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  1. Hey, all. Brandon here. With the release of this book, there have been some minor updates to continuity that I think some of you will find relevant. The big one has to do with Hoid's visit to Terris in The Well of Ascension. For those unfamiliar with the backstory, this little behind-the-scenes action has been a source of some consistent problems. The outline, and original draft, of Well had Vin and Elend traveling up to Terris, then into the mountains, to find the Well itself. This was a huge momentum killer in the story. Having your cityscape-focused book suddenly turn into a traveling quest fantasy for a few chapters felt very out of place, and required too much strange time-jumping to make it work. In revisions, I set about finding a way to repair this, and to overlap the Well of Ascension discovery with Vin's return to Luthadel. The end result worked much better, but I was forced to cut Hoid's cameo. (In the form of footsteps in the snow and frost leading to the Well, hinting that someone had been there just before her.) I knew where Hoid was, and added in the cameo of him with the Terris people—with the plan still being that he visited the Well sometime during the days after Vin's return to the city. Well, in working on Secret History, I found that this had a problem with it. Hoid had to already know where the Well is, because after the destruction of the Pits, he'd need to use the Well to return to Scadrial after leaving in the middle of book one to attend to certain other events. If you've read the story, you know this is how I proceeded. Official continuity is that Hoid went up to Terris after visiting the Well, as he had things to do there. He did not go looking for the Well. This doesn't change continuity for any of the books, though it does render one of the annotations for Well obsolete. Otherwise, I'm quite pleased about this novella. I wasn't certain how it would go, writing something using threads I'd left dangling ten years ago. (You should thank the beta readers, who are all Sharders I believe, for their continuity help. They made me aware pf several things I needed to make much more clear from the original draft, so that canon would be more crisp.) I know there has been a lot of discussion regarding which times when someone appears to hear Kelsier's voice were actually Kelsier. The story offers the official canon for this as well. It's nice to finally be able to give the answers to some longtime fan questions, such as what spooked Vin during her inspection of Hoid and what was up with Preservation and the Mist Spirit. It's entirely possible that, despite our efforts, we slipped up and made some continuity error here or there. If so, I'm terribly sorry! This one has been particularly challenging to do. Thanks, as always, for reading.
  2. Writing Excuses has two new episodes this week due to a goof on our part. We had planned to hold Mary's brainstorming episode back until the spring, but we forgot that there was a direct followup episode. The followup got released first and people were confused, so we've gone ahead and made it a two-episode week. Here are the episodes in chronological order: episode 51, Brainstorming with Mary, and THEN episode 50, Outlining the Mary Way. InkWing has a new blog post up about their December deadlines and the Windrunner pin, which they're giving away in each T-shirt order, or which you can get by entering the contest in the blog post comments. I have two events in Utah this week. Dragons Keep Magic The Gathering Draft & Signing, Orem Date: 12.13.12 Time: 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Place: Dragons Keep Address: 48 W 300 N Orem, UT 84601 Phone: (801) 225-5215 Schedule: Draft: 6:00 p.m. Signing: 9–10 p.m. Limited amount of potential draft participants; sign up now. Cost: $12.00 Dragon's Keep Standard Draft Pricing and Prizes This one will focus on ALL of my books, and while there might be a few copies of the Mistborn Adventure Game for sale, this is my holiday signing for Utah Valley. Because of that, we'll bring a lot of copies of various things to sell.</p> Worlds of Fantasy at the Salt Lake City Library Date: 12.15.12 Time: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Place: Salt Lake City Library Address: 210 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111 Phone: (801) 524-8200 Schedule: See the library website for the full schedule, which begins at 10:00 a.m.. My events are as follows: Fantasy Literature and the Re-imagined Myth with Brandon Sanderson 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m., Nancy Tessman Auditorium Sponsored by Utah Humanities Council A discussion exploring the questions; from whence did Fantasy Literature Rise? What is its place in contemporary culture? Where is it going? Brandon Sanderson Q&A: World Building 1:30–3:00 p.m., Lower Urban Room Brandon Sanderson Signing 3:30 p.m., Night-Flight Comics at Library Square Bookplates for A MEMORY OF LIGHT will be available.</p>Here is the Salt Lake Library's press release on the event: Popular Fantasy Author Brandon Sanderson Speaks at The City Library Highlights Worlds of Fantasy Exhibit on Display December 10, 2012—Salt Lake City—Fantasy is a major component in our cultural zeitgeist. The past decade has been filled with literature, film, games, and art that capture society's desire for the exploration of magical worlds. From Harry Potter to Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, our pop-culture world is one obsessed with fantasy. Join The City Library for a series of events highlighting the mystical and magical. On December 15, The City Library will be transformed. An ongoing exhibit featuring sets and pieces from a locally-produced fantasy film, Flight from Shadow, will be the backdrop for a series of fantastic events, including an all-ages costume contest—from the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Robert Jordan, wand-making classes, film screenings, book browses, tours of the exhibit, and a performance by the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra. The feature of the December 15 celebration is a lecture with famed author Brandon Sanderson, beginning at 12pm in the Main Library Auditorium. Sanderson is best known for finishing Robert Jordan's epic series, The Wheel of Time. The final installment of this series will be released on January 8, 2013. Sanderson will also host an intimate Q&A, focusing on world-building, followed by a book signing. Other Worlds of Fantasy events continue through the month of January, including Dungeons and Dragons at the Chapman Branch, and a continuation of the Fantasy Genre Speaker's Series, focusing on art, film, and deconstructing Middle Earth. The Genre Speaker's Series is funded by the Utah Humanities Council, and Worlds of Fantasy has been sponsored by The City Library, University of Utah Department of English, Fort Douglas Military Museum, McGrew Studios, Wagonland Adventures, Absinthe Hair and Grooming Parlor, Razor's Edge, Abbie Warnock Photography, Badali Jewelers, Wheel of 9 Productions, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, The Downtown Alliance, Gryphon Games, Night Flight Comics, Utah Film Commission, and Marcela Torres. For more information on Worlds of Fantasy at The City Library, visit www.slcpl.org/fantasy. Source
  3. I'm retiring this mirror blog, after the launch of my new website. I'm pretty sure very few people actually followed this mirror. My new blog is right on my new site's front page, and it has a new RSS feed. You can also get more frequent updates from me on Twitter and Facebook.
