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Brandon Sanderson has been shared in 14 public circles

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Dylan Cuffy15,774#WhatLiesAground Time for another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Can't believe the last update was only five days ago!So many new ones, so little time; should've made a list so I didn't lose track. So as always, a special shout-out to those from my watchlist (which I cleared today):• +Moan Lisa (out of Iowa)• +Brian Gill (tip of the hat to ya!)• +Ashley Stuart (circle curator, just like Lisa)• +Tim Lyden (out of Oregon; greetings from Waterbury, CT!)• +OPhelia Marie (Dominica's Lady of Song)• +James Gunn (from +Guardians of the Galaxy)• +Ryan Schultz (the inspiration for my Top 10 Relevant group, along with +Aaron Crocco)• +Shawn Manaher (book marketing coach)• +Debbie Ohi (another children's author)• +Anthrocon (furries know their name)• +VLC (the open-source player)And saying hello to my newest finds (both furries as well): +Marshall Fox (fursuit fan) and +Jacob Bridenbecker (dragon as fursona). Along with:• +2014-10-17 17:50:44300002
Dylan Cuffy13,593#WhatLiesAground Well...life goes on, and I'd better keep going. (Let me know how you feel about Robin Williams' death in the comments below.)Time for the first edition of the Fab 500 sequel, Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Everyone I've circled, from the time the first one became full (back in April) on till now. From seasoned writers, to +Empire Avenue stalwarts, to several buddies in the furry fandom.A special shout-out to +Franck RABESON out of Madagascar—probably that country's only established fur—and to +Jason Levy and his Elite Inner Circle pals (with thanks to Ms. Blankenship, +Amanda Wright).Stay tuned for the upcoming +Widbook launch of Marigot Magic, my 2012 NaNoWriMo project. (Written with furries, Disney fans, and the Caribbean elite in mind.) Until then, enjoy your summer—and wish me luck!(NEXT UPDATE: 275 accounts, ETA late August–early September.)2014-08-12 02:20:32250101
Marsha Friedman3,586This circle is for +++++++Published Authors++++++. You'll find both fiction and non-fiction writers who are committed to promoting each other's work here on Google+. Please feel free to add all of these fine folks and share this circle with your friends!Just add the circle and share it with your followers!#greenliving   #environmentalism   #environment   #alternativeenergy2014-06-05 14:43:06329000
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 19:51:53249212
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 22:25:56205213
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 14:12:58146151245
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 22:55:38446002
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 14:18:5670101
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 21:04:501007415147
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 01:31:19440412
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 17:14:53200113
Matthew Trotter63Okay. I've been collecting shared #writer / #reader circles for the past week or so, and I thought I'd share our combined efforts. Of course, G+ only allows you to share 500 people at a time, so this isn't a complete list, but it's pretty substantial.I've had a blast talking to and getting to know all of you over this past week or so. I've laughed, learned, and loved—a lot. I hope this circle will provide you the same pleasure that it has provided me.And just because you don't see yourself doesn't mean you're not in my circle. Like I said, there's a 500 person sharing limit. Still, if there's any doubt, you can ask to be added. I'm more than happy to.Much writerly love and salud,MattP.S. Share this circle and share the love with all of these fantastic people. #writers #writing #writersgroup #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #readers #readerscircle #books #ebooks #indieauthors2012-04-27 21:12:48500506
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 22:35:153211612
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 23:16:3157300

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2014-03-04 23:50:51 (60 comments, 32 reshares, 339 +1s)Open 

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

Most reshares: 197

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2014-06-20 18:44:03 (12 comments, 197 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

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

OLD TEXT:

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

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

Most plusones: 410

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

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

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

To The Wheel of Time Fans

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

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

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2014-10-29 16:28:24 (4 comments, 18 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Just a quick note: the ebook of The Rithmatist is on sale today for $1.99 in the US and Canada, and it looks like it's €1.78 in continental Europe. Check your local region to see the price there—links are here: http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=77. I don't know how long this lasts, but I'm guessing it's just today.

And if you didn't notice, last week I put out a new novella out in its own ebook: Sixth of the Dusk. Available worldwide. http://brandonsanderson.com/sixth-of-the-dusk-ebook

Additionally, The Way of Kings ebook is still free in the US on the iBookstore and Amazon until the end of the year. http://brandonsanderson.com/the-way-of-kings-free-on-itunes/

Just a quick note: the ebook of The Rithmatist is on sale today for $1.99 in the US and Canada, and it looks like it's €1.78 in continental Europe. Check your local region to see the price there—links are here: http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=77. I don't know how long this lasts, but I'm guessing it's just today.

And if you didn't notice, last week I put out a new novella out in its own ebook: Sixth of the Dusk. Available worldwide. http://brandonsanderson.com/sixth-of-the-dusk-ebook

Additionally, The Way of Kings ebook is still free in the US on the iBookstore and Amazon until the end of the year. http://brandonsanderson.com/the-way-of-kings-free-on-itunes/___

2014-10-28 16:23:18 (8 comments, 9 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Grammy Awards Nominations: Mistborn

This is something that doesn't apply to many of you, but if you're a voting member of The Recording Academy, and you're a Mistborn fan, you may want to take a look at your ballot.

57th GRAMMY AWARDS – For Your Consideration:
MISTBORN – THE FINAL EMPIRE by Brandon Sanderson in 5.1 Surround Sound DTS

The Graphic Audio editions of the Mistborn books (and Elantris and Warbreaker — http://www.graphicaudio.net/our-productions/authors/a-e/brandon-sanderson.html ) aren't your average audiobooks—they're full-cast recordings with some sound effects, though they're still nearly unabridged; only a few things such as dialogue tags ("she said") get trimmed out, since by the voice actor you can know who's talking.

If you've never experienced one, check it out below. And if you're anAcademy... more »

Grammy Awards Nominations: Mistborn

This is something that doesn't apply to many of you, but if you're a voting member of The Recording Academy, and you're a Mistborn fan, you may want to take a look at your ballot.

