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The release of Firefight is just three weeks away! My book tour should be announced very soon. And for the next few weeks up until the Firefight release, the first book in the Reckoners trilogy, Steelheart, has its ebook on sale for $2.99 in the US and Canada. (Check the country tabs here to see what your local price is.) If you haven't read it (or Mitosis, the $1.99 ebook novelette that goes between the two books), now is a great chance!

There's also something cool for Mistborn fans that just started this week. Crafty Games is putting out more Mistborn dice (for use with the Mistborn Adventure Game or any other game with dice). They're normal 6-sided dice, but since each Mistborn metal symbol has a dot in it, the one-dot side of the die is replaced with a metal symbol. To determine quantities and how many different metal symbols to use, Crafty is running a Kickstarter campaign. Since the campaign went live yesterday it has already funded, but the stretch goals add to the number of symbols included. Right now each set of eight dice has four symbols in it, but each goal adds a symbol until they get up to ten dice with ten symbols—with additional campaign-exclusive dice possible after that if the total goes high enough.

The campaign runs for 39 more days. Check it out here.
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In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, From the Page to the Stage, we were lucky enough to have Allison W. Hill and Austin Hill sit down with us to talk about turning A Night of Blacker Darkness, by Dan Wells, into a stage play.

Words of Radiance has been selected for inclusion into the iBookstore Best of 2014 list.

The Legion sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, is available now (except for in the UK and associated territories). Go get it now in all formats!

The Firefight tour should be announced soon. Watch this space for details.

The Twitter archive for December has been updated by my assistant Adam.
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It was a close call this year, but thanks to your voting, Words of Radiance is #1 in Listener Favorites and Fantasy on Audible's Best of 2014. It's a great way to follow up 2013's Listener Favorites win with Steelheart. Thank you!

The Legion sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, was released a couple weeks ago (except for in the UK and associated territories). Go get it now in all formats.

Last week there were two Writing Excuses episodes, a little surprise for you who were wanting an extra dose. Both episodes were recorded at the Out of Excuses Workshop and Retreat in front of a live audience. The first one talked about how to effectively write for readers who are familiar with the genre or story structure in which we're writing. The second one was a Q&A episode touching on the following questions:

  • Given the trend toward moral ambiguity, is there still a place for an unquestionably evil character?

  • Should you publish a first book that isn’t in the style or genre that you’re ultimately interested in?

  • Is it possible to write epic fantasy with a single POV?

  • Of all of the myriad talents of the literary agents you work with, what’s the one that makes you stick with your agent?

  • How do you maintain your writing chops when you’re buried in the research phase of a project?

  • What are some issues a short story writer should be aware of when tackling a novel?

  • How do you go about discovery writing characters?

  • When you build a story, does the foreshadowing go in during the first pass, or in later edits?


In Tor.com's continuing series of re-read posts for Words of Radiance, Carl Engle-Laird last week discussed chapter 20, where Shallan brought out the best in a ragtag group of misfits who just wanted to make right.

Inside Flipboard did an interview with me on topics ranging from the Wheel of Time to advice for young writers.

The Twitter archive for December has been updated by my assistant Adam.
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Earlier this year I told you about an IndieGoGo project to produce an anthology that would contain chapters from my original 2002 version of The Way of Kings (sometimes called Way of Kings Prime). Well, the anthology is finished, and IndieGoGo backers received their ebook copies a few weeks ago. The hardcovers have also been printed and right now I'm signing the ones that I was supposed to sign. The books will ship out this week and next.

For those of you who weren't involved in the IndieGoGo campaign, an ebook of the finished Altered Perceptions anthology is now available. You can buy it at the usual ebook stores—links are here. The ebook sale is being run by Waygate Foundation, a public charity that was founded by prominent Wheel of Time fans, for which I sit on the Board of Directors. Waygate Foundation, in turn, will donate 90% of the net proceeds from the ebook sale to Robison Wells's chosen charity, Bring Change 2 Mind.
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If you missed it last week, the Legion sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, has been released (except for in the UK and associated territories). Go get it now in all formats!

Cory Doctorow joined the Writing Excuses crew at Westercon 67 to talk with us about the Neurobolics of Characters—the techniques and methods writers use to help our readers care about the characters we create.
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I hope everyone is having a great Black Friday—as a reminder, my store has some awesome new items. See here for details. And my book Legion: Skin Deep was released this week. See my previous post for details on that.

Tomorrow, I'm signing in Idaho Falls. Details are below.
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About two years ago, I wrote a little novella called Legion about a man with a very strange psychological makeup. Part of my goal in writing it was to see if I could make my personal brand of . . . whatever it is I do work in a more contemporary story. The greater goal (as it always is) was to get this idea out of my head and onto the page so it would stop pestering me.

Well, the story of Stephen Leeds was not only very popular with readers, it was quite fun for me to write. As many of you know, I keep myself fresh and excited as an author by making certain that when I end one project, I have something very different queued up to try next. Lately, this has meant jumping from epic fantasy to teen adventure, and then back to epic.

Legion was different enough to really give me a change of pace—but it also had all of the things that really excite me about writing. So it’s not surprising that, over the last two years, I began writing another story about Stephen. I wrote big chunks of it on plane flights, particularly the takeoff and landing portions where they made me put away my laptop. (So this story was about 50% handwritten in its original form.)

At long last, I’m proud to present it to you. Clocking in at about twice the size of the first, Legion: Skin Deep is the story of a missing corpse—and the information that corpse knows. Stephen Leeds returns, a man who “is not crazy, just compartmentalized.” He can become an expert in virtually any subject in a short amount of time—but that knowledge manifests as a hallucination with a personality that can act as an expert on that subject.

The second story stands very well on its own, if you haven’t read the first. (Though I think you’ll enjoy both.) The only print edition currently is the leatherbound, limited-edition hardcover available through Subterranean Press—but you can find the audiobook on Audible and an inexpensive ebook version on your favorite ebook vendor’s website. (See links here.)

An apology to people in the UK/Ireland/Australia/New Zealand: I’ve given my UK publisher publication rights on this story, as they did a very nice job with the print edition of the first, and I can’t quite promise when they’ll be releasing it. They’re moving as quickly as they can, and I’m sure they’ll do a wonderful job. I realize this is frustrating—but on the flip side, they did just release the only print edition of the Reckoners story “Mitosis,” which you can get and nobody else can. So there is that.

Regardless, please check out the book! Hopefully it will tide you over until Firefight (sequel to Steelheart) launches in early January.

Brandon

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Rejoice! My Reckoners short novelette Mitosis was finally released today by Gollancz in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland (and other Commonwealth countries, plus everywhere outside the US/Canada). Check the store links in the various tabs here.

Mitosis takes place between Steelheart and Firefight, which will be released on January 6 in the US and January 8 in the UK. It's a little something to tide you over until then.

In addition to the ebook and audiobook that the US and Canada received, Gollancz has also released a spiffy little hardcover. Here's a photo (alongside the Steelheart editions that the UK got).
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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 to all versions are here. 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.

Additionally, The Way of Kings ebook is still free in the US on the iBookstore and Amazon until the end of the year.
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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) 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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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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