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  1. Last night, Brandon finished his work on Rhythm of War, the fourth Stormlight Archive novel. On a screenshot saying "The End," you can see the word count is 459,629 words, which is a bit longer than Oathbringer's 454,000 words. Brandon shared in a Facebook comment that there are 112 chapters, plus interludes, and the prologue and epilogue. Brandon also said in his post that though the book releases in full on November (specifically, November 17th), preview chapters are coming before then. His tweet says "preview chapters soon." Hooray! Now, in previous news posts, some commenters have asked why they can't just read the ebook of this next week, so I thought I'd explain some things to the best of my ability as to what is happening next for the book. Please, anyone in the comments who know more than I do, comment away, I'd love to know more! Though Brandon is done, there's a lot more work to be done from people on Brandon's team as well as Tor. First up will be typesetting the Word document to look like an actual book. Then there's proofreading that needs to be done. There are Tor proofreaders, Peter (Brandon's assistant), but also there is a "gamma read" which is a proofread pass to a bit of a wider set of people, similar to the beta read. These books are really long, and even with so many eyes on the book, there are still typos in the final result. This is a super important phase. Nowadays, with Dragonsteel Entertainment being a reasonably big operation, Brandon doesn't need to micromanage this step, and Peter can deal with this. So while Brandon is done, the text isn't quite done yet. What else? Well, we need the art to all be finalized. I'm not exactly sure when the art needs to be turned in, but with every Stormlight book, there's tons of in-world art. Art takes a long time. I imagine plenty has been started already, but it might not be done quite yet. After all, we still don't have the US cover art. But I imagine the sheer weight of interior art takes a long time. Next up, there's the audiobook. Over half of Starsight's sales were audiobooks, if I recall correctly, so this is likely a large fraction of the audience. Oathbringer's audiobook is 55 hours, 5 minutes. I have to imagine actually recording it, doing multiple takes of sections, and editing it takes a very long time to record these mammoth audiobooks. Coming off editing Shardcast taking triple to quadruple the time for me to edit those, I have to believe the audiobooks are a huge undertaking. Of course, the audiobook can be recorded once the text is finalized, and once the art is done, printing can begin. You might still ask why you can't read the book after the text is finished. That's a fair question! But it occurred to me: the New York Times Bestseller list is a huge deal for advertising a book. From my understanding, you want to release all the editions of the book at the same time so they all count to the bestseller list. It would be a bad look to have the fourth Stormlight book not be a #1 bestseller. So, there are some important economic and industry reasons why we can't read it immediately. It sucks, but it is what it is. I know the wait has been brutal, but this is actually very fast for us to get the book out by November, and lots of people are putting in a lot of effort to get it to you. Still, we'll get preview chapters soon, which will be great! In Brandon's recent newsletter, he released a brand-new chapter of Rhythm of War, and if you sign up for the newsletter, it'll be sent to you! You can discuss it in our Rhythm of War spoiler board! Article image: the Gollancz cover of Rhythm of War, by Sam Green.
  2. Several repeated posts were removed. As a note to new members, please instead of double posting, edit your previous post with things you'd like to add. Thanks!
  3. It was a fun little chat, not much super relevant. Brandon did say RoW's current version was 461,000 words and he might be able to chop off 1000 of them. That would make it a big longer than Oathbringer's 454,000.
  4. The Politics and Prose bookstore is doing a livestream today with Brandon Sanderson and Tamora Pierce, author of Tempests & Slaughter (and many more great things). It will be at 8pm Eastern time, today, July 9th. Currently it seems that links to the livestream will be posted here. It was a Zoom event which is now capped at capacity but there will be Facebook live and YouTube links on the Politics and Prose page. In other news, the Way of Kings leatherbound Kickstarter was a smashing success, funding in less than ten minutes and all 10,000 of their initial planned print run selling out. Currently we are approaching five million dollars in total, and you can still get the leatherbound with the goodies, it will just ship in 2021. As Brandon said in the livestream on Tuesday, expectations were very much exceeded. You can check out the livestream here:
  5. Hi @Dean just so you know if you hit the + button next to Quote you can quote multiple people at once. We'd prefer this over double-posting, which we discourage. No worries though, just wanted to let you know! Welcome!!
  6. Gasp! Using Stormlight Wiki and not the Coppermind!? Mmmm I wouldn't say that's confirmed precisely, yet. Something like it though. There's also a casual mention of Ingenuity a few times. Hope is an interesting Shard. Wouldn't that be funny if Kelsier got that... I agree Compassion is a bit too close to Devotion currently. Caution is very interesting. There's definitely discussion on whether Wisdom is a Shard, too. Could be related perhaps.
  7. They opened another Tier 6 that comes in 2021. Try those? Sorry about that
  8. By signing up for Brandon's newsletter you can get an exclusive RoW interlude, and it's a Syl interlude! Let's discuss it here. EDIT: Please note this should stay exclusive to the newsletter, so no distribution of it, but know you can simply sign up for Brandon's newsletter on his website.
  9. Hmmmm, I'm not sure why it wouldn't recognize you. I'm sorry about that. Maybe the default is GMT? There does not appear to be a way to manually set your time zone. It really does seem like an oversight... If anyone else has this happen to them, could you post here?
  10. Can you tell me what time zone you're in and how much they are off, and in which direction?
  11. What @Mist said is accurate. The reason for that is they signed and numbered these in advance and so in the boxes when the bindery binds them all together they won't know what number is what, since they are now having the leatherbounds sealed by the bindery to reduce damages. Before, they opened the books from the bindery and then signed/numbered, but this led to more damage than they felt was acceptable, especially for an expensive product. As for personalizations of a random quote, I think that might eventually return, but more complex personalizations I don't think will ever return.
  12. Yeah, it's removed from all the tiers and will be given away for free now.
  13. A few quick reminders! The Way of Kings leatherbound Kickstarter comes out tomorrow at 9am Mountain time, which is 8am Pacific and 11am Eastern. Brandon posted a big blog post on all the tiers if you're curious about it or its tiers. Additionally, Brandon tweeted today that there will be one of his newsletters coming out tomorrow, which will contain a preview of Rhythm of War. You can sign up for it here on his website. You can discuss the sample chapter (but not distribute it) in our Rhythm of War spoiler forum, or the #row_spoilers channel on Discord. Way of Kings Prime, the version of the book Brandon wrote in 2002, is coming out tomorrow as well with the Kickstarter. To discuss it, we've made a forum in our Unpublished Works area. Please discuss it there, and not in the usual Stormlight areas. On Discord, please use the #unpublished channel. Tidbit on The Lost Metal Brandon commented on Reddit another tidbit on The Lost Metal, the final Wax and Wayne book. We discussed that he plans to begin Lost Metal January 1st, but here Brandon says that the goal would be to have the book finished by next July with a release date to be the spring or summer of 2022. It also will probably lead with a flashback of Wayne, rather than Wax. Neat!
  14. I believe it should automatically detect your own time zone and display it accordingly?
  15. The stream is just unlisted on YouTube (please don't post the link, as requested by Dragonsteel and Vault) so it will essentially exist forever to those with the link to it.