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Orbit Books257,878Brandon 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 and Brian McClellan: Crafting Spells and Stories2014-05-01 21:00:00213  

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2015-06-16 15:45:46 (32 comments; 17 reshares; 175 +1s)Open 

New Fan Art + Updates
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-fan-art-updates/

Reader Nate Kohl sent in these awesome photos of the woodburning project he did that features Szeth with some Allomantic symbols.
http://imgur.com/gallery/SrslH/#5wGWVEf

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Hooking Young Readers, we sit down with Kily Snyder, the Media Specialist (school librarian) at Discovery Middle School in Indiana, to help answer those often asked questions about the young reader markets from someone who has their finger on the actual pulse of those readers.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/14/writing-excuses-10-24-hooking-younger-readers/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin finally initiated serious Windrunner training and tentatively accepted Renarin’s presence. This week, in Chapter 42, Shallan tackles someserio... more »

Most reshares: 17

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2015-06-16 15:45:46 (32 comments; 17 reshares; 175 +1s)Open 

New Fan Art + Updates
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-fan-art-updates/

Reader Nate Kohl sent in these awesome photos of the woodburning project he did that features Szeth with some Allomantic symbols.
http://imgur.com/gallery/SrslH/#5wGWVEf

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Hooking Young Readers, we sit down with Kily Snyder, the Media Specialist (school librarian) at Discovery Middle School in Indiana, to help answer those often asked questions about the young reader markets from someone who has their finger on the actual pulse of those readers.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/14/writing-excuses-10-24-hooking-younger-readers/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin finally initiated serious Windrunner training and tentatively accepted Renarin’s presence. This week, in Chapter 42, Shallan tackles someserio... more »

Most plusones: 175

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2015-06-16 15:45:46 (32 comments; 17 reshares; 175 +1s)Open 

New Fan Art + Updates
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-fan-art-updates/

Reader Nate Kohl sent in these awesome photos of the woodburning project he did that features Szeth with some Allomantic symbols.
http://imgur.com/gallery/SrslH/#5wGWVEf

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Hooking Young Readers, we sit down with Kily Snyder, the Media Specialist (school librarian) at Discovery Middle School in Indiana, to help answer those often asked questions about the young reader markets from someone who has their finger on the actual pulse of those readers.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/14/writing-excuses-10-24-hooking-younger-readers/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin finally initiated serious Windrunner training and tentatively accepted Renarin’s presence. This week, in Chapter 42, Shallan tackles someserio... more »

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2016-02-11 19:13:02 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

LTUE in Provo this Weekend

I’m getting ready to walk out the door to head to LTUE (Life, the Universe, and Everything), the local convention in Provo, UT. I’ll be there over the next three days, and you can see a brief listing of my schedule below.

My full schedule is on my events page, and for more info on what’s happening at the rest of the con, check out their website. I hope to see many of you there this weekend!
http://ltue.net/
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/

Today:
LTUE’s Let me Recommend
1:00, Cedar

Working with an Illustrator
3:00, Aspen

Kaffeeklatsch
4:00, Boardroom

Charity Magic Tournament
8:00, Aspen

Friday:
Author Branding
3:00, Zion

The Role of Magic in Your Story
4:00, Aspen

Roleplaying for Writers
6:00, Aspen
Mass ... more »

LTUE in Provo this Weekend

I’m getting ready to walk out the door to head to LTUE (Life, the Universe, and Everything), the local convention in Provo, UT. I’ll be there over the next three days, and you can see a brief listing of my schedule below.

My full schedule is on my events page, and for more info on what’s happening at the rest of the con, check out their website. I hope to see many of you there this weekend!
http://ltue.net/
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/

Today:
LTUE’s Let me Recommend
1:00, Cedar

Working with an Illustrator
3:00, Aspen

Kaffeeklatsch
4:00, Boardroom

Charity Magic Tournament
8:00, Aspen

Friday:
Author Branding
3:00, Zion

The Role of Magic in Your Story
4:00, Aspen

Roleplaying for Writers
6:00, Aspen

Mass Book Signing
8:00, Zion, Bryce, and Arches

Saturday
Writing Excuses Recording
1:00–4:00, Zion, Bryce, and Arches

Writing Natural Dialogue
5:00, Birch___

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2016-02-10 23:09:09 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Calamity Preorder

Hey, all! Shockingly, there’s another book launch around the corner! Calamity releases one week from today. I feel like I just did this…because I did. The Bands of Mourning, as you know, was a somewhat accidental book—and Tor slotting it in January meant that my normal release schedule of fall book/spring book has been somewhat upended.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/calamity/
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning/

My biggest worry about The Bands of Mourning coming out was that it would steal the thunder from Calamity—which, as the conclusion of a series, deserves as much trumpeting and attention as I can give it. This is indeed the final book of the Reckoners, and an ending is always bittersweet for me.

Sweet because I really, really like endings. And series finales get to be even more explosivethan si... more »

Calamity Preorder

Hey, all! Shockingly, there’s another book launch around the corner! Calamity releases one week from today. I feel like I just did this…because I did. The Bands of Mourning, as you know, was a somewhat accidental book—and Tor slotting it in January meant that my normal release schedule of fall book/spring book has been somewhat upended.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/calamity/
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning/

My biggest worry about The Bands of Mourning coming out was that it would steal the thunder from Calamity—which, as the conclusion of a series, deserves as much trumpeting and attention as I can give it. This is indeed the final book of the Reckoners, and an ending is always bittersweet for me.

Sweet because I really, really like endings. And series finales get to be even more explosive than single-book endings. (I will refer you to The Hero of Ages and A Memory of Light as examples.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-hero-of-ages/
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-wheel-of-time/a-memory-of-light/

It’s bitter, of course, because the journey is over and this is our last chance to spend time with the characters. However, I’ve often said that a piece of art can’t really “show off” until it is done. I haven’t ruled out the idea of doing more in the world of the Reckoners, but the story is finished. If I return, it would have to be something new, like the transformation that Mistborn has undergone.

If you haven’t tried the Reckoners, this would be an excellent time to start—you could read the first two books and be ready for the third one when it comes out right around the corner. Indeed, Firefight was just released in paperback and Steelheart is $1.99 in ebook right now.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/firefight/
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/

As a sweetener, and to give the books a proper send-off, we’ve whipped up some very cool goodies for the release. Right now, if you preorder from various bookstores listed below, you’ll get a preorder goodie pack. The showpiece of this is a short graphic novel we whipped up, based on Mitosis, the story that takes place between books one and two. This is my first graphic story (though it’s only 12 pages), and it looks fantastic. The only way to get it is to preorder from these specific stores.

Also included are several punch-out figure cards, like we’ve done for previous books. These ones star David, Prof, and Megan. You also get pins from the books! Basically, the goodie packs are awesome. As a note, however, supplies will be limited—and there might be a cutoff date to when you can preorder and still get one of these. So call ahead to the store you’ve chosen, and make sure you get on the list.

The copies of Calamity that come with the goodie packs will all be signed as well. So if you get a preorder pack, I’ll have already scribbled in your book!

Some stores are providing the bundle of goodies with online preorders, while others are doing it only in-store or over the phone. I recommend that you contact each store directly for details. Here are the bookstores that are participating in the #EpicBookstore promotion:

Salt Lake City
– The King’s English http://www.kingsenglish.com

Bay Area
– Kepler’s Books http://www.keplers.com
– NYMBC http://www.booksinc.net
– Copperfield’s Books http://www.copperfieldsbooks.com

Seattle
– Liberty Bay Books http://www.libertybaybooks.com
– Secret Garden Books http://www.secretgardenbooks.com

Bellingham, WA
– Village Books http://www.villagebooks.com

Lansing, MI
– Schuler's Books http://www.schulerbooks.com/

Spokane
– Auntie’s Bookstore http://www.auntiesbooks.com

St. Paul
– Red Balloon Bookshop http://www.redballoonbookshop.com

Nationwide
– Hastings stores https://www.gohastings.com

Worldwide
– Weller Book Works – This is intended to be for people who don’t live near one of the other listed stores. If you can get to one of them, please go there. If you cannot, we will use the same preordering strategy as we did for The Bands of Mourning. (See the longer explanation here. http://brandonsanderson.com/the-bands-of-mourning-numbered-edition/ )
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/calamity-fulfilled-by-weller-book-works/

Brandon___

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2016-02-04 22:32:03 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Calamity Tour + Updates

The Calamity release is just two weeks away! Check my events calendar for full details on the Calamity tour. I hope to see many of you at the signings. Here’s a quick summary of the tour:
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/calamity/
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

Tuesday, February 16: Orem
Wednesday, February 17: Seattle
Friday, February 19: Denver
Saturday, February 20: Philadelphia
Monday, February 22: Chicago
Tuesday, February 23: Milwaukee
Wednesday, February 24: Houston
Thursday, February 25: Austin
Friday, February 26: San Antonio

I also had the privilege to be a guest on the Functional Nerds Podcast a few days ago. You can give it a listen here:
http://functionalnerds.com/2016/02/episode-262-with-brandon-sanderson/

In this week’s new Writing Excusesepi... more »

Calamity Tour + Updates

The Calamity release is just two weeks away! Check my events calendar for full details on the Calamity tour. I hope to see many of you at the signings. Here’s a quick summary of the tour:
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/calamity/
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

Tuesday, February 16: Orem
Wednesday, February 17: Seattle
Friday, February 19: Denver
Saturday, February 20: Philadelphia
Monday, February 22: Chicago
Tuesday, February 23: Milwaukee
Wednesday, February 24: Houston
Thursday, February 25: Austin
Friday, February 26: San Antonio

I also had the privilege to be a guest on the Functional Nerds Podcast a few days ago. You can give it a listen here:
http://functionalnerds.com/2016/02/episode-262-with-brandon-sanderson/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Writing and World Building for Role Playing Games, where Dan and Howard were joined for the day by Michelle Lyons-McFarland, Monica Valentinelli, and Shanna Germain. Their discussion centers around how worldbuilding for roleplaying games, and especially the manner in which the world is presented, differs from worldbuilding for novels. We don’t talk about rule sets or physics simulations. We’re after the things that players want and need to read in order to immerse themselves in the setting, and get “in fiction.”
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/01/31/11-05-writing-and-world-building-for-role-playing-games/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, a tentative expedition to observe a chasmfiend chrysalis and gather information ended in an unexpected Parshendi sighting and a collapsing bridge. This week, in Chapter 69, there’s one day to make it back through the chasms to the warcamp before the next highstorm hits.
http://www.tor.com/2016/02/04/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-69/

My assistant Adam is working on updating the Twitter posts archive for February.___

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2016-01-29 20:53:05 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Mistborn Releases + Award Nomination Season

On Monday night we had a very successful release party for the newest Mistborn novel, The Bands of Mourning. It’s now available worldwide in print, audio, and ebook, and you can find links to where to get it in the tabs at the upper right of the post. If you have already read Shadows of Self (which came out in October), then check out the sample chapters of the new book. (They do have spoilers for the previous books!)
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/shadows-of-self
http://www.tor.com/2015/12/07/excerpts-brandon-sanderson-the-bands-of-mourning-chapter-one/

There’s also a surprise novella that came out at the same time, ebook-only for now. If you haven’t finished The Bands of Mourning yet, it’s best to pretend the new novella doesn’t exist untilyou finis... more »

Mistborn Releases + Award Nomination Season

On Monday night we had a very successful release party for the newest Mistborn novel, The Bands of Mourning. It’s now available worldwide in print, audio, and ebook, and you can find links to where to get it in the tabs at the upper right of the post. If you have already read Shadows of Self (which came out in October), then check out the sample chapters of the new book. (They do have spoilers for the previous books!)
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/shadows-of-self
http://www.tor.com/2015/12/07/excerpts-brandon-sanderson-the-bands-of-mourning-chapter-one/

There’s also a surprise novella that came out at the same time, ebook-only for now. If you haven’t finished The Bands of Mourning yet, it’s best to pretend the new novella doesn’t exist until you finish Bands. But it’s something I’ve been hoping for years to be able to share with you, and I’m very pleased that now is the right time.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/secret-history

I talked about both of those, plus a Stormlight 3 update and something about what my writing space is like, in the January 2016 Brandon Sanderson Newsletter. If you don’t want to miss a newsletter in the future, sign up here.
http://us10.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7d056bb7596a3e617f82004b2&id=6ac41779f0&e=b1d874ec3a

On a different topic, it's time again to consider your nominations for awards in the genre.

Nominating for the Nebula Awards is the privilege of active members of SFWA, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. (To join SFWA, you need to be a qualifying professional.) To nominate for the Hugo Awards this year, you need to be a member of the 2016 World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, or be a member of the 2017 Worldcon in Helsinki, Finland, or have been a member of the 2015 Worldcon in Spokane. (Anyone can join Worldcon; see the bottom of this post.)
http://midamericon2.org/the-hugo-awards/hugo-nominations/
http://midamericon2.org/the-hugo-awards/hugo-nominations/
http://www.worldcon.fi
http://sasquan.org

It has become traditional in the field for writers like myself to provide a list of which works of theirs are eligible, so that people who are interested in nominating can look into them and give them consideration. As always, it is better to nominate a work because you love it in particular, rather than because of your general preference for a specific author. (Except in certain cases where the creator is instead the focus of the award, such as is the case with the Campbell Award.) The Hugo Awards have only the strength, and prestige, we give them. Please consider my works below, but nominate them only if you sincerely think they are among the best works you read last year.

Brandon Sanderson’s Award-Eligible Works for the 2015–2016 Season:

• Best Related Work (Hugo Only)
     Writing Excuses Season 10

• Best Novel (Hugo or Nebula)
     Shadows of Self (Tor/Gollancz)
     Firefight (Delacorte/Gollancz)

• Best Novella (Hugo or Nebula)
     Perfect State (Dragosnteel Entertainment)

As I’ve done the past few years, where I send out a review copy of one work to eligible nominators, this year I’ll be doing the same for Perfect State. So if you have a membership for the 2015, 2016, or 2017 Worldcon, feel free to drop me an email through my website requesting an ebook of Perfect State and saying which Worldcon you’re a member of (or saying you’re an active SFWA member), and we’ll respond with a copy of the novella.
http://brandonsanderson.com/contact

If you don’t have at least a supporting membership for Worldcon, you should totally consider getting one (currently $50). With a supporting membership, you get voting rights on the Hugo Awards, and will be sent ebook copies of most (if not all) of the nominated books and stories (last year, the publisher of several of the novels decided not to include them in the packet). To nominate, you must have your membership by January 31st (or be a member of the 2015 or 2017 Worldcons by that date). Nominations close on March 31st. To vote on the final ballot, you must be a member of the 2016 Worldcon specifically, by the voting deadline (sometime in July).
http://www.mac2business.org/events/midamericon-ii/

Worldcon is one of the most chill ways I know of to hang out with authors. It’s not like a comic con; there’s no frantic air of merchandising or enormous crowds. (Though I do enjoy comic cons.) Worldcon is about interacting with fellow fans and with writers. You can nominate and vote on the Hugo Awards with just a supporting membership, but to attend the convention requires an attending membership.
http://www.mac2business.org/events/midamericon-ii/___

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2016-01-29 18:35:49 (8 comments; 10 reshares; 67 +1s)Open 


The Bands of Mourning is a Mistborn novel, the third in the Wax & Wayne sequence that began with The Alloy of Law. It takes place over 300 years after the end of the original Mistborn trilogy.
The book is out now worldwide in print, ebook, and audiobook. Click here for regional links to your favorite format:
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning/

I hope you will all take the time to check out The Bands of Mourning. Sample chapters are here:
http://www.tor.com/2015/12/07/excerpts-brandon-sanderson-the-bands-of-mourning-chapter-one/
And for Shadows of Self, which came out in October:
http://www.tor.com/2015/06/29/excerpt-brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-prologue/
For The Alloy of Law:
http://www.tor.com/2011/06/15/the-alloy-of-law-excerpt/
For the original Mistborn:
http://brandonsanderson.com/mistborn-prologue/


The Bands of Mourning is a Mistborn novel, the third in the Wax & Wayne sequence that began with The Alloy of Law. It takes place over 300 years after the end of the original Mistborn trilogy.
The book is out now worldwide in print, ebook, and audiobook. Click here for regional links to your favorite format:
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning/

I hope you will all take the time to check out The Bands of Mourning. Sample chapters are here:
http://www.tor.com/2015/12/07/excerpts-brandon-sanderson-the-bands-of-mourning-chapter-one/
And for Shadows of Self, which came out in October:
http://www.tor.com/2015/06/29/excerpt-brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-prologue/
For The Alloy of Law:
http://www.tor.com/2011/06/15/the-alloy-of-law-excerpt/
For the original Mistborn:
http://brandonsanderson.com/mistborn-prologue/___

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2016-01-25 21:45:28 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

The Bands of Mourning Launch Party + Updates

Tonight is the night! The official launch party for The Bands of Mourning starts tonight at 10:00 pm at the BYU Bookstore. Don’t forget to swing by and get your number before 8:00 so you don’t lose your place in line (bring an ID and your proof of purchase). Just to give you another quick breakdown of the schedule (for full details, check out this blog post):
http://brandonsanderson.com/the-bands-of-mourning-byu-midnight-release-party/

• 10:00 p.m. Monday, January 25th (doors open). I will be getting there a bit early to pre-sign and number all the books. Then I’ll mingle with the crowd for a while, followed by my reading and Q&A session downstairs.
• 12:00 a.m. January 26th Monday night/Tuesday morning (book released). You can pick up your book and go, or get in line for personalizations, which could take until 3:00a.m.
more »

The Bands of Mourning Launch Party + Updates

Tonight is the night! The official launch party for The Bands of Mourning starts tonight at 10:00 pm at the BYU Bookstore. Don’t forget to swing by and get your number before 8:00 so you don’t lose your place in line (bring an ID and your proof of purchase). Just to give you another quick breakdown of the schedule (for full details, check out this blog post):
http://brandonsanderson.com/the-bands-of-mourning-byu-midnight-release-party/

• 10:00 p.m. Monday, January 25th (doors open). I will be getting there a bit early to pre-sign and number all the books. Then I’ll mingle with the crowd for a while, followed by my reading and Q&A session downstairs.
• 12:00 a.m. January 26th Monday night/Tuesday morning (book released). You can pick up your book and go, or get in line for personalizations, which could take until 3:00 a.m.
Both Calamity and The Bands of Mourning are being featured in Audible’s Winter Preview—books that the editors at Audible are most excited for. You can check out the complete list here.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019P7DCH6?tag=brandsande-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0189QQ70I?tag=brandsande-20
http://www.audible.com/mt/WPV-2016-SFF

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Newton’s Laws of Writing, we decide to play around with the idea of mapping Newton’s Laws onto the process of writing.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/01/24/11-04-newtons-laws-of-writing/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin was released from prison. This week, in Chapter 67, Dalinar faces an unsubtle attempt to make him look foolish, and turns the tables to render the attack powerless.
http://www.tor.com/2016/01/21/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-67/

My assistant Adam is has updated the twitter posts archive for January.
http://brandonsanderson.com/the-bands-of-mourning-launch-party-updates/___

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2016-01-14 18:53:10 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

The Bands of Mourning BYU Midnight Release Party

At 12:00 a.m. on January 26th, I will be doing the world’s first and only signing for The Bands of Mourning. In past years some readers have enjoyed camping out at the bookstore to get a low-numbered copy. But at the Shadows of Self release for various reasons, we tried something new: a digital line. The experiment worked well, so for this release we’re using a variation on that. Numbers will be assigned by the order you enter the digital line. Further details from the BYU Store and my signing assistant Kara are below. The entry form will become available on January 15th at 10:00 a.m., and closes on January 21st at 11:59 p.m.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10jZIK519MoldRt5x2TmIxm6mMXbAe10txyoslUr1JI0/viewform?c=0&w=1" target=

As I mentionedyes... more »

The Bands of Mourning BYU Midnight Release Party

At 12:00 a.m. on January 26th, I will be doing the world’s first and only signing for The Bands of Mourning. In past years some readers have enjoyed camping out at the bookstore to get a low-numbered copy. But at the Shadows of Self release for various reasons, we tried something new: a digital line. The experiment worked well, so for this release we’re using a variation on that. Numbers will be assigned by the order you enter the digital line. Further details from the BYU Store and my signing assistant Kara are below. The entry form will become available on January 15th at 10:00 a.m., and closes on January 21st at 11:59 p.m.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10jZIK519MoldRt5x2TmIxm6mMXbAe10txyoslUr1JI0/viewform?c=0&w=1" target=

As I mentioned yesterday, because of the extensive tour I did for Shadows of Self (and because I’ll be going out on tour again in February for Calamity), I’m not planning to tour for this book. That’s why the midnight release is the only signing. But don’t worry, if you’re unable to get a signed copy at the midnight release or from Weller Book Works, I will always be happy to sign your book in the future. We will do what we can to make sure that my Calamity tour stops also have copies of The Bands of Mourning (as well as the new illustrated editions of Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians and The Shattered Lens).
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/calamity/
http://brandonsanderson.com/the-bands-of-mourning-numbered-edition/

Only one submission per person. This is a line! (Duplicates will be deleted.)

