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Way of Kings Kickstarter: Bridge Four Poster Reveal

Way of Kings Kickstarter: Bridge Four Poster Reveal Isaac here. As many of you know, we’re hard at work preparing for our summer Kickstarter for the Dragonsteel edition of The Way of Kings. Today we’re kicking off the ramp-up period before the Kickstarter with a reveal we’ve been holding onto for quite some time. Several…

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State of the Sanderson 2019

State of the Sanderson 2019 Introduction Welcome, everyone, to our final State of the Sanderson for the decade! If you’re not familiar with these posts, each December I take a look back at my year and talk about the projects I’ve been working on. Then I turn an eye to the future to see where…

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New fan art + Updates

New fan art + Updates Reader Nate Kohl sent in these awesome photos of the woodburning project he did that features Szeth with some Allomantic symbols. In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Hooking Young Readers, we sit down with Kily Snyder, the Media Specialist (school librarian) at Discovery Middle School in Indiana, to help answer those often asked…

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Tour with Harriet, Writing Excuses, Stormlight 2 video

Tour with Harriet, Writing Excuses, Stormlight 2 video In the most recent Writing Excuses podcast episode, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, and I talk about breaking the rules. We’ve said that you’ve got to learn the rules before you break them, so now it’s time to talk about why to break them. Tomorrow I’m…

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New Writing Excuses Episode + Updates

New Writing Excuses Episode + Updates Adam here. In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Villain, Antagonist, Obstacle, Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard breakdown (you guessed it) villains, antagonists, and obstacles. What’s the difference between villains and antagonists? How is an obstacle character different from those other two? How are they alike? And most importantly, how can we…

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Oathbringer Art Roundup Part 1

Oathbringer Art Roundup Part 1 Brandon’s art director Isaac here with some insights on the art process for Oathbringer. We add a lot of illustrations to most of Brandon’s books, but the Stormlight Archive gets a special amount of attention. We fill each volume with sketches from Shallan and Navani, maps of cities and other locations,…

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Roshar’s Date System

Roshar’s Date System [Assistant Peter’s note: This post was written back in May by Karen Ahlstrom, Brandon’s continuity editor, but again it slipped through the cracks. I’m sorry, Karen!] I knew I’d have to deal with it sometime, and it finally caught up with me today. My Master Cosmere Timeline spreadsheet has far too many…

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Oathbringer’s Timeline

Oathbringer’s Timeline [Assistant Peter’s note: This post was written back in March by Karen Ahlstrom, but it fell through the cracks while we were working on Oathbringer.] I just finished the timeline for Oathbringer, and thought you might like to hear about the process. (Spoiler warning: There may be tidbits of information in this article about the…

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Edgedancer is out!

Edgedancer is out! Edgedancer, a novella that was originally published last year as part of Arcanum Unbounded, was just released in eBook and (gorgeous) small hardcover yesterday. For those of you who don’t know, the events that take place in Edgedancer occur between the closing of Words of Radiance and the forthcoming Oathbringer and is often referred to as Stormlight 2.5. The…

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Mistborn board game Kickstarter ending + Updates

Mistborn board game Kickstarter ending + Updates Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the final day to back the Mistborn: House War board game Kickstarter campaign. All stretch goals have been unlocked, including an expansion covering the time period of The Well of Ascension called Mistborn: The Siege of Luthadel, which is now available as a $30 add-on. The fifth installment of the 2016…

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Mistborn: House War playtests at Worldcon + Updates

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, The Element of Humor, we ask, what is the driving force that gets readers to turn pages in a book that is primarily a work of humor? More importantly, how do we as writers get that driver into our books? We cover this, and provide some starting points for writers seeking to improve their humor writing, along with a bunch of neat techniques and a long example for deconstruction.

