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Brandon Sanderson has been shared in 13 public circles

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Dylan Cuffy13,593#WhatLiesAground Well...life goes on, and I'd better keep going. (Let me know how you feel about Robin Williams' death in the comments below.)Time for the first edition of the Fab 500 sequel, Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Everyone I've circled, from the time the first one became full (back in April) on till now. From seasoned writers, to +Empire Avenue stalwarts, to several buddies in the furry fandom.A special shout-out to +Franck RABESON out of Madagascar—probably that country's only established fur—and to +Jason Levy and his Elite Inner Circle pals (with thanks to Ms. Blankenship, +Amanda Wright).Stay tuned for the upcoming +Widbook launch of Marigot Magic, my 2012 NaNoWriMo project. (Written with furries, Disney fans, and the Caribbean elite in mind.) Until then, enjoy your summer—and wish me luck!(NEXT UPDATE: 275 accounts, ETA late August–early September.)2014-08-12 02:20:32250000CC G+
Marsha Friedman3,586This circle is for +++++++Published Authors++++++. You'll find both fiction and non-fiction writers who are committed to promoting each other's work here on Google+. Please feel free to add all of these fine folks and share this circle with your friends!Just add the circle and share it with your followers!#greenliving   #environmentalism   #environment   #alternativeenergy2014-06-05 14:43:06329000CC G+
Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212CC G+
Moe Tousignant6,227RPG Circle ShareI hadn't done these in some time but decided to start up in the new year. Earlier this week I shared my first circle, my A circle.What you have here is my B - RPG Gamers circle. These are all G+ users who's name they have chosen to use start with the letters B. Everyone in this circle should have something to do with RPGs in some way. They may be a designer, a writer, an editor, an artist, a publisher, a fan, an edition warrior, a blogger, a podcaster, etc. If you do grab some of these people you should take the time to say hi! The best way I've found to do this is put them into a "New People" circle, send a message out to that new circle and then split the people up into whatever circle system you choose to use.2014-01-09 22:25:56205213CC G+
Chadwick Halse6,964Happy Monday #gplus!This is a small circle of  #gplusers  who have been featured on the #circlecount top 100 profile risers list!#circleshare #sharedcircle #Monday #top100 2013-09-30 14:12:58146151245CC G+
Moe „Gilvan Blight“ Tousignant4,123RPG Circle ShareWhat you have here is my RPG Gamer A-B circle. These are all G+ users who's name they have chosen to use start with the letters A or B.Everyone in this circle should have something to do with RPGs in some way. They may be a designer, a writer, an editor, an artist, a publisher, a fan, an edition warrior, a blogger, a podcaster, etc. If you do grab some of these people you should take the time to say hi! The best way I've found to do this is put them into a "New People" circle, send a message out to that new circle and then split the people up into whatever circle system you choose to use.2013-02-24 22:55:38446002CC G+
Matt Hall2,153What do you mean you haven't circled these people yet!?This is my core circle. Some of the most informed/engaging/cool people on here.So start circling! #Sharedcircle   #Sharedcircles  2012-09-12 14:18:5670101CC G+
Amanda Blain1,893,521*Dungeons and Dragons / Roleplaying / Fantasy Fans Circle*I cast magic missle on the darkness! This circle is made up of people who love Roleplaying, Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Fantasy books and more... Some of whom I play a weekly pathfinder session with in a Google Hangout... :) It Rocks! All are active posters and interact. If you are in this circle why not share the circle love around. If you do any role playing, fantasy posts, novels etc... comment here with some examples and I might add you to the next round. :)#dungeonsanddragons #fantasy #roleplaying   #dnd   #sharedcircles  (How my shared circles are made: http://bit.ly/LypWu5 )2012-09-08 21:04:501007415147CC G+
Shaun Duke1,539Google+ Shaun:This is my Writers, Geeks, and Friends circle.  A lot of you are already in said circle.  If you believe you should be in there, let me know in the comments.Why do I use this magic circle of doom?  It lets me partition my stream into my specific interests.  I also have a politics circle.  You only go in a circle if the bulk of what you post fits the theme.  Hope that makes sense.So:  who wants in?2012-06-09 01:31:19440412CC G+
Josh Ferry Woodard1,098Short Story Writers CircleRead my short story and re-share if you like it"I'm flamboyant… And I'm drunk." Sir William announces himself to me as he walks into the bar gracefully and stands beside me.He is an old man with grey hair, a large potbelly and relaxed wrists. He is wearing a smart light blue shirt that is tucked into his well-fitted black trousers. His friendly eyes, magnified slightly by his spectacles, give the impression of youthful exuberance curbed by worldly wisdom. His tanned skin is surprisingly healthy and his lack of wrinkles reflects his sanguine attitude toward life. We are sat in a booth at the back of the bar and Sir William is telling me about his experiences. He was a carpenter, and a sailor, and a saint, and a soldier, his father was an editor and his daughter is the Personal Relations manager for Manchester United Football Club. His sister is Korean, but North or South "It does not matter which because anybody who tries to differentiate between the two, really doesn’t understand Korea.”He asks me about my ambitions and is thrilled to talk about travelling the globe. He boasts of his time as a sailor: “I spent many years of my youth, enjoying day after day on the world’s most exotic beaches, building up an appetite to devour the local cuisine.” He leans in closer to me and holds my gaze, speaking softly and slowly. “And the thing is it does not matter if you speak their language, these women are sensual beings, they can communicate in the language of love.” And that is something to be treasured, he assures me.It seems something has struck a chord within him and he orders vodka lemon-limes for the two girls sitting opposite us. When the drinks arrive he beckons the two girls over. One blonde and one ginger, but both beautiful and young. At first they appear withdrawn, in their body language and in their conversation. But before the drinks need topping up, they are both drawn to his eccentricities and I can feel his aura of warmth enveloping their inhibitions; banishing them like a charm or a spell.“Sir William, why are you called Sir William?” The blond girl asks.“Well, because I am, a sir.” He replies, as if that was an explanation. “It all started when I was kicked out of Kings College at the modest age of twelve…”He goes on to describe a completely different story of how he and “good old Leo Wilkins” hijacked a cement mixer and took it on a joy-ride around “half of the school” demolishing a triplet of brand new tennis courts. The guilty apparatus was later found jammed into a freshly blossomed cherry tree draped with wondrous pink petals. Even the groundsman, he tells us, was compelled to appreciate the juxtaposition of the tragic tableau. But it was not enough. And he was therefore expelled from Kings College in the autumn.It turns out that his exclusion from all boys school opened a whole new world to the young William. Instantly, the advent of girls into his life affected him deeply. On the very eve of his first day at Thames-Valley Comprehensive he attended a raucous evening dinner that swiftly metamorphosed into a “decadent all-night-long party complete with booze, cigarettes, nudity and casualties. And this at the tender age of twelve!” One girl was found unconscious of alcohol poisoning, so William - ever the pragmatist - swiftly whisked off her clothes and placed her in the healing comfort of the cold bath.The girls are waiting on his each and every, soothing and well-articulated, word throughout this recollection so talk of his knighthood subsides.He asks the girls about their marital status and we find out that he is divorced but is currently having an affair with the head of the Merseyside Metropolitan Police Station. He tells us that she is fifty-four years old and has “tremendous breasts - d2012-04-28 17:14:53200113CC G+
Matthew Trotter63Okay. I've been collecting shared #writer / #reader circles for the past week or so, and I thought I'd share our combined efforts. Of course, G+ only allows you to share 500 people at a time, so this isn't a complete list, but it's pretty substantial.I've had a blast talking to and getting to know all of you over this past week or so. I've laughed, learned, and loved—a lot. I hope this circle will provide you the same pleasure that it has provided me.And just because you don't see yourself doesn't mean you're not in my circle. Like I said, there's a 500 person sharing limit. Still, if there's any doubt, you can ask to be added. I'm more than happy to.Much writerly love and salud,MattP.S. Share this circle and share the love with all of these fantastic people. #writers #writing #writersgroup #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #readers #readerscircle #books #ebooks #indieauthors2012-04-27 21:12:48500506CC G+
Mike Clancy4,368321 ... Blastoff! Here's my circle of avid and engaged lovers of science fiction again ... with +70 new interesting participants. If you want to be part of this curated group, just +1. If you're already a part of it, please share and continue posting. Be advised: non-posters are dropped.2012-04-18 22:35:153211612CC G+
Gregory Lynn1,215Greetings,I haven't shared this publicly in a while so here goes. It's a collection of folks who write speculative fiction. In a few moments I will also be sharing a circle of people who read speculative fiction.The idea is to share the readers with the writers and the writers with the readers so readers can discover new writers and writers can discover new readers et cetera and so forth.If you're interested in being added to either (or both) please just drop a comment below.Also please feel free to share around to anyone you know.2012-03-11 23:16:3157300CC G+

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2014-03-04 23:50:51 (57 comments, 32 reshares, 336 +1s)

Words of Radiance is out now!
Sample chapters: http://brandonsanderson.com/words-of-radiance-sample-chapters
Worldwide buy links: http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=67
Tour schedule: http://brandonsanderson.com/events

Most reshares: 199

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2014-06-20 18:44:03 (12 comments, 199 reshares, 105 +1s)

THE CONTEST IS OVER! We're currently figuring out who won.

OLD TEXT:

Share this photo in the next 24 hours (starting July 7, 2014, 23:53 GMT) for a chance to win this ebook bundle! Contest details below.

The Cosmic SciFi Bundle at http://StoryBundle.com/SciFi is available only until Wednesday night. It includes works by Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye, Frank Herbert, Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, Michael A. Stackpole, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason, and Peter J. Wacks, along with me, Brandon Sanderson. This is a great lineup, and in the tradition of bundles like this, you can name your price and receive six of these ebooks, and if you pay more than $12 you receive the first six as well as Legion, Crisis on Doona, and Perfectly Invisible. All are DRM-free. You can also decide what the split should be between the authors and the... more »

Most plusones: 410

2014-04-23 18:36:26 (42 comments, 37 reshares, 410 +1s)

The Wheel of Time, as a whole, has been nominated for a Hugo Award for best novel. I am thrilled, honored, and excited—and when Harriet heard the news, she lit up as I’ve never seen her do before. Thank you.

Congratulations to all of the other nominees! I have a few things I’d like to say about this nomination. First, I’d like to speak to Wheel of Time fans themselves. Secondly, I’d like to speak to those who are criticizing the nomination.

To The Wheel of Time Fans

Thank you for your enthusiasm. I’m certain that Robert Jordan is smiling at you right now. However, I do want to reiterate what I said earlier when I got wind that the WoT fandom was considering a campaign to get the Wheel of Time nominated: be careful. Please don’t let the Hugo Awards become a shoving match between fandoms.

“But Brandon,” you might say, “everyone says the HugoAwards are a popula... more »

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2014-08-19 17:50:05 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 33 +1s)

So, both Donald Mustard (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204559665930640 ) and Jason Denzel called me out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Bucket_Challenge ). I figured since I was on tour for that whole strange GISHWHES scavenger hunt thing and couldn’t participate, I should do something for this one.

Besides, it turns out we could kill two birds with one stone. We here at Dragonsteel Entertainment have a rigorous QA process regarding the production of new materials, and this challenge fit right in with something we’d already scheduled.

See this video. http://youtu.be/Cxi-90UMu0M

Now, the point of this challenge is that you either donate $100 to the ALS Association, or you do the ice bucket thing and donate $10. As I did the ice bucket thing, we’re choosing to donate $10 to ALS, and instead give the $100 to the Cure Alzheimer’sFund in... more »

So, both Donald Mustard (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204559665930640 ) and Jason Denzel called me out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Bucket_Challenge ). I figured since I was on tour for that whole strange GISHWHES scavenger hunt thing and couldn’t participate, I should do something for this one.

Besides, it turns out we could kill two birds with one stone. We here at Dragonsteel Entertainment have a rigorous QA process regarding the production of new materials, and this challenge fit right in with something we’d already scheduled.

See this video. http://youtu.be/Cxi-90UMu0M

Now, the point of this challenge is that you either donate $100 to the ALS Association, or you do the ice bucket thing and donate $10. As I did the ice bucket thing, we’re choosing to donate $10 to ALS, and instead give the $100 to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund in the name of Sir Terry Pratchett. I figured it would be worthwhile to spread the love from this charity drive around.

I’m allowed to call several people out on this, so I’m going to point the arrow at Howard Tayler and Dan Wells. I want to see them get doused, so consider yourselves challenged, guys. (I’d call out Mary too, but I think she’s traveling back from London following her Hugo win at Worldcon. Assuming everyone’s not completely fed up with celebrities getting water dumped on their heads, I’ll leave it to one of you to call her out once she’s back.)

Best,

Brandon

p.s. Here’s a slow-motion, zoomed-in shot of the actual ice dump. ___

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2014-08-19 17:50:03 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 79 +1s)

So, both Donald Mustard (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204559665930640 ) and Jason Denzel called me out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Bucket_Challenge ). I figured since I was on tour for that whole strange GISHWHES scavenger hunt thing and couldn’t participate, I should do something for this one.

Besides, it turns out we could kill two birds with one stone. We here at Dragonsteel Entertainment have a rigorous QA process regarding the production of new materials, and this challenge fit right in with something we’d already scheduled.

See this video.

Now, the point of this challenge is that you either donate $100 to the ALS Association, or you do the ice bucket thing and donate $10. As I did the ice bucket thing, we’re choosing to donate $10 to ALS, and instead give the $100 to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund in the name of SirTerry P... more »

So, both Donald Mustard (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204559665930640 ) and Jason Denzel called me out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Bucket_Challenge ). I figured since I was on tour for that whole strange GISHWHES scavenger hunt thing and couldn’t participate, I should do something for this one.

Besides, it turns out we could kill two birds with one stone. We here at Dragonsteel Entertainment have a rigorous QA process regarding the production of new materials, and this challenge fit right in with something we’d already scheduled.

See this video.

Now, the point of this challenge is that you either donate $100 to the ALS Association, or you do the ice bucket thing and donate $10. As I did the ice bucket thing, we’re choosing to donate $10 to ALS, and instead give the $100 to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund in the name of Sir Terry Pratchett. I figured it would be worthwhile to spread the love from this charity drive around.

I’m allowed to call several people out on this, so I’m going to point the arrow at Howard Tayler and Dan Wells. I want to see them get doused, so consider yourselves challenged, guys. (I’d call out Mary too, but I think she’s traveling back from London following her Hugo win at Worldcon. Assuming everyone’s not completely fed up with celebrities getting water dumped on their heads, I’ll leave it to one of you to call her out once she’s back.)

Best,

Brandon

p.s. Here’s a slow-motion, zoomed-in shot of the actual ice dump. http://youtu.be/KqjMOCwpjiQ___

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2014-08-18 17:57:36 (33 comments, 3 reshares, 83 +1s)

The Wheel of Time Did Not Win a Hugo. (And that’s okay.)

For those who haven’t yet seen the results of the 2014 Hugo Awards, they have been posted here:
http://www.thehugoawards.org/2014/08/2014-hugo-award-winners/
The Wheel of Time, despite displaying a fine showing for first place votes, ultimately did not prevail in winning a Hugo Award. (Though Mary’s excellent novelette, “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” did win—so congrats! And Julie Dillon, whose art graces the cover of Shadows Beneath among many other works, picked up a well-deserved Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist.)

The first post online I saw regarding this was someone commiserating toward me that I’d been robbed. While I appreciate this sentiment, and this fan’s enthusiasm, I don’t feel the same way. I think it’s incredible we got onto the ballot in the first place, and I think we did verywell. We were not “... more »

The Wheel of Time Did Not Win a Hugo. (And that’s okay.)

