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Brandon Sanderson has been shared in 12 public circles

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Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212CC G+
Moe Tousignant6,227RPG Circle ShareI hadn't done these in some time but decided to start up in the new year. Earlier this week I shared my first circle, my A circle.What you have here is my B - RPG Gamers circle. These are all G+ users who's name they have chosen to use start with the letters B. Everyone in this circle should have something to do with RPGs in some way. They may be a designer, a writer, an editor, an artist, a publisher, a fan, an edition warrior, a blogger, a podcaster, etc. If you do grab some of these people you should take the time to say hi! The best way I've found to do this is put them into a "New People" circle, send a message out to that new circle and then split the people up into whatever circle system you choose to use.2014-01-09 22:25:56205213CC G+
Chadwick Halse6,964Happy Monday #gplus!This is a small circle of  #gplusers  who have been featured on the #circlecount top 100 profile risers list!#circleshare #sharedcircle #Monday #top100 2013-09-30 14:12:58146151144CC G+
Chadwick Halse5,861Happy Tuesday #gplus!This is a small circle of  #gplusers  who have been featured on the #circlecount top 100 profile risers list!#circleshare #sharedcircle #tuesday #top100 2013-09-17 12:33:339011421CC G+
Moe „Gilvan Blight“ Tousignant4,123RPG Circle ShareWhat you have here is my RPG Gamer A-B circle. These are all G+ users who's name they have chosen to use start with the letters A or B.Everyone in this circle should have something to do with RPGs in some way. They may be a designer, a writer, an editor, an artist, a publisher, a fan, an edition warrior, a blogger, a podcaster, etc. If you do grab some of these people you should take the time to say hi! The best way I've found to do this is put them into a "New People" circle, send a message out to that new circle and then split the people up into whatever circle system you choose to use.2013-02-24 22:55:38446002CC G+
Matt Hall2,153What do you mean you haven't circled these people yet!?This is my core circle. Some of the most informed/engaging/cool people on here.So start circling! #Sharedcircle   #Sharedcircles  2012-09-12 14:18:5670101CC G+
Amanda Blain1,893,521*Dungeons and Dragons / Roleplaying / Fantasy Fans Circle*I cast magic missle on the darkness! This circle is made up of people who love Roleplaying, Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Fantasy books and more... Some of whom I play a weekly pathfinder session with in a Google Hangout... :) It Rocks! All are active posters and interact. If you are in this circle why not share the circle love around. If you do any role playing, fantasy posts, novels etc... comment here with some examples and I might add you to the next round. :)#dungeonsanddragons #fantasy #roleplaying   #dnd   #sharedcircles  (How my shared circles are made: http://bit.ly/LypWu5 )2012-09-08 21:04:501007415147CC G+
Shaun Duke1,539Google+ Shaun:This is my Writers, Geeks, and Friends circle.  A lot of you are already in said circle.  If you believe you should be in there, let me know in the comments.Why do I use this magic circle of doom?  It lets me partition my stream into my specific interests.  I also have a politics circle.  You only go in a circle if the bulk of what you post fits the theme.  Hope that makes sense.So:  who wants in?2012-06-09 01:31:19440412CC G+
Josh Ferry Woodard1,098Short Story Writers CircleRead my short story and re-share if you like it"I'm flamboyant… And I'm drunk." Sir William announces himself to me as he walks into the bar gracefully and stands beside me.He is an old man with grey hair, a large potbelly and relaxed wrists. He is wearing a smart light blue shirt that is tucked into his well-fitted black trousers. His friendly eyes, magnified slightly by his spectacles, give the impression of youthful exuberance curbed by worldly wisdom. His tanned skin is surprisingly healthy and his lack of wrinkles reflects his sanguine attitude toward life. We are sat in a booth at the back of the bar and Sir William is telling me about his experiences. He was a carpenter, and a sailor, and a saint, and a soldier, his father was an editor and his daughter is the Personal Relations manager for Manchester United Football Club. His sister is Korean, but North or South "It does not matter which because anybody who tries to differentiate between the two, really doesn’t understand Korea.”He asks me about my ambitions and is