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BrandonSanderson

Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« on: May 21, 2012, 11:14:55 PM »
Hey, all. 

Brandon Sanderson here.  I have been known to write some fantasy stories now and then.  I have some self published and small press books coming out this year, and I thought people might not get a chance to hear about them. 

The first is self published.  I'm taking two of my novellas and printing them together in a print volume, which I'll be taking to some cons this summer to sell.  I should have some up on my website for sale eventually.  The stories are Defending Elysium and Firstborn, both of which are free to read on-line.  (Defending Elysium is on my website.  Firstborn on Tor.com--though I have a link to it in the other link just below.)

http://brandonsanderson.com/library/catalog/Recent-Short-Stories_Full-Short-Stories

Also of interest, I have a book coming out from Subterranean Press in July or August:

http://www.subterraneanpress.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=sanderson01&Category_Code=B&Product_Count=114

Called Legion, it is the story of a man with a very interesting brain.  He is a genius, and can master any topic of study in a very short time--however, the knowledge he gains manifests as a person only he can see, who acts as an adviser on that topic.  Someone invents a camera that can take pictures of the past, and our hero--along with his band of genius delusions--must recover it after it is stolen.

Finally, as if that weren't enough, Tachyon is publishing another of my books sometime around November:

http://www.tachyonpublications.com/book/Emperors_Soul.html?Session_ID=new

This story, The Emperor's Soul, is a fantasy story about Shai, a master forger.  The emperor barely survives assassination, and is left a vegetable.  His servants can heal his brain, but he just stares in front of himself blankly, as if his soul is gone.  Shai is hired (well, brought off of death row) and told she has three months to create a forgery of the emperor's soul and imprint it onto his body with her magic, so that everyone can continue to act like the emperor is alive.   

Both the Subterranean book and the Tachyon book are novellas.

The obvious question is probably, "Why isn't your New York publisher doing these?"  Well, to be honest, these books aren't right for Tor.  They're just too short, in my opinion, for a traditional bookstore release.  (Though I originally did do one of them with Tor.com.)  I wanted to release nice collector's edition print versions and cheap ebooks at the same time.  It's not something that is profitable for a large publisher, and so is better suited to doing myself. (EDIT--Note, with Legion and The Emperor's Soul, I'm working with very talented small presses for the print editions and am self publishing the ebooks.  I don't want to take credit for what Subpress and Tachyon are doing, as they've been fantastic to work with.  I love the Tachyon cover.) 

I'm not sure if this means I officially get to join the indy writers, or if I'm already too far entrenched in my place to ever be considered indy.  However, considering the company, it seems like a great place to be.  I'm a firm believer that both indy publishing and big-six publishing will have a place in the future of books, and that both serve very useful roles.  Seems like this is one of the best times in the history of publishing to be a writer, with more opportunity for more people and more voices. 

Best,

Brandon

p.s.  I don't know if anyone out there is paying any attention, and this thread might just vanish away.  But in case it doesn't, I'll keep an eye on it for a while and answer any questions that come my way.  Feel free to ask. 
« Last Edit: May 21, 2012, 11:29:00 PM by BrandonSanderson »



rjshirts

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2012, 11:20:34 PM »
I must say I'm excited about each of these - and even more excited you're posting on this site.  Huzzah for Fantasy Faction! :-)

On another note - have you started putting together locations for your (hopeful) tour that will happen when AMoL comes out?  Spokane, WA has a small con every May that I'm sure would LOVE to have you come as a guest of honor.  Heck, they'd probably wet themselves in excitement to just be put in touch with you about that.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2012, 11:27:56 PM by rjshirts »

Autumn2May

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2012, 11:28:35 PM »
Thank you for posting sir! It's always great to updates right from the source. We appreciate it a lot! ;D

Scorpedo

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2012, 11:29:20 PM »
New member here myself!
Any work that has Brandon's name on it is high on my list of interests.
Very interested in your work and decisions to dabble in the Indie market.
As of now that is where all my works are going, but as soon as I finish my next big work I will be diving into the slush piles and pitching fun all over again.
As a new member I don't know if I get to vote, but if I do I will of course vote sure to being an Indie.

After all, I am not only an Indie reader...I am my own Presidant!

@Scorpedo on twitter and facebook/jamieheppner

jackmurphy

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2012, 11:32:49 PM »
Brandon I'm not sure if you have ever visited. But please come to Ireland on a tour or even for holidays get a pint of Guinness with me and a game of Magic.

I'm sure you've answered this a million times but i don't lurk the internet that much, second Stormlight Archive? I'm guessing 2013? First one blew my mind, Now listening to Elantris and reading the Final Empire.

BrandonSanderson

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2012, 11:43:35 PM »
Brandon I'm not sure if you have ever visited. But please come to Ireland on a tour or even for holidays get a pint of Guinness with me and a game of Magic.

I'm sure you've answered this a million times but i don't lurk the internet that much, second Stormlight Archive? I'm guessing 2013? First one blew my mind, Now listening to Elantris and reading the Final Empire.