For those who haven’t yet seen the results of the 2014 Hugo Awards, they have been posted here:
http://www.thehugoawards.org/2014/08/2014-hugo-award-winners/
The Wheel of Time, despite displaying a fine showing for first place votes, ultimately did not prevail in winning a Hugo Award. (Though Mary’s excellent novelette, “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” did win—so congrats! And Julie Dillon, whose art graces the cover of Shadows Beneath among many other works, picked up a well-deserved Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist.)

The first post online I saw regarding this was someone commiserating toward me that I’d been robbed. While I appreciate this sentiment, and this fan’s enthusiasm, I don’t feel the same way. I think it’s incredible we got onto the ballot in the first place, and I think we did very well. We were not “robbed.” This is how the Hugos work—the fans decide what is worthy, and—by definition—that is the piece that deserves the award.

This is a good thing. The award—as I’ve blogged about before—belongs to the fans. In addition, the Hugos have a built-in failsafe against people swinging in and voting only for one author, rather than reading extensively in the category. (It comes in the form of Instant Run-Off voting, which is explained here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting ) While The Wheel of Time got a lot of votes for first place, not many people ranked us second or third. This means that while some people really, really love The Wheel of Time, the majority of voters didn’t. (Or, the people who ranked us second also ranked Ann Leckie’s book first.)

More likely, though, I have a hunch that many readers just didn’t have time to read the entire series by the deadline. Epic fantasy novels have a tough time at the Hugos. The Lord of the Rings, famously, lost to Foundation (http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/1966-hugo-awards/ ) Volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire have lost on three separate occasions, while Guy Gavriel Kay (in my opinion, the greatest living author of epic fantasy) hasn’t ever even been nominated.

I don’t think this is the result of some conspiracy, though the award—which is in the shape of a rocket ship—does tend to favor science fiction. I do think, however, that the length of epic fantasy books and series work against them in regards to awards. Hugo voters, historically, have been a responsible lot—but asking them to read ten thousand or so pages before voting in a category was a bit of a stretch.

Reading, digesting, and keeping abreast of an epic fantasy series is a time-consuming process, which sticks us with a catch-22 when it comes to awards. If volumes get nominated on their own, as George R.R. Martin’s were, they can’t be READ alone, and have a handicap because they’re only one slice of a larger story. If they get nominated as a single story (as The Wheel of Time did) then they’re just too long to read in time for the voting. (Not to mention the controversy of having a series voted in the “novel” category.)

This isn’t to say fantasy novels in a series CAN’T win. (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire did win, as did Paladin of Souls by Lois Bujold.) But in the long run, I always thought we were an underdog here, and I’m actually pleased at the showing. (We ranked significantly higher than “No Award,” which means that the majority of fans DID think we deserved the award, just not as much as other pieces did.)

I’m fully confident that The Wheel of Time was, and is, worthy of award recognition. Robert Jordan was an amazing man, and a fantastic author who inspired an entire generation of writers and readers. I’m honored to have been part of the series, and honored that the Hugo voters gave us a nomination in the first place. Truly, this was a great way to recognize him, and I sincerely appreciate the nod from fandom.

Congratulations to all the winners! I look forward to seeing you all in Spokane next year: http://www.spokanein2015.org

Brandon___

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2014-08-13 17:34:35 (12 comments, 8 reshares, 104 +1s)

New cover photo.

New cover photo.___

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2014-08-07 19:26:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

I’m in Calgary, Alberta, Canada today through Sunday. The When Words Collide convention is sold out, but there are three events that are free and open to the public. See full details below.

Thursday, August 7, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Fish Creek Library Signing (open to the public)
http://calgarypubliclibrary.com/services/programs-events?p=4335
Address: 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE
Calgary, AB, Canada T2J 6S1
Phone: (403) 260-2600
Date:
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Join us for readings by international bestselling authors, followed by a Q & A and book signing.
Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Guest, Mark Leslie, D.J. MacIntosh, Jack Whyte

Friday, August 8, 1:00–3:00 p.m., Clarence-Phaeton room
Festival Guest Readings (open to the public)
Address: The Carriage House Inn
9030 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB, Canada T2H 0M4
Phone: (800)661-9... more »

I’m in Calgary, Alberta, Canada today through Sunday. The When Words Collide convention is sold out, but there are three events that are free and open to the public. See full details below.

Thursday, August 7, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Fish Creek Library Signing (open to the public)
http://calgarypubliclibrary.com/services/programs-events?p=4335
Address: 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE
Calgary, AB, Canada T2J 6S1
Phone: (403) 260-2600
Date:
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Join us for readings by international bestselling authors, followed by a Q & A and book signing.
Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Guest, Mark Leslie, D.J. MacIntosh, Jack Whyte

Friday, August 8, 1:00–3:00 p.m., Clarence-Phaeton room
Festival Guest Readings (open to the public)
Address: The Carriage House Inn
9030 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB, Canada T2H 0M4
Phone: (800) 661-9566
For those who missed the Thursday evening readings at the Fish Creek Public Library.
Brandon Sanderson, D. J. McIntosh, Jacqueline Guest, Mark Leslie, Jack Whyte

Saturday, August 9, 8:00–9:00 p.m., Clarence-Phaeton room
Autograph Session (open to the public)
Address: Same as above
Drop by between 8 PM – 9 PM to meet the authors and get your books signed. This session is
open to the public, so tell your friends.
Our Festival Guests are joined by 50+ authors.

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When Words Collide, Calgary
http://www.whenwordscollide.org
Address: The Carriage House Inn
9030 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB, Canada T2H 0M4
Phone: (800) 661-9566

This convention is SOLD OUT. Three events are open to the public. See above.

Brandon’s schedule:

THURSDAY August 7

7:00 p.m., Fish Creek Library signing. Open to the public. See above.

FRIDAY August 8

1:00–3:00 p.m., Festival Guest Readings. Open to the public. See above.

4:00–5:00 p.m., Surrey
Live Action Slush – Fantasy Edition
Bring the first page of your manuscript to be anonymously read aloud and receive comments from the editors.
Tony King (reader), Brandon Sanderson, Mark Leslie, Robert Runté, Susan MacGregor, Randy McCharles (M)

7:00–9:00 p.m., Clarence-Phaeton
Guest of Honour Keynotes
Following a brief welcome by the festival chairman, each of this year’s festival guests will speak on a topic of their choice.
Brandon Sanderson, D. J. McIntosh, Jacqueline Guest, Mark Leslie, Jack Whyte, Randy McCharles (M)

SATURDAY August 9

Saturday 1:00–2:00 p.m., Surrey
RPG Storytelling
RPGs or Role-Playing Games make up a huge chunk of the gaming industry. Part of what makes them so popular is the rich storytelling that players experience as they solve problems and learn secrets through the game. Our panel of RPG storytellers and players discuss what draws them to the gaming life.
Brandon Sanderson, Chadwick Ginther, Ron Bender, Dave Gross

3:00–4:00 p.m., Clarence
An Hour With Brandon Sanderson
Join festival guest Brandon Sanderson for a Q&A discussion of his bestselling fantasy novels, including his work on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time.

5:30–6:30 p.m., Surrey
Festival Banquet
Pre-purchased banquet tickets are required for this culinary delight.

8:00–9:00 p.m. Autograph Session. Open to the public. See above.

SUNDAY August 10

1:00–3:00 p.m., Surrey
Brandon Sanderson on the Writing Process
Brandon will give a creative writing classroom-style lecture on a writing craft topic.

4:00–5:00 p.m., Surrey
How to Build a Consistent and Original Magic System
What are the important elements to a convincing magic system for your fictional world? How can magic help or hinder the development of your story?
Brandon Sanderson, S. G. Wong, Sandra Fitzpatrick, Edward Willett, Nola Sarina

8:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m., Yorkshire 2
Magic the Gathering with Brandon Sanderson: Conspiracy
Calling Brandon Sanderson fans: Brandon is an avid gamer and has agreed to participate in a Magic the Gathering Limited Draft Tournament on the Sunday evening of the festival. This tournament is limited to 16 people and will start at 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening and likely run past midnight.
Cost to enter is $10. Cards will be supplied as well as prizes for participants. Registered festival members who would like to ‘play with Brandon’ can email us at info@whenwordscollide.org to get on the tournament list. Once the tournament is full, we’ll keep a waiting list in case someone doesn’t show up. For people who may be new to Magic or a bit rusty, we will be reviewing the cards and rules from 7:00–8:00 p.m.___

2014-08-04 21:26:06 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)

Forgot to mention here here, but I signed in London tonight. Here is the rest of my England schedule over the next two days.

Waterstones Liverpool One
Date: Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Place: Waterstones
Address: 12 College Ln
Liverpool, UK L1 3DL
Phone: 0151 709 9820

Notes: This is a “signing only” event. On the UK tour, only the evening events will have time for a reading and Q&A.

Brandon will sign any book that he wrote. It’s nice to support the shop hosting the event by buying a book while you’re there. The bookshop says: “This is a free and non-ticketed event, however we advise you arrive early to avoid disappointment.”

Waterstones Manchester Deansgate
Date: Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Place: Waterstones
Address: 91 Deansgate
Manchester, UK M3 2BW
Phone: 0161837 3000
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Forgot to mention here here, but I signed in London tonight. Here is the rest of my England schedule over the next two days.

Waterstones Liverpool One
Date: Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Place: Waterstones
Address: 12 College Ln
Liverpool, UK L1 3DL
Phone: 0151 709 9820

Notes: This is a “signing only” event. On the UK tour, only the evening events will have time for a reading and Q&A.

Brandon will sign any book that he wrote. It’s nice to support the shop hosting the event by buying a book while you’re there. The bookshop says: “This is a free and non-ticketed event, however we advise you arrive early to avoid disappointment.”

Waterstones Manchester Deansgate
Date: Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Place: Waterstones
Address: 91 Deansgate
Manchester, UK M3 2BW
Phone: 0161 837 3000

Notes: This is a ticketed event, £6 (£4 for loyalty cardholders).

Brandon will do a reading and Q&A before signing, and will sign any book that he wrote. The bookstore says: “This is expected to sell out, so you’ll need to be quick.”

Waterstones Leeds
Date: Wed, Aug 06, 2014
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Place: Waterstones
Address: 93–97 Albion Street
Leeds, UK LS1 5JS
Phone: 0113 244 4588

Notes: This is a signing only event. On the UK tour, only the evening events will have time for a reading and Q&A.

Brandon will sign any book that he wrote. It’s nice to support the shop hosting the event by buying a book while you’re there. The bookshop says: “This is a free event but it’s sure to be extremely popular so be sure to arrive early!”

Waterstones Nottingham Bridlesmith Gate
Date: Wed, Aug 06, 2014
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Place: Waterstones
Address: 1/5 Bridlesmith Gate
Nottingham, UK NG1 2GR
Phone: 0115 947 0069

Notes: This is a ticketed event, £5 (£3 for loyalty cardholders). Get your ticket early!

Brandon will do a brief reading and Q&A before signing, and will sign any book that he wrote. He has to catch a train immediately afterward, so this stop may be shorter than the other evening UK events.___

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2014-07-29 23:18:16 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)

The deadline for voting in the Hugo Awards is Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. The online ballot can be submitted here by all World Science Fiction Society members: http://loncon3.org/hugo_vote/hugo_vote_form.php , either who will be attending Loncon 3 from August 14th through 18th, or who have a supporting membership.

I posted an extensive writeup of my thoughts on the Wheel of Time’s nomination in the Best Novel category here: http://brandonsanderson.com/the-wheel-of-time-nominated-for-a-hugo-award/ , and I hope that all of you who are planning to vote took the time to familiarize yourselves with the nominees in every category. My best wishes to the creators of all the nominated works—it’s an honor to be in your company.

It’s unfortunate that previous travel commitments mean that I’m in the UK next week ( http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events ) instead ofthe follo... more »

The deadline for voting in the Hugo Awards is Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. The online ballot can be submitted here by all World Science Fiction Society members: http://loncon3.org/hugo_vote/hugo_vote_form.php , either who will be attending Loncon 3 from August 14th through 18th, or who have a supporting membership.

I posted an extensive writeup of my thoughts on the Wheel of Time’s nomination in the Best Novel category here: http://brandonsanderson.com/the-wheel-of-time-nominated-for-a-hugo-award/ , and I hope that all of you who are planning to vote took the time to familiarize yourselves with the nominees in every category. My best wishes to the creators of all the nominated works—it’s an honor to be in your company.

It’s unfortunate that previous travel commitments mean that I’m in the UK next week ( http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events ) instead of the following week during the convention. However, Robert Jordan’s wife and editor Harriet McDougal will be there to attend the Hugo Awards Ceremony and enjoy your hospitality in London.

Writing Excuses Season Eight is one of the Hugo Award nominees for Best Related Work. Season 8 covers all the episodes we released in 2013, and currently Season 9 is going strong. Recently we finished a group of critique/workshopping episodes for the short fiction that we published in our anthology Shadows Beneath ( http://brandonsanderson.com/shadows-beneath/ ). The anthology includes our final drafts, but it also includes the first drafts and the transcripts of the episodes where we brainstormed and workshopped them. So before listening to the episodes, it’s best to get the anthology and read the first drafts.

Critiquing my novella “Sixth of the Dusk”: Part 1
Critiquing my novella “Sixth of the Dusk”: Part 2
Critiquing Mary’s novelette “A Fire in the Heavens”
Critiquing Howard’s story “An Honest Death”
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/07/
(Note: Dan has a story in the anthology too, but he wasn’t done with his first draft when we were recording the workshopping episodes.)

Mary and Dan are also nominated for short fiction Hugo Awards in the novelette and novella categories. It has truly been a banner year for the whole crew!

In other news, I wrote an article that’s on the Barnes & Noble book blog, about why we still read novels when there are alternatives. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/brandon-sanderson-on-why-we-still-read-books-in-the-internet-era/

GraphicAudio has released the first part of their full-cast audio dramatization of the second Mistborn book, The Well of Ascension. You can listen to a preview here: https://soundcloud.com/graphicaudio/mistborn-2-the-well-of-ascension-1-of-3 and pick up the book here: http://www.graphicaudio.net/mistborn-2-the-well-of-ascension-1-of-3.html . The first Mistborn, Elantris, and Warbreaker are also available.___

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2014-07-09 19:05:06 (20 comments, 19 reshares, 142 +1s)

I’m pleased to present to you Jon Foster’s cover illustration for the second Legion novella, Legion: Skin Deep, coming later this year from Subterranean Press. http://subterraneanpress.com/store/product_detail/legion_skin_deep I think Mr. Foster did a fantastic job with this illustration, and I like it even better than his cover for Subterranean Press’s edition of the original Legion.

If you haven’t read the original and aren’t familiar with the concept, I describe Legion as a fast-paced, witty, and supremely fun thriller with a psychological bent. Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It’s his hallucinations who are mad. A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people—Stephen calls them aspects—to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he isjoined by a tea... more »

I’m pleased to present to you Jon Foster’s cover illustration for the second Legion novella, Legion: Skin Deep, coming later this year from Subterranean Press. http://subterraneanpress.com/store/product_detail/legion_skin_deep I think Mr. Foster did a fantastic job with this illustration, and I like it even better than his cover for Subterranean Press’s edition of the original Legion.

If you haven’t read the original and aren’t familiar with the concept, I describe Legion as a fast-paced, witty, and supremely fun thriller with a psychological bent. Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It’s his hallucinations who are mad. A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people—Stephen calls them aspects—to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. He uses them to solve problems . . . for a price. His brain is getting a little crowded, however, and the aspects have a tendency of taking on lives of their own.

A good way to check out the first Legion is in the Cosmic SciFi StoryBundle that’s available for only the next 9 hours as of this posting. http://storybundle.com/scifi And there’s an excerpt here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/08/legion-excerpt

Ever since I wrote the original Legion novella, readers have been asking when we’ll see more of Stephen Leeds’s adventures. And the answer is in just a few months. Stephen and his aspects are some of my favorite characters to write, so it was a joy to get back to them. And this time the adventure lasts twice as long—while the first novella was 18,000 words, this one is 36,000, longer than The Emperor’s Soul. It explores Stephen’s world in interesting new ways, and if you liked his first story at all you’re going to love this one. You can read a preview here: http://brandonsanderson.com/legion-skin-deep/

This book will also be released as an ebook and an audiobook, but the only version up for preorder at this time is Subterranean’s gorgeous limited edition. A special bonus for the limited edition readers is that you will also get the ebook version before anyone else.

Description from Subterranean Press:

Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive) and his stellar continuation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In Legion, a short, distinctly contemporary novella filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson revealed a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent. In the stunning sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, that talent is on full display.

Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous . . .

What follows is a visionary thriller about the potential uses of technology, the mysteries of the human personality, and the ancient human need to believe that death is not the end. Legion: Skin Deep is speculative fiction at it most highly developed. It reaffirms Sanderson’s place as one of contemporary fiction’s most intelligent—and unpredictable—voices.

Legion: Skin Deep will feature a full-color dust jacket, and two full-page, full-color interior illustrations by Jon Foster.

In addition, upon publication, everyone who has preordered Legion: Skin Deep direct from SubPress will receive a free copy of the ebook.

Limited: 2500 numbered copies, bound in leather, signed by the author.___

2014-07-09 00:31:59 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)

The ebook bundle contest is over, and the winners are +Tom Cavanaugh +Chris Crowley +Brian Tissue +Rochelle Irons Clark +Hans Spaans I sent you a code privately. Use it before the ebook bundle goes off sale tomorrow night! For everyone else, the bundle is at http://StoryBundle.com/scifi (though my novella LEGION is not included if you're in the UK/Aus/NZ or associated territories).

The ebook bundle contest is over, and the winners are +Tom Cavanaugh +Chris Crowley +Brian Tissue +Rochelle Irons Clark +Hans Spaans I sent you a code privately. Use it before the ebook bundle goes off sale tomorrow night! For everyone else, the bundle is at http://StoryBundle.com/scifi (though my novella LEGION is not included if you're in the UK/Aus/NZ or associated territories).___

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2014-07-07 23:55:30 (14 comments, 130 reshares, 67 +1s)

Share this photo in the next 24 hours (starting July 7, 2014, 23:53 GMT) for a chance to win this ebook bundle! Contest details below.

Share this photo in the next 24 hours (starting July 7, 2014, 23:53 GMT) for a chance to win this ebook bundle! Contest details below.

The Cosmic SciFi Bundle at http://StoryBundle.com/SciFi is available only until Wednesday night. It includes works by Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye, Frank Herbert, Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, Michael A. Stackpole, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason, and Peter J. Wacks, along with me, Brandon Sanderson. This is a great lineup, and in the tradition of bundles like this, you can name your price and receive six of these ebooks, and if you pay more than $12 you receive the first six as well as Legion, Crisis on Doona, and Perfectly Invisible. All are DRM-free. You can also decide what the split should be between the authors and the Storybundle organizers, and you can optionally pick how much should go to the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund, the preferred charity chosen by Jay Lake before he passed away on June 1st after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer.

Please do note that my novella Legion is the only part of the bundle that can’t be included worldwide for licensing reasons—it’s not in the bundle if you buy it from the UK or Commonwealth/former Commonwealth countries (except for Canada, where it is included in the bundle). I apologize for throwing this wrench into things, but my UK publisher has exclusive distribution rights in those countries.

I have 5 download codes to give away here on Google+. So let’s do a little contest—just hit the Share button (with the ➦ arrow) on this picture (at the original URL: https://plus.google.com/+BrandSanderson/posts/W1CBtaB4Ap3 ) and say why you like this bundle or any of my books, mark your share as Public, and you’re entered. At the end of 24 hours from when I posted this, we’ll give away download codes to the posts with the top 2 most Likes, and the other 3 winners will be selected randomly from valid entrants.

Who can enter? Anyone who is geographically able to include Legion in downloading from StoryBundle. If you’re not sure whether your country counts as a UK/Commonwealth/former Commonwealth country, go to StoryBundle.com and click on the cover image for Legion; if you’re in one of those countries the page will display a warning.

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Legion is a fast-paced, witty, and supremely fun thriller with a psychological bent.

Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It’s his hallucinations who are mad.

A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people—Stephen calls them aspects—to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. He uses them to solve problems . . . for a price.

His brain is getting a little crowded, however, and the aspects have a tendency of taking on lives of their own. When a company hires him to recover stolen property—a camera that can allegedly take pictures of the past—Stephen finds himself in an adventure crossing oceans and fighting terrorists. What he discovers may upend the foundation of three major world religions—and, perhaps, give him a vital clue into the true nature of his aspects.

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Later this year Subterranean Press will be releasing a limited edition hardcover of Legion‘s sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, which you can preorder here: http://subterraneanpress.com/store/product_detail/legion_skin_deep and read a preview of here: http://brandonsanderson.com/legion-skin-deep If you haven’t read the original Legion, this new bundle is a great way to whet your appetite and get ready for the sequel.___Share this photo in the next 24 hours (starting July 7, 2014, 23:53 GMT) for a chance to win this ebook bundle! Contest details below.

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2014-06-20 18:44:03 (12 comments, 199 reshares, 105 +1s)

THE CONTEST IS OVER! We're currently figuring out who won.

OLD TEXT:

Share this photo in the next 24 hours (starting July 7, 2014, 23:53 GMT) for a chance to win this ebook bundle! Contest details below.

The Cosmic SciFi Bundle at http://StoryBundle.com/SciFi is available only until Wednesday night. It includes works by Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye, Frank Herbert, Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, Michael A. Stackpole, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason, and Peter J. Wacks, along with me, Brandon Sanderson. This is a great lineup, and in the tradition of bundles like this, you can name your price and receive six of these ebooks, and if you pay more than $12 you receive the first six as well as Legion, Crisis on Doona, and Perfectly Invisible. All are DRM-free. You can also decide what the split should be between the authors and the... more »

THE CONTEST IS OVER! We're currently figuring out who won.

OLD TEXT:

Share this photo in the next 24 hours (starting July 7, 2014, 23:53 GMT) for a chance to win this ebook bundle! Contest details below.

The Cosmic SciFi Bundle at http://StoryBundle.com/SciFi is available only until Wednesday night. It includes works by Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye, Frank Herbert, Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, Michael A. Stackpole, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason, and Peter J. Wacks, along with me, Brandon Sanderson. This is a great lineup, and in the tradition of bundles like this, you can name your price and receive six of these ebooks, and if you pay more than $12 you receive the first six as well as Legion, Crisis on Doona, and Perfectly Invisible. All are DRM-free. You can also decide what the split should be between the authors and the Storybundle organizers, and you can optionally pick how much should go to the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund, the preferred charity chosen by Jay Lake before he passed away on June 1st after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer.

Please do note that my novella Legion is the only part of the bundle that can’t be included worldwide for licensing reasons—it’s not in the bundle if you buy it from the UK or Commonwealth/former Commonwealth countries (except for Canada, where it is included in the bundle). I apologize for throwing this wrench into things, but my UK publisher has exclusive distribution rights in those countries.

I have 5 download codes to give away here on Google+. So let’s do a little contest—just hit the Share button (with the ➦ arrow) on this picture (at the original URL: https://plus.google.com/+BrandSanderson/posts/W1CBtaB4Ap3 ) and say why you like this bundle or any of my books, mark your share as Public, and you’re entered. At the end of 24 hours from when I posted this, we’ll give away download codes to the posts with the top 2 most +1s (if I can figure that out), and the other 3 winners will be selected randomly from valid entrants.

Who can enter? Anyone who is geographically able to include Legion in downloading from StoryBundle. If you’re not sure whether your country counts as a UK/Commonwealth/former Commonwealth country, go to StoryBundle.com and click on the cover image for Legion; if you’re in one of those countries the page will display a warning.

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Legion is a fast-paced, witty, and supremely fun thriller with a psychological bent.

Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It’s his hallucinations who are mad.

A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people—Stephen calls them aspects—to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. He uses them to solve problems . . . for a price.

His brain is getting a little crowded, however, and the aspects have a tendency of taking on lives of their own. When a company hires him to recover stolen property—a camera that can allegedly take pictures of the past—Stephen finds himself in an adventure crossing oceans and fighting terrorists. What he discovers may upend the foundation of three major world religions—and, perhaps, give him a vital clue into the true nature of his aspects.

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Later this year Subterranean Press will be releasing a limited edition hardcover of Legion‘s sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, which you can preorder here: http://subterraneanpress.com/store/product_detail/legion_skin_deep and read a preview of here: http://brandonsanderson.com/legion-skin-deep If you haven’t read the original Legion, this new bundle is a great way to whet your appetite and get ready for the sequel.___

2014-05-01 19:10:30 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 23 +1s)

The Google Hangout is taking place right now. (Sorry for the delay in getting you the link!)

___The Google Hangout is taking place right now. (Sorry for the delay in getting you the link!)

2014-05-01 17:51:07 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)

This is happening in a little over one hour! Stay tuned for a link to view the Hangout.

Brandon Sanderson is one of today's best-known and popular epic fantasy writers, author of THE WAY OF KINGS and its recent sequel WORDS OF RADIANCE as well as the final three novels of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

Brian McClellan is an epic fantasy writer at the cusp of his career, his debut novel PROMISE OF BLOOD having been published by Orbit in 2013. Brian was also a student of Brandon's in Brigham Young University's creative writing program, an experience that cemented his desire to pursue publication.

Join these two writers as they talk about their newest books, the epic fantasy genre, and writing as a career in a live, online event on May 1st! We'll be taking audience questions via Google Hangout and Twitter.___This is happening in a little over one hour! Stay tuned for a link to view the Hangout.

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2014-04-23 18:37:25 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 36 +1s)

Chapters from the original draft of THE WAY OF KINGS available in anthology to benefit Robison Wells

A lot has been happening this week for me, including Hugo nominations and cover reveals. While all of this is awesome, I’ve been worried about the Altered Perceptions anthology getting lost, and I’d like to take a moment to speak about it. First, I’ll talk about what it is, and then I’ll talk about why we’re doing it.

What Is Altered Perceptions?

This anthology will collect “altered” versions of published stories—deleted scenes, alternate endings, original concept chapters, and that sort of thing.

For it, I’m letting people see—for the first time—a large chunk of the original version of The Way of Kings, which I wrote in 2002–2003. This version is very different, and involves a different course in life for Kaladin as a character—all due toa simple decision he make... more »

Chapters from the original draft of THE WAY OF KINGS available in anthology to benefit Robison Wells

A lot has been happening this week for me, including Hugo nominations and cover reveals. While all of this is awesome, I’ve been worried about the Altered Perceptions anthology getting lost, and I’d like to take a moment to speak about it. First, I’ll talk about what it is, and then I’ll talk about why we’re doing it.

What Is Altered Perceptions?

This anthology will collect “altered” versions of published stories—deleted scenes, alternate endings, original concept chapters, and that sort of thing.

For it, I’m letting people see—for the first time—a large chunk of the original version of The Way of Kings, which I wrote in 2002–2003. This version is very different, and involves a different course in life for Kaladin as a character—all due to a simple decision he makes one way in this book, but a completely different way in the published novel.

These chapters are quite fun, as I consider what happened in The Way of Kings Prime (as I now call it) to be an “alternate reality” version of the events in the published books. The characters are almost all exactly the same people, but their backstories are different, and that has transformed who they are and how they react to the world around them. Roshar is similar, yet wildly different, as this was before I brought in the spren as a major world element.

If you’re a fan of the Stormlight Archive, I think you’ll find these chapters quite interesting. The anthology also includes a lot of very cool scenes, chapters, and stories from awesome authors, so please check it out.

Why Are We Doing It?

This anthology was my idea, conceived to benefit my friend Robison Wells, a writer who has nearly been crushed by the weight of severe and unexpected mental illness. The money will help him pay his debts, which came upon him as a result of losing his job following the advent of his difficulties. They came upon him quite unexpectedly, and his story serves as a reminder to all of us that mental illness—though something we speak about far less often—can come upon a person as unexpectedly as cancer or heart disease.

Rob is a great guy, and a great member of my local writing community. He has published several novels nationally, all of which are quite good, and was the primary force behind the founding of the Whitney Awards, created to honor LDS writers. He’s also the brother of Dan Wells, my podcasting buddy.

The anthology is being launched via an IndieGoGo campaign, which you can read more about here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/altered-perceptions There’s also a video with a bit more from Rob on his condition, and I talk about the idea for the anthology at around the 3:09 mark. As for what you get for contributing to the campaign, a simple ten bucks will get you the ebook of every contribution to the anthology, DRM-free, to be used on any platform you desire. However, there are also other cool things up for grabs. (Critiques, dinners, signed editions, and Larry Correia blowing things up with a big gun.)

Rob has been spectacular at getting a handle on his illness and learning to manage it. He has written new books and has them on submission. We’re confident that if we can help him dig out from underneath some of this debt, he will be able to cope long-term. We hope that you’ll be interested enough in this project to lend a hand and get something cool in return.___

2014-04-23 18:36:26 (42 comments, 37 reshares, 410 +1s)

The Wheel of Time, as a whole, has been nominated for a Hugo Award for best novel. I am thrilled, honored, and excited—and when Harriet heard the news, she lit up as I’ve never seen her do before. Thank you.

Congratulations to all of the other nominees! I have a few things I’d like to say about this nomination. First, I’d like to speak to Wheel of Time fans themselves. Secondly, I’d like to speak to those who are criticizing the nomination.

To The Wheel of Time Fans

Thank you for your enthusiasm. I’m certain that Robert Jordan is smiling at you right now. However, I do want to reiterate what I said earlier when I got wind that the WoT fandom was considering a campaign to get the Wheel of Time nominated: be careful. Please don’t let the Hugo Awards become a shoving match between fandoms.

“But Brandon,” you might say, “everyone says the HugoAwards are a popula... more »

The Wheel of Time, as a whole, has been nominated for a Hugo Award for best novel. I am thrilled, honored, and excited—and when Harriet heard the news, she lit up as I’ve never seen her do before. Thank you.

Congratulations to all of the other nominees! I have a few things I’d like to say about this nomination. First, I’d like to speak to Wheel of Time fans themselves. Secondly, I’d like to speak to those who are criticizing the nomination.

To The Wheel of Time Fans

Thank you for your enthusiasm. I’m certain that Robert Jordan is smiling at you right now. However, I do want to reiterate what I said earlier when I got wind that the WoT fandom was considering a campaign to get the Wheel of Time nominated: be careful. Please don’t let the Hugo Awards become a shoving match between fandoms.

“But Brandon,” you might say, “everyone says the Hugo Awards are a popularity contest. Shouldn’t we prove how popular Robert Jordan is?”

Well, yes and no. The Hugo Awards are a popularity contest—but they should be a fiction popularity contest, not an author popularity contest. The Hugo Awards were founded in the 1950s by dedicated sf/f fans who saw mainstream literary awards ignoring science fiction and fantasy. This award was founded to combat that, to show off the brightest and best fiction the genres had to offer. It was done in an era long before the internet, and Worldcon attendees were chosen to be the voters because of their dedication to the genre as a whole.

