Michael J. Sullivan’s Hollow World Kickstarter

Have you heard of Michael J. Sullivan’s new book Hollow World? He’s running a Kickstarter to gather investments to help him publish another independent title. Take a look at it and see if you would like to help out! The Kickstarter will run until April 4th, 2013. I’ve added my small contribution to the cause. You should too!

You can read about Hollow World on Michael’s site or on his Kickstarter.

For our post, I have included the blurb & cover from Goodreads:

Ellis Rogers is running out of time, even for a man with his own time machine.
A Detroit factory worker, who has always played it safe and done the right thing, finds himself rewarded with unemployment, a loveless marriage, and a terminal illness. Now with nothing to lose he’s willing to take an insane gamble. All he has to do is press the red button, and if he survives, he could find more than just a cure for his disease. Ellis could discover a future that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise.

Welcome to Hollow World, a science fiction thriller from the bestselling author of The Riyria Revelations.


Important Notes (Borrowed from Michael):

Marc Simonetti created the wonderful covers for the French edition of my Riyria Revelations. He’s also done covers for Patrick Rothfuss, George R.R. Martin, and dozens of other high profile fantasy and science fiction authors. I’ve already hired him to create an illustration to depict Hollow World, a future where mankind now lives underground. The “matte painting” he created is beyond gorgeous, and if we reach various stretch goals, will be available as limited edition prints.

Betsy Mitchell was the editor-in-chief at Del Rey for over a decade. She has over thirty years in the business and has edited more than 150 novels from authors such as Michael Chabon, Terry Brooks and many other New York Times bestselling authors. Betsy now has a freelance editing service, and while I think the book is great the way it is now, I’m sure her input will give it the additional polish that only someone with her experience can provide.

Professional copy editors and proofreaders will ensure that the book won’t be littered with grammar errors and poor punctuation, which can distract from the reading experience. Because my roots were in self-publishing, I support many “indie” authors, and while I’m often impressed with their ability to spin a tale, it’s unfortunate that they often contain numerous errors. I’m dedicated to ensuring that Hollow World won’t suffer from this problem.

When will the books be released?

Because I also have books coming out from Orbit, there are some contractual restrictions that dictate what I can publish and when. This is done to ensure that the books they have invested so much money in have an exclusive window that won’t be distracted by other titles from me. As such, I’m not permitted to sell any new books between April 6th 2013 and January 17th 2014. This actually presents me with an excellent opportunity.

The supporters of this Kickstarter will essentially be pre-ordering Hollow World and while it won’t officially go on sale until January 20th, 2014. I’ll actually be receiving orders before April 6th. My intention is to ship any books funded as part of this project as soon as the professionals have finished their contributions. I’m anticipating this will be in early July, although it could be sooner.



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