Sunday, August 13, 2017

Keystone Media Live Podcast - Take two.



Well, we had a family emergency so we missed the live podcast with Josh, Scott, and Ralph. But, they were good enough to reschedule for tomorrow (Monday) August 14th. Same time: 12:00 noon. Here is the link if you want to tune in.

This will be the first interview I do from the "The Valley" (where Robin and I living now). For a long time, we couldn't consider such a thing because the Internet was so slow, but Robin was able to get us high speed which has changed EVERYTHING!

Hope to have some people tune in then.

Monday, August 7, 2017

#1 Audiobook of July 28, 2017


Look what Robin stumbled over in the New York Times: Age of Swords is the #1 Best-selling audio book for the week of July 28th! Even though it's not THE New York Times Bestseller list, we'll take it!


Title
Author
Narrator
Genre
Release Date
 Rating
# Ratings
Fantasy
07/25/17
4.7 
918
Sci-Fi
08/16/11
4.7
91,671
Sci-Fi
12/05/08
4.3
2,833
Sci-Fi
07/25/17
4.6
872
Suspense
01/03/17
4.3
2,271
Horror
01/01/16
4.3
13,195
Romance
09/01/15
4.2
1,059
Fantasy
12/09/03
4.7
69,265
Thriller
01/03/17
4.0
675
Historical
01/24/17
4.2
373


Friday, August 4, 2017

Updated Best-selling Epic Fantasy Hardcovers of 2017



Recently I did a post which looked at the 15 Best-selling Epic Fantasy Hardcovers of 2017. This was 3 days prior to the release and I was pleased that Age of Swords came in at #6 and Age of War was showing up at a respectable 39. Now that we are 10 days post release, I thought I would look at the list again, and this time the results were even better.  Both lists were obtained the same way, by looking at Amazon and doing an advance search with the following criteria.
  • Epic Fantasy Hardcovers
  • Release date older than Jan 2017
  • Sorted by best-selling
Once again, this is a momentary snapshot in time, and the same search will be much different many months from now but it was still fun to see the books performing nicely. Two books dropped off (Anthony Ryan's The Legion of Flame & Mark Lawrence's Red Sister) and the ones that came are are: The Book of Swords (an anthology) and ... wait for it... Age of War by some guy named Sullivan!

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

Kinda cool to be swimming with the big fishes.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Amazon's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of August


I'm pleased to announce that Age of Swords hit another Editor's Pick List, this time from Amazon.


Here's the full list in case you want to check out some of the titles.

Title
Author
Series  
Release Date
N/A
08/01/17
Book 1:
John Nyquist 
08/01/17
Book 2:
Legends of the First Empire
07/25/17
Book 1:
Secondborn
07/11/17
N/A
07/25/17
N/A
07/25/17
N/A
08/01/17
Book 2:
Licanius Trilogy
08/22/17
Book 1:
Waning Moon
07/25/17
Star Wars
07/25/17
Book 2:
Breath of Earth
08/15/17
Book 3:
Broken Earth
08/15/17

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July's Highest-Rated Books on Audible


I'm pleased to announce that Age of Swords has hit Audible's Highest-Rated Books of July list.



If you're looking for some good audio to listen to while you're hanging out at the beach or by the pool you might want to check out some of these:

Title
Author
Narrator
Series  
Release Date
 Rating
# Ratings
Book 2:
Legends of the First Empire
07/25/17
4.8 
443
Short Stories
Iron Druid Chronicles
07/11/17
4.7
1,429
N/A
07/11/17
4.6
81
Book 6:
Half-Moon Hollow
07/25/17
4.7
379
Book: 17
Gabriel Allon
07/11/17
4.7
784
N/A
07/11/17
4.6
59
N/A
07/04/17
4.7
291
Book 3.5
Expeditionary Force
07/04/17
4.7
2,017
Book 1:
Arcane Ascension
07/04/17
4.6
1,482
Star Wars
07/25/17
4.6
513
Book 4:
Cycle of Galand
07/11/17
4.8
1,312
Book 13:
Nick Buchanan
07/04/17
4.3
428
Book 1:
Renée Ballard
07/18/17
4.4
1,293
N/A
07/01/17
4.5
1,242
Multiple
N/A
07/18/17
4.6
112
N/A
07/18/17
4.2
460
N/A
07/11/17
4.3
792
Book 2:
Hell Divers Trilogy
07/18/17
4.8
921


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Livestreaming with Kestroke Medium on August 7th 12:00 noon (EDT)



Hey all, I'm going to be sitting down with authors Josh Hayes, Scott Moon, and Ralph Kern next Monday at 12:00 noon (11:00 central). If you want tune in and listen here is a link. This will be the first interview I do from the "The Valley" (where Robin and I living now. For a long time, we couldn't consider such a thing because the Internet was so slow, but Robin was able to get us high speed which has changed EVERYTHING!

Hope to have some people tune in then.

EDIT: We had a family emergency and as such we weren't able to make the KeyStroke Podcast. We've rescheduled and will be held on the 14th. Here's the link.

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 michael.sullivan.dc@gmail.com 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).

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