You will be required to preorder The Bands of Mourning by January 21st in order to be assigned a number and guarantee that a book will be there for you to pick up on January 25th. Books can be ordered online at byubookstore.com (choose the shipping option “Service Desk Pickup” to get your book at the midnight release party), or order in the store. Books ordered through byubookstore.com will not be charged to your credit card until January 22.
https://byubookstore.com/ePOS?store=439&item_number=9780765378576&form=shared3%2fgm%2fdetail%2ehtml&design=439
https://byubookstore.com/ePOS?store=439&item_number=9780765378576&form=shared3%2fgm%2fdetail%2ehtml&design=439

You must pick up your number in person from the BYU Store on Monday, January 25, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Bring a photo ID and your receipt or proof of purchase.

The BYU Store will reopen at 10:00 p.m. to host the book release party with some fun activities as well as prizes to be given out throughout the evening.

Around 10:45 p.m. Brandon will hold a reading and Q&A downstairs.

At 11:45 p.m., guests will be asked to begin lining up in numerical order in preparation for the distribution of books at midnight.

Once guests have picked up their signed & numbered book, they are free to leave or to get into a separate line to have their books personalized by Brandon.

If you do not pick up your number before 8:00 p.m., your number will be given to someone else. If you show up after this point to pick up your book, you will be given a different number or a refund.

Cash registers will close at 1:00 a.m. All purchases must be made by this time.

Can’t attend? See the previous post about ordering from Weller Book Works, or you can preorder a book from the BYU Store and they will send you a signed and numbered copy of The Bands of Mourning after the Midnight Release Party. You must purchase your copy by January 21st, and the numbers for these copies will be assigned after the event. Please do not sign up for the Digital Line if you’re not attending.
http://brandonsanderson.com/the-bands-of-mourning-numbered-edition/

The bookstore has asked me to get there a bit early so I can be finished signing and numbering all the books by 10:00 or so. Once I am done, they will let everyone in and we’ll have a meet & greet where you can talk to me, ask me your burning questions, take pictures, etc. (The idea is that this will help the personalization line move more quickly after midnight.) There will also be things like trivia contests going on during this time.

Based on past events, I should be able to personalize everyone’s books, even if it takes until 3:00 a.m. Since all of the books will be pre-signed and numbered, everyone will get a numbered edition if they come. As I’m local, you can always just come, pick up a book, and leave—then get it personalized at some other signing when things aren’t so crazy. This will probably be a busy event, but it should be very easy to just come, get a pre-signed/numbered book, then buy it and take off without waiting in any lines after midnight.

Now, here’s the important part. It’s hard for stores to judge how many copies to order for this sort of event, and I’m worried that BYU might not order enough. They might run out. Therefore, they are letting you preorder to be assured you get a book. If you preorder, you are guaranteed a book. If you don’t preorder, it’s first come first served. If a lot of people preorder, they will get in more books to make sure everyone who ordered early is covered.

So, for this event, I strongly encourage you go to the website and order your book ahead of time. It will save you money and will make things easier for us. Let me say one more time, however, that you do not get your number based on when you preorder, though you do have to have paid for the book before you can get your number. You get the number based on when you signed up for the digital line. Preordering just guarantees that you get a copy, not that you get a low number. Still—please, please preorder soon so they can be sure to have enough books for the event. They have ordered a ton of copies, but it’s always possible they could underestimate and some readers could go home empty-handed. At the midnight release of A Memory of Light they were able to get a book to everyone only after a dozen people who had reserved more than one copy agreed to put off picking up their second copy until the next shipment came in!

Details:
BYU Store, Provo, UT
10:00 a.m. Friday, January 15th (digital line signups begin at this link)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10jZIK519MoldRt5x2TmIxm6mMXbAe10txyoslUr1JI0/viewform?c=0&w=1" target="_blank
8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Monday, January 25th (numbers distributed at the BYU Store)
10:00 p.m. Monday, January 25th (doors open)
12:00 a.m. January 26th Monday night/Tuesday morning (book released)
Preorder by going to the BYU Store website. (For the shipping option, choose “Service Desk Pickup.”) You’ll need to bring your receipt or proof of purchase as well as your photo ID to the BYU Store before 8:00 p.m. in order to get your book number.___

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2016-01-13 20:32:02 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

The Bands of Mourning Numbered Edition

It’s quickly approaching book release time again! The Bands of Mourning, the new Mistborn book, comes out in roughly two weeks on January 26th. (January 28th in the UK/Ireland/Australia/New Zealand.) Sample chapters can be read on Tor’s site. Be aware, they contain spoilers for the previous books!
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/
http://www.tor.com/2015/12/07/excerpts-brandon-sanderson-the-bands-of-mourning-chapter-one/

Because of the extensive tour I did for Shadows of Self (and because I’ll be going out on tour again in February for Calamity), I’m not planning to tour for this book. We’ll be doing our normal release party. (Midnight at the BYU Bookstore.) And I’ll blog about that tomorrow. Today’s post is for those of you who want to get a signed and numbered copy shipped to your door by Weller Book Works.http://bran... more »

The Bands of Mourning Numbered Edition

It’s quickly approaching book release time again! The Bands of Mourning, the new Mistborn book, comes out in roughly two weeks on January 26th. (January 28th in the UK/Ireland/Australia/New Zealand.) Sample chapters can be read on Tor’s site. Be aware, they contain spoilers for the previous books!
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/
http://www.tor.com/2015/12/07/excerpts-brandon-sanderson-the-bands-of-mourning-chapter-one/

Because of the extensive tour I did for Shadows of Self (and because I’ll be going out on tour again in February for Calamity), I’m not planning to tour for this book. We’ll be doing our normal release party. (Midnight at the BYU Bookstore.) And I’ll blog about that tomorrow. Today’s post is for those of you who want to get a signed and numbered copy shipped to your door by Weller Book Works.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/calamity/
https://www.wellerbookworks.com

We’ve done this with most of my books so far, and it’s been very well received. I like having a way for people who can’t reach a signing to get a signed copy. However, as my popularity has grown, doing all of these signatures has become increasingly difficult—in part because of the extravagant requests that people sometimes have for the personalizations in their books.

I have been tempted a number of times to stop personalizing for these signings, but I’ve resisted. I like the (ahem) personal connection this allows me to have with my readers. And I know that for some, these little flourishes have become very special to them. At the same time, the more word spreads, the more often I’m asked to write a limerick, quote an entire paragraph of the book, or draw a doodle while signing. And so the period I spend working on all of these signatures stretches for hours and hours.

I think we’ve finally hit on a solution. I’m still willing to do personalizations, and even the more extravagant requests, but I’m going to ask for something in exchange: a small donation to charity. To facilitate this, we’re going to have the form for selling these books on my website—but to make a point that’s probably irrelevant to you, but important to me, these books are not being sold by me. They’re being sold and shipped by Weller Book Works.
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/bands-of-mourning-fulfilled-by-weller-book-works/

I prefer not to sell my new hardcovers on my website, as I don’t want to compete with the bookstores around the world. As always, I suggest that you support your local booksellers for my new releases.

In this case, everything worked out better for me to organize the sale. But once the orders are in, we’ll pass most of the money to Weller and let them handle getting the books and shipping them. The money that is left over goes directly to Waygate Foundation, the charity established in Robert Jordan’s honor. You can find out more about them, and the charity work they do, here.
http://waygatefoundation.org

Anyway, on to the nuts and bolts of this. We’re going to offer three tiers for getting your book.

Tier One, $28: Just the book, Signed and Numbered

This is exactly what it seems. The book itself with a signature and a number. These, like all books in this offering, will be fulfilled by Weller Book Works. They’ve decided to charge $28 for this book, plus shipping.

Tier Two, $33: Signed, Numbered, and Personalized

For this tier, you can list a name you want written in the book, and I’ll dedicate the book to that person. I also will pick a quote from the book, usually a short three-to-five-word phrase, and write it in the book. (Unless you don’t want it.)

Here, you don’t get to choose the quote. You can, however, ask for a brief “Happy Birthday” or “Congratulations” instead. Or you could request a written date.

So, the rundown for this tier:

1. You just give us a name (exactly as you want it written), and I’ll write that name and a quote.
2. OR: Mention “Happy Birthday” or a similar very, very short request and a name. I’ll write the exact name you say, along with the specific greeting.
3. OR: Say “Signed, Lined, Dated.” I’ll write no name in this, but will still write the quote, and will date it.

The $33 price of this tier includes a $28 book and a $5 donation to Waygate. The $5 portion is tax deductible.

Tier Three, $48: More Extravagant Requests

The first two tiers should cover almost everyone who wants a book. Honestly, it’s my hope that putting a higher donation requirement on it will push more people away from this last tier. However, I am willing to do your more extravagant requests here.

Please note that I’m not offering to do anything you wish. In fact, you’re still rather limited in this tier. This is essentially restricted to a few interactions:

You can request a specific quote, of your choosing. This shouldn’t be longer than a short paragraph, maybe 30 or so words in length. It doesn’t have to be a quote from one of my books—it can basically be anything you wish. (I do ask that you avoid profanity or vulgarities.)
You can request a specific personalization beyond a simple greeting. “Happy Birthday Jim, may you have many more years of enjoying books!” or “Mary says thank you so much for the cheesecake” or “May you enjoy your new snowmobile.”
You can request a small doodle. Note, I’m terrible at drawing. Seriously. We’re talking stick figures here. But some people really like them, so if you want an awful stick figure doodle, knock yourself out.
A limerick or haiku. Someone is going to request one of these; they always do. So I’ll have to write it out anyway. If you want a copy of the one I compose for this book, you can request it. Note—it’s going to be rather bad, because I’ll think it up in a hurry. Also, my handwriting is not good. But again, if you want this, then go ahead and request it.
Ask me a question, which—if I can respond briefly—I will answer. Please note that if you ask a detailed question about the Cosmere, you might very well just get a RAFO. (Read and find out.) This is a risk you take upon yourself. You could end up paying $20 extra to get no answer, so I’d suggest that you save those questions for when you meet me in person. But if you really want to ask, you can do it here. Your question should be short and specific. Not “Tell me something new about the Cosmere!” or “Tell me something we don’t know about Hoid!” I ran out of answers to questions like those years ago.
If you want something that’s not on that list, then it’s possible I’ll still do it—but I can’t promise it. The price tag includes a $20 donation to Waygate, and that portion is tax deductible.

That should cover everything! If you’ve got questions, feel free to send an inquiry to the store through my webmail form. I hope this isn’t too confusing or too annoying for you. My goal has been to find a way to continue to get signatures to people, while allowing those who really need something specific to get it—all while donating some money to charity.
http://brandonsanderson.com/contact/

To order your signed and numbered copy of The Bands of Mourning shipped by Weller Book Works, click below. Deadline: January 20th at 11:59pm, or sooner than that if Weller Book Works sells out quickly.
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/bands-of-mourning-fulfilled-by-weller-book-works/

Thanks, as always, for reading. More information is coming tomorrow about the release party.

Brandon___

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2016-01-13 00:07:20 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Writing Excuses News + Updates

It’s 2016 and time for Writing Excuses to embark on a new season. This year we are going to explore what we write and why we write, but our guidepost will be the concept of Elemental Genres. In January we’ll stay high-level and firm up the framework. Starting in February we’ll drill down on each of the Elemental Genres and explore the writing process.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/01/03/writing-excuses-11-1-introduction-to-elemental-genre/

We understand that the word “genre” has a lot of weight to it, and arguments can ensue because of it. In the season’s first episode, Introduction to Elemental Genre, we bypass all the long, tedious, and overwhelming arguments by adding an adjective and defining a new term: Elemental Genre.

Here is a preview of what the 2016 season of Writing Excuses will look like:

–January: Intr... more »

Writing Excuses News + Updates

It’s 2016 and time for Writing Excuses to embark on a new season. This year we are going to explore what we write and why we write, but our guidepost will be the concept of Elemental Genres. In January we’ll stay high-level and firm up the framework. Starting in February we’ll drill down on each of the Elemental Genres and explore the writing process.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/01/03/writing-excuses-11-1-introduction-to-elemental-genre/

We understand that the word “genre” has a lot of weight to it, and arguments can ensue because of it. In the season’s first episode, Introduction to Elemental Genre, we bypass all the long, tedious, and overwhelming arguments by adding an adjective and defining a new term: Elemental Genre.

Here is a preview of what the 2016 season of Writing Excuses will look like:

– January: Introduction
– February: Wonder
– March: Idea
– April: Adventure
– May: Horror
– June: Mystery
– July: Thriller
– August: Humor
– September: Relationship
– October: Drama
– November: Issue
– December: Ensemble

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, How to get the Most Out of a Conference, we sit down with Kathy Chung, who runs the Surry International Writing Conference (a professional development event, rather than a fan-run convention). So naturally, we invited her to talk with us about conferences and conventions so she could share her expertise with us firsthand.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/01/10/11-2-how-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-conference-with-kathy-chung/

I have some more exciting news for Writing Excuses: the 2016 Writing Excuses Retreat is fast approaching (register here, and a scholarship is explained here), and we have all the guest instructors lined up. I have listed some pretty basic information about them below, and hopefully it will help you determine which courses you want to focus on while on the retreat.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/01/08/writing-excuses-2016-scholarship-announcement/
https://wxr16.eventbrite.com/

Steven Barnes The novelist, screenwriter, writing instructor and life coach has published more than 25 science fiction, fantasy and horror novels, written New York Times bestsellers and won an NAACP Image Award. He has been nominated for Hugo, Nebula and Cable Ace Awards. His modern classic A Stitch in Time episode of Showtime’s The Outer Limits won an Emmy. He has also has written for The New Twilight Zone, StarGate, Andromeda, Ben 10, The Wizard and The Real Ghost Busters. His solo novels include Streetlethal, The Kundalini Equation, Gorgon Child, Firedance, Blood Brothers, Far Beyond the Stars, Charisma and his highly acclaimed and his highly acclaimed Lion’s Blood and Zulu Heart.
Once a nationally ranked karate competitor, he now makes his home in Southern California with his wife, American Book Award winner Tananarive Due, and his son, Jason. His daughter Nicki graduated from UC Irvine in 2009 and is currently doing theater in Central California.

Desiree BurchDesiree Burch is a writer, comedian actress and New York to London transplant. Her full-length solo shows, 52 Man Pickup and Tar Baby have toured NY, L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans, London, Amsterdam and Edinburgh. Tar Baby received a Fringe First Award for new writing at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was shortlisted for an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award. Desiree is also the 2015 Funny Women Awards Stage Award Winner, and her stand-up and solo work have been featured at places like Carolines, Joe’s Pub, P.S. 122, 59E59, LaMama, the New Museum and WNYC’s The Greene Space, as well as on VH1, MTV and E4. She was a founding member of the New York Neo-Futurists and her work has been profoundly influenced by her experiences as a creator/performer in their long-running show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. She is also a performer in Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show and is the voice of former Mayor Pamela Winchell on the top-five podcast Welcome to Night Vale. She has worked regionally and nationally as an arts educator (American Place Theater, Perry-Mansfield) and speaker (TEDx), and was an Artist-in-Residence of Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn where she hosted the cult storytelling and performance show SMUT. Desiree received her B.A. in Theater Studies from Yale University.

Tananrive DueTananarive Due is an author, screenwriter and educator who is a leading voice in black speculative fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in best-of-the-year anthologies of science fiction and fantasy. She is the former Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College (2012-2014) and teaches Afrofuturism at UCLA. She also teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Due has a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Leeds, England. The American Book Award winner and NAACP Image Award recipient is the author of twelve novels and a civil rights memoir. In 2010, she was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Due collaborates on the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with her husband, author Steven Barnes, in partnership with actor Blair Underwood. Due and Barnes also collaborate on a young adult horror/science fiction series including the novels Devil’s Wake and Domino Falls.
She and her husband live in Southern California with their son, Jason.

DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction, fantasy, YA, science, food, and pop-culture. Previously, he was an editor with Orbit where he launched multiple New York Times bestselling series including FEED by Mira Grant and THE EXPANSE by James S.A. Corey. He has also worked as a digital bookseller for ebook startup Zola Books where he was the head of product for the ecommerce and ebook apps. He lives in Portland, Oregon where it does not rain nearly as much as people say.

Lynne m. ThomasLynne M. Thomas Three-time Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Co-Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher of Uncanny Magazine with her husband, Michael Damian Thomas. She was the co-editor of the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas with Deborah Stanish, the Hugo Award-finalist Chicks Dig Comics with Sigrid Ellis, and the anthology Glitter & Mayhem with Michael Damian Thomas and John Klima. Lynne is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Hugo Award-finalist Apex Magazine. She moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, a monthly podcast (with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Michael Damian Thomas and Catherynne M. Valente) in which a group of SF/F professionals get excited about stuff they like, and contributes to the Verity! Podcast (with Erika Ensign, L.M. Myles, Katrina Griffiths, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Deborah Stanish), where a bunch of smart women talk about Doctor Who.
Lynne is also the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for the literary papers of over 70 SF/F authors and the official archives of SFWA.

Machael Damian ThomasMichael Damian Thomas is the Co-Publisher and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Uncanny Magazine with his wife, Lynne M. Thomas. He was a two-time Hugo Award finalist as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine, co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords with Sigrid Ellis, and co-edited Glitter & Mayhem with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. Michael is a member of the Down and Safe Blake’s 7 podcast with Amal El-Mohtar, L.M. Myles, and Scott Lynch.
Michael lives in DeKalb with his wife Lynne, their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie. Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael works as her primary caregiver.

Navah WolfeNavah Wolfe is an editor at Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s science fiction and fantasy imprint, where she has edited critically-acclaimed novels such as Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke and Persona by Genevieve Valentine. She is also the co-editor, along with Dominik Parisien, of The Starlit Wood, an anthology of cross-genre fairy tale retellings, coming next year from Saga Press. She was previously an editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, where she worked on many bestselling books, including some that have won awards such as the Printz Honor, the Pura Belpré Award, the Pen/Faulkner Award, the Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Schneider Family Award. She has previously worked as a bookseller, a rock climbing wall manager, and a veterinary intern at a zoo. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two young children.

Claudia GrayClaudia Gray is the pseudonym or pen name of a bestselling, Chicago-based novelist. She is perhaps best known for her four-book Evernight series, which follows a girl named Bianca, who is sent to Evernight Academy, a boarding school for vampires. Not knowing the school’s true nature, Bianca is subsequently thrust into the middle of a conflict between supernatural forces beyond her understanding.

Gray has also published Balthazar, a spin-off of the Evernight series about Bianca’s vampire friend, and a stand-alone novel entitled Fateful, the tale of a young serving woman aboard the doomed ship Titanic, and a dark stranger who is pursued by werewolves. Gray’s short stories have been featured in anthologies such as Immortal, Enthralled, and Vacations from Hell.

Before working as a full-time novelist, Gray worked as a lawyer, a disc jockey, a journalist, and a waitress (a terrible one by her reckoning). She enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, and listening to music, but says she loves writing best of all.

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin seemed to be fighting depression, Shallan hid in the darkness while Amaram attempted to interview Talenel, and as a result of her work she was welcomed into the Ghostbloods. This week, in Chapter 64, we go back in time again, as Shallan tries to make a difference for her family.
http://www.tor.com/2016/01/07/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-65/

My assistant Adam is has updated the twitter blog for December and January.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-december-2015/
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-january-2016/___

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2015-12-29 16:36:54 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Elantris leatherbound update + Calamity audio & Updates

So I have some bad news and some good news: We have officially sold out of the first printing of the Elantris leatherbound edition. But don’t lose hope; we should have a second printing shipped early in the new year. I will announce any updates as they come.
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leather-bound-book/

I heard some more good news this morning: The Calamity audiobook is now available for preorder via Audible in the US and also Audible UK. The book comes out in February in all formats! Check the regional tabs in the upper right of my blog post for your local links.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019P7DCH6?tag=brandsande-20
http://www.qksrv.net/links/7225758/http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B016V8QPTE

While perusing reddit, I found out one of my readers, speeddemon974, had developed a prettyc... more »

Elantris leatherbound update + Calamity audio & Updates

So I have some bad news and some good news: We have officially sold out of the first printing of the Elantris leatherbound edition. But don’t lose hope; we should have a second printing shipped early in the new year. I will announce any updates as they come.
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leather-bound-book/

I heard some more good news this morning: The Calamity audiobook is now available for preorder via Audible in the US and also Audible UK. The book comes out in February in all formats! Check the regional tabs in the upper right of my blog post for your local links.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019P7DCH6?tag=brandsande-20
http://www.qksrv.net/links/7225758/http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B016V8QPTE

While perusing reddit, I found out one of my readers, speeddemon974, had developed a pretty cool Twitter bot to automatically post whenever a change is made to percentage bar that you can see in the upper-right corner of my website. Check it out here.
https://www.reddit.com/r/brandonsanderson/comments/3thmwl/i_used_to_check_the_writing_progress_on_brandons
https://twitter.com/_StormWatch/

For those who didn’t see my tweet last week, Tor.com released the preview of Chapter Three for The Bands of Mourning. These chapters do include spoilers for Shadows of Self, so be warned.
http://www.tor.com/2015/12/21/excerpts-brandon-sanderson-the-bands-of-mourning-chapter-three/
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning/

There are a few Writing Excuses episodes to talk about this week, starting with the episode from a few weeks ago: How to Hand-Sell Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors, with Michael Underwood and Marco Palmieri. The two of them took the stage with Howard and Dan at GenCon Indy 2015 to discuss this topic. Marco Palmieri is a senior editor at Tor, and Michael Underwood is an author and also the North American sales and marketing manager for Angry Robot Books. We begin with a list of the things to avoid doing, including the classic mistakes like chasing editors into restrooms, but we quickly move on to where you get started, and what your task list is going to look like. We cover resources like Literary Marketplace, Locus, and Publishers Lunch, and the not-so-secret-anymore #MSWL hashtag.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/12/13/writing-excuses-10-50-how-to-hand-sell-your-manuscript-to-agents-and-editors-with-michael-underwood-and-marco-palmieri/

In last week’s episode of Writing Excuses, Q&A on Showing Your Work, with Daniel José Older, he joined us for a Q&A on showing your work around. Here are the questions, which were submitted by attendees at the Out of Excuses workshop:
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/12/20/writing-excuses-10-51-qa-on-showing-your-work-with-daniel-jose-older/

– What’s the best way to meet editors and agents at conventions?
– How do you write a good query letter?
– What do you mention as credentials in your query letter?
– You didn’t cover self publishing at all this month. Self publishing is legit, right?
– Can you submit the same work to more than one agent or editor at a time?
– Can you re-submit a revised work to an agent who previously rejected the piece?

