Announcement! I have signed with Joshua Bilmes, the president of JABberwocky Literary Agency.

Yes, you read that correctly. Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky offered representation which I accepted. Joshua has a stellar record which speaks for itself, and he represents skillful and celebrated authors such as Brandon Sanderson, Peter V. Brett, Michael J. Sullivan, Elizabeth Moon, and Myke Cole, to name a few.

I’ve been keeping this exciting potential development under wraps for a while, as Joshua and I had numerous phone calls and emails, discussed my career so far and what I’m working on, and he considered the first book in a new hexalogy I’m writing.

As I’ve stated previously, my goal is to follow the hybrid author path — that is, to pursue indie publishing along with traditional publishing deals. And this is massive and welcome step which will hopefully open many doors.

As an author, you are the CEO of You, Inc., and an entrepreneur. My goals center around creating quality books and products, building a long term career, and growing a sustainable income that enables me to spend more time writing. Signing with such a reputable agent is akin to collaborating with a business partner to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

I have many years of writing ahead of me, and plenty of ideas and books I’m working on (too many at once, possibly!). And with some self published works released, a trilogy with HarperVoyager, a duology with 47North, and various deals with Audible, this is just the beginning!

I hope you’ll join me on this exciting ride, as it could be a wild one!

And many thanks to Michael J Sullivan and his wife Robin for the introduction! I owe them so many drinks now…

SHADOW OF THE EXILE -- released!

SHADOW OF THE EXILE has been released by 47North!

This is my sixth novel and the first in a new series: The Infernal Guardian. It’s set in the same world as REVENANT WINDS. I think it turned out well, but don’t just take my word for it, check out this awesome review from Booknest.eu: SHADOW OF THE EXILE

You can pick up a copy here at Amazon or if you prefer audiobooks at Audible.
And the print book is here: Amazon

As this book is published by 47North (Amazon Publishing’s SFF imprint), it is only available on Kindle, Audible, and as a paperback.

If you enjoy SHADOW OF THE EXILE it would help immensely if you could leave an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads – thank you!  SHADOW OF THE EXILE on Goodreads

Fantasy Book Review also posted a fantastic review here. Rating the book 8.5/10 and saying “A stunning, thought-provoking new fantasy series following a likeable demon, a mysterious sorceress which is full of impressive intricate details, complex motives, unique and brilliant set pieces, a nice RPG inspired magic scheme and many many more qualities you’ll have to discover for yourselves. Recommend!”

Overview:

Outcast and exiled, the demon Tarrik Nal-Valim has long been forgotten by the world of humans. At least, so he thinks.

But when he is summoned as a last resort by a desperate sorcerer, it seems as though his past has caught up with him. The sorcerer is Serenity “Ren” Branwen, the daughter of Tarrik’s former master—and friend. Though she seems cold, driven, and ruthless, Tarrik can tell that Ren has her back against a wall, and he is compelled by ferocious powers to obey her.

As their world sinks into a terrifying maelstrom of murder, intrigue, and insurrection, Tarrik is forced to serve Ren’s arcane designs—plans that, if they were to succeed, would resurrect unimaginable power and could destroy Tarrik’s entire race.

But as events unfurl, the lines between demon and master become blurred, and Tarrik realizes that Ren is not what she seems. To prevent utter devastation, Tarrik may have to surrender what he values most: a chance at redemption and an end to his exile.

 

The Necromancer's Key hexalogy audio deal

I’m going to drop this now because why not? Audible have made a fantastic offer for audio rights to my secret project hexalogy THE NECROMANCER’S KEY, and we’ll be inking the deal very soon!

They have also asked for a short story, which will be released as an Audible Original.

Audible and I have developed an excellent partnership which has worked out extremely well for both of us, so I’m very happy to sign another deal with them.

In Publishers Marketplace language:

“Mitchell Hogan’s THE NECROMANCER’S KEY, an epic fantasy series about a knight raised within a religious order, to Audible (audio rights), in a six book deal, in a significant deal, for publication in 2019 onward.”

If you read my earlier post on why I’m self-publishing Revenant Winds, then you’ll know that retaining audio rights is an important business aspect for me. Which is why this separate Audible deal is a preferred outcome. With print and ebook rights, I’m working on a few avenues and will reveal more information when I can.

I can say that the first two books are already written, so the series is well under way. As the publication process of THE NECROMANCER’S KEY series moves forward I’ll have more announcements. So keep an eye out!

The Necromancer’s Key pitch:

It has been fifteen years since the necromancer Queen Talia was overthrown and killed, and her capital city destroyed by the knights of the Order of Eternal Vigilance.

Anskar de Vantte, schooled since the age of six in the disciplines of the Order, is now of an age to face the first trial of initiation on his way to becoming a consecrated knight-sorcerer.

But the further Anskar rises in the Order, the more he is beset by disturbing dreams, in which he is visited by a shadowy bat. Latent powers begin to awaken within him, bringing Anskar into conflict with the code of the Order, and drawing the attention of the vanquished queen’s fanatical followers.

As bit by bit Anskar pieces together the mysteries of his young life, he finds himself surrounded by threats and with a crucial choice to make:

Reject the Order and its ways, which have formed him since infancy, or control the dark powers growing within him.

Either way, his destiny is steeped in war. The only question is, which side will he be on?