57th GRAMMY AWARDS – For Your Consideration:
MISTBORN – THE FINAL EMPIRE by Brandon Sanderson in 5.1 Surround Sound DTS

The Graphic Audio editions of the Mistborn books (and Elantris and Warbreaker — http://www.graphicaudio.net/our-productions/authors/a-e/brandon-sanderson.html ) aren't your average audiobooks—they're full-cast recordings with some sound effects, though they're still nearly unabridged; only a few things such as dialogue tags ("she said") get trimmed out, since by the voice actor you can know who's talking.

If you've never experienced one, check it out below. And if you're an Academy voter, I hope you'll give it a listen as you consider the applicable category. Best of luck to everyone on the ballot in every category!___

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2014-10-22 23:41:51 (21 comments, 7 reshares, 160 +1s)Open 

New Google+ cover image for the release of Sixth of the Dusk!

New Google+ cover image for the release of Sixth of the Dusk!___

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2014-10-21 18:12:01 (9 comments, 16 reshares, 103 +1s)Open 

Mistborn Adventure Game Alloy of Law supplement, New Allomancer Jak story + Giveaway

A few weeks ago, Crafty Games, the makers of the Mistborn Adventure Game, released their second supplement for the game (after the Terris supplement). This new one covers the Alloy of Law era. http://MistbornRPG.com

As in the original adventure game book, where I wrote a short story for the volume that features Kelsier (http://brandonsanderson.com/the-eleventh-metal ), I’ve written a new piece for this supplement that features everyone’s favorite Roughs hero and correspondent: Allomancer Jak! These episodes follow his appearance in The Alloy of Law. Includes bonus annotations by Handerwym, Jak’s faithful Terris steward! Check out a preview here: http://brandonsanderson.com/allomancer-jak-and-the-pits-of-eltania

You can buy the Mistborn Adventure Game and the Alloy of Law supplementnow. ... more »

Mistborn Adventure Game Alloy of Law supplement, New Allomancer Jak story + Giveaway

A few weeks ago, Crafty Games, the makers of the Mistborn Adventure Game, released their second supplement for the game (after the Terris supplement). This new one covers the Alloy of Law era. http://MistbornRPG.com

As in the original adventure game book, where I wrote a short story for the volume that features Kelsier (http://brandonsanderson.com/the-eleventh-metal ), I’ve written a new piece for this supplement that features everyone’s favorite Roughs hero and correspondent: Allomancer Jak! These episodes follow his appearance in The Alloy of Law. Includes bonus annotations by Handerwym, Jak’s faithful Terris steward! Check out a preview here: http://brandonsanderson.com/allomancer-jak-and-the-pits-of-eltania

You can buy the Mistborn Adventure Game and the Alloy of Law supplement now. This week, Tor.com is running a contest to give away both books, and they’re also including a trade paperback of Mistborn. Their contest is open to residents of the US and Canada (but not Quebec). To enter, post a comment here: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/10/mistborn-adventure-game-prize-pack-sweepstakes

Here’s what Crafty has to say about the new supplement:

SECURE YOUR VIALS AND STRAP ON YOUR SIX-GUNS!

It’s 300 years after the fall of the Lord Ruler. The Final Empire is a distant memory, and the heroes who brought it down are legend. The rebels and thieving crews of old have been replaced with gunslingers, bounty hunters, shysters, and lawkeepers, and around every corner is a land of wild adventure, unlimited opportunity, ancient mystery, and ever-present danger. This is The Alloy of Law.

Alloy of Law is a core supplement for the Mistborn Adventure Game, helping players leap headlong into the thrilling world of the fourth book in Brandon Sanderson’s best-selling Mistborn series. This 320-page supplement features a wealth of new world information, game rules, and advice for playing this Old West-styled era, including:

• An exclusive original story from Mistborn creator, Brandon Sanderson!
• A comprehensive overview of the people, society, and history of the remade Scadrial, with new information not seen in the novel
• Updated character and Crew creation. Play a metalmind-slinging Ferring, one of the powerful koloss-blooded, or a Twinborn — master of Allomancy and Feruchemy alike
• Magic of The Alloy of Law era, including updates for all three Metallic Arts and rules for the godlike power of Compounding
• Rules for technology, guns, and gunplay — with a magical twist
• A gazetteer of the towns, cities, and key locations of the Elendel Basin and Roughs
• An exploration of the faiths, politics, and secrets of The Alloy of Law…and beyond
• Advice and inspiration for Narrators on running campaigns in The Alloy of Law era
• A rogues’ gallery of noted personalities in the era, including novel heroes Wax, Wayne, and Marasi
• Did you enjoy reading The Alloy of Law? Now you can make your own Mistborn stories.

Already play Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Adventure Game? This book more than doubles the supplemental setting material.

Alloy of Law is available at fine book stores and hobby shops worldwide. You can also order print and digital (PDF) copies directly from the publisher, Crafty Games. http://MistbornRPG.com

If you are a store owner and would like to discuss wholesale orders, please contact marketing@crafty-games.com___

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2014-10-15 16:36:09 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Writing Excuses Episodes & Caribbean Retreat

There are two new Writing Excuses episodes to talk about:
• Fan Writing, with Chris Garcia
• The Convention-Author Relationship, with Deirdre Saoirse Moen
Both episodes were recorded at Westercon/FantasyCon earlier this year in front of a live audience. Chris has worked in fanzines for years (and won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine), and Deirdre runs conventions. Both have lots of great stuff to say, so check the episodes out. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/10/

The Writing Excuses anthology, Shadows Beneath, is still included in StoryBundle.com's NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle of DRM-free writing advice ebooks, as well as through the standard ebook vendors that you can see at the following link. We also still have some copies of the hardcover (with the ebook included).htt... more »

Writing Excuses Episodes & Caribbean Retreat

There are two new Writing Excuses episodes to talk about:
• Fan Writing, with Chris Garcia
• The Convention-Author Relationship, with Deirdre Saoirse Moen
Both episodes were recorded at Westercon/FantasyCon earlier this year in front of a live audience. Chris has worked in fanzines for years (and won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine), and Deirdre runs conventions. Both have lots of great stuff to say, so check the episodes out. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/10/

The Writing Excuses anthology, Shadows Beneath, is still included in StoryBundle.com's NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle of DRM-free writing advice ebooks, as well as through the standard ebook vendors that you can see at the following link. We also still have some copies of the hardcover (with the ebook included). http://brandonsanderson.com/shadows-beneath

Writing Excuses also announced last week that the September 2015 Out of Excuses Writing Workshop and Retreat will take place not in Chattanooga as in previous years, but on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, with many more participant slots available. If that sounds interesting to you, check out the description: http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/10/09/ and the registration page: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wx-13091479969___

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2014-10-14 17:04:55 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

The Accident Highwayman by Ben Tripp

Find links for buying the book here: http://brandonsanderson.com/the-accidental-highwayman/

I blurbed a book! I know, I know. That doesn’t happen very often these days, but Susan, my YA editor at Tor, approached me with a project she is very excited and passionate about: The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp. And after reading it, I have to highly recommend it—Susan has discovered a gem.

