Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood - Marketer

Baltimore, MD, United States

I'm an author and publishing professional with ten years of experience. My specialties are strategy, marketing, and sales.

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Overview

Science Fiction/Fantasy writer and publishing professional (sales and marketing). My books include Geekomancy, Genrenauts, Born to the Blade, and more. I've been a bookseller, field sales representative, and the Sales and Marketing Manager at Angry Robot Books. I'm also a co-host on the Hugo Award-finalist The Skiffy & Fanty Show and Speculate, an Actual Play Podcast with Science Fiction/Fantasy Professionals.
Services
Metadata & Blurb Optimization
Fiction
Adventure
Dystopian
Fantasy
Gaming & LitRPG
Humor & Comedy
Mashups
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy

Work experience

Consultant

Self-employed
April, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

North American Sales & Marketing Manager

Angry Robot Books
August, 2012 – March, 2018 (over 5 years)

For five and a half years I was the face of Angry Robot in North America, maintaining the company's relationships with sales & fulfilment partners Penguin Random House Publisher Services. I also coordinated Angry Robot's convention sales and grew into a more Associate Publisher-style role, doing high-level strategy, assistant art direction, acquiring editorial, and more.

Sales Representative

Wybel Marketing Group
May, 2009 – August, 2012 (over 3 years)

I was a sales representative serving several dozen publishers (non-fiction and fiction, adult and juvenile) to over fifty accounts across eight states.

I guided the company's strategy for comics and graphic novels as well as speculative fiction.

Projects

United States of Japan

By Peter Tieryas

Breakout novel that went on to become an international bestseller.

I managed the packaging, position, sell-in, and marketing approach for the title.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Skyfarer (The Drifting Lands Book 1)

Joseph Brassey

Firefly meets Final Fantasy as a daring crew faces off against a cruel order of sorcerous knights. The Axiom Diamond is a mythical relic, with the power to show its bearer any truth they desire. Men have sought for it across many continents for centuries, but in vain. When trainee sorceress Aimee de Laurent’s first ever portal-casting goes awry, she and her mentor are thrown into the race to f... read more

Firefly meets Final Fantasy as a daring crew faces off against a cruel order of sorcerous knights. The Axiom Diamond is a mythical relic, with the power to show its bearer any truth they desire. Men have sought for it across many continents for centuries, but in vain. When trainee sorceress Aimee de Laurent’s first ever portal-casting goes awry, she and her mentor are thrown into the race to f... read more

The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga 1

Kameron Hurley

A stunning new epic fantasy from two-time Hugo Award winner Kameron Hurley.On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past... while a world goes to war with itself. In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind no... read more

A stunning new epic fantasy from two-time Hugo Award winner Kameron Hurley.On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past... while a world goes to war with itself. In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind no... read more

The Lives of Tao

Wesley Chu

Goodreads Choice 2013 Finalist - Science FictionWinner of the Alex Award for the American Library Association's 2014 Youth Media AwardsWhen out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.He wasn't.He now has a passenger in his brain - an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first f... read more

Goodreads Choice 2013 Finalist - Science FictionWinner of the Alex Award for the American Library Association's 2014 Youth Media AwardsWhen out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.He wasn't.He now has a passenger in his brain - an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first f... read more

The Wrong Stars: Book I of the Axiom

Tim Pratt

Finalist for the 2018 Philip K. Dick AwardA ragtag crew of humans and posthumans discover alien technology that could change the fate of humanity… or awaken an ancient evil and destroy all life in the galaxy.The shady crew of the White Raven run freight and salvage at the fringes of our solar system. They discover the wreck of a centuries-old exploration vessel floating light years away from i... read more

Finalist for the 2018 Philip K. Dick AwardA ragtag crew of humans and posthumans discover alien technology that could change the fate of humanity… or awaken an ancient evil and destroy all life in the galaxy.The shady crew of the White Raven run freight and salvage at the fringes of our solar system. They discover the wreck of a centuries-old exploration vessel floating light years away from i... read more

Necrotech (SINless Book 1)

K C Alexander

Street thug Riko has some serious issues—memories wiped, reputation tanked, girlfriend turned into a tech-fueled zombie. And the only people who can help are the mercenaries who think she screwed them over.In an apathetic society devoid of ethics or regulation, where fusing tech and flesh can mean a killing edge or a killer conversion, a massive conspiracy is unfolding that will alter the cour... read more

Street thug Riko has some serious issues—memories wiped, reputation tanked, girlfriend turned into a tech-fueled zombie. And the only people who can help are the mercenaries who think she screwed them over.In an apathetic society devoid of ethics or regulation, where fusing tech and flesh can mean a killing edge or a killer conversion, a massive conspiracy is unfolding that will alter the cour... read more

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