When I first started voting for the Hugos many years ago, a long-time fan impressed upon me the importance of my responsibility. Each work must be judged independently of its author, and must be judged against the competition in its category. We, as fans, use this award to proclaim to the world the fiction we are proudest of.

I love the Hugo Awards. They tend to run a great balance, consistently recognizing fiction that is both popular and thought-provoking. They have a grand tradition, and are one of the things that make me proud to be a member of science fiction fandom.

We want you to vote. We want you to be part of the process. But let me speak frankly to you: if you don’t intend to read and investigate the other nominees and participate in a wide variety of categories, you are doing the awards a disservice. I would rather have the Wheel of Time not win than have it be given an award as part of a thoughtless shoving match.

In this, I wish to hold up George R. R. Martin as an exemplar. He wants dearly to someday win a Hugo for best novel, a distinction that has eluded him. I’ve heard him speak about it. The thing is, he could win the award in a heartbeat; he has by far the biggest fanbase in our community. If he asked them each to pay for a Worldcon supporting membership and vote only for him, he’d win by a landslide.

He’s never done that because he knows that this award has only as much integrity as we give it. So long as you are willing to vote superior works by other authors above works by your favorite authors, you are doing the award justice.

Now, I firmly believe that the Wheel of Time is worthy of a Hugo Award. Don’t let my strong words suggest otherwise to you. But I can’t say for certain what I will vote for until I read the other nominated works, consider the category with an open mind, and make my decision. I also intend to continue being part of these awards for many, many years, rather than joining only once to vote on a single contest.

I sincerely request you do the same. Join with us, participate, and investigate all of the nominees in all of the categories. Then vote for the works you think are the best of the nominations. It is only by holding ourselves accountable as honest and responsible voters that we will maintain the prestige of this award.

To Science Fiction and Fantasy Fandom as a Whole

I have spent some time reading responses to the Hugo nominations, and wanted to reach out to you. I find it unfortunate that some of you, including prominent voices in fandom, are responding with anger or frustration about the Wheel of Time nomination. Some don’t like a series being nominated for the novel Hugo. Some don’t like WoT fandom reaching in and participating in the award. And others downright dislike the Wheel of Time as a work of art.

I would like to address some of these concerns that I see recurring in the discussions.

On the Wheel of Time Being Nominated as a Single Novel

On the first point, I wish to emphasize that the Hugo rules were intentionally designed to allow works like this to be nominated. Serials are such a part of our collective culture in sf fandom, and I promise you that the Wheel of Time is indeed a serial. It focuses on a single group of characters, a single plot and narrative, and the books each pick up exactly where the previous one left off. Yes, it took a long time to complete. Yes, it is large. However, Robert Jordan always considered—and spoke of—the Wheel of Time as a single story. The length of time it took to write that story is irrelevant as far as the Hugos are concerned.

A Game of Thrones season could be nominated collectively as a single entry into the dramatic presentation category. Connie Willis’s Blackout/All Clear could be nominated as a single work, though broken into two volumes. Indeed, this is similar to how Dragonflight and Ender’s Game could both garner short fiction nominations for their original forms, then be nominated for best novel in a later year once the story was expanded.

The Wheel of Time is eligible. These are your awards, however, and if this aspect of them is bothersome to you it’s quite possible to get this changed by participating in Worldcon and the Hugo Awards as a whole, making your voice known and advocating a revision. Your passion, therefore, should be directed at making that happen, rather than against the work that was nominated.

Attend Worldcon. Go to the WSFS Business Meeting. Blog about it. Bring your friends. We need people involved at this level of fandom.

On Wheel of Time Fandom

This brings us to the second two points, which I feel are the more important ones in most of these discussions. In regard to Wheel of Time fans participating, I want to tell wider fandom that I vouch for these fans. I offered words of caution to them above because I think they need reminders as they are new to core sf/f fandom, but I feel that you need to know that Wheel of Time fans are our people.

They have organized much as the fans back in the 1930s did, holding conventions and starting fanzines/websites. They attend Worldcons and their local literary conventions, though many of them have only started doing so in the last four or five years as they’ve realized the richness and scope of established fandom.

I charge you: do not reject their enthusiasm. I spoke honestly with them, and I wish to speak honestly with you. I have yet to attend a Worldcon where someone—either on panels or at the parties—didn’t ask what could be done to bring new blood into our fannish community. For years, we have worried about what to do. Now, as fandoms like that dedicated to the Wheel of Time have begun to discover both Worldcon and the Hugos, I feel we stand at an important confluence.

Welcome the Wheel of Time fans into our community. Welcome the next group of fans in too. Give whatever it is they’re passionate about a try. You might like it, and if not, you’ll still probably like them.

On the Wheel of Time as Literature

I understand that you may not personally enjoy the Wheel of Time. There is nothing wrong with that—it is the nature of art that some will disdain what others love. However, as I’ve read bloggers and fannish personalities speaking of a Wheel of Time nomination, some have unfortunately called it “shameful” or “embarrassing.” Worse, some of them have attacked the fanbase, calling into question its intelligence for daring to nominate the Wheel of Time—in essence, for daring to have different taste from the blogger posting.

You can’t beg people to come and participate in fandom, then tell them not to vote on your awards because you don’t like their preference in books. Indeed, attacking the fans of a work rather than criticizing the work itself is crossing a very big, and important, line.

For many years, we in fandom have had to suffer these kinds of dismissive, hurtful, and destructive attitudes from those who attack us because we like science fiction. Do not side with the bullies. Do not hold your own opinion in such high regard that you dismiss all others.

It is not shameful to like the Wheel of Time. No more than it should be shameful to be the kid who read Dune in middle school while others snickered. We should never have to feel embarrassed for honestly expressing our taste in fiction. No more than we should have to feel embarrassed to be the one at work who attends an sf con, much to the amusement of your co-workers.

If you have said these kinds of things about the Wheel of Time or its fandom in the past few days, I challenge you to take a long, hard look at your tone and what you’re implying. Ask yourself if you really want to belong to a world where only one kind of opinion is valid, where only your taste is acceptable.

Because in my experience, these are the sorts of attitudes that science fiction and fantasy fiction have spent their history combatting. So if you don’t think The Wheel of Time should win, vote for something else. But while you’re doing it, be kind. Treat these fans the way you want to be treated as a fan—and as a human being.

Brandon Sanderson___

2014-04-15 21:27:59 (5 comments, 10 reshares, 25 +1s)

Brandon Sanderson is one of today's best-known and popular epic fantasy writers, author of THE WAY OF KINGS and its recent sequel WORDS OF RADIANCE as well as the final three novels of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

Brian McClellan is an epic fantasy writer at the cusp of his career, his debut novel PROMISE OF BLOOD having been published by Orbit in 2013. Brian was also a student of Brandon's in Brigham Young University's creative writing program, an experience that cemented his desire to pursue publication.

Join these two writers as they talk about their newest books, the epic fantasy genre, and writing as a career in a live, online event on May 1st! We'll be taking audience questions via Google Hangout and Twitter.

Brandon Sanderson is one of today's best-known and popular epic fantasy writers, author of THE WAY OF KINGS and its recent sequel WORDS OF RADIANCE as well as the final three novels of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

Brian McClellan is an epic fantasy writer at the cusp of his career, his debut novel PROMISE OF BLOOD having been published by Orbit in 2013. Brian was also a student of Brandon's in Brigham Young University's creative writing program, an experience that cemented his desire to pursue publication.

Join these two writers as they talk about their newest books, the epic fantasy genre, and writing as a career in a live, online event on May 1st! We'll be taking audience questions via Google Hangout and Twitter.___

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2014-04-03 16:33:31 (8 comments, 12 reshares, 68 +1s)

I have a new short story out this week in the horror anthology Games Creatures Play, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. When Charlaine invited me to be part of this anthology and explained what it was going to be about, I knew I had to write a story for it. My contribution is called “Dreamer” and is rather unlike anything I’ve ever written—and it’s even a true short story rather than a novella. You can read a preview of it here: http://brandonsanderson.com/dreamer

If you like what you see in the preview, I hope you’ll check the anthology out. I know that horror isn’t something my usual readers necessarily read very much of on a regular basis, but you may be surprised and enjoy it more than you expected.

The anthology came out on Tuesday in the US/Canada and today in the UK/Australia/New Zealand. You can find region-specific store links at the link above.
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I have a new short story out this week in the horror anthology Games Creatures Play, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. When Charlaine invited me to be part of this anthology and explained what it was going to be about, I knew I had to write a story for it. My contribution is called “Dreamer” and is rather unlike anything I’ve ever written—and it’s even a true short story rather than a novella. You can read a preview of it here: http://brandonsanderson.com/dreamer

If you like what you see in the preview, I hope you’ll check the anthology out. I know that horror isn’t something my usual readers necessarily read very much of on a regular basis, but you may be surprised and enjoy it more than you expected.

The anthology came out on Tuesday in the US/Canada and today in the UK/Australia/New Zealand. You can find region-specific store links at the link above.

Here’s the full list of highly talented contributors and stories for the anthology:

• Charlaine Harris: “In the Blue Hereafter”
• William Kent Krueger: “Hide and Seek”
• Jan Burke: “Stepping into the Dead Zone”
• Joe Lansdale: “Dead on the Bones”
• Caitlin Kittredge: “The Devil Went down to Boston”
• Brendan DuBois: “On the Playing Fields of Blood”
• Dana Cameron: “The God’s Games”
• Scott Sigler: “The Case of the Haunted Safeway”
• Ellen Kushner: “Prise de Fer”
• Brandon Sanderson: “Dreamer”
• Mercedes Lackey: “False Knight on the Road”
• Seanan McGuire: “Jammed”
• Adam-Troy Castro: “Hide and Shriek”
• Laura Lippman: “Ice”
• Toni L.P. Kelner: “Bell, Book, and Candlepin”___

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2014-03-04 23:50:51 (57 comments, 32 reshares, 336 +1s)

Words of Radiance is out now!
Sample chapters: http://brandonsanderson.com/words-of-radiance-sample-chapters
Worldwide buy links: http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=67
Tour schedule: http://brandonsanderson.com/events

Words of Radiance is out now!
Sample chapters: http://brandonsanderson.com/words-of-radiance-sample-chapters
Worldwide buy links: http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=67
Tour schedule: http://brandonsanderson.com/events___

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2014-03-04 23:48:26 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 133 +1s)

New author photo!

New author photo!___

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2014-02-21 00:10:54 (7 comments, 12 reshares, 80 +1s)

New post up with updates on the Words of Radiance release (less than two weeks away!), creative writing class videos, & Writing Excuses episodes.

New post up with updates on the Words of Radiance release (less than two weeks away!), creative writing class videos, & Writing Excuses episodes.___

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2014-02-07 20:48:50 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 53 +1s)

Here are full details on how to get a signed copy of WORDS OF RADIANCE. The tour, the midnight release, the signing-by-mail, etc.

Here are full details on how to get a signed copy of WORDS OF RADIANCE. The tour, the midnight release, the signing-by-mail, etc.___

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2014-01-24 17:17:58 (7 comments, 10 reshares, 42 +1s)

Here's the recording of the live writing video I did last week.

Here's the recording of the live writing video I did last week.___

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2013-12-24 02:15:08 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)

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2013-12-13 19:03:56 (26 comments, 47 reshares, 186 +1s)

Words of Radiance is done! Here's my blog post talking about that and what I'm writing next.

Words of Radiance is done! Here's my blog post talking about that and what I'm writing next.___

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2013-11-29 18:44:21 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 45 +1s)

2013 Holiday Sales

My store manager Kara has set up some sales in the Brandon Sanderson store that I'll mention below. But first I want to mention that the STEELHEART ebook is $2.49 today in the US on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ARHAAZ6/?tag=brandsande-20 and the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brandon_Sanderson_Steelheart?id=gkcKun43kYYC . THE WAY OF KINGS is also on sale at $2.99 in the US across all ebook vendors; for links see here: http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-stormlight-archive/the-way-of-kings

In other news, this week's Writing Excuses episode features Scott Lynch talking with us about Roguishness in front of a live audience at Gen Con: http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/11/24/ We also announced the 2014 Out of Excuses workshop and writing retreat: http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/11/22/ It will be held September... more »

2013 Holiday Sales

My store manager Kara has set up some sales in the Brandon Sanderson store that I'll mention below. But first I want to mention that the STEELHEART ebook is $2.49 today in the US on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ARHAAZ6/?tag=brandsande-20 and the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brandon_Sanderson_Steelheart?id=gkcKun43kYYC . THE WAY OF KINGS is also on sale at $2.99 in the US across all ebook vendors; for links see here: http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-stormlight-archive/the-way-of-kings

In other news, this week's Writing Excuses episode features Scott Lynch talking with us about Roguishness in front of a live audience at Gen Con: http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/11/24/ We also announced the 2014 Out of Excuses workshop and writing retreat: http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/11/22/ It will be held September 29–October 5, and registration will open on January 18th and is sure to sell out quickly.

For this holiday season, the Windrunner Glyph pendant is on sale at $25: http://store.brandonsanderson.com/windrunner-glyph/ , there's a new holiday 2-pack of the signed hardcovers of THE EMPEROR'S SOUL and "Firstborn"/"Defending Elysium" marked down to $38: http://store.brandonsanderson.com/holiday-special-2-pack/ and Szeth shirts are back in stock and on sale at $25: http://store.brandonsanderson.com/szeth-t-shirt/ Plus if you use the coupon code HOLIDAY2013 at checkout, you get $1.00 off shipping and a free 7-pack of THE WAY OF KINGS magnets. Also check out everything else in the store: http://store.brandonsanderson.com. All of the sales are until supplies last or until Kara decides to end them. And remember to check the holiday shipping deadlines: http://store.brandonsanderson.com/holiday-deadlines/___

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2013-11-01 23:07:25 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s)

Farewell, Bieberllama.

Farewell, Bieberllama.___

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2013-10-22 16:37:11 (14 comments, 11 reshares, 93 +1s)

I've been posting some Wheel of Time Retrospective posts over at my website blog. Today's post is on the writing process of TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT. Check out all the posts here: http://brandonsanderson.com/tag/the-wheel-of-time-retrospective/

I've been posting some Wheel of Time Retrospective posts over at my website blog. Today's post is on the writing process of TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT. Check out all the posts here: http://brandonsanderson.com/tag/the-wheel-of-time-retrospective/___

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2013-10-18 17:45:11 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 61 +1s)

Well, the results are in: whose book sold best, James's or Brandon's—and the winner is Brandon.

...

Brandon Mull.

That's right, Brandon Mull's WILD BORN  has defeated both STEELHEART and THE EYE OF MINDS. Brandon Mull is a good friend of mine and James Dashner's, and his book outsold both of ours last week, so I'm declaring him the winner. This means that both James and I have the honor of changing our social media profile pictures to Justin Bieber. James already changed his photo. I'm now proud to present to you the photo that will adorn my profiles for the next couple weeks or so.

Please share this post so that all your friends may bask in the glory of the Bieberllama.

STEELHEART: http://goo.gl/usmmdH
THE EYE OF MINDS: http://goo.gl/0VDy2d
WILD BORN: http://goo.gl/ahn1fN

Well, the results are in: whose book sold best, James's or Brandon's—and the winner is Brandon.

...

Brandon Mull.

That's right, Brandon Mull's WILD BORN  has defeated both STEELHEART and THE EYE OF MINDS. Brandon Mull is a good friend of mine and James Dashner's, and his book outsold both of ours last week, so I'm declaring him the winner. This means that both James and I have the honor of changing our social media profile pictures to Justin Bieber. James already changed his photo. I'm now proud to present to you the photo that will adorn my profiles for the next couple weeks or so.

