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2015-06-16 15:45:46 (27 comments, 17 reshares, 173 +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: 49

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2015-03-12 19:27:56 (16 comments, 49 reshares, 176 +1s)Open 

Goodbye, Sir Terry

I woke to the news that Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away. I knew this was coming, but—as with the passing of Robert Jordan almost eight years back—it still hit me like a slap to the face.

Many of you know of my fondness for Pratchett’s works. If you aren’t aware, here’s a piece that I wrote about him a while back. When I wrote it, I worried I strayed into hyperbole. Looking at it again, I now wonder if I didn’t say enough. Too many readers I’ve met, particularly in the States, have never given Pratchett a try.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/04/terry-pratchetts-discworld-might-be-the-highest-form-of-literature-on-the-planet

The genre, and the world, just lost something wonderful in that man. Of all the writers I’ve read, Pratchett felt the most human. There was more truth in a single one of his humble satires than in a hundred volumesof poignant dra... more »

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2015-03-12 19:27:56 (16 comments, 49 reshares, 176 +1s)Open 

Goodbye, Sir Terry

I woke to the news that Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away. I knew this was coming, but—as with the passing of Robert Jordan almost eight years back—it still hit me like a slap to the face.

Many of you know of my fondness for Pratchett’s works. If you aren’t aware, here’s a piece that I wrote about him a while back. When I wrote it, I worried I strayed into hyperbole. Looking at it again, I now wonder if I didn’t say enough. Too many readers I’ve met, particularly in the States, have never given Pratchett a try.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/04/terry-pratchetts-discworld-might-be-the-highest-form-of-literature-on-the-planet

The genre, and the world, just lost something wonderful in that man. Of all the writers I’ve read, Pratchett felt the most human. There was more truth in a single one of his humble satires than in a hundred volumesof poignant dra... more »

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2015-09-02 15:55:27 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 34 +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, 14 +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, 31 +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, 12 +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, 20 +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, 18 +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/

Last... more »

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, 37 +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 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 64 +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 (4 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 (27 comments, 17 reshares, 173 +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, 33 +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 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 47 +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, 13 +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, 20 +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, 14 +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?
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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/___

2015-04-25 06:44:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Signing tonight in Sharjah!
http://brandonsanderson.com/signing-tonight-in-sharjah

Tonight I will be doing a signing; details can be found below and on the events page. This will be my last public event for this trip to the UAE and I want to sign your books! As always, if you want email reminders of when I’ll be appearing in a city near you, simply sign up for my newsletter and tell me what city you want notifications for.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup

Sharjah, UAE – Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 18:00–19:00
Place: Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Hall 5
Address: Expo Centre
Al taawun Street, Al taawun, – إمارة الشارقةّ
Sharjah, UAE
Phone Number: +971 6 577 0000

Jashanmal Books will have a very limited number of my books on hand. They will sellout quickly, so if you h... more »

Signing tonight in Sharjah!
http://brandonsanderson.com/signing-tonight-in-sharjah

Tonight I will be doing a signing; details can be found below and on the events page. This will be my last public event for this trip to the UAE and I want to sign your books! As always, if you want email reminders of when I’ll be appearing in a city near you, simply sign up for my newsletter and tell me what city you want notifications for.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup

Sharjah, UAE – Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 18:00–19:00
Place: Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Hall 5
Address: Expo Centre
Al taawun Street, Al taawun, – إمارة الشارقةّ
Sharjah, UAE
Phone Number: +971 6 577 0000

Jashanmal Books will have a very limited number of my books on hand. They will sell out quickly, so if you have your own books, please bring them. I will also sign cases for electronic devices if you prefer, or anything else other than body parts.___

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2015-04-21 02:49:30 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Sharjah Children's Reading Festival + Updates

This afternoon I am heading off to the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates. For those of you who are in the vicinity, I look forward to seeing you there! So far I’ve listed a panel on Thursday the 23rd on my events calendar, and I’ll try to add more details when they’re forthcoming.
http://brandonsanderson.com/sharjah-childrens-reading-festival-updates/


In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, What Do I Do With All This Blank Space?, we talk about how to fill the space on the first few pages of your story. Those are the few pages where you have to convince the reader to keep going, as the first page is often the only opportunity you have to get the reader’s attention at all.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/19/writing-excuses-10-16-what-do-i-do-with-all-this-blank-space/
Las... more »

Sharjah Children's Reading Festival + Updates

This afternoon I am heading off to the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates. For those of you who are in the vicinity, I look forward to seeing you there! So far I’ve listed a panel on Thursday the 23rd on my events calendar, and I’ll try to add more details when they’re forthcoming.
http://brandonsanderson.com/sharjah-childrens-reading-festival-updates/


In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, What Do I Do With All This Blank Space?, we talk about how to fill the space on the first few pages of your story. Those are the few pages where you have to convince the reader to keep going, as the first page is often the only opportunity you have to get the reader’s attention at all.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/19/writing-excuses-10-16-what-do-i-do-with-all-this-blank-space/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Carl Engle-Laird viewed the storm with grumpy old men and cheeky whippersnappers. This week, Alice Arneson discusses the outcome of two incomprehensible experiences and their respective forms of madness.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-interludes-7-and-8

The Rithmatist is on sale on Kindle (and may be price-matched at other vendors) until May 4th in the UK. 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 couple of weeks ago, if you missed the news.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist/

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

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2015-04-13 22:58:19 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The Rithmatist ebook sale in the UK  + Updates

Good news for everyone in the UK! The Rithmatist is on sale 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 couple of weeks ago, if you missed the news.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist/

And some more awesome news: Rhode Island teens voted, and Steelheart has tied for the 2015 Rhode Island Teen Book Award. Thanks to all of my readers there! Firefight is out now, and I’m hard at work on the final book in the trilogy, Calamity. I’ve passed the 50% mark and should finish around the first week of May. You can keep track by looking at the progress bars in the upper right corner of my website.
http://rilibraries.org/ritba

There is a newWrit... more »

The Rithmatist ebook sale in the UK  + Updates

Good news for everyone in the UK! The Rithmatist is on sale 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 couple of weeks ago, if you missed the news.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist/

And some more awesome news: Rhode Island teens voted, and Steelheart has tied for the 2015 Rhode Island Teen Book Award. Thanks to all of my readers there! Firefight is out now, and I’m hard at work on the final book in the trilogy, Calamity. I’ve passed the 50% mark and should finish around the first week of May. You can keep track by looking at the progress bars in the upper right corner of my website.
http://rilibraries.org/ritba

There is a new Writing Excuses episode this week: Worldbuilding Wilderness with Wes Chu. Wes recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and has some things to say about all the wilderness trekking that our characters do in the books we write, and how we often forget to say anything about sleeping on inclines, altitude sickness, or packing toilet paper. More importantly, we need to remember that our characters are experiencing these wilderness treks, and have opinions about them.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson attempted to unravel the mysteries of the Listener songs. This week, Carl Engle-Laird deals with Interludes 5 and 6 which generally involve grumpy old men talking down to young whippersnappers.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-part-2-epigraphs

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

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2015-04-06 22:38:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses episode + Updates

There is a new Writing Excuses episode this week: How Much of the Beginning Needs to Come First? We all have cool things we want to put in our stories, which means we need what sets it up earlier. In this episode we talk about how to determine which of these elements needs to come first.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/05/writing-excuses-10-14-how-much-of-the-beginning-needs-to-come-first

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Carl Engle-Laird finished off the last chapter in Part 2 and waved a sad farewell to a sinking ship. This week, Alice Arneson wraps up Part 2 briefly, then moves on to an examination of the Listener songs in the Part 2 Epigraphs.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-part-2-epigraphs

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive forM... more »

New Writing Excuses episode + Updates

There is a new Writing Excuses episode this week: How Much of the Beginning Needs to Come First? We all have cool things we want to put in our stories, which means we need what sets it up earlier. In this episode we talk about how to determine which of these elements needs to come first.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/05/writing-excuses-10-14-how-much-of-the-beginning-needs-to-come-first

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Carl Engle-Laird finished off the last chapter in Part 2 and waved a sad farewell to a sinking ship. This week, Alice Arneson wraps up Part 2 briefly, then moves on to an examination of the Listener songs in the Part 2 Epigraphs.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-part-2-epigraphs

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

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2015-04-02 18:04:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Minicon 50 starts today!