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New Elantris Maps Poster Set + Updates

New Elantris Maps Poster Set + Updates The new Elantris maps poster set is now available in my online store for those who have been asking. These maps were composed by Isaac Stewart for the 10th anniversary and leatherbound edition of Elantris. The seventh installment of the 2016 Sanderson Lectures, “Character,” is now live! If you missed last week’s episode,…

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New Writing Lecture + Updates

New Writing Lecture + Updates The third installment of the 2016 Sanderson Lectures, “The Illusionist Writer,” is now live! If you missed last week’s episode, “Cook vs. Chef,” you can catch up on all the videos here. Enjoy! In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, The Elemental Thriller, we discuss the difference between the drivers in thrillers, horror…

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YALLFest 2015 + Updates

YALLFest 2015 + Updates For those who haven’t heard, I will be a keynote speaker at YALLFest in Charleston this November along with Brandon Mull, Richelle Mead, and R.L. Stine. Back 2010, Elbakin.net in France gave an award to the first Mistborn book. This year, The Way of Kings has been nominated for the 2015 version of the same award. Best of…

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The Bands of Mourning signed copies + Updates

The Bands of Mourning signed copies + Updates If you were unable to get your hands on a signed and numbered copy of The Bands of Mourning, now is your chance! Weller Book Works has announced that they have some available to purchase, and they ship worldwide. Click here to see more details and order your…

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New Fan Art, Ebook Sale + Updates

New Fan Art, Ebook Sale + Updates As I shared on Twitter and Facebook yesterday, one of my readers from Australia, David Fonti, for his visual effects class made a cool video of himself in Shardplate. Great work, David. I’ve embedded the video below. As a quick reminder, today is the last day to get your copy of the Elantris ebook for…

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Ebook Sale Continues + Updates

Ebook Sale Continues + Updates As I mentioned last week, the Elantris ebook is on sale for $2.99 until June 7th, and then from June 6th to the 16th The Rithmatist will be only $1.99. My Hugo Award-nominated novella Perfect State is also still priced at 99¢, worldwide! If you have not done so already, consider checking these out. In this…

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Ebook Sales, B-Fest Schedule + Updates

Ebook Sales, B-Fest Schedule + Updates The Way of Kings ebook is on sale for just $2.99 (this may be US-only, but you can check your region’s pricing using the links to the right). This sale ends on May 30th, so don’t delay! Also on May 30th, the Elantris ebook goes on sale for $2.99 until June 7th,…

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Volunteering at my booth at Phoenix Comicon + Updates

Volunteering at my booth at Phoenix Comicon + Updates I’m going to be heading to Phoenix at the beginning of June with the Writing Excuses crew for Phoenix Comicon. Our schedule is still being finalized, but as soon as that’s done the details of my part of the schedule will be posted on the upcoming events…

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Perfect State at 99¢ + Updates

Perfect State at 99¢ + Updates As I mentioned last week, my standalone novella Perfect State has been nominated for this year’s Hugo Award. In honor of that nomination, the ebook is now on sale at 99¢ worldwide (with some local variation). Check your region by using the widget to the right. I’ll soon post the deleted scene…

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New Writing Excuses + Updates

New Writing Excuses + Updates In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Adventure as a Subgenre, we explore using the element of adventure as an ingredient in something that has far more than adventure going on in it. Why do we like adventure? What draws the reader forward? Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words…

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Reader photos from recent conventions + Updates

Reader photos from recent conventions + Updates Yesterday I announced the forthcoming Mistborn board game, Mistborn: House War. If you haven’t read that post yet, check it out! I hit two conventions recently, first Salt Lake City FanX and then up to Wisconsin for Odyssey Con this past weekend. (I will be at JordanCon in Atlanta next weekend.) Here’s…

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Wisconsin This Weekend + Updates

Wisconsin This Weekend + Updates I’m heading to Wisconsin tomorrow to attend Odyssey Con (registration required). I will be a Guest of Honor alongside Margaret Weis and Marjorie Liu. You can see my event schedule below or on the upcoming events page on my website. I hope to see many of you there! Saturday, April 9 Interview with Brandon Sanderson Time: 2:30–4:00 p.m.…

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Writing Excuses Patreon + Updates

Writing Excuses Patreon + Updates Writing Excuses, my podcast, now has a Patreon. Patreon is a different kind of crowdfunding vehicle. Here, instead of giving money to fund some product, you give a little money each month to support an ongoing artistic endeavor. In turn, based on how much you are pledging each month, you get…

