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Robert Stanek is a dad, husband, and #1 bestselling author of more than 150 books, including the epic fantasy Ruin Mist series. His books have received many awards for excellence and outstanding contributions to the writing community. Dubbed 'A Face Behind the Future' by The Olympian, he has been helping to shape the future of the written word for two decades. Robert Stanek is founder of ReadIndies, GoIndie and more, supporting aspiring, new and established authors. His books have been featured and/or recommended by VOYA, Publisher's Weekly, Parenting Magazine, the Journal of Electronic Defense, BookWire, The Children's Bookshelf, Children's Writer, Library Journal, The Fantasy Guide, and more.
In his long, distinguished career, Robert Stanek's books have been distributed and/or published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, Macmillan, Pearson, Microsoft, O'Reilly, Prentice Hall, and others. Robert Stanek also was a columnist for PC Magazine and Dr. Dobbs. After high school, he joined the military to see the world and has lived in Asia, Europe, the Pacific, and many parts of the United States. He served two combat tours in the Gulf War as a combat flyer. Learn more at www.robertstanek.com, www.ruinmistmovie.com, and www.bugvillecritters.com.
From his earliest days as a writer to the present, Robert Stanek has been lending a helping hand to other writers. Over the years, he's helped many, many writers get their books and professional papers published. In 2007, he also founded Go Indie and ReadIndies.
Don't miss his #1 bestselling Ruin Mist books:
Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches #1, 2, 3, 4
In the Service of Dragons #1, 2, 3, 4
Guardians of the Dragon Realms #1, 2
Dragons of the Hundred Worlds #1,2
A Daughter of Kings #1, 2, 3, 4
Like the little engine that could, his books are the little books that could. Year after year his books have had steadily increasing readership. Interest from movie production companies has come and gone. New editions and new books have been introduced. A graphic novel and comics were released. He works now and again on a script that may someday be the first Ruin Mist movie (or it may not). "Who knows for sure what the future may bring," he says.
He thought 2002 was a banner year when print sales soared beyond his wildest expectations and he was living with a smile on his face. He thought that year would never be topped, never be achieved again. Until he brought Ruin Mist to audio in 2005 and the books catapulted to #1 on Audible for FOURTEEN consecutive weeks and then stayed on the Kids & YA Top 10 for the next THREE YEARS.
When that massive run ended, he thought, "Oh man, this is the end of the ride, but what a ride it's been." Then sales rocketed again and he had his best few years ever as a writer. "That was nirvana. That was magical."
By 2011 he thought for sure the ride was over. That this was it for Ruin Mist, but it wasn't so for the 12 months from October 2011 to September 2012 brought more new readers to the world of Ruin Mist than any other 12-month period. Ever. "Who knew books published so many years ago could still have best years ahead of them," he says. "The point being, you never know. That first or next book you write may be the one. Then again it might not, but you never know until you put yourself out there."
About writing, Robert Stanek says, "You know you're in the right place in life when you wake up every day with a smile on your face. You know you're in the right place as a writer when that smile is because you're eager to get to the keyboard, eager to get the thoughts racing through your mind down on paper."
"That eagerness to capture thoughts on paper has carried me through many days, many years, and many books. As a writer, that eagerness has made the blank page a friend rather than a foe. That blank page can be your friend too--if you let it. And if you let it, you can fill it with everything that's inside you, everything that you can wonder about, everything that you can dream about, and everything that you can imagine."
Wondering where to start reading Stanek's work? Consider "The Best of Robert Stanek" list from OverDrive's ContentWire for Libraries...
#1 The Pieces of the Puzzle
#2 Keeper Martin's Tale
#3 Bugville Collection #1: Visit Mom and Dad At Work, Go to School, Have a Sleepover, Visit Garden Box Farms
#4 The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches
#5 In the Service of Dragons
#6 Journey Beyond the Beyond
#7 Stormjammers: The Extraordinary Story of EW Operations in the Gulf War
#8 Bugville Critters: Every Number Counts
#9 Absolutes & Other Stories
#10 Exploring Ruin Mist: Special Edition for "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches" and "In the Service of Dragons"
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