According to Wired, the book is fast-paced and tells the story of
a terminally ill game designer who unleashes a diabolical, self-replicating Web entity that enlists disaffected Netizens in its mission to destroy civilization.
But what might be more interesting than the plot was the author’s road to publication. Leinad Zeraus (real name: Daniel Suarez), an IT consultant, finished the book in 2004, then submitted it to agents. He got disappointing responses.
Finally, he and his wife formed their own publishing company and began producing the book via POD. They also got help with publicity from bloggers and influential techies. They wrote about the book on their sites and on Amazon. They pushed sales up. He got blurbs from big names and people who are respected by those likely to read such a techothriller. And word is still spreading through the Internet about Daemon.
Now a sequel will be coming out this year.
Just another example of someone taking a new, alternate road to publishing success.