In this week’s episode of Writing Excuses, Moving On, with Ellen Kushner, she joins us for the final episode of Season 10. Per the title, it’s time to be done; but what does “done” mean? How do you go about declaring a project finished when you know there are still things wrong with it? How do you clear your head, your workspace, and your life for the next thing you need to do?
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/12/27/writing-excuses-10-52-moving-on-with-ellen-kushner/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, we rejoined Shallan as she attempted to outwit the Ghostbloods, and had an unnerving encounter with a (presumed) Herald. This week, in Chapter 64, she hides from Amaram while Kaladin hides from depression. It’s a cheerful sort of chapter.
http://www.tor.com/2015/12/17/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-64/

My assistant Adam is working on updating the Twitter post archive for December.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-December-2015/___

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2015-12-18 16:00:13 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

State of the Sanderson 2015
http://brandonsanderson.com/state-of-the-sanderson-2015/

Introduction
We are approaching Koloss Head-Munching Day—the day of the year that happens, by utter coincidence, to coincide with my birthday. (December 19th.) I’m turning forty this year, which isn’t as dramatic for me as it might be for some others. From the way I act, people have been joking for the last twenty years that I was “born forty.” I guess I’m finally just catching up.

It’s been almost twenty years since I finished my first book. I can remember joking with my friends in college (whom you might know as Lieutenant Conrad from Mistborn and Drehy from Bridge Four) that by forty, we were all going to be rich and famous.

The thing is, I always intended to make that dream happen. Not necessarily for the “rich” part or the “famous” part, neither of whichinterested me a great... more »

State of the Sanderson 2015
http://brandonsanderson.com/state-of-the-sanderson-2015/

Introduction
We are approaching Koloss Head-Munching Day—the day of the year that happens, by utter coincidence, to coincide with my birthday. (December 19th.) I’m turning forty this year, which isn’t as dramatic for me as it might be for some others. From the way I act, people have been joking for the last twenty years that I was “born forty.” I guess I’m finally just catching up.

It’s been almost twenty years since I finished my first book. I can remember joking with my friends in college (whom you might know as Lieutenant Conrad from Mistborn and Drehy from Bridge Four) that by forty, we were all going to be rich and famous.

The thing is, I always intended to make that dream happen. Not necessarily for the “rich” part or the “famous” part, neither of which interested me a great deal. I just knew that without a solid, stable writing career, I’d never be able to make the Cosmere happen.

Perhaps that’s where this whole “born forty” thing came from in the first place. I basically spent my twenties writing, slavishly trying to figure out how to craft stories. Friends would tell me to relax, but I couldn’t, not when these dreams of mine were so big. It should be mentioned that despite what our society would like to believe, hard work doesn’t always equate with success. For me, luck played a huge part in my being able to sit here and type this out for you.

Still, here I am, and I honestly can’t imagine things having gone better. People often seem bemused by my productivity; when I get together with fellow authors, they sometimes jokingly refer to me as “the adult” in our group. I get this—for a lot of them, writing is more of an instinctual process. Sitting and talking about the business side of things, or their goals for writing, flies in the face of the almost accidental way they’ve approached their careers. And it works for them; they create great books I’m always excited to read.

However, sometimes there’s also this sense—from fans, from the community, from us authors in general—that whispers that being productive isn’t a good thing. It’s like society feels artists should naturally try to hide from deadlines, structure, or being aware of what we do and why we do it. As if, because art is supposed to be painful, we shouldn’t enjoy doing our work—and should need to be forced into it.

If there’s one thing that has surprised me over the last ten years, it’s this strangeness that surrounds my enjoyment of my job, and the way my own psychology interfaces with storytelling. People thank me for being productive, when I don’t consider myself particularly fast as a writer—I’m just consistent. Fans worry that I will burn out, or that secretly I’m some kind of cabal of writers working together. I enjoy the jokes, but there’s really no secret. I just get excited by all of this. I have a chance to create something incredible, something that will touch people’s lives. In some cases, that touch is light—I just give a person a few moments to relax amid the tempest of life. In other cases, stories touch people on a deep and meaningful level. I’ll happily take either scenario.

Almost thirty years ago now, I encountered something remarkable in the books I read. Something meaningful that I couldn’t describe, a new perspective, new emotions. I knew then that I had to learn to do what those writers were doing. Now that I have the chance to reach people the same way, I’m not going to squander it.

I guess this is all a prelude to a warning. I’m working on a lot of projects. Many of these tie together in this epic master plan of mine, the thirty-six-(or more)-book cycle that will be the Cosmere. Even those books that aren’t part of the Cosmere are here to challenge me in some way, to push me and my stories, to explore concepts that have fascinated me for years.

These last ten years have been incredible. I thank you, and I thank God, for this crazy opportunity I’ve been given. I don’t intend to slow down.

I’m not embarrassed to be “the adult.” Even if I’ve only just hit the right age for it officially.

My Year
2015 was a bit slower than last year was, as I spent a lot of time editing.

January–May: Calamity

The bulk of my writing time this year was spent on Calamity, which I’d been putting off last year in order to write the two new Mistborn novels. Looking back at my records, I finished the last chapters in early May.

This was interrupted, on occasion, for revisions of various books—and for the Firefight tour, along with a trip to Sharjah in the UAE. Busy times. So busy, in fact, that it’s taken me all the rest of the year to give full feedback to the writers who took my class. I managed to grade their papers in May, somehow, but promised them each a personalized look at their final story submissions, which I’m only now finishing up.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/calamity/

June–August: Stormlight Three

I did squeeze in some writing time for Stormlight in here, though not a whole ton of it got done. I had to stop for revisions, touring, and travel through most of September and October.

September–October: Revisions and a Secret Project

Traveling so much made it difficult to do Stormlight 3 writing, which requires a lot of time investment. So between revisions, I managed to finish a project I’ve been working on for about a decade now. (Yes, a decade.) You’ll see this soon. It’s a novella.

November–December: Stormlight Three Again

I plan to keep on this one until I finish it, as I’ll talk about below. However, if you want to read a little about my writing time in November, you can read this other blog post.
http://brandonsanderson.com/national-novel-writing-month-recap/

Big List of Things I’m Working On
Now, let’s get to it. Each year around this time, I take stock of my many projects. You can read last year’s post here, to compare and see how things have been progressing. (And to see how well I did in my plans for 2015.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/state-of-the-sanderson-december-2014/

Thank you in advance for continuing to give me the freedom I feel I need to jump between different worlds. While I know it’s frustrating sometimes that I’m not working on your world, the greater plans I have for all this require me to approach things in a certain way. Both for my health as a writer, and to bring about some large-scale awesomeness.

I’m going to go down the list of projects I’m working on, starting with what I consider my “main” projects. These are getting the focus of my time right now. From there, I’ll move on to things that I’m still toying with doing sometime soon.

Then it gets a little more speculative.

Enjoy!

Main Book Projects
The Stormlight Archive
Stormlight is going very well. I’m working on Book Three, which I’m calling Oathbringer. (That is likely at this point to be the final title.) This is my main project, and I won’t be writing any new prose on other stories until it is done. You can follow the progress bars!

Release dates for this book are still in flux. Even if I finish it early next year, it could be a year or more until you see the book. The amount of editing, continuity, and art that these books require creates a need for a long lead time. I’ve told people that Fall 2016 is the earliest they’d see it, but my team has been warning me that’s not realistic. We’ll see, but for now you should assume on a 2017 release.

What does this mean for my once optimistic “one Stormlight book every eighteen months” goal? The more I work on these books, the more uncertain I am about that. The outline for Oathbringer, for example, took about a year for me to nail down. Considering how many moving pieces there are in these books, it’s tough to judge how long they will take to write. And while there are books I can force through if some things aren’t right, I can’t afford to do that on this series.

I’ll continue to write Stormlight books at as quick a pace as is reasonable. I consider this my main project for the next decade or two, and am dedicated to it. But each book, as I’ve said before, is plotted as four books in one. So even if I release them once every three years, you’re getting four “books” in three years.

We’ll see. I’ll try to pick up the pace. In the meantime, I’ll try to get some short stories in the world out for you. (More on this later.)

Status: Book Three in Progress

The Reckoners
The last book of the trilogy is complete, revised, and turned in. It’s coming out in February, and is—indeed—the ending.

I have not closed the door on doing more in the world, but it will not be for a while. If I do return, it will be like a Mistborn return, where the focus of the books shifts in some way and I create a new series. I like leaving endings as endings, even if the world and some of the characters do progress.

I’m extremely pleased with the last book. I look forward to having you all read it, and I am grateful to you all for supporting this series. There were voices that told me something outside the Cosmere would never sell as well as something inside—but this series is neck-and-neck in popularity with Stormlight and Mistborn. It’s a relief, and very gratifying, to see that people are willing to follow me on different kinds of journeys.

Status: Completed!

Mistborn
And speaking of Mistborn, how is Scadrial doing? My current plan is still to have the Mistborn books stretch throughout my career, establishing stories in different eras of time with different sets of characters.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/

The original pitch was for three trilogies. The Wax and Wayne books expanded this to four series. (You can imagine Wax and Wayne as series 1.5, if you want.) This means there will still be a contemporary trilogy, and a science fiction trilogy, in the future.

I have one more book to do in the Wax and Wayne series, and I’m planning to write it sometime between Stormlight books three and four. Until then, Wax and Wayne three—The Bands of Mourning—comes out in January!

Status: Era 1.5 book three done; book four coming soonish

Secondary Book Projects

Elantris
I do still intend Elantris sequels. (And the enthusiasm for the leatherbound edition proves that people are still interested in the world.) Right now, I have them scheduled to be slotted in once Wax and Wayne is done. We’ll take a break from Scadrial at that point, go back to Sel and do some Elantris books, then hop back to the 1980s era Mistborn series.

This slots an Elantris sequel into the spot between Stormlight books 4 & 5. It is coming, just more slowly than I’d once hoped.

Status: Delayed, but coming before too long
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/elantris/

The Rithmatist
Book two of The Rithmatist (called The Aztlanian) is another thing on my schedule that I need to get to soon. If you didn’t read last year’s update on the book, I tried writing this—and found I didn’t have a strong enough grasp on the historical period and culture to do it justice. So I stopped and did a bunch of research, but by the time I finished, I needed to be back to work on my main projects.

Therefore, I’ve slotted this in after Stormlight 3 as well. Hopefully it won’t get pushed back again. Usually I try to do about equal in pages to a Stormlight book between Stormlight books. That gives me room for three smaller books. Right now plans are for these three books to be The Lost Metal (Wax and Wayne 4), The Atzlanian, and a new project. (See below.)

Status: Delayed, but maybe coming soon
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
Here’s another one we’ve been able to clear off my list. With Tor republishing the first four books of this series throughout the spring next year (starting in February), I am at last able to get the fifth book (and the final one Alcatraz will write) out to you fans.

The new art for these editions has me very excited. For once I think we have covers that indicate to readers the tone of the books. Book Five should be out in the summer, though I believe Tor is scheduling it for August instead of June. It is written, and I’m doing final edits on it right now. (In the evenings after I feel I’ve hit my wordcount goal for Stormlight.)

If you haven’t read these books, give them a browse once they come out again in the spring. They’re very fun, but very different from my other books. They’re insane, fourth-wall-breaking comedies, so they’re certainly not for everyone. They have been an excellent way for me to blow off steam and refresh myself between longer, more ponderous books.

Status: Book Five Completed!
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/alcatraz/

White Sand
For those who don’t know, this is a book I wrote around the same time as Elantris—but which I didn’t ever sell. Once I was published, I considered releasing it, but felt it needed a solid revision before I could do so.

Well, that revision was delayed time and time again, until the point where I decided I probably would need to just rewrite the book from scratch if I ever did release it. An interesting opportunity came along a few years later, however, and that changed my perspective. You see, the comic book company Dynamite Entertainment had come asking if I had anything, perhaps an unpublished novel, that would make a good graphic novel.

This seemed the perfect opportunity to make use of White Sand. I didn’t have time to do revisions, but another writer could take my words and adapt them (really, what the book needed was a trim anyway) into a graphic edition. We said yes, and started into the process.

I’ve said before, Dynamite has been excellent to work with. Rik Hoskin, the person hired to do the adaptation, is a fantastic writer—and he really managed to preserve the core of my story, using my own dialogue and descriptions, while cutting out all the chaff. The artist Julius Gopez, the colorist Ross Campbell, the letterer Marshall Dillon, and the editor Rich Young have all done a fabulous great job.

The novel is big (no surprise), so it’s going to be released as three graphic novels. The first of these is almost ready, and we’re expecting a release sometime next year. The fine folks at Dynamite have given me permission to post some teaser pages here, so here you go! The first look at White Sand, the graphic novel:

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Tertiary Book Projects
Now we move on to some of the projects that are itching at me, and I do intend to do someday—but which are delayed indefinitely until I figure out the right time to do them.

Warbreaker
While some characters from Nalthis have made appearances in other books, I still don’t have a specific timeframe for when I’ll go back and write the second Warbreaker book. (Titled Nightblood for the time being.)

I know a lot of people really want this book, and I intend to do it, but I have to find time for the Elantris sequels first. So you’re unlikely to see it until Elantris is finished. (Sorry.)

Status: On Hiatus
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/warbreaker/

Legion
I owe people another (and final) Legion novella, and I plan to do this as well. Novellas aren’t as big a commitment as novels, obviously—that’s part of why I do them. But I don’t know when I’ll squeeze this in, with all the things I’m doing right now. It could happen literally at any time—but I don’t expect it in 2017, to be honest.

Status: On Short Hiatus
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/legion/

Cosmere Short Fiction Collection
For a while I’ve been thinking that I need to collect all the various pieces of Cosmere short fiction and put them into a single collection, for those who don’t like hunting around for them.

This might be the year to do that. If Stormlight doesn’t make it into 2016, we might be able to get a collection (with a Stormlight novella) out by the end of the year instead. Something to tide you over, at least, until book three comes out.

If we do this, my goal will be to have it include every piece of short fiction from every source up until now and bind it together in a handsome hardcover that will look nice on the shelf next to your other books.

This will give you multiple options for the short fiction, if you want to collect it. We will continue to do our little two-novella collections (like the Perfect State and Shadows for Silence double that we just released.) So if you’d prefer to collect those in the smaller size, I anticipate everything eventually being released in that format too. However, if you’d like one thick tome, every ten years or so you should see a bigger collection.

More on this as it develops. Right now I’m toying with the title Arcanum Unbound, and would love to include a star chart of all the cosmere worlds in it.

Projects in Development
These are projects you might have heard of, but for which no solid evidence of them ever being released is out there. On occasion I might do readings from them, and I might tinker with them—but I don’t have much specific to tell you about release dates.

New YA Series
I am developing a new YA series to be released after the Reckoners with the same publisher. I can’t say much about it right now, though we will probably do some announcements regarding it during the Calamity tour. If all goes well, the first book of this trilogy will be the third shorter novel I write between Stormlight 3 and 4.

I always need to have something new to be working on, if only in the back of my mind, to help prevent burnout. I’m excited about this series right now, and actively working on the outline. But I won’t be digging into writing it until next summer or fall, depending on when Stormlight Three is done. So I don’t expect a release for a while yet.

Status: Outlining
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/

Adamant
Some of you have heard readings from, or seen excerpts of, this epic science fiction series that I’ve been working on. I finished one novella in the world, and am pleased with it, but I have no immediate plans for writing the rest. Perhaps I’ll feel different once Stormlight is done and I’m satisfied with it. (It’s always possible I’ll need a break between projects where I can do something very different.) We shall see. I have no plans to release this in 2016.

Status: On Hiatus

Dark One
A perennial favorite on the State of the Sanderson is this YA series about a boy who discovers he’s the Dark One, a figure from prophecy fated to destroy the world. My outlines are looking okay for this one, but it doesn’t feel like the right time to do it. I pitched it to my editors at Random House along with the new YA series above, and we all agreed the other project was a better follow-up to the Reckoners.

Dark One is bound to get done someday. That day isn’t now.

Status: No Projected Start Date

Death by Pizza
I had a nice breakthrough on this book recently, making the main character far more interesting. (For those who don’t know, this is about a necromancer who owns a pizza joint.) However, this remains a very out-of-left-field project for me, and something I did mostly for fun. (I have a nearly complete draft of the entire book.)

I don’t anticipate doing this anytime soon, though I did briefly consider it as an alternative to the new YA series listed above. It’s still just too strange for me to want to do right now. Perhaps eventually.

Status: On Hiatus

Dragonsteel/Liar of Partinel
This is Hoid’s origin story, a prequel to the entire Cosmere. The time is not right. It’s going to happen eventually, but I feel that I shouldn’t dig into this until Stormlight is completely done. (All ten books.) So don’t hold your breath on this one.

Status: Loooong way off

Silence Divine
This story (which is the one about a world where catching a disease grants you magical talents) is another perennial State of the Sanderson participant.

I did some work on a short story in this world a while back, and liked it, but didn’t have time to finish. (This is the thing I did readings from during the Words of Radiance tour, I believe.) It’s set in the cosmere, and I have plans to someday write this—but I’m not sure when I’ll do it. Could be a long way off still.

Status: On Hiatus
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-stormlight-archive/words-of-radiance/

Soulburner
This is an outline I developed last year during a lull—a kind of space-opera-fantasy-hybrid like Dune or Star Wars. The setting is awesome, one of my favorites. Very distinctive.

I don’t have a story for it yet though. I’m just putting it on here so that you know that wacky things are still bouncing around in my head, looking for a way out. It’s not something I’m going to release anytime soon, but if I ever do, you can point here and say, “Hey, I saw this first!”

Status: No Projected Start Date

Aether of Night
Another of the books I wrote around the time of Elantris, and another one that’s not half bad—but still in need of a solid revision.

I’ll likely do something with it someday. In the meantime, if you want to read it, you can send us an email to ask for a copy. (Consider it a thank you for getting this far in this huge post.) I’d ask that you’d consider signing up for my mailing list when you do email me, as that’s how I get the word out on when I’m doing signings and when I have cool new things to release. But that’s not required in order to get the book.
http://brandonsanderson.com/contact/
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/

Projected Novel Release Schedule
There’s a good chance I won’t hold to this, but just so you know, here’s how I view my upcoming novel release schedule (not including any novellas or short stories that may or may not appear during moments when I need to do something new):

January 2016: Wax and Wayne 3
February 2016: Reckoners 3 (final book)
June 2016: Alcatraz 5
Sometime 2017: Stormlight 3
Sometime 2017: Rithmatist 2
Spring 2018: New YA project 1
Fall 2018: Wax and Wayne 4 (final book)
Sometime 2019: Stormlight 4
Sometime 2019: New YA project 2
Sometime 2020: Elantris 2
Sometime 2020 New YA project 3 (final book)
Sometime 2021: Stormlight 5 (ending of first arc)
Sometime 2022: Elantris 3 (final book)

Conclusion
Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you that the list was big.

It’s been quite the year. Lots of travel, lots of meeting people and signing books. My tenth year doing this. I’ve spent the last decade kind of looking at myself as one of the new kids in the fantasy market, but I suppose it’s time to admit that I’ve become—albeit not a member of the old guard—one of the genre’s more established names.

As always, you make this possible. Here’s looking to another excellent year. Merry Christmas, and a Happy Koloss Head-Munching Day, to you all.

Brandon Sanderson
December 2015___

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Elantris Leatherbound (Official)
http://brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leatherbound-official/

It’s here, and it’s beautiful! This is the official launch, so feel free to retweet, blog, or otherwise share this post with people you know who are fans of Elantris!
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/elantris/elantris/

I made a little preview post last week, because of shipping deadlines, but here is the official (with pictures) post about the Elantris Leatherbound edition! Below you’ll find shots of what makes this book so great.
http://brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leatherbound-update/

All the content of the Tenth Anniversary Edition is included in this book, and each book will be signed and numbered! (As long as they’re ordered before the end of the year. After that, if supplies last, we’ll sell the book signed without numbers.)

In addition,Michael W... more »

Elantris Leatherbound (Official)
http://brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leatherbound-official/

It’s here, and it’s beautiful! This is the official launch, so feel free to retweet, blog, or otherwise share this post with people you know who are fans of Elantris!
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/elantris/elantris/

I made a little preview post last week, because of shipping deadlines, but here is the official (with pictures) post about the Elantris Leatherbound edition! Below you’ll find shots of what makes this book so great.
http://brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leatherbound-update/

All the content of the Tenth Anniversary Edition is included in this book, and each book will be signed and numbered! (As long as they’re ordered before the end of the year. After that, if supplies last, we’ll sell the book signed without numbers.)

