Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Today at 7:00 PM (EDT) AMA on reddit /r/books

Today is an AMA day!  Don't know what that is? Well it stands for Ask Me Anything and today's AMA will be held on reddit's /r/books sub.  I'll start answering questions at 7:00 PM, but you can post questions now and check back later for the answer.

Because I'm a hybrid authors, my AMA often get questions on publishing, the industry in general, or the various "business type" questions - and I love answering them.  Heck, I love answering all kind of questions. What I don't like is sitting there listening to crickets ;-). So if you have a question and haven't taken advantage of all the other ways to ask it (email, Goodreads, Twitter, etc). Please head on over and post one there. I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Age of Myth a Featured Pre-order!

Hey all, thanks to everyone for enthusiastically pre-ordering Age of Myth. As I've mentioned in the past, seeing some early traction really helps to get some extra "loving" from the publishers and retailers.  In fact, it's currently featured on the homepage of Audible.com!!

This is a pretty big deal, right along side Stephen King, Brad Meltzer and Clive Cussler.  I almost look like a "real author"!

So what else is being featured right now?  Here's the list:

  • A Hero of France by Alan Furst
  • The Pursuit by Janet Evaanovich & Lee Goldberg
  • The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
  • Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts
  • Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Emperor's Revenge by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
  • End of Watch by Stephen King
  • The Hose of Secrets by Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg
  • I Almost Forgot About You by Tery McMillian
  • The Last Star by Rick Yancey
  • Foreign Agent by Brad Thor
  • The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  • Home World by B.V. Larson
  • Duty and Honor by Tom Clancy
  • How to Fight a Dragon's Fury: How to Train Your Dragon #12 by Cressida Cowell
  • Star Wars Aftermath Life Debt by Chuck Wendi
I know looking at this list I used a couple of credits ;-)  And, remember if you have pre-ordered your copy of Age of Myth don't forget to fill out this form so you can receive the pre-order bonus materials!

Don't know what they are?  Well, heres a list:

  • Character profiles with photographs.
  • The first five chapters of the book to read right now!
  • A package of free short stories.
  • Access to a high-resolution map.
  • A signed bookplate (free to residents of the US)
  • A signed bookmark (free to residents of the US)
  • Wallpaper for your computer, iPhone, and tablet featuring the amazing artwork of Marc Simonetti.
  • Thursday, May 19, 2016

    A quick note for Audible listeners in Germany

    Hey all, I've been getting some emails from my readers in Germany who want to take advantage of the pre-order promotion that we have going.  When they go to Audible to do the pre-order, they don't find Age of Myth.  I talked to the publisher and apparently there is a technical issue that prevents US audiobooks from showing up until release day.  So, rest assured the book WILL be available, and we'll extend the pre-order promotion to you even though you can't pre-order.  Just make a note when you fill out the survey that says "I'm going to be be getting the German Audiobook" and that's good enough for us to get the bonus material now.  We trust you ;-)

    People seem to really be enjoying the pre-order promotion. Robin will provide me with an update on numbers soon.

    Monday, May 16, 2016

    Want to share Tim Gerard Reynolds and Riyria with your friends for free? Here's how!

    Hey all,

    Audible has announced their new program that gives you the ability to send an audio book to a friend ,and it's absolutely free for both you and your loved one. This is a great way to introduce the Riyria audio books to someone you care about.  Full details can be found here.

    For those that don't want to read all the FAQ's here's the nutshell version.
    • You send recommendations of audio books you have loved  to your friends and family.
    • If they haven't already redeemed a free audio book from someone else, they get it for free.
    • The person you send it to doesn't have to be a current Audible Member.
    • After receiving the book, your loved ones can pay it forward and pass it on to others as well!
    • Recommended books can be redeemed at any time - they never expire.
    • The book you send doesn't leave your library so you both can still enjoy it.
    • Books that are shared and redeemed stay in the person's library indefinitely.
    I LOVE this new feature. What a great way to introduce others to audio books you love? I hope you'll include any of my audio books when sending recommendations to your favorite people.

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Have you pre-ordered Age of Myth? Get your free bonus material!

    Hey everyone, today I'm pleased to officially open the Age of Myth pre-order bonus program!  Some of you might already be familiar with it, but in case you aren't here's the deal.

