Thursday, December 31, 2015

Voting Open for Best Fantasy Novel of the Year on Reddit

Well, it's that time of year again, reddit's /r/Fantasy voting is open for a number of rewards and The Death of Dulgath has been nominated for Best Fantasy Fiction of 2015 and the cover design that was created by the amazing Marc Simonetti is nominated for Best Artwork Released in 2015.   To vote, click on the picture below or on this link.

Now, I don't expect to win, and this isn't a plea to vote for my book, I'm just letting people know the competition is open so you can weigh in on your favorite. To be honest, I'm just hoping not to embarrass myself by coming in last place.

Here are the nominees:

And for those who want a text list of the nominations here you go:
  • Aeronaut's Windlass, The by Jim Butcher
  • Ash and Silver by Carol Berg
  • Autumn Republic,The by Brian McClellan
  • Beyond Redemption by Michael R Fletcher
  • Black Wolves by Kate Elliott
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
  • Crooked by Austin Grossman
  • Crown for Cold Silver, A  by Alex Marshall
  • Darker Shade of Magic, A by V.E. Schwab
  • Death of Dulgath, The by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Devil's Only Friend, The by Dan Wells
  • Dread Wyrm, The by Miles Cameron
  • Fifth Season, The by N. K. Jemisin
  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
  • Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb
  • Gameshouse, The by Claire North
  • Grace of Kings, The by Ken Liu
  • Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
  • Half The World by Joe Abercrombie
  • Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
  • Knight's Shadow by Sebastien de Castell
  • Last First Snow by Max Gladstone
  • Letters to Zell by Camille Grip
  • Liar's Key, The by Mark Lawrence
  • Library at Mount Char, The by Scott Hawkins
  • Long Black Curl by Alex Bledsoe
  • Malus Domestica by SA Hunt
  • Mechanical, The by Ian Tregillis
  • Price of Valor, The by Django Weller
  • Providence of Fire, The by Brian Stanley
  • Radiance by Catherynne Valiant
  • Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
  • Skull Throne , The by Peter V. Brett
  • Son of the Black Sword by Larry Corey
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  • The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
  • Touch by Claire North
  • Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier
  • Traitor Baru Cormorant, The by Seth Dickinson
  • Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu
  • Updraft by Fran Wilde
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Vagrant, The by Peter Newman
  • Watchmaker of Filigree Street, The by Natasha Pulley
I have been fortunate enough to win a Stabby in the past. The nice thing about this competition is how cool the trophy is... a beautiful engraved dagger. Here I am showing off my prior Stabby win.

I was also nominated in two other categories - but asked to remove myself.  The first was Best Self-Published Book of 2015.  While it is true that The Death of Dulgath is a self-published novel, I didn't want to steal the spotlight from those that self-publish and don't have the marketing support of a big traditional publisher.  The other category I pulled myself from contention was the Most Active Author nomination.  The reason for pulling my name from that one was because it's essentially what I won the Stabby for last time. I say essentially because the best contributor in the forum award used to be just one category but now it's been split into author and non-author categories.  So, again, I wanted to step aside and give others who haven't won this amazing award a chance to get their own Stabby.

In any case, I truly feel that it's an honor just to be nominated, and I encourage you go vote for whichever book you enjoyed the most in 2015.  Cheers!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Death of Dulgath is a December Customer Favorite

Just got a notification from that The Death of Dulgath was named a December Customer Favorite.  Want to see the other 19 books on the list?  Here's a link.

In the email they explained:
"The books featured on this list are those which debuted on Audible in December, and received the best (and most) ratings from our customers."
So thanks, everyone who has been listening, rating, and enjoying the books - I'm so glad you are enjoying them!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Death of Dulgath debuts in a big way

I'll probably never be a New York Times Bestseller.  Nor do I expect to make the USA Today's Bestselling list. For those that don't know, such lists are compiled on a weekly basis to show what books sold the most over the past seven days.  There are plenty of books on these lists that had one good week, and then faltered from there.  I'll always take a consistent seller over a one-week break out.

