Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Age of War hits bestseller list

It's always nice to find yourself in the New York Times on a Bestseller list. No, it's not THAT list (this one lists the top audiobooks for the week), but, hey, I'll take it! Age of War hit #3 and shares the list with the likes of James Patterson, Bill Clinton, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and J. K. Rowlings.

Here's the full list along with some information about their authors, narrators, release dates, ratings, and # of ratings/reviews.

Title
Author
Release Date
Narrator
 Rating 
#
Something in the Water
 Catherine Steadman 
  06-05-18
Catherine Steadman
4.4
8,086
Neverwhere
 Neil Gaiman
 04-11-17
 Neil Gaiman
4.4
 22,514 
Age of War
Michael J. Sullivan
 07-03-18
 Tim Gerard Reynolds 
4.8
708
The President is Missing
 Bill Clinton &
James Patterson
 06-04-18
Dennis Quaid
4.1
3,846
The Outsider
Stephen King
 05-22-18
Will Patton
4.6
15,411
Super Powereds:
Year 4
Drew Hayes
 07-03-18
Kyle McCarley 
4.9
466
Spymaster
Brad Thor
  07-03-18
Armand Schultz 
4.6
378

The Testament
of Mary
Colm Toibin
 09-10-13
Meryl Streep
4.1
1,061
The Troop
Nick Cutter
 02-25-14
Corey Brill
4.1
2,272

Harry Potter and
the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling
11-20-15
Jim Dale
4.9
58,518

Monday, July 9, 2018

This is probably the geekiest thing I've ever done


So I'm a geek, which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone (after all I do write fantasy books for a living). But when Robin and I were editing Age of War we would sometimes get into arguments about the placement of various aspects of the layout of Alon Rhist. Now part of that was because the city change a bit during the writing and some earlier sections of the book weren't updated. So, it was good that Robin challenged me on these things and it allowed us to fix any continuity errors that had crept in.

But after all was said and done I started thinking about whether I could build Alon Rhist in 3-dimensions. You know, a kind of Lego Land model if you will. Well, I don't possess the number of Lego blocks to make that possible but luckily there is a Minecraft map builder that allows for unlimited blocks. So, yeah, I built Alon Rhist in Minecraft and made a video as I walked around the area. Geeky, sure. Fun? Well, I thought so. And because there may be a few people who are interested I'm posting the video here for your amusement.



Monday, July 2, 2018

Age of Myth on Sale, Age of War releases tomorrow!

I'm pleased to announce that Age of Myth has been included in Audible's July 4th Sale. Great timing considering Age of War (Book #3 of the series) goes live tomorrow!  And if you are getting ready to read Age of War, and want recaps for the previous two books, don't forget you can get them here.


All books are just $5.95 and I've gone through the sci-fi and fantasy category to show you some other books that are available.



Here's some information about each title from Audible to help you decide what to pickup for the great price of $5.95 each.
Title
Author
Narrator
 Rating  # Reviews 
 Neil Gaiman 
 Neil Gaiman 
4.4
 22,137
  Michael J. Sullivan  
 Tim Gerard Reynolds  
4.6
 9,285
  Laini Taylor  
 Steve West  
4.5
 2,140
  Alice Hoffman  
 Christina Moore  
4.2
 1,247
  Joe Abercrombie  
 Steven Pacey  
4.x
 2,810
  Nnedi Okoafor
 Robin Miles  
4.x
 1,355
  Harry Connolly
 Christian Rummel 
4.x
 410
  Dakota Krout  
 Vikas Adam  
4.x
 7,028
Fated  
Benedict Jacka
Gildart Jackson 
4.x
 5,143
Marked  
  P.C. Cast &
 Kristin Cast  
Caitlin Davies  
4.x
 372
  Jay Kristoff
 Holter Graham  
4.x
 1,518
  Ian C. Esslemont  
 John Banks  
4.x
 241
  Drew Hayes  
 Kyle McCarley  
4.x
 6,419
  Stephen R. Lawhead  
 Simon Bubb 
4.x
 164
  N.K. Jemisin  
  Robin Miles    
4.x
 7,021
   Stephen R. Lawhead 
 Tim Gerard Reynolds  
4.x
 9,285
  Richard A. Knaak 
 Scott Brick  
4.x
 1,198
Andrzej Sapkowski 
Peter Kenny
4.x
7,057

The sale is only running for a few days so you'll have to hurry. I hope you find something great to listen to.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Goodread's Hottest Books of the Summer




Less than two weeks before Age of War's release and I'm honored and thrilled that it was picked by Goodreads as one of the Hottest Sci-fi and Fantasy reads of the summer.  Here are all five selections:


I've also pulled some of the information about each book from Goodreads.

