Open Road…..take me home…..(Big Ole Publishing News)

 

Once upon a time, there was this little book called 3 Gates of the Dead. The writer despaired that it would never see the light of day after two agents exploded on him. Then, his amazing friend, Italia Gandolfo, became his amazing agent and she went to work.

She found a new, cutting edge publisher in Los Angeles called Premier Publishing, with an incredible board of highly accomplished executives, including super-agent Joel Gotler. The company started off as a digital publisher, but they decided to publish approximately 20, handpicked titles per year that would be sold into brick-and-mortar stores. 3 Gates was chosen as one of those titles.

When the book was published, it started to slowly gain attention, not being on anyone’s radar. To everyone’s surprise (including my own), the book started to receive some major league reviews in publications such as Library Journal and New York Journal of Books. The novel started to sell. Indeed, it started to sell very well.

So well, in fact, a huge company like Amazon took notice. First, they gave 3 Gates and its sequel, Dark Bride, an audio contract with a nice advance and royalty through Audible.com. Then, they signed 3 Gates to an exclusive one-year deal for digital distribution.

All of this accumulated into the big announcement I’m making now:

As of today, May 1st, Open Road Integrated Media  is the proud owner of 3 Gates of the Dead and Dark Bride. Open Road was co-founded by Jane Friedman, former Executive Vice President of Random House and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide. They publish ebooks by my all-time favorite authors like Michael Chabon, Walker Percy, and Sherman Alexie, along with some other legendary names. Yeah, I share the same publisher as Walker Percy.

Seriously geeked out here.

As they bought out my contract with Premier, the terms are pretty much the same. Plus, even though Open Road was founded as a digital publisher, they are also beginning to publish a select number of titles per year for brick-and-mortar stores. And once again, 3 Gates made the cut with Dark Bride hitting shelves November 1st as an Open Road title. The digital books will be released by Audible, so if you like listening over reading, you’ll get your chance to hear the story in creepy Hi-Fi sound…

On top of all this, I’ll have a major announcement about my Young Adult trilogy, Revolution of the Wolf, and my Middle Grade series, Ghost Bear, in a couple of weeks.

Before I end this, I want to thank my amazing ambassador, friend, and magician, Italia Gandolfo, who was part of this whole process. Further, I want to thank Thomas Ellsworth, CEO of Premier, who believed in 3 Gates, took a big risk on a no-name author, and made the book a success.

Finally, thank you, dear reader, for reading my books and sending me such lovely messages. You help keep this writer in protein bars and coffee.

What an amazing journey so far. Stay tuned, there’s more to come…

 

 

About Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan Ryan is a novelist, blogger and columnist. His novel, 3 Gates of the Dead, published by Open Road Media, is in bookstores everywhere. The sequel, Dark Bride, will be out early next year along with a powerful new Young Adult Trilogy, Revolution of the Wolf and a moving middle grade series, Ghost Bear.


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