Minnesota! I’m in Minneapolis for Minicon starting today, and I’m also signing in St. Paul on Saturday. Here’s my complete schedule.

Thursday
6:00 PM – Edina
Brandon Sanderson Creative Writing Lecture Live Broadcast Taping
Watch Brandon Distance Teach his Brigham Young University course entitled “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy” over the internet. The course is focused on the nuts and bolts of having a writing career. Characterization, worldbuilding, plotting and publication will be presented to you and to his class simultaneously via telepresence technology. (6:00–7:20 PM)

8:00 PM – Edina
Opening Ceremonies

Friday
2:30 PM – Ver 5/6
…and Magrathea Ground to a Halt
Worldbuilding can be hard – what is the biggest thing that cause you to stop? What was that major obastacle, andhow did you overcome ... more »

Minicon 50 starts today!

Minnesota! I’m in Minneapolis for Minicon starting today, and I’m also signing in St. Paul on Saturday. Here’s my complete schedule.

Thursday
6:00 PM – Edina
Brandon Sanderson Creative Writing Lecture Live Broadcast Taping
Watch Brandon Distance Teach his Brigham Young University course entitled “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy” over the internet. The course is focused on the nuts and bolts of having a writing career. Characterization, worldbuilding, plotting and publication will be presented to you and to his class simultaneously via telepresence technology. (6:00–7:20 PM)

8:00 PM – Edina
Opening Ceremonies

Friday
2:30 PM – Ver 5/6
…and Magrathea Ground to a Halt
Worldbuilding can be hard – what is the biggest thing that cause you to stop? What was that major obastacle, and how did you overcome it?
Blake Hausladen, Brandon Sanderson, Donna Munro, Larry Niven

5:30 PM – Edina
Guest of Honor Interview: Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson, Joel Phillips

7:00 PM – Ver 5/6
The Business of Brandon
What is it like working with/for Brandon Sanderson?
Brandon Sanderson, Michael Whelan, Peter Ahlstrom, Tom Doherty

9:00 PM – Gaming
Magic Draft with Brandon
Cost: $9.00
15-16 slots available (There will be a sign up sheet put up at the convention on Saturday)
Decks: Khans of Tarkir, Fate Reforged and Dragon’s of Tarkir

Saturday
2:30 PM – Ver 1/2
Brandon Sanderson Reading

3:30 PM – Outside Bloomington/Edina
Mass autograph session
(Brandon will be here only until 4:30.)

6:00 PM – Red Balloon Bookstore
See details here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#7653

10:00 PM – Edina
The Brandon Sanderson Social Hour!
Brandon talks about things! And stuff! And you get to ask him questions…about things! And stuff!
Brandon Sanderson, Peter Ahlstrom

Sunday
11:30 AM – Ver 5/6
Who’da Thunk
Our Guest of Honors sit together and interview each other – who knows what stories they have about each other?
Brandon Sanderson, Larry Niven, Michael Whelan, Tom Doherty,

2:30 PM – Krushenko’s
Middle Grade Optimism vs YA Dystopia
Magical wonder abounds in middle grade lit but seems to disappear once stories make the jump to the next age bracket. Does pessimism go hand in hand with the advent of hormones? Is middle grade more than it appears? (from both read and writer perspective)
Adam Stemple, Alec Austin, Brandon Sanderson, Donna Munroe, Jane Yolen, Marissa Lingen

4:00 PM – Edina
Closing Ceremonies
Adam Stemple, Brandon Sanderson, Dave Romm, Jane Yolen, Joel Phillips, Larry Niven, Matt Strait, Michael Whelan, Tom Doherty___

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2015-03-31 17:03:59 (15 comments, 13 reshares, 102 +1s)Open 

New novella: Perfect State

Today marks the release of a new novella of mine, Perfect State. This one is a bit different from anything else I’ve written, and I think you’ll enjoy it. Here’s the blurb:

God-Emperor Kairominas is lord of all he surveys. He has defeated all foes, has united the entire world beneath his rule, and has mastered the arcane arts. He spends his time sparring with his nemesis, who keeps trying to invade Kai’s world.

Except for today. Today, Kai has to go on a date.

Forces have conspired to require him to meet with his equal—a woman from another world who has achieved just as much as he has. What happens when the most important man in the world is forced to have dinner with the most important woman in the world? Perfect State is an action-filled novella about privilege, culture clash, and expectations.

Check out an excerptat the li... more »

New novella: Perfect State

Today marks the release of a new novella of mine, Perfect State. This one is a bit different from anything else I’ve written, and I think you’ll enjoy it. Here’s the blurb:

God-Emperor Kairominas is lord of all he surveys. He has defeated all foes, has united the entire world beneath his rule, and has mastered the arcane arts. He spends his time sparring with his nemesis, who keeps trying to invade Kai’s world.

Except for today. Today, Kai has to go on a date.

Forces have conspired to require him to meet with his equal—a woman from another world who has achieved just as much as he has. What happens when the most important man in the world is forced to have dinner with the most important woman in the world? Perfect State is an action-filled novella about privilege, culture clash, and expectations.

Check out an excerpt at the link below. The cover illustration is by the talented J.P. Targete, and you can get the novella now as an ebook (with no DRM) at the usual ebook vendors (see the link).
http://brandonsanderson.com/perfect-state/

A couple years ago I put out a double edition of my novelettes Firstborn and Defending Elysium, and this year I’m doing the same thing with Perfect State and Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell. The double hardcover of these two novellas (they’re printed back-to-back, so there are two front covers) will start out as available exclusively at conventions, before going up on my website store sometime in the fall. If you want to pick one up, your first chance will be this week at Minicon in Minneapolis. Check my events calendar throughout the year to see what other conventions I’m attending. http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events___

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2015-03-30 22:07:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Newsletter coming tomorrow + Updates

My almost quarterly newsletter is being sent out tomorrow; you can see past ones here. It will have an exclusive preview of one of my future books, so if you’re not on the list, now is a good time to sign up. If you fill in the “Metro Areas” field in the signup form, I will also send you an email when I’m appearing at an event in or close to those areas.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/

Steelheart was selected by the 2014–15 Georgia Peach Book Awards as an honor book. Thank you to everyone who voted to make that possible!
http://georgiapeachaward.org/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Where is My Story Going?, we look at the middle of stories. You know that big long section between the beginning and the end where almost everything happens? We talk about how to use formulaic structures to helpyou get the... more »

Newsletter coming tomorrow + Updates

My almost quarterly newsletter is being sent out tomorrow; you can see past ones here. It will have an exclusive preview of one of my future books, so if you’re not on the list, now is a good time to sign up. If you fill in the “Metro Areas” field in the signup form, I will also send you an email when I’m appearing at an event in or close to those areas.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/