  4. I'm retiring this mirror blog, after the launch of my new website. I'm pretty sure very few people actually followed this mirror. My new blog is right on my new site's front page, and it has a new RSS feed. You can also get more frequent updates from me on Twitter and Facebook. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/09/retiring-this-mirror-blog.html">Source</a>
  5. If you haven't seen the Steelheart book trailer, the prologue, or the teaser chapters (Chapter Ten and Chapter Eleven), please go give them a look! The release date is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. Weller Book Works has a few signed & numbered copies left. You can also come to the release event at the Orem Barnes & Noble on September 24th. (More details later.) Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October. I have worldwide links to other places you can preorder the book here. Many of you know that my good friend Dan Wells’s Serial Killer books were published in Germany before they were printed in the US (see Writing Excuses Episode 8.29 for a description of how this happened). Since then, Dan’s books have done very well in Germany. In fact, he’s living there now partly because of this. Dan’s success in Germany has made me curious about what my readers think of the German translations of my own novels. I’ve never visited Germany. It’s a big market that I don’t know very much about, and I’m curious about it. In fact, I would love to know how my foreign translations in any language compare to the original English. If there are those of you out there who are familiar with both editions of some of my works, we would love to hear from you, particularly if you are bilingual or have read both the original and a foreign translation. Specifically we would like to hear from my German readers. We would also like to know who your favorite translators are in your language. Are there ones that do a particularly good job? Please email your thoughts through the contact form on my website or post on Facebook.
  6. My website debuted a major redesign yesterday. I kick it off with a post about winning two Hugo Awards this past weekend.
  7. My website debuted a major redesign yesterday. I kick it off with a post about winning two Hugo Awards this past weekend. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/09/website-redesign-launch.html">Source</a>
  8. Hey, all! I had an exciting time at Worldcon, as you might have heard. I'm working on a long blog post about the experience, and it will go up tomorrow. (Actually, be sure to check my site tomorrow, regardless...) For today, though, I wanted to announce the release of my second and final Infinity Blade novella! It's out now on the iBookstore, with a short exclusive period for them. It will move to other ebook platforms next week. If you aren't familiar with this project, these are based on a game series made by some friends of mine in Salt Lake City. The games are awesome, and have been bestsellers on iOS devices. I did one other novella bridging the first and second games, and now have written one taking place after the second game. It's been a fun experience; they've really let me onto the team, and I've been able to have a lot to do with the story development of the entire series. Pictures of Hugo Awards tomorrow! In other news, my assistant Peter has uploaded another Twitter posts archive, covering August. A bit of catch-up on the Writing Excuses podcast: We did episodes on making non-human characters relatable, survivorship bias, and a guest episode with Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content about digging yourself out of holes. Brandon
  9. Hey, all! I had an exciting time at Worldcon, as you might have heard. I'm working on a long blog post about the experience, and it will go up tomorrow. (Actually, be sure to check my site tomorrow, regardless...) For today, though, I wanted to announce the release of my second and final Infinity Blade novella! It's out now on the iBookstore, with a short exclusive period for them. It will move to other ebook platforms next week. If you aren't familiar with this project, these are based on a game series made by some friends of mine in Salt Lake City. The games are awesome, and have been bestsellers on iOS devices. I did one other novella bridging the first and second games, and now have written one taking place after the second game. It's been a fun experience; they've really let me onto the team, and I've been able to have a lot to do with the story development of the entire series. Pictures of Hugo Awards tomorrow! In other news, my assistant Peter has uploaded another Twitter posts archive, covering August. A bit of catch-up on the Writing Excuses podcast: We did episodes on making non-human characters relatable, survivorship bias, and a guest episode with Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content about digging yourself out of holes. Brandon <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/09/infinity-blade-redemption-updates.html">Source</a>
  10. Hey, all. This is a post that may not be relevant for everyone, but I thought it was an important one to make anyway. I had the pleasure of being Guest of Honor a few weeks back at SpoCon, a sf/fantasy convention in Spokane, Washington. Well, it turns out that the same group who run SpoCon have a bid out for Worldcon in 2015. The voting will happen this weekend at Worldcon in San Antonio, which I'm attending. (Though kind of last-minute.) Voting costs $40, and unfortunately it's too late to mail in ballots; it has to be done in person. Voting also gets you a supporting membership to whichever Worldcon wins for 2015—meaning you can vote in that year's Hugos as well (and get that year's Hugo Voter Packet), for cheaper than it will cost to buy a supporting membership once 2015 rolls around. And a supporting membership can be upgraded to an attending membership very easily. Since I was just hosted by these people, I think I'm in a unique position to give them—and their Worldcon bid—a shout-out. The guest liaison team was top-notch, and the entire convention was extremely well organized. I was surprised by how pretty Spokane was this time of year to boot. If anyone is debating where to put their vote for Worldcon, let me nudge you toward Spokane. I don't know anything about the other Worldcon bid teams, and I'm sure there are plenty of great people on them—but I know for certain the team in Spokane knows what they're doing. The city itself is pushing hard for the convention, even going so far to send city representatives to Worldcon this year to lobby. Hats off to the entire crew. I had a wonderful time, and would love to return in two years for Worldcon. This is a bid to take very seriously. Brandon