Title
Author
Shelved by
 Rating 
 # Ratings 
 Spinning Silver
Naomi Novik
21,604
4.47
271
 Age of War (Legends of the First Empire #3) 
 Michael J. Sullivan 
12,196
4.46
259
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10)
Ilona Andrews
18,319
4.58
588
Thrawn (Star Wars: Thrawn #1)
Timothy Zahn
30,330
4.28
12,555
Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)
Becky Chambers
13,008
4.54
146

I know I'm looking forward to Spinning Silver (also from Del Rey) because I enjoyed her latest book, Uprooted, so much. It looks like it's going to be a great summer for reading.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Barnes and Noble's favorite 12 Fantasy Heist Novels


I'm thrilled that when Barnes and Nobel's Sci-fi and Fantasy Blog went looking for "rogues [who] are witty, engaging, and will rob you blind with a rakish wink and a smile" that Royce and Hadrian made their list of twelve favorite heist books with a fantasy twist.  What's even better is the amazing company it's been included with. Here are all of B&N's picks:


Here's a bit about each book and review/rating information from Goodreads. Note: books marked with an * indicate omnibus editions and the review data is a compilation including the individual titles.

Title
Author
Series
 Rating 
 # Ratings 
 The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser*  
Fritz Leiber
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
3.97
18,852
Artemis Fowl
Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl
3.83
422,994
Bridge of Birds
Barry Hughart
Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
4.29
8,679
Clockwork Boys
T. Kingfisher
Clocktaur War
4.31
1,170
Darker Shade of Magic
VE Schwab
Shades of Magic
4.09
106,284
Holver Alley Crew
Marshall Ryan Maresca
The Streets of Maradaine
3.99
175
The Legend of Eli Monpress*
Rachel Aaron
Legend of Eli Monpress
4.00
20,309
Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch
Gentleman Bastard
4.30
157,502
Mistborn
Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn
4.44
271,729
Steal the Sky
Megan O’Keefe
Scorched Continent
3.53
434
Theft of Swords*
Michael J. Sullivan
The Riyria Revelations
4.22
64,918
Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn
Tyler Whitesides
Ardor Benn
4.13
39

I know I found some books that weren't on my radar due to this list. I hope you find some new great reads as well.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Age of War goes into its second printing!



We've been fighting a battle with flood waters here on the land, so I've not been online much. But I did get some good news today about how well Age of War is pre-selling. A second printing has been ordered, a good sign indeed especially given we are still more than 2 weeks out from the release date. For those who love first editions, you better get your pre-orders in fast ;-).  I also have some books ordered for direct selling once the book goes live, so I should have some of the first editions as well.  

And thanks, everyone for early support of the work. I'm so glad people are as excited as I am. July 3rd can't come soon enough from where I sit!  Now, if you excuse me I have to go use an excavator to install a huge culvert between the garden and the pool so we don't flood out for a third time !

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Last day for Goodreads Giveaway of Age of War ARC

There are just a few hours left for your last chance to get an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of Age of War. More than 12,000 people have added the book to their Goodreads shelves and the 94% of the 285+ early rating/reviews have liked the book. All this, and the fact that the vast majority of the reviewers have given it 5 stars makes me cautiously optimistic the book will continue the legacy of Legends series by providing an entertaining read.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan

Age of War

by Michael J. Sullivan

Giveaway ends May 31, 2018.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
So, if you want to read the book a month before everyone else, sign up for the giveaway and keep your fingers crossed!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Age of War is available on NetGalley


We are just 40 days away from the release of Age of War...that's less than six weeks! And I was just notified that the book has gone live on NetGalley.


Access depends on what type of reviewer you are here's the schedule:
  • Available Now: Booksellers, Librarian, and people in the Media
  • Available 06/04: Bloogers, YouTubers, and  Book Reviewers
If you've not read the first two books, or have and want some refreshers, recaps are posted.
I can't wait to hear what people think!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Summer Listening 2-For-1 Sale: Get the first Riyria Chronicle at 1/2 off!