From the back of the book:

“In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man’s riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever. Mistaken for Whistling Jack and on the run from redcoats, Kit is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders he thought thestuff of fa... more »

The Accident Highwayman by Ben Tripp

Find links for buying the book here: http://brandonsanderson.com/the-accidental-highwayman/

I blurbed a book! I know, I know. That doesn’t happen very often these days, but Susan, my YA editor at Tor, approached me with a project she is very excited and passionate about: The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp. And after reading it, I have to highly recommend it—Susan has discovered a gem.

From the back of the book:

“In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man’s riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever. Mistaken for Whistling Jack and on the run from redcoats, Kit is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders he thought the stuff of fairy tales.”

We’ve seen the story of the servant taking up the master’s mantle before. But the twist caught my attention. Kind of like becoming the Dread Pirate Roberts, only you didn’t mean to, and now all England is looking to put you in prison for the crimes your master committed. Something in between The Princess Bride and The Fugitive with the charm of Stardust and the snark of Terry Pratchett—if he wrote Robert Louis Stevenson fan fiction. The Accidental Highwayman should be judged on its own merits, of course, but comparing it to those books and authors is the best way to give you the feel of this novel in a way that will catch the attention of those readers who will enjoy it the most.

At the beginning of the book, author Ben Tripp purports only to be the editor of notes he found in a chest belonging to one of his ancestors. The story begins in an affected voice meant to sound like something from the eighteenth century, but laced with enough humor and snark that you feel the author is subtly looking at you from behind the words and shooting you an anachronistic wink. Tripp has mastered the balancing act of making the prose sound archaic while at the same time being palatable to modern readers. Take a gander at Tripp’s website (http://kitbristol.com )—you can tell he’s something of a character.

So, yes, I recommend this book. Like I said to my editor, The Accidental Highwayman is “Delightful and charming. A swashbuckling adventure in the vein of Robert Louis Stevenson.”

Take a look at what other reviewers have said:

“Readers will root for star-crossed lovers, Kit and Morgana, and delight in their ‘opposites attract’ romance, drawn onward by a rollicking plot.... Fantasy readers, especially fans of Catherynne Valente’s work, will enjoy the author’s elegant turns of phrase. A first purchase for all fantasy collections.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Spells, wishes and fantastical creatures aside, this rollicking yarn owes more to R.L. Stevenson than J.K. Rowling. Kit’s wry voice provides a fine pastiche of old-fashioned tale-telling... enlivened by breakneck pacing, colorful similes and a sly wit aimed at modern sensibilities.... Kit himself is as brave, clever and good-natured an orphan lad as ever buckled a swash. The promise of more adventures to come provides happily-ever-after enough. They can still write ’em like they used to; hurrah!” —Kirkus Reviews

“While the journey isn’t quick, it never grows tedious—danger, magic, and intrigue wait at every turn. Tripp infuses his story with whimsy, humor, and derring-do, and his miniature spot illustrations and handful of lovely full-page pieces add to the overall charm.” —Publishers Weekly

“Tripp builds a richly imagined fantasy world, captured both in Kit’s dry, witty first-person narrative and Tripp’s detailed illustrations. The complex political machinations... make for a compelling and quietly sinister background thrum that builds until the exciting concluding battle, which handily leaves room for more adventures in the planned trilogy. Fans of classic adventure will find plenty to like here.” —Booklist

Want to check out an excerpt? The first two chapters are on Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J6TWHOS?tag=brandsande-20 , and you can read chapters three through eight on Tor dot com: http://www.tor.com/tags/The%20Accidental%20Highwayman___

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2014-10-09 22:50:08 (13 comments, 28 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Mitosis audiobook free on Audible

I’m happy to announce that Mitosis (the novelette that takes place between Steelheart and Firefight) has been released as an audiobook. What’s more, Audible is putting it up for free for a limited time: http://www.qksrv.net/links/7225758/http://www.audible.com/Mitosis

The talented Macleod Andrews returns as the audiobook’s narrator—and he will return for the Firefight audiobook as well, which comes out in January and which you can preorder here: http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/firefight

Here’s an audio preview for Mitosis: http://soundcloud.com/audible/mitosis Since the novelette takes place after Steelheart, the preview contains major spoilers for that book, so be warned! If you haven’t read Steelheart yet, there’s an audio preview for it here: http://soundcloud.com/audible/steelheart

Mitosis audiobook free on Audible

I’m happy to announce that Mitosis (the novelette that takes place between Steelheart and Firefight) has been released as an audiobook. What’s more, Audible is putting it up for free for a limited time: http://www.qksrv.net/links/7225758/http://www.audible.com/Mitosis

The talented Macleod Andrews returns as the audiobook’s narrator—and he will return for the Firefight audiobook as well, which comes out in January and which you can preorder here: http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/firefight

Here’s an audio preview for Mitosis: http://soundcloud.com/audible/mitosis Since the novelette takes place after Steelheart, the preview contains major spoilers for that book, so be warned! If you haven’t read Steelheart yet, there’s an audio preview for it here: http://soundcloud.com/audible/steelheart___

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2014-10-08 22:30:44 (18 comments, 9 reshares, 153 +1s)Open 

Mistborn Trade Paperbacks + New York Comic Con Schedule

Back in May I mentioned the new trade paperbacks for the Mistborn trilogy that were coming out, starting with the first book. Since then, The Well of Ascension was released in August, and The Hero of Ages came out this week.