  11. Hey, all. This is a post that may not be relevant for everyone, but I thought it was an important one to make anyway. I had the pleasure of being Guest of Honor a few weeks back at SpoCon, a sf/fantasy convention in Spokane, Washington. Well, it turns out that the same group who run SpoCon have a bid out for Worldcon in 2015. The voting will happen this weekend at Worldcon in San Antonio, which I'm attending. (Though kind of last-minute.) Voting costs $40, and unfortunately it's too late to mail in ballots; it has to be done in person. Voting also gets you a supporting membership to whichever Worldcon wins for 2015—meaning you can vote in that year's Hugos as well (and get that year's Hugo Voter Packet), for cheaper than it will cost to buy a supporting membership once 2015 rolls around. And a supporting membership can be upgraded to an attending membership very easily. Since I was just hosted by these people, I think I'm in a unique position to give them—and their Worldcon bid—a shout-out. The guest liaison team was top-notch, and the entire convention was extremely well organized. I was surprised by how pretty Spokane was this time of year to boot. If anyone is debating where to put their vote for Worldcon, let me nudge you toward Spokane. I don't know anything about the other Worldcon bid teams, and I'm sure there are plenty of great people on them—but I know for certain the team in Spokane knows what they're doing. The city itself is pushing hard for the convention, even going so far to send city representatives to Worldcon this year to lobby. Hats off to the entire crew. I had a wonderful time, and would love to return in two years for Worldcon. This is a bid to take very seriously. Brandon <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/spokane-2015.html">Source</a>
  12. Worldcon in San Antonio (LoneStarCon 3) starts tomorrow. Here's my schedule! There are hundreds of industry luminaries at the convention, so be sure to check out all the great programming. World Science Fiction Convention, San Antonio Place: LoneStarCon 3 Address: Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center 200 E Market St San Antonio, TX 78205 Schedule: August 29th–September 2nd, 2013 SATURDAY 6:00–7:00 p.m., 006A Brandon Sanderson Reading SUNDAY 1:00–2:00 p.m., Autographing Area Autographing: John Maddox Roberts, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, Laura Underwood 8:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom The Hugo Awards The Emperor's Soul is nominated in the Best Novella category, and Writing Excuses in the Best Related Work category. Best of luck to all the nominees! You can also watch the awards live on UStream. Notes: The "Firstborn"/"Defending Elysium" convention exclusive hardcover will be available in limited numbers at Howard Tayler's booth in the dealers' room.
  13. Worldcon in San Antonio (LoneStarCon 3) starts tomorrow. Here's my schedule! There are hundreds of industry luminaries at the convention, so be sure to check out all the great programming. World Science Fiction Convention, San Antonio Place: LoneStarCon 3 Address: Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center 200 E Market St San Antonio, TX 78205 Schedule: August 29th–September 2nd, 2013 SATURDAY 6:00–7:00 p.m., 006A Brandon Sanderson Reading SUNDAY 1:00–2:00 p.m., Autographing Area Autographing: John Maddox Roberts, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, Laura Underwood 8:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom The Hugo Awards The Emperor's Soul is nominated in the Best Novella category, and Writing Excuses in the Best Related Work category. Best of luck to all the nominees! You can also watch the awards live on UStream. Notes: The "Firstborn"/"Defending Elysium" convention exclusive hardcover will be available in limited numbers at Howard Tayler's booth in the dealers' room. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/worldcon-this-weekend.html">Source</a>
  14. Tomorrow and Saturday I'll be at Gen Con. My schedule is below. See you there! But first, if you haven't seen the STEELHEART teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters, please go give them a look! The release date is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible, Apple, Kobo, Google Play.) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders TODAY for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. (Or you can come to the release event at the Orem Barnes & Noble on September 24th. More details later.) Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October. Steelheart Signed & Numbered Copies Weller Book Works is excited to offer signed and numbered copies of Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart. A maximum of two copies may be ordered per customer. The price is $15.19 per copy plus tax and/or shipping if applicable. That's 20% off the cover price of $18.99. United States shipping is via USPS Priority Mail. You may choose to have orders for a single copy shipped in a padded envelope or in a box. Orders for two copies will be shipped in a box. Shipping prices are as follows: US Domestic padded envelope - $7.00 US Domestic box - $13.00 In addition, orders picked up in-store or shipped to destinations in Utah will be charged sales tax of $1.04 per book. International shipping is via USPS 1st Class or Priority Mail for single copies. You may choose to have single copy orders shipped in a 1st Class padded envelope, a Priority Mail padded envelope, or a Priority Mail box. Orders for two copies will be shipped in a Priority Mail box. Unfortunately, we are not able to ship two copies 1st Class due to weight limits. Please note that 1st Class orders will not arrive until significantly after the release date. Shipping prices are as follows: Canada & Mexico 1st Class padded envelope - $16.00 Canada & Mexico Priority Mail padded envelope - $21.00 Canada & Mexico Priority Mail box - $ 42.00 All other international 1st Class padded envelope - $23.00 All other international Priority Mail padded envelope - $25.00 All other international Priority Mail box - $62.00 Orders may be paid for with credit card or Paypal only. All orders must be placed via e-mail by e-mailing [email protected] When you order, please let us know how you would like your copy personalized. Tell us "signature only" if you just want it signed and numbered. If you would like it signed to you or to a friend, say, e.g., "Sign it 'to John.'" If you are paying by Paypal, please include your paypal email in your order so that we can invoice you. Please include your shipping address when ordering. This promotion is limited to 500 copies of Steelheart, and all orders must be received and paid for by August 31, 2013. E-mail [email protected] to order today! Gen Con Indy Place: Gen Con Indy 2013 Address: Indiana Convention Center 100 S Capitol Ave Indianapolis, IN 46225Schedule: August 16–17, 2013 FRIDAY 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, ICC Room 244 (SEM1345269) Panel: Worldbuilding: Magic & Mysticism Learn to weave magic into your setting in a way that drives the story and satisfies the reader. Elizabeth Vaughan, John Helfers, Lou Anders, Dave Gross, Brandon Sanderson 2:00–3:30 p.m., ICC Room 500 Ballroom/Reception (ENT1350579) Event: Epic VillainsBestselling authors Brandon Sanderson (STEELHEART, Sept. 2013) and James Dashner (EYE OF MINDS, Oct. 2013) introduce their new series and discuss the creation of the most horrifying villains within their fiction—past and present. For a chance to win an epic prize, collect some cool swag, and receive a limited edition signed poster, come check out this sneak peek! Cost: $2.00 4:00–5:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345264) Panel: Writer's Craft: Novel Outlines Discover the techniques and tricks for creating effective, compelling, and pitchable novel outlines. John Helfers, Jerry Gordon, Saladin Ahmed, Brandon Sanderson, Erik Scott De Bie 7:00–9:00 p.m., ICC Room 244 (SEM1350944) Panel: Writing Excuses: Live Audience Session 1 Join Writing Excuses hosts Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal for a live audience recording session Friday evening. The team will record four to six episodes of their popular podcast between 7pm and 9pm, interviewing special guests from the symposium and VIG's and others from the wider convention. During this session at least one episode will be a rapid-fire Q&A using questions taken from the audience, so be sure to bring some stumpers. 