Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Audiobook Deal

So Glynn and I have just inked a deal with Podium Publishing, to produce audiobook editions of all the main-series ARISEN books.

They actually approached us three times; we turned them down twice, intent on holding onto our IP rights, until we either got around to doing our own editions – or else got bigger and might be looking at a comprehensive (print/audio/etc.) deal with a major publishing house.

But Podium kept sweetening their offer, including, in the end, a significant advance. And they're an interesting, and up-and-coming, outfit. They employ some top voice talent, have relationships with major houses and agencies – and they published The Martian by Andy Weir, which dominated the bestseller lists for months, garnered 1,500 Amazon reviews, was sold in a print deal to Random House, and is being made into a film by 20th Century Fox.

So that's good, then.

In slightly related news: very many thanks to everyone who helped us get to over 100 reviews for Book Five in its first month, and a 4.8-star average - briefly, and still nearly, 4.9! Awesome stuff. To paraphrase Gibran, our readers' reviews are love made visible, and they make us really happy and grateful. (It was also our awesome readers who got us to our highest ranking ever: Top 10 in Horror, Top 5 in War – and Top 250 overall on Amazon.)

As the audiobook editions appear, we'll announce them in the usual places. Meanwhile, happy holidays!

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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