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The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan I was fortunate enough to have Night Owl Reviews select both Theft of Swords and Rise of Empire as "Top Picks." Follow the linsk to full reviews.

May 29, 2012, 09:34:43 PM
Re: The Publishing Info Thread A nice thread...and thanks for mentioning me and my blog on it.  I've put together some helpful guides in the past over at reddit (interestingly enough a lot of the resources mentioned in the initial post I also recommend (such as Query Shark, and Agent Query).  Here are some links you might want to check out.

September 22, 2012, 09:34:24 AM
Re: One million words of crap If I recall correctly, the one million words comes from Stephen King...Malcolm Gladwell also say it takes 10,000 hours - both daunting.  I think they are actually pretty much "on target" for me and my writing. I published novel #14 and books 1 - 8 were written with only one goal -- to learn how to write. So none of them were meant to be published.

I just wanted to point out that it's not just the number of words...but finishing books. Figuring out how to structure a book with when and how to expose various elements and then finish in a satisfying way is something that takes practice as well.

December 11, 2014, 10:32:34 AM
Re: Just how do you get reviews? Here's some advice that has worked for me regarding getting reviews.

I hope these help.

April 23, 2015, 10:59:13 AM
Re: Good freelance editors? The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) will post a free ad for you on their job board and you can get a lot of good candidates that way.

Some that I have used and can recommend:

* www.FirstEditing.com  - I think they do a sample edit of some number of pages for free

* elance.com - has lots of freelance copyeditors

* guru.com - also is a site to pair freelance people with projects

* marty.halpern@gmail.com - just did some editing on my Hollow World project

* http://www.douglascoheneditorial.com/contact - I've not used, but I think he has a good reputation.

* ross@haresrocklots.com - has edited some books of a fellow author I know.

* teri@editing fairy.com - another editor for an author I know

* michael@belleetoilestudios.com - I've not used but seems like he knows his stuff

* petermbradley@gmail.com - edited a short story for me

*  pwitcover@yahoo.com  & ljorstad@earthlink.net - edited my Hollow World book

April 23, 2015, 11:27:59 AM
Re: Posters I had posters printed up for my Hollow World Kickstarter.  GotPrint has really reasonable prices. You can use this link to price out at various quantities.

The big issue is shipping - you should ship them in a "tube" - and I recommend this site.

April 25, 2015, 12:38:04 PM
Re: Selling books in person I wish the person who made the post would have quantified how much sales was "making a killing" - if his entry fee was $35 and he made $35 maybe that's a killing to him, but for hours and hours of sitting there, it's a poor return on one's time. 

In general you can reach more people online then you can face-to-face.  And it can be very tiring to spend a whole day "pushing your wares" behind a table. But heck, in the early days you try anything to get some traction.

April 25, 2015, 12:44:41 PM
Riyria Chronicles #3 will be self-published with a Kickstarter for a print run Due to some complications of my Del Rey contract, I MUST get the third Royce and Hadrian (Riyria Chronicle #3) released before the end of the year. Given it still needs to be finished, there is no way I an do that and traditionally publish.  So, it will be self-published, which is fine -- I've done a fair amount of that in the past.  ;D

To fund a print run that will cost about $30,000, I'm going to do a Kickstarter, and there will be some "early bird" prices for those that sign up early (as well as some exclusive content for those that pledge in the first few days). For those who are interested in a notification when it goes live, here is a link where you can sign up.

Also for anyone thinking of doing a Kickstarter that has some questions, I'll be more than happy to answer them.

April 25, 2015, 01:08:26 PM
For those who write short stories... Because of a contract issue related to my First Empire series, I'll be self-publishing my next Riyria book because it is the only way to get it released by the end of the year -- a deadline I can't miss. As part of that release, I plan to also include a short story by what I hope will be a "lesser known" (or unknown) author. I'll be paying more than twice the accepted "pro rate" that anthologies pay.

The reason I'm posting now, is so that people can start working on two things.
  • A query letter to pitch their short to me
  • Their short story

Those that participate will receive:
  • Everyone: a critique on their query
  • Those whose query intrigue me - will receive a critique of their story.
  • One winner will receive the following:
  • structural editing by me and copy/line editing by a professional copy editor which I'll pay for.
  • $0.15 a word for up to 5,000 words = $750

There will be a fairly short window for submission. It will start at the end of my Kickstarter and I'll have just a month to select, edit, and add the work to my larger piece. So, I'm letting people know about this now so they can start working on it ahead of time. I anticipate submissions will occur in August or September.

As for content, ideally I'd like a work of fantasy fiction - and hence why I'm posting here, but what I really want is a good story so any genre is a possibility. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

May 04, 2015, 12:34:53 PM
Re: For those who write short stories... I've had a lot of people wanting to submit stories early - or writing me emails about where/how to submit.  This has been a bit overwhelming to process, so I've made a form where people can sign-up. It also provides an easy way to get samples of my work if you want to get a feel for what your story would be bundled with.  My hope is this will make it easier to manage.

Here is the link.

May 19, 2015, 03:10:32 PM