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. VIG Lounge, ICC Rooms 116–117 (TCG1352591) VIG: Magic: The Gathering draft and tournament with Brandon Sanderson Come draft and play MTG with Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn series and the continuation of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga. Prizes awarded! VIG and VIG Companions only. Cost: $24.00 SATURDAY 12:00 noon–2:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall Booth 1749 Signing: Brandon Sanderson at Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary booth Brandon's books (including this year's convention exclusive hardcover) will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own books. Howard Tayler, Jim Zub, and Tracy Hickman will also be at the booth at various times throughout the day. And you can also ask Brandon to sign your books any other time during the convention that you can catch him between panels. 2:00–3:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345288) Panel: Exploring Genres: Young Adult Get the inside scoop on what it takes to write fiction for the lucrative YA market. Kelly Swails, David Farland, James Dashner, Ari Marmell, Brandon Sanderson 3:00–4:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345289) Panel: Exploring Genres: Dark Fantasy Explore techniques for writing fantasy with an edge as we discuss the darker side of the genre. Paul Genesse, Kelly Swails, Chris Pierson, Lucy Snyder, Brandon Sanderson 4:00–5:00 p.m., Crowne Plaza Grand Central Ballroom D (SEM1343796) Panel: Scheming through Scadrial: Making Mistborn Yours The Final Empire is hard on Crews but it's also tricky for Narrators. Join the creators of the Mistborn Adventure Game for an interactive panel about adventuring in Brandon Sanderson's unique world. NOTE: This panel is a two-hour panel beginning at 3:00. Brandon will show up for the final hour of the panel. Patrick Kapera, Brandon Sanderson 7:00–9:00 p.m., ICC Room 244 (SEM1350945) Panel: Writing Excuses: Live Audience Session 2 Join Writing Excuses hosts Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal for a live audience recording session Friday evening. The team will record four to six episodes of their popular podcast between 7pm and 9pm, interviewing special guests from the symposium and VIG's and others from the wider convention. During this session at least one episode will be a rapid-fire Q&A using questions taken from the audience, so be sure to bring some stumpers. NOTE: Brandon's books (including this year's convention exclusive hardcover) will be available for purchase at Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary booth 1749 in the Exhibit Hall. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/my-gen-con-schedule.html">Source</a>
  15. Tomorrow and Saturday I'll be at Gen Con. My schedule is below. See you there! But first, if you haven't seen the STEELHEART teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters, please go give them a look! The release date is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible, Apple, Kobo, Google Play.) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders TODAY for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. (Or you can come to the release event at the Orem Barnes & Noble on September 24th. More details later.) Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October. Steelheart Signed & Numbered Copies Weller Book Works is excited to offer signed and numbered copies of Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart. A maximum of two copies may be ordered per customer. The price is $15.19 per copy plus tax and/or shipping if applicable. That's 20% off the cover price of $18.99. United States shipping is via USPS Priority Mail. You may choose to have orders for a single copy shipped in a padded envelope or in a box. Orders for two copies will be shipped in a box. Shipping prices are as follows: US Domestic padded envelope - $7.00 US Domestic box - $13.00 In addition, orders picked up in-store or shipped to destinations in Utah will be charged sales tax of $1.04 per book. International shipping is via USPS 1st Class or Priority Mail for single copies. You may choose to have single copy orders shipped in a 1st Class padded envelope, a Priority Mail padded envelope, or a Priority Mail box. Orders for two copies will be shipped in a Priority Mail box. Unfortunately, we are not able to ship two copies 1st Class due to weight limits. Please note that 1st Class orders will not arrive until significantly after the release date. Shipping prices are as follows: Canada & Mexico 1st Class padded envelope - $16.00 Canada & Mexico Priority Mail padded envelope - $21.00 Canada & Mexico Priority Mail box - $ 42.00 All other international 1st Class padded envelope - $23.00 All other international Priority Mail padded envelope - $25.00 All other international Priority Mail box - $62.00 Orders may be paid for with credit card or Paypal only. All orders must be placed via e-mail by e-mailing [email protected] When you order, please let us know how you would like your copy personalized. Tell us "signature only" if you just want it signed and numbered. If you would like it signed to you or to a friend, say, e.g., "Sign it 'to John.'" If you are paying by Paypal, please include your paypal email in your order so that we can invoice you. Please include your shipping address when ordering. This promotion is limited to 500 copies of Steelheart, and all orders must be received and paid for by August 31, 2013. E-mail [email protected] to order today! Gen Con Indy Place: Gen Con Indy 2013 Address: Indiana Convention Center 100 S Capitol Ave Indianapolis, IN 46225 Schedule: August 16–17, 2013 FRIDAY 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, ICC Room 244 (SEM1345269) Panel: Worldbuilding: Magic & Mysticism Learn to weave magic into your setting in a way that drives the story and satisfies the reader. Elizabeth Vaughan, John Helfers, Lou Anders, Dave Gross, Brandon Sanderson 2:00–3:30 p.m., ICC Room 500 Ballroom/Reception (ENT1350579) Event: Epic Villains Bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson (STEELHEART, Sept. 2013) and James Dashner (EYE OF MINDS, Oct. 2013) introduce their new series and discuss the creation of the most horrifying villains within their fiction—past and present. For a chance to win an epic prize, collect some cool swag, and receive a limited edition signed poster, come check out this sneak peek! Cost: $2.00 4:00–5:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345264) Panel: Writer's Craft: Novel Outlines Discover the techniques and tricks for creating effective, compelling, and pitchable novel outlines. John Helfers, Jerry Gordon, Saladin Ahmed, Brandon Sanderson, Erik Scott De Bie 7:00–9:00 p.m., ICC Room 244 (SEM1350944) Panel: Writing Excuses: Live Audience Session 1 Join Writing Excuses hosts Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal for a live audience recording session Friday evening. The team will record four to six episodes of their popular podcast between 7pm and 9pm, interviewing special guests from the symposium and VIG's and others from the wider convention. During this session at least one episode will be a rapid-fire Q&A using questions taken from the audience, so be sure to bring some stumpers. 