Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It's Age of Swords Release Day!


It's finally here! Age of Swords (Book #2 of The Legends of the First Empire) is officially for sale. And it's The Hottest New Release in Fantasy!  Thanks so much everyone for pre-ordering!


If you're about to dig in and want to refresh your memory about what happened in Age of Myth, here's a quick refresh that Robin put together. For those looking to get the book directly from me, I've not put it on my store yet, but here is a page where you can get a signed copy.

Monday, July 24, 2017

15 Current Best-selling Epic Fantasy Hardcovers of 2017



With just one day until the Age of Swords release, Robin was curious as to how the pre-orders were doing. Trying to figure out sales, and comparison to other books, is kinda like tea-leaf reading, but we turned to the site where most book sales occur (Amazon), and she did a search with the following criteria:
  • Epic Fantasy Hardcovers
  • Release date older than Jan 2017
  • Sorted by best-selling
Now, granted, this is a momentary snapshot in time, if a similar search were to have been done in say February, the results would be much different, but it's close to release day so it's a good time for us to take a look at how Age of Swords is doing. She (and I) were quite pleased with the results.

Age of Swords is #6 (very respectable) especially given the company it's in. New releases by Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Sanderson (2 books making the list), and many other foundations of the fantasy genre are on the list.  If you are looking for a hot new release, here are the titles along with their release dates for ordering (or pre-ordering).

Title
Author
Series  
Release Date
Middle-Earth Universe
06/01/17
Book 3:
  Stormlight Archive  
11/14/17
Book1:
Fall of Shannara
06/13/17
Short Stories:
Iron Druid Chronicles
07/11/17
Book 1:
The Last King of Osten Ard
06/27/17
Book 2:
Legends of the First Empire
07/25/17
Book 1:
Sister of Darkness
01/09/18
Book 1:
Chronicles of the One
12/05/17
Book 3:
Fitz and the Fool
05/09/17
Novella:
Stormlight Archive
10/03/17
Book 11:
Imager Portfolio
07/25/17
Book 5:
Demon Cycle
10/03/17
Book 2:
Draconis Memoria
06/27/17
Graphic Novel
08/08/17
Book 1:
Book of the Ancestor
04/04/17

Out of curiosity, we checked where Age of War (Book #3 of Legends of the First Empire) was falling and were pleased to find it in the top 50 (at 39). Pretty good considering it doesn't come out until next April!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Theft of Swords is a Kindle Daily Deal -- just $2.99 today only!




I just returned from vacation to discover that Theft of Swords (Book #1 of the Riyria Revelations is one of the Kindle Daily Deals. So, today only it is priced at $2.99 rather than it's regular $9.99 price point. That's 60% off. So, if you've been considering checking out the adventures of Royce and Hadrian, now would be a good time to give them a try. Or, if you're already a fan, consider gifting Theft of Swords to your favorite fantasy fanatic. Maybe they'll get as hooked as you are!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Schedule for Riyria Chronicle #4



So, yesterday I finished writing The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (Book 4: The Riyria Chronicles). But that still means it's far, far from done.  Here is the schedule I'm going to try to stick to in order to get the book from "written" to "released."
  • May 18, 2017 – Finished first-draft start re-reading & editing
  • May 25, 2017 – Book will go to Robin for alpha reading
  • June 4, 2017 - I'll incorporate alpha reader feedback
  • June 25, 2017 – Robin will copy & line edit in preparation for beta read
  • July 2, 2017 – I'll re-read book with Robin's changes and tweak as necessary
  • July 11, 2017 – Beta reading begins
  • August 27, 2017 – Beta reading ends
  • September 4, 2017 – Beta feedback incorporated and professional copy editing begins
  • October 4, 2017 – Copy editing ends - begin re-read and accept/reject copyedits
  • October 15, 2017 – Final manuscript done
  • October 16, 2017 – Audio book recording begins
  • October 23,2017 – ebook and print layout begins
  • October 30, 2017 – proofing of pre-press files
  • November 23, 2017 – books printed and shipped
  • December 5, 2017 – on sale date, pre-orders shipped
This is, of course, a tentative schedule, but we need something to be working toward so people can plan appropriately. Marc Simonetti has already started on the cover design (part of which you can see above). And Tim Gerard Reynolds and the studio are already booked for the dates listed above. If you are excited about the book here are some links that may interest you.
If you think you might want to be a beta reader, you need to read this "Primer" first as it explains how the beta is conducted and what will be expected of you. 