Steelheart was selected by the 2014–15 Georgia Peach Book Awards as an honor book. Thank you to everyone who voted to make that possible!
http://georgiapeachaward.org/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Where is My Story Going?, we look at the middle of stories. You know that big long section between the beginning and the end where almost everything happens? We talk about how to use formulaic structures to help you get them to do all of the things that you need them to do without the story feeling formulaic.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/29/writing-excuses-10-13-where-is-my-story-going-2/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson dived deep into the mechanics of not being dead anymore. This week, in Chapter 34, Carl Engle-Laird watches a ship sink in a storm made of Shardblades and people being jerks.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/03/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-34

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

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2015-03-23 22:39:23 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Newsletter coming next week + Updates

I usually send out three or four newsletters each year; you can see past ones here. In the last couple of newsletters I included just for newsletter subscribers an exclusive preview of a future book, and that trend will continue with the next newsletter that I’m sending out next week. If you’re not on the list, now is a good time to sign up. If you fill in the “Metro Areas” field in the signup form, I will also send you an email when I’m appearing at an event in or close to those areas.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Story Structure Q & A, Wesley Chu visits with us again for a Q & A on this month’s topic: story structure. Here are the questions:http://www.... more »

Newsletter coming next week + Updates

I usually send out three or four newsletters each year; you can see past ones here. In the last couple of newsletters I included just for newsletter subscribers an exclusive preview of a future book, and that trend will continue with the next newsletter that I’m sending out next week. If you’re not on the list, now is a good time to sign up. If you fill in the “Metro Areas” field in the signup form, I will also send you an email when I’m appearing at an event in or close to those areas.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Story Structure Q & A, Wesley Chu visits with us again for a Q & A on this month’s topic: story structure. Here are the questions:
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/22/writing-excuses-10-12-story-structure-qa-with-special-guest-wesley-chu/

– Do you make a conscious decision about how to structure your story before you begin writing?
– Is it necessary to use multiple structures (three-act, Hollywood formula, etc) in order to ensure that your story works?
– What tools do you use to view your story’s structure?
– What do you think about cliffhangers?
– How do you come up with plot twists for your stories? 
– What structures should I use to add variety to my writing?
– Is there a specific amount of time you should spend on your introduction before getting to the inciting incident?
– What do you do when you’re halfway through with a story before you realize the structure is wrong?


Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Carl Engle-Laird endured the storm with the help of Beowulf. This week, in Chapter 33, Alice Arneson follows the aftermath of the storm with Kaladin and the Kholins.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/03/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-33

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

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2015-03-16 19:37:26 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses + Updates

If you missed it, my novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is available as an independent ebook. I talk more about that here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-writing-excuses-updates/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Project In Depth: “Parallel Perspectives”, we discuss the 13-page graphic story (“comic book”) found at the end of Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel and focus on its story structure.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/15/writing-excuses-10-11-project-in-depth-parallel-perspectives/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson got to hang out with Kaladin and Shallan as the next highstorm approached. This week, in Chapter 32, Carl Engle-Laird talks about something almost completely unrelated. Again.http://ww... more »

New Writing Excuses + Updates

If you missed it, my novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is available as an independent ebook. I talk more about that here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-writing-excuses-updates/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Project In Depth: “Parallel Perspectives”, we discuss the 13-page graphic story (“comic book”) found at the end of Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel and focus on its story structure.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/15/writing-excuses-10-11-project-in-depth-parallel-perspectives/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson got to hang out with Kaladin and Shallan as the next highstorm approached. This week, in Chapter 32, Carl Engle-Laird talks about something almost completely unrelated. Again.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/03/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-32

Minnesota residents and anyone willing to drive to Minneapolis! Minicon is coming up the first week of April and I’m a guest of honor. My full schedule is here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/

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

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2015-03-13 20:35:08 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Just a quick note to say that tonight in the Salt Lake City area I’ll be at the launch party for my good friend Brandon Mull’s book Five Kingdoms: Crystal Keepers. Come join Brandon Mull and me along with: Richard Paul Evans (Michael Vey series), Chad Morris (The Cragbridge Hall series), Christopher Paolini (The Inheritance Cycle), and several others.

These launch parties that the other Brandon does are unlike any signing you’ve been to—hundreds of people, with hilarious comedy sketches and possibly even singing. People often say “I thought you said you were singing!” when I talk about a signing, but in this case someone might actually sing. Just not me. But I will be signing books along with everyone else at the end of the event, so come on down. It should be a lot of fun!

Just a quick note to say that tonight in the Salt Lake City area I’ll be at the launch party for my good friend Brandon Mull’s book Five Kingdoms: Crystal Keepers. Come join Brandon Mull and me along with: Richard Paul Evans (Michael Vey series), Chad Morris (The Cragbridge Hall series), Christopher Paolini (The Inheritance Cycle), and several others.

These launch parties that the other Brandon does are unlike any signing you’ve been to—hundreds of people, with hilarious comedy sketches and possibly even singing. People often say “I thought you said you were singing!” when I talk about a signing, but in this case someone might actually sing. Just not me. But I will be signing books along with everyone else at the end of the event, so come on down. It should be a lot of fun!___

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2015-03-12 19:27:56 (16 comments, 49 reshares, 176 +1s)Open 

Goodbye, Sir Terry

I woke to the news that Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away. I knew this was coming, but—as with the passing of Robert Jordan almost eight years back—it still hit me like a slap to the face.

Many of you know of my fondness for Pratchett’s works. If you aren’t aware, here’s a piece that I wrote about him a while back. When I wrote it, I worried I strayed into hyperbole. Looking at it again, I now wonder if I didn’t say enough. Too many readers I’ve met, particularly in the States, have never given Pratchett a try.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/04/terry-pratchetts-discworld-might-be-the-highest-form-of-literature-on-the-planet

The genre, and the world, just lost something wonderful in that man. Of all the writers I’ve read, Pratchett felt the most human. There was more truth in a single one of his humble satires than in a hundred volumesof poignant dra... more »

Goodbye, Sir Terry

I woke to the news that Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away. I knew this was coming, but—as with the passing of Robert Jordan almost eight years back—it still hit me like a slap to the face.

Many of you know of my fondness for Pratchett’s works. If you aren’t aware, here’s a piece that I wrote about him a while back. When I wrote it, I worried I strayed into hyperbole. Looking at it again, I now wonder if I didn’t say enough. Too many readers I’ve met, particularly in the States, have never given Pratchett a try.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/04/terry-pratchetts-discworld-might-be-the-highest-form-of-literature-on-the-planet

The genre, and the world, just lost something wonderful in that man. Of all the writers I’ve read, Pratchett felt the most human. There was more truth in a single one of his humble satires than in a hundred volumes of poignant drama. Unlike most comedians—who use their humor like a weapon, always out for blood—Terry didn’t cut or bludgeon. He was far too clever for that. Instead, he’d slide down onto the bar stool beside us, drape his arm around us, and say something ridiculous, brilliant, and hilarious. Suddenly, the world would be a brighter place.

It wasn’t that he held back, or wasn’t—at times—biting. It’s just that he seemed to elevate every topic he touched, even when attacking it. He’d knock the pride and selfishness right out from underneath us, then—remarkably—we’d find ourselves able to stand without such things.

And we stood all the taller for it.