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. VIG Lounge, ICC Rooms 116–117 (TCG1352591) VIG: Magic: The Gathering draft and tournament with Brandon Sanderson Come draft and play MTG with Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn series and the continuation of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga. Prizes awarded! VIG and VIG Companions only. Cost: $24.00 SATURDAY 12:00 noon–2:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall Booth 1749 Signing: Brandon Sanderson at Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary booth Brandon's books (including this year's convention exclusive hardcover) will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own books. Howard Tayler, Jim Zub, and Tracy Hickman will also be at the booth at various times throughout the day. And you can also ask Brandon to sign your books any other time during the convention that you can catch him between panels. 2:00–3:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345288) Panel: Exploring Genres: Young Adult Get the inside scoop on what it takes to write fiction for the lucrative YA market. Kelly Swails, David Farland, James Dashner, Ari Marmell, Brandon Sanderson 3:00–4:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345289) Panel: Exploring Genres: Dark Fantasy Explore techniques for writing fantasy with an edge as we discuss the darker side of the genre. Paul Genesse, Kelly Swails, Chris Pierson, Lucy Snyder, Brandon Sanderson 4:00–5:00 p.m., Crowne Plaza Grand Central Ballroom D (SEM1343796) Panel: Scheming through Scadrial: Making Mistborn Yours The Final Empire is hard on Crews but it's also tricky for Narrators. Join the creators of the Mistborn Adventure Game for an interactive panel about adventuring in Brandon Sanderson's unique world. NOTE: This panel is a two-hour panel beginning at 3:00. Brandon will show up for the final hour of the panel. Patrick Kapera, Brandon Sanderson 7:00–9:00 p.m., ICC Room 244 (SEM1350945) Panel: Writing Excuses: Live Audience Session 2 Join Writing Excuses hosts Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal for a live audience recording session Friday evening. The team will record four to six episodes of their popular podcast between 7pm and 9pm, interviewing special guests from the symposium and VIG's and others from the wider convention. During this session at least one episode will be a rapid-fire Q&A using questions taken from the audience, so be sure to bring some stumpers. NOTE: Brandon's books (including this year's convention exclusive hardcover) will be available for purchase at Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary booth 1749 in the Exhibit Hall.
  16. Some quick updates today. But first, if you haven't seen the STEELHEART teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters, please go give them a look! The release date is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible, Apple, Kobo, Google Play.) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders on August 15th for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October. Waygate Foundation has a new charity auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. They're auctioning off a rare production sample of a Ta'veren Tees t-shirt featuring Perrin Aybara, signed by Team Jordan and me. You can't buy a shirt with this exact design. The auction ends on August 21st. The Kindle Daily Post has an interview with me about STEELHEART and other topics. Also, Inspiring Insomnia is giving away (US-only) an ARC of STEELHEART. I often mention giveaways like this on Facebook and Twitter when I see them, but sometimes the giveaways are over by the time I compile a blog post. So if you want to keep track of things like that, Facebook and Twitter are the best places to follow me. The most recent Writing Excuses podcast episode is another microcasting one where we touch on the following topics: How do you manage your workload? Are writing contests worth it? Which ones are good? How do you make it clear that the weird aspects of your world are done on purpose rather than just being bad science? How do you know when to take a break from your writing? What are your word count suggestions for various markets? SF Signal asked me to name two or three authors I feel haven't received the recognition they deserve. So I had to keep the list short, but you should check it out! Tor.com's newest THE WAY OF KINGS reread post covers chapters 27 and 28. Chasm duty, Horneater stew, and smashing a lot of rock with a hammer. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/signed-perrin-t-shirt-charity-auction.html">Source</a>
  17. Some quick updates today. But first, if you haven't seen the STEELHEART teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters, please go give them a look! The release date is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible, Apple, Kobo, Google Play.) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders on August 15th for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October. Waygate Foundation has a new charity auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. They're auctioning off a rare production sample of a Ta'veren Tees t-shirt featuring Perrin Aybara, signed by Team Jordan and me. You can't buy a shirt with this exact design. The auction ends on August 21st. The Kindle Daily Post has an interview with me about STEELHEART and other topics. Also, Inspiring Insomnia is giving away (US-only) an ARC of STEELHEART. I often mention giveaways like this on Facebook and Twitter when I see them, but sometimes the giveaways are over by the time I compile a blog post. So if you want to keep track of things like that, Facebook and Twitter are the best places to follow me. The most recent Writing Excuses podcast episode is another microcasting one where we touch on the following topics: How do you manage your workload? Are writing contests worth it? Which ones are good? How do you make it clear that the weird aspects of your world are done on purpose rather than just being bad science? How do you know when to take a break from your writing? What are your word count suggestions for various markets? SF Signal asked me to name two or three authors I feel haven't received the recognition they deserve. So I had to keep the list short, but you should check it out! Tor.com's newest THE WAY OF KINGS reread post covers chapters 27 and 28. Chasm duty, Horneater stew, and smashing a lot of rock with a hammer.
