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!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Age of Myth is an Audible Daily Deal


I'm pleased to announce that for today only, you can get a copy of the audible version of Age of Myth at a special discounted price. This is an excellent opportunity (and great timing as the second book, Age of Swords, will be coming out in just a few months). How deeply discounted?  Well, you can get it for just $5.95. That's more than 75% of the regular price and  83% off the member price.

Even better...if you've not heard one of my stories read by the amazing Tim Gerard Reynolds, then you're in for a real treat. Tim makes me sound so much better than I really am, and you shouldn't miss his performance.

And if that isn't enough to convince you, to pick it up today, then maybe the opinions of people who have already listened to it will help.  The audio version is rated at 4.6 with more than 5,300 reviews or ratings...and 5,000+ of those have given it 4- or 5-stars.

The only catch is you'll have to hurry, the sale price will vanish at 11:59 PT. I hope you'll give the book a try, and if you do, I hope you enjoy the listen!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Epic Fantasy Coming Soon to Audible



Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, Terry Brooks, Peter V. Brett, and even little ole me have some books coming out soon, and if you have a few spare audio credits, you might just want to put one of these on pre-order. Out of the 14 Epic Fantasy titles coming soon, I'm pleased that mine are hitting at #4 an #7 when sorted by best sellers. Here's the complete list, along with links if you want to learn more about any of the titles.

Title
Author
Narrator      
 Release
Date  
Series
 05/09/17
  Book #3
Fitz and the Fool   
11/14/17
Book #3
Stormlight Archive 
05/19/17
Book #2
Spellmonger
07/25/17
Book #2:
Legends of the
First Empire
05/09/17
Book #1:
Deadman's Cross
10/03/17
Book #5
Demon Cycle
12/17/17
Book #4:
Riyria Chronicles
06/13/17
Book #1:
Fall of Shannara
TBA
10/19/17
Book #1:
His Dark Materials
TBA
06/27/17
Book #1:
The Last King
of Osten Ard
05/16/17
Book #5:
Queen's Thief
06/20/17
Book #1:
West of West
05/09/17
Book #1:
Tyrus Chronicles
05/16/17
N/A

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The big 1,000,000!



One of the nice (and terrible) things about writing is the fact that there is always a new goal to reach, a new milestone that lies just out of reach. It keeps me striving for that next level and each time one is achieved it acts as a benchmark of success to bolster my spirits on the bad days when a harsh review or frustrating day's writing can make me doubt whether I should be doing "this gig" at all.

One of the goals I've had for a long, long time was to hit that allusive 1,000,000 copies sold benchmark. Technically speaking, I've been what most would consider a "best-seller" for a long time now, but for me it's that seven digit number that has always been the mark where I felt I could say legitimately use that title.

Yesterday, Robin tallied the numbers and according to her estimates I've sold 1,032,220 books. There are many ways to count so let me be specific about what this means:

  • This ONLY includes full-length English-language novels sold, it doesn't include sales for any of the anthologies I'm in or the short stories I've written.
  • This DOES NOT include any of my foreign language sales (because we just don't have good data from those sources).
  • THIS DOES NOT include any "freebies" so, for instance when I give away an ebook to a purchaser of a print or audio copy I'm counting only 1 sale.
  • THIS DOES include all major formats of my book: hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio.
  • THIS DOES include my self-publishing sales as well as books sold by Hachette, Penguin Random House, Tachyon, Recored Books and Audible Studios.

So, thank you everyone for making yet another dream come true. Your support is most appreciated and just so you know I'm nearing the conclusion of The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter and the release date remains at December 5th with a recoding date of October 16th.  And of course it's exactly three months until the release of Age of Swords!