All three books have gorgeous Sam Weber cover art, and Isaac Stewart drew updated versions of the maps. The three books are shelved in the YA section of the store (next to Steelheart and The Rithmatist), but aside from the cover, maps, and some longstanding typos that my assistant Peter got fixed, they’re identical to the versions shelved in the adult science fiction/fantasy section. If you know teenagers who like to read, this new version might be a good one to give them. Check the “Trade Paper” links in the widgets for each of the three books on my website.http:... more »

Mistborn Trade Paperbacks + New York Comic Con Schedule

Back in May I mentioned the new trade paperbacks for the Mistborn trilogy that were coming out, starting with the first book. Since then, The Well of Ascension was released in August, and The Hero of Ages came out this week.

All three books have gorgeous Sam Weber cover art, and Isaac Stewart drew updated versions of the maps. The three books are shelved in the YA section of the store (next to Steelheart and The Rithmatist), but aside from the cover, maps, and some longstanding typos that my assistant Peter got fixed, they’re identical to the versions shelved in the adult science fiction/fantasy section. If you know teenagers who like to read, this new version might be a good one to give them. Check the “Trade Paper” links in the widgets for each of the three books on my website. http://brandonsanderson.com/books/mistborn/

This Saturday I will be at New York Comic Con. My schedule is below. I hope to see many of you there! Unfortunately, I’ve heard that Saturday passes are already sold out.

New York Comic Con
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Place: New York Comic Con
Address: Javits Center
655 W 34th St
New York, New York 10001

Schedule:
2:00–3:00 p.m., Tor Booth #2223
Brandon Sanderson Signing
We’ll have plenty of Brandon Sanderson’s titles both old and new available for purchase. Free The Way of Kings/Mistborn sampler with every purchase!

4:00–4:45 p.m., Room 1A18
Villains: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Darth Vader, the Evil Queen, Hannibal Lecter, Nurse Ratched . . . let’s face it, being a villain is way more fun sometimes. Join Waltury Jury & Sarah Fine (Scan), Lexie Dunne (Superheroes Anonymous), Matthew Cody (Villainous), Brandon Sanderson (Steelheart and Firefight), Peter Moore (V is for Villain), and Anna Schumacher (End Times) as they discuss with Anna Jarzab (Tandem) what makes a villain memorable, why we need them, and if the tables were turned, would they be the heroes of their own tales?

5:15–6:15 p.m., Autographing Table 19
Villains: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Author Autographing

http://brandonsanderson.com/mistborn-trade-paperbacks-new-york-comic-con-schedule___

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2014-10-01 17:21:20 (2 comments, 29 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Writers! StoryBundle is running a NaNoWriMo Tools bundle that includes Shadows Beneath: the Writing Excuses Anthology. Lots of great books about writing here! Name your price, DRM-free. http://storybundle.com/nano

Writers! StoryBundle is running a NaNoWriMo Tools bundle that includes Shadows Beneath: the Writing Excuses Anthology. Lots of great books about writing here! Name your price, DRM-free. http://storybundle.com/nano___

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2014-09-24 19:45:48 (12 comments, 6 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Steelheart paperback release!

This week marks the release of Steelheart as a trade paperback in the US and a mass market paperback in the UK. We received our copies, and they look great! Check out the photo, and find buy links here: http://brandonsanderson.com/steelheart-paperback-release/

The new paperback cover matches the cover for the sequel, Firefight, and I think it looks great. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s shiny when you move it back in the light.

And what about Firefight? It comes out on January 6th, and you can preorder it here: http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/firefight/ Editing is all finished, and I just found out that the publisher received advance reading copies (ARCs) of the book today. So it will be going out to reviewers before long. And the lucky winners of the ARC contest back in April will finally get their copies too!<... more »

Steelheart paperback release!

This week marks the release of Steelheart as a trade paperback in the US and a mass market paperback in the UK. We received our copies, and they look great! Check out the photo, and find buy links here: http://brandonsanderson.com/steelheart-paperback-release/

The new paperback cover matches the cover for the sequel, Firefight, and I think it looks great. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s shiny when you move it back in the light.

And what about Firefight? It comes out on January 6th, and you can preorder it here: http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/firefight/ Editing is all finished, and I just found out that the publisher received advance reading copies (ARCs) of the book today. So it will be going out to reviewers before long. And the lucky winners of the ARC contest back in April will finally get their copies too!

You can read the first three chapters of Firefight in the back of the new trade paperback. And don’t forget the story “Mitosis” that goes between the two books: http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/mitosis/

The trilogy will conclude in Calamity, which I plan to start writing soon. You can track its progress in the upper-right corner of my website.

If you’re not sure about this whole Steelheart thing, see the introduction below.

INTRODUCTION

There are no heroes.

Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.

Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible.

It has been ten years. We live our lives as best we can. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying powerful Epics, finding their weaknesses, then assassinating them.

My name is David Charleston. I’m not one of the Reckoners, but I intend to join them. I have something they need. Something precious, something incredible. Not an object, but an experience. I know his secret.

I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.

Read sample chapters here: http://brandonsanderson.com/steelheart-prologue/

(And by the way, as of this writing, The Way of Kings ebook is still free in the US on the iBookstore and Kindle: http://brandonsanderson.com/the-way-of-kings-free-on-itunes/ )___

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2014-09-18 16:56:52 (22 comments, 48 reshares, 121 +1s)Open 

The Way of Kings Free on iTunes!

Back in June, Tor approached us and asked if we’d be willing to let Apple give away The Way of Kings for free as part of a promotion to encourage people to update their Apple devices to iOS 8.

I was enthusiastic about the opportunity. I believe that people’s investment of time in a book like The Way of Kings is worth more than their investment of money, and so I’m perfectly happy to give away the book for free as a way of acknowledging this. I responded the same way when Tor wanted to give Mistborn away for free when people signed up for Tor.com during its initial months. I feel that if people read the first book, they will get a good feel for my style. Those who love it will likely want to go pick up the second book. Those who don’t didn’t have to spend money on something to try it out. Everyone wins.

Well, the iOS update is here,and the p... more »

The Way of Kings Free on iTunes!

