GUEST POST #3: “Traditional or Self-Published, Which do I Prefer?” by Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan

 

Michael J Sullivan

 

 

Michael J. Sullivan is the author of the epic six-book fantasy series, The Riyria Revelations. Originally published with a small press, the series was picked up this year by Orbit books and is being released in three volumes. The first, Theft of Swords, released in November, contains the first two volumes. The second, Rise of Empire, features the third and fourth volumes and came out this month. The final volume, Heir of Novron, collecting the final two volumes of the series, is due out in January 2012.

This is the third of five posts that Michael J. Sullivan will be doing this week on BookBanter. Check back tomorrow for the next post, or you can subscribe to the BookBanter Blog by entering your email at the top right of the BookBanter Blog page.

Listen to an interview between BookBanter and Michael J. Sullivan.

Traditional or Self-Published,
Which do I Prefer?

I’m one of the few authors who are fortunate enough to have seen each side of publishing: small press (my first book, The Crown Conspiracy was released by Aspirations Media Inc); self-published (the first five books of The Riyria Revelations were put out by my wife’s company Ridan Publishing), and big-six (Orbit, the fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group is re-releasing Riyria as a trilogy). So I know firsthand the benefits and downsides of each. Let me start by saying there is no “right choice.” Each author’s goals and skills are unique and which path they should take depends on what they want out of publishing.

I’m the first to admit that I’m a bit of a maverick. I hate the very idea of authority and have spent only seven of my fifty years working for someone else – and the bulk of that time was when I was a teenager or in my early twenties.  I’m also one of those people who is more comfortable when I do a job as myself and don’t like delegating to others. It’s not even a matter of me thinking someone else won’t do as good of a job. It’s merely that I know what I like…I’m very particular…so doing it myself ensures a result that at least I’m happy with.

I approached traditional publishing with a fair amount of trepidation. I know authors have little to no say over things such as titles, cover design, pricing, or marketing copy. Having total control is one of the things I liked best about self-publishing. Also, I read blogs of some of the most successful self-published authors, many of whom were previously traditionally published. These people tell horror stories of their experiences, and its tough not to listen to those who have already been there.

Given all this, I’m sure many would expect me to say I prefer self-publishing…and there is a lot that is good about this venue, but I simply could not have been happier with how my traditional publishing has gone so far.  I’m sure that not everyone’s experience would be the same…and it may be that I’m getting more attention from my particular publisher than most debut authors receive, but I can now say with 100% certainty that it was the correct choice for me.

A lot of this has to do with the quality of Orbit’s organization. When I was published through AMI I never felt comfortable, as I seemed to know more than the people producing my books. With Orbit, I don’t mind turning over “my baby” to someone else because they have proven time and again that they know what they are doing…and this makes all the difference in the world.

It’s still pretty early to determine which path would provide the highest earnings, but to be honest I don’t really care about that. I don’t need to get every ounce of income out of my books…I’m happy as long as the bills are paid, and I don’t have to eat spaghetti every night. I’m more than willing to share the income of the books with a team of talented people all striving to produce the highest quality work possible.

And therein lies the real difference—having a team. I can relax and concentrate primarily on writing, knowing that there are others who are dealing with all the other details. It’s a very liberating feeling.

Will my next books be published traditionally or self-published? Well that depends on a number of factors. Orbit hasn’t yet seen the next book (I’m still editing it), and they may decide that they are not interested.  If they are then my choices get a bit more difficult. You see…I really enjoy my “living wage” and with the higher percentage of income that is retained through self-publishing, I’m fairly confident that I could maintain my lifestyle if I self-published.  Will Orbit be willing to pay me comparably?  I don’t know.  But the wonderful thing about writing in today’s publishing climate is an author has choices. If it turns out they don’t want the work, or we can’t agree on terms I will likely self-publish. This is isn’t my first choice…but it allows me to continue doing what I like best which is writing. Hopefully that won’t be the case. I’d like nothing better than to continue traditionally publishing. I know it has somewhat a bad reputation as of late. But for me, and the experience I’ve had to date…it would certainly be my first choice for future work.

Read Michael J. Sullivan’s previous post on “Outlining Versus Discovery Writing.”

