Sunday, July 30, 2017

Release Day + 5

Hey everyone, Robin here. I thought I would stop by and let people know how the release of Age of Swords is going. The answer - very well! We were thrilled that Barnes & Noble chose to highlight Age of Swords in their post about books coming out this week.

Here's the whole list:
  • Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden 
  • The Five Daughters of the Moon, by Leena Likitalo
  • Talon of God by Wesley Snipes and Ray Norman 
  • Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw
  • Killing Is My Business by Adam Christopher
  • Raid by K.S. Merbeth
  • Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
  • Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Unholy Consult  by R. Scott Bakker
  • Assassin’s Price by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
  • The White City by Simon Morden
  • Monster Hunter: Siege by Larry Correia 
  • Star Wars Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Tim Leong
Of course I watch the amazon rankings on release day, and the kindle version of Age of Swords peaked at 301 (280 places higher than Age of Myth's debut). The hardcover also beat Age of Myth reaching 1,923 (388 points higher than it's predecessor).

Sales seem to be continuing strong as it's #1 on all the Hottest New Epic fantasy lists (kindle, ebook, and audio):

But there's something even better than being on the Hottest New Release list, and that's being high on the bestsellers list. I just looked at the Epic audio best-sellers, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Age of Swords at #2 (sandwiched between Game of Thrones and another book from Martin's popular Song of Ice and Fire series).

When looking at the Epic best-seller list for books we see  the audio at #7 and the ebook at #23. The fact that the hardcover isn't on the list doesn't bother me as there are no hard covers on that list and only two paperbacks (Game of Thrones box set and Name of the Wind).

All of this is a direct result of strong pre-order sales - so thanks to those who put in your orders early. Here's how Age of Swords compares against Age of Myth with regards to pre-orders: ebook up 59%, hardcover up 59%, audio up 45%! It's so great to see that people enjoyed Age of Myth so much that they wanted to jumped right in with Age of Swords.

Well, that's it from here. As always, our thanks go out to everyone for your support. I still have one last "launch thing" to do: writing the Making of Age of Swords, which I'm doing now. It should be available shortly.


  1. That is good news! I pre-ordered Age of Swords when I was half-way through Age of Myth. Great series!

  2. Congratulations Michael! I own all of your other Riyria books as well and am thrilled at your success with the new series. I'm particularly enjoying how you are reiterating the comparative "primitiveness" of the new series in contrast to the later time of the Chronicles and Revelations. I've been grinning in admiration of your writing and creativity in how you've gone about to show the reader how these things have come to pass instead of just telling us. Brilliant and enjoyable writing. Thank you.

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