Back in June, Tor approached us and asked if we’d be willing to let Apple give away The Way of Kings for free as part of a promotion to encourage people to update their Apple devices to iOS 8.

I was enthusiastic about the opportunity. I believe that people’s investment of time in a book like The Way of Kings is worth more than their investment of money, and so I’m perfectly happy to give away the book for free as a way of acknowledging this. I responded the same way when Tor wanted to give Mistborn away for free when people signed up for Tor.com during its initial months. I feel that if people read the first book, they will get a good feel for my style. Those who love it will likely want to go pick up the second book. Those who don’t didn’t have to spend money on something to try it out. Everyone wins.

Well, the iOS update is here, and the promotion is more extensive than I thought. The bad news is that it’s only in the US. (Or, at least, you have to have a US-linked iTunes account.) You should have access to some other awesome books in your country, however, free like mine. In the UK, for example, Robin Hobb’s excellent Assassin’s Apprentice is one of the free books. (It is one of my favorite fantasy novels, so you should definitely check it out.)

The good news is that this works on any iOS device, even if you haven’t updated. In fact, you can get it and read it in iBooks on your Mac as well! (Technically you don’t even need an iOS device. I was able to download it on my PC’s iTunes account using this link: http://goo.gl/2kRMR6 Since my Firefox has an epub reader extension—and since Tor books are DRM-free—I was able to open the book in my browser.)

I do want to give a big thank you to the iBooks team for giving us this promotional opportunity. I’ve been a longstanding supporter of iBooks and their reading platform, as I think having them in the market fosters healthy competition. So if you do have an iOS device (or an iTunes account), please go pick up a free book! And please spread the word via Google+ and to your friends, encouraging them to grab some free books too!

Brandon___

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2014-09-09 17:41:12 (11 comments, 10 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

It’s Brandon's assistant Peter again with another book to recommend to you. (You can find links to where to buy this book here: http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=6730 )

I first read Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs (which was released today) back in November when an early copy was sent here to the Dragonsteel offices. Ever since then, I’ve been trying to think of the best way to describe it.

As usual, I read this book completely cold, without reading any description. And I loved it. I then recommended it to Brandon’s other assistant Isaac to see what he thought. Here’s what Isaac says:

"If Peter Ahlstrom tells me I should read a book, I listen because he hasn’t yet steered me wrong. He’s consistently handed me books that I absolutely love. I don’t know if that’s because our reading tastes overlap quite a bit, or if he’s got some kind ofSandersonian magic ... more »

It’s Brandon's assistant Peter again with another book to recommend to you. (You can find links to where to buy this book here: http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=6730 )

I first read Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs (which was released today) back in November when an early copy was sent here to the Dragonsteel offices. Ever since then, I’ve been trying to think of the best way to describe it.

As usual, I read this book completely cold, without reading any description. And I loved it. I then recommended it to Brandon’s other assistant Isaac to see what he thought. Here’s what Isaac says:

"If Peter Ahlstrom tells me I should read a book, I listen because he hasn’t yet steered me wrong. He’s consistently handed me books that I absolutely love. I don’t know if that’s because our reading tastes overlap quite a bit, or if he’s got some kind of Sandersonian magic system at his disposal that allows him to crumble the pages of old texts in order to peer into my reader’s heart and find books that meet all my fondest dreams. I suspect it’s the latter, especially when it comes to City of Stairs. He recommended I read the book, and I loved it. I’ve read very few books that feel engineered specifically for me (Brandon’s books qualify, and I assure you that I’m not obligated to say that), but City of Stairs also stands in this group. 99% of it was made just for me. If Peter has the magic to find the books that speak to my reader’s heart, then Robert Jackson Bennett has the magic to look into my heart and write the book I want to read. The characters, the world, the gods, the city, the horrors—this is my kind of book! I can’t wait to read the sequel. Heck, I can’t wait to re-read the book when it’s released on Tuesday! When Hugo nomination time comes around, I’m putting City of Stairs on my list."

Yeah. Honestly, it’s that good. If that’s enough for you, go and read it now. Here are the caveats. After them I’ll try to describe the book (but won’t give too much away).

Sexual content: There’s nothing onscreen except perhaps one vague scene. The aftermath of and leadup to sexual content appears a couple of times. This is a minor aspect of the book as far as screen time goes.
Language: There’s some profanity, particularly in a few scenes. There is also language of a sexual nature. One particular scene has some of this, and it’s one of the most powerful scenes in the book. Thus it’s not gratuitous at all, though it’s something some readers may not want to see, so I’m mentioning that here.
Writing style: This book is written in present tense. I know that annoys some readers. For me, while I’m more used to books written in past tense and present tense can be a bit jarring at first, it quickly becomes transparent and I stop noticing it.

Although I loved the book, and I also love Brandon’s writing, I’m not saying this book is like one of Brandon’s, not like the Brent Weeks books I recommended two weeks ago. People have different tastes, and not everyone will agree with me on this book. I hope many of you will.

A few years ago at the World Fantasy convention in I forget what city, I picked up a copy of China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station. I didn’t read it immediately, but eventually I got around to it, and it was quite an experience. The imagination that China put on display in that book was surprising, and the mystery plot was fascinating. However, the ending of that book left me cold and depressed. (I’m pretty sure that’s what China wanted.)

Reading City of Stairs was a bit like reading Perdido Street Station—but not quite as weird (there aren’t any beetle-headed people, though there is a sort of Lovecraftesque monster that gets loose at one point). The writing style is easier to get into. And most importantly for me, the book is satisfying rather than depressing.

Like Perdido, City of Stairs runs on a mystery plot. And like in Perdido, the city itself becomes a character of sorts. The eponymous City of Stairs, Bulikov, was once ruled by a handful of gods who walked among their worshippers—and the worshippers intermingled, even though each god’s tenets disagreed with the others’. The divine nature of the city once allowed its citizens to rule the known world.

Now, the city has been conquered and the gods are dead. And, what I find most interesting, worship of those gods—even their public acknowledgment—is illegal. What happens when your gods are defeated in battle and you can’t worship them anymore or even admit that they once existed? What does that do to a society?

The city itself is also broken. Built on divine power, when those divinities fell, many areas of the city simply vanished. Other parts became a shadow of their former glory. Other parts seem to be not quite right when you look at them closely.

