I am giddy with this news. As someone who has worked with Del Rey for a very long time, I know how much time and energy they spend looking for amazing talent. Michael J. Sullivan is definitely that. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michael on my anthology, Unfettered, as well as two upcoming anthologies, and he’s always shown himself to be a consummate professional and a caring individual. And not only that, but he is one helluva writer!
As can be read in the press release HERE, Michael needed for some specific things when he and his agent were shopping his new series, The First Empire:
“I was looking for a publisher to take this series to the next level. One who would both respect what I’ve accomplished in the past, and wanted to grow my career into the future. I found that in Editorial Director Tricia Narwani and her colleagues at Del Rey,” Sullivan said.
The deal is comprised of the first four books in Sullivan’s The First Empire series: Rhune, Dherg, Rhist and Phyre. A fifth book, Fhrey is also planned.
Like me, Del Rey’s Editorial Director Tricia Narwani is pleased to welcome Mr. Sullivan to the Del Rey fold:
“I was a fan of Michael’s work before we began discussions about him joining our team,” Narwani said. “When I shared Rhune with the Del Rey team—our publisher, my fellow editors, our marketing and publicity directors—the enthusiasm was instant and electric. On behalf of the entire Del Rey staff, I can say that it is an honor and a pleasure to welcome Michael to our house.”
I have more respect for Michael than just his writing and character. He entered the book industry as a self-published writer, showing dreams can come true through persistence and passion. I admire him for that as his philosophy helped launch my own writing career.
I guess we will be working a lot more now! Looks like Rhune will be publishing in Summer 2016!
Welcome to Del Rey, Michael!