, cover designers, and book managers received disheartening news that their publisher Booktrope is going out of business. Booktrope is a hybrid publisher that gave new and seasoned authors an alternative to traditional publishing and an innovative option to launch their books without the upfront costs of independent publishing (editing, proofreading, formatting, and cover design). The creative people involved in the process of publishing the books were all freelancers. Instead of getting paid a flat fee, creative team members would get a percentage of royalties. It certainly wasn’t for everyone, but it worked for a lot authors and freelancers. At least for a while. Things began to fall apart over the past year or so as the company attempted to grow and innovate. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great idea, but sadly, it just didn’t work.

My history with Booktrope

A friend of mine was on the staff and had tried to persuade me to relaunch my Amazon best-selling horror novel Devil’s Nightmare with Booktrope a couple of years ago. It was tempting, because my first edition wasn’t professionally edited, but it was still selling well. Long story short, in December, 2014, I decided to take the offer and publish both Devil’s Nightmare novels with Booktrope under their Forsaken horror imprint. I wasn’t thrilled about giving up a chunk of my royalty share, but my books needed professional editing and I couldn’t afford the upfront costs.

After putting together my team, I spent the next six months getting Devil’s Nightmare edited, proofread, new cover designed, laid out, and re-published under Booktrope’s Forsaken horror imprint. After seeing the final product, I knew I had made the right decision. Devil’s Nightmare is much better now. We relaunched it on July 6, 2015 and then relaunched the sequel Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions on February 16, 2015. While the process took longer than I had hoped, it was worth it… until rumors started spreading that Booktrope wasn’t doing well and struggling to stay afloat.

Signs of impending closure

About six months ago, my friend who “recruited” me left the company. He was professional about it and never told me specifically why he left, but I had my suspicions. A number of editors, cover designers, and authors had also jumped ship over the past several months. The company started making changes that I thought were positive, and just recently had gotten Devil’s Nightmare and several other Sci-Fi and Horror authors’ books in a Humble Bundle promotion giving us a lot of new potential readers. Nearly 7,000 bundles were sold in March. And then BookBub (a very popular promotional book club) selected Devil’s Nightmare to be featured in their May 3 newsletter. Things were looking great! Then I got the news that Booktrope was officially going out of business.

A message from Booktrope:

We are deeply saddened to report Booktrope is ceasing business effective May 31, 2016. We are not accepting submissions and production is complete.

Booktrope has helped hundreds of authors get over 4 million copies of their books into the hands of readers. We are proud our creative teams have produced almost 1000 books using our platform. Thank you to all readers, authors, investors, partners, and creative team members who were a part of this journey with us.

Booktrope plans to de-list every book published by them on May 31, which means I will need to re-publish Devil’s Nightmare and Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions once again. This couldn’t have come at a worse time… right as I’m about to launch a big promotion. Needless to say, I’m a bit frustrated.

Moving forward

I don’t regret my decision to publish with Booktrope because of the friendships I’ve made with staff members and fellow authors. I’ve also learned a few things about the publishing industry. But most importantly, I think I’ve learned that I’m an “indie” at heart. So, I’m not going to let this temporary obstacle knock me down. I started my writing career as an indie author and I’ve decided to continue down that path. This has created some unexpected work for me and will delay a couple of projects, but I’m okay with that. It’s just part of this unpredictable business.

Stay tuned for what comes next as I transition back to self-publishing. For those of you who have purchased my books, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude. One door is shutting, but that doesn’t mean I’m giving up on my dreams. I promise to continue to work hard to bring you more stories for years to come. I may also have some really exciting news in the near future. I just can’t say anything, because nothing is official yet. How’s that for a cliffhanger? 🙂


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Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is a native Texan, video game “enthusiast” [addict], and fan of all things horror. He left a career in the newspaper industry in 2011 to pursue the life of a nocturnal author, brainstorming new and creative ways to creep out his readers. He doesn’t only write horror though. He also pens the occasional family-oriented tale just to keep from going completely nuts with all those creatures of the night whispering in his ears. When he’s not pulling ideas out of his twisted brain, you’ll likely find him on social media or fighting alongside his fellow gaming buddies where they all get shot up into Swiss cheese (or turned into little bite-sized chunks because of “Sharky’s” obsession with explosives). Medic!

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Pack your bags and hop onto the tour bus, folks, because for the next two weeks we’re taking over the Internet for the Devil’s Nightmare Bewitching Blog Tour and Mega Giveaway. I’ve got special spotlight features lined up, book reviews, guest posts, interviews, and some really cool prizes including: two paperback copies of Devil’s Nightmare, two e-book copies of Devil’s Nightmare, and a grand prize pack that includes a signed copy of Devil’s Nightmare, swag items, and a $25 Amazon US gift card. But you have to get on the tour bus for a chance to win! No purchase necessary, but buying Devil’s Nightmare will help me feed my four-legged children: Jadie, Xena, Lola, and Cujo. 🙂

Grand Prize Package

Don’t worry, though, I’m not going to spam your inbox every day. Instead, I’ve listed the tour schedule below. If you want to join me on this tour, just follow me on social media (links below). I’ll share the links to each post on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ each day. All aboard!