Still, I can't help but be thrilled that I finally have a book on one of the major Top 10 Weekly Lists.  In this case it was hitting Audible Bestseller for Fiction list.  Last week saw the release of a bunch of Harry Potter books on audible, so the competition was tough, but The Death of Dulgath still carved out a spot. Here's the complete list.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale (Pottermore from J.K. Rowling)
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster, narrated by Marc Thompson (Random House Audio)
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale (Pottermore from J.K. Rowling)
4. The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein, narrated by Tom Weiner (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale (Pottermore from J.K. Rowling)
6. The Martian by Andy Weir, narrated by R.C. Bray (Podium Publishing)
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale (Pottermore from J.K. Rowling)
8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, narrated by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey and India Fisher (Penguin Audio)
9. The Death of Dulgath: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 3 by Michael J. Sullivan, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds and the author (Audible Studios)
10. The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore, narrated by Euan Morton (HarperAudio)

The really cool thing about hitting this list is all the various papers that publish it. Here's some of the places I've seen it posted so far:
I want to thank Tim Gerard Reynolds for his amazing narration, for producing a fabulous recording, and all you listeners out there who helped make it's debut such a big success.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Appreciate success when it comes

The publishing business isn't an easy one, and I'm always anxious in the days around a books release. Will it fall into oblivion?  Will people notice it exists? I have no illusions about my place in the "fantasy genre." I consider myself a scrappy up-and-comer, who just might make it one day (if I keep working really hard). Still, from time to time I do break into an area I never expected to sandwiched between George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien on the Amazon Bestseller List for Epic fantasy books.

I've been there before...even made the number one spot on occasion (but that was due to a daily deal, and so it doesn't feel nearly as satisfying). The Death of Dulgath is hitting it without deep discounting, which is very rewarding. Yes, as my daughter was so quick to point out it's shiny and new, and the other books are better because they are always at the top of the charts.  Thanks, Sarah, you can always keep your ole dad grounded.  Still, I'll take it. After all, you have to appreciate any success as it comes. 

A hearty thank you to all the people who are giving the book a try. I hope you enjoy the read!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Death of Dulgath is a Bestseller!

Thanks to all the amazing listeners supporting the release I just found this nice little best-seller icon next to The Death of Dulgath.

It's so great seeing everyone's enthusiasm for this release, and the 4.9 rating is an indication that I and Tim are doing our jobs well. Tim hitting it out of the park was a given...but I'm grateful that I seem to be holding up my end as well.

Audible is certainly doing their part as well. It's currently have one of the 4 spots on the main page - a very coveted piece of marketing.

I know it will be fleeting, but it's still fun to beat out the reigning king of Fantasy, George R.R. Martin.

Oh, and if you aren't sure if you want to give it a try, here are the first 30 minutes of the book provided free by audible.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

At long last, The Death of Dulgath is out on audio!

Oh, you lucky, lucky listeners!  Today The Death of Dulgath is available in it's audio version.  I've had the pleasure of hearing it sometime ago...both in studio and by reviewing the "dailys." And it is sublime...but if you've listened to Tim Gerard Reynolds narrations before, you knew it would be. Seriously, he makes me sound so much better than I am, and I couldn't be happier about having a new release from him available.  If you don't have a spare credit, no worries, Audible is running a 50% off sale, so go ahead and buy a copy. It's just $12 and change.

Here's a link to get your own copy - and please, let me know what you think of it!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

It's Book Launch Time Again, this time for The Death of Dulgath!

If you've not discovered One More Page Books, you really need to. It is by far my favorite indie bookstore and this Wednesday at 7:00 PM we'll be there celebrating the release of The Death of Dulgath!  This will be my fourth book launch with them and I'm hoping they have a successful night. 

Indie bookstores are a dying breed but One More Page knows how to do be successful in this competitive marketplace. One look at their calendar and you'll see 18 events for this January alone!  And that is not an unusual month for them.  They are always having someone coming in and something going on. I love this about them. Not only are they selling books but they are a leader in their community and  it's little wonder that they have such an avid following. We've arranged for them to be able to sell several different versions of The Death of Dulgath including: trade paperback, hardcover, and even a limited edition version. I'm sure they'll also have past Riyria books (both Revelations and Chronicles).

So what will be going on at the party?  We'll we'll have cake...everyone likes cake.  A few door prizes - like Riyria coffee mugs and there will also be Death of Dulgath posters - which have the incredible artwork of Marc Simonetti.

We'll even bring a few Hollow World posters (also done by the Amazing Marc Simonetti).

Sound like fun?  I hope so.  So here is all the specifics:
  • Where: One More Page Books: 2200 N Westmoreland Street #101 Arlington VA  22213
  • Date: Wednesday December 9, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 PM 
  • Phone: 703.300.9746 
Hope to see you there! Oh, and here are some picture from past signings.


Oh, one last thing. If you have existing copies of books, feel free to bring them for signing as well.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday - Multiple Author Book Sale!

I'll admit, I'm not a "Black Friday" shopper. I like spending my holiday with friends and family, and I certainly don't want to deal with traffic, parking, or fighting someone for limited quantities of deeply discounted merchandise.

