Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Kickstarter Podcast is live of The Author Biz




Robin and I were guests on "The Author Biz" podcast, talking about Kickstarters. Robin did most of the talking because she's a wiz when it comes to Kickstarter. We also talked about things such as BackerKit, and how to setup a successful Kickstarter. If you are thinking of running a Kickstarter any time in the future, give it a listen. I think you'll find it's well worth your time.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Blackguards released in audio...and you can get a free short from it


Blackguards, that terrific anthology from Ragnarok Publications just released in audio (8/25/2015).


It contains, works from some great authors of rogues and assassins, and even one from me. Here's the line up:
  • Foreword by Glen Cook (Black Company)
  • Carol Berg, "Seeds"
  • Richard Lee Byers, "Troll Trouble"
  • David Dalglish, "Take You Home"
  • James Enge, "Thieves at the Gate"
  • John Gwynne, "Better to Live than to Die"
  • Lian Hearn, "His Kikuta Hands"
  • Snorri Kristjansson, "A Kingdom and a Horse"
  • Joseph Lallo, "Seeking the Shadow"
  • Mark Lawrence, "The Secret"
  • Tim Marquitz, "A Taste of Agony"
  • Peter Orullian, "A Length of Cherrywood"
  • Cat Rambo, "The Subtler Art"
  • Laura Resnick, "Friendship"
  • Mark Smylie, "Manhunt"
  • Kenny Soward, "Jancy's Justice"
  • Shawn Speakman, "The White Rose Thief"
  • Jon Sprunk, "Sun and Steel"
  • Anton Strout, "Scream"
  • Michael J. Sullivan, "Professional Integrity"
  • Django Wexler, "The First Kill"
  • Paul S. Kemp, "A Better Man"
  • James A. Moore, "What Gods Demand"
  • Jean Rabe, "Mainon"
  • Bradley P. Beaulieu, "Irindai"
  • S. R. Cambridge, "The Magus and the Betyar"
  • Clay Sanger, "The Long Kiss"
I'm proud to be included in such an august line-up. And I hope people will enjoy my Royce and Hadrian entry.  In fact, you can listen to that short story for free...thanks to the wonderful people at Audible.com.  Like all the Riyria tales, this one is narrated by the amazing Tim Gerard Reynolds.


So, give Professional Integrity a listen, and if you like what you hear, why not give the other stories in Blackguards a try. I think you'll enjoy what you find.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Acknowledging some amazing people


One of the rewards for the backers of the Death of Dulgath Kickstarter is seeing their name in print as I publicly recognize them in the acknowledgements. Of the 1,845 people that pledged, 1,393 chose to be added. A large number of people (more than 200) contributed at levels that I never dreamed possible so I wanted to give them a little special attention.  I'm repeating the two lists here for two reasons.  First, to give these people extra recognition, and second, so the contributors can check the spelling of their names to ensure I have them right before we put them into print. So if you are a contributor. Please check for your name below. If it is missing, or there is a typographic error that needs correction, please contact me right away.  Also, keep in mind there are two lists - so please check both of them.