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Graphic Audio of The Stormlight Archive + Updates

Graphic Audio of The Stormlight Archive + Updates Most of my novels are available as unabridged audiobooks, and some are also available from Graphic Audio as dramatized editions. So far they’ve put out Elantris, Warbreaker, and the Mistborn trilogy, with The Alloy of Law coming in May. Well, this week also marks the release of their production of the first part…

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Emirates Literature Festival + Updates

Emirates Literature Festival + Updates I am currently in the air, on my way to the Emirates Literature Festival in Dubai, and I have been getting questions about the schedule for the festival. My assistant Adam has updated it on my website, so if you want to see full details, take a look at my Upcoming…

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The Calamity Tour Continues + Updates

The Calamity Tour Continues + Updates The Calamity tour has been going strong for about a week now, and I have been fortunate enough to visit with some awesome people so far. The rest of my brief schedule is below; check my events calendar for full details on the tour. I hope to see many of you at the…

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Calamity is Out!

Calamity is Out! The Calamity Release Party at the Orem Barnes & Noble is just a few hours from now. This is the final book of the Reckoners trilogy that began with Steelheart, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of the end. You can see my brief schedule below; check my events calendar for full details on…

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Calamity Tour + Updates

Calamity Tour + Updates The Calamity release is just two weeks away! Check my events calendar for full details on the Calamity tour. I hope to see many of you at the signings. Here’s a quick summary of the tour: Tuesday, February 16: Orem Wednesday, February 17: Seattle Friday, February 19: Denver Saturday, February 20: Philadelphia Monday, February 22: Chicago Tuesday, February 23: Milwaukee Wednesday, February 24: Houston…

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The Bands of Mourning Launch Party + Updates

The Bands of Mourning Launch Party + Updates Tonight is the night! The official launch party for The Bands of Mourning starts tonight at 10:00 pm at the BYU Bookstore. Don’t forget to swing by and get your number before 8:00 so you don’t lose your place in line (bring an ID and your proof of purchase).…

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Writing Excuses News + Updates

Writing Excuses News + Updates It’s 2016 and time for Writing Excuses to embark on a new season. This year we are going to explore what we write and why we write, but our guidepost will be the concept of Elemental Genres. In January we’ll stay high-level and firm up the framework. Starting in February…

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Goodreads Choice Awards Voting Ends Tonight + Updates

Goodreads Choice Awards Voting Ends Tonight + Updates First off, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to vote for the Goodreads Choice Awards already. The final round ends tonight. Firefight is nominated in the Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction category, and Shadows of Self is nominated in the Fantasy category. Best of luck to all the nominees! In this week’s…

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Goodreads Choice Awards First Round + Updates

Goodreads Choice Awards First Round + Updates In this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards, Shadows of Self is nominated in the Fantasy category and Firefight is in the YA Fantasy & SF category. The first round of voting wraps up this weekend. Congratulations to all of the nominees! And for those of you who didn’t see the post on my Twitter and Facebook…

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Shadows of Self tour ends + Updates

Shadows of Self tour ends + Updates My tour for Shadows of Self wrapped up yesterday, and it was awesome to see so many of you! I will be posting some of the highlights from my tour over the next few weeks. If you were unable to come to one of my tour stops, it’s okay—the greatest…

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UK tour continues + Updates

UK tour continues + Updates My tour for the release of Shadows of Self continues this week in the UK. As always, if you would like me to send you an email when I’ll be appearing near you, tell me your metro area here. Tuesday, Oct 20: Sheffield & Newcastle Wednesday, Oct 21: Edinburgh Thursday, Oct 22: Leeds & Nottingham…

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Signed copies of Shadows of Self + Updates

Signed copies of Shadows of Self + Updates As I mentioned last week, the midnight release at the BYU Store for the next Mistborn book, Shadows of Self, is using a digital line. If you plan to come to the midnight release, sign up for a line number now at this link. Last Thursday I went up to Weller…

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Writing Excuses episode on plot twists + Updates

