50% off Hurt Hardcover Sale

A short while ago, we were cleaning out the Ingram warehouses of every Age of Legend book we could get our hands on (because we sold out the first printing, and the second printing wasn’t yet off the presses). In doing so, we were shipped two pallets of books, much more than we were expecting. What we received were “hurt sales” of not only my books but a number of anthologies created by Grim Oak Press. Since these are currently taking up space in my garage, it’s time for a HUGE SALE to clear them out.

What’s a “hurt book”?  Well, when bookstores order copies that aren’t eventually sold, the books are returned to the warehouse. All of these books are new (meaning they’ve never been read by anyone and won’t have any marks or highlighting), but because they have gone back and forth to bookstores (and sat on shelves for some period of time), they have been handled a lot so there may be some minor dents in the cardboard covers or scuffs on the dust jackets. That said, some of the copies I have looked at are 100% pristine, and you don’t even know they’ve been around the block a few times.  

Another type of returned book is a remainder.  Like hurt books, they also may have a little wear, and they’ve never been read by others. There is a small dot placed on the edge of the pages to indicate they aren’t available for returns from bookstores. When Del Rey remaindered a few hundred Age of Myth books we picked them up cheaply. Some of them are first editions, but it’s the luck of the draw whether you’ll get one of those or not. 

Because these books are “gently used” we are selling them at a huge discount. All hurt books are priced at 50% off and include FREE US shipping!  We don’t have any “hurts” for Age of War or Age of Empyre, but I added them to the sale at 20% off so people can buy a complete set while getting their other bargain-priced books in the series.

We’ve already sold a lot of copies, and I now have only two copies each of Unfettered and Unfettered II, but there are still many copies available for Unbound and Unfettered III. These anthologies are massive tomes (500 to 650 pages each), and each is just $15 – $17.50!

These anthologies contain some of the biggest names in fantasy:

  • Unbound has 23 short stories by Michael J. Sullivan • Terry Brooks • Joe Abercrombie • Mark Lawrence • Jim Butcher • Brian McClellan • Rachel Caine • Seanan McGuire • Anthony Ryan • Brian Staveley • Mary Robinette Kowal • Peter Orullian • Sam Sykes • David Anthony Durham • and many more.
  • Unfettered III has 38 stories by Robert Jordon & Brandon Sanderson • Terry Brooks • Robin Hobb • Lev Grossman • Tad Williams • Mark Lawrence • Naomi Novik • Seanan McGuire • John Gwynne • Peter Orullian • Carrie Vaughn • Robert V. S. Redick • David Anthony Durham  • Carrie Vaughn • Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson • Ken Scholes • Delilah S. Dawson • and many more.

You won’t find better fantasy talent than that at these prices. Quantities are limited, so if you are interested, pick up your copies right away.

For non-US people and those who missed the Kickstarter

The Kickstarter for the Legends of the First Empire Kickstarter was a huge success, and exceeded all my expectations. 822 backers pledged $65,473 to help bring this project to life.

We also heard from another 120 people from Canada and overseas who wanted to participate, so we’ll be doing “mass shipments” to Canada and the UK and have our local fulfillment partners ship the products from there (which will save them significant amounts of money on postage, VAT, customs, and other import fee. We are now in the process of adding all thse people into PledgeBox (which we use to process orders), so keep your eyes out for your survey requests which will finalize your pledge.

And last but not least, if you missed the Kickstarter, it’s not too late. We have a “manual add” sign-up form that will allow you grab your copy of the slipcase (because we are ordering extras). Just tell us what you are looking for and we’ll get you added to the project.

Oh, and in addition to the slipcases, backers can also order:

  • Copies of the hardcovers to complete their collections (two of which have gone out of print, but we have a stash of them.
  • T-shirts
  • Tote bags
  • Posters of Marc Simonetti’s Age of Empyre cover illustration

To all those who participated, thank you so much for the support, and for those who didn’t, you still can if you wish!

Final Days for Slipcase Kickstarter

I’m thrilled to see Brandon Sanderson embracing Kickstarter as a means for authors to sell directly to readers. It’s a platform I’ve been promoting for years, and I hope the attention his ground-breaking project is garnering will encourage other authors to go this route.

But today I’m here to remind people that we are getting down to the wire on our project to turn Legends of the First Empire hardcovers into a boxset.

