I’m Aaron Pogue, international bestselling fantasy author. I self-published my first book in 2010, founded an indie publishing company with some of my best friends, and sold more than 100,000 books in our first year and a half. I’ve just agreed to a traditional publishing deal that will see my books in bookstores (and probably on the New York Times bestseller list). I’m living my wildest dreams.

Two years ago I had abandoned those dreams. I was working a full-time job as a technical writer for the government, writing stories in my free time with no expectation (or even plans) to ever share them with the world. I’d done the math and given up on ever “making it” as a professional novelist.

The difference was Amazon’s Kindle, and the e-book revolution that has completely changed publishing. Last summer, I dusted off my first serious novel, a fantasy epic called Taming Fire, and added it to the short list of sci-fi titles I had already published. Taming Fire took off. It started selling before I’d even announced it, and within a month I’d sold more than a thousand copies. Within six months, I was making enough on book sales to quit my day job and dedicate myself full time to writing and publishing.

Artists and the Public Domain

In the middle of all that, I spotted another opportunity, too. I saw how much my little publishing company–a handful of talented artists–were able to change our lives and make our dreams come true thanks to the digital marketplace and the opportunities it provides. I tried to imagine what we could do if we applied our creativity and ingenuity to the technology and networks available today.

Out of that consideration came the Consortium, an organization dedicated to finding, training, and supporting artists under a new patronage model. We’ll provide artists the security and benefits they could expect from a “real job,” and they get to spend their time and attention perfecting their craft. It trades the lottery system of publishers and record labels for the sanity of a service-industry job.

And then, because we’re the good guys, once we own this work-for-hire created by our full-time artists, we plan to release it into the public domain. Our motto is, “Support the artists to support the arts.”

It all sounds a little pie-in-the-sky, and I really wouldn’t have expected any of it to work, but the internet has been very, very good to us. Incredible things are happening, and as long as the market keeps supporting what we’re doing, we’re going to do our best to turn this vision into a reality.

Further Reading

Now for all the reference material:

That’s me from all angles. Thanks for stopping by!

Aaron Pogue

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Jacob h

    Hi Mr.Pogue I am a big fan of both Ghost Targets and The Dragonprince Trilogy(although I’m sad knowing theres only going to be one more book) I have read Taming fire and Dragonswarm dozens of times. The reason I love them so much is your magic system. I look forward to Dragon Prince’s Heir and good luck on the defense of your manuscript( it’s really cool you get to meet Deborah Chester her books are masterpieces albeit they shy in comparison to the Dragonswarm)

    1. Aaron Pogue

      Thanks, Jacob! I’m nervous about the defense, but I’m really planning to cherish all the rich feedback involved in the process.

      And yeah, studying under Deborah Chester has been great for my writing. The stories haven’t changed too much, but I’ve learned a lot about making those stories more accessible (and more powerful) for the reader.

    2. Aaron Pogue

      Oh! And I meant to tell you that even with the trilogy complete, there will be room for other stories featuring this time and these characters (and many other stories featuring this world).

      And if it’s the magic system you like best, I should be able to keep you entertained for a while, because that’s not changing much. (There are even elements of it in Ghost Targets, #2.)

  2. John raab

    Hello Aaron,

    I just stumbled across your book “Taming Fire”. I’m excited to try it out and hopefully follow the series. It would be good to possibly get you in our magazine to talk not only about your writing, but about the other work you are doing. Thanks.

    John Raab
    CEO / Publisher
    Suspense Magazine

  3. Bridget Conrad

    I stumbled across Taming Fire by accident on my Kindle last night. I’m not usually a fan of 1st person narratives, but after reading the sample I’m completely hooked! I can’t wait to finish the rest of the book 🙂

  4. Devrie Spaulding

    Hey there! I am a hopeful writer and I came across your wonderful books. I started reading your “about” page and now have some hope. I just finished my first book and am trying to edit it to make it better. Do you publish as well and do you have any advice? Absolutely love your Dragon Prince series! I have them on my kindle.

  5. Stine

    Aaron, on october the 20th I discovered your Ghost Targets series and subsequently downloaded Gods Tomorrow. I rapidly went through this and the following three books, with just a quick detour by The Dragonprince’s Heir, and have now completely run out of reading material. Help! Is there a GT5 in the making?

    Before you say anything, yes, I am aware that I read a bit too fast. Considering the number of typos and inconsistencies I usually discover though, it’s not too fast to have time to appreciate the book fully. And I do so very much appreciate your books, so please tell me there are more out there or on there way soon:)


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