Into this situation comes Shara Thivani, of the conquering nation, investigating the murder of a former mentor. And her investigation leads to greater questions. For the conquering nation hails as a hero the man who killed the gods—but no one really knows how he did it. And some of the outlawed divine magic still works—and why is that, if all the gods are dead?

This is not a grimdark book. The characters are good people trying to do good things, though they often fight with impulses to do otherwise. There are antagonists who are not nice, but they are not evil—they are trying to do what they think is right, in their own way. And that’s the best type of antagonist as far as I’m concerned.

One more thing I want to say is that I’m happy there’s going to be at least one sequel. But the story in this volume is very satisfyingly complete. The next volume, I’m pretty sure, takes place in a different part of the world. I do like continuous epics, but from time to time I also like reading books that stand on their own very well. City of Stairs does that, and it was such a joy to read.

So, once again, this recommendation has meandered quite a bit. The best thing I can say is simply to read the book. There’s a preview chapter here on Tor.com: http://www.tor.com/stories/2014/08/city-of-stairs-excerpt-robert-jackson-bennett Or if you want to see what Brent Weeks has to say about the book, you can read that here: http://www.brentweeks.com/2014/04/blurbing-city-of-stairs-by-robert-jackson-bennett/

Enjoy.

http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=6730___

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2014-09-05 16:08:20 (3 comments, 10 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Infinity Blade fan film kickstarter

Hey all. I found out about this recently, and it looks pretty cool to me. A couple of fans want to make a live-action fan film for the Infinity Blade story. (If you’re not familiar with Infinity Blade, it’s a series of iOS games http://infinityblade.com by ChAIR Entertainment/Epic Games that I also wrote two novellas for, Infinity Blade: Awakening and Infinity Blade: Redemption. http://brandonsanderson.com/books/infinity-blade )

They have a script and have some actors lined up. I’m not familiar with their actors for Raidriar and Isa, but they also have Christopher Judge who played Teal’c on Stargate: SG-1. My assistant Peter is a big fan of his work on that show, so that’s a great endorsement there.

Since this is a fan film, neither I nor the ChAIR folks are involved in any official capacity, but it’s still very cool. I hopeyou will ch... more »

Infinity Blade fan film kickstarter

Hey all. I found out about this recently, and it looks pretty cool to me. A couple of fans want to make a live-action fan film for the Infinity Blade story. (If you’re not familiar with Infinity Blade, it’s a series of iOS games http://infinityblade.com by ChAIR Entertainment/Epic Games that I also wrote two novellas for, Infinity Blade: Awakening and Infinity Blade: Redemption. http://brandonsanderson.com/books/infinity-blade )

They have a script and have some actors lined up. I’m not familiar with their actors for Raidriar and Isa, but they also have Christopher Judge who played Teal’c on Stargate: SG-1. My assistant Peter is a big fan of his work on that show, so that’s a great endorsement there.

Since this is a fan film, neither I nor the ChAIR folks are involved in any official capacity, but it’s still very cool. I hope you will check it out. There’s a lot more information on their Kickstarter page. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshaker/infinity-blade-chronicles___

2014-09-03 18:39:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Salt Lake Comic Con schedule & Magic draft

Thursday through Saturday I’ll be at the Salt Palace for Salt Lake Comic Con. I’m on various panels and am signing multiple times all three days. I’ll also be doing a Magic: The Gathering draft on Thursday night; see details below on how to sign up ahead of time.

Plus we have Shadows Beneath on sale at the Dragonsteel booth at $20 for the hardcover and $5.99 for the ebook during the convention. http://brandonsanderson.com/shadows-beneath  Other books will also be available at the Dragonsteel booth and at the Wordfire booth.

Here’s my full schedule!

THURSDAY, September 4th

3:00–3:50 p.m., Room 151G
Building Plot: How to Implement Rising Action, the Try/Fail Cycle and Character Arcs into Your Stories
Have a great beginning to a story? A killer ending? What about the parts in-between? Joinour panel ... more »

Salt Lake Comic Con schedule & Magic draft

Thursday through Saturday I’ll be at the Salt Palace for Salt Lake Comic Con. I’m on various panels and am signing multiple times all three days. I’ll also be doing a Magic: The Gathering draft on Thursday night; see details below on how to sign up ahead of time.

Plus we have Shadows Beneath on sale at the Dragonsteel booth at $20 for the hardcover and $5.99 for the ebook during the convention. http://brandonsanderson.com/shadows-beneath  Other books will also be available at the Dragonsteel booth and at the Wordfire booth.

Here’s my full schedule!

THURSDAY, September 4th

3:00–3:50 p.m., Room 151G
Building Plot: How to Implement Rising Action, the Try/Fail Cycle and Character Arcs into Your Stories
Have a great beginning to a story? A killer ending? What about the parts in-between? Join our panel of esteemed bestselling authors as they discuss the art and craft of keeping an audience engaged in a story.
Brad R. Torgersen, Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, Jessica Day George, David Farland, Larry Correia, Kevin J. Anderson

4:00–5:45 p.m., Wordfire Booth #728
Brandon Sanderson Signing

6:00–8:00 p.m., Dragonsteel Booth #2215
Brandon Sanderson Signing

8:00 p.m.–after midnight, Room 155
Magic Draft with Brandon Sanderson
This will be a Return to Ravnica draft, with a choice between Augmented Cube and a Conspiracy. Brandon will explain how this works at the beginning of the draft.
Slots for the draft are limited, and there will be an entry fee. Talk to Dawn Christensen at the Epic Puzzles & Games booth in Room 155 at the convention, or to sign up early (this is recommended!) call or come in to Epic Puzzles & Games in West Valley. 3958 W 3500 S Ste C, phone number (801) 982-0167.