A few things to note:

  • We fully funded in the first 15 minutes.
  • We have currently raised more than $56,000.
  • We expected to create about 250 slipcases but it looks like we’ll be doing 1,000 thanks to the high demand (which will allow a few to be available outside of the Kickstarter)
  • If you are missing any of the books from the series, you can add them to your order for $25 per. (A savings of $2 – $3 depending on title). And all the books will be signed and come with a custom-designed bookmark.
  • We have cleared the first three stretch goals which are providing:
    • A foil stamp graphic will be added to the box.
    • Backers will get a sneak peak of the first chapter of my new series in August (a year before the book’s release).
    • Posters of Marc Simonetti’s artwork are available as an add-on.
  • If we can raise another $3,793 we’ll hit our last stretch goal which will make t-shirts an add-on.
  • Non-US people can sign-up for “manual adds” at this link. Your postage will vary depending on the country and whether we ship from the US or we have enough orders for overseas fulfillment. If your country and order combination is not on this spreadsheeet, Robin will add them as she processes after you fill out your form.

I hope you’ll check out the project, and if you like what you see, please consider backing it.

Slipcases are a huge success

Well we’re just under 2 1/2 hours into the Kickstarter for Legends of the First Empire slipcases and we are already the #1 most-funded fiction Kickstarter that is currently live.

The project was fully-funded in under 15 minutes (which I think breaks a record for us), so I guess people really were interested in these. Thanks all for the amazing support. I’m going to go ahead and lock in some production time for these with the manufacturer!

Slipcases for hardcovers coming soon…I hope.

Now that all the books in the Legends of the First Empire series are completed, I’ve had a number of people asking about slipcases to add that “special touch” usually reserved for most-beloved books. Well, Robin looked into it, and she found a number of suppliers who can take care of this for us. We’re going to launch a Kickstarter to see if enough people are interested in getting them. The Kickstarter will launch on Tuesday 6/23/20 at 12:00 noon EDT. There are a limited number of early-bird discounts for people who hop in right away.

Age of Empyre Shipping

While getting a book published at the height of a pandemic has been challenging, we are getting close to having all the pre-orders (both through my online store and the Kickstarter) sent out. Of the 3,077 orders we have 574 left to go. So, we’re at 81% shipped. Hopefully the rest of them will be out this week.

The Best of May

I’m pleased to announce that Age of Empyre was picked as a customer favorite and is one of the 20 Best Listens of May. Here is the complete list. Take a look, find something you like, and escape from all the crazy times we are finding ourselves in.

TitleAuthor# ReviewsRating
The DecisionKevin Heart8054.9
The 20th VictimJames Paterson &
Maxine Paetro
6144.6
The New OneMike Birbiglia &
J. Hope Stein
664.6
Age of EmpireMichael J. Sullivan1,4544.8
Big SummerJennifer Weiner6424.2
HideawayNora Roberts3584.6
Fair WarningMichael Connelly2134.5
The Color PurpleAlice Walker474.9
The Lincoln ConspiracyBrad Meltzer &
Josh Mensch
2584.8
Network EffectMartha Wells8824.8
All Adults HereEmma Straub2414.0
Shakespeare for SquirrelsChristopher Moore2254.7
The Girl Beneath the SeaAndrew Mayne4064.4
Hello, SummerMary Kay Andrews2654.4
The Rural DiariesHilarie Burton5715.0
The Last TrialScott Turow2104.2
Shadow FightChristine Feehan3374.6
A Good MarriageKimberly McCreight2984.9
Monster’s MercyWilllam D. Arand8084.9
IncomparableBrie & Nikki Bella6294.8

If you would have told me a decade ago that my book would one day appear on a Best Of list along with people like Patterson, Roberts, Meltzer, Walker, and Wells, I would have said you were crazy. I’m honored by my readers support, and I’ll do my best to keep the books coming.

Pre-orders for Age of Empyre

The final book in the Legends of the First Empire is at hand.

  •  Ebooks are already available through our site & live at online stores on May 5th.
  • The audiobooks will download to devices on May 5th.
  • The hardcovers will come off the presses on May 20th (we’ll be shipping books ordered from our site on May 21st, but I’m not 100% sure when the online bookstores will have copies in their hands as the books have to first go to Ingram’s warehouses, and then ship out to the distribution centers at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the like. I doubt books are being shipped to any brick and mortar stores right now and I’m not sure when they will.
  • For people looking for mass-market paperbacks, we don’t yet have a ship date for them, but they will be produced and will likely start selling around the time that the hardcover sales fall off.

If you’ve been waiting for the final book, now is the best time to get your copies. This page will provide links to all the various retailer sites.

  Buy Direct
US ebook
  Audible
Hardcovers

If you are not in the US, Book Depository (the blue book icon between BAM and IndieBound) offers free shipping worldwide. In addition, here are links to various Amazon sites for various countries.

        

     

         

First review is in – and it’s a doozie

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As you might imagine, releasing a new book (especially the first or the last in a series) is stressful or an author. With the release date of Age of Empyre quickly approaching, the first review came across our radar. And boy, was it everything I hoped for.

It’s 100% spoiler-free, so if you are interested in seeing what Novel Notions had to say about the book, drop on by. And consider following the blog for other great reviews of books. They do a nice job over there.