In any case, still a lot to get done in a short amount of time, but I think the novel is in good shape so hopefully everything will come together quickly.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Audible Fantasy 2 for 1 Sale

I love audio books, and Audible's 2 for 1 sale is always a great opportunity to pick up a few extra listens. From now until May 22 (11:59 PT) these are the audio titles in the fantasy category on the 2 for 1 sale.



Title
Author
Narrator
Series  
Release Date
 Rating
# Ratings
Book 1:
Jane Yellowrock
04/13/10
4.1 
4,956
Book 1:
Pillars of Reality 
12/02/14
4.3
6,010
Book 1:
KingKiller Chronicles
05/15/09
4.7
39,439
Book 2:
KingKiller Chronicles
03/03/11
4.8
32,214
Book 5.5
Kate Daniels
07/31/12
4.4
2,058
Book 2:
Midnight, Texas
05/05/15
4.5
1,517
Book 1:
Innkeeper Chronicles
03/19/14
4.3
2,873
Book 13:
Sookie Stackhouse
05/07/13
4.0
3,966
Book 1:
White Trash Zombie
07/03/12
4.4
3,897
Book 1:
Night Huntress
03/31/10
4.3
7,156
Book 1:
Chronicles of
St. Mary's
04/01/14
4.3
4,844
Book 8:
Demon Accords
10/27/15
4.8
1,469
Book 1:
Monster Hunter
03/15/11
4.4
13,463
Book 2:
Alex Verus
01/06/14
4.5
2,158
Book 1:
Super Powereds Spinoff
05/24/16
4.1
1,879
Book 1:
Dragonlance Chronicles
01/08/13
4.2
2,182
Book 2:
Dragonlance Chronicles
01/07/13
4.5
1,240
Book 1:
Lycan Fallout
07/12/13
4.5
2,442
Book 1:
Riyria
Revelations 
03/16/12
4.6
14,494
Multiple
Book 1:
Wound Tale
05/25/16
4.6
407
Multiple
Book 1:
Mithermages
01/04/11
4.2
7,404
Book 1:
Gentleman Bastards
05/13/09
4.5
9,582
Book 2:
Gentleman Bastards
09/21/09
4.6
6,002
Book 1:
Ex-Heroes
05/10/11
4.1
7,086
Book 1:
Legend of Drizzt
03/26/13
4.5
7,127
Book 1:
Sword of Truth
10/15/08
4.4
8,519
Book 2:
Sword of Truth
05/13/08
4.2
5,179
Book 1:
Farseer Trilogy
03/02/10
4.2
5,370
Book 1:
Chronicles of Amber
07/31/12
4.1
2,852
Book 1:
 Genesis of Shannara
05/06/08
4.2
1,406

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nice company to be in


There's been movement on the best-selling epic fantasy for upcoming epic fantasy novels. Pleased to be sharing the top spots with Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett. Keep those pre-orders coming in, and as always I thank you for your support.





Monday, May 8, 2017

What a glorious weekend!


My thanks to everyone who picked up Age of Myth while it was on sale on Saturday. I'm pleased to announce that your support made it the #1 Audible Bestseller! Kind of a good feeling being number 1 out of 358,248 books!


It also helped out my author ranking substantially as well:


Usually I'm ranked in the 30's or 40's, which is definitely something to be proud of. Still, it's fun to swim around with the biggest fishes in the business, even if it is only temporary.

In other news, work on The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter continue to go well. Just a few chapters left to go!