Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Phoenix Comic Con Schedule - I'm so excited!

Del Rey is sending me to my first ever Phoenix Comic Con - so excited!  Robin and I had planned to combine the con with a trip to some of the national parks (which was on our "vacation plan list since December) but we just can't get away.  I'm still ending the last book of the new series, Robin has a cabin going up on our land in Shenandoah, and there are a ton of other i's and t's that are trying to get crossed before the release of Age of Myth.  But that is neither here nor there. We will be in Arizona June 1 - June 6 and even if you don't have tickets to the con, we could meet for a drink if anyone is interested.  Here is my "official schedule:
  • Wed - June 1 - arrive around 3:00 PM local time
  • Wed - June 1 - 7:00 PM Author event at Poisoned Pen
  • Thr  - June 2 - Robin and my 32nd Wedding Anniversary!
  • Thr  -  June 2 - 3:00 - 4:00 PM Evil as Heck Panel (128B) Other Panelists:  Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer), Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey), Victoria V.E. Schwab (The Archived)   
  • Thr - June 2 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM Signing of Age of Myth ARC's at Del Rey's Booth #1467
  • Fri - June 3 - Guest on Scott Sigler's Friday Fix Podcast 
  • Fri - June 3 - 10:30 - 11:30 AM Signing at the Exhibit Hall Author's Signing Area
  • Fri - June 3 - 1:30 - 2:30  PM Del Rey Publisher Spotlight (128B) Other Panelists: Jason Hough, Kevin Hearne, Scott Sigler, Pierce Brown, Alan Dean Foste
  • Fri - June 3 - 3:00 - 4:00 PM Signing of Age of Myth ARC's at Del Rey's Booth #1467
  • Fri - June 3 - 4:30 - 5:30 PM Del Rey Superfight: Superfight!  (129A) 3 authors enter, 1 author leaves... join Del Rey in our new favorite gaming tradition. Other Panelists: Kevin Hearne, Scott Sigler, Pierce Brown
  • Fri  - June 3 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM - Signing 127AB
  • Sat  -  June 4 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM Bigger isn't better panel (128B) Other participants: Beth Cato, Gini Koch, Jamie Wyman, Joseph Nassise, Yvonne Navarro
  • Sat  - June 4 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Signing (127AB)
  • Sat  -  June 4 - 4:30 - 5:30 PM We're not in Europe Anymore  (128B) Other panelists: Bradley Beaulieu (Twelve Kings in Sharakhai)  Django Wexler (The Thousand Names), Leanna Renee Hieber (Strangely Beautiful), Sarah Remy (Stonehill Downs)  
  • Sat  - June 4 - 6:00 - 7:45 PM Drinks with Authors  Convention Center, North 120 Seating and Events
  • Sun - June 5 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM Marketing your Novel (128B) Other Panelists: Michael Kogge (Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know), Ryan Dalton (Time Shift Trilogy)    
  • Sun  - June 5 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Signing (127AB)
  • Sun  - June 5 - 3:00 - 4:00 PM Signing of Age of Myth ARC's at Del Rey's Booth #1467
  • Mon  - June - 6 - 7:00 AM- leaving on a jet plane to head back to DC.
Hope to see some of you there!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Finally, The Making of the Death of Dulgath is available

Hello all, Robin here. As many may know I've been the bottleneck in the production of the behind the scenes book about the making of The Death of Dulgath. There are numerous reasons for this: shipping times for the Kickstarter, proofing of Age of Myth (soon to be released), yearly income tax preparation, and the fact that I'm the general manager for building a cabin about an hour and a half from our house.  I kept letting other projects jump ahead of this project, but as weeks became months I finally decided that I just had to push through this.

So, I'm proud to announce that the book is finally ready!  For those that don't know, this is a free ebook that came about as one of the goals of The Death of Dulgath Kickstarter. Michael and I have been compiling a wait list and we will be going through it in the next few days and sending out copies.

For those who aren't on the wait list, well you, too, can get your very own copy of this.  It's free, and all you have to do is send us an email (michael.sullivan.dc@gmail.com). Please put BEHIND THE BOOK: Making The Death of Dulgath as it'll be easier for me to see it. Just one thing you must know. This behind the scenes look at writing and publishing is written specifically to be a companion for The Death of Dulgath. Because of this it's riddled with spoilers. So finish up your reading of the main book first, then you can read this one.

Here's a list of the chapters to give you a feel about the book's content:

  • Prologue
  • Contracts and Deadlines
  • The Idea
  • Developing the Concept
  • Tools 
  • Starting the Book
  • The Writing Process
  • Problems and Solutions
  • The Curious Case of Stanley Necker
  • The Climax 
  • The Rainbow
  • Editing
  • Post Writing Process
  • Beta Reading
  • Kickstarter & Hardcovers
  • That’s All Folks
Thanks all for your patience!

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.