Well it's been a crazy 12 days since the release of MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT. People are sending me pictures of themselves with the book (and please keep them coming! mark.jeffrey at gmail dot com), a couple of them are to the left.
I've done a book blog tour and have posts in several places around the web, I will post a comprehensive list in a few days. I talk about the 'road to publishing' and many other facets of the novel. The trick was writing something different and special for each book blog. If you Google my name, you'll see some of the interviews and guest posts pop up. Think of it as a scavenger hunt! :)
So now onto the big question: HOW IS THE BOOK SELLING?
Well, so far, it's selling really well! How well? I don't know yet. It's not easy to pull that info together. I'm told it takes a good two months to really know that. It was a solid first two weeks, I do know that. And I have all of you to thank for that.
On the other hand, it's not on the NY Times Bestseller's list yet either. That much I'm sure of. But then, I didn't expect it to be. Not THAT fast. This kind of book takes time for people to discover it and for word of mouth and word of mouse to drive sales. It took Harry Potter a good year to reach the list.
So please, a few things: If you haven't posted a review on Amazon, please do. Reviews help a LOT. That goes for Goodreads as well.
And if you enjoyed the book, please do tell your friends about it, in real life and online. Facebook it, Tweet about it.
(Look at it this way: the sooner this book starts selling well, the sooner Book 2 and Book 3 can be off my computer and in your hands! :)
Last, THANK YOU once again for Likeing it, buying it, all that. I do really and truly appreciate it, and every bit does make a difference -- I can tell you that for sure sitting where I am. All that 'every vote counts' thing? I understand it a LOT better now. ;)
The Planet Furious logo is complete! Here it is below... There will soon be Planet Furious-themed merchandise available in the Max Quick Store (there are already Serpents & Mermaids clothes and Max Quick logo'd clothes)
Here is the second episode of THE OFFICIAL MAX QUICK PODCAST up on YouTube - I read from Chapter 10; show some of the MQ merch; 'unboxing' of the actual hardcover book itself and news:
Just posted Episode 1 of the OFFICIAL MAX QUICK PODCAST on Apple's iTunes. I do a reading from the new book, answer reader question, show reader art, read some reviews, do an interview with Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine -- and much more!! I'll be releasing new video podcasts weekly, so please subscribe in iTunes.
Alternatively, I'll be posting them on YouTube, so here's the first episode as an embed:
Lots o' stuff has happened since my last post, let's dive in! First up: HarperCollins just released their own Max Quick book trailer, here it is:
Next up is some Max Quick-themed t-shirts & hoodies & baby t's and tank tops we're working on, here's a sneak peek below ... we're also going to do some Planet Furious concert T's and possibly a Starland High hoodie:
And lastly, but not leastly ... here's a new interview I just for FanboyComics.net. There's a transcript and an mp3 up there, so read or listen -- up to you!
This past week I received two pretty amazing letters (well, one letter and series of tweets). The first was from 10 year old Jake Ball, who read the new HarperCollins version of MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT in a single night (!). He's kindly given me permission to post it, so here it is:
Now that was a pretty awesome letter to get as an author. :) And I must say, exceptionally well-written for a 10 yr old!
Which brings my to the next bit of communication from last week: a US solidier tweeted to me that the Max Quick books 'helped get him through his deployment in Iraq'. Um. Wow.
Here are some screenshots of the conversation:
@Ninjatrainer went on to tell me that 'the books are quite popular in Iraq' with Iraqis and soldiers (!). He also told me he was going to arrange to have some pictures of the book in Iraq taken and sent to me -- and I will be certain to post them when I get them. (And just for clarification -- this is the 'vintage' self-published version of 'Pocket' they have over there, not the HarperCollins version).
Anyway: heartfelt thanks to both Jake and @Ninjatrainer for reaching out -- makes all the hard work that goes into these books very, very worth it!!!!
ADDENDUM: Here are two *really* nice recent reviews from Goodreads from the most excellent and fabulous author Sarah-Jane Stratford, author of THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN (which I am reading presently!! :) ) and Erin who was formerly a reader for Sony Pictures (meaning: she's read a *lot* of stuff and generally knows what would make a good movie and what wouldn't ... her review carries what we would call 'gravitas' :) ) Both are reviews of the new HarperCollins edition of 'Pocket':
As the publication date of the HarperCollins version of MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT approaches (May 1, 2011), I'm trying to build up the 'footprint' of the books inside Goodreads.com. For those of you who don't know: Goodreads is easily the #1 social network for book readers everywhere; for an author, there is no place more important to be 'seen' (not even Facebook!).
So: if you are on Goodreads -- and you have enjoyed either the earlier self-published version / podcast audiobook version of either POCKET or MAX QUICK: THE TWO TRAVELERS, *please* go and add the Harper version of POCKET to your 'To Read' list on Goodreads. Seriously. It really helps a lot. I would really appreciate it and come to your house in a clown outfit and do magic tricks. Okay, not that last part. But if I could, I would.
Just got permission from HC to post this ... it may still be tweaked a bit, I'm told ... but here it is!!! What do you think? (I am quite very very double delighted with it personally :) ) Feel free to repost / use / etc.
Kinda cool to see all the details -- Casey's patches, her green eyes, the fact that both of them are wearing Converse All-Star / Chuck Taylor sneakers :)
Here's the hi-res version (right click on it and select View Image -- or just click on it):
Had a call this morning with HarperCollins marketing folks: the official publication date for MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT is May 1, 2011. The book will be hardcover, and available for pre-order before then, I will certainly keep you informed of any new developments via this site and Twitter (follow @maxquick).
My name is Mark Jeffrey, and I'm the author of the Max Quick Series of books.
The first book, Max Quick 1: The Pocket and the Pendantwill be published in hardcover by HarperCollins in 2011. It was released first as a podiobook (mp3 podcast audiobook), where it got 2.4 million downloads.
Listen to the Book Trailer for the 2011 HarperCollins release of 'Max Quick 1: The Pocket and the Pendant':
The second book, Max Quick 2: The Two Travelers, currently exists only as a podiobook. The third book, Max Quick 3: The Bane of the Bondsman is still being written.
This is a website I've set up for everything Max Quick-related. As more info becomes available (such as cover art, etc.) I'll be sure to post it here. In the meantime, here is the original cover art for the self-published versions of the first three books (these are no longer available -- had to take them off the merket when I did the Harper deal):
If you've read or listened to the books and enjoyed them, I would very much appreciate if you would 'Facebook LIKE' it:
UPDATE - July 5, 2010:
So what is going on with Max Quick 3: The Bane of the Bondsman? I get asked this a lot -- which is actually pretty great, of course. It means people out there care about the story.
Well, here's the thing: As of right now, I have about half of it written. But I had a huge amount of rewriting to do on Max Quick 1 once HarperCollins acquired it, and that sucked time away from completing MQ3. I am now back to working on it as I can, but I will very likely have to next spend a lot of time on MQ2 rewrites -- and MQ2 is a MUCH larger and more complex book than MQ1.
For those of you who have been patiently waiting: I am SO sorry things went this way. I know this if very annoying for you -- and I did sort of leave you hanging at the end of MQ2. Rest assured, I have the rest of this figured out in my head, I'm not going to pull a LOST on you all :) I very much want to write several more Max Quick books and I aim to have each get better and better.
The book deal is good for me, of course: MQ1 will now be a major hardcover release, and there is already interest in doing Max Quick films, etc.
But it also means that MQ3 is a ways further off. Even if I had it finished right now, I could not simply release it or do the podiobook version (and -- by the way -- HarperCollins graciously allowed me to keep both MQ1 and MQ2 podiobooks available for free). I would be obligated to hold on to it until HarperCollins decided whether they wanted to publish it or not. This is part of being a grown-up author now.
There is a mailing list to right you can sign up for and whenever MQ3 news is available, I will be certain to send it to you.
Thanks again for all your support though they years -- you all ROCK!!
Praise for “Max Quick Book One: The Pocket and the Pendant” :
• ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award Finalist • Co-Winner, 2005 Ulysses Award • Yahoo! Podcasts: Top 100 Most Popular
“The next, best step for the Phillip Pullman/Harry Potter set!”
WHEN TIME mysteriously stops, young Max Quick must travel across America to find the source of this 'temporal disaster'... Along the way, he and his companions encounter ancient mysteries, quantum Books, and clues to the riddle of stopped Time. But the more Max learns, the more it seems that his own true identity is not what he once believed. Now he must race against a clock that can no longer tick, before the very world itself is altered forever...
“Jeffrey skillfully infuses the story with authentic historical context, and then thrusts this narrative into the future by introducing aliens, time travel and massive gems with the power to stop time and minds – a difficult task indeed, but one that he successfully accomplishes.” “Driven – and driven well – by good old-fashioned sci-fi storytelling.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“…it doesn't take long before the characters drag you hurtling into an inextricable web of metaphyics, time-travel, paranormal powers and Sumerian mythos. The plot is riveting, and holds you tight while these crazy concepts fly at your face -- it's like Albert Einstein pounding data into your skull, and you like it so much you say "thank you sir, may I have another!" The Pocket is NOT what you expect, no matter WHAT you expect. Buy it. Read it. It's just that simple.” New York Times Bestselling Author Scott Sigler (Infected, Ancestor, The Rookie, Earthcore)
“…few people have jammed as much imagination in a 212-page book as Mark Jeffrey has in ‘The Pocket and the Pendant’.” Lawrence Bernabo, Amazon.com Top 10 Reviewer
“Even adults will be fascinated by the theories in this tale. Author Mark Jeffrey has done a masterful job of blending facts and theories together smoothly for an amazing story that readers will find utterly delightful. Very well done indeed!” Detra Fitch / Huntress Reviews, Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer
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Here's a video interview I did about the Max Quick Series:
Praise for Max Quick Book Two: The Two Travelers
Five quiet years have passed in Starland, California since the the time of the Pocket. But when a crazed old man shows up with a warning, Max, Casey, Ian and Sasha suddenly find themselves on the run. Max and Ian go through an Arch back to 1912, where a mysterious Machine is under construction that seems connected to Max’s unremembered secret. Meanwhile, Casey and Sasha follow the old man to the strange town of Arturo Gyp.
But there is more afoot than meets the eye: the enemies of Mr. E - the nefarious Archons - are abroad. And when Max is at last eye-to-eye with his secret, he realizes nothing will ever be the same again...
"As good as I thought the first book was, this book is even better. Many authors have that quality first book, then in their follow on, the quality declines as they grasp for plots to extend the story or start blathering on about their personal preferences for love, life, food choices, political beliefs and all other what not. Mark doesn't.
Instead, this story puts it's foot on the throttle in chapter one, then brings you on a careening, edge of the seat ride right till the very end. A brilliant job of giving you enough information to guess where you may be going, and then providing surprises that take you to places you never thought you'd go. Great answers to questions from book one - and by the end - you'll have plenty of new questions that will leave you waiting for book three!" -- Goodreads.com Review
"Mark Jeffrey's characters have evolved enormously in the second and long anticipated novel of the Max Quick Series. The story gets deeper and deeper with every chapter, making it an amazing sequel to the first book, The Pocket and the Pendant.
Quite honestly, this book has put Mark Jeffrey near the top of my favorite authors of all time along with Stephenie Meyer, Chris Paolini, and the amazing Jo Rowling."
By: Saul Marquez Two Words to describe the Two Travelers: Simply. Amazing. I've already read through the book, but I was equally excited when I learned that the podiobook was coming. I literally counted down to the days and the day it came it, the first thing I did was download these episodes. So far - based on the podiobook performance and the bit that has been released - I have never listened to a better audio book. Mark Jeffrey's skill in story telling doesn't just leave the reader listening, but it has the reader using all of his five senses to paint a vivid and amazing picture. The Two Travelers is a must-download for all of those podcast fans out there, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next episode! :D
By: Keikomushi When something is good then there will be a trickle-on affect as people spread the world, and Max Quick is no different. If you thought the first book was good, then you won't be disappointed because this puppy is already shaping up to be an exciting read/listen. This book is a must-subscribe, but if you aren't caught up then be sure to listen to the first book before you get to this one. And if you like it spread the news, buy a print copy, and if you are able to then donate.
By: Fuschia OMG! We have waited SO LONG for another Max Quick book after The Pocket and the Pendent. I am so excited!!!!!! This is the only thing other than Potter that I like like this. Hooray!!!
"Just finished this after re-reading The Pocket and the Pendant ... WOW. This book swallows the first book whole! The leaps from Pocket to Travelers is like the leap from the The Hobbit to Fellowship of the Ring -- it has the same characters, but a much bigger and expanded world and stakes. The writing is much better in this book as well, Mr. Jeffrey has learned a lot since his first outing. He managed to touch on every theme and idea I have an interest in once again, a very philosophical book. AWESOME BOOK!! Two thumbs up!!!" -- Goodreads.com Review
MORE PRAISE FOR THE MAX QUICK SERIES:
"Mind-boggling creativity…The invented mythology that fuels the plot of this book, a blend of Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and many others that I'm sure I missed, was absolute genius. Upon reaching the portion of the book where the backstory was told (think of Frodo arriving at Rivendell and everyone sharing their stories, particularly Gandalf), I became hooked.” T Burger, Amazon.com Top 1000 Reviewer
Other Amazon.com Reviews: “A powerful thrilling read that brings you back and forth through scientific theory, childhood, and the meaning of the universe.”
“I've read a good deal of fiction books in my time, but nothing quite like this one. The mixing of ideas from all genres was just brilliantly done.”
“Jeffrey manages to throw down novel idea after novel idea…”
“Mark Jeffrey's book (the first in a planned series), has enough twists and turns to keep you flipping the pages and enough satisfying surprises to elicit a sigh of satisfaction at the end.”
“…young Mr. Quick may give a certain spectacled boy with a lightning scar on his forehead a run for his money.”
“Next, best step for the Phillip Pullman/Harry Potter set!”
“This is one of those rare books that you want to keep on reading but at the same time don't - because you don't want it to end.”
"The Tyranny of This Book Is Absolute!"
“A wonderful ride!”
“Mark Jeffrey is a word-wizard among wordsmiths.”
“…the most creative content anyone could have possibly shoved into those two hundred and some odd pages.”
And a few more random snappy snaps :)
Talking about MQ1 and 2 at Sundance a few years back ... that's Kara Swisher of the Wall St. Journal sitting next to me:
For a few weeks, 'Pocket' WAS the most popular ebook in the iTunes App Store (we've, er, slipped a little since then :)