Please share this post so that all your friends may bask in the glory of the Bieberllama.

STEELHEART: http://goo.gl/usmmdH
THE EYE OF MINDS: http://goo.gl/0VDy2d
WILD BORN: http://goo.gl/ahn1fN___

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2013-10-14 17:46:35 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 41 +1s)

Writing Excuses, Steelheart tour, Steelhunt, and #NewEpics

At this year's Out of Excuses writing retreat, the Writing Excuses crew did a microcasting episode that touches on these topics:
• How do you find beta readers?
• Legal and IP issues? Should you copyright your work before submitting?
• Advice for a discovery writer?
• As a fan, what is the best way to pay my favorite authors?
• Can chapters be too short?
• How much time do you spend reading?
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/10/14/

One of my Twitter followers, Chase Wheatley, started a STEELHEART #NewEpics game on Twitter on Friday and several other readers joined in. The idea is to give the name of an Epic, what their power is, and what their weakness is, with the hashtag #NewEpics. Such as this one (http://twitter.com/ccwheatley/status/388853335253454849 ): "Oracle:receives co... more »

Writing Excuses, Steelheart tour, Steelhunt, and #NewEpics

At this year's Out of Excuses writing retreat, the Writing Excuses crew did a microcasting episode that touches on these topics:
• How do you find beta readers?
• Legal and IP issues? Should you copyright your work before submitting?
• Advice for a discovery writer?
• As a fan, what is the best way to pay my favorite authors?
• Can chapters be too short?
• How much time do you spend reading?
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/10/14/

One of my Twitter followers, Chase Wheatley, started a STEELHEART #NewEpics game on Twitter on Friday and several other readers joined in. The idea is to give the name of an Epic, what their power is, and what their weakness is, with the hashtag #NewEpics. Such as this one (http://twitter.com/ccwheatley/status/388853335253454849 ): "Oracle: receives copy of tomorrow's newspaper. Weakness: only receives the lifestyle section. #newepics #steelheart" These have been giving me a good chuckle and I'd love to see more—but don't tweet them at @BrandSanderson because then only people searching the hashtag or my name will see the tweets. http://twitter.com/search?q=%23newepics&amp;src=hash

The STEELHEART book tour is drawing to a close. Today I'm in Seattle, and tomorrow I have an on-base event at Fort Lewis (military ID required). Wednesday I'm in San Deigo, and then I'm back home at last. Saturday I'll drive up to West Jordan, and then the final stop is my event in New York at the 92nd Street Y with Christopher Paolini and James Dashner. http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

This past weekend I was in California in the Bay Area, and I signed books at a ton of stores and hid many Steelhunt codes (for an explanation see: http://brandonsanderson.com/tag/steelhunt ). Since I posted about each stop on Twitter, many people have already gone to the stores to buy the books I signed, so I'm not sure how many are left—but give them a call or stop by to find out!

First off are the two stores where I did an event: Books Inc. in Mountain View http://www.booksinc.net/MountainView and Barnes & Noble in El Cerrito. http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2113 Thanks to everyone who came! And check out this fanart at my Mountain View signing by Dan Schreiner (http://twitter.com/workamaholic ).

Here are the other stores I signed at. For some pictures I snapped of the store, see my blog post. http://brandonsanderson.com/writing-excuses-steelheart-tour-steelhunt-and-newepics/

Bay Book Company in Half Moon Bay is a delightful store and I left eight Steelhunt codes there. http://www.baybookcompany.com

Palo Alto Books Inc. at Town and Country Village, I signed many books and left prizes inside. Two Steelhunt codes. http://www.booksinc.net/PaloAlto

Kepler's Books at Menlo Park: many signed Sanderson books, two Steelhunt codes. http://www.keplers.com

Barnes & Noble in Redwood City: signed books with prizes inside. Two Steelhunt codes in STEELHEART. http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/1971

Barnes & Noble at Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo: many signed books with prizes, and two Steelhunt codes in copies of STEELHEART.

A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair Village in Oakland: signed STEELHEART, two Steelhunt codes. http://www.ggpbooks.com

Borderlands Books in San Francisco: a great store I've been to many times before. I signed a ton of stock there, and they tweeted that you should call to reserve a signed copy of STEELHEART. http://www.borderlands-books.com

And finally the airports. At the San Francisco Airport Hudson News by gate 41 I signed three copies of STEELHEART and left Steelhunt codes in them. And last night I flew into Seattle; in the SeaTac Airport Hudson Books by gate C2 I signed THE RITHMATIST and STEELHEART (two with Steelhunt codes) on the teen table. Signed epic fantasies are on the shelves!___

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2013-09-27 02:06:25 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)

I have a guest Big Idea post at John Scalzi's Whatever blog about STEELHEART and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Also, my short story "Dreamer" will appear in the Charlaine Harris anthology GAMES CREATURES PLAY, coming in April. Here's the cover reveal, and see the link for the stellar list of contributors. http://brandonsanderson.com/the-steelheart-big-idea-games-creatures-play/

I have a guest Big Idea post at John Scalzi's Whatever blog about STEELHEART and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Also, my short story "Dreamer" will appear in the Charlaine Harris anthology GAMES CREATURES PLAY, coming in April. Here's the cover reveal, and see the link for the stellar list of contributors. http://brandonsanderson.com/the-steelheart-big-idea-games-creatures-play/___

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2013-09-25 19:13:57 (5 comments, 12 reshares, 61 +1s)

At long last, it’s time for me to continue my series on how I develop magic systems for my books. http://brandonsanderson.com/sandersons-third-law/
If you haven’t read the first two pieces in this sequence, check out Sanderson’s First Law:
http://brandonsanderson.com/sandersons-first-law/
and Sanderson’s Second Law:
http://brandonsanderson.com/sandersons-second-law/

At long last, it’s time for me to continue my series on how I develop magic systems for my books. http://brandonsanderson.com/sandersons-third-law/
If you haven’t read the first two pieces in this sequence, check out Sanderson’s First Law:
http://brandonsanderson.com/sandersons-first-law/
and Sanderson’s Second Law:
http://brandonsanderson.com/sandersons-second-law/___

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2013-09-24 22:16:14 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 39 +1s)

Two new blog posts. First: STEELHEART is out today! http://brandonsanderson.com/steelheart-launch-day/
Second: The Steelhunt I'm doing on my book tour! http://brandonsanderson.com/introducing-the-steelhunt/

Two new blog posts. First: STEELHEART is out today! http://brandonsanderson.com/steelheart-launch-day/
Second: The Steelhunt I'm doing on my book tour! http://brandonsanderson.com/introducing-the-steelhunt/___

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2013-09-18 17:26:51 (13 comments, 8 reshares, 55 +1s)

First some updates. The Writing Excuses podcast had episodes on transitioning characters in prominence and on when fail happens in your career. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/09/

This week I added some videos to my YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/BrandSanderson
First is a letter to Robert Jordan that I recorded for Google Play. Then there are some videos dealing with the Infinity Blade universe. You can see them below. My Infinity Blade: Redemption novella came out a couple of weeks ago; to find out what happens next, play the Infinity Blade III game that was released today! (Links to all of those are here: http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=4370 )

Dear [Me], Brandon Sanderson
Infinity Blade Redemption Interview With Brandon Sanderson - Gamerhub.tv
Infinity Blade 3 Donald Mustard Interviews Brandon Sanderson - Gamerhub.tv
Inifinity Blade 3 Detailed By... more »

First some updates. The Writing Excuses podcast had episodes on transitioning characters in prominence and on when fail happens in your career. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/09/

This week I added some videos to my YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/BrandSanderson
First is a letter to Robert Jordan that I recorded for Google Play. Then there are some videos dealing with the Infinity Blade universe. You can see them below. My Infinity Blade: Redemption novella came out a couple of weeks ago; to find out what happens next, play the Infinity Blade III game that was released today! (Links to all of those are here: http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=4370 )

Dear [Me], Brandon Sanderson
Infinity Blade Redemption Interview With Brandon Sanderson - Gamerhub.tv
Infinity Blade 3 Donald Mustard Interviews Brandon Sanderson - Gamerhub.tv
Inifinity Blade 3 Detailed By Brandon Sanderson - Gamerhub.tv
Infinity Blade 3 Brandon Sanderson Interviews Donald Mustard - Gamerhub.tv___

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2013-09-18 17:22:34 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 62 +1s)

The Hugo Awards UStream page has posted the full recording of this year’s ceremony, with no pesky gaps from technical difficulties. You can find it here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/38546105

The entire ceremony is a celebration of science fiction and fantasy fandom featuring luminaries of the field, and I highly recommend attending Worldcon and the Hugo Awards ceremony. But for those who just want to cut to the chase, you can find the presentation of this year’s Hugo Award for Best Related Work at about the 02:05:53 mark, and the presentation of the Hugo Award for Best Novella at about the 02:20:57 mark. The full list of winners can be found here: http://www.thehugoawards.org/2013/09/2013-hugo-award-winners/

Elizabeth Story at Tachyon Publications, which put out the print version of the novella, sent me the comic below. It will make the most sense if you’ve already read TheEmper... more »

The Hugo Awards UStream page has posted the full recording of this year’s ceremony, with no pesky gaps from technical difficulties. You can find it here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/38546105

The entire ceremony is a celebration of science fiction and fantasy fandom featuring luminaries of the field, and I highly recommend attending Worldcon and the Hugo Awards ceremony. But for those who just want to cut to the chase, you can find the presentation of this year’s Hugo Award for Best Related Work at about the 02:05:53 mark, and the presentation of the Hugo Award for Best Novella at about the 02:20:57 mark. The full list of winners can be found here: http://www.thehugoawards.org/2013/09/2013-hugo-award-winners/

Elizabeth Story at Tachyon Publications, which put out the print version of the novella, sent me the comic below. It will make the most sense if you’ve already read The Emperor’s Soul: http://brandonsanderson.com/books/elantris/the-emperors-soul/ My special extra thanks to Tachyon for all the wonderful work they did. This is an awesome comic!___

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2013-09-12 19:35:47 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 55 +1s)

Steelheart book trailer & free 5-chapter sample ebook/audiobook

Random House has released their book trailer for Steelheart, and it's pretty awesome! Check it out here: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

They've also put out a 5-chapter sampler ebook (and Audible has a sampler audiobook) that you can see download links for here: http://brandonsanderson.com/steelheart-prologue/ (Ignore the text that says "Buy the Book"—it's a free download.) Right now the free ebook and audiobook aren't available in the UK, Australia, or New Zealand, but it should be available most other places. You can also read the prologue, chapter 10, and chapter 11 right on my site.

The release date is only 12 days away, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. Weller Book Works has a few signed & numbered copies left:h... more »

Steelheart book trailer & free 5-chapter sample ebook/audiobook

Random House has released their book trailer for Steelheart, and it's pretty awesome! Check it out here: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

They've also put out a 5-chapter sampler ebook (and Audible has a sampler audiobook) that you can see download links for here: http://brandonsanderson.com/steelheart-prologue/ (Ignore the text that says "Buy the Book"—it's a free download.) Right now the free ebook and audiobook aren't available in the UK, Australia, or New Zealand, but it should be available most other places. You can also read the prologue, chapter 10, and chapter 11 right on my site.

The release date is only 12 days away, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. Weller Book Works has a few signed & numbered copies left: https://www.facebook.com/events/155581877983974/?ref=22 You can also come to the release event at the Orem Barnes & Noble on September 24th, or check out the whole tour here: http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/
Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October. I have worldwide links to other places you can preorder the book here: http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/steelheart/___

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2013-09-12 19:35:16 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

A question for my German and other foreign-language readers

Many of you know that my good friend Dan Wells’s Serial Killer books were published in Germany before they were printed in the US (see Writing Excuses Episode 8.29 for a description of how this happened). Since then, Dan’s books have done very well in Germany. In fact, he’s living there now partly because of this.

Dan’s success in Germany has made me curious about what my readers think of the German translations of my own novels. I’ve never visited Germany. It’s a big market that I don’t know very much about, and I’m curious about it.

In fact, I would love to know how my foreign translations in any language compare to the original English. If there are those of you out there who are familiar with both editions of some of my works, we would love to hear from you, particularly if you are bilingual orhave read both ... more »

A question for my German and other foreign-language readers

Many of you know that my good friend Dan Wells’s Serial Killer books were published in Germany before they were printed in the US (see Writing Excuses Episode 8.29 for a description of how this happened). Since then, Dan’s books have done very well in Germany. In fact, he’s living there now partly because of this.

Dan’s success in Germany has made me curious about what my readers think of the German translations of my own novels. I’ve never visited Germany. It’s a big market that I don’t know very much about, and I’m curious about it.

In fact, I would love to know how my foreign translations in any language compare to the original English. If there are those of you out there who are familiar with both editions of some of my works, we would love to hear from you, particularly if you are bilingual or have read both the original and a foreign translation. Specifically we would like to hear from my German readers.

We would also like to know who your favorite translators are in your language. Are there ones that do a particularly good job? Please email your thoughts through the contact form on my website: http://brandonsanderson.com/contact/ or reply here on Google+.___

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2013-09-05 15:39:58 (29 comments, 8 reshares, 129 +1s)

My website debuted a major redesign yesterday. I kick it off with a post about winning two Hugo Awards this past weekend. http://brandonsanderson.com/hugo-awards/

My website debuted a major redesign yesterday. I kick it off with a post about winning two Hugo Awards this past weekend. http://brandonsanderson.com/hugo-awards/___

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2013-08-15 15:38:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)

Steelheart Preorders from Weller Book Works Start Today

If you haven't seen the STEELHEART teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters, please go give them a look! (Links are here: http://brandonsanderson.com/blog/1192/ ) The release date is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders TODAY for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. (Or you can come to the release event at the Orem Barnes & Noble on September 24th. More details later.) Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October.

Steelheart Signed & Numbered Copies

Weller Book Works is excited to offer signed and numbered copies of Brandon... more »

Steelheart Preorders from Weller Book Works Start Today

If you haven't seen the STEELHEART teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters, please go give them a look! (Links are here: http://brandonsanderson.com/blog/1192/ ) The release date is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders TODAY for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. (Or you can come to the release event at the Orem Barnes & Noble on September 24th. More details later.) Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October.

Steelheart Signed & Numbered Copies

Weller Book Works is excited to offer signed and numbered copies of Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart.

A maximum of two copies may be ordered per customer. The price is $15.19 per copy plus tax and/or shipping if applicable. That's 20% off the cover price of $18.99.

United States shipping is via USPS Priority Mail. You may choose to have orders for a single copy shipped in a padded envelope or in a box. Orders for two copies will be shipped in a box. Shipping prices are as follows:

US Domestic padded envelope - $7.00
US Domestic box - $13.00

In addition, orders picked up in-store or shipped to destinations in Utah will be charged sales tax of $1.04 per book.

International shipping is via USPS 1st Class or Priority Mail for single copies. You may choose to have single copy orders shipped in a 1st Class padded envelope, a Priority Mail padded envelope, or a Priority Mail box. Orders for two copies will be shipped in a Priority Mail box. Unfortunately, we are not able to ship two copies 1st Class due to weight limits. Please note that 1st Class orders will not arrive until significantly after the release date. Shipping prices are as follows:

Canada & Mexico 1st Class padded envelope - $16.00
Canada & Mexico Priority Mail padded envelope - $21.00
Canada & Mexico Priority Mail box - $ 42.00
All other international 1st Class padded envelope - $23.00
All other international Priority Mail padded envelope - $25.00
All other international Priority Mail box - $62.00

Orders may be paid for with credit card or Paypal only. All orders must be placed via e-mail by e-mailing books@wellerbookworks.com.