In addition, Michael Whelan let us include the painting of his, Passage: Verge, that inspired me to start working on Elantris many, many years ago. (And prints are available in his store, which you should totally buy. This is my all-time favorite of his paintings.)
http://www.michaelwhelan.com/shop/reproductions/all-reproductions/passage-verge/

So, where can you get this? Glad you asked! It’s available on my store and in select, awesome bookstores around the country. Please note that in my store, we also have plenty of cool things for the holidays. Most of my books signed in hardcover, this year’s con exclusive being sold for the first time to the general public, jewelry, T-shirts, stickers, a new Stormlight map poster, etc. So check it out!
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leather-bound-book/
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/

For my store, we have the following order deadlines.
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/shipping-returns/

Note that these are the deadlines given us by the shipping companies; it’s on them to actually get you the books on time. But do let us know if you order before the deadline, but then something happens and it looks like yours isn’t going to make it on time. (I don’t think this happened a single time last year, so we should be okay.)

You can absolutely order the Elantris leatherbound (personalized or not) after the deadlines above, and we’ll do what we can to get it to you on time. We just want you to know the cutoffs the shipping companies gave us.
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leather-bound-book/

Now, you all should know by now that I love bookstores. Particularly the stores that invited me in to do signings early in my career, when certain other stores weren’t interested in having me. These are stores with excellent staff who work hard and are passionate about books. That’s why I sent them something special to sell. They have the low numbers. A lot of people like getting numbers under 100, and so I sent numbers 1–50 to these stores, split among them.

Please consider supporting these stores, especially if you live near them or have ever gone to a signing at their location. They are awesome! Some might even have the books going on the shelves today. (If not, they should be there very soon.)

University Book Store, Seattle
One of my favorite stores ever, the person to talk to is Duane Wilkins (though he should have prepped everyone for this). He can be found in the Children’s Department or the Science Fiction department.
http://www.bookstore.washington.edu/home/home.taf?

Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego
No need to have a specific contact here—they’ll be on the ball and know what’s up. They also tend to carry a lot of first editions of my books, many signed, so you might want to ask them for anything else they might have in stock of mine. (Or from other writers you love.)
http://www.mystgalaxy.com/

Borderlands Books, San Francisco
This was actually the first store outside of Utah to invite me specifically to do a signing for them. They are incredible, and will take good care of you if you go in or call wanting one of these. Note that for sponsors of the store, I’ve sent two leatherbound copies for them to give away free at an upcoming sponsor party.
https://borderlands-books.com/

Powell’s Books, Portland area
I’m not as sure for this one how you get the books, as they took a large order to be split among their several locations. I’m sure you’ll be able to find them, as Powell’s is great—but if you have trouble, you can have them look up the book by its ISBN, which is 978-0-7653-8807-0 (a different book ID number from the regular 10th anniversary).
http://www.powells.com/

Murder by the Book, Houston
They ordered the most copies of anyone on this list, so you should be able to find them here! In addition, they have a web form where you can order the book. Be sure to give them so love. They’re an excellent community store who has invited me in to sign time and time again.
http://www.murderbooks.com/

BYU Store, Provo
My alma mater. If you can’t find the books, talk to Tammy. She’s the one who ordered them from us, and is really on the ball. But they should be right in the SF section, I would bet. I’ll also make sure they have some in stock for my release party for The Bands of Mourning next month.
http://byustore.com/
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning/

Okay, now for a quick FAQ.

Q: Will these sell out?
A: The first printing looks likely to sell out fairly soon. We sold about a quarter of our stock last week, and will probably sell another quarter of it this week. We will reprint this (I plan to keep it in the store for at least a year, maybe forever, if it is popular enough), but shipping takes a good month or so to get new stock to us. You shouldn’t have trouble getting one later—but if you do want one for the holidays, you might want to jump on it soon.

Q: What about your other books?
A: If this is popular (and it looks like it will be), then we will do the other books. Our goal will be to have them sell at around the same price, and to make them match on the bookshelf, so you can have an entire Cosmere sequence of leatherbound books.

The goal will be to proceed with the 10th anniversary idea, doing Mistborn: The Final Empire next year, The Well of Ascension the year after, and The Hero of Ages the year after that. From there, Warbreaker would be next. That’s all I’m willing to commit to now, but we would eventually like to do Stormlight in this treatment. (Assuming people like these editions we’re doing.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-final-empire/
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-well-of-ascension/
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-hero-of-ages/
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/warbreaker/warbreaker/

Q: Will you do your short stories in leatherbound?
A: The awesome Subterranean Press has done leatherbounds of some. (And is doing one for Perfect State and Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, the two novellas from this year.) So I have no plans to do other leatherbound editions. However, do be aware that it’s likely I’ll do an anthology of all the Cosmere shorts in the near future. We might end up doing that too.
http://subterraneanpress.com/
http://brandonsanderson.com/perfect-state/
http://brandonsanderson.com/shadows-for-silence-in-the-forests-of-hell/

Q: Ah! I can’t afford $100! What do I do?
A: Don’t worry. The tenth anniversary edition is available in regular hardcover, in trade paperback, or in ebook (with the color maps!) right now. If an expensive collector’s edition isn’t something that interests you, you can get all of the same material that way.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/elantris/

As always, thanks for reading. Happy holidays! May you spend some vacation time spent curled up with a good book.

Brandon___

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2015-12-04 22:54:38 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

National Novel Writing Month Recap

Hey, all! I’ve got some interesting tidbits about Stormlight Three to share, relating to what I’ve been writing this month.

Before we get to that, though, I do want to draw your attention to the items we have in the store. In addition to the Elantris leatherbound, as usual we’ve got most of my books for sale, signed and personalized, shipped to your door. This includes the brand new hardcover double of the novellas Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell and Perfect State, which we just put up. (We also have both Legion books, with new covers.) We also have a couple of new T-shirts, Mistborn and Stormlight lanyards, a new Roshar map poster, Bridge 4 jewelry, and all the usual fun stuff. Have a look! And do please note the holiday shipping deadlines!
http://brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leatherbound-update/

It’s rare that Iget to ... more »

National Novel Writing Month Recap

Hey, all! I’ve got some interesting tidbits about Stormlight Three to share, relating to what I’ve been writing this month.

Before we get to that, though, I do want to draw your attention to the items we have in the store. In addition to the Elantris leatherbound, as usual we’ve got most of my books for sale, signed and personalized, shipped to your door. This includes the brand new hardcover double of the novellas Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell and Perfect State, which we just put up. (We also have both Legion books, with new covers.) We also have a couple of new T-shirts, Mistborn and Stormlight lanyards, a new Roshar map poster, Bridge 4 jewelry, and all the usual fun stuff. Have a look! And do please note the holiday shipping deadlines!
http://brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leatherbound-update/

It’s rare that I get to fully participate in National Novel Writing Month. (The month of November, for the uninitiated, is a kind of challenge month for writers. During November, participants try to complete fifty thousand words of material, which is roughly 200 pages.)
http://nanowrimo.org

The true spirit of NaNoWriMo is to start a brand new story on the first of November, and write on it all month. The life of a professional novelist doesn’t lend itself well to this kind of schedule—you often have revisions due at inopportune times, or have to be on tour in November, etc. However, when I can, I like to participate in spirit by trying to write the 50k words—even if I don’t begin a new project at the start of the month.

This was a year where I was able to do this, as I had minimal touring this month (only two events) and no big revisions due. (Though my editor is still waiting on Alcatraz 5, which I’ll need to get to ASAP, now that the month is over.) It was a fun year to do NaNo though, as it was very nostalgic for me.

You see, thirteen years ago in 2002, I was doing NaNo as an unpublished author with many of my writer friends. We posted our wordcounts on a forum we all frequented, making a friendly competition of it. The book I was writing? The original draft of The Way of Kings.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-stormlight-archive/the-way-of-kings

One of the images from that time, burned into the back of my brain, is sitting in the guest room at my mother’s house on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which fell very late in the month that year. That Saturday was the last day of NaNo—and I hit a frenzy of activity. While I hadn’t started a new project during the month (even then, I didn’t really need challenges like NaNo to get me moving on my writing) I was near the end of one.

I finished The Way of Kings that night, writing more in one day by far than I’d ever written up to that point—and more than I’ve ever written since. My wordcount ended up being so high that I severely underreported it on the forums, to not make others feel bad. (Which reminds me of the time when in high school, during the very early days of image manipulation before most people knew it was possible, I edited my report card to wipe away all my A grades and make them much lower—all to trick my mother.)

That time in 2002 was a special time for me, one I’ve talked about before. Writing The Way of Kings was a relieving experience for me, as I was writing exactly what I wanted rather than worrying about what the market wanted to read. I still feel it’s no coincidence that a year later I got my first book deal. After writing Kings, I was ready.

Well, this year I’ve been working on Oathbringer, the third volume of the Stormlight Archive. It was both nostalgic and exciting to be at my mother’s house again, thirteen years later, working with the same characters as a much more mature writer (and in a much more mature version of the world).

This month, I posted my wordcounts on Twitter and Facebook, rather than on a forum with my friends. I managed to get the 50,000 words done, though I didn’t have any crazy wordcount days. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I’m actually much slower now than I was all those years ago. There is a lot more to watch for in these books now, a lot more continuity now that I’m actually releasing them for the public. The writing just doesn’t go as fast as it did when I was more carefree. That said, here are some quick facts about NaNo this year for me:
http://twitter.com/BrandSanderson

Writing 50k words in a month is still hard (in fact, it’s harder) as a professional. There are a lot of demands on my time these days aside from writing. Having a family is certainly one—but so is touring, answering emails, doing marketing meetings, talking to my agent, and signing huge stacks of books to fill orders from the store. (Not that I mind.)
Quality doesn’t suffer from adding a few extra hours of writing a day. I’d already known this, as there are times in the past when I’ve written longer than I do now. But it’s still nice to know. In fact, I’m more fond of many of the scenes I wrote this month than I am of many I wrote earlier. Which leads me to my next point.
Being very focused on one project, eliminating distractions, can really help me figure out tough scenes. This month reminded me of the days when I was first working on the Wheel of Time books—where I had a single-minded focus, and was determined to nail the project and do right by the fans. There’s a certain excitement to times like this, and I fully intend to keep this focus on Stormlight 3 as I roll forward. (I don’t have anything else I have to do, other than the revisions on Alcatraz, until Stormlight 3 is done.)
I really love these characters. There’s a reason I have been writing about Dalinar since I was fifteen—there’s something about him, a voice I need to share. It’s great to be back on Roshar, and I’m having a blast.
So where do we stand as this month ends? Well, I got my 50k, but the book is still sitting at only 137k words. That’s roughly 1/3 of the way completed—assuming it’s around the length of Words of Radiance, which I’m hoping will be the case. (I’m not sure how much longer Tor will let me go.) There’s still a great deal of work to do on this book.

I can’t really project a release date. Peter and Isaac have been very clear with me that we need more time for editing, revision, continuity, and art than we had on Words of Radiance. We’ll make a call on release dates sometime around when I turn the book in next spring or summer. It could be out next year, but Peter and Isaac want you all to be ready for a 2017 release instead. We’ll know more once I actually finish.

As for other projects, I’ll do my yearly State of the Sanderson post sometime around my birthday (otherwise known as Koloss Head-Munching Day) late December. That will catch you up on everything I’m doing.

Either way, I hope that those of you doing NaNo benefited from seeing my daily wordcount posts. Writers make up a grand (if somewhat neurotic) community, and I’m proud to be a card-carrying member.

Brandon

BONUS: I recently dug up the notes I took when submitting the first chapters of The Way of Kings to my graduate writing class while getting my Master’s. I’ll transcribe them here, though be warned, they were reading an earlier version of the book from the one that got released. In this draft, the opening chapter was a battlefield seen through Dalinar’s eyes, showing him and Adolin using their shards to defeat an enemy army.

CHAPTER ONE

Compound words. They complained that there are a lot of them. (NOTE: Yup, I still use a lot of these! I think all the talk of Shardblades and Shardplate overwhelmed them.)
They had a major gripe with the fact that there were a ton of characters to keep track of. It got really hard to keep track of who was who. They complained that I would introduce a character for a paragraph, then he would drop out. (NOTE: They weren’t ready for the “epic” part of “epic fantasy” I guess. To be fair, this original draft of KINGS did have too many viewpoint characters—but that was a problem for later in the book. These early scenes weren’t nearly as bad as the published version for keeping track of names. I’d love to see what the class would say about THIS version, with four different main characters in the first four scenes.)
They liked it when I gave give a character a philosophy. Wanted to see that a little more. Also, they wanted more physical descriptions—they wanted to reconnect with characters through their physical characteristics. Wanted a physical quirk for everyone.
They suggested I consider writing a piece with an adviser to the king. They think that the way I write would work well with a character like that. (NOTE: I have no idea what’s going on here. I’m assuming they were confused, and were suggesting a new character to be viewpoint to the sequence. This is why it’s best not to offer solutions to writers, only outline problems. I suspect that adding a new character, one who is not participating in the action but standing around describing everything, would not improve the book in the way the class thought.)
They would like more of the big monsters. Chulls. (NOTE: Chulls were much larger in this draft, capable of pulling huge siege equipment. And really, who wouldn’t want to see more of that?)
CHAPTER TWO

They liked this better, because I didn’t summarize as much and it had more action. They still wanted more visual details.
Steve wanted to know more about the ‘nifty gadgets.’ Wanted me to flesh the ideas out. (NOTE: I think this references Shardblades and Shardplate, like the next note.)
They ask: Where did the armor and swords come from? (NOTE: This is a good sign. It doesn’t mean I should answer it here; it just means they were curious, which is what I want.)
Fighting styles were very cool—wondered if I could do more with it. They wonder if I could spent more time on the battle—a couple more chapters.
Horse stuff. Hair on the hooves, black, stout forehead.
Give physical characteristics.
Use more senses.
More graspable feel of the world’s battle tactics and philosophies.
Blood in mouth from biting tongue.
There you go! A glimpse back in time to before I’d sold any books. It was always an interesting experience submitting my work to these graduate courses, as nobody really knew what to do with me. Professors would tell me not to write fantasy, and I would anyway, telling them to fail me if they thought it was bad. Students would have critique sessions where for one piece, they’d discuss some short and obtuse poem—then move on to this enormous (and maybe obtuse) epic fantasy novel.

Don’t get me wrong—I loved being in the program, and felt it was well worth my time. But the critique sessions could sometimes go interesting places.___

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2015-12-02 00:08:57 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Elantris Leatherbound Update

We’ve had quite the time getting the Elantris leatherbound in stock! It was supposed to be here a week and a half ago—but the shipping company lost the crates. (Yes, lost them.)
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leather-bound-book/

As of this morning, they’ve been found, and we’ve been promised that they’re going to arrive tomorrow. We’ll be doing a real “official launch” blog post about these books, with pictures, on Monday next week. So if you’re on the fence, then please wait until then. This is a high price item at $100, and I don’t want anyone ordering without feeling sure it’s what they want.

We have to act a little quickly, however, as our Christmas deadline for people overseas to order personalized books was yesterday. We don’t want you to miss out, so just for the leatherbound and just for overseascustomers, we’re going ... more »

Elantris Leatherbound Update

We’ve had quite the time getting the Elantris leatherbound in stock! It was supposed to be here a week and a half ago—but the shipping company lost the crates. (Yes, lost them.)
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leather-bound-book/

As of this morning, they’ve been found, and we’ve been promised that they’re going to arrive tomorrow. We’ll be doing a real “official launch” blog post about these books, with pictures, on Monday next week. So if you’re on the fence, then please wait until then. This is a high price item at $100, and I don’t want anyone ordering without feeling sure it’s what they want.

We have to act a little quickly, however, as our Christmas deadline for people overseas to order personalized books was yesterday. We don’t want you to miss out, so just for the leatherbound and just for overseas customers, we’re going to extend that deadline.

We’re putting the Elantris leatherbound up on the store right now—but we intend this to be for people overseas. Don’t worry; we have plenty, and won’t sell out before you get a chance to order, even if you live in the States or Canada. And if you really want to order now, you can—we’ll just wait to send yours until after we have the overseas books sent out on Monday.
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leather-bound-book/

Anyway, details for those overseas: If you order a leatherbound edition to be shipped outside of the US or Canada, and you put in an order by 11:59 MST (Mountain Standard Time) Thursday night, I will still personalize your copy. As long as you order by 11:59 MST Monday night without a personalization, it should arrive by Christmas. (Though, as our experience lately proves, we can’t guarantee that it won’t get lost or something.)
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/elantris-leather-bound-book/

You are welcome to order after that, and even ask for a personalization. It’s just much less likely to get to you by Christmas. (If, for some reason, your book doesn’t look like it will arrive in time, drop me an email and I’ll write up an apology for the person, along with a thank-you, that you can print off and box up instead.)

Numbering Info: 
I will be numbering all the copies of this edition ordered before New Year’s Day. After that, the copies will just be signed. I’ll be randomizing the numbers, which is the only fair way to do it (I feel) since I’m forcing the US/Canadian customers to wait in line behind those overseas. So your chance of getting a low number doesn’t go up if you order fast. (With one exception. See below.)

For those of you in the States, I have a special treat. A number of stores have agreed to carry this book in stock, and we’re going to be sending them copies ASAP. (Hopefully they’ll be in the stores by Monday.) If you live local to one of these stores, I would ask you to consider supporting them, rather than ordering from me. These are stores who have long supported me as a writer, and I want to make sure they have a good experience with the leatherbound.

So, I’ll be sending numbers 1–50 to bookstores on the list, in a randomized order. If getting a low number is very important to you, then make sure to look at these stores first:

University Book Store, Seattle (Contact Duane Wilkins for details)
Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego
Borderlands Books, San Francisco
Powell’s Books, Portland area
Murder by the Book, Houston
BYU Store, Provo

Thanks! Hope this all makes sense. Sorry it’s a little crazy.___

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2015-12-01 18:51:21 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

The Rithmatist ebook sale + Updates

Awesome news everyone! The Rithmatist ebook is on sale (at least in the U.S.) TODAY ONLY at $2.99 on most platforms (Nook users get a slightly better deal at $1.99). It’s being discounted in a few other regions as well (check your local region for pricing using the links to the right). For those of you who have enjoyed my other books, but have been on the fence about trying out this one, it’s a great opportunity to check this book out.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist

I enjoyed seeing many of my readers (over 500) at my most recent signing in Idaho Falls. I know that the holiday season is a tough time to try and squeeze in attending a signing, and I appreciate everyone who took the time to come say hi. For those who couldn’t come, don’t worry, reading my books is the greatest compliment you can give me. Butif you ... more »

The Rithmatist ebook sale + Updates

Awesome news everyone! The Rithmatist ebook is on sale (at least in the U.S.) TODAY ONLY at $2.99 on most platforms (Nook users get a slightly better deal at $1.99). It’s being discounted in a few other regions as well (check your local region for pricing using the links to the right). For those of you who have enjoyed my other books, but have been on the fence about trying out this one, it’s a great opportunity to check this book out.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist

I enjoyed seeing many of my readers (over 500) at my most recent signing in Idaho Falls. I know that the holiday season is a tough time to try and squeeze in attending a signing, and I appreciate everyone who took the time to come say hi. For those who couldn’t come, don’t worry, reading my books is the greatest compliment you can give me. But if you wanted a signed book, I left a huge stack of books at the Barnes & Noble in the Grand Teton Mall. The wonderful staff (Kaaren and Melissa Thank you!) have told me that they won’t last long.

In this week’s episode of Writing Excuses, Project in Depth, The Devil’s Only Friend, We’ll be discussing the latest John Cleaver book from Dan Wells with author, podcaster, and unrepentant bacon-lover Dan Wells! If you haven’t read it, and you want to be surprised by it, stop listening and grab a copy now! If you have read it, we apologize on Dan’s behalf for any emotional scarring you may have experienced. Now give the episode a listen, and learn how Dan managed to do that to you.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/11/29/writing-excuses-10-48-project-in-depth-the-devils-only-friend/

My assistant Adam is working on updating the Twitter post archive for November.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-november-2015/___

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2015-11-25 19:11:16 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

The Alloy of Law ebook at $2.99!

Tor announced this week that the ebook for The Alloy of Law, the first book in the second Mistborn sequence, is on sale at $2.99 for the rest of the year. (At least in the US; other countries may see slightly different prices. I’ve heard people say it’s $4.99 on Kindle in some countries, and €2.99 on Google Play in others.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-alloy-of-law/

I know there are many of you who love the first Mistborn trilogy who haven’t yet tried out the sequels. This sale is a great opportunity to check them out, if you’ve been waffling.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/

The Alloy of Law jumps forward more than 300 years after the events of the original trilogy. An industrial revolution is in full force, and knowledge of gunpowder is no longer suppressed. That means guns. Lots of guns. Andmagic too... more »

The Alloy of Law ebook at $2.99!

Tor announced this week that the ebook for The Alloy of Law, the first book in the second Mistborn sequence, is on sale at $2.99 for the rest of the year. (At least in the US; other countries may see slightly different prices. I’ve heard people say it’s $4.99 on Kindle in some countries, and €2.99 on Google Play in others.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-alloy-of-law/

I know there are many of you who love the first Mistborn trilogy who haven’t yet tried out the sequels. This sale is a great opportunity to check them out, if you’ve been waffling.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/

The Alloy of Law jumps forward more than 300 years after the events of the original trilogy. An industrial revolution is in full force, and knowledge of gunpowder is no longer suppressed. That means guns. Lots of guns. And magic too.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-alloy-of-law/

With Mistborn, from the start I’ve wanted a fantasy world that changed, that grew updated and modernized. I pitched Mistorn as a series of trilogies, which many of you probably already know. Each series was to cover a different era in the world (Scadrial), and each was to be about different characters—starting with an epic fantasy trilogy, expanding eventually into a space opera science fiction series. The magic would be the common thread here, rather than specific characters.