I'm pleased to announce that The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicle #1) is now on sale as part of Audible's 2-For-1 Summer Listening Sale.


There are a ton of great titles in the sale including 8 terrific epic fantasy tales by the likes of Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, Naomi Novik, Anthony Ryan, and many more.


Here's the full list of epic fantasy (sorted by rating and # of reviews). But there are a lot more titles on the sale, so if you only see one epic fantasy you are interested in, I'm sure you can find another book to round out your selection.

Title
Author
Series
#
Narrator Rating
# Reviews
Dawn of Wonder Jonathan Renshaw  The Wakening
1
Tim Gerard Reynolds
4.7
28,834
The Crown Tower Michael J. Sullivan  Riyria Chronicles
1
Tim Gerard Reynolds
4.7
9,961
The Red Sea Edward W. Robertson  Cycle of Galand
1
Tim Gerard Reynolds
4.6
7,912
Elantris Brandon Sanderson  N/AN/A Jack Garrett
4.6
5,812
Spellmonger Terry Mancour  Spellmonger
1
John Lee
4.4
5,212
Fool's Assassin Robin Hobb  Fitz and the Fool
1
Elliot Hill
4.4
2,757
The Waking Fire Anthony Ryan  Draconis Memoria
1
Steven Brand
4.4
1,507
Uprooted Naomi Novik  N/AN/A Julia Emelin
4.3
3,239

The sale is only running for a few days so you'll have to hurry. I hope you find something great to listen to.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Creative Writing Career Podcast


Recently I had a lot of fun as a guest on the Creative Writing Career Podcast. Justin Sloan (a prolific writer in his own right) was the host, and we talked on all kinds of subjects that may be of interest to both writers and readers.

So if you want a peek inside my brain (and I can't imagine why you would want that), come on over and check it out.

And thanks to Justin for taking the time to have me on the show.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

5 Days and less than $3,000...let's hit this Kickstarter stretch goal!


I love Kickstarters, Shark Tank, and all things entrepreneurial. I have a ton of products from them, and I've never regretted a single purchase. Some have made their goals, others have fallen short, but I always feel good about supporting people who are working hard to make their dreams become a reality.

Recently, an author friend of mine launched his first Kickstarter (in no small part because I dragged him to do it).



He has a following...more than 160,000 books sold to date, is a great story teller (this Kickstarter is for his third major fantasy series), and I believe he'll definitely be in the "writing business" for many years to come. He's one of what I call the professional self-published. Those that release books with the same commitment to quality that the big publishers are putting out.

So, Phil funded almost immediately, and has reached a number of stretch goals, but his most recent goal is one I'm particularly interested in. Phil has rallied some of his self-published friends and for everyone  that backs at the $10 or more level, they'll receive the first book in some really great indie  series.

 

So what books are coming if Phil reaches the next stretch goal?
  • Dyrk Ashton's Paternus  
  • Davis Ashura's William Wilde and the Necrosed  
  • AC Cobble's Benjamin Ashwood  
  • David Estes' Fatemarked  
  • Ben Galley's Blood Rush  
  • Jeramy Goble's Coven Queen 
Like Phil, these authors are absolutely killing it in the self-published space. One of the things that most people outside the business of publishing (and inside it for that matter) is just how successful these authors are -- even though you may have never heard their names. And again, I attribute their success to producing high quality books that stand toe-to-toe with books put out by the big name publishers.

I'd love for Phil to hit this next stretch goal. It has the potential to expose these amazing authors to a larger audience, and I think you'll find some new series to love. Not to mention. It's an amazing deal! For just $10 you can receive 7 ebooks (a $35 value) and if you prefer print or audio versions you can get those at the $25 and $35 levels.

But don't take my recommendation of this Kickstarter on blind faith. Phil has an excerpt of the book (which is fully written, edited, and ready to ship after the Kickstarter closes), posted and you can read the first few chapters now. That way you can "try before you buy."


So, take a look, and if you like what you see, please back Phil's project. Like I said, it's already funded (and written) so the risk factor has been eliminated. But if we reach the next stretch goal you'll be introduced to a bunch of the new indie elite and I'm sure it'll open the door to some great new series for you to dive into.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Age of War: The First Review is in!



Advanced reading copies (ARC's) are starting to go out and about in the world, and I just received my first email from a blogger who reviewed Age of War. As you might imagine, being an author with a book coming out soon is a lot like a child waiting on Christmas. I'm excited; I can't wait for the day to arrive, and I want to know what I got!