Sir Terry, you have my sincere thanks. I don’t think that, despite your many accolades, the world knows what it had in you. Fantasy certainly didn’t. Our glittering awards are made foolish and inconsequential by their disregard for you, though I doubt you cared much about them either way.

The most fitting memorial I can give is this: a request. For those of you reading this post, why not give this man’s legacy a try? If I had to guess which fantasy author of our era will be read most in the centuries to come, I’d lay my money on the works of Sir Terry Pratchett.

I suggest beginning your journey in Discworld with The Truth, Going Postal, or Guards! Guards!

Brandon Sanderson___

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2015-03-09 22:15:37 (13 comments, 5 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

My Cosmere novella Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell is now out as an independent ebook! See here for where to get this ebook.
http://brandonsanderson.com/hugo-nomination-deadline-shadows-for-silence-ebook-release-updates/

If you didn’t already read it in the Dangerous Women anthology, check it out! Here’s the blurb:

When the familiar and seemingly safe turns lethal, therein danger lies. Amid a forest where the shades of the dead linger all around, every homesteader knows to follow the Simple Rules: “Don’t kindle flame, don’t shed the blood of another, don’t run at night. These things draw shades.” Silence Montane has broken all three rules on more than one occasion. And to protect her family from a murderous gang with high bounties on their heads, Silence will break every rule again, at the risk of becoming a shade herself.

There’s an excerpt ofthe story here ... more »

My Cosmere novella Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell is now out as an independent ebook! See here for where to get this ebook.
http://brandonsanderson.com/hugo-nomination-deadline-shadows-for-silence-ebook-release-updates/

If you didn’t already read it in the Dangerous Women anthology, check it out! Here’s the blurb:

When the familiar and seemingly safe turns lethal, therein danger lies. Amid a forest where the shades of the dead linger all around, every homesteader knows to follow the Simple Rules: “Don’t kindle flame, don’t shed the blood of another, don’t run at night. These things draw shades.” Silence Montane has broken all three rules on more than one occasion. And to protect her family from a murderous gang with high bounties on their heads, Silence will break every rule again, at the risk of becoming a shade herself.

There’s an excerpt of the story here on Tor.com, the link is below. The new ebook has a great cover illustration by Miranda Meeks:
http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/07/dangerous-women-brandon-sanderson-excerpt___

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2015-03-09 22:14:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Hugo nomination deadline + Updates

Don’t forget, the deadline to nominate anything for the Hugo Awards (if you’re a member of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons) is tomorrow! For more details see my award eligibility post here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/hugo-nomination-deadline-shadows-for-silence-ebook-release-updates/

In other news, in this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Q&A with the I Ching, Wesley Chu helps us literally shake up our structure. For those who aren’t familiar with the I Ching, it’s a collection of poems which you consult with numbered sticks. You ask a question, shake a random stick from the cup, and the corresponding poem holds your answer. In writing The Man in the High Castle, Phillip K. Dick used the I Ching to make plot decisions at crucial points. We decided to turn that, and our format, on its head, so we used the I Ching to ask usquestions... more »

Hugo nomination deadline + Updates

Don’t forget, the deadline to nominate anything for the Hugo Awards (if you’re a member of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons) is tomorrow! For more details see my award eligibility post here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/hugo-nomination-deadline-shadows-for-silence-ebook-release-updates/

In other news, in this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Q&A with the I Ching, Wesley Chu helps us literally shake up our structure. For those who aren’t familiar with the I Ching, it’s a collection of poems which you consult with numbered sticks. You ask a question, shake a random stick from the cup, and the corresponding poem holds your answer. In writing The Man in the High Castle, Phillip K. Dick used the I Ching to make plot decisions at crucial points. We decided to turn that, and our format, on its head, so we used the I Ching to ask us questions.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/08/writing-excuses-10-10-qa-with-the-i-ching/

Last week, In Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Carl Engle-Laird got to read about all the pretty eels. This week, in Chapter 31, Alice Arneson hangs out with Kaladin and Shallan as a highstorm approaches.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/03/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-31

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

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2015-03-06 20:23:09 (14 comments, 7 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Three Stories in New Formats


Words of Radiance launched in paperback this week, so if you’ve been waiting to grab it, now might be a great time! (The ebook price was supposed to drop at the same time, but due to a glitch that won’t happen until Monday or Tuesday.)

I don’t usually do much of a heads-up on paperback releases, but I figured this would be a good time to talk about a few other re-releases we’ve got going on. For one, Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (the novella I wrote for GRRM’s Dangerous Women anthology) just had its standalone release in ebook. I’ll do a blog post on that next week in depth.

For now, I wanted to talk about a new edition of Elantris, along with making a bit of confession to you. You see, I’ve done something dangerous. The new editions of Elantris and Words of Radiance both made me confront some of the problems inthe text, and... more »

Three Stories in New Formats


Words of Radiance launched in paperback this week, so if you’ve been waiting to grab it, now might be a great time! (The ebook price was supposed to drop at the same time, but due to a glitch that won’t happen until Monday or Tuesday.)

I don’t usually do much of a heads-up on paperback releases, but I figured this would be a good time to talk about a few other re-releases we’ve got going on. For one, Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (the novella I wrote for GRRM’s Dangerous Women anthology) just had its standalone release in ebook. I’ll do a blog post on that next week in depth.

For now, I wanted to talk about a new edition of Elantris, along with making a bit of confession to you. You see, I’ve done something dangerous. The new editions of Elantris and Words of Radiance both made me confront some of the problems in the text, and I have decided to go ahead and fix them. (More on that below.)

Elantris 10th Anniversary

First, in relation to Elantris, May is the 10th anniversary of its release, my first published book! In celebration, we’ve been putting together a 10th Anniversary Edition, which is coming out later this year. It will be in trade paperback form (the paperback format which is more the size of a hardcover), and I’m hoping I can get Tor to print at least a few hardcovers for those who want to get them.

We’ve packed this edition with some cool extras. It includes the short story “The Hope of Elantris” as well as a new foreword by Dan Wells, a retrospective by myself, an Ars Arcanum appendix (as this was the only one of my Cosmere books not to have one), brand-new redone maps by Isaac Stewart, and a very short extra scene. In addition, as I mentioned, we’ve changed a few things.

Now, this is the dangerous thing I talked about above. We’ve seen in certain high-profile films that changes done by the creator many years later are controversial. It’s a slippery path. Part of creating a work of art is learning when to let it alone—most writers I know could just keep tweaking something forever. The quote (often attributed to da Vinci) that says “Art is never finished, just abandoned” is quite a true statement.

However, Elantris needed some attention. When I wrote it, I didn’t have access to a good cartographer who could make the continuity of my crazy map-based ideas for the story work out. I did my best, but it never quite clicked. The maps didn’t match the story, and the conceptualization of the ending was always kind of vague because of this disconnect.

Well, I have Isaac now, along with Peter who is really, really good with the minutiae of this sort of plotting. We’ve made two kinds of sweeping changes, then, to the text:

Map Continuity: We’ve had to shift the locations of some buildings and events as we’ve figured out a scale for the maps and for the city. We’ve tweaked the ending; the events are the same, but where certain things happen has been changed to fit. (Over the years, many of you have asked me about this, and I’ve had to admit that we just got it wrong.) This shouldn’t change the story in any significant way except that now it actually makes sense, but I thought you should know.

Language Changes: Peter has done a very, very thorough copyedit, and has made some stylistic changes to remove some of the quirks of my earlier prose. (Extraneous commas, for example.) Again, this shouldn’t change the story in any significant way except to make it more readable.

