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

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  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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