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GUEST POST #2: “Outlining Versus Discovery Writing” by Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan

 

Michael J Sullivan

 

 

Michael J. Sullivan is the author of the epic six-book fantasy series, The Riyria Revelations. Originally published with a small press, the series was picked up this year by Orbit books and is being released in three volumes. The first, Theft of Swords, released in November, contains the first two volumes. The second, Rise of Empire, features the third and fourth volumes and came out this month. The final volume, Heir of Novron, collecting the final two volumes of the series, is due out in January 2012.

This is the second of five posts that Michael J. Sullivan will be doing this week on BookBanter. Check back tomorrow for the next post, or you can subscribe to the BookBanter Blog by entering your email at the top right of the BookBanter Blog page.

Listen to an interview between BookBanter and Michael J. Sullivan.

Outlining Versus Discovery Writing

This is probably one of the oldest debates that exists in writing (followed by the close second of whether the Oxford comma should be used). I’ve seen deliberations which have set forums on fire, as proponents of one side or the other attempts to explain why the opposing opinion is invalid. The truth is, it really depends on the author. Some will find outlining as a means of organizing their thoughts, while another may find it too restricting and ultimately stifling their creativity. So I’m not here today to rally opinions for one side or the other. So I’ll take this opportunity to give you a bit of insight into what I do.

When I started writing, I firmly used the discovery process. The problem for me, is I often wrote myself into corners and found that I wasted large amounts of time by either having to abandon a work entirely, or needing to cut out significant amounts of what I thought was finished prose in order to fix whatever predicament I had gotten myself into.  Before writing The Riyria Revelations I actually completed thirteen novels and started and abandoned an untold number of other manuscripts. So I found myself wasting quite a bit of time…probably years if I added everything up.

Nowadays I always outline, but I do so very lightly. In the early conceptualization process it is nothing more than where the story starts, where it will end, and various snippets of scenes that I think I’ll write along the way.  Then I get more detailed and provide some flesh to the skeleton by deciding what should happen in each chapter and checking the pacing of the book. It may mean adding a chapter here or there, or moving a chapter in order to balance the most exciting scenes with more slowly paced breathers.

Even though I have an outline, I leave myself open for questioning where I’m going and challenging if I can significantly improve the book by adding a twist, or changing a character’s motivations. I often find myself arguing with characters that resist doing what I want them to (because it would force them to act out of character). In most cases when I find myself fighting with them, it’s an indication that I’m trying to take a quick or easy way out. Listening to them will almost always require more writing—sometimes several chapters—but the book will always benefit when I give in to their demands.

Whether you write from an outline, use discovery, or use a mixture of both (as I do) there is one thing that I think all authors can benefit from…and that is giving a story time to gestate. I’ve been known to complete an entire book and say, “That’s pretty good…but not great…how can I take it up a notch.”  I’ll give myself weeks, sometimes months, just to mull over the story as a whole. Usually I play devil’s advocate, as if I’m picking apart the plot of someone else’s work, like I often do with movies. This is where some of my best ideas come from. With the entire book laid out before me, I can usually see various threads I can pull on or places I can weave new ones that will take the book in a whole new direction. In many cases I know I’ll surprise the readers, as I ended up surprising myself when I see ways in which I can make pieces connect.

I often get letters from aspiring authors asking for advice and many times I feel like it’s a cop-out, but the reality is only you can choose what is right for yourself.  No one can help you determine that. The best advice I can offer is to keep working at it, as the more you write the better you’ll become at identifying what works best—as with anything writing is a muscle which improves through repeated use. Don’t get discouraged if you end up having to throw away work, and don’t be so wedded to an outline that you don’t allow “the magic” to occur. The only universal advice I can offer is to never “settle.” Set your sites at producing the highest quality work you can and know that you might not realize the best way to get there when you are new to writing. But over time you’ll develop the system that work the best for you…oh and please don’t flame someone else for an approach that doesn’t match yours. It doesn’t help either of you.

Read Michael J. Sullivan’s previous post on “A Bit About Contracts.”

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GUEST POST #1: “A Bit About Contracts” by Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan

 Michael J Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan is the author of the epic six-book fantasy series, The Riyria Revelations.  Originally published with a small press, the series was picked up this year by Orbit books and is being released in three volumes.  The first, Theft of Swords, released in November, contains the first two volumes.  The second, Rise of Empire, features the third and fourth volumes and came out this month.  The final volume, Heir of Novron, collecting the final two volumes of the series, is due out in January 2012.