Right now the book looks like it’s scheduled for an October 20th release, but since that’s over half a year away, it could possibly end up coming out slightly earlier or later.

Words of Radiance Tweak

Moving on to Words of Radiance, as we were entering typo fixes for the paperback of this book, I made changes to a few lines near the end. This isn’t anywhere near as extensive as the changes in Elantris, but once again I figure I should be up-front about what I did and why I did it.

This part is going to have some spoilers for the book, so if you haven’t read it, please stop right here. I’ll put a number of blank lines here to prevent accidental spoilers. Scroll down if you’ve finished the book.














So, in Words of Radiance, I think the scene I worked on the longest both in my head and on the page was the final confrontation between Kaladin and Szeth.

There was something I wanted to do, and took a stab at it in the text, then backed off because I couldn’t make it work. It was important to me that Kaladin refuse to kill Szeth at the end. Kaladin is about protection, not vengeance, and once he realized that Szeth really just wanted to be killed, I wanted Kaladin to hesitate.

It didn’t end up working, and I moved on to a new version and submitted it. But this itched at me, and by the time the book was released, I felt I’d made the wrong choice for that scene. So I’ve taken this chance to roll it back to the previous idea, and written it in a new way, which I like much better.

The events are the same, except for that moment. Szeth is now killed by the storm instead of by Kaladin, which I think is more thematically appropriate.

The question this raises is about Szeth being stabbed by a Shardblade, then being resuscitated. I’m sad to lose this sequence, as it’s an important plot point for the series that dead Shardblades cannot heal the soul, while living ones can. I’m going to have to work this into a later book, though I think it’s something we can sacrifice here for the stronger scene of character for Kaladin and Szeth.

As I’ve said, it’s dangerous to tweak your work after it’s out. I realize this, and I hope you’ll give me some artistic liberty in this case. (Besides, with Tolkien’s after-publication tweaks to The Hobbit being so good, I think there is proof in the genre that changing the text here and there isn’t always bad.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit#Revisions

Thanks, and as always I appreciate you reading and supporting me in this crazy thing that I do.

Brandon Sanderson
March 2015___

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2015-03-02 23:33:13 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Writing Excuses episode on story structure + Updates

This month's Writing Excuses</a> syllabus topic is story structure. In Where is my Story Coming From?, we talk about where the story starts for the writer.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/01/writing-excuses-10-9-where-is-my-story-coming-from/

The deadline for the 2015 Writing Excuses Retreat Scholarships is fast approaching. You can see the application details for the Carl Brandon Society Scholarship as well as the Out of Excuses Scholarship here. The application period for both scholarships ends at midnight (EST) March 14, 2015. Here is what each scholarship includes: Full tuition, a bed in a double-occupancy room, and up to $500 of travel expense to and from our departure port in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/12/22/the-2015-writing-excuses-retreat-scholarships/

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Writing Excuses episode on story structure + Updates

This month's Writing Excuses</a> syllabus topic is story structure. In Where is my Story Coming From?, we talk about where the story starts for the writer.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/01/writing-excuses-10-9-where-is-my-story-coming-from/

The deadline for the 2015 Writing Excuses Retreat Scholarships is fast approaching. You can see the application details for the Carl Brandon Society Scholarship as well as the Out of Excuses Scholarship here. The application period for both scholarships ends at midnight (EST) March 14, 2015. Here is what each scholarship includes: Full tuition, a bed in a double-occupancy room, and up to $500 of travel expense to and from our departure port in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/12/22/the-2015-writing-excuses-retreat-scholarships/

Last week, in Tor.com's continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson waded through one of the filthiest sewers of the wickedest minds of Roshar. This week in Chapter 30, Carl Engle-Laird reads about all the pretty eels!
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/02/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-30

I had my assistant Adam update the Twitter post archive for February and March.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-february-2015/
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-march-2015/___

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2015-02-27 23:29:41 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Steelhunt contest winners!

For those who were not aware, I ran some contests through Facebook and Twitter a few weeks ago. Winners receive a set of Epic stand-up die-cut cards, and all are collected below!

One contest was for people to tweet their favorite of David's bad metaphors from Steelheart and Firefight. Here are the winners (selected randomly). You can find a bunch more at the #steelhunt hashtag on Twitter.
http://brandonsanderson.com/steelhunt-contest-winners/

Kierstin Scharnitzke: "Megan's eyes could have drilled holes through butter."
Andrew Means: "Like a washing machine at a gun show."
Holden R Johnson</a>: "They looked so dangerous, like alligators. Really fast alligators wearing black. Ninja alligators."
Tim Bunker: "An off balance washing machine filed with a hundred epileptic... more »

Steelhunt contest winners!

For those who were not aware, I ran some contests through Facebook and Twitter a few weeks ago. Winners receive a set of Epic stand-up die-cut cards, and all are collected below!

One contest was for people to tweet their favorite of David's bad metaphors from Steelheart and Firefight. Here are the winners (selected randomly). You can find a bunch more at the #steelhunt hashtag on Twitter.
http://brandonsanderson.com/steelhunt-contest-winners/

Kierstin Scharnitzke: "Megan's eyes could have drilled holes through butter."
Andrew Means: "Like a washing machine at a gun show."
Holden R Johnson</a>: "They looked so dangerous, like alligators. Really fast alligators wearing black. Ninja alligators."
Tim Bunker: "An off balance washing machine filed with a hundred epileptic monkeys."
Robert Fowler: "The bed as large as a really, really big piece of toast."
Chase Wheatley: "I feel like a brick made of porridge."
Midobal: "That's an answer in the same way that ketchup can be hair gel."
Lisa Roush: "Like a catapult that shoots enormous grapes."
Hanna Mae: "I'll be quiet as a buttered snail sneaking through a Frenchman's kitchen."
Roy: "The sensation felt like an unbalanced washing machine with a hundred epileptic chimpanzees."


The next contest we did via Facebook was the easiest; all people had to do was share a link the events page on my website and say what event they were going to or wished they could go to.

Caitlin Schanaker
Jean Verney-Carron
Ross Newberry
Benny Junker
Brian Bowersox
Jeremy Guebert
Becca Horn
Heather Kirby
Sarah Casey


This next group of winners found out about this contest through my newsletter. So if you don't want to miss out in the future, sign up here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/

Greg Montoya
Becca Horn
Ross Newberry
Jeremy Guebert
Grant Wheeler
Jeff Wakefield
Gary Singer
Josh Mock
Karen Clarke
Mario Kadastik




The final contest was open to the readers of the Gollancz ediition (in the UK, Australia, or elsewhere)

@CrimL
@jimjollings
@12inater
@aussiekinga
@jgl_beer
@Un0ri
@ithilestante
@futuredreams35
@katernz
@stottcody88
@simpsonseattle


Congratulations to all the winners! Check your Facebook messages or Twitter direct messages for info on how to get your prize.