Bewitching Blog Tour Bus

Monday, July 20
Evelyn Shepherd’s Blog
Devil’s Nightmare: Designing the Perfect Cover

Indy Book Fairy
Devil’s Nightmare Spotlight Feature

Tuesday, July 21
Books Chatter
Interview with Robert “Sharky” Pruneda

The Mysterious Ink Spot
Tuesday’s Treasured & Tipsy Timeslip: 5 Creepy Destinations

Wednesday, July 22
Shut Up and Read
Chumming with Sharky™ Special Edition – Interview and Spotlight

Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog
Devil’s Nightmare Spotlight Feature

Thursday, July 23
Shyla’s Thoughts
Devil’s Nightmare Spotlight Feature

CBY Book Club
Devil’s Nightmare Spotlight Feature

Brayton’s Book Buzz
Devil’s Nightmare Book Review

Friday, July 24
Brayton’s Briefs
Devil’s Nightmare: Behind the Scenes

Literary Musings
Interview with Robert “Sharky” Pruneda

Monday, July 27
Devil’s Nightmare Spotlight Feature and Book Review

Eskimo Princess Book Reviews
Devil’s Nightmare Spotlight Feature

FUOnlyKnew: Laura’s Ramblings and Reviews
Devil’s Nightmare Book Review

Tuesday, July 28
The Bookie Monster
Devil’s Nightmare Spotlight Feature

Wednesday, July 29
I Smell Sheep
Hoarders: Sharky’s Dragon Collection

Books and Tales
Sharky’s Top 10 Indie Reads

Thursday, July 30
The Reader’s Hollow
The Hardest Thing About Writing Is . . .

Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
Devil’s Nightmare Book Review

Friday, July 31
Zenny’s Awesome Book Reviews
Devil’s Nightmare Spotlight Feature

Sunday, August 2
Deal Sharing Aunt
Interview with Robert “Sharky” Pruneda

Monday, August 3
Fang-tastic Books
Devil’s Nightmare Spotlight Feature

Lisa’s World of Books
Devil’s Nightmare Spotlight Feature

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Profile Photo (Cropped)Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is a native Texan, video game “enthusiast” [addict], and fan of all things horror. He left a career in the newspaper industry in 2011 to pursue the life of a nocturnal author, brainstorming new and creative ways to creep out his readers. He doesn’t only write horror though. He also pens the occasional family-oriented tale just to keep from going completely nuts with all those creatures of the night whispering in his ears. When he’s not pulling ideas out of his twisted brain, you’ll likely find him on social media or fighting alongside his fellow gaming buddies where they all get shot up into Swiss cheese (or turned into little bite-sized chunks because of “Sharky’s” obsession with explosives). Medic!

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I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this exciting news than with that awesome trailer that S.E. Rise created for me. For those of you who also follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you may have seen me post things about a special project I’ve been working on for the past few months. Today, I’d like to officially announce that I have signed with Booktrope’s Forsaken Imprint to re-launch my best-selling horror novel Devil’s Nightmare worldwide on multiple platforms. So, what exactly does this mean? Well, for starters, Devil’s Nightmare has gone through a professional edit, cover redesign, and will no longer be exclusive to Amazon. Devil’s Nightmare will still be the kick-ass story that readers have enjoyed since I published it as an indie in 2013 . . . just better and distributed to a much wider audience. If you haven’t read Devil’s Nightmare yet (shame on you!), look for the new and improved “Forsaken Edition” on July 15.

Facebook Launch Team Banner (Devil's Nightmare)

Now, this is where you come in. We need your help to spread the word about the re-launch of Devil’s Nightmare. We’re looking for people who are interested in joining an exclusive social marketing team dedicated to providing feedback and helping spread the word about Devil’s Nightmare. As a member of the launch team, you’ll not only receive a free electronic edition of the book before it’s available to the public, but also gain behind-the-scenes access to me and the rest of the Devil’s Nightmare Creative Team via a secret Facebook group. We’ll definitely keep you entertained! In return, all we ask is you leave an honest review of Devil’s Nightmare, share the release date and your feedback with everyone and anyone you may know, and give us your input on how to reach a wider audience.

Interested? Awesome! Please send your name & email address to my marketing manager at or contact me HERE.

Thank you!

Sharky Teeth

Devil's Nightmare Blog Tour

We’re now ten days into the spooky month of October and I’ve had quite a bit of fun traveling the World Wide Web during my Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour. On Monday I visited  A Writer’s Journey for a guest post to talk about the top five things I’ve learned as an author. If you missed it, you can read it HERE. You can also check out the rest of my blog tour schedule below.




