Winter Sale – Save 15% to 70%

This year’s shipping season was so crazy that we couldn’t guarantee the arrival of packages for holiday gift-giving. So, we’ve morphed our annual holiday sale into a Winter Sale and added a number of free items. Also, all physical books are signed (and limited editions are numbered).

Also, because we had so many issues getting access to sign books at our fulfillment center during COVID-19, we bought a building and brought all shipping in house.  In doing this, we found a number of items that we thought we had sold out long, long ago.  But supplies on these items are extremely limited. Here are some examples:

  • Hardcover First Editions for Age of Myth (remainders), Age of Swords, and Age of Legend, Death of Dulgath, and The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter 
  • LIMITED EDITION hardcovers for Death of Dulgath and Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter
  • Tote bags (Montemorcy (black) & Legends of the First Empire (white)) – people who have received them as part of the Kickstarters LOVE these large, high-quality bags.
  • Legends of the First Empire Black T-shirts (both Men’s and Women’s Styles in various sizes).
  • NOTE: In going through all our stock, we found a few copies whose dust jackets (or covers) are not 100% pristine (no tears but minor signs of wear). We’ve classified these as “hurt books” and are selling them at a significant discount (50% off) just to free up space. These are not “used books” (no one has owned them before), but due to the minor imperfections on the dust jacket or covers, we don’t want them sold at list price.
  • We also picked up (on the cheap) a number of remainders (books that are new but have a small dot on the edge of the pages (indicating they have been returned for credit by a bookstore and can’t be sold at full price).  All of these, are deeply discounted (40% for first printings, 50% for all others). We’ll only make $1 or $2 dollars on them, but it’s high time we started clearing them out for more space.

A few other things I should note:

  • Although we have a fair number in stock, the Ingram warehouses (the place that distributes to large bookstores both online and brick and mortar) are essentially out of the hardcover editions of Age of Death and Age of Empyre. This means we are near the end of their print runs, and once they are gone, only mass-market paperbacks will be available. So, if you want to ensure a full collection of the hardcovers, now is the best time to pick those up.
  • When ordering books from the Ingram warehouse, we received some “hurt books” from the Grim Oak Press product line. It’s too expensive to ship these back, and our other choice is to burn them (which we absolutely don’t want to do), but they are taking up A LOT of space, and we have to get rid of them somehow. So we have hardcover copies of Unfettered III for just $9 (70% off the list price).  This is an amazing anthology of 700+ pages with 27 short stories by the likes of Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson, Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb, Naomi Novik, Mark Lawerence, and many more. There really isn’t a better hardcover anthology deal than this one!
  • All ebooks that I’ve self-produced are on sale at 50% off.
  • Over the years, I’ve created a number of bonus materials as part of Kickstarters and to introduce people to my stories.  I’m making every short story (and a full-length “making of” ebook) available for free as part of this sale.
  • One last thing. We also received a few hurt copies of Terry Brook’s Sci-fi novel Street Freaks (some of them signed). And to get them out of our new space, we’re offering a FREE HARDCOVER COPY(while supplies last), for anyone who purchases at least one other book from the sale.

I hope you’ll check out the sale, and if you want to see more before you do, a full list of the items and their discounts/prices are below.

All told, there are 67 items on sale. Here is a complete list:

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.