This is the first of five posts Michael J. Sullivan will be doing this week on BookBanter.  Check back tomorrow for the next post, or you can subscribe to the BookBanter Blog by entering your email at the top right of the BookBanter Blog page.

Listen to an interview between BookBanter and Michael J. Sullivan.

A Bit About Contracts

Greetings everyone…I want to thank Alex for providing me an opportunity to provide a series of guest posts over the next few days here on BookBanter. He has selected a number of topics that provide some information on the process of publishing and I hope that this helps to peel back the veil of what goes on behind the scenes, and I hope doing so will be of some help to anyone out there that might be an aspiring author.  Today I’m going to speak a bit about contracts.

It should go without saying that you should never sign a contract that gives away the rights to your ideas, world, or characters. The copyright for any written work belongs to the author from the moment they create it, and you should never sell this right. What you do is provide permission for a publisher to create and distribute various formats of your work for a specific amount of time within certain defined geographic areas. There are times when an author may not own the copyright for works they create, for instance in an arrangement known as “work for hire.” In this case the idea is generally coming from the organization that hires the author, and they are the owners of the copyright.

Length of Contract

Some small independent publishers may write their contracts for a given period of time (anywhere from three to seven years) but contracts from the larger big-six publisher are written to be over the term of the copyright of the work.  This means until seventy years after the death of the author, which is a very long time indeed. That being said, most contracts won’t be in effect that long because there are conditions under which the rights revert back to the author. In the “old days” the publishers performed a print run and once all those books were gone, the rights would revert. If the book was popular, the publisher would perform multiple printings and as long as there were books available for sale then the contract remained in force. If a book performs poorly, the publisher might prematurely end the contract by remaindering a book. Keeping books in a warehouse if they aren’t selling is an expensive proposition, so the publisher might choose to sell the books cheaply to a third party (usually by the pound). These are the “bargain books” you sometimes find as new at used bookstores. Because no books are left in the warehouse for sale through normal channels, the books will go “out of print” and the contract would terminate.

In today’s publishing environment it is possible for books to never go “out of print.” Publishers can use print on demand in such a way that they can always have books available for sale with very little investment.  Also, most contracts will purchase both print and ebook rights and making an ebook available to the marketplace costs the publisher nothing.  If the criteria to keep the contract in force is having books “available for sale” then the term could indeed be for the entire life of the copyright.  For this reason modern day contracts should have a clause that indicates what income level is required in order to consider a book still in print. If a book is selling little to no books then the rights should revert to the author. Generally there will be a clause that indicates how many sales per reporting period will determine that the book is still “in print.”

Formats

The contract should clearly define which formats are being sold. In most cases publishers will require print and electronic book rights. How an electronic book is defined should be looked at carefully as technology is changing quickly and books with extended features (sometimes known as enhanced ebooks) which contain added value aspects such as audio or video need to be accounted for. Other possible rights such as movie, television, and merchandising should explicitly be detailed to either remain with the author or available for additional licensing (known as a subsidiary right).

For formats that the publisher does not create themselves, such as: graphic novels, audio books, Braille, book club editions, and the like there will be a clause that states how proceeds from licensing these formats will be shared between the publisher and the author. For instance my publisher has sold book club and audio rights and we share the income from those sales 50/50.

Geographic areas

The most popular choices for geographic areas are worldwide, North American, or English speaking. When worldwide rights are sold, then foreign translations will fall under a subsidiary right and the author and publisher will share the income from any contracts signed.  North American is pretty self explanatory (basically the US and Canada), and English speaking rights extend that to the United Kingdom and Australia.  Because my contract was only for the English language, the sales for Poland, Russia, Spain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, and Brazil have given me additional income that the publisher did not get a percentage of. If the contract were for worldwide, those sales would have contributed to paying back the advance (see the next section).

Royalties and Advances

The contract will specify the amount that will be advanced to the author. This is usually paid in three installments 1/3 when the contract is signed, 1/3 when the final manuscript is accepted by the publisher, and 1/3 when the book is published.  Any sales made are counted against this advance and no additional money will be paid to the author unless they “earn out”.  (Royalties exceed the amount of the advance). If a subsidiary right is sold by the publisher than the author’s portion will count toward earning out.