Today, I’m hopping onto a plane and traveling to Canada for an interview at Fear Not The Darkness for a discussion about my horror novels and a little bit about me as an author. I’ve reserved first class seats for you to join me, so hop on board (ahem . . . click on the plane) and enjoy the champagne.

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I’ll see you in Canada!

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Devil's Nightmare Blog Tour

We’re now into Week 2 of my Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour. Last week I traveled to Colorado for an interview with author Jack D. Albrecht Jr., and I also announced the Devil’s Nightmare Pumpkin Carving Contest, which should be loads of fun. I’m going to continue traveling around the world throughout the month. You can check the tour schedule below.




To kick off the tour this week, I’m back in Texas to take over my buddy Nat Russo’s website A Writer’s Journey. My guest post will cover the Top 5 things I’ve learned as an author. Click on Nat’s Erindor Press logo below to read the post.

A Writers Journey Logo


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All throughout the spooky month of October I’m going to be traveling around the world for a “Halloween Blog Tour” in order to help promote my horror novel Devil’s Nightmare and its sequel Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, which is scheduled to publish on October 14, just two weeks from now.




To kick off the blog tour I’m chatting with author Jack D. Albrecht Jr., the mastermind behind the very popular Osric’s Wand fantasy series. We’ll be discussing my upcoming horror novel, a cool pumpkin carving contest, and my frightening cooking skills. Well, let’s get this show on the road, so hop on the tour bus (okay, click on the bus) so I can magically transport you to Jack’s realm, aptly called An Author’s Ramblings, in Colorado. Be sure to be bring a sweater and an umbrella on board, because it might get a little chilly and wet today.

Devil's Nightmare Halloween Tour Bus 

Enjoy the tour!

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Devil's Nightmare Blog Tour

I’m beginning to pack my virtual bags for my month-long trip around the world for my Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour. For those interested (which is everyone that follows this blog, of course), here is the confirmed schedule that I have so far:

Wednesday, October 1
An Author’s Ramblings – Author Interview
Location: Colorado

Saturday, October 4
Pumpkin Carving Contest Details
Location: The World

Monday, October 6
A Writer’s Journey – Guest Post: “5 Writing Tips From Robert Pruneda”
Location: Texas

Friday, October 10
Fear Not the Darkness – Author Interview
Location: Canada

Sunday, October 12
Kindle Books and Tips – Daily Digest Feature
Location: The World

Tuesday, October 14
The Book Mall – Daily Featured Reads
Location: The World

Author Eden Baylee – Book Release Announcement
Location: Canada

Author Steven Montano – Book Release Announcement
Location: Michigan

My Writing Life Away – Book Release Announcement / Review of Devil’s Nightmare
Location: Texas

L.O.V.E.: Lyricism, Oration, Verse, Expression – Book Promotions International Feature
Location: Georgia

Author Ken Hoss – Devil’s Nightmare / Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions Feature
Location: Texas

Friday, October 17
Author Jennifer Chase – Blog Swap
Location: California

Monday, October 20
The Darkness Goes ‘Round – Guest Post
Location: Iowa

Thursday, October 23
My Train of Thoughts On . . . – 10 Statements Feature
Location: Europe

Saturday, October 25
Starving Novelist – Author Interview
Location: Michigan

Monday, October 27
Karen’s Different Corners – What’s New With Me
Location: California

As you can see, I stick to no particular route. Thank goodness these are virtual travels or else my tour bus driver would slap me on the back of the head. As more locations are added, I’ll update this list.

I hope to see you on this tour. And be sure to pre-order your copy of Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions HERE or start with the first book HERE.

Sharky Teeth

Devil's Nightmare Blog TourHalloween is just around the corner, and with that comes the release of Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, the sequel to my Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare. To celebrate and help promote the launch of the sequel and help bring new readership to the first book, I am going to be traveling around the world wide web from October 1 to October 31. Where will I be going on tour, you ask? Well, that’s where my fellow bloggers come in.

I’m looking for folks that would be interested in hosting me on their sites for an interview, guest post, author spotlight, or juggling act (whatever works best for your site). If you would like to be a part of the Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour, please drop me a line in the comments with a link to your blog and best way to reach you (such as Twitter, official blog email, smoke signal coordinates, etc.).

Thank you in advance for those willing to participate!

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Over the past few days I have been working with my talented cover artist Rodrigo Adolfo in designing the front cover for my latest title Premonitions, which is the sequel to my Amazon bestselling horror novel Devil’s Nightmare.

I love getting my readers involved in the process, so I would like to get your opinion on these two cover designs. The difference between the two is the title at the top. The first one has “Premonitions” as the title and a tagline mentioning that the novel is the sequel to Devil’s Nightmare. The second design is a more bold design with the original title graphic from the first book on the first line and the title of the second book on the second line.

So, here is my question: Which one do you think looks best? You can vote in the poll below and also leave specific feedback in the comments section too if you like. I appreciate your involvement in this process.

PREMONITIONS (Option 1 - Tagline)

PREMONITIONS (Proof 5 - Full Title)