  18. It's time to announce the winners of the STEELHEART Mega Vault Fan Art contest. First, if you haven't seen the teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters for STEELHEART, please go give them a look! STEELHEART Preorders The release date for STEELHEART is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible, Apple, Kobo, Google Play.) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders on August 15th for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books (without numbers) available to preorder, but they won't be shipped as quickly. When I'm on tour in October, I'll stop by both of these places and sign the preordered books, which will then be shipped out. Mega Vault Contest Winners We had a great response to the STEELHEART fan art contest. Take a look at all the entries over at my official fan site, 17th Shard. The fan art is just fantastic! There were so many awesome entries, in fact, that we had a hard time choosing winners. So we've made space for five winners and five runners-up. The five winners of the Random House Mega Vault are, in no particular order: Bleed by HeavenlyHedgehog Steelheart by Archetype Deathpoint by Kristal He Was Majestic by Rodrigo Legoheart vs. Deathlego by Neverland The five runners-up will receive a STEELHEART poster signed by me, and their choice of one signed book from my online store. Here are the runners-up, in no particular order: I've Seen Steelheart Bleed Poster by jlequire What Are You Doing Here? by GalaxyFlyer Steelheart Custom Binding by Stairdweller Steelheart's Ultimatum by ktep by Scott CapenerTo the winners: My assistants will be contacting you through the 17th Shard message system. Thank you again for entering the contest, and thanks to Random House for providing these awesome Mega Vaults and posters as prizes. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/steelheart-preorder-and-mega-vault.html">Source</a>
  19. It's time to announce the winners of the STEELHEART Mega Vault Fan Art contest. First, if you haven't seen the teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters for STEELHEART, please go give them a look! STEELHEART Preorders The release date for STEELHEART is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible, Apple, Kobo, Google Play.) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders on August 15th for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books (without numbers) available to preorder, but they won't be shipped as quickly. When I'm on tour in October, I'll stop by both of these places and sign the preordered books, which will then be shipped out. Mega Vault Contest Winners We had a great response to the STEELHEART fan art contest. Take a look at all the entries over at my official fan site, 17th Shard. The fan art is just fantastic! There were so many awesome entries, in fact, that we had a hard time choosing winners. So we've made space for five winners and five runners-up. The five winners of the Random House Mega Vault are, in no particular order: Bleed by HeavenlyHedgehog Steelheart by Archetype Deathpoint by Kristal He Was Majestic by Rodrigo Legoheart vs. Deathlego by Neverland The five runners-up will receive a STEELHEART poster signed by me, and their choice of one signed book from my online store. Here are the runners-up, in no particular order: I've Seen Steelheart Bleed Poster by jlequire What Are You Doing Here? by GalaxyFlyer Steelheart Custom Binding by Stairdweller Steelheart's Ultimatum by ktep Steelheart Promo Video by Scott Capener To the winners: My assistants will be contacting you through the 17th Shard message system. Thank you again for entering the contest, and thanks to Random House for providing these awesome Mega Vaults and posters as prizes.
  20. Tomorrow I'm heading out to Spokane for SpoCon, and I'll also be signing at Barnes & Noble. Details are below. There's no signing listed at SpoCon itself, but I will sign books if you find me between panels. See you there! Barnes & Noble, Spokane Date: Thursday August 8th, 2013 Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m. Place: Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Northtown Mall Address: 4750 North Division Street Spokane, WA 99207 Phone: (509) 482-4235 Notes: This signing is in conjunction with SpoCon, but you don't have to be a SpoCon member to attend the signing. Please consider attending SpoCon as well though, since they are flying Brandon out and he'll be doing many more events there this weekend. SpoCon 2013, Spokane Dates: Friday August 9th–Sunday August 11th, 2013 Place: SpoCon 2013 Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Spokane City Center 322 North Spokane Falls Court Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: (509) 455-9600 Fri, 08/09/2013 - 15:30 to 16:30, Parkside II Writing For the Youth Market Do you enjoy telling your children stories? Do you remember childhood stories of your own? Would you like to share them with other youth; to help shape and put a bug of creative imagination in to their minds? Why just infest your own children's imagination, or that of friends and family, when you can tweak the youth of the world's imagination. Buahaha... Brandon Sanderson, Jessica Rising, Deby Fredericks, Fallon Jones, Shelley Martin Fri, 08/09/2013 - 18:30 to 19:00, Salon 5 Opening Ceremonies Come join SpoCon Staff and distinguished Guests as we celebrate the opening of SpoCon 2013; see our Guests introduced, and hear about some of the great things that SpoCon has to offer this year! As usual, SpoCon's opening ceremonies are not something to be missed.... Brandon Sanderson, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Mark Osier, Scott C. Brown, Andy Dopieralski, Christian Doyle, Beau Prichard Fri, 08/09/2013 - 19:00 to 19:45, Salon 5 Marmot Talk Sitting in for the Mad Marmot himself will be the one and only Scott C. Brown with his mostly fearless sidekick Tim Martin. Join us for a style of talk show only SpoCon can produce. On the schedule is a Q&A with our distinguished Guests. We are pretty sure you won't want to be missing this... Scott C. Brown, Brandon Sanderson, Phil Foglio, Mark Osier, Kaja Foglio, Tim Martin, Christian Doyle, Andy Dopieralski, Beau Prichard Fri, 08/09/2013 - 20:00 to 21:00, Shades Reading - Brandon Sanderson Come and enjoy a reading from SpoCon's 2013 Guest of Honor, author Brandon Sanderson. Brandon will read a number of selection, and will include some of his works for younger readers. Sat, 08/10/2013 - 12:30 to 13:30, Parkside II World-Building: Creating a Magic System Learn how to tackle the challenges of creating a magic system for your world or universe from true masters of the art. Brandon Sanderson, S.A. Bolich, Rhiannon Louve, Shelley Martin Sat, 08/10/2013 - 15:30 to 16:30, Spokane Falls Ballroom B The SpoCon Unquisition! So, you think you know The Wheel of Time? Bring your questions to SpoCon's Unquisition - Our panel of Unquisitors will listen to your question about The Wheel of Time, that may NOT contain any name, or direct reference to anything IN The Wheel of