Michael J Sullivan

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About Michael J Sullivan

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    Freerider
  • Birthday 09/17/1961

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  • Website URL http://riyria.com
  • Skype @author_sullivan

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Where unlikely heroes dwell
  • Interests Writing, reading, biking, hiking, fine dining, travel

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  1. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    Sorry it has taken me so long to respond - releasing 3 books (essentially) within a few weeks of each other has been crazy to handle on the logistics front. I'm just now coming up for air. I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Elan and that you liked Magnus - he doesn't get nearly as much "lovin'" as he should.
  2. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    I have an update. Since my announcement, I have sold the print book rights to Tachyon Publishing and the audio book rights to Recorded Books. I'll keep the ebook rights so I'll stil be self-publishing - but only the ebook (which is the format that works best in self-publishing anyway.)
  3. The SFF All-Time Sales List

    Books in print really doesn't mean much beyond the publisher's belief in the potential of a book. A large print run says something about their expectations. It is really difficult to determine sales because the books are in so many different places: the warehouse, sitting in bookstores, on people's shelves. Once a month my publisher tells me my numbers but all they have are books in and out of the warehouse. (And the number of ebooks sold). Bookscan tracks "point of purchase sales" - which are actual customers buying actual books - but they don't track all selling sites so they claim they capture 75% of the sales but in comparing my bookscan numbers to my publisher's numbers mine are about 65%. Royalty statements don't help because of "return reserve" When I got my first royalty statement I was disappointed because my sales didn't look very good but then I learned only 35% of the sales were on the royalty statement as 65% were being held in the "reserve." I know get 'unit ledgers" with my royalty reports so I see how many came in and out of the warehouse, but how many will be returned in the future? Very hard to say. The other thing to keep in mind is that format plays a big factor in numbers. Someone in mass market paperback is expected (and if hitting this list does) sell a lot more copies then someone put out in trade paperback where even though their numbers are much smaller would still be considered a success by the publisher.
  4. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    Me too ;-)
  5. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    Recent Interview in Fantasy in Motion Some of the questions: If you had to pick one, what would be your favourite book/author? Which fantasy authors have really stood out for you in recent times? What do you think gives them that edge over others? When you approach planning in your own writing, do you fly by the seat of your pants or set everything out in detail? How important do you think it is to research a project before writing? Seeing as how you started out going down the self-publishing route (and had great success), what advice would you give to someone who’s thinking of taking that route now? Do you find any particular types of scene more difficult to write than others? Some authors struggle with fight scenes while others fly through them, what about you? What do you think about writer’s block? Do you believe it exists or is it a signal of a lack of research/planning? Have there been any times when you just haven’t felt like writing? How do you overcome those feelings to get something down on the page? Could you tell us a little about The Riyria Revelations? Where did the idea/inspiration for Royce and Hadrian’s characters come from? Are you able to say what you’re working on at the moment?
  6. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    Glad to see you are enjoying the books. I only recently read Locke Lamora (mainly because some others have mentioned similarities. To me Locke reminds me of Ocean's Eleven...which is somewhat interesting because one of my books (that you haven't gotten to yet) was written originally to be kind of like Ocean's - a crew of people "do a job" but the book was majorly overhauled and has none of that aspect any more. It's interesting though to see people compare books to one another. The relation that is brought up the most often is Libers Fahrd and the Grey Mouser. That particular group of books I'm bypassing completely until I'm 100% sure that I won't be writing any more Royce and Hadrian stories. I don't want to have it end up effecting how I write. In any case thanks for the 'favorite new author co-chair position - and for the thumbs up recommendation!
  7. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    Thaks for the welcome...You are probably referring to "The Viscount and the Witch" - this is a free short I put out to act as a gap between my books being removed and the new books coming out. It is short but yes will give you a feel of my writing style without any financial investment and just a short time investment. I hope you enjoy it.
  8. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    My pubishers and I have agreed on them putting out another series by me. I want to wait until they anounce the specfics - but for now all I can say is the deal is for two books an their release dates are scheduled to be August 2013 an Septempber 2013.
  9. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    Well I hope you enjoy it as well - please let me know what you think of it.
  10. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    Wow, very high praise - thank you for that. The third is what I'm most proud of. I designed the series to get better with each book so the first ones are actually the weakest links by design (crazy I know). I wanted the series to end in a very satisfying way because many series just seem to peter out at the end so I very carefuly designed the mysteries to build and the stakes to rise. I'd love to hear what you think after finishing the last one - as only then will you have the "full picture."
  11. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    Thanks for the support! No worries about when to read it - I know all too well about the high stacked tbr pile. I'd love to hear what you thought when you are done. Good, bad, or indifferent any feedback is preferable to the cricket's chirp.
  12. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    You must be talking about The Viscount and the Witch? This was something I quickly threw together during the "deadzone time" - A period when all the self-publishing books were removed from the market and the Orbit books were in pre-order but not able to be delivered. It was a way of giving the long term fans something to chew on while they wait...and be a "quick intro" to those who want to get an idea of my writing style without investing all the time an money of one of the larger novels. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for the welcome to the board. When I was self-published I avoided boards such as this because self-published and forums can be a mindfield that I wasn't interested in trying to navigate. Now that I've been "anointed" as a "real boy" I don't feel so self-conscious posting...besides I enjoy talking to people about reading, writing, and publishing. There is a lot of warring going on about which is the “right path” for publishing – but few stating the obvious, hich is the notion of “right” is absurd. Which path you choose is very dependent on an author’s goals, and those may change over time so the important thing is to be educated on the plusses and minuses of each choice, and keep abreast as to what’s going on in the market, and then chose the “right path for you."
  13. Michael Sullivan's The Riyria Revelations series