For authors "what you get" is feedback on whether the book is loved or hated. Now, I must say, that I write books for myself and for Robin, so in many ways I've achieved what I wanted when I finally typed The End, but how could I not care about whether people liked it or not?

The first review posted is on Booknest. It's completely spoiler free, so feel free to jump over and see the whole thing...and check out some of the reviews of other author's books while you are there. The team at the site does an excellent job. Here's my favorite part from all the nice things that were said.
"The worst thing that can happen while reading is to feel nothing.  Stories are ultimately about the people in it and if one does not feel anything, whether it is love or hate, towards the characters then their stories are not likely to stay with you. For all that Sullivan is known for his light-hearted fantasy, he can be downright cruel sometimes.  The war exacted an immense cost on our beloved characters and no one who survived can be said to be the same again. At the end of this book, it is this transformation which sticks in my mind; surely a sign of a tale well-told."
I write books that will hopefully make you feel. The best times (for me) is when I can make you laugh and cry, and if I do it in the course of a single page it's like winning a trifecta. I'm glad that TS enjoyed the book and is looking forward to the next one in the series.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Save big on fantasy books May 1 - 5



Hey fantasy fans, it's time for great savings on books, and this multi-author sale is sure to have something you'd be interested in.

16 authors | 39 books | 40+ sale items | prices as low as $0.99  | savings up to 80%!

Davis Ashura  •  David Benem  •  David Estes  •  Ben Galley    T. L. Greylock  •  Megan Haskell
Steven Kelliher  •  Michael R. Miller  •  Matt Moss  •  Quenby Olson  •  Benedict Patrick
Daniel Potter  •  Michael J. Sullivan  •. Phil Tucker  •  K. S. Villoso  •  Timandra Whitecastle



Here's what I'll have on sale:

  • 70% savings on ebooks
  • 25% on paperbacks
  • 20% off hardcovers
  • 15% on limited editions 

Title
 Format 
  Savings   Regular Sale Price
Death of Dulgath (RC #3)
ebook
70%
$9.99
$2.99
Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (RC #4) 
ebook
70%
$9.99
$2.99
Hollow World
ebook
70%
$7.99
$2.40
Theft of Swords (RR #1 & #2)
 Trade Paperback 
25%
$16.00
$12.00
Rise of Empire (RR #3 & #4)
 Trade Paperback 
25%
$17.00
$12.75
Heir of Novron (RR #5 & #6)
 Trade Paperback 
25%
$17.00
$12.75
The Crown Tower (RC #1)
 Trade Paperback 
25%
$16.00
$12.00
The Rose and the Thorn (RC #2)
 Trade Paperback 
25%
$16.00
$12.00
Death of Dulgath (RC #3)
 Trade Paperback 
25%
$15.00
$11.25
Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (RC #4) 
 Trade Paperback 
25%
$17.00
$12.75
Hollow World
 Trade Paperback 
25%
$15.00
$11.25
Age of Myth (LoFE #1)
Mass Market 
25%
$9.99
$7.49
Age of Swords (LoFE #2)
Mass Market 
25%
$9.99
$7.49
Death of Dulgath  (RC #3)
 Limited Edition 
15%
$50
$42.50
Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (RC #4) 
 Limited Edition 
15%
$50
$42.50
Age of Myth (LoFE #1)
 Hardcover
20%
$27
$21.60
Age of Swords (LoFE#2)
 Hardcover
20%
$28
$22.40
Death of Dulgath  (RC #3)
 Hardcover
20%
$27
$21.60
Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (RC #4) 
 Hardcover
20%
$27
$21.60

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ten Year Anniversary Sale and Celebration


It was ten years ago today that I finished writing the Riyria Revelations, and I want to celebrate. Unfortunately, most of the books are not controlled by me, so I can't put them on sale. Orbit sets the price for most of the books (Theft of Swords | Rise of Empire | The Heir of Novron | The Crown Tower | The Rose and the Thorn). And Del Rey's non-compete clause prevents one of the books from being released into stores until October (The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter).

But I do have one book that I own complete rights to (The Death of Dulgath), and the great thing is it's a standalone tale that can be enjoyed even if you've not read any of the other Riyria stories.

So for he next week I've lowered the price on this book in all markets (because oftentimes when there is a sale it's only for the US). Here are some links were you can get the book on sale.

