Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2006.08.13 : All (Book) News Is Good News

"The road up and the road down are the same road."
- Heraclitus

     A real wave of good news on the book front. I'm feeling pretty chuffed – not to mention extraordinarily lucky.


A North American distribution deal for my novel THE MANUSCRIPT (published in April 2006 in the UK) has been finalised: the book will appear (in a trade paperback edition, with the current cover design) in the U.S. and Canada in January 2007. It will be available in, erm, bookstores and on Amazon.com. There will be some manner of promotional activity in support of this release. Watch this space!

UK Mass-Market Paperback Release

Pan Macmillan (Macmillan's general fiction publishing division) has made the decision to publish a mass-market paperback edition of THE MANUSCRIPT in the UK, appearing in August 2007. The cover and jacket design are to be "re-briefed". Look for it in an airport bookstore display near you! (And if you want the lovely collectible hardcover, grab it now - before it's only available at extortionate eBay prices!)

Mention in Stuff Magazine

THE MANUSCRIPT is included, along with a brief review, in Stuff's "The Best New Reads" section of their September issue. (Well, the UK version, anyway - don't know about the US version. Any reports from the field?) Stuff is one of those "lad" magazines, and the sister publication to Maxim. (You may not have heard of it, but it's actually extremely high profile compared to where I'm used to being reviewed!)

Follow-up to THE MANUSCRIPT to be Published by Macmillan in 2007!

Macmillan has formally committed to publishing my second novel, PANDORA'S SISTERS. It is expected to be released simultaneously with the paperback edition of THE MANUSCRIPT, most likely in August 2007. Enormously happily, and reassuringly, my editor and others at Macmillan seem to share my feeling that PANDORA'S SISTERS is even better than the first one. A lot better. More information on PANDORA'S SISTERS will be available on the web at, erm, some point. (Well, if you're sharp-eyed, you can find a few tidbits, somewhat out of date, on my "words" page . . .)

So, that's all been pretty lucky. On the downside, I now owe my editor rewrites of the new one . . . marketing plans for the U.S. and paperback releases of the old one . . . and, hey, crazy idea, I should probably actually be writing something new at some point. Basically, this writing lark seems to be turning into a job. (And an unpaid one, so far.) On the other hand, I suppose that's a pretty nice problem to have, in the scheme of things.

A million thanks to everyone who bought a copy of THE MANUSCRIPT in hardcover. None of this – not one bit – would have happened without you.

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close photo of Michael Stephen Fuchs

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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THE MANUSCRIPT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
PANDORA'S SISTERS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book One - Fortress Britain, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Genesis, by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Three - Three Parts Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Four - Maximum Violence, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Five - EXODUS, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Six - The Horizon, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Seven - Death of Empires, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eight - Empire of the Dead by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : NEMESIS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Nine - Cataclysm by Michael Stephen Fuchs

ARISEN, Book Ten - The Flood by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eleven - Deathmatch by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Twelve - Carnage by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Thirteen - The Siege by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Fourteen - Endgame by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Fickisms
ARISEN : Odyssey
ARISEN : Last Stand
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 1 - The Collapse
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 2 - Tribes
Black Squadron
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 3 - Dead Men Walking
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 4 - Duty
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 5 - The Last Raid
ARISEN : Fickisms ][ – This Time, It's Personal
ARISEN : Operators, Volume I - The Fall of the Third Temple
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