Time series. Should our panel of Unquisitors deem the question "correct", our Guest of Honor will then answer the approved query in any manner he so chooses. Brandon Sanderson, Debbie Lentz, Christian Doyle, Molly Lloyd Sat, 08/10/2013 - 20:00 to Sun, 08/11/2013 - 02:00, Spokane Falls Ballroom D Magic the Gathering Draft with Brandon Sanderson Brandon loves playing Magic the Gathering. Brandon enjoys it so much that when he travels, he often puts out the word that he's up for a game. Now Brandon is here at SpoCon, and he's not just putting out the word, he's offered us a tournament. So, come out and play in a MtG draft with our Guest of Honor, Brandon Sanderson! Did somebody say prizes? Why yes we did! Per Brandon, this will be a "Booster Draft." Our friends at Gamer's Haven will help administer this event. Seats are limited to 15 players, and please note that there will be an additional $25 fee to participate in this event. Sun, 08/11/2013 - 15:00 to 16:00, Salon 5 Guest of Honor Address - Brandon Sanderson Join famed author Brandon Sanderson in Salon V for his Guest of Honor address. Learn about his career, his current and future works, and more. Sun, 08/11/2013 - 16:00 to 17:00, Salon 5 Closing Ceremonies You've packed your days full of all of the awesome fun that SpoCon has had to offer. Join us in Salon V to finalize our time together and talk about what we have in store for you next year. Brandon Sanderson, Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio, Mark Osier, Scott C. Brown, Christian Doyle, Andy Dopieralski, Beau Prichard, Rob McDonell <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/spokane-this-week.html">Source</a>
  21. Tomorrow I'm heading out to Spokane for SpoCon, and I'll also be signing at Barnes & Noble. Details are below. There's no signing listed at SpoCon itself, but I will sign books if you find me between panels. See you there! Barnes & Noble, Spokane Date: Thursday August 8th, 2013 Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m. Place: Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Northtown Mall Address: 4750 North Division Street Spokane, WA 99207 Phone: (509) 482-4235 Notes: This signing is in conjunction with SpoCon, but you don't have to be a SpoCon member to attend the signing. Please consider attending SpoCon as well though, since they are flying Brandon out and he'll be doing many more events there this weekend. SpoCon 2013, Spokane Dates: Friday August 9th–Sunday August 11th, 2013 Place: SpoCon 2013 Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Spokane City Center 322 North Spokane Falls Court Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: (509) 455-9600 Fri, 08/09/2013 - 15:30 to 16:30, Parkside II Writing For the Youth Market Do you enjoy telling your children stories? Do you remember childhood stories of your own? Would you like to share them with other youth; to help shape and put a bug of creative imagination in to their minds? Why just infest your own children's imagination, or that of friends and family, when you can tweak the youth of the world's imagination. Buahaha... Brandon Sanderson, Jessica Rising, Deby Fredericks, Fallon Jones, Shelley Martin Fri, 08/09/2013 - 18:30 to 19:00, Salon 5 Opening Ceremonies Come join SpoCon Staff and distinguished Guests as we celebrate the opening of SpoCon 2013; see our Guests introduced, and hear about some of the great things that SpoCon has to offer this year! As usual, SpoCon's opening ceremonies are not something to be missed.... Brandon Sanderson, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Mark Osier, Scott C. Brown, Andy Dopieralski, Christian Doyle, Beau Prichard Fri, 08/09/2013 - 19:00 to 19:45, Salon 5 Marmot Talk Sitting in for the Mad Marmot himself will be the one and only Scott C. Brown with his mostly fearless sidekick Tim Martin. Join us for a style of talk show only SpoCon can produce. On the schedule is a Q&A with our distinguished Guests. We are pretty sure you won't want to be missing this... Scott C. Brown, Brandon Sanderson, Phil Foglio, Mark Osier, Kaja Foglio, Tim Martin, Christian Doyle, Andy Dopieralski, Beau Prichard Fri, 08/09/2013 - 20:00 to 21:00, Shades Reading - Brandon Sanderson Come and enjoy a reading from SpoCon's 2013 Guest of Honor, author Brandon Sanderson. Brandon will read a number of selection, and will include some of his works for younger readers. Sat, 08/10/2013 - 12:30 to 13:30, Parkside II World-Building: Creating a Magic System Learn how to tackle the challenges of creating a magic system for your world or universe from true masters of the art. Brandon Sanderson, S.A. Bolich, Rhiannon Louve, Shelley Martin Sat, 08/10/2013 - 15:30 to 16:30, Spokane Falls Ballroom B The SpoCon Unquisition! So, you think you know The Wheel of Time? Bring your questions to SpoCon's Unquisition - Our panel of Unquisitors will listen to your question about The Wheel of Time, that may NOT contain any name, or direct reference to anything IN The Wheel of Time series. Should our panel of Unquisitors deem the question "correct", our Guest of Honor will then answer the approved query in any manner he so chooses. Brandon Sanderson, Debbie Lentz, Christian Doyle, Molly Lloyd Sat, 08/10/2013 - 20:00 to Sun, 08/11/2013 - 02:00, Spokane Falls Ballroom D Magic the Gathering Draft with Brandon Sanderson Brandon loves playing Magic the Gathering. Brandon enjoys it so much that when he travels, he often puts out the word that he's up for a game. Now Brandon is here at SpoCon, and he's not just putting out the word, he's offered us a tournament. So, come out and play in a MtG draft with our Guest of Honor, Brandon Sanderson! Did somebody say prizes? Why yes we did! Per Brandon, this will be a "Booster Draft." Our friends at Gamer's Haven will help administer this event. Seats are limited to 15 players, and please note that there will be an additional $25 fee to participate in this event. Sun, 08/11/2013 - 15:00 to 16:00, Salon 5 Guest of Honor Address - Brandon Sanderson Join famed author Brandon Sanderson in Salon V for his Guest of Honor address. Learn about his career, his current and future works, and more. Sun, 08/11/2013 - 16:00 to 17:00, Salon 5 Closing Ceremonies You've packed your days full of all of the awesome fun that SpoCon has had to offer. Join us in Salon V to finalize our time together and talk about what we have in store for you next year. Brandon Sanderson, Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio, Mark Osier, Scott C. Brown, Christian Doyle, Andy Dopieralski, Beau Prichard, Rob McDonell