If you know a friend who hasn't read any Riyria books, this would be a great way to introduce them to the series.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Just a few hours left: Theft of Swords Giveaway

I'm running a giveaway for 3 copies of Age of Myth, and it only has a bit more than 16 hours left. If you've not started reading the Riyiria books, this is an excellent opportunity to start. And if you are a Royce and Hadrian fan, well, sign up for the giveaway and give a copy to a friend. I'll sign the books and include a signed bookmark as well. Good luck on the drawing!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

Theft of Swords

by Michael J. Sullivan

Giveaway ends April 24, 2018.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Thursday, April 19, 2018

From the Mail Bag: An Exceptional Art Project


Many are familiar with the fact that I enjoy receiving letters from readers. Some of my favorites are  the ones where two people in the same family are sharing the tale. Usually it's spouses, but I've also had dozens of letters from estranged siblings who have reunited over the books.  I've also had a lot of letters where three generations (child, parent, and grandparent) are reading the books together. I must say these letters were never something I expected to receive, but I treasure each one.

I'd like to take a moment to share something from a recent letter (with the author's permission, of course). Andrew Pendergrast (who mentioned he and his son Jacob have been bonding over the books) wrote to show off this amazing artwork that his son made.


Jacob had an art project due (he's a senior in high school) and he created this amazing piece showing Royce's and Hadrian's trip to Percepliquis. I'm honored that Jacob chose to use my work as inspiration for his assignment . . . and I don't think it could have come out any better than it did. Jacob used an exacto knife to carve poster board with delicate detail and used a light to eliminate the layers.

In a subsequent email, I learned Jacob is about to enter the Army after high school. I wish him well in his new career and thank him for his service. I'll also treasure this picture, and I'd like him to know how much I enjoyed finding out about it.




Sunday, April 15, 2018

Unbound World's 50 Page Friday: Age of Myth


How did I miss this? Oh, I know, I've been so busy finishing up the edits on the last book of this series. In any case, Del Rey has featured Age of Myth for it's 50 Page Friday segment. So, if you've not started the Legends of the First Empire yet, here is an easy and free way to take a look at the first three chapters of the first book. Age of War will be coming out soon, so it's an excellent reason to give it a look.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Age of War a Featured Pre-order


Right now there sure 1,616 titles on Audible that are waiting to be released and available for pre-order. I can't even imagine how difficult it is to decide what books to feature out so many. So I was thrilled when Robin mentioned that Age of War is getting top billing.  This shows that Audible has a good degree of faith in this book's release....kinda like being picked to be featured in the "hot new releases" section of a bookstore (but without the publisher paying a co-op fee). 

I think the exposure is helping. I also checked the best-selling pre-orders in Epic Fantasy and Age of War is #1.  So, thank you all for picking up the book early.  Robin is in the process of putting together some "pre-order goodies" for people who have the book orders already. We'll announce how to get them on Monday, and all formats will be eligible for the freebies (audio, hardcover and ebook).

It's starting to feel real! Won't be long now before Age of War is officially on the streets.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Book Giveaways!



Hey all, Age of War is coming, and as such I have a few giveaways to tell you about.

  • First, there is a drawing for first edition copies of all three Legends of the First Empire books.   This is open to people from all countries and we'll do the drawing at the end of June and ship the books in early July. There have been several printings of Age of Myth (and I think Age of Swords has also gone into at least one reprint) so this is an excellent chance to get books that might not be available anywhere else.
For people who are pre-ordering the book, I hope to have a pre-order promotion posted soon where you can receive some initial chapters of the new book as well as some bonus material. Stay tuned for that!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hardcover editions of Riyria are going to be a reality


For those who don't know, all my recent books (those published since 2015) have had hardcover editions, but the original 5 books of Riyria were only produced in trade paperbacks. There were a few hardcovers produced as a book club edition, but they (a) sold out years ago and (b) weren't the best quality.  We've finally received agreement from Orbit to buy the rights to do a hardcover edition on our own (yeah, it's odd to pay someone for the right to publish books I wrote, but that's the nature of traditional publishing).

Now, there is a catch...we had to limit the print run (Orbit wouldn't let us base the number on demand). When we get all our ducks in a row, we'll be launching a Kickstarter, and since the numbers are limited, it'll be one of those first come first served things. So, we are have a sign-up form and all people on it will be told ahead of time the day and time of the Kickstarter's launch.  So, if you want copies, please sign up now.