Writing Excuses episode on plot twists + Updates In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, How Does Context Shape Plot Twists?, we talk about plot twists. This episode covers the way in which the type of plot twist is dependent on, or signaled by, the context of the story. Getting plot twists right may mean surprising…

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Writing Excuses Q&A on Pacing + Updates

Writing Excuses Q&A on Pacing + Updates The previous Writing Excuses episode on pacing covered the sense of progress. In this week’s episode, Q & A on Pacing, we wrap up this month’s discussion of pacing. Here are the questions we received from Twitter for answering during the episode: What are some early indications of a…

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Shadows of Self tour announcement + Updates

Shadows of Self tour announcement + Updates For the Shadows of Self release on October 6th, I’ll be touring several cities in the US. You can see my tour stops on Tor.com, and full details (such as bookstore ticketing policies) will be posted on my events page as they come in. (And you can also see on that page my…

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New Writing Excuses episode + Updates

New Writing Excuses episode + Updates This month the Writing Excuses Master Class divides the concept of pacing into two parts: the sense of progress within the story, and the sense of the passage of time. In this week’s episode, How Do I Control the Reader’s Sense of Progress?, we tackle that first part, and discuss…

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Steelheart News + Updates

Steelheart News + Updates Steelheart has been nominated for another regional award, the 2016 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers’ Choice Award, the oldest children’s choice award in the U.S. and Canada. It was established in 1940 by Seattle bookseller Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him…

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Calamity cover reveal & preview chapters + Updates

Calamity cover reveal & preview chapters + Updates As I tweeted about a couple of weeks ago, io9.com revealed the cover for Calamity. They also posted the prologue and first two chapters for you to sink your teeth into. We have some more fantastic news about Steelheart: it received another nomination for a state book award. This time it’s the Green Mountain…

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Award Updates!

Award Updates! Over the last few months I’ve mentioned various awards that some of my books have been up for or won. Here’s some more news and a few award photos for you. It’s been a particularly exciting time for Steelheart as it has been nominated (along with The Rithmatist) for the 2016 Oklahoma Sequoya Award (one of the oldest…

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Shadows of Self Previews + Updates

Shadows of Self Previews + Updates In case you missed my tweets about it, Tor.com has put up a few excerpts from Shadows of Self, which will be released in October. You can read the prologue, chapter one, and chapter two here. At Comic-Con this past weekend, Joel Cunningham of Barnes & Noble interviewed me about this book and its…

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Steelheart Awards + Updates

Steelheart Awards + Updates I have some more exciting news: the students of Kentucky have chosen Steelheart as the 2015 winner of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award in the 6–8 category. It has also been selected as an Evergreen Teen Book Award nominee for 2015–2016. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Adrià Guxens at Spain’s Celsius 232 Festival a while…

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Words of Radiance & Awards + Updates

Words of Radiance & Awards + Updates Words of Radiance has made it past the first round of voting for the 2015 David Gemmell Legend Award and is one of five nominees on the short list. (You may remember that The Way of Kings won this award back in 2011.) The polls are open from now until July 17th, and…

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Kansas City this weekend + Updates

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

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New Writing Excuses + Updates

New Writing Excuses + Updates In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Build an Entire World? Are You Crazy?, we address those of you who who start writing the story before you finish building your world. Letting the story drive the worldbuilding can often be more efficient. Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of…

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Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival + Updates

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival + Updates This afternoon I am heading off to the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates. For those of you who are in the vicinity, I look forward to seeing you there! So far I’ve listed a panel on Thursday the 23rd on my events calendar, and I’ll try to add…

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The Rithmatist ebook sale in the UK + Updates

The Rithmatist ebook sale in the UK + Updates Good news for everyone in the UK! The Rithmatist is on sale on Kindle (and may be price-matched at other vendors) until May 4th. I have country-specific links in the tabs here. And for everyone else (including those in the UK), my novella Perfect State came out a couple of weeks…

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New Writing Excuses episode + Updates

New Writing Excuses episode + Updates There is a new Writing Excuses episode this week: How Much of the Beginning Needs to Come First? We all have cool things we want to put in our stories, which means we need what sets it up earlier. In this episode we talk about how to determine which of these elements needs…

