Category: News

Better late than never...!

I really do need to post more often. My excuse is that I’ve been extremely busy with the unexpected two books I have to write for 47North and Audible. My own fault for submitting an unwritten novel I suppose, but it’s not a bad situation to be in.

Here are some things I should have posted about a while ago:

Art of War anthology released!
I was lucky enough to be invited to contribute a short story for this anthology, and the authors my short story are appearing alongside blew my mind. Find it here: Art of War Amazon US 
And it can be found on Goodreads here: Art of War Goodreads
 

Sorcerer’s Isle by DP Prior
My primary “go to” editor, DP Prior has released another fantasy novel. A new book in a new series in a new world, which can be found here: Sorcerer’s Isle 
I haven’t had time to read it yet, worse luck, but you should check it out. Here’s a glowing review which will give you some insight: Sorcerer’s Isle review
 

Publishing news: Shadow of the Exile (previously A Dark Background) structural edit complete.
I delivered the manuscript early February, and since then it has had three full passes by Clarence Haynes, a veteran developmental editor with Amazon Publishing. I think it’s in sensational shape, so hopefully it appeals to the majority of readers.

Foreign Translations
Heyne in Germany will be producing a German version of Blood of Innocents, book two in the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence — and they already have a cover and a blurb — Das Juwel von Mahrusan

And I have also agreed to an offer from Gruppo Editoriale Fanucci in Italy, to produce an Italian version of A Crucible of Souls! Updates on this coming as soon as I know more.

Work In Progress
I’m now writing the first draft of Dawn of the Exile having just completed the developmental edit of Shadow of the Exile. On the side, I have also managed to complete the first book in a hexalogy that I have high hopes for — and hopefully I’ll have more news on this huge project in a few months. Book one is around 142,000 words. I also have another manuscript I’m tweaking — the first book in a sword & sorcery thriller series. So essentially, I have quite a few books in various stages.

Again, for those of you wondering about Revenant Winds 2, I’ll be working on it as soon as Dawn of the Exile is in good shape. I was a very pleasant surprise signing the 47North deal, but it means putting a few things on hold for a while. I’m confident I can still have Revenant 2 completed in a reasonable time-frame. I’m getting a lot of writing done, which is great!
 
You can keep up to date by checking out the progress bars on my website. Just scroll down from the home page on mitchellhogan.com

A Dark Background audio deal

I can now officially announce I’ve signed a 2-book deal with Audible for the series I signed with 47North — tentatively titled A Dark Background!

Audible and I have developed a fantastic 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 A DARK BACKGROUND books I and II, an epic fantasy series about a demon summoned by a desperate sorcerer and bound to serve against his will, to Audible (audio rights), in a two book deal, in a good deal, for publication in 2018, 2019.

 

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 47North and Audible deal is such a great outcome.

As the publication process of the series progresses I’ll have more announcements. So keep an eye out for more information!

 

A Dark Background overview:

A forsaken battleground buried by time.

A deadly secret warded by sorcery.

When Tarrik Nal-Valim, demon of the thirty-seventh order, is summoned by a desperate sorcerer known as Serenity, he is bound to serve against his will.

Serenity compels Tarrik to protect her from colleagues hellbent on her destruction, and it seems they have good reason, for Serenity is sworn to bring back a great evil, and all the battles the world has ever known will pale into insignificance when the Adversary is freed from his prison.

But Serenity is not quite what she seems—sorcerers never are—and before long, both demon and master are caught up in a terrifying flood of murder, intrigue, and insurrection. Tarrik is running out of time, as every step they take brings the world closer to the brink. For if Tarrik continues to do as Serenity asks, untold misery and darkness will be unleashed; but if he refuses, it will be at the cost of his eternal essence—a true death for one of his kind.

 

47North deal

I have a new 2-book deal! In fact, I have two.

Only one contract has been signed with blood so I can only provide details about that deal. The series will be released through 47North (print and ebook), and an audiobook producer (audio), and I’m excited about this series! The first book is tentatively titled A Dark Background.

In Publishers Marketplace language:

Mitchell Hogan’s A DARK BACKGROUND books I and II, an epic fantasy series about a demon summoned by a desperate sorcerer and bound to serve against his will, to Adrienne Procaccini at 47North (ebook and print rights), in a two book deal, in a very nice deal, for publication in 2018, 2019.

How this all came about:

After I delivered the recordable file of Revenant Winds to Audible, I decided to work on a sword & sorcery novel during the three month wait until Revenant Winds would be released. But I’d also had an idea for an epic fantasy novel which I was getting more and more excited about (A Dark Background). In order to clear up the details in my mind I put together a blurb and a synopsis. One thing led to another, and I ended up in contact with the editor at 47North who expressed an interest in the novel. After reading a sample she (and the rest of the 47North team) loved it, and they made an offer for a two-book series. I also approached an audio publisher, who made a significant offer for the audio rights.

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 47North and audio deal is such a great outcome.

47North are aiming for a Fall 2018 (Oct.-Dec.) release of the first book, and the second book six months later.

I’ll have more posts about this deal and the series in the future, but for the moment this is all I wanted announce today.

A Dark Background overview:

A forsaken battleground buried by time.

A deadly secret warded by sorcery.

When Tarrik Nal-Valim, demon of the thirty-seventh order, is summoned by a desperate sorcerer known as Serenity, he is bound to serve against his will.

Serenity compels Tarrik to protect her from colleagues hellbent on her destruction, and it seems they have good reason, for Serenity is sworn to bring back a great evil, and all the battles the world has ever known will pale into insignificance when the Adversary is freed from his prison.

But Serenity is not quite what she seems—sorcerers never are—and before long, both demon and master are caught up in a terrifying flood of murder, intrigue, and insurrection. Tarrik is running out of time, as every step they take brings the world closer to the brink. For if Tarrik continues to do as Serenity asks, untold misery and darkness will be unleashed; but if he refuses, it will be at the cost of his eternal essence—a true death for one of his kind.