I hadn’t originally planned to do a Mistborn sequence set in the equivalent of the early 1900s, but as I was working on Stormlight, I realized that it was going to be a long time (perhaps ten years) between The Hero of Ages and my ability to get back to the Mistborn world to do the first of the next epic arc.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-hero-of-ages

That’s when I took a step back and asked myself how I really wanted to approach all of this. What I decided upon was that I wanted a new Mistborn series that acted as a counterpoint to Stormlight. Something for Mistborn fans that pulled out some of the core concepts of the series (Allomantic action, heist stories) and mashed them with another genre—as opposed to epic fantasy—to produce something that would be faster-paced than Stormlight, and also tighter in focus.

The result of this conundrum was The Alloy of Law, a shorter story arc in the Mistborn world. I believe it gives you everything you love about Mistborn in a more self-contained package. I started out thinking of these books more as a “fun adventure” rather than a deep epic. I hope you’ll approach it with that mindset. In a way, I’m hoping books like these will balance the Stormlight Archive. Sometimes, you want a 1000-page book with hundreds of different characters. Sometimes, however, you want a quick, fun book with compelling lead characters, good action, and fun banter. That’s what this book is.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-alloy-of-law/

Though the story does gain more depth and and breadth in the sequels. The first one, Shadows of Self, was just released last month and The Bands of Mourning, the third book in the second era, comes out in January. So if you check out The Alloy of Law and like what you see, you don’t have to wait to get more of the story!
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/shadows-of-self/
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning/

A few years ago, some fans put together a trailer for The Alloy of Law, which although not strictly accurate is still pretty awesome. (By the way, only the prologues of the first two Wax & Wayne books take place in an Old West-type setting; the main plots take place in the big city.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbG-EJdxZW4___

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2015-11-23 17:31:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Goodreads Choice Awards Voting Ends Tonight + Updates

First off, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to vote for the Goodreads Choice Awards already. The final round ends tonight. Firefight is nominated in the Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction category, and Shadows of Self is nominated in the Fantasy category. Best of luck to all the nominees!
https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-young-adult-fantasy-books-2015
https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-fantasy-books-2015

In this week’s episode of Writing Excuses, Q & A on Revision, we continue to answer questions from from the WXR attendees, who were aboard the Independence of the Seas with us.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/11/22/writing-excuses-10-47-qa-on-revision-with/

– During revision, when do you think it’s acceptable to throw the whole thing out?
– How do youfit the... more »

Goodreads Choice Awards Voting Ends Tonight + Updates

First off, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to vote for the Goodreads Choice Awards already. The final round ends tonight. Firefight is nominated in the Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction category, and Shadows of Self is nominated in the Fantasy category. Best of luck to all the nominees!
https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-young-adult-fantasy-books-2015
https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-fantasy-books-2015

In this week’s episode of Writing Excuses, Q & A on Revision, we continue to answer questions from from the WXR attendees, who were aboard the Independence of the Seas with us.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/11/22/writing-excuses-10-47-qa-on-revision-with/

– During revision, when do you think it’s acceptable to throw the whole thing out?
– How do you fit the whole structure in your head?
– What do you find you most often need to add?
– What do you do when your revisions have made things worse?
– How do you avoid over-writing during the revision process?
– When revising, how many passes do you make, and what order are they in?
– Do you take the sounds of words into account when writing and revising?

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Shallan practiced her scholarship and her Lightweaving, and perhaps took a small step toward confronting her memories. This week, in Chapter 61, we go back in time to watch sixteen-year-old Shallan struggle with the balance between helping her father and helping, well, everyone else.
http://www.tor.com/2015/11/19/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-61/

My assistant Adam is working on updating the Twitter post archive for November.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-november-2015/___

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2015-11-05 17:53:28 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Goodreads Choice Awards First Round + Updates

In this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards, Shadows of Self is nominated in the Fantasy category and Firefight is in the YA Fantasy & SF category. The first round of voting wraps up this weekend. Congratulations to all of the nominees!
https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-fantasy-books-2015
https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-young-adult-fantasy-books-2015

And for those of you who didn’t see the post on my Twitter and Facebook the other day, I recently participated in a podcast while on tour for Shadows of Self at The Tattered Cover in Denver. Give it a listen here.
http://authorsontourlive.com/brandon-sanderson-podcasts-shadows-of-self/

Some exciting news coming out of New York City today; Steelheart has been placed on the ninth-grade list for the NYC Department of Educations: NYC Reads 365,aim... more »

Goodreads Choice Awards First Round + Updates

In this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards, Shadows of Self is nominated in the Fantasy category and Firefight is in the YA Fantasy & SF category. The first round of voting wraps up this weekend. Congratulations to all of the nominees!
https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-fantasy-books-2015
https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-young-adult-fantasy-books-2015

And for those of you who didn’t see the post on my Twitter and Facebook the other day, I recently participated in a podcast while on tour for Shadows of Self at The Tattered Cover in Denver. Give it a listen here.
http://authorsontourlive.com/brandon-sanderson-podcasts-shadows-of-self/

Some exciting news coming out of New York City today; Steelheart has been placed on the ninth-grade list for the NYC Department of Educations: NYC Reads 365, aimed at supporting independent reading all year long. As many of you know, I was fourteen years old when a teacher reached out to me and suggested Barbara Hambly’s Dragonsbane, a book which changed my life and set me on the course I am still traversing today. So I am honored for one of my books to be part of such a great program.
http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/NYCReads365

In this week’s episode of Writing Excuses, How Do I Fix What is Broken?, we start this months discussion on “Revision” as we continue the Writing Excuses Season 10 Master Class. While many of you may be tempted by NaNoWriMo, there’s a different kind of work to be done! Delia Sherman joins us again, this time for a frank talk about the tools and techniques we use during our revisions.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/11/01/writing-excuses-10-44-how-do-i-fix-what-is-broken/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Szeth sat on top of Urithiru, feeling sorry for himself and working himself up to go find better answers. This week, in Interlude 11, Eshonai reveals more of the difference in her character after her transformation to Stormform; as expected, this is not a cheerful event.
http://www.tor.com/2015/10/22/words-of-radiance-reread-interlude-10/

My assistant Adam is working on updating the Twitter post archive for October.___

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2015-11-04 16:42:21 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

The Wheel of Time Companion and Mystic

Hey, all. I’m back from tour at long last, and am hard at work on Stormlight 3. In fact, because it’s national novel writing month, you might see me posting daily wordcounts on social media. Back in 2002, I finished the original draft of The Way of Kings over NaNoWriMo. (Finished it the Friday after Thanksgiving, I believe.) Seems thematically appropriate to me to post about it again, now that it’s November.
http://nanowrimo.org

This book won’t be ready until next year around this time, at the earliest. Fortunately, I can point you toward a few new releases that might keep you busy for a little while. The first is The Wheel of Time Companion. This is the official name and release for the encyclopedia that Harriet and Team Jordan have been working on for many years. (I believe they started compiling it way back even before the releaseof Knif... more »

The Wheel of Time Companion and Mystic

Hey, all. I’m back from tour at long last, and am hard at work on Stormlight 3. In fact, because it’s national novel writing month, you might see me posting daily wordcounts on social media. Back in 2002, I finished the original draft of The Way of Kings over NaNoWriMo. (Finished it the Friday after Thanksgiving, I believe.) Seems thematically appropriate to me to post about it again, now that it’s November.
http://nanowrimo.org

This book won’t be ready until next year around this time, at the earliest. Fortunately, I can point you toward a few new releases that might keep you busy for a little while. The first is The Wheel of Time Companion. This is the official name and release for the encyclopedia that Harriet and Team Jordan have been working on for many years. (I believe they started compiling it way back even before the release of Knife of Dreams!)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0765314614?tag=brandsande-20

They’ve put a ton of effort into this volume, and it shows. If you’ve ever wanted a comprehensive encyclopedia of the people, places, and terminology of the Wheel of Time, this is for you! And it will look very handsome on the shelf beside your other Wheel of Time books.
http://dragonmount.com

The second release is tangentially Wheel of Time-related as well. Jason Denzel, webmaster for the largest Wheel of Time fansite, has become a good friend of mine over the years. He was the first person in Wheel of Time fandom to really reach out to me when I was announced as the guy who would finish the series. (He actually found me on tour with a backpack full of Magic cards.) He was an awesome resource all through my working on the books, and we’ve remained buddies ever since.

It happens that Jason is also a storyteller. He’s done mostly independent films up to this point, but a few years back he wrote a novel called Mystic that he let me read. It’s very good—a kind of Celtic-inspired fantasy with some very intriguing worldbuilding. It’s one of those books that straddles the line between young adult and adult (much like the early volumes of the Wheel of Time, actually) and is a quick, well-paced read. Give it a look!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0765381974?tag=brandsande-20

Meanwhile, I’ll get back to work.___

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2015-10-26 20:23:35 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Shadows of Self tour ends + Updates

My tour for Shadows of Self wrapped up yesterday, and it was awesome to see so many of you! I will be posting some of the highlights from my tour over the next few weeks.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/shadows-of-self/

If you were unable to come to one of my tour stops, it’s okay—the greatest compliment you can give me is to read my books. I still have YALLFest in Charleston coming up in November, and I’ll be adding some Utah and Idaho signings around holidays in November and December. As always, if you’d like email reminders when I’m going to be near your city, tell me your metro area here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#8322

In this week’s episode of Writing Excuses, Q & A on Endings, Delia Sherman joined us aboard the Independence of the Seas to answer the following questions from theattendees a... more »

Shadows of Self tour ends + Updates

My tour for Shadows of Self wrapped up yesterday, and it was awesome to see so many of you! I will be posting some of the highlights from my tour over the next few weeks.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/shadows-of-self/

If you were unable to come to one of my tour stops, it’s okay—the greatest compliment you can give me is to read my books. I still have YALLFest in Charleston coming up in November, and I’ll be adding some Utah and Idaho signings around holidays in November and December. As always, if you’d like email reminders when I’m going to be near your city, tell me your metro area here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#8322

In this week’s episode of Writing Excuses, Q & A on Endings, Delia Sherman joined us aboard the Independence of the Seas to answer the following questions from the attendees at the Writing Excuses Workshop:
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/10/25/writing-excuses-10-43-qa-on-endings-with-delia-sherman/

• Why do more short stories than novels end on tragic notes?
• How do you keep an ending from being predictable or boring?
• How do you write a stand-alone ending with sequel potential?
• What are the best ways to avoid infodump endings?
• Are there differences between writing the first novel in a series and other novels in the series?
• How do you know which questions to leave unanswered?
• What sort of attention do you give to your last lines?

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Lift and Wyndle led us into discussions of Edgedancers, the Cognitive Realm, murder, and justice. This week, in Interlude 10, we join Szeth atop the highest tower in the world to contemplate the End of All Things—or the end of all his former assumptions, anyway.
http://www.tor.com/2015/10/22/words-of-radiance-reread-interlude-10/

My assistant Adam is working on updating the Twitter post archive for September and October.___

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2015-10-19 20:14:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

UK Tour Conitues + Updates

My tour for the release of Shadows of Self continues this week in the UK. As always, if you would like me to send you an email when I’ll be appearing near you, tell me your metro area here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup•

•       Tuesday, Oct 20: Sheffield & Newcastle
•       Wednesday, Oct 21: Edinburgh
•       Thursday, Oct 22: Leeds & Nottingham
•       Friday–Sunday, Oct 23–25: FantasyCon in Nottingham
•       Details on my events page.
        http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

It’s been a busy few weeks and we haven’t kept you up to date on the new Writing Excuses episodes. Here are last few, in case you missed them:

• What’s the Difference Between Ending and Stopping? Nalo Hopkinson joins us for this episode, which werecorded before a live audience of Out of Excus... more »

UK Tour Conitues + Updates

My tour for the release of Shadows of Self continues this week in the UK. As always, if you would like me to send you an email when I’ll be appearing near you, tell me your metro area here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup•

•       Tuesday, Oct 20: Sheffield & Newcastle
•       Wednesday, Oct 21: Edinburgh
•       Thursday, Oct 22: Leeds & Nottingham
•       Friday–Sunday, Oct 23–25: FantasyCon in Nottingham
•       Details on my events page.
        http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

It’s been a busy few weeks and we haven’t kept you up to date on the new Writing Excuses episodes. Here are last few, in case you missed them:

• What’s the Difference Between Ending and Stopping? Nalo Hopkinson joins us for this episode, which we recorded before a live audience of Out of Excuses Workshop & Retreat attendees. October’s master class episodes focus on endings, and in this first installment we talk about what an ending really is. It’s obviously the last part of the book, but the gestalt of “ending” is so much more than just “The End,” and it’s important that we understand all that before committing ourselves to being done writing it.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/10/04/writing-excuses-10-40-whats-the-difference-between-ending-and-stopping/

• Your Character’s Moral Pendulum: Brad Beaulieu and Jaym Gates join us from the GenCon Indy Writing Symposium to talk about good versus evil, and how your character might swing between the two. And it’s all about that swing. Moral grey areas are more interesting if we move through them. We talk about how we swing the pendulum, what difficulties we encounter, and what sorts of things we want to have happen to our reader when it moves.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/10/11/writing-excuses-10-41-your-characters-moral-pendulum/

• How In The World Do I Tie All This Together? We are joined again by Nalo Hopkinson, at sea, for our second Master Class installment on endings. We cover some of the reasons why an ending might not be working, and then talk about the sorts of diagnoses that will help you solve the problem. You’ll likely need to dig deep in your toolbox. Our episodes covering the MICE quotient, promises made to the readers, and the Hollywood formula may be worth reviewing in this process.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/10/18/writing-excuses-10-42-how-in-the-world-do-i-tie-all-this-together/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, everyone threw temper tantrums and Kaladin landed in prison. This week, in Interlude 9, we jaunt across the continent to Azir’s capital, where we’ll meet with an unexpected style of proto-Radiant.http://www.tor.com/2015/10/15/words-of-radiance-reread-interlude-9/___

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2015-10-15 18:25:22 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 69 +1s)Open 

Shadows of Self and the Mistborn Mega-Series

Shadows of Self is out today in hardcover in the UK, and I’m touring the UK this week and next. I talked in a previous postabout the book release, and will point you toward that one if you’ve not read much of the Mistborn series. (Or if you’re not interested in the writing side of why I make the decisions I do.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/shadows-of-self
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

However, for those who want to dig deeper into what’s going on here, I wanted to talk about the Mistborn series as a whole. As I was developing the Cosmere, I knew I wanted a few threads to span the entire mega-sequence, which was going to cover thousands of years. For this reason, I built into the outline a couple of “core” series.

One of these is the Stormlight Archive, where we have the Heraldswho span ag... more »

Shadows of Self and the Mistborn Mega-Series

Shadows of Self is out today in hardcover in the UK, and I’m touring the UK this week and next. I talked in a previous postabout the book release, and will point you toward that one if you’ve not read much of the Mistborn series. (Or if you’re not interested in the writing side of why I make the decisions I do.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/shadows-of-self
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

However, for those who want to dig deeper into what’s going on here, I wanted to talk about the Mistborn series as a whole. As I was developing the Cosmere, I knew I wanted a few threads to span the entire mega-sequence, which was going to cover thousands of years. For this reason, I built into the outline a couple of “core” series.

One of these is the Stormlight Archive, where we have the Heralds who span ages, and which I eventually decided to break into two distinct arcs. Other series touch on the idea of long-standing characters. Dragonsteel, for example, will be kind of a bookend series. We’ll get novels on Hoid’s origins, then jump all the way to the end and get novels from his viewpoint late in the entire Cosmere sequence.

http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-stormlight-archive/
With Mistborn, I wanted to do something different. For aesthetic reasons, I wanted a fantasy world that changed, that grew updated and modernized. One of my personal mandates as a lover of the epic fantasy genre is to try to take what has been done before and push the stories in directions I think the genre hasn’t looked at often enough.

I pitched Mistorn as a series of trilogies, which many of you probably already know. Each series was to cover a different era in the world (Scadrial), and each was to be about different characters—starting with an epic fantasy trilogy, expanding eventually into a space opera science fiction series. The magic would be the common thread here, rather than specific characters.

There was a greater purpose to this, more than just wanting a fantasy world that modernized. The point was to actually show the passage of time in the universe, and to make you, the reader, feel the weight of that passage.
Some of the Cosmere characters, like Hoid, are functionally immortal—in that, at least, they don’t age and are rather difficult to kill. I felt that when readers approached a grand epic where none of the characters changed, the experience would be lacking something. I could tell you things were changing, but if there were always the same characters, it wouldn’t feel like the universe was aging.

I think you get this problem already in some big epic series. (More on that below.) Here, I wanted the Cosmere to evoke a sense of moving through eras. There will be some continuing threads. (A few characters from Mistborn will be weaved through the entire thing.) However, to make this all work, I decided I needed to do something daring—I needed to reboot the Mistborn world periodically with new characters and new settings.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-final-empire

As a warning to writers out there, this is usually considered a publishing faux pas. Readers like continuing characters, and creating breaks as I have done (and will continue to do) often undermines sales. Readers naturally feel a momentum in finishing a series, and if you give them a break point—with everything wrapped up—the push to get out the door and read the next book isn’t there.

However, while that’s the rule of thumb in publishing, I worry it has led to poor artistic decisions in some series. When series get very long, a weird thing seems to happen in reader brains. While they want to read about their familiar characters, they’ve sometimes started to feel annoyed by them—and are really just reading to find out what happens to them in the end.

While we love continuing characters, we also seem to get fatigued with them. (Unless the author does some clever things, like how Jim Butcher has handled Dresden.)
The Mistborn reboots are one method I’m using to combat this. Reader reactions, through both reviews and sales of my first reboot, have so far been positive—but I know my publisher is very concerned about this strategy.
I’m confident nonetheless that it is best for the long-term health of Mistborn.

So how does Shadows of Self fit into this entire framework? Well, The Alloy of Law was (kind of) an accident. It wasn’t planned to be part of the original sequence of Mistborn sub-series, but it’s also an excellent example of why you shouldn’t feel too married to an outline.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-alloy-of-law

As I was working on Stormlight, I realized that it was going to be a long time (perhaps ten years) between The Hero of Ages and my ability to get back to the Mistborn world to do the first of the “second” series. I sat down to write a short story as a means of offering a stop-gap, but was disappointed with it.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-hero-of-ages

That’s when I took a step back and asked myself how I really wanted to approach all of this. What I decided upon was that I wanted a new Mistborn series that acted as a counterpoint to Stormlight. Something for Mistborn fans that pulled out some of the core concepts of the series (Allomantic action, heist stories) and mashed them with another genre—as opposed to epic fantasy—to produce something that would be faster-paced than Stormlight, and also tighter in focus.
That way, I could alternate big epics and tight, action character stories. I could keep Mistborn alive in people’s minds while I labored on Stormlight.

The Alloy of Law was the result, an experiment in a second-era Mistborn series between the first two planned trilogies. The first book wasn’t truly accidental, then, nor did it come from a short story. (I’ve seen both reported, and have tacitly perpetuated the idea, as it’s easier than explaining the entire process.) I chose early 20th century because it’s a time period I find fascinating, and was intrigued by the idea of the little-city lawman pulled into big-city politics.

Alloy wasn’t an accident, but it was an experiment. I wasn’t certain how readers would respond to not only a soft reboot like this, but also one that changed tone (from epic to focused). Was it too much?

The results have been fantastic, I’m happy to report. The Alloy of Law is consistently the bestselling book in my backlists, barring the original trilogy or Stormlight books. Fan reaction in person was enthusiastic.

So I sat down and plotted a proper trilogy with Wax and Wayne. That trilogy starts withShadows of Self. It connects to The Alloy of Law directly, but is more intentional in where it is taking the characters, pointed toward a three-book arc. (The Bands of Mourning, the second of the arc, comes out in January. The final book of the arc hasn’t been written yet; I’ll dig into that after Stormlight 3 is done.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning

You can see why this is sometimes hard to explain. What is Shadows of Self? It’s the start of a trilogy within a series that comes after a one-off with the same characters that was in turn a sequel to an original trilogy with different characters.
But I promise that it is awesome.

Hopefully this digging into my own writing psychology has been useful (or at least interesting) for you readers and writers out there. As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy Shadows of Self!___

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2015-10-09 19:26:25 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 90 +1s)Open 

I'm on TV!
http://brandonsanderson.com/im-on-tv/

[Note, I’m still on tour for Shadows of Self. If you’ve somehow missed the fact that I have a new book out, then read these blog posts, and come see me on tour! Events are listed here.]
http://brandonsanderson.com/tag/shadows-of-self/
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/

Last year, we got a very intriguing offer. A production company in Minneapolis was filming a series on mythology for the History Channel, and they wanted to know if I’d be interested in appearing as a guest.

AliensMy initial inclination was to turn down the request, as my time these days is at a premium. Also, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be on a program reminiscent of the one done with the “aliens” guy.
http://unanything.wikia.com/wiki/File:Aliens.jpg

However, talking to my agent, I decided to just rollwith it. It... more »

I'm on TV!
http://brandonsanderson.com/im-on-tv/

[Note, I’m still on tour for Shadows of Self. If you’ve somehow missed the fact that I have a new book out, then read these blog posts, and come see me on tour! Events are listed here.]
http://brandonsanderson.com/tag/shadows-of-self/
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/

Last year, we got a very intriguing offer. A production company in Minneapolis was filming a series on mythology for the History Channel, and they wanted to know if I’d be interested in appearing as a guest.

