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Robert Stanek's forefather, the Pulitzer prize-winning author and National Book Award recipient, Wallace Stegner, who is thought of as the Dean of Western Writers, once called Robert one of the most versatile and naturally talented writers he'd ever met, Tolkien's heir. Robert's more than 250 books of both fiction and nonfiction have been translated into 57 languages, sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide and been published and/or distributed by nearly every major US publisher over the past 30 years.

Robert has over 2500 titles in active worldwide distribution, in print, digital, audio, library, scholastic and foreign language editions. You'll find a preview of some of his print books here and some of his audio books here.

Robert Stanek and his family over the years

Robert Stanek has been a writer in his heart since he was old enough to hold a pencil. Some say that a person's experiences define them. Well, that goes doubly-so for writers. As a writer, Robert Stanek draws on a deep well of experiences from his youth, his travels in the military, and his life as a family man. He writes in multiple genres and many of his readers follow him across those genres. Brian Jacques told Robert Stanek once to keep writing, just keep writing. He loved that advice and has lived it.

Robert Stanek writes books for all ages. His journey to publication was a longer one than most people can even imagine. He wrote novels for more than ten years before he ever tried to get published. His big break came with a book about publishing—only a different sort of publishing than you might imagine. The book was about web publishing and with its publication his career in writing began. While he wrote those other books, he also wrote many, many stories and books for his kids. Now he's a published author of both fiction and nonfiction. Of that, Robert Stanek says, "It’s been a long journey, but I think a rewarding one at the end of the day. Not only because I now have 30 years of writing to share with the world, but because the road traveled was one worth traveling."

Robert Stanek is the creator of After the Machines, Bugville Critters, Magic Lands, and Ruin Mist. He posts regularly to his author page on Facebook and to twitter @robertstanek. Follow his popular Books & Things and Read Indies blogs. Find his blog archives here.

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Journey Beyond the Beyond is the first Magic Lands book from Robert Stanek.








Reading level: Ages 9 and up
  Page count: 160 Pages
Publication date: August 2006
  Trade; Illustrated

Into the Stone Land is the second Magic Lands book from Robert Stanek.










Reading level: Ages 9 and up
  Page count: 248 Pages
Publication date: May 5, 2011
  Trade; Illustrated

Ray, a boy from a remote village, sets out on a journey to prove he is a man. Ray's journey is a right of passage for his people, and he must undergo many tests along the way. These tests challenge his will, his mind, his very self, and help him to grow and mature into the man he is destined to become. Join Ray on his journey to the place lost and deep and beyond!

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Ray's journey to the place lost and deep was only the beginning. His destiny has carried him beyond the beyond, and now he must journey into the stone land--a place he is deathly afraid of, and for good reason, for the stone land is the land of the High Wizard. The rule of the wizard is supreme. Yet it seems fated that Ray must meet and challenge the great wizard.

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Enter the world of Magic Lands:

1. The Story Begins | 2. The Story Continues | 3. The Truth Be Told

The world of Doamanse has many lands, many peoples. Ray knows nothing of these lands or peoples. He only knows what he must do, what those who have gone before him have done. He must prove to himself and to his people that he is no longer a child, that he is a man. He must do this by undertaking the right of passage of his people.
According to the village elder, Ray must set out at once on the journey of manhood. He warns Ray that his dark dreams may take him farther than anyone expects. For you see, Ray dreams of far away peoples and places--places neither he nor his people have ever seen before. And he dreams of the wizard--the high wizard of Adalayia.
What this means for Ray, none can say. But one fact is known. Ray must first journey to the place lost and deep. The place where the bulls and slithers gather. "Beware lashing tail and gnashing teeth," the village elder warns Ray when he sets out, "and if Old Bull doesn't get you, the slithers surely will."

New for the 20th anniversary of Ruin Mist. 

Robert Stanek's Guide to Publishing & Being an Author:

Traveling the Writer's Road | Taking Your Work From Print to Film

Selling Rights to Your Books | Viewpoints on Rejection Letters

Understanding Bestseller Lists | Finding Success as a Writer

How Far Indies Have Come in so Few Years | Understanding Book Sales Data

Understanding Publishing Today | From 4th Grade Musings to Published Pro

Don't Quit Your Day Job Just Yet | Tours of Duty - Write What You Know

Using Twitter Effectively  | Now Appearing... Places Books Have Been

The Road To Success | Understanding Long-tail Publishing

How I Made This Crazy Thing Called Writing a 20-year Career

$200 Million Man in 2014: What It's Like to be Wildly Successful as an Author

Shopping, Dragons, Independents, Oh My!

Justice Department Identifies Ten Amazon Staff Accepting Bribes

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