FRIDAY, September 5th

12:45–1:45 p.m., Badali Jewelry Booth #817
Brandon Sanderson Signing

2:00–2:50 p.m., Room 255B
Is Epic Fantasy Still Relevant to the Genre?
Most of modern Epic Fantasy literature’s roots can be traced back to JRR Tolkien and the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. With the rising popularity of other fantasy subgenres, namely Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Dark Fantasy, Alternate Reality (Historical Fantasy), Romantic (Paranormal) Fantasy, Magical Realism, where does Epic Fantasy fit into the mix? Has the recent popularity of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, along with George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones TV series oversaturated the genre, or is it now more popular than ever? Our panel of authors weigh in.
Michelle Witte, Brandon Sanderson, Brian McClellan, Megan Hutchins, Paul Genesse, Valerie Gardner

3:00–4:45 p.m., Shadow Mountain Booth #210
Brandon Sanderson Signing

5:00–5:50 p.m., North Ballroom
Credible Magic Systems: Method to Madness
Move over Doctor Strange! Fire all your magic missles unerringly at their target! The time has come to explore how magic has been presented effectively and disastrously in past and present pop culture outlets, and to join the always-fun discussion for creating realistic systems of believable sorcery.
Margaret Weis, Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, Tracy Hickman, David Farland, Larry Correia

6:00–7:00 p.m., Dragonsteel Booth #2215
Brandon Sanderson Signing

SATURDAY, September 6th

12:30–2:30 p.m., Wordfire Booth #728
Brandon Sanderson Signing

3:00–3:50 p.m., Room 250A
Celebrating Fantasy Literature: The Worlds of Brandon Sanderson
From Elantris to Mistborn to completing the Wheel of Time series to The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson sits at the nexus of modern fantasy literature. Join him for a discussion of his work, his worlds, and his plans for the future of both.
Brandon Sanderson

4:00–7:00 p.m., Dragonsteel Booth #2215
Brandon Sanderson Signing

7:00–7:50 p.m., Room 250A
Writing Excuses: The Panel
Members of Writing Excuses will gather for a behind-the-scenes discussion of their Hugo Award-winning podcast, what they’re up to, and anything else which may be on their minds.
Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Brandon Sanderson___

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2014-08-27 16:35:53 (13 comments, 7 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Assistant Peter Recommends: The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
http://brandonsanderson.com/assistant-peter-recommends-the-broken-eye-by-brent-weeks/

Hello there! Brandon’s assistant Peter Ahlstrom here. This is the start of a sporadic feature on Brandon’s blog where I recommend something to you. But don’t worry, this probably won’t happen very often. I am also going to recommend something else to you next week, but then who knows when the next time might be? Not I. Since you never can tell when something awesome is going to come along.

Today marks the release of the third book in the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. Many of you have probably read Brent Weeks’s books before, but if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.

Now, when I read a book, I often prefer to go in pretty much blind. I hardly ever read the website description, the cover flap, or the backof the book, be... more »

Assistant Peter Recommends: The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
http://brandonsanderson.com/assistant-peter-recommends-the-broken-eye-by-brent-weeks/

Hello there! Brandon’s assistant Peter Ahlstrom here. This is the start of a sporadic feature on Brandon’s blog where I recommend something to you. But don’t worry, this probably won’t happen very often. I am also going to recommend something else to you next week, but then who knows when the next time might be? Not I. Since you never can tell when something awesome is going to come along.

Today marks the release of the third book in the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. Many of you have probably read Brent Weeks’s books before, but if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.

Now, when I read a book, I often prefer to go in pretty much blind. I hardly ever read the website description, the cover flap, or the back of the book, because I want to preserve as much of the surprise as possible. Of course, that makes it hard to know what to read in the first place.

But this may help: If you’ve come here, you obviously like Brandon Sanderson’s writing. Well, when I read the first Lightbringer book, The Black Prism, two years ago, it was the most entertaining book without the name Brandon Sanderson on the front cover that I had read in years—and in many ways it was very much like reading a book that had Brandon’s name on the front cover. I loved every minute.

If that’s enough of an endorsement for you, then you should go out and read The Black Prism now. But let me get the caveats out of the way:

Sexual content: There is some, a bit more blatant than in Brandon’s book Warbreaker (for comparison). I think there were two minor scenes in the first book, one or two in the second book. The third book has slightly less, yet it is an important plot point. There’s a scene where someone’s thought process in this area is explored, and it perfectly captured the emotional state inherent in such a situation. Very well done, Brent.
Language: There’s profanity. Not everywhere, but if as a reader you like to avoid certain words, you won’t avoid them in the third book. It feels like there’s a bit more profanity in this book than the previous two, but it’s hard to say. There are not any characters who are horribly foul-minded, which I appreciate.
Writing style: Brent does one thing with his writing in this series that takes some getting used to, and that’s not italicizing internal thoughts. That’s a writing trend that can work very well in first-person narrative, but it can be a bit jarring in third-person narrative where the thoughts switch to first-person as thoughts usually are. After a while my brain gets used to it while reading, but it’s a bit unusual so I’m letting you know ahead of time.

Now, just saying “read it if you like Brandon’s books!” might not be enough for you. Let me talk a little about why I like the Lightbringer series. (I hope this doesn’t get too disorganized.)

As I was reading the new book The Broken Eye a couple of weeks ago, this conscious thought crossed my mind: Books like this are why I read epic fantasy. Strong male and female characters, well-defined magic, politics, fighting, cosmology, emotional entanglements, the works. There are times like in the middle of The Way of Kings where you really don’t know where everything is going, but you’re along for a great ride, and everything pulls together eventually. Lightbringer delivers.

Let me point out one thing in particular. Sometimes I read a book and the characters exist sort of in a vacuum, as if they sprang out of nothing. In real life, everyone has a family, and family members are often the source of conflict. In Lightbringer, fiction reflects reality, and all the important characters are connected in one way or another. There’s the two brothers Gavin and Dazen, who ripped apart seven nations in the war between them years ago. There’s Kip, Gavin’s bastard son who was raised never knowing his father. There’s Karris, who was supposed to marry Gavin years ago, but fell in love with Dazen, and is now a bodyguard who kicks butt. There’s Liv, whose father was a general for Dazen and then joined Gavin after the war, and who can’t understand why her father would switch sides like that. There’s the Color Prince leading a new rebellion, and the talented hothead Zymun, and both of them have connections to the other characters that are not immediately revealed. There’s Gavin’s father Andross, who is or seeks to be the power behind the throne. His interactions with his grandson Kip in the second book are a type of generational conflict I haven’t seen before, and it was highly refreshing.