Gold Level Contributors

Alastair • Pen Astridge • Jon Auerbach • Joshua Axelson • Keri & Patrick Bailey • Heather Barcomb • Jose J. Barrera • Tyke Beard • Brian Becker • Mark Becker • Cheryl Beebe-Skynar • Caleb Billman • Richard P. Bissmire • Airon Black • Dietmar Bloech • Kris Boultbee • Chad & Anna Britt • Kristi Rae Britt • Davonne Burns • Emily Burns • Jennifer Burns • Christopher Buzzard • Guy Byars • Jeffrey Carr • David Lars Chamberlain • Jaime Chan • Martin Forbes & Julia Charlow • Cpl Chris • Christy, Abby, & Jollin • Greg Clinton • Christine A. Cooney • Michelle Cooper • Macy Coward • Leland Crawford • Jackie Cuda • Elizabeth Daly • Ruth Angela Davies • Alexander Davis • Marcel de Jong • The Delicious One • William Demas • Paul Mervyn Dennison • Machikas Dimitrios • Randy, Marla, & Colin Doan • Andrew Doherty • Alexi Dollar • Sean Dornan-Fish • Christy L. Downey • Linda du Toit • Lee Dunning • Britney N. Duston • Mike Dysput • Steven Ede • Shirley Ednave • Angela Bradley & Kevin Enax • Derek Ferguson • Don, Beth & Meghan Ferris • Holly Flumerfelt • Cathy Fox • Emily Fuller • Chris Garrett • John J. Gerber • Andrew Gilbert • Chad & Morgan Gill • Steve Gordon • Cara Gorman • Dion Graybeal • Samantha Greenland • Rita Grensing • Therese Guerette • Allen & Marce Guthier • Jason K. Hackworth • Travis Hammons • Nicholas Hart • Tammy Hayne • Leah Henry • Douglas Hoffman • Sabrina Hofmann • Sir Jamie Howe • Santiago Hoyos • Christopher A. Huddleston • Ed Hunkin • Peter Hutchinson • John Idlor • Neil Illing • Martin Jackson • Erik Jarvi • Jiazheng • Morten Johansson • Erik T. Johnson • Rebecca and Shawn Jones  Jonna in Aurora • Michelle Jordan • Frank Juranich • Gustavo Tomas Lopez Justo • John Kane • Kevin Kastelic • John M. Kelly • Michael Kelly • Jordan Kemp • Adam Kice • Laura Kimble-Buschelmann • Kim Kline • Krendal • Kristina • Kimberly Kunker • Jeff & Ari Kupferberg • Llorente Lacap • S.K. Lamont • Shawn Larsen • Shirley Lawson • Andreas Leathley • Harry Lee • Keir Lee • Lennhoff Family • J. Leone • Viky Lercher • T. Lewis • Sebastian Linusson • Ariel Yining Loh • J. Lee Lokere • Patrick J. Loller • Andrea Luhman • Mark Lusher • Rissa Lyn • Renan Machado • Maile • Tracey Maknis • Brandon Makowecki • Brenda Marshall • Richard Martin • Paul Matchen • Randy & Chris Mathis • Zachary A. Matzo • Shelly McCann • Kevin McCormick • Michael & Susan McCrum • Bobby McDaniel • Hunter McDole • Amy McKenna • Jack & Kayleigh McKinley • Laura McNaughton • Steven Mentzel • Joby Metcalfe • Stefanie R. Midlock • Corinne Milardo • Annarose Mitchell • Christina Moe • Amanda Moore • Charles Moorhead • G. Moos • Calvin Moy • Francis Muhawij • Dianne Munro • H. Murray • NDC • John Neal • Neecy • Heike Nicks • Dino Nowak • Janet L. Oblinger • Jasmine Olsen • Katherine Owen • Gina Palmer • Paul M. Parra • Allison Pauli • Tina Persch • Joleen K. Peterson • Karina Pfleider • Jennifer L. Pierce • Andrew Preece • Heather Quigg • Jay Quigley • Cindy Radvany • David Ramirez • Tricia Reid • Amber Rendmeister • Grant "WereTiger" Rietze • Charles Roque • Abhilash Sarhadi • Eric Schwartz • Ryan Seaman • Gopakumar Sethuraman • Tina Marie Sharp • Shiro • Brian Sieglaff • Cassidy Singleton • Heber Sorenson • Margaret M. St. John • Erik W. Stegman • Theresa Stephen • Sean Stockton • Thom Stratton • StreamCyper • Carole Strohm • Jenn Strohschein • Shawn F. Sullivan • Ashli T. • Louise Tarbit • Stephanie Tettamanti • thesfshark • Chadzilla B. Thompson • David J. Thompson • Ben Trehet • Karilyn Turner • Waszer • Charles G. Weller III • Sam White • Lara Whitehead • Philip J. Whyte • Dick Wilkin • Scott M. Williams • Leilani Wills • John Gregory Wynn • Brandon Zarzyczny • Géraldine Zenhäusern • Perrin Zideos

