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.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Formatting problems with ebook of Age of Swords

I started seeing some reports of odd line breaks in the ebook of Age of Swords that made it difficult to tell when a scene ended and when one is continuing. My initial thought was that this must be a one time fluke and the person seeing the problem should just re-download. Then I got another report and then another. So I bought a copy myself, and verified that there is indeed a problem.

I've, of course, contacted my publisher, and I'm sure they'll get it addressed right away.

In the meantime, I've created a fixed ebook that doesn't suffer from the problem. If you want a copy, do the following:
  1. Send an email to with a subject of "Send corrected Age of Swords ebook"
  2. Attach proof of purchase (your receipt or a screenshot of the book in your library.
And I'll email you a link where you can get your corrected version.

I apologize for this inconvenience, and we'll get it fixed just as soon as possible.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Age of Swords Now Available on Riyria Store

Robin's been able to take a few minutes and get Age of Swords added to my store, so those who want to buy the book directly from me (and get them signed), you can do so from this link.

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).

Release Date
Middle-Earth Universe
Book 3:
  Stormlight Archive  
Fall of Shannara
Short Stories:
Iron Druid Chronicles
Book 1:
The Last King of Osten Ard
Book 2:
Legends of the First Empire
Book 1:
Sister of Darkness
Book 1:
Chronicles of the One
Book 3:
Fitz and the Fool
Stormlight Archive
Book 11:
Imager Portfolio
Book 5:
Demon Cycle
Book 2:
Draconis Memoria
Graphic Novel
Book 1:
Book of the Ancestor

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!