The political system is also fascinating. The relationships between semiautonomous nations show a very fluid dynamic with a lot of shades of grey. It was pretty clear by the second book that there’s something seriously wrong with the society of the Chromeria, though it was also clear that the Color Prince’s proposed solutions had their own issues. Now in the third book we start to see some of the historical reasons for what’s wrong with this world, but we’re still scratching the surface. I’m really looking forward to finding out more as the series continues.

Now, a note about the structure of this series. When I read the first book, The Black Prism, it felt revolutionary to me, fresh and new and exciting. The second book The Blinding Knife continued the story, though it felt less revolutionary, but instead was evolutionary. The characters and the exploration of the magic system bumped to the next notch, but did not immediately astound me. I came to realize that’s just fine. I can’t expect every book two to be as eye-opening as every book one. Nor is this a trilogy where everything will be wrapped up by the third book. (I think it’s slated to be at least five books.) Book one set the stage, and future books let everything play out. Some books are great standalones, one-and-done, but some stories are meant to take up multiple books where you still can’t wait for more.

The Broken Eye continues the trend started by the second book. There are some “oh my goodness” moments where you have to begin to reinterpret many things that have gone before, but for the most part you’re with characters you love while they get closer to their goals or make well-meaning mistakes that screw up their lives even more than they were before.

Something else I should shoehorn into this post just because Brandon is a huge Magic: The Gathering fan is that starting in the second book there’s a familiar-seeming card game that plays an important role. That seems like a risky move on the author’s part, but he really pulls it off.

For those who enjoyed the first two books and want to be reassured about the third book, here’s what’s going on with the characters.

Gavin: Always an interesting character to read about, in this book he becomes more of a reactive character than an active one, which changes what it’s like to be in his point of view. But he still has that Gavin attitude, and still shows why I want to root for him despite his flaws.

Karris: Really comes into her own in this book. She’s had a lot of the spotlight before of course, but here she takes on the role that will carry her through the next books. She has to face down some consequences from her past, and make hard choices. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Teia: Continues her awesomeness from the second book. It’s with Teia that we see the most exploration of a new side of the magic system, so there’s a lot of sense of wonder there. Her role is also one of the most dangerous, which had me on the edge of my seat.

The White: One of my favorite characters in this book. That’s all I want to say about her, really. Just go experience what she does.

Kip: It’s with Kip’s storyline that we also see an expansion of the cosmological aspects of the book. There’s a point somewhere after the 2/3 mark of the book where something happens that…well, it’s one of those “oh my goodness” moments I mentioned above. The sparring with his grandfather develops in interesting ways, and he also comes into his own as a leader. His interactions with former rivals in Blackguard training show a lot of growth. His emotional progress is fascinating on many levels, and it’s a testament to Brent Weeks’s character-building skills that Kip ends up in quite a different place from where he was at the start of the series, but every incremental change is completely natural. His insights into other characters also show a lot of maturity, and a certain scene where he talks about Ironfist and his brother Tremblefist was masterfully written.

Liv: After taking a major role in the second book, we see much less of Liv this time around. What she does is still important, but it’s mostly setup for the next book. I loved her in the previous book so her reduced role here was a bit of a disappointment, but she’s clearly pivotal to what will happen going forward. And what we do get of her is good stuff.

Something else that you should not expect in this book is another huge battle. The battles of this book are on a more intimate scale, but they’re no less important than what happened at the end of the second book. Yet these intimate conflicts also let you glimpse the grander war that’s been going on behind the scenes for centuries, of which a rebellion like the Color Prince’s is merely an outer symptom.

Ultimately, it’s hard for me to say anything more useful than what I said above: Books like this are why I read epic fantasy. Go read and enjoy.___

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2014-08-19 17:50:05 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best,

Brandon

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

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2014-08-19 17:50:03 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

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

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

See this video.

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

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

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

See this video.

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

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

Best,

Brandon

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

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2014-08-18 17:57:36 (33 comments, 3 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brandon___

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2014-08-13 17:34:35 (19 comments, 8 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

New cover photo.

New cover photo.___

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2014-08-07 19:26:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brandon’s schedule:

THURSDAY August 7

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

FRIDAY August 8

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

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

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

SATURDAY August 9

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY August 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-07-29 23:18:16 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-07-09 19:05:06 (20 comments, 20 reshares, 148 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description from Subterranean Press:

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014-07-09 00:31:59 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2014-07-07 23:55:30 (14 comments, 128 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-06-20 18:44:03 (12 comments, 197 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

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

OLD TEXT:

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

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

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

OLD TEXT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014-05-01 17:51:07 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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2014-04-23 18:37:25 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

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

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

What Is Altered Perceptions?

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

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

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

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

What Is Altered Perceptions?

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

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

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

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

Why Are We Doing It?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To The Wheel of Time Fans

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

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

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

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

To The Wheel of Time Fans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Science Fiction and Fantasy Fandom as a Whole

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

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

On the Wheel of Time Being Nominated as a Single Novel

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

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

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

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

On Wheel of Time Fandom

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

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

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

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

On the Wheel of Time as Literature

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brandon Sanderson___

2014-04-15 21:27:59 (5 comments, 10 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-03-04 23:50:51 (60 comments, 32 reshares, 339 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2014-03-04 23:48:26 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

New author photo!

New author photo!___

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-01-24 17:17:58 (7 comments, 10 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013 Holiday Sales

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

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

2013 Holiday Sales

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

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

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

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2013-11-01 23:07:25 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Farewell, Bieberllama.

Farewell, Bieberllama.___

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

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

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

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2013-10-18 17:45:11 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

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

...

Brandon Mull.

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

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

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

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

...

Brandon Mull.

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

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

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

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2013-10-14 17:46:35 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Writing Excuses, Steelheart tour, Steelhunt, and #NewEpics

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

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

Writing Excuses, Steelheart tour, Steelhunt, and #NewEpics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013-09-25 19:13:57 (5 comments, 12 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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2013-09-18 17:26:51 (13 comments, 8 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A question for my German and other foreign-language readers

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

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

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

A question for my German and other foreign-language readers

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

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

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

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

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