There was also a separate Steelhunt fan art contest that was run by the Adonalsium Tumblr page. You can see the results of that here.
http://adonalsium.tumblr.com/post/108678156562/adonalsium-steelhunt-winners___

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2015-02-24 00:15:31 (11 comments, 22 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

Shadows of Self cover reveal + Updates

Shadows of Self, my new Mistborn novel coming out in October, now has an awesome cover by the ever-talented Chris McGrath. Tor.com has the full reveal.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/02/brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-cover-reveal

I have more exciting news for the Reckoners series. Steelheart was nominated for the 2014-15 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers.
http://www.georgiapeachaward.org/?q=2014-15_nominees

In this week's Writing Excuses episode, Q&A  on Character, we answer topical questions from our attendees at the 2014 Out of Excuses Workshop:

– How do you have a character grow in power and/or expertise without needing to ridiculously overpower the villains?
– How do you give a flawed character a growth arc without changing what originally made that character likable?
– Whenyou ha... more »

Shadows of Self cover reveal + Updates

Shadows of Self, my new Mistborn novel coming out in October, now has an awesome cover by the ever-talented Chris McGrath. Tor.com has the full reveal.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/02/brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-cover-reveal

I have more exciting news for the Reckoners series. Steelheart was nominated for the 2014-15 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers.
http://www.georgiapeachaward.org/?q=2014-15_nominees

In this week's Writing Excuses episode, Q&A  on Character, we answer topical questions from our attendees at the 2014 Out of Excuses Workshop:

– How do you have a character grow in power and/or expertise without needing to ridiculously overpower the villains?
– How do you give a flawed character a growth arc without changing what originally made that character likable?
– When you have a 1st person POV, how do you convey the emotional complexity of the non-POV characters
– How do you create an interesting an engaging story with a main character who is not the protagonist or hero of the story?
– Is there an easy way to tell when the plot is driving the character instead of the other way around?
– How do you write a character with egregiously offensive views without you, as the author, appearing to espouse or condone those views?
– How do you write a character who has a belief that is different from your own?
– What are some tips for writing a sympathetic antagonist?
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/22/writing-excuses-10-8-qa-on-character/

Tor.com is continuing their reread posts</a> for Words of Radiance. Last week, Carl Engle-Laird went on a small rant regarding the International Phonetic Alphabet and danced with beautiful con-women. This week, in Chapter 29, Alice Arneson gets in the unwholesome mind of our of favorite sleazeball, Sadeas.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/02/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-29

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

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2015-02-20 18:35:08 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Chicago Signing Tonight. Huzzah!

When Firefight came out last month I didn't have a stop in the Chicago area, but I'll be there tonight at Anderson's in Naperville, before recording some Writing Excuses episodes in the next few days and doing a school visit early next week. If you're in the area, stop by the signing, but do note the ticketing policy below.

Signing details:

Date: Fri, Feb 20, 2015
Time: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Place: Anderson's Bookshop
Address:123 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone:(630) 355-2665


Signing Policy for Anderson's:
Anderson's DOES have a ticketing policy. In order to get anything signed, they require you to buy a book (by any author) in the store while you're there, or bring in an Anderson's receipt for Firefight. I will sign any number of books that Iw... more »

Chicago Signing Tonight. Huzzah!

When Firefight came out last month I didn't have a stop in the Chicago area, but I'll be there tonight at Anderson's in Naperville, before recording some Writing Excuses episodes in the next few days and doing a school visit early next week. If you're in the area, stop by the signing, but do note the ticketing policy below.

Signing details:

Date: Fri, Feb 20, 2015
Time: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Place: Anderson's Bookshop
Address:123 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone:(630) 355-2665


Signing Policy for Anderson's:
Anderson's DOES have a ticketing policy. In order to get anything signed, they require you to buy a book (by any author) in the store while you're there, or bring in an Anderson's receipt for Firefight. I will sign any number of books that I wrote, but will probably only personalize 3 books per person per time through the line. At 7:30 I’ll start with a reading, followed by a general Q&A and then the signing itself. The reading most likely won’t be from Firefight but will be from some other future project. I probably won’t decide what to read until right before the event, so it will be a surprise!

Check out my calendar to see if there’s another signing that will be more convenient for you.

href="http://brandonsanderson.com/events___

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2015-02-16 20:23:33 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses + Update

We at Writing Excuses are continuing February's focus on characters in this week's new episode, Who Are All These People?, where we explore some of the challenges involved in building a cast for your story. You need to know why you are putting your characters in your book and what the purpose each of them actually serves in your story.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/15/writing-excuses-10-7-who-are-all-these-people/

The Rithmatist has been given the honor of placement on the 2016 Master List for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award in Illinois.
http://www.rebeccacaudill.org/2016-award

Tor.com is continuing their reread posts for Words of Radiance. Last week Alice Arneson had a large quantity of family feels at the Davar estate. This week, in Chapter 28, Carl Engle-Laird deals with boots, ships, beautiful... more »

New Writing Excuses + Update

We at Writing Excuses are continuing February's focus on characters in this week's new episode, Who Are All These People?, where we explore some of the challenges involved in building a cast for your story. You need to know why you are putting your characters in your book and what the purpose each of them actually serves in your story.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/15/writing-excuses-10-7-who-are-all-these-people/

The Rithmatist has been given the honor of placement on the 2016 Master List for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award in Illinois.
http://www.rebeccacaudill.org/2016-award

Tor.com is continuing their reread posts for Words of Radiance. Last week Alice Arneson had a large quantity of family feels at the Davar estate. This week, in Chapter 28, Carl Engle-Laird deals with boots, ships, beautiful conwomen, men on horseback and torn bodices! Wait, no, not that.  He also goes on a small rant involving the International Phonetic Alphabet.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/02/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-28

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

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2015-02-13 15:20:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 




My Schedule for the Taipei International Book Exhibition


Saturday, February 14

2015 TIBE Forum 12:30–1:30 pm
Book Signing TIBE Hall 1 2:10–3:30 pm
Panel Discussion & Signing in Eslite Bookstore 7:00–9:30 pm

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#7207




My Schedule for the Taipei International Book Exhibition


Saturday, February 14

2015 TIBE Forum 12:30–1:30 pm
Book Signing TIBE Hall 1 2:10–3:30 pm
Panel Discussion & Signing in Eslite Bookstore 7:00–9:30 pm

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#7207___

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2015-02-13 00:44:10 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Brian McClellan's The Autumn Republic

Isaac here with the promised reminder that he Autumn Republic—the third volume of Brian McClellan's Powder Mage Trilogy—was released this week. Those of you who enjoy Brandon's fantasy novels will likely find a lot to sink your teeth into with Brian's. As we've mentioned before, Brian was a student of Brandon's back in the day and is writing some really good stuff.

Brandon gave the first book in the series, Promise of Blood, quite a nice cover quote. He said, "This book is just plain awesome. I found myself enjoying every moment of it. Innovative magic, quick-paced plot, interesting world. I had a blast." Adam and I reviewed the second book in the series—The Crimson Campaign—in a post a few weeks ago, lauding its readability, interesting characters, and fun twists.http:... more »

Brian McClellan's The Autumn Republic

Isaac here with the promised reminder that he Autumn Republic—the third volume of Brian McClellan's Powder Mage Trilogy—was released this week. Those of you who enjoy Brandon's fantasy novels will likely find a lot to sink your teeth into with Brian's. As we've mentioned before, Brian was a student of Brandon's back in the day and is writing some really good stuff.

Brandon gave the first book in the series, Promise of Blood, quite a nice cover quote. He said, "This book is just plain awesome. I found myself enjoying every moment of it. Innovative magic, quick-paced plot, interesting world. I had a blast." Adam and I reviewed the second book in the series—The Crimson Campaign—in a post a few weeks ago, lauding its readability, interesting characters, and fun twists.
http://brandonsanderson.com/woven-map-reveal-more-mcclellan-a-second-staveley-and-legos/

Now here we are with the third in the trilogy. Brian's writing has grown more confident and more powerful. The trilogy concludes with punch (think fist, not Kool-Aid), an ending that finishes things without the contrivance of feeling like it's wrapped up too nicely with a nice little happy birthday card attached. History, countries, characters, and lives all feel like they continue on beyond the pages of the trilogy, and there's some good suspense here, as we've learned from previous volumes that not all of Brian's characters are safe from bullet or sword.