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Newsletter coming tomorrow + Updates

Newsletter coming tomorrow + Updates My almost quarterly newsletter is being sent out tomorrow; you can see past ones here. It will have an exclusive preview of one of my future books, so if you’re not on the list, now is a good time to sign up. If you fill in the “Metro Areas” field in the…

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Newsletter coming next week + Updates

Newsletter coming next week + Updates I usually send out three or four newsletters each year; you can see past ones here. In the last couple of newsletters I included just for newsletter subscribers an exclusive preview of a future book, and that trend will continue with the next newsletter that I’m sending out next week.…

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New Writing Excuses + Updates

New Writing Excuses + Updates If you missed it, my novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is available as an independent ebook. I talk more about that here. In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Project In Depth: “Parallel Perspectives”, we discuss the 13-page graphic story (“comic book”) found at the end of Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel and focus on…

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Three Stories in New Formats

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

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Writing Excuses episode on story structure + Updates

Writing Excuses episode on story structure + Updates This month’s Writing Excuses syllabus topic is story structure. In Where is my Story Coming From?, we talk about where the story starts for the writer. The deadline for the 2015 Writing Excuses Retreat Scholarships is fast approaching. You can see the application details for the Carl Brandon Society Scholarship…

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New Writing Excuses + Update

New Writing Excuses + Update We at Writing Excuses are continuing February’s focus on characters in this week’s new episode, Who Are All These People?, where we explore some of the challenges involved in building a cast for your story. You need to know why you are putting your characters in your book and what the purpose each…

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Taiwan + Updates

Taiwan + Updates Greetings from Taiwan! I will be attending the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) this week. I’ll have more information on my exhibition schedule later this week. Watch this space for details. For those who want to attend, here’s address: Taipei World Trade Center 10F., No.180, Section 1, Keelung Road Taipei City, Taiwan 110…

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New Writing Excuses, Firefight tour photos + Updates

New Writing Excuses, Firefight tour photos + Updates In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, What Do You Mean My Main Character Is Boring?, we lead off February’s Master Class with the exploration of a common problem: the main character is often the least interesting person in the story. It’s something that each of the hosts has struggled with,…

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Firefight Tour, Award Nomination Season + Updates

Firefight Tour, Award Nomination Season + Updates My tour for Firefight continues through the rest of this week: Find the full tour schedule and details here. Tonight (1/21) at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona at 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 23 at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas at 6:30 p.m. (They also have hardcovers of Mitosis available,…

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Award Nomination Season!

Award Nomination Season! Hey, all! It’s the time of year again when nominations have opened for the Hugo and Nebula Awards. To nominate for the Nebula Awards, you need to be a member of SFWA, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. To nominate for the Hugo Awards this year, you need to be a member of…

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Low-priced ebooks including The Alloy of Law

Low-priced ebooks including The Alloy of Law As I mentioned yesterday, I’m signing today in Idaho Falls. But there are some ebooks at low prices that I want to talk about. For links to where you can buy these books, click on the titles below. The second Legion book, Legion: Skin Deep, which came out this week,…

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New in the Brandon Sanderson Store + Updates

New in the Brandon Sanderson Store + Updates New Brandon Sanderson Store items are below, but first some updates! Words of Radiance is in the final round of voting for the Goodreads Choice Awards in the category Best Fantasy of 2014. It’s up against nine other books, so if you’ve read many of them, consider voting for the one…

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Deleted Interlude from Words of Radiance

Deleted Interlude from Words of Radiance For your reading pleasure, here is an interlude that I decided to cut from Words of Radiance. It offers new insight into a minor character who is very important to the book, and I believe that readers will want to experience it. It is called Interlude: Stick.