Okay, a few things to note:

  • The books will have new covers, and I'm sure Marc Simonetti will be the designer for them (although I've not yet commissioned him for them, but he's always done any covers I've asked him to).
  • There will be two versions (a) a Rare edition (which should match the rare editions of The Death of Dulgath and The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter) and (b) a limited edition.
  • As for the covers of limited edition versions, they'll match the limited editions of the other books (full graphic rather than a small graphic with a color block). But, I'm also going to get pricing to see if we can offer a dust jacket that matches the hardcover edition, that way you can have a "match a set" even though we don't have three versions of the books like we do the other ones. No promises until I find out the printing costs, but that's my plan.
  • If you plan on getting a matched set of the limited editions, and don't already have the other two books, you'll have to hurry. We have about 50 copies left of Winter's Daughter, and about 75 copies of the Death of Dulgath. You can buy those limited editions here.
  • If you don't have a hardcover edition of The Death of Dulgath, there are 2 copies left at Amazon, but, we do have about 300 copies here and once those are gone, there will be no more of them. You can buy those limited editions here.
Well, that's about it. Robin's been working on this contract for over 2 years, and while the ink is not yet dry, it is being "written up" so we feel confident in making the announcement now. Hope you are as excited as we are.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Age of War Pre-ordering



Hey all, sorry I meant to make a "page" and I instead created a "blog post."  Doh!  For those who want to pre-order Age of War directly from me, I can send you a link where we are offering a limited number of signed copies.  I'm keeping the link to just members of the "Dark Room" at the moment (our secret/private Goodreads Group). If you want an invite to it, send me an email with the subject "Dark Room Invite"

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Last of the First Edition & First Printing



Age of Swords
Hardcover First Printing 
$28.00
Signature Options:
Dedication Name:

Hey all, Robin and Sarah spent the weekend organizing our new shipping department in the carriage house we built out in the valley.  In doing so, we now have all our books organized and categorized. For those who have been asking about first printing and first edition copies...no, we don't have any Age of Myth left. The only copies we have here are 4th printing ;-(.

But...we do have 22 copies of Age of Swords 1st printing. Since there are just a few of them, we have set them aside and you can only get them from this page.  All future shipment of those books will be the most recent printing (which I think is on it's third printing)

We also have a VERY few copies of the original paperback editions of Riyria self-published books (including 8 "full sets" and a few extras here and there. If you are interested in getting any of those books, send us an email and we'll coordinate with you.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Advice from the mailbag: Write bad books



People often email me asking for advice about writing. I answer the questions directly, but as I do receive similar questions, it makes sense to post some of them in the hopes of helping other authors, published or aspiring.  Here is a paraphrased question I received recently:
I'm struggling with writing fiction. I find planning a book extremely difficult let alone a series of them. I have abandoned more than a few projects in the past, frustrated that I couldn't come up with good enough plot twists or how to satisfyingly end the book. Any advice?
Here is how I responded:
It is hard to remote diagnose, but my advice in how to avoid being discouraged about not coming up with good enough plot twists or a satisfying end, is to not try to write the perfect book. One of the biggest obstacles for aspiring writers is to think what you create must be great. All too often writers make impossible goals and when they fail, grow discouraged. It is highly unlikely that anyone can hit a home run the first time they step up to the plate; one does not make a symphony after their first piano lesson. 
What separates writing novels from brain surgery, (or more accurately one of the things)  is that no one dies when you screw up a book. It can take from eleven to seventeen years to become a good surgeon. It took me twenty years to become a decent writer, and that doesn't include the first ten years where I wrote three complete novels, dozens of partials, and a dozen short stories. That's what I did  between the ages of thirteen and twenty-three. I doubt too many kids get to practice medicine at the age of thirteen. 
Writing is insanely complex. All literate people can do it, so it appears easy, but while most people can whistle a tune, few can compose a jingle much less an opera. Even after thirty years, and more than thirty novels, I still learn all sorts of new stuff every day. Why? Because good fiction writing has so many facets, but at its heart is how you think, and how you communicate this using words. There is an infinite number of ways to do this, and as a writer you need to make millions of decisions, many of which will make or break a book. Only through trial and error, only through committing to your sub-conscious and muscle memory of the basics, can you hope to master enough of the complexity to get it right enough to succeed at making people love what you write. 
So don't sweat it. Write bad books. Write awful books. Make lots and lots of mistakes. That's how you learn. And never, ever, aspire to become perfect. To be perfect is to give up. Concentrate, instead on constant improvement, on learning, on doing better on the next novel you write. Give yourself the freedom to fail and you will learn to write.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

