I get asked to spread news, cover art, or press releases all the time. I usually don’t do it. I’ll ignore those emails because I figure that someone else will spread the news better than I will. However, recently I’ve decided that that’s kind of a ridiculous stance for me. I have decided to do a once-a-week Bookish News post. This will be my first one and each week, on Thursday or Friday (depending on my mood) I will add another post. So, if you were one of those people who sent me news before and I probably ignored you, I apologize. Feel free to send me news again.
Because this is my first one, it will be fairly short.
I’m a huge supporter of Michael J. Sullivan, so when I got word of his new project, I knew I had to share it. Here are the details.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Michael J. Sullivan becomes “hybrid author” by self-publishing Hollow World
Washington DC – March 8, 2012 – Michael J. Sullivan has announced that his science fiction thriller, Hollow World will be released via self-publishing. While the book will go officially on sale January 20, 2014, readers who back the Kickstarter project (running until April 5, 2013) will receive their copies by July 9th once final editing is completed.
Author Michael J. Sullivan had this to say. “Self-publishing Hollow World in no way indicates a break or dissatisfaction between myself and Orbit. They’ll be releasing The Crown Tower in August and The Rose and the Thorn in September. Also, I’m currently writing The First Empire series, which Orbit is very excited about. Science fiction is a tough market right now, and Hollow World doesn’t fit neatly into any single box as it contains elements of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery/thrillers. When Orbit reluctantly passed on the project, the logical choice was to self-publish. In the past, rejection meant the death of a project, but today, it’s the readers who will decide the merits of a project. I think Hollow World is too good not to see the light of day. I’m confident that those given a chance to read it will agree.”
“If I’m going to self-publish, then I’m going to do it right,” said Michael J. Sullivan. He went on to add, “Crowd funding sources like Kickstarter can provide a means to raise the startup capital so I don’t have to cut corners or divert my writing activities to handle these activities myself.”
Hollow World will be produced utilizing the caliber of professionals of a traditionally published novel. The graphic was created by famed French artist Marc Simonetti who has produced covers for George R.R. Martin’s Mexican edition of Game of Thrones, Patrick Rothfuss’s French editions of the Kingkiller Chronicles, and Michael’s French editions of The Riyria Revelations. Betsy Mitchell, former editor-in-chief for Del Rey and professional copy editors/proofreaders will also be hired to polish the novel.