AliensMy initial inclination was to turn down the request, as my time these days is at a premium. Also, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be on a program reminiscent of the one done with the “aliens” guy.
http://unanything.wikia.com/wiki/File:Aliens.jpg

However, talking to my agent, I decided to just roll with it. It was a fun opportunity, and most importantly, they were contacting us in relation to my professor’s hat—they wanted an expert on mythology, storytelling, and what makes human beings intrigued by certain types of stories.

Now, I’d been on the small screen before. Including that fateful moment where I appeared on a local news channel in front of a bunch of stormtroopers, beside the actress who plated the evil Kryptonian woman from Superman 2 back in the day. Ah, the places my life has taken me…

Well, I’m pleased to say that despite my reservations, the experience of filming for this series (titled True Monsters now, instead of True Myths as in the original pitch to me) was excellent. Though the series pitch was about whether or not these mythological monsters are real (hint: they’re not), the questions directed at me were exclusively within my particular wheelhouse. We talked about why people want to believe in myths, why they tell stories, and why we consider some myths real (like my own religious faith) while we disregard others.

It was actually a very fun shoot, with me getting to be very professorial and talk about things I love and am passionate about. Now, upon writing this, I can’t say how it turned out. I haven’t seen a cut, and who knows how they spliced me in—or if they even ended up using me at all! However, I did find out that a certain Patrick Rothfuss was also interviewed, so it should be a fun program to watch either way.

Perhaps this thing will come together in a way that makes it seem like I’m telling you all that bigfoot is real. (And, in so doing, help prove the complaint that sensationalism is infecting our educational programming.)

However, my experiences with the producers are making me lean the other direction. I’m anticipating a fun program, which might toy with the real-world explanations of why certain myths started, then dig into what makes human beings so fond of telling stories to one another.

And if not, well, let me just get this out of the way: (See picture below)


True Monsters will be airing on the History Channel on October 9 (that’s today) at 10/9c.___

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2015-10-06 19:11:05 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

Shadows of Self is out!

The newest Mistborn book, Shadows of Self, is out. (In hardcover, ebook, and audio in the US and Canada; in the UK the ebook and audiobook come out on Thursday the 8th, but the hardcover there comes out on the 15th to coincide with my UK visit starting the next day.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/shadows-of-self

My job here is to convince you to want to read it in a few hundred words or less, which is a weird job. I remember reading a Robert Jordan interview back in the day where someone asked him to summarize what his book was about, and he replied something along the lines of, “I wrote it at the length I did because that’s how long it took to tell that story properly. So read it, and you’ll find out what it’s about.”

Wise words from Mr. Jordan, though the realities of us all having too much to fill our time means that Ishould ta... more »

Shadows of Self is out!

The newest Mistborn book, Shadows of Self, is out. (In hardcover, ebook, and audio in the US and Canada; in the UK the ebook and audiobook come out on Thursday the 8th, but the hardcover there comes out on the 15th to coincide with my UK visit starting the next day.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/shadows-of-self

My job here is to convince you to want to read it in a few hundred words or less, which is a weird job. I remember reading a Robert Jordan interview back in the day where someone asked him to summarize what his book was about, and he replied something along the lines of, “I wrote it at the length I did because that’s how long it took to tell that story properly. So read it, and you’ll find out what it’s about.”

Wise words from Mr. Jordan, though the realities of us all having too much to fill our time means that I should take a stab at helping you understand this book in a short few words. So here goes.

It is awesome.

Too short? All right, well, Shadows of Self is the continuing adventures of two Allomancers from the Roughs who get sucked into big-city politics and crimes. It’s like if Clint Eastwood had magical gunslinging powers, and starred in a 1910s New York City version of CSI—along with his sidekick, Simon Pegg playing a barely-reformed, lecherous pickpocket with the ability to freeze time. Including cameos from the original Mistborn trilogy sprinkled throughout.

I do suggest you start with The Alloy of Law, the first book of this new sequence—as it is intended as a new entry point to the Mistborn world. (If you read that already, there are preview chapters of the new book here.) But I feel you’ll love these books—there are a striking number of readers who prefer the new era Mistborn books, which is shocking to me but also very flattering.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-alloy-of-law
http://www.tor.com/2015/06/29/excerpt-brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-prologue/

Either way, they’re intended to be fun, fast-paced, and interesting to act as a balance to Stormlight, which is long, epic, and requires a lot of mental energy to keep track of the large cast. I plan to do shorter books like this with Mistborn until I get to a break point in Stormlight, then move to a new Mistborn era and do some longer books, before jumping back to Stormlight. That way, I’m never asking you to read two series with large casts and a lot to keep track of.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-stormlight-archive/

That doesn’t mean the books aren’t deep. But these are more tightly focused on a handful of characters, with plots more personal to them, rather than dealing with sweeping conflicts affecting entire continents.

So go check it out! I really hope you’ll enjoy it, and come see me on my tour in both the United States and the United Kingdom! Dates are found here, linked in my events section. Note that everyone coming to the Denver signing today at 6:00 will get a numbered copy of the book!
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

Come back later in the week when I dig a little further into why I created the Mistborn series the way I did, and how this new sequence fits into the larger puzzle.

Brandon___

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2015-10-05 18:01:31 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Elantris Tenth Anniversary Edition

Huzzah! Shadows of Self (Mistborn five, the second in the Wax and Wayne era of books) is out tomorrow!

I’ll have a blog post about that, and my tour, tomorrow. Though if you’re curious, the dates are on the events page of my website. Also, if you live in Utah, please consider coming to the midnight release tonight! You’ll get a numbered edition if you come here—though first you might want to call the store and ask if they’re already sold out. There will also be numbered books at the signing in Denver on release day.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

Today, I want to take some time to talk to you not about a new book, but an old one. The oldest of mine that has been published, as a matter of fact. Elantris is getting a tenth anniversary edition. We’ve been working very hard on getting this ready for you, and it islaunching i... more »

Elantris Tenth Anniversary Edition

Huzzah! Shadows of Self (Mistborn five, the second in the Wax and Wayne era of books) is out tomorrow!

I’ll have a blog post about that, and my tour, tomorrow. Though if you’re curious, the dates are on the events page of my website. Also, if you live in Utah, please consider coming to the midnight release tonight! You’ll get a numbered edition if you come here—though first you might want to call the store and ask if they’re already sold out. There will also be numbered books at the signing in Denver on release day.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

Today, I want to take some time to talk to you not about a new book, but an old one. The oldest of mine that has been published, as a matter of fact. Elantris is getting a tenth anniversary edition. We’ve been working very hard on getting this ready for you, and it is launching in stores tomorrow alongside the new Mistborn novel. I’ll talk about this at the bottom of the post; and be warned, there’s a special announcement there as well.

Releasing this can’t help but make me reminisce. This past spring marked the tenth anniversary of Elantris’s release. That makes ten years of Sanderson novels.

It seems like such a short time, and such a vast time all at once. In ten years, Robert Jordan released nine books of the Wheel of Time. About ten years came between the release of Anne McCaffrey’s initial Pern novel and the sixth. When I first picked up fantasy novels in ’89, David Eddings—who then seemed like the dominant writer of the genre—had only been publishing fantasy novels for about seven years.

I feel nowhere near as well established as these authors were when I started reading. Looking back at ten years, and making this kind of comparison, causes my head to spin and the universe to settle in strange ways around me—like I just stepped out of some strange portal in spacetime.

Those first few years feel so distant. Signings where nobody showed up to see me. This wasn’t unexpected; nobody knew who I was. I would make the bookstore move my signing table to the front of the store, near the doors, and I’d stand there like a free sample salesman at Costco, trying to get people to taste a sip of Sanderson novels.

Those were the days of driving my ancient car to signings, managing tours on a shoestring budget, often traveling with other authors to share expenses. I’m oddly fond of those days, even as I contemplate a tour starting next week that will be filled with first-class flights, handlers and publicists at every step, and sleek black cars with men in suits to drive me about. I was far less busy back in those early days, and could write without distractions or worries about deadlines.

I’m incredibly grateful for where I am now, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’m able able to do awesome things, like the Cosmere or the Elantris special edition. At the same time, there was something unique about those early years, when the eyes weren’t on me as they are now. It’s a lot harder for the magician to pull tricks when the audience is watching him so keenly.

Either way, it is with pride that I get to officially introduce you to the Elantris Tenth Anniversary Edition. This book will be released in three print formats, including trade paperback and hardcover, starting tomorrow. The changes are pervasive, but minor, and I’ll list them below. First off, some questions I’m anticipating.

• This is now the canon version of the book, which doesn’t matter much for continuity—it just means that we’ll be (slowly) updating all formats across all countries to match this text. The mass market paperback will transform to this edition in a year or so.

• For now, this is only a North American release, though I believe the text should make its way to the UK edition fairly soon, starting with the ebook. (Not sure on the bonus material.) Some non-English-speaking countries are also planning to do tenth anniversary editions, and we’ll try to keep you up to date on them.

• The ebook will update to this text, and if you’ve purchased Elantris in ebook you will get the tenth anniversary edition for free. On some ebook platforms like iBooks the update should happen automatically, and on other platforms like Kindle you have to email customer support and ask them to update your file. If—for some reason—you want to preserve the old text, you might want to make a backup of the file. (Tor books are DRM-free, so you should be able to do this.)

• The audiobook is a tougher nut to crack, since the publisher has to re-record the new edition. It’s going to be harder to give it away for free to people who have bought the old one, because of expenses incurred. We’ll see what we can do, but as of right now, I think they’re planning to release it as a separate edition.

As for the changes, we went through the book with a fine-tooth comb, and gave it a copyedit more along the lines of what we do these days, fixing many small grammatical and continuity errors. There are no substantive changes, however, unless you count things like moving a building from one side of the city to the other in order to make distances and scale work for the visuals.

Also included is a foreword by Dan Wells and a much expanded appendix, including the Mad Prince sequence of deleted scenes. The art has been reworked by Isaac Stewart, who updated the Aon symbols and the maps in the front, better matching my vision for how the landscape ties into the novel. And there is one brand-new scene somewhere you might not be expecting to find one.

That, however, isn’t the special announcement. I mentioned three print formats. Well, for a while people have been asking if I’m going to do leatherbound editions of my books, like has been done with the Wheel of Time. We decided to jump in with this book, and my team has created a beautiful leatherbound edition to publish with Tor’s support.

This edition will have all the text, a leatherbound exterior, and a multi-page full art section including my favorite covers and art for the series from across the world. Additionally, all the interiors are printed in two colors, blue and black, with the Aons and accent text in blue. And the pages are smyth sewn instead of glued like most books on the market today. We’re anticipating this book selling for around $100–$125, as I personally felt that some leatherbound editions of books have been too pricey. It will be released this November, if the printing goes according to plan, and while it won’t be a limited release (we will reprint if needed) I will do a hand-signed and numbered sub-edition like I do with all newly released books.

You’ll be able to get copies of this book at my online store or at select bookstores I frequent on tour. It won’t likely be available at your local Barnes & Noble or on Amazon, though the regular tenth anniversary edition should be at both—and I hope you check the edition when it comes out tomorrow at your local bookstore! (I just wanted to make you aware that a leatherbound is coming, in case you’re interested in that instead. There will be a full announcement for that in November.)

Either way, I leave you with my deepest thanks. My life is a whole lot more chaotic now than it was ten years ago, and that is because of your enthusiasm and support. I’m having a blast with this, loving every minute. Thank you for ten incredible, mind-blowing years. I can’t wait to show you what’s coming for both the Cosmere and other Sanderson realms in the next ten.

Brandon Sanderson
10/5/2015___

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2015-09-28 20:28:27 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Shadows of Self Chapter Six Preview + Updates

Tor.com has put up chapter 6 of Shadows of Self. This newest Mistborn book, the sequel to The Alloy of Law, comes out in print, ebook, and audio next week. (Though in the UK, as we recently learned, the official print release date is October 15th, even though the UK ebook and audio release date is October 8th. It’s confusing, I know.)
http://www.tor.com/2015/09/28/excerpts-brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-chapter-six/

This week’s new Writing Excuses episode is a Q&A on Plot Twists where we are joined by Kevin J. Anderson at Sasquan/WorldCon 73 to take questions about plot twists. Here are the questions that came in from our live audience:

- Genre Twists: good, bad, or ugly?
- Can you compare and contrast a good plot twist with a bad one?
- What is the biggest mistake professional authors make withreg... more »

Shadows of Self Chapter Six Preview + Updates

Tor.com has put up chapter 6 of Shadows of Self. This newest Mistborn book, the sequel to The Alloy of Law, comes out in print, ebook, and audio next week. (Though in the UK, as we recently learned, the official print release date is October 15th, even though the UK ebook and audio release date is October 8th. It’s confusing, I know.)
http://www.tor.com/2015/09/28/excerpts-brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-chapter-six/

This week’s new Writing Excuses episode is a Q&A on Plot Twists where we are joined by Kevin J. Anderson at Sasquan/WorldCon 73 to take questions about plot twists. Here are the questions that came in from our live audience:

- Genre Twists: good, bad, or ugly?
- Can you compare and contrast a good plot twist with a bad one?
- What is the biggest mistake professional authors make with regarding plot twists?
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/09/27/writing-excuses-10-39-qa-on-plot-twists-with-kevin-j-anderson/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, a date went in various unexpected directions. This week, in Chapter 56, Adolin goes forth to fight a duel that was supposed to be spectacular, but turns out to be a very different spectacle than he’d planned.
http://www.tor.com/2015/09/24/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-56/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for September.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-september-2015/___

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2015-09-21 19:33:11 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Signed copies of Shadows of Self + Updates

As I mentioned last week, the midnight release at the BYU Store for the next Mistborn book, Shadows of Self, is using a digital line. If you plan to come to the midnight release, sign up for a line number now at this link. 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10jZIK519MoldRt5x2TmIxm6mMXbAe10txyoslUr1JI0/viewform?c=0&w=1

Last Thursday I went up to Weller Book Works to sign 750 copies of Shadows of Self. They have a few books left, and Weller can ship one to you worldwide, targeting arrival on October 6th. See ordering details below. I will also be doing quite a few other US and UK signings in October; see my events page for details.
https://www.facebook.com/WellerBookWorks/posts/909575552446675
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, How Does Context Shape Dialog?,... more »

Signed copies of Shadows of Self + Updates

As I mentioned last week, the midnight release at the BYU Store for the next Mistborn book, Shadows of Self, is using a digital line. If you plan to come to the midnight release, sign up for a line number now at this link. 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10jZIK519MoldRt5x2TmIxm6mMXbAe10txyoslUr1JI0/viewform?c=0&w=1

Last Thursday I went up to Weller Book Works to sign 750 copies of Shadows of Self. They have a few books left, and Weller can ship one to you worldwide, targeting arrival on October 6th. See ordering details below. I will also be doing quite a few other US and UK signings in October; see my events page for details.
https://www.facebook.com/WellerBookWorks/posts/909575552446675
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, How Does Context Shape Dialog?, we continue our Master Class course on context. Specifically, the way dialog between characters may change meaning depending upon the context you create for them. This context may be the setting or genre, and it may also be the “beats” in which you describe what a person is doing while speaking. We talk about how to make this work for you, how to avoid some of the common pitfalls in writing dialog.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/09/20/writing-excuses-10-38-how-does-context-shape-dialog/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Shallan came to a sobering realization about the gentle disposition of the Ghostbloods and her preparedness to interact with the organization. This week, in Chapter 55, things lighten up as her next date with Adolin goes unexpected places, and meets unexpected people.
http://www.tor.com/2015/09/17/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-55/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for September.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-september-2015/___

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2015-09-18 18:06:25 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Sign up NOW for the Shadows of Self BYU midnight release digital line

As I said in my blog post earlier this week, we are going to be doing the signing at the October 5–6 BYU Store midnight release party for Shadows of Self a little differently from previous signings. In past years some readers have enjoyed camping out at the bookstore to get a low-numbered copy. This year, for various reasons, we’re trying something new: a digital line. Numbers 1–100 in the line will be assigned by raffle, and higher numbers will be assigned by the order you enter the digital line. For full details, see the previous post.

The signup form is now live right here at the link below. You must enter within the first 24 hours after noon (Mountain Time) on Friday, September 18, to get into the raffle for the top 100 numbers. Only one submission per person. This is a line! (Duplicates will bedelet... more »

Sign up NOW for the Shadows of Self BYU midnight release digital line

As I said in my blog post earlier this week, we are going to be doing the signing at the October 5–6 BYU Store midnight release party for Shadows of Self a little differently from previous signings. In past years some readers have enjoyed camping out at the bookstore to get a low-numbered copy. This year, for various reasons, we’re trying something new: a digital line. Numbers 1–100 in the line will be assigned by raffle, and higher numbers will be assigned by the order you enter the digital line. For full details, see the previous post.

The signup form is now live right here at the link below. You must enter within the first 24 hours after noon (Mountain Time) on Friday, September 18, to get into the raffle for the top 100 numbers. Only one submission per person. This is a line! (Duplicates will be deleted.)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10jZIK519MoldRt5x2TmIxm6mMXbAe10txyoslUr1JI0/viewform?c=0&w=1___

2015-09-15 15:28:30 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

The newest Mistborn book, Shadows of Self, comes out on October 6. I'm touring a bunch of cities in the US and UK, and you can also get signed books by mail from Weller Book Works. Plus I have details on the new line numbering system we're using for the midnight release at BYU. If you want a chance of a top-100 number and you're going to the midnight release, you need to sign up for a number this Friday.

The newest Mistborn book, Shadows of Self, comes out on October 6. I'm touring a bunch of cities in the US and UK, and you can also get signed books by mail from Weller Book Works. Plus I have details on the new line numbering system we're using for the midnight release at BYU. If you want a chance of a top-100 number and you're going to the midnight release, you need to sign up for a number this Friday.___

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2015-09-08 20:46:20 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Writing Excuses episode on plot twists + Updates

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, How Does Context Shape Plot Twists?, we talk about plot twists. This episode covers the way in which the type of plot twist is dependent on, or signaled by, the context of the story. Getting plot twists right may mean surprising the reader, but it’s just as important to have the twist surprise the character.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/09/06/writing-excuses-10-36-how-does-context-shape-plot-twists/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin and Shallan both progressed in their Surgebinding skill development, moving forward toward their respective goals, but for each of them, progress was tainted by Amaram’s greed for Shards. This week, in Chapter 52, Adolin returns to the dueling arena once again, to provide another memorable show for thespectat... more »

Writing Excuses episode on plot twists + Updates

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, How Does Context Shape Plot Twists?, we talk about plot twists. This episode covers the way in which the type of plot twist is dependent on, or signaled by, the context of the story. Getting plot twists right may mean surprising the reader, but it’s just as important to have the twist surprise the character.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/09/06/writing-excuses-10-36-how-does-context-shape-plot-twists/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin and Shallan both progressed in their Surgebinding skill development, moving forward toward their respective goals, but for each of them, progress was tainted by Amaram’s greed for Shards. This week, in Chapter 52, Adolin returns to the dueling arena once again, to provide another memorable show for the spectators.
http://www.tor.com/2015/09/03/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-53/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for August and September.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-august-2015/
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-september-2015/___

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2015-09-02 15:55:27 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

A Thousand Faces

Hey, all. I’ve just finished revisions on Calamity, and have turned the book in to my publisher. Which means the Reckoners as a series is a wrap! I’m very pleased with the result and with the beta reader reactions, and am very much looking forward to you all getting to read the book.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/calamity

It’s not out until February, however, so I thought I’d make you aware of a book (that is out right now) by an author friend of mine. Janci Patterson is a wonderful author whom some of you may know from her guest spots lecturing at my writing class when I’m away on tour. She’s one of the best writers I know. Her stories are frantic, fun, and thoughtful all at once.

Her newest book, A Thousand Faces, is a teen thriller about a shapeshifter who, with her family, gets hired to do jobs—mostly corporateespionage. I ... more »

A Thousand Faces

Hey, all. I’ve just finished revisions on Calamity, and have turned the book in to my publisher. Which means the Reckoners as a series is a wrap! I’m very pleased with the result and with the beta reader reactions, and am very much looking forward to you all getting to read the book.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/calamity

It’s not out until February, however, so I thought I’d make you aware of a book (that is out right now) by an author friend of mine. Janci Patterson is a wonderful author whom some of you may know from her guest spots lecturing at my writing class when I’m away on tour. She’s one of the best writers I know. Her stories are frantic, fun, and thoughtful all at once.

Her newest book, A Thousand Faces, is a teen thriller about a shapeshifter who, with her family, gets hired to do jobs—mostly corporate espionage. I read it about a year ago, when it was in an early draft, and fell in love with it. Janci has this way of writing teen characters that avoids the stereotypes of the genre. When there are romances, they are messy and authentic. The characters stick with me, get into my head, and I find myself thinking about them even months later. And Janci’s plotting is top-notch.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0149KI2QK/?tag=brandsande-20

She’s self-publishing this one, after beating her head against New York publishing for a number of years, but the book is as professional as anything I’ve read from a major publisher. If you’re interested in thrillers, teen novels, or just like supporting independent writers of quality and merit, I suggest you take a look at this book. (And Janci’s other works.)