Now let's hear from our resident McClellanite, Adam, with his take on The Autumn Republic:

It's awesome!

Now, I don't need to say any more than that to sum up my feelings on The Autumn Republic or the Powder Mage Trilogy as a whole, but I will. Just as Isaac said, there is some great suspense and the pacing is awesome. I found myself saying, "I will put it down after this chapter," only to read for another two hours. If you like Brandon's books you will enjoy these. Do take notice, they are grittier than Brandon's usually are but they stay pretty clean in other regards. Needless to say, I have been converted and have become a McClellanite and look forward to Brian's books in the future.

Other sites have done a good job of summarizing the book with the intent to excite readers—see the Kirkus and Publishers Weekly reviews. If you've read the first two books, by all means check out the conclusion, and if you haven't read Brian's books before, and you enjoy fantasy novels—especially fantasy with a bit of a historic feel to it—then check out Brian's first book, Promise of Blood. The story is a lot of fun, and I have it on good authority that the maps aren't anything to scoff at either.
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/brian-mcclellan/the-autumn-republic/
http://www.brianmcclellan.com/blog/publishers-weekly-on-autumn-republic___

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2015-02-09 20:16:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Greetings from Taiwan! I will be attending the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) this week. I'll have more information on my exhibition schedule later this week. Watch this space for details. For those who want to attend, here's address:

Taipei World Trade Center
10F., No.180, Section 1, Keelung Road
Taipei City, Taiwan 110

The Writing Excuses writing advice show has a new episode this week, The Worldbuilding Revolves Around Me (The Magical 1%). Dan, Mary, Howard, and I were lucky enough to have Max Gladstone sit in with us and talk to us about worldbuilding and how genre settings seem to revolve around whatever gifted, magical or otherwise special sort of people our heroes and villains happen to be.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/08/writing-excuses-10-6-the-worldbuilding-revolves-around-me-the-magical-1/

Tor.com continues reread posts... more »

Greetings from Taiwan! I will be attending the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) this week. I'll have more information on my exhibition schedule later this week. Watch this space for details. For those who want to attend, here's address:

Taipei World Trade Center
10F., No.180, Section 1, Keelung Road
Taipei City, Taiwan 110

The Writing Excuses writing advice show has a new episode this week, The Worldbuilding Revolves Around Me (The Magical 1%). Dan, Mary, Howard, and I were lucky enough to have Max Gladstone sit in with us and talk to us about worldbuilding and how genre settings seem to revolve around whatever gifted, magical or otherwise special sort of people our heroes and villains happen to be.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/08/writing-excuses-10-6-the-worldbuilding-revolves-around-me-the-magical-1/

Tor.com continues reread posts on <i>The Way of Kings</i>. Last week Carl commiserated with Adolin's discovery of the shallowness of his friends, balanced by the depth of his bond with his lovely Ryshadium, Sureblood. This week, in Chapter 27, Alice Arneson returns to Shallan's past in the pleasant, homey estate of the Davar family in Jah Keved.
http://www.tor.com/features/series/words-of-radiance-reread-on-torcom

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

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2015-02-02 23:26:19 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

Here are some of the awesome things I saw on my Firefight tour!

Here are some of the awesome things I saw on my Firefight tour!___

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2015-02-02 23:21:08 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

In this week's Writing Excuses episode, What Do You Mean My Main Character Is Boring?, we lead off February's Master Class with the exploration of a common problem: the main character is often the least interesting person in the story. It's something that each of the hosts has struggled with, and we talk about the solutions we've arrived at (insomuch as we've managed to solve the problem) and what sorts of things you can do in order to solve them too.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/01/writing-excuses-10-5-what-do-you-mean-my-main-character-is-boring/

Tor.com is continuing their reread posts on Words of Radiance. Last week, Alice got to play with all the pretty ponies. This week, Carl Engle-Laird discusses Chapter 26, and only gets to play with one of the pretty ponies. Luckily it's Sureblood who is prettiest of them all!... more »

In this week's Writing Excuses episode, What Do You Mean My Main Character Is Boring?, we lead off February's Master Class with the exploration of a common problem: the main character is often the least interesting person in the story. It's something that each of the hosts has struggled with, and we talk about the solutions we've arrived at (insomuch as we've managed to solve the problem) and what sorts of things you can do in order to solve them too.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/01/writing-excuses-10-5-what-do-you-mean-my-main-character-is-boring/

Tor.com is continuing their reread posts on Words of Radiance. Last week, Alice got to play with all the pretty ponies. This week, Carl Engle-Laird discusses Chapter 26, and only gets to play with one of the pretty ponies. Luckily it's Sureblood who is prettiest of them all!
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-26

My assistant Adam updated the Twitter posts archive for January.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-january-2015/___

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2015-01-26 23:10:08 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Philly signing CANCELED, new Writing Excuses episode + Updates

I have some bleak news for everyone in Philadelphia: The signing tomorrow is CANCELED due to snow and the airlines canceling flights. I was going to be signing at Children's Book World in Haverford. Instead, we will be trying to reschedule. But in the meantime, we'll send them a big box of signed bookplates you can stick in the front of your books, as well as ‪#‎Steelhunt‬ cards. Hopefully those will get there next week. I'll post again about it when they arrive. (Boston: Right now the signing on Wednesday is still scheduled to happen as planned, but this could change as the situation develops. Stay tuned to my Upcoming Events calendar.)

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/

I will be signing at Joseph-Beth in Lexington, Kentucky tonight at 7:00 p.m. As far as I can tell it's not aticke... more »

Philly signing CANCELED, new Writing Excuses episode + Updates

I have some bleak news for everyone in Philadelphia: The signing tomorrow is CANCELED due to snow and the airlines canceling flights. I was going to be signing at Children's Book World in Haverford. Instead, we will be trying to reschedule. But in the meantime, we'll send them a big box of signed bookplates you can stick in the front of your books, as well as ‪#‎Steelhunt‬ cards. Hopefully those will get there next week. I'll post again about it when they arrive. (Boston: Right now the signing on Wednesday is still scheduled to happen as planned, but this could change as the situation develops. Stay tuned to my Upcoming Events calendar.)

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/

I will be signing at Joseph-Beth in Lexington, Kentucky tonight at 7:00 p.m. As far as I can tell it's not a ticketed event, so bring all your books and I'll sign them, though personalizations will be limited to 3 books per time through the line. It's also nice to show your support for the store by buying something while you're there. (Their café has some Reckoners-themed menu items just for the event!)

From the Out of Excuses Workshop and Retreat comes another live Q&A episode where we premiered the Season 10 concept. Our attendees gave us the questions for this month: 

– Ideas are hard! Is it ever acceptable for inexperienced writers to write derivative works?
– How do you keep from being discouraged when something similar to your idea comes out?
– How do you know when your idea is a novel, vs. when it’s a short story?
– Should you only write for themed anthologies if you already have an idea ready in that theme?
– How can you practice description when your idea is set someplace completely unfamiliar to you?
– When should you abandon an idea you love?

