Wednesday, June 22, 2011

THE WAY OF KINGS Wins the David Gemmell Legend Award

I've put up a new WARBREAKER annotation about chapter 55. Plus there's also a new Writing Excuses episode up on professional organizations. As our cohost Mary Robinette Kowal is also the vice president of SFWA, she has many useful things to say on the topic.

About a week ago, I finally got back from my extended stay in Europe. I have to say, you guys treated me very well over there. I hope to be back soon.

One of the highlights was my impromptu event in Amsterdam. If you didn’t follow that little fiasco on Twitter, I ended up missing my connecting flight to Oslo because of an air traffic controller strike in France. This resulted in an eight-hour layover.

Well, I tweeted about what was happening, and some very kind (and somewhat determined) fans convinced me I should go out and see the city. I did. And it was awesome. By the end, there were about twenty of us. We grabbed food at a local place, and I asked what was considered authentic Dutch cuisine. I was told pancakes by one person and potatoes by another. So, I ordered pancakes and fries.

Strange looks ensued. Apparently “pancakes and potatoes” meant “pancakes or potatoes.” But I stuck to my guns. (And this was by no means just an excuse to order some fries...)

The signing in Oslo was awesome. I loved the store, and the turn-out was great. Seriously, if you live in the area, you need to check out Outland Kirkegata. They’re the only bookstore that has ever flown me internationally on their own dime just so their readers could get some signatures. And, speaking of bookstores, I did sign some books in a few places, wherever I found them. So here’s a list of places you’ll find signed copies:

Simply Books, Salt Lake City Airport
Top of Concourse C

Borders Books, Cincinnati Airport
Terminal 3B
Phone: 859.767.4960

Outland Kirkegata, Oslo
Kirkegata 23
0153 Oslo
Phone: 22 33 04 10

The American Book Center, Amsterdam
Spui 12
1012 XA Amsterdam
Phone: +31(0)20 625 55 37

Forbidden Planet Megastore, London
179 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8JR
Phone: 0207 420 3666

Waterstone's, Guildford
71-73 High Street
Guildford GU1 3DY
Phone: 01483 536366

I had a great time in London. It was my first visit to the UK, but I intend to get back soon. And of course France was awesome, as always.

One regret of the trip was that after we’d set my dates in stone, we realized I was not only doubly nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Novel, but would be leaving Europe only a few days before the ceremony. We looked into changing things around, but the cost—and the fact that I was plain exhausted from the trip—was too much. We went ahead and regretfully returned on schedule.

To my great surprise, THE WAY OF KINGS actually won.

I hadn’t been expecting this. I’d been nominated three times before without winning. This year, with two books up for the award (like last year), I was convinced I’d split my votes again and have no shot at it. Beyond that, the competition was pretty steep this year.

I now wish I’d made the extra effort to stick around. Still, my publisher was there, and we’d talked about them accepting the award for me in case I did win. At least we were represented.

Either way, I’m deeply grateful to you all for your votes for THE WAY OF KINGS. Once I get the award, I’ll be sure to take photographs and post them up for everyone to admire.

And now, back to work on A MEMORY OF LIGHT.

(Also, p.s., I’ve been invited to Comic-Con International in San Diego again this year, with a request that I appear on the fantasy panel. I wasn’t intending to go, but with the invitation on the table, I decided it was worth the diversion. So if you’re attending, plan on seeing me there. I’ll bring some ALLOY OF LAW goodies to give away.)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

THE ALLOY OF LAW Sample Chapters

First a couple of updates. There's a new Warbreaker annotation up covering chapter 54 (with more about Old Chaps's background, aside from the usual discussion about the climax), and there's a new collection of Twitter posts. And the second Writing Excuses podcast episode with Mary Robinette Kowal as an official member covers internal character motivations.

The new Mistborn book, THE ALLOY OF LAW, comes out on November 8th. Today, released the first batch of sample chapters, with the prologue and chapter one. They will put up five more chapters before the release date, which means that the preview is going to be about a third of the book. That's a large fraction, but I felt that after chapter six was the best stopping point for the preview: it's a satisfying chunk on its own, and it gives a good overview of the different aspects I wanted to include in the novel. It actually takes you up through the end of what I intended to be a short story when I started writing it. Of course well before that point I knew I'd keep writing the story to its natural conclusion, and it turned into a 95,000-word novel. (For comparison, the first Mistborn book was 215,000 words.)

I think you'll like the preview. Go check it out on

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

France Schedule + Mary Robinette Kowal Joins Writing Excuses

The rest of my France schedule is below. But first a couple of updates.

Writing Excuses enters its sixth season with an exciting announcement: Mary Robinette Kowal joins Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, and me as our fourth full-time cast member. For the first episode of the sixth season we revisit our very first (unreleased) episode, Can Creativity Be Taught?.

The most recent WARBREAKER annotation is another one on the avalanche that is the climax. It covers chapter 53. Dance, dance, dance.

Fantasy Tavern, Paris, France, June 8

19.30 pm: Please RSVP if you wish to attend. Space is very limited.

Bloggers/Booksellers/Journalists meeting, Paris, France, June 9

19.00 pm: Please RSVP if you want to attend this event. Priority given if you are a bookseller, journalist, or blogger, but they will also fit 25 other people.

Etonnants Voyageurs, Saint-Malo, France, June 11–13

15.00 pm: book signing (Librairie M’Lire jeunesse)
18.00 pm: panel "We are a legend" / "Nous sommes une légende" (E.M.M., salle 3 – Intra Muros, avec: Claudine GLOT, Gilles SERVAT, HOBB Robin)
19:30 pm: book signing (Librairie M’Lire jeunesse)

11.45 am: panel "How to use magic" / "Du bon usage de la magie" (MAISON DE L’IMAGINAIRE - Intra Muros, avec: FFORD Jasper, STROUD Jonathan)
14.30 pm: book signing (Librairie M’Lire jeunesse)
18.00 pm: panel "How to deal with someone else's world" / "Comment je me suis emparé de l’univers d’un autre" (MAISON DE L’IMAGINAIRE - Intra Muros, avec: COLIN Fabrice, FFORD Jasper, FRUCTUS Nicolas)
19.15 pm: book signing (Librairie M’Lire jeunesse)

10.30 am: book signing (Librairie M’Lire jeunesse)
14.30 pm: book signing (Librairie M’Lire jeunesse)
15.30 pm: panel "Greet Brandon Sanderson" / "Pour saluer Brandon Sanderson"