Additional Contributors


A Fan of Words • M.C. Abajian • Zuraida AbbasiRietze • Benjamin Abbott • Zuhur Abdo • David Abraham • Dumont Abraham • Thérèse Abrams • Jennifer Acunto • Michael Adams • Adina • Jeremy Agnew • Kawika Aguilar • Matthew B. Aguirre • Robert Aitken • Baldomero Castelan Alarcon • Lee Albanese • Alfonso Albarran • Cameron Albert • Albert Shafsky House B&B • Robert S. Aldrich II • Alissa • Jeremy Allen • Kate Allen • Shawn Allen • Jacob T. Allenstein • James Alleyn • Almudena • Kenneth & Melissa Alo-ad • Heather J. Alston • Stanley Altfeld • Andrea Alvarez • Trine Lise Alvestad • Ben Ames • AmethystOrator • Rob Amunds • Gary Anastasio • Svend Andersen • Amanda Anderson • Chris Anderson • Dennis E. Anderson • Eric Anderson • Sean Anderson • David Andre • Ron Andrea • Dennis Andrews • Sue Armitage • Pam Arnold • Ash • Matthew Ashley • John Fredrik Asphaug • Chad Atchison • Isabella Phoenix & Xavier Atlas • RJ Ayres • Ariane B. • Joel DL Baass • Kerri Babbitt • Justin Bader • Shannon Badnell • Matt Baguley • Wes Baker • Edea Pitre Baldwin • Tayla Balkovic • Meghan Ball • Dan Banks • Preston Bannard • Joshua Barber • Dave Barfoot • William Paul Barnes • Paul Barrientos • Michael Basaldella • Basenji Studios, LLC • Sam Baskin • Michelle Beahm • David Bean • Craig Beaumont • Andrew Beckman • Anne Beckmann • Danielle Bednar • RJ Beem • Nathan Beittenmiller • Dana Belden • Derek Bell • Kate Bella • Jim Bellmore • Férial Benaïssa • Cody Benke • Michael C. Bennett • Steven A. Bennett • Larry Berger • Evy Bernier • Dustin & Nicole Berry • Blake Berryhill • Taylor Besenski • Nathan Best • Oliver Beuchat • Rich Billeaud Jr. • Mick Biondi • Justin Blaske • Richard E. Blenis • Billie Bock • A.J. Bohne • Mircea Boistean • Jeremy Bokus • István Boldog-Bernád • Brian Boles • Amy Bolla • Nancy Bonanno • Seth Bonney • Bookstooge • Mark Booth • Katharina Bordet • Matt Borkowski • Carey Bostwick • Marilyn Bourdeau • Marius Bovet • Chad Bowden • Joe Bradley • Barry Bragg • Melissa J. Brandau • Tiago Bras • Gregory E. Bray • John Anthony Brennan • Zachary Brennan • Chandler Brett • Brick Letter Law • Hannah Bridge • Brijwhiz • Phil Brillant • Alexandra Rose Brilz • Jason Brinkerhoff • Becky Brock • Joe Brodecki • Rachel Broome • Christina & Terry Brown • Matthew Brown • Nick Brown • Rose Broyles • Jana Broz • Meleah Bryan • Ian Buckley • Travis Bughi • Rick Bundren • Tomas Burgos-Caez • Robert E. Burke • Koen Burms • Jenny Busby • Matt & Karla Bush • Kristin Butler • Kyle Butler • Nicholas Buttram • P. Byhmer • Beverly C. • Brian C. • Dustin C. • Bethany Cahours • Sara Calabrese • Daniel Callaway • Amber L. Campbell • Robert Campbell • Clinton Canady • Alicia Cardillo • Jodi Lee Carpenter • Lucinda Caughey • MJ Cavallo • Damion M. Cavicchio • Saadet Cetin • Matthew A. Chambers • Michael Chambliss • Christopher D. Chapman • Josh Chappell • Susie chappelle • Jordan Charlton • Max & Treana Chartier • Brannigan Cheney • Reagan Chesnut • Andi Chilkie • Caroline Chiou • Andrew Chizhik • Gordon Chow • Mikaela Christiansson • Derek Christman • Olivia Christopher • Yvonne Chung • Elizabeth Chvirko • Melinda Citro • Daniel Claggett • Asa Clapp • Gary Clarke • Daniel Clasen • Claudia • Elizabeth A. Clawson • Jayce Clawson • Ben Clear • Linda Patricia Cleary • Matthew Cleveland • Vanessa R. Cobb • Alison Coggins • Larry Coker • Wanda Colar • Jason S. Colby • Jenny Colby • Ann Cole • Andrew L. Collie • Marissa Collins • Mike Collins • Lee Collis • Emmanuel Colvin • Elise Cook • Fisher Cook • John D. Cook • Cool_Dude_53 • Sarah Corbeil • Sarah Cosco • Brad Costa • Larry Couch • Stephen Couch • Chris Couper • Ariel Cowger • Anya Crane • Mick Crawford • Ben Crew • Taylor Crews • Dan Cristelli • Joshua Crompton • Michelle D. Crosby • Patti Cross • Nicholas Crow • Trevor & Justina Crow • Michael Cummings • Tyler Cummins • Jeff Cunningham • Chris Curry • Glenn Curry • Emily C.E. Curtis • Diane Cutter • Gabriella Cuzzola • Cypher21 • Dayvd D. • Helene D. • Nikolaus D. • Petter D. • Sylvia Dacus • Keith Dale • Carrie Ann Daly • Nimrod Daniel • Katie Lynn Daniels • Patricio Danos • Isaac "Will It Work" Dansicker • DanyMess • Brian P. Dassero • Jennifer Dath • Chas Daugherty • David • Yaron Davidson • Alicia Marie Davis • Josh Davis • Michael Davis • DavK • Joseph Davy • Karl Dawson • Julia de la Chevallerie • Elodie de Peretti • Joseph Dean • Elizabeth Rose Deaux • Ben DeJesus • Paul Delahunty • Scott Dell'Osso • Anna Demchy • Andrea Dengler • Danielle Denhardt • Rhonda Deniston • Ollie Denning • Chris Dent • Simon Dick • The Diefendorf Family • Crystal Dinh • Lewis Dix • Alexander Doganov • Zoe Dollar • Becky Dornoff • Jeremy Dorsey • Anthony Dosado • Rick Dotson • Ken Doyle • Mary Kate Doyle • D-Rock • Steph Duda • Mhorag Duff • Nathan Duke • Adam & Michelle Dunaway • Magnus Duncan • K.A. Dunk • Benjamin J. Dunn • David Dunn • Herman Duyker • Sebastian Dzierzek • Allison Bistline East • Brian Eckfeld • Erin Edenfield • Paul T. Edmunds • Eftichia • JLKM Eggleston • Todd V. Ehrenfels • Gary L. Ehret • Ashleah Elias • Bryan Elliott • Bryan Elstad • James Elwood • Matt Enberg • Daniel Ericsson • Joel Espina • Peter Evenson • Eric Evilsizor • Richard Eyres • Drake F. • fabfelis • Magdalena Fabrykowska-Mlotek • Victoria Fair • Shawn R. Fairweather • Anderson Family • Jason Fann • Lauren Faris • Nifer Fasman • Christopher M. Fay • Michael Fazio • Michael Fedrowitz • Carol Feeney • Alex Fell • Conner Ferguson • Joel Ferrando • Edward Ferry • Michael Ferslev • Guillaume Fillière • Richie Finn • Tony Fiorentino • Brian Fisher • John Fisher • Brooke Fishman • Margot Elizabeth Fivash • Ailsa Floyd • Kris & Dave Fly • Kenneth Kiffer Fong • Matt Forbeck • Gordon & Liza Forbes • Raymond W. Ford • Katherine Forrest • Monica Elida Forssell • Scott D. Forsyth • Jerome Foster • Scott Foster • Jessica Fox • Elizabeth Francois • Karen Francois • Mary Francois • David Frank • Scott Frederick • Brandon Frere • Phil & Sarah Freund • Frode • Eric Frost • Michael Frost • Fsd333 • Megan E. Funk • Danielle Furr • Yurii "Saodhar" Furtat • Victoriano Fuster • G & Y • Janina G. • Patrick G. • Denis Gagnon • Jerry Gaiser • Debra Gakeler • Eric Gallant • Brian Gaudet • Cody Gaudet • Ruben Gavilan • Kristen Nicole Gaydos • GCK • Bryan Geddes • Cara Milne Gee • Ivy Arshalouis Geer • Travis Gehling • Wilson Geiger • Courtney Getty • Chand Svare Ghei (chasvag.com) • Alexander Gifford • Jordi Gil • Cris Gilbert • Cullen "Towelman" Gilchrist • Greg Giles • Stephen Giordano • Adam Girardo • John Glen • Ray Leonard L. Go • Kriti Godey • Carman Godfrey • Kyle Goehner • Jozeph Goldenberg • Gonzo • Sonia Goursat • Carmen Brenner & Alex Graf • Robin Graf • David "Dai" Green • Gail Green • Nate Greenwood • Joshua Grey • Christopher Griffin • Lars Grimm • Brian A. Grismore • Nick Groenke • Gronk • Donald Guerette • Yolanda Gülcemal • Joshua Gulke • Andreas Gustafsson • Alex Guyot • Michael Guzzo • Jessie H. • Phillip H. • Evan Hage • Matthew Hageman • Justin Hagler • Matt Hahn • Daniel Haight • Halcyon • Jace Hall • Keith Hall • Nicole Hall • Teresa Hall • Hamdiggity • Karen Eich Hammer • Megh Hannon • Michael Hannon • Allycia Hansen • Clay Hanson • Jordan Harding • Steve Hardy • Ann J.M.S. Harlan • Danyel Harnden • Malcolm Harper • Philip Harris • Victoria R. Harris • Chad Harrison • Kyle William Harrison • Tim Harron • Anita Harsjoeen • Jacquie Hart • John G. Hartness • Justin Hase • Martin Hassett • David A. Hastings • Chris Haught • Jennifer & Brett Hawton • Melissa L. Hayden • Kenneth Hayes • The Haymakers • Greg Hays • Dan Heffron • Quad Heinicken • Sara Hemenway • Dean Henderson • Kevin Henderson • Yvonne E. Henderson • Meike Herpers • Nathan Hertz • Chadrick Hess • LJ Heydorn • Jordan Hibbits • Catherine Hickey • Sebastian Hidalgo • Sakari Hietanen • David Highsmith • John Hilde • Nick Hiltwein • V. Ho • Stephen Hobbs • Sally Hodges • Adam Hoffman • Carlissa Hoffman • Rob Holland • C. Holmes • Cheryl Holsonbake • Donnie Holsworth • Kara Holtzman • Brendan Hong • Jonathan Hopkins • Hopkins • Alysa Hornick • Thomas Houseman • Mary Anne Howard • Daphne Howell • Mathew Howell • Dawei Huang • Leo Huang • Michael Hudson • Jon Hughes • C. Marry Hultman • Matt Hurlburt • Mandy Huston • Joshua Huth • Ray Huth • Adrian Huzum • Dave Hyam • Jason Hymas • Ryan Igarashi • Benjamin Ihms • Nelson Embrey III • Marcus Ilgner • Mike Ingram • Askur Ingvaldsson • Jens Inhetpanhuis • Mandy Ioerger • Iris • Ciro Izarra • Melissa J. • Shanna J. • Gary Jacobson • Chris Janes • Sally Novak Janin • Chad Jarvis • JayFK • Browncoat Jayson • Andrew Jeffree • Daryl Jenkins • Jason Jennings • JMO • Kyle Jodrey • Tim Johns • Fred W. Johnson • H. Lynnea Johnson • Holden Johnson • Holly Johnson • Justin J. Johnson • Lynn Johnson • Rob Johnson • Adam Johnston • Emily Johnston • David Jones • Alfred Jonsson • Loretta Joslin • Simon Julian • Lizzie Jutila • Adrijan K. • Cyrus & Mira K. • Keith Kahan • Keith Kahla • Kaitlin • Greg Kajko • Tracy Kaplan • Kolby Kappes • Evan & Lily Karalash • Eli Karasik • Aviv Karni • Rob Karp • Kasmiur • Missy katano • Jeremy Kear • Laura Kehoe • Alan M. Kelleher • Nathan Kellen • Melissa Kelley • Stephen Kellie • Tabatha Kelliher • Matt Kelly • Hobie Kelting • Wade Kemper • Kent • Bill Kerney • Keys • Liz Kiewiet • Jason Kikola • Daren T. Killam • Luke Killam • Hannah Kim • Geoffrey King • Jay King • Shawn T. King • Sky King • Doug Kirkland • Rini Kirkpatrick • Cory Kitchens • James R. Kitney • Annika Kleine • Christian Klemm • Lisa Knipe • Matthew Koenen • Heiko Koenig • Jesse James Kofi • Andrew Konicki • Rob & Morgan Kostelnik • Filip "Denadareth" Koza • Emilia Kozłowska • Heather Kreft • Ray Krenek • Jeff Kriehn • Tanja Krone • Katrin Kropf • Caroline Kruger • Erik Krumholz • Ethan Kruse • KT • Tony Kuehn • Nick Kuhn • Ahmet "sweetmartin" Kurt • Ania Kwiecien • Mélanie LaBarre • Pat Lahar • Joann H. Lam • Max Lampinen • David Lamulle • Brad Landress • Jeremy Lange • Jenny Langley • Emily LaPlante • Nick LaPolla • Bjarte Larsen • Steve Larsen • Nicolas F. Laszkiewicz • T.G. Lawrence • Heather K. 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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Authors Helping Publishers...Fiction Vortex