When you order, please let us know how you would like your copy personalized. Tell us "signature only" if you just want it signed and numbered. If you would like it signed to you or to a friend, say, e.g., "Sign it 'to John.'" If you are paying by Paypal, please include your paypal email in your order so that we can invoice you. Please include your shipping address when ordering.

This promotion is limited to 500 copies of Steelheart, and all orders must be received and paid for by August 31, 2013.

E-mail books@wellerbookworks.com to order today!___

2013-08-15 14:12:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Tomorrow and Saturday I'll be at Gen Con. Here's my schedule. See you there!

Place: Gen Con Indy 2013
Address: Indiana Convention Center
100 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Schedule: August 16–17, 2013

FRIDAY

11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, ICC Room 244 (SEM1345269)
Panel: Worldbuilding: Magic & Mysticism
Learn to weave magic into your setting in a way that drives the story and satisfies the reader.
Elizabeth Vaughan, John Helfers, Lou Anders, Dave Gross, Brandon Sanderson

2:00–3:30 p.m., ICC Room 500 Ballroom/Reception (ENT1350579)
Event: Epic Villains Bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson (STEELHEART, Sept. 2013) and James Dashner (EYE OF MINDS, Oct. 2013) introduce their new series and discuss the creation of the most horrifying villains within their fiction—past and present. For a chance to win an epicprize, ... more »

Tomorrow and Saturday I'll be at Gen Con. Here's my schedule. See you there!

Place: Gen Con Indy 2013
Address: Indiana Convention Center
100 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Schedule: August 16–17, 2013

FRIDAY

11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, ICC Room 244 (SEM1345269)
Panel: Worldbuilding: Magic & Mysticism
Learn to weave magic into your setting in a way that drives the story and satisfies the reader.
Elizabeth Vaughan, John Helfers, Lou Anders, Dave Gross, Brandon Sanderson

2:00–3:30 p.m., ICC Room 500 Ballroom/Reception (ENT1350579)
Event: Epic Villains Bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson (STEELHEART, Sept. 2013) and James Dashner (EYE OF MINDS, Oct. 2013) introduce their new series and discuss the creation of the most horrifying villains within their fiction—past and present. For a chance to win an epic prize, collect some cool swag, and receive a limited edition signed poster, come check out this sneak peek!
Cost: $2.00

4:00–5:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345264)
Panel: Writer's Craft: Novel Outlines
Discover the techniques and tricks for creating effective, compelling, and pitchable novel outlines.
John Helfers, Jerry Gordon, Saladin Ahmed, Brandon Sanderson, Erik Scott De Bie

7:00–9:00 p.m., ICC Room 244 (SEM1350944)
Panel: Writing Excuses: Live Audience Session 1
Join Writing Excuses hosts Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal for a live audience recording session Friday evening. The team will record four to six episodes of their popular podcast between 7pm and 9pm, interviewing special guests from the symposium and VIG's and others from the wider convention. During this session at least one episode will be a rapid-fire Q&A using questions taken from the audience, so be sure to bring some stumpers.

9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. VIG Lounge, ICC Rooms 116–117 (TCG1352591)
VIG: Magic: The Gathering draft and tournament with Brandon Sanderson
Come draft and play MTG with Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn series and the continuation of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga. Prizes awarded! VIG and VIG Companions only.
Cost: $24.00

SATURDAY

12:00 noon–2:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall Booth 1749
Signing: Brandon Sanderson at Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary booth
Brandon's books (including this year's convention exclusive hardcover) will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own books. Howard Tayler, Jim Zub, and Tracy Hickman will also be at the booth at various times throughout the day. And you can also ask Brandon to sign your books any other time during the convention that you can catch him between panels.

2:00–3:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345288)
Panel: Exploring Genres: Young Adult
Get the inside scoop on what it takes to write fiction for the lucrative YA market.
Kelly Swails, David Farland, James Dashner, Ari Marmell, Brandon Sanderson

3:00–4:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345289)
Panel: Exploring Genres: Dark Fantasy
Explore techniques for writing fantasy with an edge as we discuss the darker side of the genre.
Paul Genesse, Kelly Swails, Chris Pierson, Lucy Snyder, Brandon Sanderson

4:00–5:00 p.m., Crowne Plaza Grand Central Ballroom D (SEM1343796)
Panel: Scheming through Scadrial: Making Mistborn Yours
The Final Empire is hard on Crews but it's also tricky for Narrators. Join the creators of the Mistborn Adventure Game for an interactive panel about adventuring in Brandon Sanderson's unique world.
NOTE: This panel is a two-hour panel beginning at 3:00. Brandon will show up for the final hour of the panel.
Patrick Kapera, Brandon Sanderson

7:00–9:00 p.m., ICC Room 244 (SEM1350945)
Panel: Writing Excuses: Live Audience Session 2
Join Writing Excuses hosts Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal for a live audience recording session Friday evening. The team will record four to six episodes of their popular podcast between 7pm and 9pm, interviewing special guests from the symposium and VIG's and others from the wider convention. During this session at least one episode will be a rapid-fire Q&A using questions taken from the audience, so be sure to bring some stumpers.

NOTE:
Brandon's books (including this year's convention exclusive hardcover) will be available for purchase at Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary booth 1749 in the Exhibit Hall.___

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2013-08-12 22:35:42 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)

Some quick updates today. But first, if you haven't seen the STEELHEART teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters, please go give them a look! The release date is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (I've put some links here: http://brandonsanderson.com/blog/1191 ) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders on August 15th for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October.

Waygate Foundation has a new charity auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. They're auctioning off a rare production sample of a Ta'veren Tees t-shirt featuring Perrin Aybara, signed by Team Jordan and me. You can't buy a shirt... more »

Some quick updates today. But first, if you haven't seen the STEELHEART teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters, please go give them a look! The release date is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (I've put some links here: http://brandonsanderson.com/blog/1191 ) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders on August 15th for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October.

Waygate Foundation has a new charity auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. They're auctioning off a rare production sample of a Ta'veren Tees t-shirt featuring Perrin Aybara, signed by Team Jordan and me. You can't buy a shirt with this exact design. The auction ends on August 21st.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Signed-Wheel-of-Time-Collectible-T-shirt-Limited-Prototype-/151100195242?

The Kindle Daily Post has an interview with me about STEELHEART and other topics.
http://www.kindlepost.com/2013/08/an-exclusive-interview-with-brandon-sanderson.html
Also, Inspiring Insomnia is giving away (US-only) an ARC of STEELHEART.
http://readrinserepeat.blogspot.com/2013/08/win-arc-of-steelheart-by-brandon.html
I often mention giveaways like this on Facebook and Twitter when I see them, but sometimes the giveaways are over by the time I compile a blog post or Google+ post.

The most recent Writing Excuses podcast episode http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/08/11/ is another microcasting one where we touch on the following topics:

• How do you manage your workload?
• Are writing contests worth it? Which ones are good?
• How do you make it clear that the weird aspects of your world are done on purpose rather than just being bad science?
• How do you know when to take a break from your writing?
• What are your word count suggestions for various markets?

SF Signal asked me to name two or three authors I feel haven't received the recognition they deserve. So I had to keep the list short, but you should check it out!
http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2013/08/recommended-reading-by-professionals-with-brandon-sanderson/

Tor dot com's newest THE WAY OF KINGS reread post covers chapters 27 and 28. Chasm duty, Horneater stew, and smashing a lot of rock with a hammer.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/08/the-way-of-kings-reread-chapters-27-and-28___

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2013-08-09 22:34:41 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)

It's time to announce the winners of the STEELHEART Mega Vault Fan Art contest. First, if you haven't seen the teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters for STEELHEART, please go give them a look!
http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/938209/steelheart-trailer.jhtml
http://www.avclub.com/articles/heres-an-exclusive-first-look-at-brandon-sanderson,97785/
http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/07/18/brandon-sanderson-steelheart-excerpt/

STEELHEART Preorders

The release date for STEELHEART is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible, Apple, Kobo, Google Play.) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders on August 15th for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also... more »

It's time to announce the winners of the STEELHEART Mega Vault Fan Art contest. First, if you haven't seen the teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters for STEELHEART, please go give them a look!
http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/938209/steelheart-trailer.jhtml
http://www.avclub.com/articles/heres-an-exclusive-first-look-at-brandon-sanderson,97785/
http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/07/18/brandon-sanderson-steelheart-excerpt/

STEELHEART Preorders

The release date for STEELHEART is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible, Apple, Kobo, Google Play.) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders on August 15th for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books (without numbers) available to preorder, but they won't be shipped as quickly. When I'm on tour in October, I'll stop by both of these places and sign the preordered books, which will then be shipped out.
http://amazon.com/dp/0385743564?tag=brandsande-20
http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=DMfttJBjUUk&subid&offerid=266972.1&type=10&tmpid=8433&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.barnesandnoble.com%252Fw%252Fb%252F1114016095
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385743563
http://www.audible.com/pd/B00ECDZ08I
http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=DMfttJBjUUk&subid&offerid=146261.1&type=10&tmpid=5573&RD_PARM1=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fbook%2Fid591641538
http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=DMfttJBjUUk&subid&offerid=290193.1&type=10&tmpid=9309&RD_PARM1=http%3A%2F%2Fstore.kobobooks.com%2Fen-US%2FSearch%3FQuery%3DSteelheart%2BSanderson
https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brandon_Sanderson_Steelheart?id=gkcKun43kYYC
http://www.mystgalaxy.com/brandon-sanderson-steelheart
http://signedpage.com/shop/steelheart-by-brandon-sanderson/

Mega Vault Contest Winners

We had a great response to the STEELHEART fan art contest. Take a look at all the entries over at my official fan site, 17th Shard. The fan art is just fantastic! There were so many awesome entries, in fact, that we had a hard time choosing winners. So we've made space for five winners and five runners-up.
http://www.17thshard.com/forum/gallery/category/12-steelheart-mega-vault-contest-gallery/

The five runners-up will receive a STEELHEART poster signed by me, and their choice of one signed book from my online store. http://www.brandonsanderson.com/store/1/Signed-Hardcovers

Another runner-up is this Steelheart Promo Video by Scott Capener: Steelheart Promo Video

To the winners: My assistants will be contacting you through the 17th Shard message system.

Thank you again for entering the contest, and thanks to Random House for providing these awesome Mega Vaults and posters as prizes.___

2013-08-07 17:39:47 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)

Spokane this week!

Tomorrow I'm heading out to Spokane for SpoCon, and I'll also be signing at Barnes & Noble. Details are below. There's no signing listed at SpoCon itself, but I will sign books if you find me between panels. See you there!

Barnes & Noble, Spokane

Date: Thursday August 8th, 2013
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Place: Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Northtown Mall
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2997
Address: 4750 North Division Street
Spokane, WA 99207
Phone: (509) 482-4235
Notes: This signing is in conjunction with SpoCon, but you don't have to be a SpoCon member to attend the signing. Please consider attending SpoCon as well though, since they are flying Brandon out and he'll be doing many more events there this weekend.

SpoCon 2013, Spokane

Dates: Friday August9th... more »

Spokane this week!

Tomorrow I'm heading out to Spokane for SpoCon, and I'll also be signing at Barnes & Noble. Details are below. There's no signing listed at SpoCon itself, but I will sign books if you find me between panels. See you there!

Barnes & Noble, Spokane

Date: Thursday August 8th, 2013
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Place: Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Northtown Mall
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2997
Address: 4750 North Division Street
Spokane, WA 99207
Phone: (509) 482-4235
Notes: This signing is in conjunction with SpoCon, but you don't have to be a SpoCon member to attend the signing. Please consider attending SpoCon as well though, since they are flying Brandon out and he'll be doing many more events there this weekend.

SpoCon 2013, Spokane

Dates: Friday August 9th–Sunday August 11th, 2013
Place: SpoCon 2013 http://www.spocon.org
Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Spokane City Center
322 North Spokane Falls Court
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: (509) 455-9600

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 15:30 to 16:30, Parkside II
Writing For the Youth Market
Do you enjoy telling your children stories? Do you remember childhood stories of your own? Would you like to share them with other youth; to help shape and put a bug of creative imagination in to their minds? Why just infest your own children's imagination, or that of friends and family, when you can tweak the youth of the world's imagination. Buahaha...
Brandon Sanderson, Jessica Rising, Deby Fredericks, Fallon Jones, Shelley Martin

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 18:30 to 19:00, Salon 5
Opening Ceremonies
Come join SpoCon Staff and distinguished Guests as we celebrate the opening of SpoCon 2013; see our Guests introduced, and hear about some of the great things that SpoCon has to offer this year! As usual, SpoCon's opening ceremonies are not something to be missed....
Brandon Sanderson, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Mark Osier, Scott C. Brown, Andy Dopieralski, Christian Doyle, Beau Prichard

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 19:00 to 19:45, Salon 5
Marmot Talk
Sitting in for the Mad Marmot himself will be the one and only Scott C. Brown with his mostly fearless sidekick Tim Martin. Join us for a style of talk show only SpoCon can produce. On the schedule is a Q&A with our distinguished Guests. We are pretty sure you won't want to be missing this...
Scott C. Brown, Brandon Sanderson, Phil Foglio, Mark Osier, Kaja Foglio, Tim Martin, Christian Doyle, Andy Dopieralski, Beau Prichard

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 20:00 to 21:00, Shades
Reading - Brandon Sanderson
Come and enjoy a reading from SpoCon's 2013 Guest of Honor, author Brandon Sanderson. Brandon will read a number of selection, and will include some of his works for younger readers.

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 12:30 to 13:30, Parkside II
World-Building: Creating a Magic System
Learn how to tackle the challenges of creating a magic system for your world or universe from true masters of the art.
Brandon Sanderson, S.A. Bolich, Rhiannon Louve, Shelley Martin

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 15:30 to 16:30, Spokane Falls Ballroom B
The SpoCon Unquisition!
So, you think you know The Wheel of Time? Bring your questions to SpoCon's Unquisition - Our panel of Unquisitors will listen to your question about The Wheel of Time, that may NOT contain any name, or direct reference to anything IN The Wheel of Time series. Should our panel of Unquisitors deem the question "correct", our Guest of Honor will then answer the approved query in any manner he so chooses.
Brandon Sanderson, Debbie Lentz, Christian Doyle, Molly Lloyd

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 20:00 to Sun, 08/11/2013 - 02:00, Spokane Falls Ballroom D
Magic the Gathering Draft with Brandon Sanderson
Brandon loves playing Magic the Gathering. Brandon enjoys it so much that when he travels, he often puts out the word that he's up for a game. Now Brandon is here at SpoCon, and he's not just putting out the word, he's offered us a tournament. So, come out and play in a MtG draft with our Guest of Honor, Brandon Sanderson! Did somebody say prizes? Why yes we did! Per Brandon, this will be a "Booster Draft." Our friends at Gamer's Haven will help administer this event. Seats are limited to 15 players, and please note that there will be an additional $25 fee to participate in this event.

Sun, 08/11/2013 - 15:00 to 16:00, Salon 5
Guest of Honor Address - Brandon Sanderson
Join famed author Brandon Sanderson in Salon V for his Guest of Honor address. Learn about his career, his current and future works, and more.