thrilled to talk about travelling the globe. He boasts of his time as a sailor: “I spent many years of my youth, enjoying day after day on the world’s most exotic beaches, building up an appetite to devour the local cuisine.” He leans in closer to me and holds my gaze, speaking softly and slowly. “And the thing is it does not matter if you speak their language, these women are sensual beings, they can communicate in the language of love.” And that is something to be treasured, he assures me.It seems something has struck a chord within him and he orders vodka lemon-limes for the two girls sitting opposite us. When the drinks arrive he beckons the two girls over. One blonde and one ginger, but both beautiful and young. At first they appear withdrawn, in their body language and in their conversation. But before the drinks need topping up, they are both drawn to his eccentricities and I can feel his aura of warmth enveloping their inhibitions; banishing them like a charm or a spell.“Sir William, why are you called Sir William?” The blond girl asks.“Well, because I am, a sir.” He replies, as if that was an explanation. “It all started when I was kicked out of Kings College at the modest age of twelve…”He goes on to describe a completely different story of how he and “good old Leo Wilkins” hijacked a cement mixer and took it on a joy-ride around “half of the school” demolishing a triplet of brand new tennis courts. The guilty apparatus was later found jammed into a freshly blossomed cherry tree draped with wondrous pink petals. Even the groundsman, he tells us, was compelled to appreciate the juxtaposition of the tragic tableau. But it was not enough. And he was therefore expelled from Kings College in the autumn.It turns out that his exclusion from all boys school opened a whole new world to the young William. Instantly, the advent of girls into his life affected him deeply. On the very eve of his first day at Thames-Valley Comprehensive he attended a raucous evening dinner that swiftly metamorphosed into a “decadent all-night-long party complete with booze, cigarettes, nudity and casualties. And this at the tender age of twelve!” One girl was found unconscious of alcohol poisoning, so William - ever the pragmatist - swiftly whisked off her clothes and placed her in the healing comfort of the cold bath.The girls are waiting on his each and every, soothing and well-articulated, word throughout this recollection so talk of his knighthood subsides.He asks the girls about their marital status and we find out that he is divorced but is currently having an affair with the head of the Merseyside Metropolitan Police Station. He tells us that she is fifty-four years old and has “tremendous breasts - d2012-04-28 17:14:53200113CC G+
Matthew Trotter0Okay. I've been collecting shared #writer / #reader circles for the past week or so, and I thought I'd share our combined efforts. Of course, G+ only allows you to share 500 people at a time, so this isn't a complete list, but it's pretty substantial.I've had a blast talking to and getting to know all of you over this past week or so. I've laughed, learned, and loved—a lot. I hope this circle will provide you the same pleasure that it has provided me.And just because you don't see yourself doesn't mean you're not in my circle. Like I said, there's a 500 person sharing limit. Still, if there's any doubt, you can ask to be added. I'm more than happy to.Much writerly love and salud,MattP.S. Share this circle and share the love with all of these fantastic people. #writers #writing #writersgroup #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #readers #readerscircle #books #ebooks #indieauthors2012-04-27 21:12:48500505CC G+
Mike Clancy4,368321 ... Blastoff! Here's my circle of avid and engaged lovers of science fiction again ... with +70 new interesting participants. If you want to be part of this curated group, just +1. If you're already a part of it, please share and continue posting. Be advised: non-posters are dropped.2012-04-18 22:35:153211612CC G+
Gregory Lynn1,215Greetings,I haven't shared this publicly in a while so here goes. It's a collection of folks who write speculative fiction. In a few moments I will also be sharing a circle of people who read speculative fiction.The idea is to share the readers with the writers and the writers with the readers so readers can discover new writers and writers can discover new readers et cetera and so forth.If you're interested in being added to either (or both) please just drop a comment below.Also please feel free to share around to anyone you know.2012-03-11 23:16:3157300CC G+


