Frugal Wizard Update + Weekly Update
Hello! Weekly Update time. So, “Stormlight 5,” Bing! 46%. Moving it up 2% again this week. Writing has been going really well. I am moving through this thing. I’m over 200,000 words. So I feel good. I need to turn it in. TOR has been pretty explicit with us. I need to turn it in on June 1st of next year, which means that’s the final draft of it. So I just need to keep on going. The goal is, if I can possibly finish this thing by January 1st that still makes it pretty tight but that’s what we’re going to try to do. So follow along.
“Skyward Legacy” is at, Bing! 22%. So that is moving along very well also. I’ll probably be stopping to do my pass on that early fall, which would be my guess. That’s when Janci thinks that she’s going to be finished.
A couple of other fun things for you. TOR’s repackage of “Alloy of Law” is available for preorder right now. So new covers on all of the Wax and Wayne books coming up that are matching the new covers for the original trilogy, all of these in these nice trade paperback, kind of a more modern-looking cover for these. So if you’ve been looking to pick up copies and you want some nice trade paperbacks, those are coming out, and we will have all of the rest of them coming shortly.
I encourage you to join me Thursday of this week and watch a livestream with me and my friend Wes Chu. Wes is a fantastic author. I would recommend that you pick up his books and read them. They are fast-paced kind of sci-fi/fantasy thriller sort of things. They’re great books, and Wes is a great guy. And so please, you know, have some questions ready. We have a thread on Reddit where you can post your questions for me and Wes. This is not a spoiler stream. This is a chat about anything with Wes. He’s a delightful human being, and we went to high school together. We didn’t know that until we met again many years later because he only went one year to my high school. But two high school students from Lincoln, Nebraska, became professional sci-fi/fantasy authors. Who knew? So anyway, come see Wes.
Now, the exciting thing, which some of you already know because I believe an update went live on Kickstarter yesterday. We have gotten our first truck of Secret Project 2. Now, last time we got one truck of secret project for Secret Project 1, we got really excited and assumed we were getting all the other trucks very soon thereafter because that’s what we had been told would happen. And then we got one truck and a lot of time passed. We are trying to see if that’s going to happen this time, and we do not have straight answers yet. We do know we have one truck. And so we are shipping that truck of them out. And as soon as we get others we will ship them. We can’t promise when we’ll get those. But we will be updating you as we do.
So Secret Project 2, “The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England,” will start shipping in print this week, and may have already started happening. We have 17,000 of these. And so what we decided for this one is that we would ship to the first 17,000 backers who backed to receive a physical copy of the book. We figured that’s the fairest way to do this. That doesn’t mean number one will get theirs first. We’re just going to ship to those 17,000 because the system doesn’t let us necessarily figure that out. But we can get those books to the first 17,000. So if you backed the Kickstarter early, you should get a notification here soon.
Last item of business. Because we are having difficulties getting these all fulfilled, we’re going to go ahead and push the Words of Radiance crowdfunding campaign back again. We were kind of looking and eyeing this September/October, or this August/September. We just don’t feel comfortable doing that. We’ve just had enough delays on this Kickstarter. We feel a lot more comfortable asking you for backing again once you know that our Year of Sanderson has worked out. And we’re still very confident. I mean, we have some little delays, but we feel very good about how quickly we are getting these out considering when we’re receiving them. But we don’t feel comfortable asking you for more money yet. So look for the Words of Radiance campaign to be pushed back again to Spring. This won’t actually change when you would have gotten your books for your Kickstarter, because if you see, I’m still signing the pages and getting these things all done. And so we’re still, all along we’ve been eyeing doing this Kickstarter, even if it was in September/August, and you getting your books by Christmas of next year. We just can’t ship out things that are not Year of Sanderson this year. Obviously, we have too much to do. So even though we’re pushing it back, don’t worry. We’re still going to send these in and get them bound and shipped to us.
So look forward to that crowdfunding campaign next Spring, probably early Spring 2024 sometime. I’m thinking March-ish is probably where we’ll end up. And again, don’t worry. The books will still be ready, assuming—we’ll do everything we can to get those ready. If the bindery gets them to us, our goal will be to send those books for the holiday season that year. But we will keep you updated on that as we learn more. I’m going to finish signing these. I’ve only got a few left to sign, and then we’re going to ship them all off to the bindery. And theoretically, they’ll start sending us large numbers of Words of Radiance Leatherbounds. So look forward to that, Kellyn. Find a place for them in the warehouse. We do have a nice, new warehouse that the secret projects Kickstarter paid for. So thank you, all, for that. Now we have a nice warehouse to put all these books in.
And so we will be back next week with another Weekly Update. Sorry, this one rambled just a little bit.