3 days left to save on Age of Myth



Thank you Del Rey for putting the ebook of Age of Myth on sale. This is making now a perfect opportunity to jump into the Legends of the First Empire, especially given that book #3 (Age of War) is just a few months from releasing. If you haven't picked up the deal yet, you need to hurry. It'll go back to $9.99 in just three days.  

And thanks to the thousands of people who have already read, and loved the books. I can't wait until you get Age of War, and I'm anxious to see what you think of the next installment.

Sunday, March 4, 2018



Smashwords is running it's annual ebook sale where for 7 days various books will be either Free, or 25%, 50% or 75% off. I have two books at Smashwords and both can be read independtly of my other works. Here's a bit on each that is in the sale, sample chapters, and discount calls.

The Death of Dulgath: $2.50 Save 75% from $9.99 regular price (USE CODE: RAE75)
  
Three times they tried to kill her. Then a professional
was hired. So was Riyria.

When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria is hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and the cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start life as rogues-for-hire. Things have gone well enough until they're asked to help prevent a murder. Now they must venture into an ancient corner of the world to save a mysterious woman who knows more about Royce than is safe and cares less about herself than is sane.


Hollow World: $4.00 Save 50% from $7.99 regular price (USE CODE: RAE50)
  
Award-nominated sci-fi in the tradition of Heinlein, Asimov & Wells. He wanted to escape his problems. He wanted to see the future. He never considered what the future wanted.


Confronted with a painful death from cancer, Dan Sturges foregoes treatments to try an idea of his own. With nothing to lose but a few months of pain, Dan builds a time machine in his garage and pins his hopes on a future where his disease might be cured. How could he have known that what happens after he presses the button is more shocking than the eighteen car batteries he connected himself to?


Friday, March 2, 2018

Age of War is coming, and Age of Myth is on sale



Age of War (coming July 3rd) is just a few months away, and to entice readers into the series, Del Rey has lowered the price of Age of Myth to just $2.99.  That's 66% off the regular $9.99 regular price. I think if you've enjoyed the Riyria tales, you will like the Legends of the First Empire as well. I'm not sure how long the book will be on sale, I actually just stumbled over it today, but if you've not tried the new series set 3,000 years before the events of Riyria, now is a perfect time to give it a try.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

2 Days Left to Get Theft of Swords on Sale


As part of their "First in Series Sale" Audible.com has Theft of Swords on sale for just $6.95. If you haven't started listening to Riyria on audio, this is an excellent chance to give it a try.  This volume is an omnibus and so you will receive two full-length novels (The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha) for less than $3.50 each. But you have to hurry the sale ends 11:59 PM tomorrow (Sunday)!


Tim Gerard Reynold's narration really shouldn't be missed. If you're not sure if you want to take the plunge. You can check out either of these free short stories. They are a great introduction to the world of Riyria (and Tim as the narrator) so you might want to listen to them first. Each is right around an hour and you can access them by clicking on the covers below.




Several years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start their thieves-for-hire organization better known as Riyria. Things have gone well enough for the team as they do "jobs" for various nobles throughout Elan. Usually that means stealing something, but when a young heiress asks them to steal her…well, that's a first for the pair. All is not as it seems, but Royce is determined to get the bottom of what's actually going on. After all, he has his professional integrity at stake.

Originally released in the Blackguards anthology published by Ragnarok Publications, this is a standalone short story of 10,800 words (1 hour 18 minutes listening time) . No prior knowledge of The Riyria Revelations or The Riyria Chronicles is required to enjoy it to its fullest, making this a perfect introduction for new readers or a chance for existing fans to spend a little more time with old friends.




WHO WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH? 

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

This is a standalone short story of 7,200 words (54 minutes listing time) . No prior knowledge of The Riyria Revelations or The Riyria Chronicles is required to enjoy it to its fullest, making this a perfect introduction for new readers or a chance for Riyria veterans to spend a little more time with old friends. The Jester is a story of adventure, bonds of friendship, and a recognition that the choices we make dictates the future we find.