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/01/25/writing-excuses-10-4-qa-on-ideas/

In Tor.com's continuing re-read posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson discusses Chapter 25. Last week it was of cons and curry, this week we turn to Kaladin's Comedy Corral for your entertainment.

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-25

Today is the final day to find The Rithmatist audiobook on sale for just $6.95 (at least in the US) on Audible.

http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for January.

http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-january-2015/___

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2015-01-24 17:10:49 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Crafty Games' Mistborn dice Kickstarter campaign is ending in just 10 hours. They're about to reach the funding level where all backers get 12 dice in their set, and can vote on what symbol appears on two of those dice. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/craftygames/mistborn-allomancy-dice

Crafty Games' Mistborn dice Kickstarter campaign is ending in just 10 hours. They're about to reach the funding level where all backers get 12 dice in their set, and can vote on what symbol appears on two of those dice. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/craftygames/mistborn-allomancy-dice___

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2015-01-21 23:44:02 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Firefight Tour, Award Nomination Season + Updates

My tour for Firefight continues through the rest of this week: Find the full tour schedule and details by following the link below.

-Tonight (1/21) at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona at 6:00 p.m.
-Friday, January 23 at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas at 6:30 p.m. (They also have hardcovers of Mitosis available, and   they'll ship signed copies.)
-Saturday, January 24 at the Barnes &amp; Noble in Newnan, Georgia at 3:00 p.m. (possibly actually more like 3:30)

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/


Writing Excuses put up two new episodes. The first one is on Lovecraftian Horror, where we, with the help of Cherie Priest, discuss what it is, the influence it’s had on genre fiction, and the tools if offers to modern writers. The second is a mini-episode talking aboutSh... more »

Firefight Tour, Award Nomination Season + Updates

My tour for Firefight continues through the rest of this week: Find the full tour schedule and details by following the link below.

-Tonight (1/21) at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona at 6:00 p.m.
-Friday, January 23 at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas at 6:30 p.m. (They also have hardcovers of Mitosis available, and   they'll ship signed copies.)
-Saturday, January 24 at the Barnes &amp; Noble in Newnan, Georgia at 3:00 p.m. (possibly actually more like 3:30)

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/


Writing Excuses put up two new episodes. The first one is on Lovecraftian Horror, where we, with the help of Cherie Priest, discuss what it is, the influence it’s had on genre fiction, and the tools if offers to modern writers. The second is a mini-episode talking about Shadows Beneath's 2015 Hugo Award eligibility, which I mentioned on the blog earlier this week when I talked about my eligible works.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/

Tor.com is continuing their series of re-read posts for Words of Radiance. This week, Carl Engle-Laird discusses Chapter 24, which is mostly talk about cons and curry.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-24

A couple months back I was featured on the school library TV show Bookends. You can watch the video by following the link below.
http://epresence.psdschools.org/1/watch/2020.aspx

The Mistborn dice Kickstarter from Crafty Games is in its final 3 days. If 158 more people back it, they will add Atium and Gold dice to every set.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/craftygames/mistborn-allomancy-dice

My assistant Adam updated the Twitter posts archive for January.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-january-2015/

Sign up to my newsletter.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/___

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2015-01-15 16:17:05 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Firefight Tour, a new Writing Excuses episode + Updates

Firefight was released last week in the US and UK and the tour is underway. You can see the full tour schedule here.

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#5408

My next tour stop will be at Powell's in Beaverton, Oregon on January 16th at 7:00 p.m. It looks like this isn't a ticketed event, so I will sign any book I wrote that you bring, but it's awesome to show support for the store by buying your books there (ahead of time, if you want to read it before the signing). If you can make it, I hope to see you there, and many more of you throughout the rest of my tour in the US.

There's a new Writing Excuses episode, I have an Idea; What Do I Do Now? We talk about our various approaches to the next critical step: What to do once you've got an idea that has story-legs. Many of which... more »

Firefight Tour, a new Writing Excuses episode + Updates

Firefight was released last week in the US and UK and the tour is underway. You can see the full tour schedule here.

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#5408

My next tour stop will be at Powell's in Beaverton, Oregon on January 16th at 7:00 p.m. It looks like this isn't a ticketed event, so I will sign any book I wrote that you bring, but it's awesome to show support for the store by buying your books there (ahead of time, if you want to read it before the signing). If you can make it, I hope to see you there, and many more of you throughout the rest of my tour in the US.

There's a new Writing Excuses episode, I have an Idea; What Do I Do Now? We talk about our various approaches to the next critical step: What to do once you've got an idea that has story-legs. Many of which center around finding the person or people most affected by the thing our idea conjures into their world.

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/01/11/writing-excuses-10-2-i-have-an-idea-what-do-i-do-now/

Tor.com is continuing their series of re-read posts for Words of Radiance. In the last chapter we were left hanging with word of an assassin in the palace. This week, Alice Arneson discusses Chapter 23, where we discover what the attempt involved and what the fallout was.

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-23

Another thank you is in order; Words of Radiance was voted as the winner for Best Novel in 2014 by the r/Fantasy community on Reddit. Thank you for your continued support in this, my lifelong dream of being a professional writer. I couldn't do it without you!

http://http://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/2rh018/best_of_rfantasy_2014_the_results_thread/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for January.

http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-january-2015/" title="Tweets January 2015___

2014-12-31 00:45:38 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

All, this is your last chance to get The Way of Kings ebook for free from the iBookstore (with a US-linked iTunes account). This deal only goes through December 31st 2014, so you should hurry up and get it here: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewFeature?id=881209503&at=10l6oF (It's DRM-free so you can sideload it to another platform if you prefer. If you don’t see The Way of Kings on that list and you are in the US, use this link instead: http://itunes.apple.com/book/id376229549?at=10l6oF In other countries you’ll see different books, such as Robin Hobb’s excellent Assassin’s Apprentice if you’re in the UK.)

A new Writing Excuses episode is up, a Capstone to Season 9, where we talk a bit about what we’ve each learned this year and how we have changed as writers in 2014. Hopefully this discussion will bring some insight to how your own writing hasdeveloped, ... more »

All, this is your last chance to get The Way of Kings ebook for free from the iBookstore (with a US-linked iTunes account). This deal only goes through December 31st 2014, so you should hurry up and get it here: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewFeature?id=881209503&at=10l6oF (It's DRM-free so you can sideload it to another platform if you prefer. If you don’t see The Way of Kings on that list and you are in the US, use this link instead: http://itunes.apple.com/book/id376229549?at=10l6oF In other countries you’ll see different books, such as Robin Hobb’s excellent Assassin’s Apprentice if you’re in the UK.)

A new Writing Excuses episode is up, a Capstone to Season 9, where we talk a bit about what we’ve each learned this year and how we have changed as writers in 2014. Hopefully this discussion will bring some insight to how your own writing has developed, and how you might take steps to develop it in the future. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/12/29/
• Howard explained the surprising changes that came with a change in his work space
• Mary told us how she reached a new understanding of pacing
• Brandon talked about how recent time pressures have informed his writing process
• Dan learned why he is writing

The time is fast approaching for the release of Firefight next week. We’ve been told the tour will be announced tomorrow, so watch my feed.___

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2014-12-31 00:39:38 (14 comments, 16 reshares, 174 +1s)Open 

My family commissioned this for me as a birthday/Christmas gift. This handcrafted chest was made by my uncle and now holds all my favorite Magic: The Gathering cards.

My family commissioned this for me as a birthday/Christmas gift. This handcrafted chest was made by my uncle and now holds all my favorite Magic: The Gathering cards.___

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