I am, however, a big fan of Cyber Monday.  And do almost all of my Christmas Shopping from the comfort of my computer.  This year, I and a few fellow authors, decided to to provide a bunch of books at holiday savings. So, what better time to let you know about this then...Cyber Monday!

I should note that since all of these authors are selling direct from their website, this is the way you can make sure they receive the highest income from their books. You see we're cutting one of the many organizations out of the chain - namely the retailer and distributors, and that means more of your hard earned dollars goes to the people who worked hard to produce the work in the first place.

So, what's for sale?  Let's take a look:
  • Brad Beaulieu - The Lays of Anuskaya and 12 Kings in Sharakhai
  • Brian McClellan - The Powder Mage novels and novellas.
  • Jason Hough - The Dire Earth Trilogy and Zero World.
  • Michael J Sullivan - The Riyria Revelations, Riyria Chronicles,  and Hollow World and t-shirts and coffee cups
  • Wesley Chu - The Tao Trilogy and Timesalvager (with coupon code "DABLIGHTDAY")
The savings are set by each author, so they vary from site to site. All of my items are at a 15% and some come with free shipping. I even have some LIMITED EDITION copies of The Death of Dulgath which is releasing in print in just a few days.

So, if you've been thinking about starting any of the great series of these authors, click on their name and go to their sale site. You can get stuff for yourself and gifts for loved ones.  

Happy Cyber Monday!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Authors Helping Authors: SFFWorld Anthology Kickstarter

I love sffworld: an amazing site for fans of fantasy and science fiction to talk about their favorite speculative fiction. For the last four years, they've been producing some mighty fine anthologies edited by N.E. White.

The way they create these anthologies is pretty interesting. Generally, they have a few "anchor stories" from established authors, and then hold a contest to pick some up-and-coming authors to shine a spotlight on. I was pleased to be an anchor author for the 2012 anthology and they are currently working on the 2015 version.  Here's a bit about the projects:
  • The End - Visions of Apocalypse - featuring Michael J. Sullivan and Hugh Howey
  • Lucky or Unlucky? Thirteen Stories of Fate - featuring Mark Lawrence
  • Wars to End All Wars - Alternate Tales from The Trenches - featuring Elizabeth Moon
  • Ecotones - Ecological Stories - featuring Tobias S. Buckell, Ken Liu, and Lauren Beukes 

  • This year, they are using Kickstarter to raise the funds for the anthology and they have just a few days left to raise another $142 to reach full funding.  

    If you want to check it out, just click here, on the Kickstarter logo, or the main picture. I backed it and I hope it gets the last 10% because I really want to read this stories.

    Friday, November 20, 2015

    Theft of Swords Paperback on Sale

    I'm not sure if any other sites are matching this price but I saw that Amazon US has the paperback version of Theft of Swords for sale at $8.989. That's 44% off, so a huge discount.  Just wanted to let people know. If you have a friend or family member who has been thinking about starting Revelations...or if you need to stock on Christmas gifts.  Now is a great time to do so. I don't think the sale will be going for long.

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Riyria is dominating the Top 100 Epic Fantasy Listens

    The Riyria stories are dominating the heck out of the Top 100 Epic Fantasy Listens on Audible right now.  Here's what we have:
    • # 14 - Professional Integrity (Free short story)
    • # 24 - The Jester (Free short story)
    • # 37 - Heir of Novron (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6)
    • # 38 - Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4)
    • # 56 - The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicles #3) - preorder releasing mid-December
    • # 59 - Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2)
    • # 78 - The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
    • #100- The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)
    That's all the Riyria novels and two out of three of the short stories. Pretty amazing.  It's all due to the narration by the amazing Tim Gerard Reynolds. Early this week I went up to Audible headquarters in Newark and hung out with Tim in SoHo for dinner and in studio while he started recording The Death of Dulgath. It was a lot of fun.  

    In other news.  The hardcovers are printed and I'm just waiting for them to be picked up and delivered.  The shipment weighs 15,000 lbs so obviously a pretty big truck is needed.  Also, for those who haven read Theft of Swords Amazon has the paperback on sale right now for $9 and change - that's 41% off the list price. At that amount I don't think it'll be on sale for long, so grab your copy while you can. 

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Fantasy

    Well, it was a long shot...The Death of Dulgath has only been out for a few weeks, so it doesn't have nearly enough reviews to make the first round nominations  Still, I'm hopeful it can get a few write-in nominees so it might yet make the list.  I was thrilled that Hollow World got in last year through that process.  In any case, congratulations to the 15 first round nominees!