Sun, 08/11/2013 - 16:00 to 17:00, Salon 5
Closing Ceremonies
You've packed your days full of all of the awesome fun that SpoCon has had to offer. Join us in Salon V to finalize our time together and talk about what we have in store for you next year.
Brandon Sanderson, Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio, Mark Osier, Scott C. Brown, Christian Doyle, Andy Dopieralski, Beau Prichard, Rob McDonell___

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2013-08-07 17:37:26 (30 comments, 31 reshares, 203 +1s)

Updates Catch-Up + Michael Whelan Stormlight 2 Cover

Playing catch-up with the Writing Excuses podcast, we did episodes on both Writing Reluctant Characters and Combining Dialogue, Blocking, and Description. We also did a Q&A session at the Out of Excuses Retreat that touches on these questions:

To Dan: How did you go about selling your first trilogy in Germany before selling it in the US?
To Howard: did you consider doing a separate storyline on Sunday strips? Why or why not?
Have you transitioned between outlining and discovery writing?
To Brandon: Why is John Scalzi your evil nemesis?
To Dan and Howard (and Mary): When you had full-time work, what did you do to "reset" when you came home from work, especially since your job used the same parts of your brain that writing does?

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/07/21/... more »

Updates Catch-Up + Michael Whelan Stormlight 2 Cover

Playing catch-up with the Writing Excuses podcast, we did episodes on both Writing Reluctant Characters and Combining Dialogue, Blocking, and Description. We also did a Q&A session at the Out of Excuses Retreat that touches on these questions:

To Dan: How did you go about selling your first trilogy in Germany before selling it in the US?
To Howard: did you consider doing a separate storyline on Sunday strips? Why or why not?
Have you transitioned between outlining and discovery writing?
To Brandon: Why is John Scalzi your evil nemesis?
To Dan and Howard (and Mary): When you had full-time work, what did you do to "reset" when you came home from work, especially since your job used the same parts of your brain that writing does?

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/07/21/
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/07/28/
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/08/04/

Tor.com has revealed Michael Whelan's cover art for WORDS OF RADIANCE, the sequel to THE WAY OF KINGS. The cover is gorgeous, as always, and I love how the wraparound looks on it. Many thanks to Mr. Whelan for all his hard work!
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/07/brandon-sanderson-words-of-radiance-cover-reveal-michael-whelan

Tor.com has also announced that the tentative release date has been pushed to March. I may have more to say on the reasons for this in the future, but it's important that I get this book right. On July 24th I tweeted a screenshot of me starting the third draft.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/07/words-of-radiance-release-date-has-moved
http://t.co/GCZ86pSlEz

I've missed mentioning a couple of THE WAY OF KINGS reread posts; you can find all of them here: http://www.tor.com/features/series/the-way-of-kings-reread-on-torcom

Tor.com also put up an excerpt of my novella "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell" coming in the George R.R. Martin/Gardner Dozois anthology DANGEROUS WOMEN that will be released on December 3rd.
http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/07/dangerous-women-brandon-sanderson-excerpt

My Comic-Con interview with MTV Geek is archived here: http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/07/18/brandon-sanderson-steelheart-excerpt/ The video is at the bottom of the page; I appear at the 1:59:38 mark. There's also an extremely short preview of the STEELHEART book trailer right before I come on. The full trailer should be released fairly soon. And on that page you can also read the second excerpt from the book.

There's also an interview with me about STEELHEART over at Big Shiny Robot. http://www.bigshinyrobot.com/reviews/archives/54338

My assistant Peter uploaded another Twitter posts archive. This one covers most of July. http://brandonsanderson.com/article/129/___

2013-07-18 17:44:00 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)

I'm leaving today for Comic-Con in San Diego, and I'll be there Friday through Sunday. My schedule is below. See you there! There will also be a Steelheart trailer reveal online on Sunday with MTV Geek; I'll add the link later.

Date: July 19–21, 2013
Place: San Diego Convention Center
Address: 111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Schedule:

Friday, July 19th

11:00–11:30 a.m., booth 1915
DC Entertainment Signing with John Van Fleet
Signing exclusive Steelheart poster prints by John Van Fleet

2:30–3:30 p.m., Room 24ABC
Epic Fantasy Panel
Dragons, elves, and magic—epic fantasy transports us to another world. Colleen Lindsay and some of the genre's biggest authors discuss the worlds of their own creation and what fantasy has to say about our own world: Robin Hobb (Blood of Dragons), RaymondFeist (... more »

I'm leaving today for Comic-Con in San Diego, and I'll be there Friday through Sunday. My schedule is below. See you there! There will also be a Steelheart trailer reveal online on Sunday with MTV Geek; I'll add the link later.

Date: July 19–21, 2013
Place: San Diego Convention Center
Address: 111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Schedule:

Friday, July 19th

11:00–11:30 a.m., booth 1915
DC Entertainment Signing with John Van Fleet
Signing exclusive Steelheart poster prints by John Van Fleet

2:30–3:30 p.m., Room 24ABC
Epic Fantasy Panel
Dragons, elves, and magic—epic fantasy transports us to another world. Colleen Lindsay and some of the genre's biggest authors discuss the worlds of their own creation and what fantasy has to say about our own world: Robin Hobb (Blood of Dragons), Raymond Feist (Magician's End), Django Wexler (The Thousand Names), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn and The Wheel of Time series), Melissa de la Cruz (Frozen), Christopher Paolini (the Inheritance cycle), and Daniel Abraham (The Tyrant's Law).

4:00–5:00 p.m., Table AA09, Autograph Area
Signing by authors from the Epic Fantasy Panel

5:00–6:00 p.m., booth 2707 Tor Booth Signing
Brandon will sign copies of The Way of Kings (and probably any other books you bring)

Saturday, July 20th

1:00–2:00 p.m., booth 1515
Random House Booth Signing
Signing ARCs of Steelheart
This is a ticketed signing. Tickets can be picked up at the Random House booth 1515 on Saturday when the booth opens. The line will start forming 15 minutes before the signing.

Sunday, July 21st

2:30–3:30 p.m., Room 23ABC
Safety Not Guaranteed, Post-Apocalyptic Panel
Dystopian societies, postapocalyptic scenarios, enhanced (and deadly) abilities, and mysterious government branches make the future a not-so-safe place to be. Moderator Anna Jarzab (Tandem) joins authors Marie Lu (the Legend series), Gen Albin (Crewel), Brandon Sanderson (Steelheart), Margaret Stohl (Icons), Amy Tintera (Reboot), and Michael Johnston (Frozen) as they discuss what it takes to survive in the future worlds they've created.

4:00–5:00 p.m., Table AA09, Autograph Area
Signing with the previous panel's authors. Brandon will sign ARCs of Steelheart (and probably any other books you bring).

Notes:

The "Firstborn"/"Defending Elysium" con exclusive hardcover will be on sale at Mysterious Galaxy's booth, #1119.

Badali Jewelry will be at booth #532/534 with their beautiful assortment of jewelry based on Elantris, the Mistborn series, and more.___

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2013-07-08 22:29:54 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 58 +1s)

STEELHEART-related contest! (US and Canada only, sorry.)

When I got back from the THE RITHMATIST, I found this Mega Vault waiting for me from Delacorte, the publisher of my upcoming YA novel STEELHEART.

Random House has graciously donated three of them to be given away. And yes, that case is real metal. Not sure what type, but I suspect an Allomancer could make use of it.

Inside are copies of the first books in three new series releasing this fall. THE EYE OF MINDS by James Dashner releases October 8th. TEARDROP by Lauren Kate releases October 22nd. And of course, STEELHEART, my post-apocalyptic young adult novel about normal people assassinating the powerful evil Epics who rule mankind. STEELHEART releases September 24th.

Want to get your hands on one of our three Mega Vaults? Here's what you do.

Step 1: Read the prologue to STEELHEART at this... more »

STEELHEART-related contest! (US and Canada only, sorry.)

When I got back from the THE RITHMATIST, I found this Mega Vault waiting for me from Delacorte, the publisher of my upcoming YA novel STEELHEART.

Random House has graciously donated three of them to be given away. And yes, that case is real metal. Not sure what type, but I suspect an Allomancer could make use of it.

Inside are copies of the first books in three new series releasing this fall. THE EYE OF MINDS by James Dashner releases October 8th. TEARDROP by Lauren Kate releases October 22nd. And of course, STEELHEART, my post-apocalyptic young adult novel about normal people assassinating the powerful evil Epics who rule mankind. STEELHEART releases September 24th.

Want to get your hands on one of our three Mega Vaults? Here's what you do.

Step 1: Read the prologue to STEELHEART at this link: http://www.avclub.com/articles/heres-an-exclusive-first-look-at-brandon-sanderson,97785/

Step 2: Create some awesome fan art based on the prologue. Let's keep it to the visual arts. So, original illustrations, sketches, comic book panels, Photoshopped images, etc. Even videos, if you want to get that ambitious. Please keep the images tasteful and "safe for work."

Step 3: Log in to the Brandon Sanderson fan forums at The 17th Shard. I know making an account somewhere can be a hassle, but other methods we considered for organizing this were just too complicated logistically. http://www.17thshard.com

Step 4: Post your image in their Steelheart Mega Vault Contest gallery.
http://www.17thshard.com/forum/gallery/category/12-steelheart-mega-vault-contest-gallery/
To post, click the black "upload" button in the upper right-hand corner. Click "choose file" and upload as usual. Click "review and publish." Add a title and description if you want, then finish and publish it. The webmasters on the forums will approve all images before they are posted.

Step 5: You'll have a week to submit—the deadline is July 15th. After the deadline, the webmasters and my assistants Peter and Isaac will narrow down the submissions to ten unannounced semifinalists. From those ten, I'll pick my three favorites, whose creators will each receive one of the Mega Vaults from Random House. Note that they can only ship to the United States and Canada, so please accept my apologies if you live outside these areas.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with! Good luck!___

2013-06-28 14:21:24 (5 comments, 13 reshares, 46 +1s)

Guest post by Elise Matthesen: How to Report Sexual Harassment

(A friend of mine wrote this, and I and a few other people in the community are posting her narrative to raise awareness. —Brandon)

How to Report Sexual Harassment

by Elise Mattheson

We're geeks. We learn things and share, right? Well, this year at WisCon I learned firsthand how to report sexual harassment. In case you ever need or want to know, here's what I learned and how it went.

Two editors I knew were throwing a book release party on Friday night at the convention. I was there, standing around with a drink talking about Babylon 5, the work of China Mieville, and Marxist theories of labor (like you do) when an editor from a different house joined the conversation briefly and decided to do the thing that I reported. A minute or two after he left, one of the hosts came over toc... more »

Guest post by Elise Matthesen: How to Report Sexual Harassment

(A friend of mine wrote this, and I and a few other people in the community are posting her narrative to raise awareness. —Brandon)

How to Report Sexual Harassment

by Elise Mattheson

We're geeks. We learn things and share, right? Well, this year at WisCon I learned firsthand how to report sexual harassment. In case you ever need or want to know, here's what I learned and how it went.

Two editors I knew were throwing a book release party on Friday night at the convention. I was there, standing around with a drink talking about Babylon 5, the work of China Mieville, and Marxist theories of labor (like you do) when an editor from a different house joined the conversation briefly and decided to do the thing that I reported. A minute or two after he left, one of the hosts came over to check on me. I was lucky: my host was alert and aware. On hearing what had happened, he gave me the name of a mandated reporter at the company the harasser was representing at the convention.

The mandated reporter was respectful and professional. Even though I knew them, reporting this stuff is scary, especially about someone who's been with a company for a long time, so I was really glad to be listened to. Since the incident happened during Memorial Day weekend, I was told Human Resources would follow up with me on Tuesday.

There was most of a convention between then and Tuesday, and I didn't like the thought of more of this nonsense (there's a polite word for it!) happening, so I went and found a convention Safety staffer. He asked me right away whether I was okay and whether I wanted someone with me while we talked or would rather speak privately. A friend was nearby, a previous Guest of Honor at the convention, and I asked her to stay for the conversation. The Safety person asked whether I'd like to make a formal report. I told him, "I'd just like to tell you what happened informally, I guess, while I figure out what I want to do."

It may seem odd to hesitate to make a formal report to a convention when one has just called somebody's employer and begun the process of formally reporting there, but that's how it was. I think I was a little bit in shock. (I kept shaking my head and thinking, "Dude, seriously??") So the Safety person closed his notebook and listened attentively. Partway through my account, I said, "Okay, open your notebook, because yeah, this should be official." Thus began the formal report to the convention. We listed what had happened, when and where, the names of other people who were there when it happened, and so forth. The Safety person told me he would be taking the report up to the next level, checked again to see whether I was okay, and then went.

I had been nervous about doing it, even though the Safety person and the friend sitting with us were people I have known for years. Sitting there, I tried to imagine how nervous I would have been if I were twenty-some years old and at my first convention. What if I were just starting out and had been hoping to show a manuscript to that editor? Would I have thought this kind of behavior was business as usual? What if I were afraid that person would blacklist me if I didn't make nice and go along with it? If I had been less experienced, less surrounded by people I could call on for strength and encouragement, would I have been able to report it at all?

Well, I actually know the answer to that one: I wouldn't have. I know this because I did not report it when it happened to me in my twenties. I didn't report it when it happened to me in my forties either. There are lots of reasons people might not report things, and I'm not going to tell someone they're wrong for choosing not to report. What I intend to do by writing this is to give some kind of road map to someone who is considering reporting. We're geeks, right? Learning something and sharing is what we do.

So I reported it to the convention. Somewhere in there they asked, "Shall we use your name?" I thought for a millisecond and said, "Oh, hell yes."

This is an important thing. A formal report has a name attached. More about this later.

The Safety team kept checking in with me. The coordinators of the convention were promptly involved. Someone told me that since it was the first report, the editor would not be asked to leave the convention. I was surprised it was the first report, but hey, if it was and if that's the process, follow the process. They told me they had instructed him to keep away from me for the rest of the convention. I thanked them.

Starting on Tuesday, the HR department of his company got in touch with me. They too were respectful and took the incident very seriously. Again I described what, where and when, and who had been present for the incident and aftermath. They asked me if I was making a formal report and wanted my name used. Again I said, "Hell, yes."

Both HR and Legal were in touch with me over the following weeks. HR called and emailed enough times that my husband started calling them "your good friends at HR." They also followed through on checking with the other people, and did so with a promptness that was good to see.

Although their behavior was professional and respectful, I was stunned when I found out that mine was the first formal report filed there as well. From various discussions in person and online, I knew for certain that I was not the only one to have reported inappropriate behavior by this person to his employer. It turned out that the previous reports had been made confidentially and not through HR and Legal. Therefore my report was the first one, because it was the first one that had ever been formally recorded.

Corporations (and conventions with formal procedures) live and die by the written word. "Records, or it didn't happen" is how it works, at least as far as doing anything official about it. So here I was, and here we all were, with a situation where this had definitely happened before, but which we had to treat as if it were the first time—because for formal purposes, it was.

I asked whether people who had originally made confidential reports could go ahead and file formal ones now. There was a bit of confusion around an erroneous answer by someone in another department, but then the person at Legal clearly said that "the past is past" is not an accurate summation of company policy, and that she (and all the other people listed in the company's publically-available code of conduct) would definitely accept formal reports regardless of whether the behavior took place last week or last year.

If you choose to report, I hope this writing is useful to you. If you're new to the genre, please be assured that sexual harassment is NOT acceptable business-as-usual. I have had numerous editors tell me that reporting harassment will NOT get you blacklisted, that they WANT the bad apples reported and dealt with, and that this is very important to them, because this kind of thing is bad for everyone and is not okay. The thing is, though, that I'm fifty-two years old, familiar with the field and the world of conventions, moderately well known to many professionals in the field, and relatively well-liked. I've got a lot of social credit. And yet even I was nervous and a little in shock when faced with deciding whether or not to report what happened. Even I was thinking, "Oh, God, do I have to? What if this gets really ugly?"

