74,197 words, and that’s a complete first draft of THE YOUNGER GODS #1. BOOM!
*Collapses into a puddle of DONE*
This novel is going to take more revision than any novel I’ve written since SHIELD AND CROCUS, but for now, it’s done.
Dear all, I’m incredibly thrilled to finally be able to share the news that I’ve inked a new book deal for what will be my print debut(!).
From the Publishers Marketplace announcement:
FICTION: SCIENCE FICTION/ FANTASY
Author of GEEKOMANCY, Michael R. Underwood’s SHIELD AND CROCUS about an aging revolutionary and a haunted city, to David Pomerico at 47North, in a nice deal, for publication in 2014 in print and graphic novel by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency. (World)
My Hollywood-style pitch for SHIELD is “Mistborn meets China Mieville,” since it combines high action with a New Weird-style setting.
SHIELD AND CROCUS is a novel that began its life as a short story critiqued at the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2007, with Graham Joyce as the instructor for the week. I was inspired by a story written by Jon Christian Allison, one of my classmates, and wrote a tale that combined a setting drawing upon the New Weird with the action of heroic fantasy that I’ve loved all my life.
Graham and my classmates encouraged me to take the story and expand it into a novel, and years later, after several revisions and a lot of growth on my part as a writer, I’m over the moon that David Pomerico has acquired it for 47North. David has a laser-focused plan for positioning and supporting the novel, including providing the truly exciting opportunity of having the story adapted as a graphic novel. More on that later.
I’ve had an impressive amount of feedback and support along the way, so the acknowledgements for this novel are going to be substantial. I cannot promise that I will not cry when I finally get around to writing them, since this novel has been a big part of my life for several years (from mid-2007 through 2010, most specifically), and represents the work that put me over the top from being an apprentice writer to a new professional. Without the skills at character voice and revision I developed working on SHIELD, I would not have been able to write GEEKOMANCY at the level that allowed it to be sold to Pocket Star.
I also want to take the time to give a huge shout-out to Sara Megibow, my agent, who has now helped me sign three book deals for a total of five novels and a novella, within the first two years of working together. Thanks to her support and cunning skills, I am going to have an amazingly busy 2014, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Today, Shaun Duke, co-overlord of Skiffy & Fanty revealed…
Yep, this means that I’m going to be a regular at Skiffy & Fanty, both the podcast and the blog – this includes author interviews, ongoing columns, the Shoot the WISB movie/TV discussions, Torture Cinema, and more. I really like the S&F folk, and it’s been a pleasure working with them already, plotting and scheming. You’ll see a lot of S&F content coming through here in the near future.
Huzzah! w00t! At long last!
Narrated by Julia Farhat, you can now beam all the jokes, all the genre emulation, and all the action straight into your ear-holes.
This is a particular pleasure for me, since I spent three years with audiobooks as my primary form of reading, since I spent most of my time as a book rep driving around the Midwest, and reading while operating a motor vehicle is both illegal and difficult.
The Celebromancy audiobook will likely come out very close to the ebook release in July, but that will ultimately be up to Audible, who are producing the audio editions.
If you aren’t already an Audible member, you can get a free audiobook by signing up for a trial membership.
The announcement is finally here! Starting Monday, I will be taking up a post as the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.
Official press release here - http://angryrobotbooks.com/2012/08/a-warm-welcome-to-our-shiny-new-bot-mike-underwood/
I’ll be doing the job from Indiana for several weeks, then moving to NYC to work out of the US Osprey office. I lived in Brooklyn as a kid, and have visited several times a year with my sales rep job, and I’m excited to be back in the Big Apple, but not nearly as excited as I am to focus all my energy and experience with one publishing house, serving as a brand champion for Angry Robot, Strange Chemistry (the upcoming YA imprint), and Exhibit A (a Crime/Mystery imprint coming Spring 2013).
I first heard of Angry Robot a few years back, when my dad told me about a new SF/F house that Random House was distributing in the states. I immediately loved the cover design, the clear sense of humor in the cover copy and design, and the whacky range of titles they published from the beginning.
These will be a busy few weeks — but don’t worry, Geekomancy readers, I’m still hard at work on the sequel, and will keep plugging along as fast and as best I can.
I’m very happy to have three bookstore events scheduled so far, where I’ll be doing readings, signings, trivia contests, and more.
“But Mike, this is an eBook? How will you sign copies for people?” you might ask. I know I did. But I think I’ve got a pretty good solution cooked up. My tablet lets me take snapshots of pictures and then draw on them with a stylus, so I can create images of the Geekomancy cover, sign them to readers, and then send them by email. It’s not quite the same as a signed paper book, but I think it’s pretty cool. I have also made up book plates (aka business cards), which I can sign with a sharpie. I will also sign other things, as requested (character sheets, RPG books, T-Shirts, etc.) because hey, why not?
The Official Book Launch Party will be on Saturday July 21st, at my friendly local Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Bloomington, IN. I’m very happy that the Bloomington B&N is hosting the launch party, since I used to work at the store, and my time as a barista and bookseller was the start of my career in publishing. I’ll be doing a reading, signing (see above), and hosting a geek trivia contest and a Geeky T-Shirt contest.
I’m also very honored that a couple of my independent bookstore friends will be hosting me for events during my traveling season for work this summer.
Here’s the current list of events!
July 13th, 7:00 PM at CoffeeTree Books in Morehead, KY. Postponed for now. Stay tuned for details.
July 17th, 7:00 PM at McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey, MI.
July 21st, 6:00 PM at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Bloomington, IN. Facebook page for the event is here.
Today, I got the first blurb for Geekomancy! And it’s a doozy, if I do say so myself.
“If Buffy hooked up with Doctor Who while on board the Serenity, this book would be their lovechild. In other words, GEEKOMANCY is full of epic win.”- Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy