What Makes an Author a Breakout Author?

AISFP_300x300My two part interview series with Zachary Jernigan is now up at Adventures in SciFi Publishing (Part one; Part two).

I recently complimented Zachary Jernigan, debut author of No Return from Night Shade Books, as being a breakout author. He was shocked by this, because he’s humble at times, but also because he doesn’t think he has sold that many books. I told him I don’t see a breakout author as having to have sold a ton of books, but who has leaped ahead of the pack, or at least my expectations. His book is shockingly well written, for a debut novel, and immediately places him among the top tier of the genre.

Whom would you say deserves to be called a breakout author, and why?

My book review of No Return

About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former executive producer and Hugo Nominee of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. He has been broke and lost on the other side of the world and now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer, he released his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant, and a new series that begins with Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up for his newsletter for news, sales, giveaways and more: http://www.timothycward.com/newsletter/.

One Response to What Makes an Author a Breakout Author?

  1. My goodness, Tim! I didn’t see this until now. (Thank Google!) This was so kind of you to write.

    My answer? I read Brent Hayward’s two books for ChiZine a couple years ago, and they blew me away. He has such a fertile imagination, and he writes like no one I’ve ever read before. Plus, he’s a really, really nice guy.

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