Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan

After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just ten years old and mimicking the only writer he knew at the time...Snoopy. That spark ignited a flame and Michael's desire to fill blank pages would become a life-long obsession. As an adult, Michael spent more than ten years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time, he wrote thirteen novels without finding any traction in publishing. Since insanity is repeating the same act but expecting a different result, he did the only sane thing he could think of and quit, vowing never to write creatively again.

Never turned out to be too long for Michael and after a decade he returned to the keyboard in his forties...but with one condition: he wouldn't seek publication. Instead, he wrote a series of books that had been building in his head during his hiatus. His first reading love was fantasy, and his hope was to help foster a love of reading in his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who struggled due to severe dyslexia. After reading the third book of this series, his wife insisted the novels needed to "get out there." When Michael refused to jump back onto the query-go-round, she took over the publication tasks and has run "the business side" of his writing ever since.

Michael is one of the few authors who has successfully published through all three routes: small press, self, and big five. Some key accomplishments of his career include:

* Named to io9's Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors
* Sold more than 1,250,000 English copies
* Been translated into 14 foreign languages
* Spent more than 4 years on Amazon's Bestselling Fantasy Author's list
* A six-time Goodread Choice Award's Nominee
* His latest Kickstarter is the second most-backed (and 4th highest-funded) fiction project of all time
* At the time of funding, The Dulgath Kickstarter was the third highest-funded fiction project of all time
* His books have been named to more than 200 best-of or most-anticipated lists including those compiled by Library Journal, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Goodreads.com, and Audible.com

Today, Michael continues to fill blank pages with twelve released novels, four awaiting publication, and new works in various developmental stages. His past and future releases includes:

* 2008 - 2010: Small-press and self-publication of first 5 Riyria Revelation novels
* 2011 - 2012: Orbit (fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group) re-release of The Riyria Revelations
* 2013: Riyria Chronicles launches from Orbit with publication of two novels
* 2014: Hollow World, a sci-fi novel released by Tachyon Publications (print) and self (ebook)
* 2015: The Death of Dulgath (released through self-publication with bookstore distribution)
* 2016: Age of Myth, debut novel in The Legends of the First Empire series from Del Rey
* 2017: Age of Swords (Del Rey) & Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (Self)
* 2018: Age of War (Del Rey)
* TBD: Age of Legends | Age of Agony | Age of Empire

* Riyria Blog: www.riyria.com
* Hollow World Blog: www.hollowworldnovel.wordpress.com
* Legends of the First Empire Series Blog: www.firstempireseries.com
* Twitter: @author_sullivan
* Riyria Facebook: www.facebook.com/riyria
* Author Facebook: www.facebook.com/author.michael.sullivan
* Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/2063919.Michael_J_Sullivan


* Theft of Swords: contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
* Rise of Empire: contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
* Heir of Novron: contains Wintertide & Percepliquis

* The Crown Tower
* The Rose and the Thorn
* The Death of Dulgath
* The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (Oct 2017)
* Blood of Thieves (Omnibus that contains The Crown Tower and The Rose and the Thorn)

THE FIRST EMPIRE (signed to Random House's Del Rey imprint)
* The Age of Myth (released June 2016)
* The Age of Swords (released July 2017)
* The Age of War (coming April 2018)
* The Age of Legends (release TBD)
* The Age of Agony (release TBD)
* The Age of Empire (release TBD)

* Hollow World (time-travel science fiction)

* The Crown Conspiracy
* Avempartha
* Nyphron Rising
* The Emerald Storm
* Wintertide
* Percepliquis

* Little Wren and the Big Forest: A Legends of the First Empire Short
* The Game (contemporary fantasy)
* The Viscount and the Witch: A Riyria Short
* The Jester: A Riyria Short
* Professional Integrity: A Riyria Short
* The Thieves: A Riyria Short
* Greener Grass (time-travel science fiction)
* The Riyria Sampler (compilation of several Riyria short stories)
* Traditions: (traditional fantasy, coming soon)
* Burning Alexandria: (dystopian science fiction, coming soon)
* Autumn's Mist (contemporary fantasy, coming soon)

* Unfettered II
* Unbound
* Unfettered
* Blackguards
* The End - Visions of Apocalypse
* Fantasy Faction Anthology
* Triumph Over Tragedy
* Help Fund my Robot Army

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