Men of Bronze 10th Anniversary, Self-promotion, Writing

The End of an Era

I started my career as a writer in 2005, with the publication of my first novel, Men of Bronze.  The biographical novel Memnon followed in 2006; both were published by a relatively new house called Medallion Press.  I recall being flown to New York City to attend Book Expo in ’05 — which coincided, that year, with the release of Men of Bronze.  Medallion bought the cover of Publisher’s Weekly that April and proudly displayed the cover, the Corinthian helmet with its Eye of Horus, that became the brandmark for Men of Bronze.  A giant banner was hung from the rafters of Javitz Center; an invitation-only release party was held in midtown Manhattan, replete with actors dressed as characters from the book.  It was heady and intoxicating . . . the fairy-tale all writers dream about.

Men of Broze 10Yr


Memnon was met with far less fanfare.  While held by some to be my strongest book, it has been my least read book.  It struggled.  Its shepherd, my editor at Medallion, had left the company.  There was some chaos, and it lapsed into relative obscurity with only a single-printing in hardcover.

I moved on.  Medallion moved on.  Books were planned; some were written, some not.  Time marched on.  Then, this month, some twelve years after the first publication of Men of Bronze, I petitioned and was granted a reversal of all publishing rights.  Men of Bronze and Memnon are now, officially, out of print.

What this means: the Medallion editions will vanish from sales channels.  A few hardcover copies of each remain, and the e-book editions will be withdrawn from the various retailers.  But, it also means that in the coming months you can expect to see new editions from me — new covers and newly-edited texts, in print, digital, and hopefully audio editions.  All culminating in a prequel novella featuring a young Hasdrabal Barca!

While I’m saddened that the Medallion editions are no more, it’s exciting to see what the new world of hybrid publishing has to offer.

A Gathering of Ravens, Self-promotion

Book Sales, a PSA

We’re two days out, D-Day minus 2, and I thought I’d drop in with a bit of a public service announcement regarding book sales.  First, a giant THANK YOU to everyone who has, or will, pre-ordered the book!  Such interest is often used as a gauge for how well the book will do (sales prognostication is akin to astrology or the reading of entrails — wrong as often as it’s right).  Second, sales for the first week after release day are critical.  CRITICAL!  So if you’re planning to buy a copy, please try to nab it in that first week.  Of course, I won’t curse at you if you wait, but to make sure my career has legs I really need to hit this out of the park.  And for that I need you, Gentle Readers.  Buy it, read it, talk about it, leave Amazon reviews for it, leave Goodreads reviews, foist it upon unsuspecting book shop patrons, that sort of thing.  Remember: Harry Potter was but a small book with a small print run until word-of-mouth spread.  You can make or break a book.  If I had my ‘druthers, I’druther A Gathering of Ravens be made . . .

So, thanks!  And with your help, maybe the Ravens will soar!


A Gathering of Ravens in the wild!

A Gathering of Ravens, Self-promotion

The 2017 British Blog Tour

Thanks to my intrepid UK publicist, Thomas Hill; my editor, Simon Taylor, and my UK publisher, Transworld, A Gathering of Ravens is poised to embark upon a long and arduous blog tour starting the 26th of June.  These will be reviews from the bloggers, with me popping in to comment threads to do that voodoo I do.  The great thing about living in the Digital Age is, while they might be largely British-based blogs, anyone can visit them.  So come along with me, Gentle Readers, and see what they think about Ravens on the other side of the pond!

Here’s the schedule:

blog tour schedule