    Hello all, Just wanted to stop by and thank you all for reading and commenting on my books. For those that have read and enjoyed, I’m glad to have provided you some entertainment…as that is first and foremost my goal. For those that didn’t like them…I don’t take offense, that’s one of the great things about books is they are not all the same, and I’ve read enough reviews and emails to know that what one person likes another hates. I try not to think of books as “good” or “bad” but more from a standpoint of what suits a particular person’s preferences. For those that don’t know…I really had no intention on publishing these books when I wrote them. When I first started getting serious about writing for a living, I spent ten years (writing thirteen novels in the process) perfecting my style and voice. While I learned a lot, I also found most of the joy had gone out of the creation process. After several years riding the query-go-round I finally quit writing altogether, figuring I was just wasting my time. What would became the Riyria Revelations actually kept nagging at me even during my self-imposed hiatus. I had a daughter who was struggling with reading (she’s dyslexic), and I bought her Harry Potter to read. I ended up reading it myself and rediscovered the joy, of a fast fun read with likeable characters. This made me go back to writing, but this time my only goal was to write something that I wanted to read, and that I could share with a few friends and family. I actually wrote all six books at once…and while the books will initially look simple and the characters shallowly defined, that is actually (believe it or not) by design. As I was writing to an audience I knew would read to the end, it allowed me to expose the world and the character’s backgrounds in layers and spread the discovery process over the entire series. My goal was to make each successive book better than the one before so that the series would end strong…by definition this means the first books are the weak links. When the books were eventually picked up for publication, I considered restructuring by using a more conventional approach…front loading a lot of the stuff that I had previously doled out sparingly. I knew I risked people dropping out early as they will conclude, with some valid reasons, that there’s not much “there.” Eventually I decided to keep the books as originally designed. The “simple story” is actually deceptively so. The overall story is quite complex and people who do a re-read after finishing the whole series will see things in a different light once they know the full context. This may be more than you ever wanted to know…a kind of a “behind the scenes” bit of bonus material usually found on a DVD. But based on some of the comments I thought it might shed some light.