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.