  22. 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 selling it in the US? To Howard: did you consider doing a separate storyline on Sunday strips? Why or why not? Have you transitioned between outlining and discovery writing? To Brandon: Why is John Scalzi your evil nemesis? To Dan and Howard (and Mary): When you had full-time work, what did you do to "reset" when you came home from work, especially since your job used the same parts of your brain that writing does? Tor.com has revealed Michael Whelan's cover art for WORDS OF RADIANCE, the sequel to THE WAY OF KINGS. The cover is gorgeous, as always, and I love how the wraparound looks on it. Many thanks to Mr. Whelan for all his hard work! Tor.com has also announced that the tentative release date has been pushed to March. I may have more to say on the reasons for this in the future, but it's important that I get this book right. On July 24th I tweeted a screenshot of me starting the third draft. I've missed mentioning a couple of THE WAY OF KINGS reread posts; you can find all of them here. Tor.com also put up an excerpt of my novella "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell" coming in the George R.R. Martin/Gardner Dozois anthology DANGEROUS WOMEN that will be released on December 3rd. My Comic-Con interview with MTV Geek is archived here. The video is at the bottom of the page; I appear at the 1:59:38 mark. There's also an extremely short preview of the STEELHEART book trailer right before I come on. The full trailer should be released fairly soon. And on that page you can also read the second excerpt from the book. There's also an interview with me about STEELHEART over at Big Shiny Robot. My assistant Peter uploaded another Twitter posts archive. This one covers most of July. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/updates-catch-up-michael-whelan.html">Source</a>
  23. 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 selling it in the US? To Howard: did you consider doing a separate storyline on Sunday strips? Why or why not? Have you transitioned between outlining and discovery writing? To Brandon: Why is John Scalzi your evil nemesis? To Dan and Howard (and Mary): When you had full-time work, what did you do to "reset" when you came home from work, especially since your job used the same parts of your brain that writing does? Tor.com has revealed Michael Whelan's cover art for WORDS OF RADIANCE, the sequel to THE WAY OF KINGS. The cover is gorgeous, as always, and I love how the wraparound looks on it. Many thanks to Mr. Whelan for all his hard work! Tor.com has also announced that the tentative release date has been pushed to March. I may have more to say on the reasons for this in the future, but it's important that I get this book right. On July 24th I tweeted a screenshot of me starting the third draft. I've missed mentioning a couple of THE WAY OF KINGS reread posts; you can find all of them here. Tor.com also put up an excerpt of my novella "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell" coming in the George R.R. Martin/Gardner Dozois anthology DANGEROUS WOMEN that will be released on December 3rd. My Comic-Con interview with MTV Geek is archived here. The video is at the bottom of the page; I appear at the 1:59:38 mark. There's also an extremely short preview of the STEELHEART book trailer right before I come on. The full trailer should be released fairly soon. And on that page you can also read the second excerpt from the book. There's also an interview with me about STEELHEART over at Big Shiny Robot. My assistant Peter uploaded another Twitter posts archive. This one covers most of July.
  24. The Hugos are one of the most prestigious awards in our field, and they are given out by the readers themselves. The deadline for voting for the Hugo Awards is approaching quickly. Less than a week left! For a ballot to be counted, it needs to be in by Wednesday, July 31, 2013 before midnight, Texas time. So, if you were considering joining Worldcon to vote, you don't have a lot of time left. (Full disclosure, The Emperor's Soul by yours truly is up for an award in the novella category. Also, Writing Excuses has been nominated its third year running for best related work.) For the last few years, the Hugo Awards have been offering a "Voter's Packet" to everyone eligible to vote, and it includes ebooks of basically everything nominated. To be eligible to vote, you have to buy at least a "Supporting Membership" to Worldcon, which costs $60. So, for sixty bucks, you get a selection of the best sf/fantasy published last year––including five novels and a ton of short fiction. It's one of the best deals out there, and you get to vote for what you consider the best fiction of the year as well. (You'll also get to nominate for next year's awards.) Unlike the Academy Awards or the Grammys, these awards aren't chosen by distant committees––they are chosen by discerning fans. As always, I strongly suggest that you read/watch/listen to the majority (if not all) of the entries in a category before voting on it. Do not vote for your favorite author; vote for what you actually think is the best work. As the voting is in our hands, let's do what we can to maintain the integrity of the award. (Though, if you do join now and only have a week or so left, you should totally read the novella category first, so you can vote on that one without running out of time. Just saying...) It was great seeing many of you at San Diego last weekend! I look forward to meeting more of you at my upcoming events! <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/07/hugo-awards-voting-deadline-is-july-31.html">Source</a>
  25. The Hugos are one of the most prestigious awards in our field, and they are given out by the readers themselves. The deadline for voting for the Hugo Awards is approaching quickly. Less than a week left! For a ballot to be counted, it needs to be in by Wednesday, July 31, 2013 before midnight, Texas time. So, if you were considering joining Worldcon to vote, you don't have a lot of time left. (Full disclosure, The Emperor's Soul by yours truly is up for an award in the novella category. Also, Writing Excuses has been nominated its third year running for best related work.) For the last few years, the Hugo Awards have been offering a "Voter's Packet" to everyone eligible to vote, and it includes ebooks of basically everything nominated. To be eligible to vote, you have to buy at least a "Supporting Membership" to Worldcon, which costs $60. So, for sixty bucks, you get a selection of the best sf/fantasy published last year––including five novels and a ton of short fiction. It's one of the best deals out there, and you get to vote for what you consider the best fiction of the year as well. (You'll also get to nominate for next year's awards.) Unlike the Academy Awards or the Grammys, these awards aren't chosen by distant committees––they are chosen by discerning fans. As always, I strongly suggest that you read/watch/listen to the majority (if not all) of the entries in a category before voting on it. Do not vote for your favorite author; vote for what you actually think is the best work. As the voting is in our hands, let's do what we can to maintain the integrity of the award. (Though, if you do join now and only have a week or so left, you should totally read the novella category first, so you can vote on that one without running out of time. Just saying...) It was great seeing many of you at San Diego last weekend! I look forward to meeting more of you at my upcoming events!