    For myself, I did a write-in for Twelve Kings by Bradley P. Beaulieu. This is the first book in a new series for Brad, and I really enjoyed it.  Here's a button for voting or adding your own write-in.

    And here is a list of the first 15 nominees:

    Aeronauts Windlass
    Jim Butcher
    Autumn Republic, The
    Brian McClellan
    Boundary Crossed
    Melissa F. Olson
     Darker Shade of Magic, A  
    V.E. Schwab
    Dead Heat
    Patricia Briggs
    Fifth Season, The
    N.K. Jemisin
    Fool's Quest
    Robin Hobb
    Liar's Key, the
    Mark Lawrence
    Magic Shifts
    Ilona Andrews
    Shannon Mayer
    Shadows of Self
    Brandon Sanderson  
    Skull Throne
    Peter V. Brett
    Trigger Warning
    Neil Gaiman
    ision in Silver
    Anne Bishop
    Yield the Night
    Annette Marie

    Monday, November 2, 2015

    Unbound: Tales by Masters of Fantasy

    I'm honored to have a short story included in the latest anthology by Grim Oak Press (edited by the amazing Shawn Speakman).  The subtitle of book is "Tales by the Masters of Fantasy" and while I won't presume to put myself in that category, I'm glad that Shawn sees me fit for such inclusion.

    Like Unfettered, Shawn's previous anthology, this one has a pretty amazing line up.  Just how amazing?  Well take a look at the authors who have stories in this book: Joe Abercrombie,  Terry Brooks, Kristen Britain, Jim Butcher,  Rachel Caine, Harry Connolly, Delilah Dawson, David Anthony Durham, Jason M. Hough, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mark Lawrence, John Marco, Tim Marquitz, Brian McClellan, Seanan McGuire, Peter Orullian, Kat Richardson, Anthony Ryan, Shawn Speakman, Brian Staveley, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, and Mazarkis Williams

    Also like Unfettered, the writers were able to explore whatever theme or story idea they thought would make a good story.  A nice way to compile an anthology (in my opinion). As for myself, my entry has nothing to do with either Riyria or The First Empire. It's a completely standalone story that combines my love of computer games and some existential musings. It's called "The Game" and here's what I wrote in the way of an introduction for the piece.
    I admit it, I’m a long-time gaming geek. When I started back in 1984, I played on a Compaq DeskPro outfitted with an 8 MHz 8086 CPU and an awesome monochrome display adapter. I said I was a geek, remember? During the golden age of computer gam- ing, otherwise known as the 1990s, each month brought quantum innovations, spurring a host of inventive game designs. For me, the pinnacle was reached with the invention of the MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game), and my wife and I became lost in the world of EverQuest from 1999 to 2001. 
    In the land of Norrath, we made many friends as we rose from a pair of pathetic magic users to guild legends, and I saw how the lines blurred between reality and the virtual world. People speak of how computer games are a waste of time. But a great many good things grew out of those days. One of them was a fertile seed of an idea that I pondered well over a decade ago . . . and still do. This story is the result.
    And to give you a taste, here is the first page, courtesy Shawn Speakman at Grim Oak Press.

     I hope you are interested, and if you would like to pre-order a copy of Unbound, you can do so from Grim Oak Press.

    Friday, October 30, 2015

    Just in time for the holiday: Meet the Tetlin Witch

    The new series I have coming out from Del Rey next year (The First Empire) explores various legends and the truth behind them. One character from Elan who you've not been introduced to before is the Tetlin Witch. Given that All Hallows Eve is upon us, Robin thought you might like a little sneak peak to the Tetlin Witch, so here is a poem that first appears in the fourth book of that new series, but about a character who comes up even in the first book (Age of Myth). I hope you enjoy it!

    Far beyond the woodland hills, beyond mountains vile,
    Hidden in a mist-soaked swamp, upon an awful isle.
    She haunts the lapping blackened pools, and creeping ivy ways
    And there awaits with hair of black and eyes a dismal gray.

    She waits they say for time to end, and her life to be through,
    Until that time she waits for me, and also waits for you.
    Within a hut beside a pool the Tetlin Witch does dwell,
    And watches at the fetid pond, the door that leads to Rel.

    And there she sits upon her stool beside the very brink,
    And watches as the fated fools down in the darkness sink.
    Beware the Tetlin Witch my friend, and never go astray,
    Beyond the woodland hills, beyond the light of day.

    Or you too may find yourself caught up in the mire,
    Sinking, screaming uselessly, helpless til you tire.
    Then under the muck, under the water, deeper you will go,
    All of you lost, forever gone, the Witch cackling as you go.