But every time I got that scared feeling in my guts and the sensation of having a target between my shoulder blades, I thought, "How much worse would this be if I were inexperienced, if I were new to the field, if I were a lot younger?" A thousand times worse. So I took a deep breath and squared my shoulders and said, "Hell, yes, use my name." And while it's scary to write this now, and while various people are worried that parts of the Internet may fall on my head, I'm going to share the knowledge—because I'm a geek, and that's what we do.

So if you need to report this stuff, the following things may make it easier to do so. Not easy, because I don't think it's gotten anywhere near easy, but they'll probably help.

NOTES: As soon as you can, make notes on the following:
• what happened
• when it happened and where
• who else was present (if anyone)
• any other possibly useful information

And take notes as you go through the process of reporting: write down who you talk with in the organization to which you are reporting, and when.

ALLIES: Line up your support team. When you report an incident of sexual harassment to a convention, it is fine to take a friend with you. A friend can keep you company while you make a report to a company by phone or in email. Some allies can help by hanging out with you at convention programming or parties or events, ready to be a buffer in case of unfortunate events—or by just reminding you to eat, if you're too stressed to remember. If you're in shock, please try to tell your allies this, and ask for help if you can.

NAVIGATION: If there are procedures in place, what are they? Where do you start to make a report and how? (Finding out might be a job to outsource to allies.) Some companies have current codes of conduct posted on line with contact information for people to report harassment to. Jim Hines posted a list of contacts at various companies a while ago. Conventions should have a safety team listed in the program book. Know the difference between formal reports and informal reports. Ask what happens next with your report, and whether there will be a formal record of it, or whether it will result in a supervisor telling the person "Don't do that," but will be confidential and will not be counted formally.

REPORTING FORMALLY: This is a particularly important point. Serial harassers can get any number of little talking-to's and still have a clear record, which means HR and Legal can't make any disciplinary action stick when formal reports do finally get made. This is the sort of thing that can get companies really bad reputations, and the ongoing behavior hurts everybody in the field. It is particularly poisonous if the inappropriate behavior is consistently directed toward people over whom the harasser has some kind of real or perceived power: an aspiring writer may hesitate to report an editor, for instance, due to fear of economic harm or reprisal.

STAY SAFE: You get to choose what to do, because you're the only one who knows your situation and what risks you will and won't take. If not reporting is what you need to do, that's what you get to do, and if anybody gives you trouble about making that choice to stay safe, you can sic me on them. Me, I've had a bunch of conversations with my husband, and I've had a bunch of conversations with other people, and I hate the fact that I'm scared that there might be legal wrangling (from the person I'd name, not the convention or his employer) if I name names. But after all those conversations, I'm not going to. Instead, I'm writing the most important part, about how to report this, and make it work, which is so much bigger than one person's distasteful experience.

During the incident, the person I reported said, "Gosh, you're lovely when you're angry." You know what? I've been getting prettier and prettier.___

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2013-05-29 21:04:55 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 57 +1s)

THE RITHMATIST Illustrations, Book Expo America & Updates

The newest Writing Excuses podcast episode is called "What The Avengers Did Right." It has a bunch of spoilers for that movie and talks about it from the point of view of a writer. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/05/26/

I've uploaded all of Ben McSweeney's awesome illustrations for THE RITHMATIST. This includes the map (which isn't in the ebook right now) and a couple of doodles that didn't make it into the final book. If you have the audiobook, we prepared a script for Michael Kramer that included the text from the diagrams so you shouldn't be missing anything essential, but it will probably still help quite a bit to be able to see these illustrations. http://brandonsanderson.com/page/69/

If you haven't seen them, I also have interior illustration galleries for THE WAY OF... more »

THE RITHMATIST Illustrations, Book Expo America & Updates

The newest Writing Excuses podcast episode is called "What The Avengers Did Right." It has a bunch of spoilers for that movie and talks about it from the point of view of a writer. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/05/26/

I've uploaded all of Ben McSweeney's awesome illustrations for THE RITHMATIST. This includes the map (which isn't in the ebook right now) and a couple of doodles that didn't make it into the final book. If you have the audiobook, we prepared a script for Michael Kramer that included the text from the diagrams so you shouldn't be missing anything essential, but it will probably still help quite a bit to be able to see these illustrations. http://brandonsanderson.com/page/69/

If you haven't seen them, I also have interior illustration galleries for THE WAY OF KINGS http://brandonsanderson.com/page/63/ and THE ALLOY OF LAW. http://brandonsanderson.com/page/66/

Tor.com's reread of THE WAY OF KINGS has reached the end of part one. The most recent post covers the first set of interludes and talks about the search for Hoid. http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/05/the-way-of-kings-reread-interludes-1-2-3

This week I will be at Book Expo America in New York. Here's my schedule:

Date: May 30–31, 2013
Place: Book Expo America
http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/
Address: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

THURSDAY, May 30th

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Author Signing at Meeting Room MR 3211 (Tor Table #17)
The Way of Kings, The Rithmatist
(Note: This event is ticketed.)

4:00–5:00 p.m.
RHCB Booth Signing
Booth #3940, Table #1
Steelheart

FRIDAY, May 31st

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Signing at Tor Booth 1557
The Way of Kings, The Rithmatist

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Audio Publishers Association Author Tea
Janis Ian, Bill Bryson, Louise Penny, Brandon Sanderson
(Note: This event is ticketed.)___

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2013-05-21 21:51:34 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 25 +1s)

Hugo Voter Packet Out Now, Signed THE RITHMATIST + Updates

A few weeks ago I talked about the Hugo Voter Packet and how for a $60 supporting membership to Worldcon you could get copies of most of the Hugo Award-nominated works. Well, the packet was finally released today, so if you're already a member go download it now! If you're not a Worldcon member already, check out the cover art of the nominated works (it looks like pretty much everything except for the Dramatic Presentations are included in the packet) and consider joining so you can vote for the Hugo Awards by the July 31st deadline. My Hugo Award-nominated novella THE EMPEROR'S SOUL is in the packet alongside the other Best Novella nominees, and it's an honor to be in such a group. http://www.lonestarcon3.org/hugo-awards/packet.shtml

This week's Writing Excuses podcast episode talks about short story... more »

Hugo Voter Packet Out Now, Signed THE RITHMATIST + Updates

A few weeks ago I talked about the Hugo Voter Packet and how for a $60 supporting membership to Worldcon you could get copies of most of the Hugo Award-nominated works. Well, the packet was finally released today, so if you're already a member go download it now! If you're not a Worldcon member already, check out the cover art of the nominated works (it looks like pretty much everything except for the Dramatic Presentations are included in the packet) and consider joining so you can vote for the Hugo Awards by the July 31st deadline. My Hugo Award-nominated novella THE EMPEROR'S SOUL is in the packet alongside the other Best Novella nominees, and it's an honor to be in such a group. http://www.lonestarcon3.org/hugo-awards/packet.shtml

This week's Writing Excuses podcast episode talks about short story writing with Mary Robinette Kowal. Mary has published more short stories than the rest of us combined, and she has a lot of good helpful things to say about the process. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/05/19/

I sent out a newsletter last week. Here it is: http://brandonsanderson.com/article/126/ If you're interested in getting these three or four times per year, and getting an email reminder when I'm signing near your city, sign up here: http://brandonsanderson.com/contact/?topic=9

Tonight I'm signing in San Jose and tomorrow I'll be in Albuquerque. Details on my events page: http://brandonsanderson.com/events I've also left quite a few signed books at my previous tour stops, so give the following stores a call!

Maple Street Book Shop, New Orleans

They have signed copies of THE RITHMATIST and A MEMORY OF LIGHT in hardcover, and some of each paperback of all of my books that are in print. They also have a few of the special Rithmatic chalk bags that Tor made—ask about getting one when you call. (504) 866-4916

Murder by the Book, Houston

Murder by the Book has signed copies of all of my books, and they're going to bring them to Comicpalooza in Houston this weekend, unless you call and buy all the books before the weekend arrives. (888) 424-2842 (I will be at Phoenix Comicon this weekend.)

Other Stores

All of the following stores have some of my books signed. Call them up to find out what they can ship to you.

Books of Wonder, New York
Phone: (212) 989-3270
Email: store@booksofwonder.com

Children's Book World, Philadelphia
Phone: (610) 642-6274
Email: childrensbookworld@verizon.net

Tattered Cover, Denver (Highlands Ranch)
Phone: (303) 470-7050

Barnes & Noble, Omaha (Oakview Mall)
Phone: (402) 691-4557

Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston
Phone: (281) 497-8675___

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2013-05-14 18:02:35 (23 comments, 13 reshares, 72 +1s)

THE RITHMATIST is out! Buy it from the links here: http://brandonsanderson.com/blog/1164 or visit your local bookstore. (In the UK/Australia, the release date is May 23rd.) My book tour starts tonight in New York and continues in Philadelphia, Denver, Omaha, New Orleans, Houston, San Jose, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Provo, and Spanish Fork. For details see my events page. http://brandonsanderson.com/events (And note, as always I'm happy to sign any books you bring to a signing. Don't feel bad showing up to a signing for THE RITHMATIST carrying your copy of A MEMORY OF LIGHT. I'll sign it gladly. And if you want me to send you an email when I'll be signing near you, tell me your city here: http://brandonsanderson.com/contact/?topic=9 )

I'm super excited about THE RITHMATIST. Imagine a world where people duel using a magical, StarCraft-like system where one draws units and structures... more »

THE RITHMATIST is out! Buy it from the links here: http://brandonsanderson.com/blog/1164 or visit your local bookstore. (In the UK/Australia, the release date is May 23rd.) My book tour starts tonight in New York and continues in Philadelphia, Denver, Omaha, New Orleans, Houston, San Jose, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Provo, and Spanish Fork. For details see my events page. http://brandonsanderson.com/events (And note, as always I'm happy to sign any books you bring to a signing. Don't feel bad showing up to a signing for THE RITHMATIST carrying your copy of A MEMORY OF LIGHT. I'll sign it gladly. And if you want me to send you an email when I'll be signing near you, tell me your city here: http://brandonsanderson.com/contact/?topic=9 )

I'm super excited about THE RITHMATIST. Imagine a world where people duel using a magical, StarCraft-like system where one draws units and structures in chalk. Those come to life once you complete them, though they remain two dimensional, and you can use any drawing surface as a dueling platform. The main character, Joel, gets to go to a school specializing in this magic, though he can't actually use it himself. (He is the son of the cleaning lady, so he gets free tuition.) Students start disappearing, and he gets mixed up in the mystery.

This book is a favorite among my beta readers. (THE RITHMATIST has been around in draft form for some six years now, so many of the inner circle of my fans have read it already.) It's a fun, quick read that (hopefully) will tide you over while I'm finishing up Stormlight 2, WORDS OF RADIANCE. (About 80% done with that right now.)

While I love my Alcatraz series for younger readers, that series is very bizarre and quite different from the style of my adult books. I've found that many of my readers wish I had something more "Brandonesque" to hand to their younger siblings, children, nieces and nephews, etc. Well, this is the book for you. Deep worldbuilding, a complex magic system, and a sharp plot.

Hopefully you'll all be willing to give it a look. The sample chapters are here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/01/the-rithmatist-excerpt and you can hear the beginning of the audiobook here: http://brandonsanderson.com/blog/1162/

Read onward on this blog post if you want to hear some of the background of THE RITHMATIST and how it came to be. Otherwise, check out those sample chapters, and come see me on tour!

The origin of THE RITHMATIST

Six years ago, I was writing a book that I hated.

Now, that's both rare and common for me at the same time. I tire of pretty much every book I work on at some point, usually during the revision process. I push through and get over it. That's what you do as a writer. By the time I'm done with the process, I'm tired of the book—but it's the good kind of tired. The "I worked hard, and now have something awesome to show for it" tired.

Unfortunately, that wasn't happening for this book. Called THE LIAR OF PARTINEL, every chapter was a chore to write. Though it had started very well, it continued to spiral farther and farther down the drain. I was familiar enough with my own writing by this point to realize the problems with LIAR wouldn't work themselves out. The characters were boring, the plot forced. The worldbuilding elements never quite clicked together.

It had been years since I'd had such a bad feeling about a novel. (The last time, in fact, was Mythwalker—my sixth unpublished book—which I abandoned halfway through: http://www.brandonsanderson.com/blog/1007 ) Part of the problem, I suspect, had to do with my expectations. LIAR, set in the same world as DRAGONSTEEL, was to be the origin story of Hoid, the character who has appeared in all of my Cosmere novels. (Information here—warning, big spoilers: http://coppermind.net/wiki/Hoid )

I needed Hoid's story to be epic and awesome. It just wasn't. And so, I ended up "hiding" from that novel and working on something else instead.

THE RITHMATIST. It started with some drawings and a purely creative week sketching out a world, characters, and magic. That week is the exact sort that turned me into a writer in the first place, and was a distinct contrast to the grind that had been LIAR. I abandoned the book and dove into THE RITHMATIST (then called SCRIBBLER), and wrote a book where everything just came together. It happens sometimes. It just works, and I can't always explain—even to myself—why.

I finished the first draft of the book in the summer of 2007. In the fall, I got the call regarding the Wheel of Time, and my world transformed forever. THE RITHMATIST, though an awesome book, languished for years because I didn't have the time to devote to it. Doing a tour or contract for another teen book was impossible at that time, and beyond that I couldn't commit to writing any sequels or even doing any revision for the novel.

I did tell Tor about it, though, and they started to get excited. The publisher tried at several times to get me to release it, but I didn't feel the time was right. I couldn't let my attention be divided that far. I was already stretched too thin, and I wanted my attention (and that of my readers) to be on the Wheel of Time.

The month A MEMORY OF LIGHT was done and turned in, however, I called Tor and told them it was time to move forward. I'm pleased to be releasing the book now, when I can give it the attention it deserves.

And hopefully someday I'll be able to fix THE LIAR OF PARTINEL. (At this point, I'm feeling I need to rewrite it as a first-person narrative, though making that switch is going to cause an entire host of problems.)

Anyway, thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoy THE RITHMATIST.

Brandon___

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2013-05-13 22:51:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)

Just a quick update today. I'm on my way to New York for the release of THE RITHMATIST on Tuesday. More about that in another post tomorrow, but The Book Smugglers have an interview with me where I talk about it and about writing YA, among other things. http://thebooksmugglers.com/2013/05/the-rithmatist-a-chat-with-brandon-sanderson.html

This week's Writing Excuses podcast episode talks about the culture that surrounds the writing community and the conventions we attend. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/05/12/

Tor.com's reread of THE WAY OF KINGS has reached chapters 9 and 10, including Kaladin's first flashback chapter. http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/05/the-way-of-kings-reread-chapters-9-and-10

Just a quick update today. I'm on my way to New York for the release of THE RITHMATIST on Tuesday. More about that in another post tomorrow, but The Book Smugglers have an interview with me where I talk about it and about writing YA, among other things. http://thebooksmugglers.com/2013/05/the-rithmatist-a-chat-with-brandon-sanderson.html

This week's Writing Excuses podcast episode talks about the culture that surrounds the writing community and the conventions we attend. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/05/12/

Tor.com's reread of THE WAY OF KINGS has reached chapters 9 and 10, including Kaladin's first flashback chapter. http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/05/the-way-of-kings-reread-chapters-9-and-10___

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A special service of CircleCount.com is the following button.

The button shows the number of followers you have directly in a small button. You can add this button to your website, like the +1-Button of Google or the Like-Button of Facebook.






You can add this button directly in your website. For more information about the CircleCount Buttons and the description how to add them to another page click here.

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