Advances are generally considered a “sunk cost” meaning that once paid to the author they don’t have to repay that money if the book performs poorly.  However, if the contract is for multiple books, it is possible that the author won’t get the full advance, as the later books may be cancelled and not actually published.

Readers may be surprised just how little an author makes on each book. Hardcover sales generally pay 10% of list price (which may increase up to 15% based on number of copies sold), while paperbacks will range from 6% – 8%. Print books are based on the books list price (full retail price) whereas audio and ebooks are based on net sales (the amount the publisher actually receives) and are generally 10% for audio CDs and 25% for ebooks and audio books that are downloaded.  I should note that the above royalties are based on big-six contracts and some smaller presses may offer larger percentages especially for ebooks.

Wrap-up

That’s the basics of most contracts. There are a lot of other clauses to the contract that deal with transfer to other parties, what happens in the case of bankruptcy, and clauses that talk about future works. There is too much to go into any detail here, but suffice to say the author should examine the language carefully and make sure that they fully understand what they are signing up for. In particular clauses about competing works may limit what they can write even with regards to other books that are not part of the contract.

So there you have it…Contracts 101. It may not be the most exciting part about the “business of writing” but I hope that this helps to explain a bit about what to expect and what to look out for.  I’ll be back again with some additional guest posts throughout the week. So thank you Alex for sharing your space here at BookBanter.

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“Rise of Empire” by Michael J Sullivan (Orbit, 2011)

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In Theft of Swords, Michael J. Sullivan introduced us to the unusual duo in Royce and Hadrian, giving readers some ideas of what fun and adventures they like to get up to in the first two volumes of The Riyria Revelations.  In this second collected installment, Rise of Empire, readers learn more about the world and the changes that are happening here, and where our two heroes are headed next.

In Nyphron Rising, things take a turn for the worse as war comes sweeping through to Melengar and its people have little hope and respect for their recent, young king.  Princess Arista has been running around playing diplomat and trying to secure allies for Melengar, with nothing to show for it.  Meanwhile the enemy Nyphron Empire continues to grow in strength and numbers.  Arista has one more trick up her sleeve, and with the help of her good friends, Royce and Hadrian, goes on this last journey far south in a last effort to secure an ally, but also to unravel a mystery of Hadrian’s past.  Surprising results are revealed about our unknown thief that ties into the whole story of the Riyria Revelations.  The wizard Esrahaddon continues to be up to no good, while we learn more of the enigmatic man known as Degan Gaunt.

Sullivan does a great job with Nyphron Rising, after setting necessary groundwork and story and setting with the first two books, he opens it up on an epic scale, traveling his invented world, and educating readers on how future events are going to affect everyone across Elan, and why the forgotten history is important.  Royce and Hadrian continue to be the entertaining and interesting characters that they are, while Arista opens up her emotional side.

In The Emerald Storm, Michael J. Sullivan does what every fantasy author should do with an epic series and an interesting and complex map: he takes his characters to new and interesting place.  The Emerald Storm is in a fact and mighty sea vessel that travels across the seas to new lands and places, where new and interesting people are met and the overall story of the Riyria Revelations is furthered along.

With the events of Nyphron Rising now at a close, the elusive duo, Royce and Hadrian aren’t sure what do to next.  Royce has plans to retire and relax, settle down with his lady love and enjoy the rest of his days, while Hadrian has dark shadows of his past and heritage to confront and accept, while deciding he is on a mission to find the lost heir of Novron.  It takes Royce all of three seconds and little convincing to decide that Hadrian won’t last long without him, and together the two set out, following the clues that lead them to the mighty trading vessel, the Emerald Storm.  They know nothing of seamanship and what to do aboard such a large vessel, but knowing one of the crewmen, they’re able to get added to the crew and begin the journey through the mysterious and interesting lands of Elan.  Naturally, there is lots of adventure on the high seas, not to mention some strange guests on the Emerald Storm, as well as the enigmatic cargo.  Meanwhile an important subplot is furthered along with the princess, who is bored with her station, looking to make her life more interesting, and gets some answers.