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Storybundle Contest, Signed WoR, Writing Excuses

Storybundle Contest, Signed WoR, Writing Excuses Wednesday night is the last chance to name your price for StoryBundle‘s Epic Fantasy Bundle. They’ve given me fifteen download codes to give away. Five of them are being given away on Twitter and five on Facebook. I’ll also give away five here on the blog. My assistant says I have to put…

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THE EMPEROR’S SOUL at Storybundle + WORDS OF RADIANCE tour notes

THE EMPEROR’S SOUL at Storybundle + WORDS OF RADIANCE tour notes Words of Radiance came out yesterday. I’m on tour now; today I’m signing in the Los Angeles area and tomorrow I’ll be in the Bay Area for a lunchtime signing and an evening signing. We had a great turnout at the midnight release, and the BYU Bookstore ordered enough copies that they…

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WORDS OF RADIANCE release party tonight + Updates

WORDS OF RADIANCE release party tonight + Updates Writing Excuses has two new episodes: “When is your handwavium good enough?” and “What to do when truth is stranger than fiction.” Also, all of my February tweets have been uploaded here. Words of Radiance comes out tomorrow in the US and Canada in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook (the…

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One week left! Spoiler-free reviews of WORDS OF RADIANCE

One week left! Spoiler-free reviews of WORDS OF RADIANCE Words of Radiance comes out in one week. Here are some early non-spoiler reviews: Alice at Tor.com, Carl at Tor.com, Eric & Josh at 17thShard. On Saturday I went up to Weller Book Works and signed 500 copies of Words of Radiance. So if you ordered from them, it’s in the process of…

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Writing Class Videos & Updates

Writing Class Videos & Updates First some updates on Words of Radiance, which comes out in less than two weeks. It’s almost here! Tor.com has posted what it was like to be a beta reader (note: I’m not currently looking for additional beta readers) and spoiler-free reactions to the book, and they’re mailing out daily context-free snippets. You can see…

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WORDS OF RADIANCE Release Events

WORDS OF RADIANCE Release Events This is going to be a long post. If you want to know how to get numbered copies of Words of Radiance, scroll down to the general release events info, the info on the BYU signing, on the San Diego signing, or on the Weller Book Works signing-by-mail (now sold out—see below for more info). Item…

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Regarding Awards

Regarding Awards I’m a little late to the party this year, but I wanted to post a few words about awards season. If you want to nominate for the Hugo Awards you either need to have had a membership to last year’s Worldcon in San Antonio, or you need to be registered for this year’s Worldcon…

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Words of Radiance preview chapters & Shallan art

Words of Radiance preview chapters & Shallan art Just dropping in to say that the first preview chapters of Words of Radiance are now up on Tor.com. This is the prologue and first two chapters. More preview chapters will follow in the coming weeks. There’s also a post about the Shallan endpapers that Michael Whelan painted for the book. Plus you can…

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Words of Radiance is done! + Signing in Orem Saturday

Words of Radiance is done! + Signing in Orem Saturday First off, keep in mind that the shipping deadline for signed books and other nifty things is tomorrow! Look here for more details. I’m also appearing at the Orem Library Holiday Author Extravaganza tomorrow morning; see my events calendar. For those who missed my posts on social media…

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Two More Mistborn Novels

Two More Mistborn Novels Hey, all. I’m neck-deep in Stormlight revisions, but wanted to pause and give you a little update on other books I’m working on. On my tour, I frequently read from the first chapter of a new novel in the Mistborn world, a sequel to The Alloy of Law. (In fact, you can…

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Introducing the Steelhunt

Introducing the Steelhunt Steelheart comes out tomorrow! If you live local to Utah, please consider coming to the launch party at the Barnes & Noble in Orem from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. All copies will be numbered and pre-signed, so you won’t have to wait in line unless you want a personalization. I would really like to see this…

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Updates Catch-Up + Michael Whelan Stormlight 2 Cover

Updates Catch-Up + Michael Whelan Stormlight 2 Cover Playing catch-up with the Writing Excuses podcast, we did episodes on both Writing Reluctant Characters and Combining Dialogue, Blocking, and Description. We also did a Q&A session at the Out of Excuses Retreat that touches on these questions: To Dan: How did you go about selling your first trilogy in Germany before…

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State of the Sanderson 2013

JTVCcmNibG9jayUyMGlkJTNEJTIyMjU2OSUyMiU1RA==It has been quite a busy time these last six or seven months. Too busy, maybe? A lot of great experiences, but it has cut into my time to be at home writing. Let me give you a little update of what I’m doing writing-wise.