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2014-04-23 18:37:25 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 24 +1s)

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

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

What Is Altered Perceptions?

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

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

2014-04-23 18:36:26 (49 comments, 27 reshares, 311 +1s)

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

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

To The Wheel of Time Fans

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

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

2014-04-15 21:27:59 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 23 +1s)

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

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

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

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2014-04-03 16:33:31 (7 comments, 12 reshares, 64 +1s)

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

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

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

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2014-03-04 23:50:51 (56 comments, 33 reshares, 329 +1s)

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

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2014-03-04 23:48:26 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 134 +1s)

New author photo!

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2014-02-21 00:10:54 (6 comments, 12 reshares, 79 +1s)

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

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

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

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2014-01-24 17:17:58 (7 comments, 10 reshares, 41 +1s)

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

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2013-12-24 02:15:08 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)

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2013-12-13 19:03:56 (27 comments, 48 reshares, 189 +1s)

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

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

2013 Holiday Sales

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

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

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2013-11-01 23:07:25 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)

Farewell, Bieberllama.

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2013-10-22 16:37:11 (13 comments, 11 reshares, 91 +1s)

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

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2013-10-18 17:45:11 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 60 +1s)

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


Brandon Mull.

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

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

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

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2013-10-14 17:46:35 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 40 +1s)

Writing Excuses, Steelheart tour, Steelhunt, and #NewEpics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013-09-18 17:26:51 (15 comments, 8 reshares, 54 +1s)

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

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

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

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2013-09-18 17:22:34 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 63 +1s)

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

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

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

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2013-09-12 19:35:47 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 53 +1s)

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

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

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

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

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

A question for my German and other foreign-language readers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steelheart Preorders from Weller Book Works Start Today

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

Steelheart Signed & Numbered Copies

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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2013-08-09 22:34:41 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)

It's time to announce the winners of the STEELHEART Mega Vault Fan Art contest. First, if you haven't seen the teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters for STEELHEART, please go give them a look!


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

2013-08-07 17:39:47 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)

Spokane this week!

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

Barnes & Noble, Spokane

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

SpoCon 2013, Spokane

Dates: Friday August9th... more »

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2013-08-07 17:37:26 (28 comments, 32 reshares, 203 +1s)

Updates Catch-Up + Michael Whelan Stormlight 2 Cover

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, July 19th

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

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

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2013-07-08 22:29:54 (10 comments, 6 reshares, 58 +1s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest post by Elise Matthesen: How to Report Sexual Harassment

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

How to Report Sexual Harassment

by Elise Mattheson

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

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

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

THE RITHMATIST Illustrations, Book Expo America & Updates

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

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

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

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

Hugo Voter Packet Out Now, Signed THE RITHMATIST + Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013-05-08 22:15:48 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)

My YA fantasy novel THE RITHMATIST comes out next week. Read the first 5 chapters here http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/01/the-rithmatist-excerpt and check out my signing tour schedule here http://brandonsanderson.com/events . Tor.com also put up an article today talking about the book's magic system. http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/05/the-rithmatist-magic

I'm also pleased to report that Michael Kramer is narrating the audiobook for THE RITHMATIST. You can listen to the prologue and the first part of chapter 1 below. It will be available from Macmillan Audio via Audible and preloaded digital audio, and I assume via iTunes as usual though the listing isn't up yet.

In non-Rithmatist news, my Hugo Award-nominated novella THE EMPEROR'S SOUL has its... more »

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2013-05-03 19:44:00 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)

I got back from JordanCon a few days ago. Often times at cons and signings, my readers bring me small gifts. I'm deeply grateful for the time and thought put into these, and I try to post pictures of some of them from time to time. JordanCon was no exception. Here are some of the cool things you all gave me.

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2013-05-01 20:51:24 (8 comments, 15 reshares, 69 +1s)

On Saturday Tor.com posted an essay of mine entitled "Terry Pratchett's Discworld Might Be The Highest Form of Literature on the Planet." I've mentioned my love of Terry Pratchett a few times on the blog before, but in this essay I lay out my whole case.

Michael Whelan has signed prints of the A MEMORY OF LIGHT cover painting, that Harriet and I also signed at JordanCon. They look great!

This week's Writing Excuses podcast episode is another microcasting episode where we cover a bunch of questions:

• How do you prepare to write?
• How do you write stories that are important without being heavy-handed?
• Magical realism vs.Fanta... more »

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2013-04-24 21:34:40 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 41 +1s)

My YA fantasy novel THE RITHMATIST comes out on May 14th in the US/Canada, and May 23rd in UK/Commonwealth countries. (Read the prologue and first five chapters here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/01/the-rithmatist-excerpt )

This book tour's stops are listed at the bottom of this post, and included are a bunch of cities I haven't visited on any recent tour. Also, I'm not doing a midnight release at BYU this year. Instead, the release will be Tuesday evening in New York at Books of Wonder (see below). I will number copies at the New York release.

But since I can't visit every city where my readers live, I like to set up a signing-by-mail (NOW SOLD OUT!) so you can still get a signed book. For this release Weller Book Works is limiting the amount of copies to 200, which I will number (starting at 101).

Due to a bit of a delay in organizing things this time,... more »

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2013-04-23 20:06:20 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)

This past weekend I had a great time at JordanCon. Next year's Author Guest of Honor will be Patrick Rothfuss, with Artist Guest of Honor Larry Elmore. It should be awesome. http://www.jordancon.org/content/jordancon-6-author-artist-and-toastmasters-announced

While I was there I signed a number of books for two booksellers, The Missing Volume and Basement Books. They each also have a handful of copies of my Firstborn/Defending Elysium convention exclusive—but I forgot to sign those. Whoops. Still, if you're not a con, this is the only way to get your hands on that hardcover until much later this year. Both booksellers will ship to you.