I will do my best to get to Ireland on tour.  I only just made it to England and Scotland on tour for the first time, so I will really try to expand next time.  I get a lot of requests from Ireland. 

Second Stormlight book is scheduled (by me) for fall of 2013.  That really depends on me getting it finished by December of this year, at least in first draft form.  That's possible, but I can't tell you how possible or not until I get the WoT done right.  That will take as much, or as little, time as needed.

Hoosay

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2012, 11:53:52 PM »
So while writing two massive books in Memory of Light and Stormlight 2 you found time to write (at least) four novellas? I'm not going to ask how you manage it, I just want to know how you stop your fingers falling off?  ;)


jean_santos45

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2012, 11:55:53 PM »
I'm definitely excited for your upcoming books. Are you going to sell signed and numbered copies of Legion and  Emperor's Soul? Just got used to having my Sanderson books numbered and signed.  :) a bit spoiled, i know.

Are Legion and Emperor's Soul contained in their own worlds or are they part of the universe of The Stormlight Archive, etc (anywhere with Hoid in it. lol)

BrandonSanderson

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2012, 11:59:07 PM »
So while writing two massive books in Memory of Light and Stormlight 2 you found time to write (at least) four novellas? I'm not going to ask how you manage it, I just want to know how you stop your fingers falling off?  ;)



Well, two of these are older.  (The ones that are free on my website.)  The other two I wrote while traveling, when it's difficult to manage something as in-depth as the WoT/SA. 

But the real answer is that if I spend too long editing, and not enough time actually writing, I find myself burrowing down for a week and wanting to write something new.  This is where a lot of these side projects come from.

BrandonSanderson

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2012, 12:00:13 AM »
I'm definitely excited for your upcoming books. Are you going to sell signed and numbered copies of Legion and  Emperor's Soul? Just got used to having my Sanderson books numbered and signed.  :) a bit spoiled, i know.

Are Legion and Emperor's Soul contained in their own worlds or are they part of the universe of The Stormlight Archive, etc (anywhere with Hoid in it. lol)

The Emperor's Soul is set on Sel, the world of Elantris.  It's far off, though, so you have to have your eyes open to catch the clues.  Hoid shows up in a deleted scene, and is referenced in the story.

jean_santos45

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2012, 12:06:07 AM »
Quote
The Emperor's Soul is set on Sel, the world of Elantris.  It's far off, though, so you have to have your eyes open to catch the clues.  Hoid shows up in a deleted scene, and is referenced in the story.

ooh. i hope we see annotations of the books posted on your website. :)

Oh and I do agree with that you that some scenes and portions are deleted for the good of the entire novel. However, the fan in me just wants to see more of your work. I think this is why Warbreaker was such a great book for me. I saw the process and still enjoyed the end product!!
« Last Edit: May 22, 2012, 12:07:38 AM by jean_santos45 »

capoeric

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2012, 12:42:21 AM »
I saw the question asked, but I did not see an answer. I noticed you listed one reason of doing these project yourself is to create nice, collectible print versions.  Where/when can we pre-order our copies?

BrandonSanderson

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2012, 01:20:21 AM »
I saw the question asked, but I did not see an answer. I noticed you listed one reason of doing these project yourself is to create nice, collectible print versions.  Where/when can we pre-order our copies?

Legion is up for pre-order on the website.  I think they have a certain number of signed, numbered editions and then a general edition for cheaper. 

The Emperor's Soul isn't up for pre-order quite yet.  I suspect they'll do it soon.

The last one is something I'll be taking to cons this summer.  (I'm a guest of SD Comicon, Gencon, and Dragoncon all this year.)  I don't know if I'll have it done in time for San Diego, but it should be ready for the others.  I will have plenty left over to sell on my website for those who want one.  There's no real 'order' for this yet.  I'll try to do another post when these are all ready for sale. 

Right now, the focus is on Legion, which is up for order and coming out soonest.

metalcake166

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2012, 01:48:37 AM »
I'm really intrigued by both of those premises. Where do you keep getting all these ideas from? I really admire your ingenuity.

Also, and I'm not sure if you can/will answer this, but will we see another book with Waxillium Ladrian? His story doesn't appear to end with The Alloy of Law. And will his story be directly related to the next Mistborn trilogy? This has been eating away at me since finishing that book.

BrandonSanderson

Re: Advertising Some of my Smaller Projects
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2012, 02:22:29 AM »
I'm really intrigued by both of those premises. Where do you keep getting all these ideas from? I really admire your ingenuity.

Also, and I'm not sure if you can/will answer this, but will we see another book with Waxillium Ladrian? His story doesn't appear to end with The Alloy of Law. And will his story be directly related to the next Mistborn trilogy? This has been eating away at me since finishing that book.

Wax's story was indeed directly related to the second trilogy, but I was intrigued enough with his time period that I find myself wanting to do more with him.  I probably will.

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