Yeah, I know I usually use the weekends for my Authors Helping Authors segments, but I came across a  publishing company that is helping to expand serialized fiction and maybe by helping them, I'll be helping authors. After all, the more venues to get work out there, the better. I'm talking about:


It's a storytelling platform that is evolving how writers deliver content to readers. They create and distribute stories as serials with episodes created in collaborative story worlds called "serial boxes" Each box will contain several serials from different authors (about 10 each). Readers will receive new stories weekly.

They are focusing on stories of science fiction and fantasy.  Right now Fiction Vortex is running a Kickstarter. I just backed it and if you think it might be interesting to you, give it a look see.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Release date set for Age of Myth (Book #1 of The First Empire)


I have news from my editor at Del Rey and I wanted to share it all with you.

First, a release date has been selected. The book will be coming out June 7th 2016!  If you are excited (and I know you are), and you have a goodreads account, please consider voting for it on the various lists it's been added to:

Also, if you know of any other lists that it would be eligible for, then please let me know.

Second, movement is progressing on the covers. Tricia (my editor) and the Art Director (David Stevenson) have had several meetings regarding the cover of the book. I'm pleased to say Del Rey has been very receptive to feedback from Robin and myself and we are "on the same page" as to look and feel.

Robin put together a massive undertaking, over 30 pages talking about our covers past, present, and future. It even mentioned the names of a few artists we would like to work with. It's my understanding that an artist has been picked, and it was one of our top choices. I don't want to reveal the name just yet...waiting for confirmation from the art director before I make an "official" announcement, but as soon as I can say, I will.

For those who might not be familiar with this new project, it's a five-book series that is already written. Del Rey has signed the first three books in this series (and a yet to be named book in the world of Elan). Audiobook rights are also sold, and will be released simultaneously with the hardcover and ebook.

Here's the current "back of the book blurb."


What does it mean if the gods can be killed?

In the land of the Rhune, trees can tell the future; raow can’t sleep before adding more human bones to their beds; crimbals steal children through secret doors in the forest, and the gods are beyond reproach. But Raithe does the unthinkable when his father is slain…he fights back. From this act of aggression rises the legend of the God Killer, the seeds of rebellion, and the question of whether the Fhrey are truly gods, after all.

Before the Dark Ages, there was the age of Myth and Legend. Before kings and castles, there were mystics and heroes. Before Riyria, mankind lived in the shadow of the Fhrey, but that is about to change. Discover a new world by Michael J. Sullivan, the best-selling author of The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles.