The Emerald Storm does everything a fourth book in a series does, furthering along some important story, learning more about some familiar characters, as well as introducing some new ones, and not to mention the addition of new lands and new peoples and cultures.  Fans of the series will enjoy the thrills of The Emerald Storm, with the fun Royce and Hadrian get up, looking forward to the final installment, Heir of Novron, due out in January 2012.

Originally written on December 12, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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“Theft of Swords” by Michael J. Sullivan (Orbit, 2011)

Part One of Three

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What began as a challenge to entertain his daughter has taken Michael J. Sullivan on an unusual but productive publishing career, through self-publishing and promotion on to publication with Orbit books.  The Riyria Revelations at first seems a familiar fantasy series, with predictable tropes, but it’s how Sullivan uses them, and its strong, unique and interesting characters, that make this series one well worth reading.  Theft of Swords collects the first two volumes of the six-book series in a nice, weighty quality paperback.

In The Crown Conspiracy our main characters are nothing but low-life thieves: Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, although they’re very good at their jobs.  The story begins with the introduction of these intrepid characters and their next heist to steal a particular item within the impenetrable confines of the king’s castle.  But as soon as they have their hands on the item, the trap is sprung, and they find themselves part of an elaborate plot.  At their feet lies the lifeless body of the king.

From here, the story kicks into high-gear, taking the reader on a wild ride.  In this world it is important to know who your friends are and who are your enemies; it is also important to keep your enemies closest.  As the story unfolds, we learn that while they may be common thieves, they are very smart people.  They also realize that the idea of being a good person is starting to rub off on them, as they no longer do anything for a fast buck.

By the end of the book, everything seems to have sorted itself out.  Royce and Hadrian are now doing very well for themselves, as well as being close friends of the king.  But clearly all is not as it should, since this is the first book in the series.

In Avempartha, our intrepid duo returns in the second installment of The Riyria Revelations to solve another mystery and fight another day.  Before Royce and Hadrian barely have time to settle after the fun had in The Crown Conspiracy, they find themselves pulled into a new problem: a young woman needs their help as her village is being attacked by an unknown nocturnal creature.

The town of Dahlgren is an idyllic place, except now it is visited each night by an ancient monster looking to terrorize and kill everyone.  Royce and Hadrian know they can’t take on this beast by themselves, at least not without some impressive magic, and call on the help of their old friend and brilliant wizard, Esrahaddon.  Hadrian does his best to protect the town and its people, fortifying it, and having everyone hide out in the fortress each night.  Meanwhile Royce and Esrahaddon journey to the ancient elven tower known as Avempartha.  There they hope to confront the beast and kill it.  But everything doesn’t go according to plan, as it never does, and Hadrian learns some very important things about himself.

Sullivan ramps up the action and story, as we learn more about the characters we’ve come to like, as well about the incredible world he has created.  At the same time more details are revealed about the growing overall story, leaving readers waiting in earnest for the next installment.

This edition also features Sullivan’s original maps and a helpful character and important persons/gods list in the front.  In the back is a detailed glossary, an in-depth interview with the author, and a teaser for the next volume, Rise of Empire, consisting of the third and fourth volumes of the series, due out in December.

Originally written on December 1, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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BookBanter’s Top Ten New Releases for Tuesday, November 22

BookBanter's Top Ten New Releases

One of the big things I feel I’ve grown out of touch with since the closing of Borders is my knowledge and awareness of what the new book releases are each Tuesday, and I’m sure some of you also feel that unless you have a bookstore nearby, you don’t have this information readily available either.  So to help improve my awareness and get myself back in the game of knowing what’s new and coming out each week (I used just know this stuff automatically, whether I had read or would be reading any of the new releases or not), as well as to help you readers keep informed, we have BookBanter’s Top Ten New Releases.

So each Tuesday morning there will be a post on the BookBanter Blog and on the BookBanter site giving you my top ten new releases of the week.  I’ll be going through everything I can find coming out for that particular Tuesday and choosing the top ten important ones.  They’ll be mostly hardcovers, with some occasional paperbacks, focusing on Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, and occasional Fiction books.

So here’s the top ten new releases for Tuesday, November 22nd.

