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Michael J. Sullivan

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Michael J. Sullivan is a speculative fiction writer who has written twenty-five novels and released nine. Eight of his fantasy books (The Riyria Revelations, and The Riyria Chronicles), were published by Hachette Book Group’s Orbit imprint. Hollow World, a science-fiction thriller was released by Tachyon Publications. The first four books of his new series, The First Empire, has sold to Random House’s Del Rey imprint, and the first book is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2016. He can be found on twitter, through his blog www.riyria.com, and on his facebook page and his publisher’s page for the series.

50 Shades of Self-publishing

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Okay, so maybe there aren't fifty shades, but I've yet to do a "50-shades of gray" take-off in a blog post so this seemed...

Oh How the Times Have Changed

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I spend a lot of time on author forums trying to Keep up with changes that are going on in publishing industry Do what I can...

Epic Fantasy Analysis April 8, 2013

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This is the sixth in the series and is from data as of 4/08/2013. Links to review previous data: 01/03/2013 01/24/2013 02/17/2013 03/03/2013 03/14/2013 As always this data comes from the...

Demystifying Contracts #3: Novels – Discounted Royalties

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This will be my fourth installment about contracts. For reference you can also refer to: Demystifying Contracts #1: Novels – Ownership vs Rights Transfer Demystifying Contracts...

Demystifying Contracts #2: Novels – Territories

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This will be my third installment about contracts. For reference you can also refer to: Demystifying Contracts #1: Novels – Ownership vs Rights Transfer Pulling Back...
Pulling back the publishing veil

Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Life of Copyright Terms

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There has been much talk this week about the contract terms of Random House's new digital imprints. John Scalzi, president of the SFWA has...

Epic Fantasy Analysis March 14, 2013

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This is the fifth in the series and is from data as of 3/14/2013. Links to review previous data: 01/03/2013 01/24/2013 02/17/2013 03/03/2013   As always this data comes from...

Hybrid Authors: The Best of Both Worlds

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I've been exclusively published through a small press. I've been exclusively self-published. I've been exclusively traditionally published. But I'm about to go "hybrid" and...

Three is a Magic Number

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Yes, I'm old enough to remember "Schoolhouse Rock" and that ditty, along with "Conjunction Junction," still is taking up storage space for reasons I'm...

Epic Fantasy Analysis March 3, 2013

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This is the fourth in the series and is from data as of 3/03/2013. Links to review previous data: 01/03/2013 01/24/2013 02/17/2013   As always this data comes from...

Demystifying Contracts #1: Novels – Ownership vs Rights Transfer

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Laying the Groundwork Welcome to the first in a new series here at Amazing Stories.  The other series include: Pulling Back the Publishing Veil Epic Fantasy Analysis...
Pulling back the publishing veil

Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Contract language with regards to edits

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Today I want to concentrate a bit on the contractual aspects with regards to editing. Let's start out by mentioning there are two broad classifications...

Epic Fantasy Analysis Feb 17, 2013

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This is the third in the series and is from data as of 2/17/2013. I'm revising the format that I provide this data, now...

Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Editors and Their Roles

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One of the big advantages of signing with a traditional publisher, is access to industry leading editors. If you're new to publishing, you may have no...

Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Return Reserves, Buy-in, and Sell-through

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One of my plans for my posts here at Amazing Stories is to focus on some of the aspects about publishing that a new...

Don’t Quit Your Day Job – Traditional Publishing by the Numbers

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If you've ever considered becoming a writer, surely you've heard the old expression, "Don't quit your day job." But what can you really expect...
Many paths

Publishing Options – Many Choices Now Viable

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Many fans of fantasy & science fiction have dreams of joining the ranks among their favorite authors someday. But as little as five years...

Epic Fantasy Analysis Jan 24, 2013

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My intention is to do these analysis every 15 days or so.  This is the second in the series and is from data as...

Digital Only Publishing – Think Twice Before You Sign

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Not long ago, my publisher (Orbit) released a new work by Lilith Saintcrow, The Hedgewitch Queen and they released it ONLY in ebook format...

The Dangers of Ignoring the Ebook Revolution

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On January 8th, the long awaited final edition in the Wheel of Times series was released in hardcover.  The ebook, however, was no where...

Brave New World of Publishing – ebook Effects On Genre Fiction

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ebooks have enabled new opportunities for both traditional and self-published authors. Barriers to entry have been lowered, gatekeepers have expanded and both readers and writers are benefiting from this brave new world.

Epic Fantasy Analysis Jan 3, 2013

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November 2010 was a watershed moment with regards to the ebook revolution. That was the month I saw my sales go from a modest...