    Pre-ordering a book shows your early support and provides a host of benefits for authors such as:
    • Pre-order sales count as first-week sales, and it's this all important debut week that gives a book the best chance of hitting a major best-selling list like the New York Times or USA Today.
    • Books with a high number of pre-orders will get more traction with booksellers such that the books will be carried in more stores and in higher quantities.
    • Books with a high number of pre-orders will receive increased marketing support from the publisher.
    • Books with a high number of pre-orders will generate a larger print run.
    Now, that's what I get...but I want a win-win for both readers and writers, so I (and Del Rey) have put together a nice package to reward you for pre-ordering the book.  It's like getting Kickstarter perks without a Kickstarter!

    So, what do you get?
    • Character profiles with photographs.
    • The first five chapters of the book to read right now!
    • A package of free short stories.
    • Access to a high-resolution map.
    • A signed bookplate (free to residents of the US)
    • A signed bookmark (free to residents of the US)
    • Wallpaper for your computer, iPhone, and tablet featuring the amazing artwork of Marc Simonetti.
    If you are outside the US, and still want the bookplate and bookmark, I'll gladly send them to you if you cover $3 for the postage and handling. Here is a link to order them.

    Here is what the bookmark and bookplates look like:

    Okay, so how do you participate?
    1. Pre-order any version of Age of Myth: ebook, audio book, or hardcover from your favorite store.
    2. Take a picture of your receipt.
    3. Fill out this form so we know where to send your stuff.
    4. Be sure to upload your proof of purchase (there is a field on the form).
    5. If you are overseas and want the bookmark and bookplate, order it from this link.
    That's it. We'll take care of the rest.  Oh, and if you have ordered a signed copy directly from my website, you don't to do anything. Your book will be signed and personalized based on the instructions you provided, and you'll have a spare bookplate to do with as you will.

    I hope you are as excited as I am about the new release.  Just 1 month and 25 days away!! And thank you for pre-ordering, it means a great deal that you have such faith in my upcoming series.

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    Riyria Quiz to win a signed hardcover of Age of Myth

    Do you know your Riyria Trivia? Do you want a signed copy of my upcoming book Age of Myth? Well put your skills to the test and you might just be a winner.

    Here's how it works.
    1. I've created a quiz on goodreads with ten Riyria questions. Hop on over and answer as many as you can.
    2. Goodreads only shows 30 people who have answered the survey, so you need to let me know you took the quiz. You can do this by (a)  making a comment on the quiz or (b) go to this survey and copy/paste the URL of your goodreads profile page.
    3. For each right answer you'l have an additional entry into a drawing I'm doing for a signed copy of the book.
    Note: This contest is open to people no matter what country you are in so no worries about locale.
    Even if you haven't read my previous books, you should be able to answer the questions with just a little bit of online research -- or ask your friend who has read them.  I'm going to list the questions here so you can do your research before you take the quiz.
    1. What does "Riyria" stand for?
    2. Who said, "Sometimes the price of dreams is achieving them?"
    3. What does Royce call a Gilarabrywn in Heir of Novron?
    4. In Riyria magic is sometimes referred to as....
    5. What was the name of the girl that Hadrian had a crush on as a young boy when living in Hintindar?
    6. Who was Royce's best friend while in the Black Diamond Thieves Guild?
    7. What nickname did people call Hadrian when he fought in the arenas of Calais?
    8. What is the name of the lost city that was once the capital of the First Empire?
    9. What is the name of Arista's body guard through most of the Riyria novels?
    10. In what way is Esrahaddon disabled? 
    There you go.  And good luck!

    Monday, April 18, 2016

    WIN Advanced Reading Copies of Age of Myth

    We are just 2 months and 2 days away from the release of Age of Myth, are you excited?  I know I am. I think Del Rey is as well, and they are giving away 200 copies of the Advanced Reading Copy of the book over at Goodreads.

    As you can imagine, mailing 200 copies could get really expensive if that included foreign countries (which can cost $20 or more per book).  So Del Rey has limited the giveaway to people within the US.  But I want to give people everywhere a chance to read the book two months before its release, so I'm running a parallel giveaway which is open to people everywhere. Not sure what the book is about? Well, here's part of the copy from the back of the book.

    What does it mean if a god can be killed?
    Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between men and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now, only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer, Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom, and Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people.

    The Age of Myth is over; the time of rebellion has begun.

    I hope you'll sign up for one (or both of the giveaways) and if you do, I wish you good luck in the drawings. But do so soon, they're only lasting a bit over a week.