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Updates for this week

Updates for this week In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Mary, Dan, Howard, and I talk about Space Opera. Give it a listen. My assistant Peter has uploaded another Twitter posts archive. There will be another one next week; we’re a bit behind. As always, you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook (both have basically the same content) for up-to-the-minute…

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JordanCon Swag

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

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Stormlight Videos + Updates

Stormlight Videos + Updates This past weekend I had a great time at JordanCon. Next year‘s Author Guest of Honor will be Patrick Rothfuss, with Artist Guest of Honor Larry Elmore. It should be awesome. While I was there I signed a number of books for two booksellers, The Missing Volume and Basement Books. They each…

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Reddit AMA + Updates

Reddit AMA + Updates I’m doing a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) right now at /r/fantasy. Ask away. This week’s Writing Excuses podcast episode talks about narrative rhythm. Here’s the penultimate video of me writing the Rysn interlude from WORDS OF RADIANCE, the next Stormlight book. Next week I’ll put up the conclusion and the sped-up version with everything…

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A MEMORY OF LIGHT ebook + Updates

A MEMORY OF LIGHT ebook + Updates A few random pieces of catch-up news for today. The ebook for A MEMORY OF LIGHT came out this week, if you didn’t notice. You can find it at the usual vendors. This week the Writing Excuses podcast has another brainstorming episode, where I come up with a concept…

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WITHOUT A SUMMER + Updates

WITHOUT A SUMMER + Updates This week’s Writing Excuses podcast episode is called “Fake It Till You Make It” and in it Mary, Dan, Howard, and I talk about the things we do or have done to feel professional. Also, as I mentioned earlier this week, Writing Excuses has been nominated once again for the…

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Podcasts, STEELHEART & THE RITHMATIST Covers, Writing Video

Podcasts, STEELHEART & THE RITHMATIST Covers, Writing Video A couple new podcast episodes for you. This week’s Writing Excuses podcast episode is an in-depth discussion of “Deus ex Nauseum,” Howard’s bonus story at the end of Schlock Mercenary: Emperor Pius Dei. Also, on the Farland’s Authors Advisory Conference Calls, artists Isaac Stewart and Ben McSweeney (whose work has appeared…

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Stormlight 2 Video + Writing Excuses

Stormlight 2 Video + Writing Excuses In this week’s Writing Excuses podcast episode, Robison Wells joins us once again to talk about abnormal psychology. There are a lot of depths there to plumb for characterization, so check it out. My assistant has uploaded another Twitter posts archive. And there’s a new video up of me writing WORDS…

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Writing Excuses & Writing Video

Writing Excuses & Writing Video Just a quick update today. This week’s Writing Excuses podcast episode is another brainstorming episode. This time Mary, Dan, and I help Howard brainstorm for a comic. Though apparently the end result was a failure! Check it out. I’ve also uploaded another video of me writing WORDS OF RADIANCE, the sequel to…

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Writing Excuses & Stormlight Archive writing video

Writing Excuses & Stormlight Archive writing video Just a quick post today. The newest Writing Excuses podcast episode is another where we sat down with Dan’s brother Robison Wells. This time we talked about writing and personal health. Give it a listen. For the fifth of my Stormlight Archive volume two writing videos, we were able to…

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Stormlight writing video & music + Updates

Stormlight writing video & music + Updates The most recent podcast episode of Writing Excuses features Dan’s brother Robison Wells talking with us about cliffhangers and icebergs—when it’s a good idea to leave people in the dark, and when it’s a bad idea. Check it out. My assistant Peter has uploaded another Twitter posts archive. This…

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Videos & Updates

Videos & Updates I donated a signed first edition of MISTBORN for an auction at Con or Bust, which helps fans of color attend SFF conventions. Check it out. The most recent Writing Excuses podcast episode talks about retellings and adaptations. Believe it or not, yesterday was the five-year anniversary of the very first episode. Wow! I have…

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