My next project is the revision of The Bands of Mourning, Mistborn #6. (Which is coming out in January.) Don’t forget my upcoming tour for Mistborn #5 in October, where at every stop I’ll be doing a reading from the new Stormlight book.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/the-bands-of-mourning/
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

As always, thanks for reading.___

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2015-08-31 22:07:44 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Sale price for Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell ending + Updates

My Cosmere novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell has been on sale on Kindle in the US, and a few other vendors, during August. The 99¢ price is ending soon, so take a look if you haven't already.
http://brandonsanderson.com/shadows-for-silence-in-the-forests-of-hell/

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Breaking In, with Charlie N. Holmberg, Charlie, whose debut novel The Paper Magician was released by Amazon’s 47 North imprint just one year ago, joined us in front of a live audience at the World Science Fiction Convention to talk about breaking in to the industry today.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/08/30/writing-excuses-10-35-breaking-in-with-charlie-n-holmberg/
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HVF7OL0?tag=brandsande-20

Last week, in Tor.com’scont... more »

Sale price for Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell ending + Updates

My Cosmere novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell has been on sale on Kindle in the US, and a few other vendors, during August. The 99¢ price is ending soon, so take a look if you haven't already.
http://brandonsanderson.com/shadows-for-silence-in-the-forests-of-hell/

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, Breaking In, with Charlie N. Holmberg, Charlie, whose debut novel The Paper Magician was released by Amazon’s 47 North imprint just one year ago, joined us in front of a live audience at the World Science Fiction Convention to talk about breaking in to the industry today.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/08/30/writing-excuses-10-35-breaking-in-with-charlie-n-holmberg/
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HVF7OL0?tag=brandsande-20

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Adolin takes over another of Dalinar’s roles as he goes out to meet with Eshonai about the Parshendi proposal. This week, in Chapter 52, Shallan and Kaladin each improve their skills as they take steps toward their intermediate goals.
http://www.tor.com/2015/08/27/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-52/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for August.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-august-2015/___

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2015-08-26 17:27:10 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Time Change in Denver

Hey, all! I need to make you aware of a time change to one of my events on the upcoming Shadows of Self tour. Soon after announcing the schedule, I had a reader mention to me that they were sad to have to choose between me and Jim Butcher, who was apparently going to be signing in Denver the same day. (And not too far from my own event.)

The reader wasn’t complaining to get me to change; they were simply lamenting their wealth of options, so to speak. However, I still felt bad. Jim had his event scheduled first, and we (unwittingly) then dropped something down by way of competition. I’m a big fan of Jim’s writing, and I think what we did was unfair to the many readers who enjoy books from us both. Though the realities of publishing mean we won’t always be able to do something about conflicts like this, I was able to persuade the publisher and bookstore toallow m... more »

Time Change in Denver

Hey, all! I need to make you aware of a time change to one of my events on the upcoming Shadows of Self tour. Soon after announcing the schedule, I had a reader mention to me that they were sad to have to choose between me and Jim Butcher, who was apparently going to be signing in Denver the same day. (And not too far from my own event.)

The reader wasn’t complaining to get me to change; they were simply lamenting their wealth of options, so to speak. However, I still felt bad. Jim had his event scheduled first, and we (unwittingly) then dropped something down by way of competition. I’m a big fan of Jim’s writing, and I think what we did was unfair to the many readers who enjoy books from us both. Though the realities of publishing mean we won’t always be able to do something about conflicts like this, I was able to persuade the publisher and bookstore to allow me to move the time of my signing.

So, my signing in Denver (which was scheduled for 7:00 on the 6th of October) has been moved to 6:00 p.m. on the same day. I will try to arrive a half hour early (at 5:30) and quickly sign the books of those who were planning to attend both signings. I’ll do my presentation/reading from 6:00 to 6:45, giving enough time (hopefully) for those who want to attend both signings to slip out and still get to Jim’s reading.

Thanks! And sorry if this inconveniences anyone. I will still be at my signing past 7:00, so if you can’t make it until then, I will sign your books. (Most of my signings go three or four hours, depending on the location and the day, so it’s a safe bet I’ll be at the bookstore until 9:00. But no promises, so if you’re going to be very late, please call the bookstore and get an update on how late I’ll be staying.)

Best,

Brandon

p.s. You should all go read Jim’s new book, The Aeronaut’s Windlass.___

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2015-08-25 18:44:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Writing Excuses Q&A on Pacing + Updates

The previous Writing Excuses episode on pacing covered the sense of progress. In this week’s episode, Q & A on Pacing, we wrap up this month’s discussion of pacing. Here are the questions we received from Twitter for answering during the episode: http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/08/23/writing-excuses-10-44-qa-on-pacing/

– What are some early indications of a pacing problem?
– How do you chart pacing so that it remains even?
– Can you control pacing using scene/sequel format?
– How do you handle character progression during travel without making it choppy?
– It feels like new authors are required to deliver breakneck pacing. Is this true?

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Adolin is repeatedly disturbed by people and events which are beyond his power toaffect; it’s a ... more »

Writing Excuses Q&A on Pacing + Updates

The previous Writing Excuses episode on pacing covered the sense of progress. In this week’s episode, Q & A on Pacing, we wrap up this month’s discussion of pacing. Here are the questions we received from Twitter for answering during the episode: http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/08/23/writing-excuses-10-44-qa-on-pacing/

– What are some early indications of a pacing problem?
– How do you chart pacing so that it remains even?
– Can you control pacing using scene/sequel format?
– How do you handle character progression during travel without making it choppy?
– It feels like new authors are required to deliver breakneck pacing. Is this true?

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Adolin is repeatedly disturbed by people and events which are beyond his power to affect; it’s a rough evening for our boy. This week, in Chapter 49, he takes over another of Dalinar’s roles as he goes out to meet with Eshonai about the Parshendi proposal.
http://www.tor.com/2015/08/20/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-51/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for August.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-august-2015/___

2015-08-19 23:56:55 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

99¢ ebook, Spokane Worldcon Schedule + Updates

My Cosmere novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is on sale at 99¢ in the US on Kindle and a few other ebook vendors, for the rest of August. (And several people have been asking about audiobooks for this and for Perfect State. Those aren’t available yet, but they are in the works.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/shadows-for-silence-in-the-forests-of-hell/

I will be leaving for Worldcon in Spokane in a couple of hours, and I hope to see many of you there this weekend. You can see my full schedule at the bottom of this post, or in case some things need updating, you can find the full details on the Upcoming Events page on my website. I will also bring this year’s con exclusive hardcover, which is the Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell/Perfect State double.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/... more »

99¢ ebook, Spokane Worldcon Schedule + Updates

My Cosmere novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is on sale at 99¢ in the US on Kindle and a few other ebook vendors, for the rest of August. (And several people have been asking about audiobooks for this and for Perfect State. Those aren’t available yet, but they are in the works.)
http://brandonsanderson.com/shadows-for-silence-in-the-forests-of-hell/

I will be leaving for Worldcon in Spokane in a couple of hours, and I hope to see many of you there this weekend. You can see my full schedule at the bottom of this post, or in case some things need updating, you can find the full details on the Upcoming Events page on my website. I will also bring this year’s con exclusive hardcover, which is the Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell/Perfect State double.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/

I sent some signed copies of the new hardcover printings of Legion and Legion: Skin Deep to the Mississippi Book Festival which is this Saturday, August 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can find the books at the Basement Books booth. You can also find them on my store.
http://msbookfestival.com/
http://store.brandonsanderson.com/signed-books/

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Combat, with Marie Brennan, we discuss writing combat. Marie Brennan has studied fencing, combat choreography, and is this close to having a black bet in Shotokan Karate, and we are lucky enough to have her sit down and share her invaluable perspective with all of us. She’s also written the book Writing Fight Scenes, so she knows how to talk about this stuff.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/08/16/writing-excuses-10-33-combat-with-marie-brennan/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for August.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-august-2015/

Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention
Thursday 14:00–14:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)
Reading
Brandon Sanderson

Thursday 17:00–17:45, 401C (CC)
31 Flavors of Fantasy Devoured by Kids and Teens
Fantasy has become a catch all category for all of the subgenres featuring “fantastic” elements from action adventure to urban and epic fantasy, romantic fantasy, and more! How many subgeneres are out there and what elements help to define them? Does the reader’s age affect the growth or definition of a subgenre? Join our panel of young adult and middle grade authors for a lively discussion that gives you a little taste of each subgenre as they share some of their favorite works across the fantastic spectrum that help to define the various subgenres.
James Van Pelt, Alma Alexander, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Esther Jones, Brandon Sanderson

Friday 11:00–12:15, 300C (CC)
Writing Excuses Recording
Sit in on a recording of the popular podcast Writing Excuses, with special guests selected from Worldcon attendees.
Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells and Howard Tayler

Friday 15:00–15:45, 202A-KK2 (CC)
Kaffee Klatche – Brandon Sanderson
Join a panelist and up to 9 other fans for a small discussion. Coffee and snacks available for sale on the 2nd floor.
Requires advance signup. ALL SLOTS CURRENTLY FILLED.

Friday 21:00–03:00, Grand Ballroom: Salon IV (Doubletree)
SpoCon Presents: Magic the Gathering Tournament 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 for Sasquan, and he’s not just putting out the word, he’s offered us a tournament. So, come out and play in a MtG tournament with Brandon Sanderson! Did somebody say prizes? Why yes we did! Per Brandon, this will be a “Booster Draft.” Seats are limited to 15 players, and please note that there will be an additional $25 fee to participate in this event. ALL SLOTS CURRENTLY FILLED.

Saturday 14:00–14:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)
Autographing
Mark J. Ferrari, Mark Oshiro, Jessica Rising, Brandon Sanderson, J. Neil Schulman

Sunday 13:00–13:45, Grand Ballroom: Salon IV (Doubletree)
SpoCon Presents: The Great Debate
Author L. E. Modesitt will moderate this Great Debate between a cast of colorful characters; and you, the audience, will determine which of our candidates will reign supreme. You can be assured that every vote will count in this hilarious battle of circumlocution and doublespeak, so join us as our candidates dazzle you with their political impotence and stupefy you with feats of circular logic. You will laugh. You will cry. You will sit and stare in bewilderment. And, in the end, you will decide.
L. E. Modesitt Jr., Patricia Briggs, James C. Glass, Brandon Sanderson

Sunday 14:00–14:45, 300D (CC)
The Long View – Writing the Multi-volume Series
First there was the novel. Then the trilogy. But some stories go way, way beyond two or three books. Writers working on lengthy series talk about the advantages and disadvantages of world-building, history-building and character development across decades of writing and many volumes of books.
Kevin J. Anderson, Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson, Eric Flint___

2015-08-10 21:52:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Shadows of Self tour announcement + Updates

For the Shadows of Self release on October 6th, I'll be touring several cities in the US. You can see my tour stops on Tor.com, and full details (such as bookstore ticketing policies) will be posted on my events page as they come in. (And you can also see on that page my UK stops as currently announced.)
http://www.tor.com/2015/08/10/brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-tour/

The previous Writing Excuses episode on pacing covered the sense of progress. This week's episode, How do I Control the Speed of the Story, talks about the passage of time. We discuss the tools we use, some of which are very mechanical (scene breaks, chapter breaks), and some of which are quite intricate and require finesse to get right.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/08/09/writing-excuses-10-32-how-do-i-control-the-speed-of-the-story/

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Shadows of Self tour announcement + Updates

For the Shadows of Self release on October 6th, I'll be touring several cities in the US. You can see my tour stops on Tor.com, and full details (such as bookstore ticketing policies) will be posted on my events page as they come in. (And you can also see on that page my UK stops as currently announced.)
http://www.tor.com/2015/08/10/brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-tour/

The previous Writing Excuses episode on pacing covered the sense of progress. This week's episode, How do I Control the Speed of the Story, talks about the passage of time. We discuss the tools we use, some of which are very mechanical (scene breaks, chapter breaks), and some of which are quite intricate and require finesse to get right.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/08/09/writing-excuses-10-32-how-do-i-control-the-speed-of-the-story/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, we got to go back in time to see a young Shallan enjoy an afternoon with the two brothers she was able to help, and redeeming the one she couldn't. This week, in Chapter 49, we get to see Shallan and Adolin go on their first real date and chat about poop.
http://www.tor.com/2015/08/06/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-49/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for August.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-august-2015/___

2015-08-03 21:56:38 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses Episode + Updates

This month the Writing Excuses Master Class divides the concept of pacing into two parts: the sense of progress within the story, and the sense of the passage of time. In this week’s episode, How Do I Control the Reader’s Sense of Progress?, we tackle that first part, and discuss how we communicate progress to the readers.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/08/02/writing-excuses-10-31-how-do-i-control-the-readers-sense-of-progress/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Shallan pored over maps and practiced her Lightweaving on the way to meet with her dazzling betrothed. This week, in Chapter 48, we jump back in time to see the effects of her Middlefest interventions . . . and the lack thereof.
http://www.tor.com/2015/07/30/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-48/

My assistant Adam has updatedthe T... more »

New Writing Excuses Episode + Updates

This month the Writing Excuses Master Class divides the concept of pacing into two parts: the sense of progress within the story, and the sense of the passage of time. In this week’s episode, How Do I Control the Reader’s Sense of Progress?, we tackle that first part, and discuss how we communicate progress to the readers.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/08/02/writing-excuses-10-31-how-do-i-control-the-readers-sense-of-progress/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Shallan pored over maps and practiced her Lightweaving on the way to meet with her dazzling betrothed. This week, in Chapter 48, we jump back in time to see the effects of her Middlefest interventions . . . and the lack thereof.
http://www.tor.com/2015/07/30/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-48/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for July.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-july-2015/___

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2015-07-30 20:28:37 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Steelheart News + Updates

Steelheart has been nominated for another regional award, the 2016 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers’ Choice Award, the oldest children’s choice award in the U.S. and Canada. It was established in 1940 by Seattle bookseller Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him or her pleasure.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/steelheart/

News organizations are reporting that Carter Blanchard (of the new Independence Day and Glimmer) has been tapped by Fox as the screenwriter for the Steelheart movie adaptation currently under development for Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps. (Shawn Levy is the director/producer of Real Steel and Night at the Museum.) You can read one story at this link:
http://deadline.com/2015/07/steelheart-carter-blanchard-fox-1201483661/

In thisweek’... more »

Steelheart News + Updates

Steelheart has been nominated for another regional award, the 2016 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers’ Choice Award, the oldest children’s choice award in the U.S. and Canada. It was established in 1940 by Seattle bookseller Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him or her pleasure.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/steelheart/

News organizations are reporting that Carter Blanchard (of the new Independence Day and Glimmer) has been tapped by Fox as the screenwriter for the Steelheart movie adaptation currently under development for Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps. (Shawn Levy is the director/producer of Real Steel and Night at the Museum.) You can read one story at this link:
http://deadline.com/2015/07/steelheart-carter-blanchard-fox-1201483661/

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Q&A on Middles, with Marie Brennan, Marie joins us again to help us field your questions about middles. Here are your questions that we collected from social media:
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/07/26/writing-excuses-10-30-qa-on-middles-with-marie-brennan/

– How do you maintain interest without having something explode every other chapter?
– In short fiction, how do you prevent try-fail cycles from bloating the story?
– How do you prevent the introduction of POVs during the middle of the story from being jarring?
– How do you keep subplots from turning into side quests?
– In longer stories, how important are “breather” chapters that ease the tension?
– Do you have methods for weaving plot and subplot threads together? Do you outline this, or keep it in your head?

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin went out for drinks with the guys and met some decidedly problematic patriots. This week, in Chapter 47, Shallan continues her researches into Urithiru and Lightweaving, with dubious help from Pattern.
http://www.tor.com/2015/07/23/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-47/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for July.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-july-2015/___

2015-07-21 19:56:40 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

Calamity cover reveal & preview chapters + Updates

As I tweeted about a couple of weeks ago, io9.com revealed the cover for Calamity. They also posted the prologue and first two chapters for you to sink your teeth into.
http://io9.com/first-look-at-the-final-chapter-in-brandon-sandersons-s-1716348338

We have some more fantastic news about Steelheart: it received another nomination for a state book award. This time it’s the Green Mountain Book Award, a readers’ choice award for students in grades 9–12 in Vermont.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/steelheart/

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Why Should My Characters Fail Spectacularly, we talk about why character failure helps make the middle of your story work and provide some tips about how to use it effectively.http:... more »

Calamity cover reveal & preview chapters + Updates

As I tweeted about a couple of weeks ago, io9.com revealed the cover for Calamity. They also posted the prologue and first two chapters for you to sink your teeth into.
http://io9.com/first-look-at-the-final-chapter-in-brandon-sandersons-s-1716348338

We have some more fantastic news about Steelheart: it received another nomination for a state book award. This time it’s the Green Mountain Book Award, a readers’ choice award for students in grades 9–12 in Vermont.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/steelheart/

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Why Should My Characters Fail Spectacularly, we talk about why character failure helps make the middle of your story work and provide some tips about how to use it effectively.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/07/19/writing-excuses-10-29-why-should-my-characters-fail-spectacularly/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, we enjoyed Middlefest with Shallan, her family, and a certain someone. This week, in Chapter 46, we return to the bridgemen, and witness some of Kaladin’s turmoil as he attempts to make sense of his duties and desires.
http://www.tor.com/2015/07/09/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-46/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for July.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-july-2015/___

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2015-07-15 18:05:37 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

Award Updates!
http://brandonsanderson.com/award-updates/

Over the last few months I’ve mentioned various awards that some of my books have been up for or won. Here’s some more news and a few award photos for you.

It’s been a particularly exciting time for Steelheart as it has been nominated (along with The Rithmatist) for the 2016 Oklahoma Sequoya Award (one of the oldest book awards in the country) as well as the 2015–2016 South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards. It has also won the 2015 Kentucky Bluegrass Award (6–8 grade category), which is a statewide student choice award, and has been named an honor book in the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers. 

Thanks to the community at reddit (/r/fantasy) who voted and selected Words of Radiance as the Best Novel of 2014 and made it so I get to hang this awesome dagger on my wall!

I posted a fewweeks back... more »

Award Updates!
http://brandonsanderson.com/award-updates/

Over the last few months I’ve mentioned various awards that some of my books have been up for or won. Here’s some more news and a few award photos for you.

It’s been a particularly exciting time for Steelheart as it has been nominated (along with The Rithmatist) for the 2016 Oklahoma Sequoya Award (one of the oldest book awards in the country) as well as the 2015–2016 South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards. It has also won the 2015 Kentucky Bluegrass Award (6–8 grade category), which is a statewide student choice award, and has been named an honor book in the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers. 

Thanks to the community at reddit (/r/fantasy) who voted and selected Words of Radiance as the Best Novel of 2014 and made it so I get to hang this awesome dagger on my wall!

I posted a few weeks back about Words of Radiance winning the 2015 Audie from the Audio Publishers Association. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading did such a phenomenal job bringing this story to life. I’m honored to have their voices lent to the Stormlight Archive.___

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2015-07-13 22:40:29 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 50 +1s)Open 

Shadows of Self Previews + Updates

In case you missed my tweets about it, Tor.com has put up a few excerpts from Shadows of Self, which will be released in October. You can read the prologue, chapter one, and chapter two here.
http://www.tor.com/2015/06/29/excerpt-brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-prologue/

At Comic-Con this past weekend, Joel Cunningham of Barnes & Noble interviewed me about this book and its sequel. Watch it here.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/brandon-sanderson-interview/

The last Writing Excuses episode in June was a Q&A on scenes and description Here are some of the questions:

– How do you “Show, don’t tell” a character’s thoughts?
– How do you describe a character’s appearance when they’re in their own POV?
– What’s the difference between scene and setting?
– How doesyour writing environm... more »

Shadows of Self Previews + Updates

In case you missed my tweets about it, Tor.com has put up a few excerpts from Shadows of Self, which will be released in October. You can read the prologue, chapter one, and chapter two here.
http://www.tor.com/2015/06/29/excerpt-brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-prologue/

At Comic-Con this past weekend, Joel Cunningham of Barnes & Noble interviewed me about this book and its sequel. Watch it here.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/brandon-sanderson-interview/

The last Writing Excuses episode in June was a Q&A on scenes and description Here are some of the questions:

– How do you “Show, don’t tell” a character’s thoughts?
– How do you describe a character’s appearance when they’re in their own POV?
– What’s the difference between scene and setting?
– How does your writing environment affect the scene you’re writing?
– Can an evocative fantasy setting be described effectively in a short story?

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/28/writing-excuses-10-26-qa-on-scenes-and-description/

In chapter 44 of Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin and some of his men began Shardblade training. Chapter 45 goes back in time to a festival in Jah Keved, attended by the Davar family.
http://www.tor.com/2015/07/02/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-45/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter archive for June.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-june-2015/___

2015-07-10 16:40:34 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

My Comic-Con Schedule This Weekend

I’m at Comic-Con today and tomorrow doing a couple of signings and panels. Hope to see a number of you there! For future events, keep an eye on my events page: http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

San Diego Comic-Con International 2015
Date: Fri, Jul 10, 2015 – Sat, Jul 11, 2015
Address: San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

Notes:
Grab a Calamity chapter sampler at the Random House booth #1515 and a Shadows of Self bookmark at the Tor booth #2707.