The Missing Volume
Raleigh, NC
Email: info@themissingvolume.com
Phone: 321-297-6635
Plenty of signed copies of The Emperor's Soul and one signed copy of a number of other hardcoversa... more »

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2013-04-23 16:40:10 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 26 +1s)

Here is the high-speed version of me writing the whole Rysn interlude from WORDS OF RADIANCE, the sequel to THE WAY OF KINGS. Writing the Stormlight Archive volume 2 Rysn interlude: high-speed version

If you watched all the previous real-time versions, the final video of those is here: Writing the Stormlight Archive volume 2 Rysn interlude: Part 12

There's a playlist of all of the real-time videos here: Writing the Stormlight Archive volume 2 Rysn interlude: Part 1

This has been a bit of an experiment, to show my writing process. Now that it's all done, what have you thought about the experiment?

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2013-04-17 18:53:20 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

This weekend I'll be at JordanCon in Atlanta. My schedule is below, and the full schedule is here: http://www.jordancon.org/program/session-schedule

Guests of Honor this year are Seanan McGuire (a.k.a. Mira Grant) and Michael Whelan. Team Jordan will also be participating.

Stormlight/Mistborn/Rithmatist artists Isaac Stewart and Ben McSweeney will also be there. They have a panel with Michael Whelan called Art of the Stormlight Archive that you might want to check out. http://www.jordancon.org/sessions/art-stormlight-archive

JordanCon will mark the release of my hardcover edition of FIRSTBORN and DEFENDING ELYSIUM. I will also bring it to other conventions this summer, and then it will be available on my signed books page in the late fall. http://brandonsanderson.com/blog/1151/

FRIDAY April 19th

1:00–2:00 p.m., Great Oaks A
JordanCon OpeningC... more »

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2013-04-15 17:28:16 (1 comments, 11 reshares, 39 +1s)

I'm doing a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) right now at /r/fantasy. Ask away. http://redd.it/1ced7z

This week's Writing Excuses podcast episode talks about narrative rhythm. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/04/14/

Here's the penultimate video of me writing the Rysn interlude from WORDS OF RADIANCE, the next Stormlight book. Next week I'll put up the conclusion and the sped-up version with everything in one video. Writing the Stormlight Archive volume 2 Rysn interlude: Part 11

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2013-04-04 19:30:35 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

Tor.com has put up chapter 2 and chapter 3 of my forthcoming YA fantasy THE RITHMATIST.
If you missed them, the prologue and chapter 1 are here:
The book comes out next month. Tor has also announced a mobile campaign involving (at the moment) the Wheel of Time and THE RITHMATIST. On your mobile phone text "EPIC" to 555111 to receive facts, trivia, and more (and no, that's not an April Fools joke, though it was announced on April 1st). Or you can sign up at this link: http://epicmobilealerts.com

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Tor.com has also started a reread of THE WAY OF KINGS in preparation for the release of the sequel, WORDS OF RADIANCE, hopefully later this... more »

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2013-04-04 19:24:51 (6 comments, 11 reshares, 102 +1s)

Irene at Tor sent me this beautiful poster (the scale may not be obvious in the photo, but the frame is about 22" by 30") with a long quote from chapter 4 of THE EYE OF THE WORLD. Robert Jordan truly was a master at making a story come alive before our eyes.

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2013-04-03 16:09:11 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s)

German copies of ELANTRIS arrived. And I have an essay on writing cinematic fight scenes in WRITING FANTASY HEROES. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982053681?tag=monkeyslothst-20

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2013-04-02 17:31:00 (18 comments, 11 reshares, 108 +1s)

THE EMPEROR'S SOUL Nominated for a Hugo Award!

The nominations for the 2013 Hugo Awards were recently released, and I'm elated to announce that The Emperor's Soul has been nominated for Best Novella. http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2013-hugo-awards/

This is, quite frankly, awesome. It's my first major award nomination in a fiction category. Alongside it, Writing Excuses has been nominated for Best Related Work for its third year running.

I don't know what to say other than thank you. Thank you to those who supported the story, who gave me feedback, and who encouraged me to find time to whip it into shape and release it last year. Also, a big thanks to Tachyon Publications, the book's publisher.

The winners will be announced at Worldcon in San Antonio on September 1st. The Hugos are a fan-voted award, but only members of Worldcon... more »

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2013-04-01 16:51:15 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)

Here's part 9 of me writing WORDS OF RADIANCE, the sequel to THE WAY OF KINGS. Writing the Stormlight Archive volume 2 Rysn interlude: Part 9


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