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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! There's a picture below.

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. 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.

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.
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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 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.
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It's Brandon's assistant Peter again with another book to recommend to you.

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:Read more...Collapse )
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 by ChAIR Entertainment/Epic Games that I also wrote two novellas for, Infinity Blade: Awakening and Infinity Blade: Redemption.)

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.
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. Other books will also be available at the Dragonsteel booth and at the Wordfire booth.

Here's my full schedule!
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Hello there! Brandon's assistant Peter 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 in two weeks, 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.
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For those who haven’t yet seen the results of the 2014 Hugo Awards, they have been posted here. 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.) 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. 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.

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)
Address: 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE
Calgary, AB, Canada T2J 6S1
Phone: (403) 260-2600
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 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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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, 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, 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 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. 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 below, it's best to get the anthology and read the first drafts.
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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. 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. You can see a big version after the cut.Read more...Collapse )
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Brandon Sanderson writes epic fantasy novels for Tor Books. Find his novels, MISTBORN and ELANTRIS in any fine bookstore. More information on his website.
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