 

 

 

 


Micro
by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

Found within the late Michael Crichton’s files, Micro was only a third complete when HarperCollins brought Richard Preston on to complete the book using Crichton’s notes and outlines. In the thrilling style of Jurassic Park, Micro is the terrifying story of that which we cannot see. Three men are found dead, murdered. The only evidence is the bodies riddled with minute cuts and mysterious a tiny-bladed robot.

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Explosive Eighteen
by Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is back with her eighteenth Stephanie Plum novel, and this time she’s pulling out all the stops. Stephanie finds herself immediately getting into trouble as soon as she arrives back in Newark after a terrible vacation in Hawaii. What’s worse is her seatmate never returned during their layover in Los Angeles, and now he’s dead, the body stuffed in a garbage can, and the killer could be anyone, anywhere.

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Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan began his career through small press publishing, and is now joining the grand stage with a big, international publisher. Theft of Swords collects the first two books in the Riyria Revelations series – The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha. People looking to discover a great new fantasy series should grab Theft of Swords, and meet the infamous and elusive pair of thieves, Hadrian and Royce.

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The Third Reich by Robert Bolano

Originally written in 1989, The Third Reich was found amongst Robert Bolano’s papers after his death. This is the thrilling story of death and intrigue, surrounding a brilliant strategy game called The Third Reich, which seems to bear some devastating consequences for anyone who plays it.

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New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird edited by Paula Guran

Cthulhu and the works of H. P. Lovecraft have never been more popular. What better way to get started, or perhaps to improve your collection than with this original anthology of Cthulhu stories. Edited by Paula Guran, it features stories from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Sarah Monette, China Mieville, Cherie Priest, Charles Stross and more.

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Well-Tempered Clavicle by Piers Anthony

Pier Anthony is back with a new Xanth novel, the 35th, in Well-Tempered Clavicle. The likes of Picka Bones and Joy’nt are off on an adventure with newly arrived creatures from Mundania. Anthony fans will not be disappointed.

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Lightspeed Year One by John Joseph Adams

Lightspeed is an award-nominated online science fiction magazine edited by bestselling, renowned editor John Joseph Adams (Living Dead). In Lightspeed Year One, Adams collects the first year of fiction published by the online magazine, featuring the likes of Vylar Kaftan’s “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See you in Reno,” as well as reprints from such great authors as Stephen King, Ursula K. LeGuin, George R. R. Martin and more.

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Somewhere Beneath Those Waves by Sarah Monette

From bestselling author Sarah Monette comes the first non-themed collection of her best short fiction. This collection is a great addition to any fan of Monette’s work, and for anyone looking to try out this great author for the first time, Somewhere Beneath Those Waves is a perfect place to start.

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Autumn Disintegration by David Moody

The penultimate chapter in the terrifying horror series from David Moody, Autumn Disintegration reveals a world forty days after its end, where billions of corpses now walk the earth. There is one group of eleven, fighting to survive, doing whatever it takes, while another group employs tactics, subtlety and planning to keep themselves alive. Moody skillfully brings the two groups together, as they all know the final battle is about to begin.

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When the Saints by Dave Duncan

From author Dave Duncan comes the great sequel to Speak to the Devil. When the Saints picks up where Duncan left off: Anton Magnus must defend the castle from the attacking neighboring state, but fortunately Cardice has a secret weapon in Wulfgang Magnus. Only Wulfgang must choose which side he is to fight on, and whether the love for one beautiful Madlenka will sway him.

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Upcoming Author Blog Tours on BookBanter

It’s taken me a little while, but I’m getting on this whole host author blog tour gig, finally.  So here’s what’s coming up on the BookBanter Blog:

December 19th – 23rd

Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan
Blog Tour

Michael J. Sullivan, author of the popular Riyria Revelations, will be blogging on the week of December 19-23, just before Christmas, covering a topic each day on the following:

  • Contracts and big-six publishing
  • Query or self publish which is the best path in today’s climate
  • Outlining verses discovery writing
  • What authors really need to know about writing for a living
  • Traditional or self-published which do you prefer

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Coming in January 18th

Ryder Islington

Ryder Islington
Blog Tour

Ultimate Justice
Author of Ultimate Justice

And any authors out there reading this and wanting to do a guest post on BookBanter, just shoot me an email at alex@bookbanter.net.