Schedule:

Friday, July 10th
2pm Signing with Brandon Sanderson ­ at the Tor Booth (#2707)
In-booth sales by Mysterious Galaxy

Saturday, July 11th
12–1pm Family Feud: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy, Room 7AB
Calling all Nerds! Since the dawn of time we have argued and contemplated crucialmatter... more »

My Comic-Con Schedule This Weekend

I’m at Comic-Con today and tomorrow doing a couple of signings and panels. Hope to see a number of you there! For future events, keep an eye on my events page: http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

San Diego Comic-Con International 2015
Date: Fri, Jul 10, 2015 – Sat, Jul 11, 2015
Address: San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

Notes:
Grab a Calamity chapter sampler at the Random House booth #1515 and a Shadows of Self bookmark at the Tor booth #2707.

Schedule:

Friday, July 10th
2pm Signing with Brandon Sanderson ­ at the Tor Booth (#2707)
In-booth sales by Mysterious Galaxy

Saturday, July 11th
12–1pm Family Feud: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy, Room 7AB
Calling all Nerds! Since the dawn of time we have argued and contemplated crucial matters: What’s cooler? Who would win in a fight? Who would lose? Star Trek or Star Wars? Ironman or Captain America? Now, in an open forum, join us as other diehard Nerds and geek experts prove their mettle by squaring off into furious debates about the hottest topics in geek culture.
Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive series), Patrick Rothfuss (the Kingkiller Chronicle series), Ernie Cline (Armada), Naomi Novik (Uprooted), Chuck Wending (Zer0es), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), and Austin Grossman (Crooked)

1:30–2:30pm Signing in the autographing area, Table AA09

4–5pm Epic Fantasy, Room 29AB
Learn about fantasy literature and book-to-movie adaptations from New York Times bestselling authors Heather Brewer, Jonathan Maberry, Kami Garcia, Brandon Sanderson, and Maggie Stiefvater. Moderated by Henry Herz.

5:45–6:45pm Signing in the autographing area, Table AA09___

2015-06-23 17:52:34 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

YALLFest 2015 + Updates

For those who haven’t heard, I will be a keynote speaker at YALLFest in Charleston this November along with Brandon Mull, Richelle Mead, and R.L. Stine.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#8322

Back 2010, Elbakin.net in France gave an award to the first Mistborn book. This year, The Way of Kings has been nominated for the 2015 version of the same award. Best of luck to all the nominees, and I hope my readers in France are enjoying more and more of my books as they get translated there.
http://www.elbakin.net/fantasy/news/23426-Les-nominations-du-Prix-Elbakinnet-2015

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, What Makes a Scene?, we try to answer that question. How do we, as writers, structure things using scenes? When does it begin, or end, and when has it gone on too long? We each do this a little differently, and because of thosedif... more »

YALLFest 2015 + Updates

For those who haven’t heard, I will be a keynote speaker at YALLFest in Charleston this November along with Brandon Mull, Richelle Mead, and R.L. Stine.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#8322

Back 2010, Elbakin.net in France gave an award to the first Mistborn book. This year, The Way of Kings has been nominated for the 2015 version of the same award. Best of luck to all the nominees, and I hope my readers in France are enjoying more and more of my books as they get translated there.
http://www.elbakin.net/fantasy/news/23426-Les-nominations-du-Prix-Elbakinnet-2015

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, What Makes a Scene?, we try to answer that question. How do we, as writers, structure things using scenes? When does it begin, or end, and when has it gone on too long? We each do this a little differently, and because of those differences, definitions and processes will vary widely across mediums. So we are going to talk about how we do this, making reference to Scene/Sequel format, the MICE quotient and pacing.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/21/writing-excuses-10-25-what-makes-a-scene/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Shallan attained a new level in her Lightweaving. This week, in Chapter 42, she uses her new skills to survive a meeting with the Ghostbloods.
http://www.tor.com/2015/06/18/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-43/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter archive for June.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-june-2015/___

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2015-06-16 15:45:46 (32 comments; 17 reshares; 175 +1s)Open 

New Fan Art + Updates
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-fan-art-updates/

Reader Nate Kohl sent in these awesome photos of the woodburning project he did that features Szeth with some Allomantic symbols.
http://imgur.com/gallery/SrslH/#5wGWVEf

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Hooking Young Readers, we sit down with Kily Snyder, the Media Specialist (school librarian) at Discovery Middle School in Indiana, to help answer those often asked questions about the young reader markets from someone who has their finger on the actual pulse of those readers.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/14/writing-excuses-10-24-hooking-younger-readers/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin finally initiated serious Windrunner training and tentatively accepted Renarin’s presence. This week, in Chapter 42, Shallan tackles someserio... more »

New Fan Art + Updates
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-fan-art-updates/

Reader Nate Kohl sent in these awesome photos of the woodburning project he did that features Szeth with some Allomantic symbols.
http://imgur.com/gallery/SrslH/#5wGWVEf

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Hooking Young Readers, we sit down with Kily Snyder, the Media Specialist (school librarian) at Discovery Middle School in Indiana, to help answer those often asked questions about the young reader markets from someone who has their finger on the actual pulse of those readers.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/14/writing-excuses-10-24-hooking-younger-readers/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin finally initiated serious Windrunner training and tentatively accepted Renarin’s presence. This week, in Chapter 42, Shallan tackles some serious Lightweaver training and is saved from grave error by Pattern’s…well, patterns.
http://www.tor.com/2015/06/11/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-42/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter archive for June.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-june-2015/___

2015-06-09 19:06:17 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Steelheart Awards + Updates

I have some more exciting news: the students of Kentucky have chosen Steelheart as the 2015 winner of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award in the 6–8 category. It has also been selected as an Evergreen Teen Book Award nominee for 2015–2016.
http://kba.nku.edu/
http://www.evergreenbookaward.org/2016-nominees

I was fortunate enough to sit down with Adrià Guxens at Spain’s Celsius 232 Festival a while back. Our discussion ranged from the Cosmere to my three laws of magic. You can read it here.
http://www.adriasnews.com/2015/05/brandon-sanderson-interview.html

Writers and Illustrators of the Future volume 31 was released last month (I’ll be one of the contest judges next year, for what goes into volume 32), and you can see the winners here.
http://torforgeblog.com/2015/04/30/writers-and-illustrators-of-the-future-volume-31/
... more »

Steelheart Awards + Updates

I have some more exciting news: the students of Kentucky have chosen Steelheart as the 2015 winner of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award in the 6–8 category. It has also been selected as an Evergreen Teen Book Award nominee for 2015–2016.
http://kba.nku.edu/
http://www.evergreenbookaward.org/2016-nominees

I was fortunate enough to sit down with Adrià Guxens at Spain’s Celsius 232 Festival a while back. Our discussion ranged from the Cosmere to my three laws of magic. You can read it here.
http://www.adriasnews.com/2015/05/brandon-sanderson-interview.html

Writers and Illustrators of the Future volume 31 was released last month (I’ll be one of the contest judges next year, for what goes into volume 32), and you can see the winners here.
http://torforgeblog.com/2015/04/30/writers-and-illustrators-of-the-future-volume-31/

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Can You Tell Me How to Show?, we continue following the syllabus for the Season 10 Master Class. We have all heard the “show, don’t tell” rule, so in this episode we’re going to discuss showing–how to do it well, how to do it consistently, and how to use it to accomplish things that telling just can’t get across.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/07/writing-excuses-10-23-can-you-tell-me-how-to-show/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Shallan found her new home in the warcamps. This week, in Chapter 41, Bridge Seventeen and Kaladin begin in-depth training in the chasm.
http://www.tor.com/2015/06/04/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-41/___

2015-06-02 15:59:55 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

Words of Radiance & Awards + Updates

Words of Radiance has made it past the first round of voting for the 2015 David Gemmell Legend Award and is one of five nominees on the short list. (You may remember that The Way of Kings won this award back in 2011.) The polls are open from now until July 17th, and anyone can vote. The UK cover for Words of Radiance by Sam Green is also nominated for the Ravenheart Award on the same page. Good luck to all of the nominees!
http://www.gemmellawards.com/award-voting/

The good news continues as Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were presented an Audie Award this past week for Words of Radiance. It has been a dream come true to work with these two amazing people who bring my characters to life.
http://www.theaudies.com

My publisher in Israel just informed me that both The Way of Kings and A Memory of Light have been nominated for... more »

Words of Radiance & Awards + Updates

Words of Radiance has made it past the first round of voting for the 2015 David Gemmell Legend Award and is one of five nominees on the short list. (You may remember that The Way of Kings won this award back in 2011.) The polls are open from now until July 17th, and anyone can vote. The UK cover for Words of Radiance by Sam Green is also nominated for the Ravenheart Award on the same page. Good luck to all of the nominees!
http://www.gemmellawards.com/award-voting/

The good news continues as Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were presented an Audie Award this past week for Words of Radiance. It has been a dream come true to work with these two amazing people who bring my characters to life.
http://www.theaudies.com

My publisher in Israel just informed me that both The Way of Kings and A Memory of Light have been nominated for the Geffen Award for Best Translated Fantasy Novel, given out by the Israeli Society of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Awesome!
http://geffen.sf-f.org.il/

In last week’s Writing Excuses episode, Q & A on Worldbuilding, we went to you for questions about worldbuilding and you had some really good ones:

• Has there ever been a piece of worldbuilding that you didn’t include, and regretted not including?
• How do you remain consistent?
• How do you decide between writing a secondary world fantasy, and creating an historical fantasy?
• Can you avoid cultural appropriation while still using elements inspired by other cultures?
• What’s the minimum amount of worldbuilding required?

In this week’s episode, Project-in-Depth: Of Noble Family, we discuss Mary’s latest novel, so if you haven’t read it yet be warned. This episode contains many, many spoilers. You will get more out of our discussion if you read (or listen to) the book before listening to this episode.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/05/31/writing-excuses-10-22-project-in-depth-of-noble-family/


Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, we reach back in time to Shallan’s happy childhood home on the Davar estate. This week, in Chapter 40, Alice Arneson is with Shallan as she finds her temporary home in the warcamps.
http://www.tor.com/2015/05/28/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-40/

My assistant Adam had updated the Twitter post archives for May.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-may-2015/___

2015-05-30 02:08:00 (18 comments; 7 reshares; 109 +1s)Open 

Calamity is Done!


I have finished the second draft of Calamity, the third and final book of the Reckoners trilogy. As I’ve said before, my second draft of a story is the one where I do “bug fixing.” Essentially, I read through again and tweak any problems I know the book has, trying to make it readable by my editor. I often do a polish and trim during or after this. (In this case, the book was clean enough that I did it during, doing about a 5% cut along the way to tighten the language.)

So, huzzah! The book, and the series, is a wrap. I’ll probably end up doing one to two more drafts on this book after alpha readers (my family, writing group, editor, and agent) and then beta readers (who are carefully selected by my assistant Peter) have a look at it.

But for now, my Reckoners plate has been cleared. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) someone just shoved anotherfull pl... more »

Calamity is Done!


I have finished the second draft of Calamity, the third and final book of the Reckoners trilogy. As I’ve said before, my second draft of a story is the one where I do “bug fixing.” Essentially, I read through again and tweak any problems I know the book has, trying to make it readable by my editor. I often do a polish and trim during or after this. (In this case, the book was clean enough that I did it during, doing about a 5% cut along the way to tighten the language.)

So, huzzah! The book, and the series, is a wrap. I’ll probably end up doing one to two more drafts on this book after alpha readers (my family, writing group, editor, and agent) and then beta readers (who are carefully selected by my assistant Peter) have a look at it.

But for now, my Reckoners plate has been cleared. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) someone just shoved another full plate at me: Mistborn, Shadows of Self. It’s time for the editorial and beta reader edits for that book, which is due into Tor in its (mostly) final form June 15th. So, there’s no rest for me this time around, despite wanting to someday have a chance to play Bloodborne. (Mmm...Dark Souls games...)

Anyway, as you can see from the progress bars on my website, I'm already halfway through the Mistborn revision, so I may finish ahead of schedule. June 15th or earlier, then, will mark my official start of work on Stormlight Three. I know a lot of you are waiting for this, and I’m eager to get to it. Things will go better if I get this Mistborn revision done first, however, since we’re not far away from that one actually getting released.

Thanks, as always, for your support and patience. I realize many of you would rather I just stick to one project—but time has proven to me that my writing is stronger if I keep a variety of stories moving through my brain. The books that you personally love are made stronger by me dividing my time.

Anticipated work and release dates of future books are:

• Shadows of Self (Mistborn Era Two, Book Two)
Set for October 6th and up for preorder now! Working on final revisions currently.

• The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn Era Two, Book Three)
Set for January 26th and up for preorder now! The final revision notes not yet back from the editor. Will probably be due in two or three months. (So I’ll need to take a break from Stormlight when they arrive.)

• Calamity (the final book of the Reckoners)
Spring 2016 sometime. The date isn’t set yet; we’re talking with Random House about this right now. The book just got sent in, and editorial revisions will likely be due late this summer. My goal will probably be to do them during the same break where I do Bands of Mourning revisions.

• Alcatraz vs. the Dark Talent (The Evil Librarians Book Five)
Summer 2016 sometime. Note that currently the plan is to rerelease all four of the previous books during the winter/spring with brand new art (and, at last, ebooks). Yay!

• Stormlight 3 (No official title yet, though I’ve bandied about many different ones, including Stones Unhallowed) 
Christmas 2016. My next project, starting work in June. Anticipated writing time: 8–10 months, plus interruptions for drafting other books. Follow along on the progress bar on my website.

There you go! As I’ve said before, my goal is generally to do two books a year—one large epic and one smaller teen novel. However, last year, instead of doing a large epic I did two shorter Mistborn novels. (Along with one tiny book, in Evil Librarians 5. Amusingly all three of these books added together are only around two-thirds the length of a Stormlight novel.)

Hopefully I’m not releasing too much. I don’t want you folks to get tired of me. One side effect of the way I approached last year is that I currently don’t have any novellas in the pipeline, which saddens me, as Perfect State, Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, Legion: Skin Deep, and Sixth of the Dusk have all had very good receptions over the last year. So, I’ve been wondering if—while writing Stormlight 3—it might be good for me to squeeze in a novella-length story about one of the side characters, then release it next spring as a teaser. We’ll see.

As for what I’ll do when Stormlight 3 is finished...well, that’s too far off to judge. My eyes are solidly on Stormlight at this point, and it’s going to dominate my life for the better part of a year. Once it’s done, we’ll see. My next book could be Rithmatist 2, or it could be the final Wax and Wayne book, or it could be a new teen project to follow up the Reckoners. All three are things I’ll consider doing in the break between Stormlight 3 and 4.

But man...I don’t even want to think about Book Four right now. Book Three is looming large, and it’s almost time to settle in and get to work.

For now, I hope you enjoy the Mistborn books and Calamity as they are released. Thanks again for your support!

Brandon Sanderson
May 2015___

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2015-05-21 16:06:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Today I’m off to Kansas City for the ConQuesT convention that starts on Friday. My complete schedule (including a “Play Magic with Brandon” game) down below. Also, copies of the Perfect State/Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell con exclusive double hardcover will be available at the Basement Books booth in the dealers’ hall. But first some updates.

I’ve mentioned before that my middle grade humor series that starts with Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians will be republished next year by Tor, leading up to the release of the fifth and final book that Alcatraz will write. Well, there will also be a ton of new illustrations in the book, and Isaac Stewart has written up a post for Tor.com that introduces the illustrations to you. Enjoy! http://www.tor.com/2015/05/18/check-out-the-new-look-for-brandon-sandersons-alcatraz-books/

Over the weekend, Words of Radiance was namedthe winne... more »

Today I’m off to Kansas City for the ConQuesT convention that starts on Friday. My complete schedule (including a “Play Magic with Brandon” game) down below. Also, copies of the Perfect State/Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell con exclusive double hardcover will be available at the Basement Books booth in the dealers’ hall. But first some updates.

I’ve mentioned before that my middle grade humor series that starts with Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians will be republished next year by Tor, leading up to the release of the fifth and final book that Alcatraz will write. Well, there will also be a ton of new illustrations in the book, and Isaac Stewart has written up a post for Tor.com that introduces the illustrations to you. Enjoy! http://www.tor.com/2015/05/18/check-out-the-new-look-for-brandon-sandersons-alcatraz-books/

Over the weekend, Words of Radiance was named the winner of a 2014 Whitney Award for the Speculative category. Thanks to all of the Whitney Awards academy members who found it deserving! And many congratulations to all of the winners and finalists. http://whitneyawards.com/2015/02/09/1332/

There are a couple of Writing Excuses episodes I haven’t yet talked about in the blog. The 19th episode this season talks about Intrigue. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/05/10/ What’s the difference between intrigue, suspense, and mystery? We answer this and then talk about what makes intrigue useful as a tool for any story, and how to use it without falling back on idiot character plots, or simply withholding information from the reader. Intrigue is also its own genre, with spy stories and political intrigue stories fitting into this space. We talk a bit about how those stories work and how they’re built. Next, the 20th episode is titled, How Do I Write a Story, Not an Encyclopedia? http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/05/17/ You’ve done piles of worldbuilding. How do you convey this world to reader without infodumping? We talk about the different skill levels involved, and then the techniques that you’ll be using as you get better and better at what is probably the most critical skill unique to genre fiction writers.

ConQuesT 46 http://www.conquestkc.org
Date: Fri, May 22, 2015 – Sun, May 24, 2015
Address: Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th St
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: (816) 421-6800

Friday, May 22
4:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
MidAmericaCon II
MidAmeriCon II is coming to KC in 2016. Learn more about Worldcon and the local fans helping make this happen.
Diane Lacey, Ruth Lichtwardt, George R.R. Martin, Jeff Orth, Mark Oshiro, Brandon Sanderson

5:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
World Building – Religion and Magic
We’ll discuss creating believable worlds from religion to magic systems. We’ll also look at how you make everything work together and decide what everyone needs to see and what only you need to know.
Kathleen Collins, Gera L. Dean, Brandon Sanderson, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Thomas Trumpinski

7:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, May 23
1:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
Brandon Sanderson Interview

3:00–5:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
Brandon Sanderson Book Signing

5:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
Research – How Much Do You Really Need?
Discussion of what to research, where to research, how much to research, when to quit researching. How to determine if the information is legitimate. How to use Google and other serach engines for research.
Holly Messinger, Penny Cockrell, Gera L. Dean, KD McEntire, Brandon Sanderson

7:00 p.m.–midnight, Mary Lou Williams room, 3rd floor
Magic Draft with Brandon Sanderson
This will be a Magic: The Gathering draft of the type that Brandon likes to do at conventions. The cost is $15. Limited to 16 participants. Sign up ahead of time using the signup sheet located in the main gaming area.

Sunday, May 24
12:00 p.m., Bennie Moten A/B
The Story Mind
Neurological research suggests that the human mind is hardwired for stories and that humans remember stories more easily than they remember facts. Panelists discuss this theory and what this means for sf & f tales.
M.C. Chambers, Zo Allen, Marshall Edwards, Lezli Robyn, Brandon Sanderson

5:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
Closing Ceremonies___

2015-05-05 18:28:18 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses + Updates

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Build an Entire World? Are You Crazy?, we address those of you who who start writing the story before you finish building your world. Letting the story drive the worldbuilding can often be more efficient.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/05/03/writing-excuses-10-18-build-an-entire-world-are-you-crazy/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, we saw science in action on the shattered plains. This week, in Chapter 36, Alice Arneson discusses the beginning of Shallan’s newest stage of her journey as she reaches the war camps and tries to get established there.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-36

My assistant Adam had updated the Twitter post archives for April and May.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-april-2015/htt... more »

New Writing Excuses + Updates

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Build an Entire World? Are You Crazy?, we address those of you who who start writing the story before you finish building your world. Letting the story drive the worldbuilding can often be more efficient.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/05/03/writing-excuses-10-18-build-an-entire-world-are-you-crazy/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, we saw science in action on the shattered plains. This week, in Chapter 36, Alice Arneson discusses the beginning of Shallan’s newest stage of her journey as she reaches the war camps and tries to get established there.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-36

My assistant Adam had updated the Twitter post archives for April and May.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-april-2015/
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-may-2015/___

2015-04-27 21:47:40 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses episode + Updates

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Q&A on Beginnings, we answer some of your questions on the matter. Here are some of the questions:
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/26/writing-excuses-10-17-qa-on-beginnings/

– What are there differences between the beginnings in different   forms?
– How do you begin in media res when you’re not writing action?
– What’s the biggest mistake that can be made when plotting the beginning?
– I see a lot of big-name author beginnings that aren’t all that strong. Why should I spend time making my beginning awesome?
– How do you balance the need to have something happening right away against the need to have the reader know something about the    characters?
– In creating a character, where do you start in the development process, and what do you beginrevealing first?
... more »

New Writing Excuses episode + Updates

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Q&A on Beginnings, we answer some of your questions on the matter. Here are some of the questions:
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/26/writing-excuses-10-17-qa-on-beginnings/

– What are there differences between the beginnings in different   forms?
– How do you begin in media res when you’re not writing action?
– What’s the biggest mistake that can be made when plotting the beginning?
– I see a lot of big-name author beginnings that aren’t all that strong. Why should I spend time making my beginning awesome?
– How do you balance the need to have something happening right away against the need to have the reader know something about the    characters?
– In creating a character, where do you start in the development process, and what do you begin revealing first?

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Last week, Alice Arneson watched madness blossom in two interlude chapters. This week, Carl Engle-Laird, watches science mixed with a little madness, flourish on the Shattered Plains.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-35

The Rithmatist is on sale in the UK on Kindle (and may be price-matched at other vendors) until May 4th. I have country-specific links in the tabs here. And for everyone else (including those in the UK), my novella Perfect State came out a few weeks ago, if you missed the news.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist/
http://brandonsanderson.com/perfect-state

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for April.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-april-2015/___

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