The First Empire is a standalone series, and all five books were written before the first one was published. While set in the same world as the Riyria books, it takes place thousands of years in the past. As such, no prior knowledge is required to enjoy the books to their fullest. For those who have read Riyria, you’ll discover certain details about Elan’s past weren't entirely accurate—the difference between myth and reality. Now you can learn the true story of how Novron saved mankind from extinction and founded the First Empire alongside Persephone, the love of his life.

Books in the First Empire include: Age of Myth | Age of  Swords | Age of War | Age of Legends | Age of Empire

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

A reader of mine pointed me to this list compiled on BuzzFeed. I think it's a pretty good representation of the genre, and I even found some series that I didn't know about that I want to check out. Of course it goes without saying I'm honored to be included on the list. Thanks to Esther Rose for letting me know about it.

  1. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  2. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
  3. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks
  6. 6. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  7. Discworld by Terry Pratchet
  8. The First Law by Joe Abercrombie 
  9. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks 
  10. Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett 
  11. The Riddle-Master Trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip 
  12. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson 
  13. Gentlemen Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch
  14. The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
  15. Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb 
  16. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling 
  17. The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind 
  18. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis 
  19. The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin 
  20. The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay 
  21. Raven’s Shadow by Anthony Ryan 
  22. The Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence 
  23. A Land Fit For Heroes by Richard K. Morgan 
  24. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon 
  25. The Wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan 
  26. Malazan Book Of The Fallen by Steven Erikson 
  27. The Black Company by Glen Cook 
  28. Elemental Logic by Laurie J. Marks 
  29. The Chronicles Of Amber by Roger Zelazny 
  30. The Avalon Series by Marion Zimmer Bradley 
  31. The Merlin Quintet by Mary Stewart 
  32. The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore 
  33. The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock 
  34. Redwall by Brian Jacques 
  35. Temeraire by Naomi Novik 
  36. Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini 
  37. The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan 
  38. Prince Of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker 
  39. Dragonlance by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman 
  40. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson 
  41. The Powder Mage Trilogy by Brian McClellan 
  42. The Once And Future King by T.H. White 
  43. The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud 
  44. The Gormenghast Series by Mervyn Peake 
  45. The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix 
  46. The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper 
  47. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb 
  48. The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron 
  49. Dreamblood by N.K. Jemisin 
  50. The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E. Feist 
  51. The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A reminder about today's online seminar about Goodreads...


Just wanted to remind everyone that I'll be doing an online Seminar on how to use Goodreads to further your writing career at 1:00 pm today (EDT). If you can't make it at 1:00 and think you might benefit from the class, sign up anyway. You'll get full access to it. The only thing you'll miss out on is the ability to answer questions, but if you email them to me afterward, I'll be more than willing to answer them privately.

Here are the particulars:
  • What: Goodreads: The Venue That Can Make Your Writing Career
  • When: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m EDT
  • Where: Online - sign up here
  • Who: Presented by Michael and Robin Sullivan
  • Cost: $79.99
I should note that while the stop time is 2:30, I'll remain available until all questions are answered so there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Full details can be found at the link, but here are some highlights:

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to build your Goodreads author page for maximum effectiveness
  • How to utilize Goodreads pre-release to generate “book buzz”
  • How to maximize the Goodreads' feeds to get your books noticed
  • Avoid pitfalls when interacting in groups that can get you banned (or worse)
  • How to build a Goodreads giveaway that stands out from the crowd
  • How to build “rabid” fans that spread the news of your book far and wide
  • How to utilize “fringe features” of the site to get even more exposure
  • How to adjust your strategies as your audience grows
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
  • Writers who want to foster word-of-mouth viral marketing
  • Writers who have finished books or will be launching a title in the future
  • Writers who aren't currently utilizing Goodreads
  • Writers who have tried to use Goodreads but became confused or overwhelmed
  • Writers who want to maximize results while minimizing time spent online
  • Writers at all levels of their career who want to build a rapid fan base
  • Writers who want to avoid pitfalls that have given some authors bad reputations with readers

I hope you'll check it out. I really think this is an amazing opportunity. I hope to see you there.