Thursday, June 28, 2012

June is Audiobook Month

Readers have been asking if my forthcoming novellas LEGION and THE EMPEROR'S SOUL will be released in audio versions. The answer is that they will be—we have deals made for these, but I'm not sure how quickly the audiobooks will be released compared to the book versions. I'll let you know when I have more details.

Another question commonly asked is whether Michael Kramer and Kate Reading will return to voice the audiobook for A MEMORY OF LIGHT. The answer is yes, and the audiobook will definitely be released the same day as the hardcover.

All of my books are now out in audio editions, including the last three Alcatraz books that were missing audiobooks for a few years. There are two different kinds of audiobooks of mine that have come out: standard unabridged readings (from Macmillan Audio and Recorded Books) and full-cast dramatizations (from GraphicAudio). Which type each book has depends on how contracts were negotiated.

Recorded Books has unabridged readings of Elantris, Warbreaker, and all four Alcatraz books.

GraphicAudio has full-cast dramatizations of Elantris and Warbreaker.

Macmillan Audio has unabridged readings of Mistborn 1, 2, 3 and The Alloy of Law; The Way of Kings; and The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight.

Amazon has most of the above for sale. Audible has everything except for the GraphicAudio editions. iTunes also has many of the books. has a free unabridged reading of the novelette "Firstborn."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Szeth T-Shirt Contest, Lecture Video + Updates

InkWing has another T-shirt contest going on at their blog, for a shirt that will be available at Comic-Con in San Diego. They don't have a picture of the shirt yet, but it's going to use Ben McSweeney's image of Szeth from THE WAY OF KINGS.

InkWing has also taken over the Allomantic symbol decals that we have in our store. If you want to get one of these to put on your car, laptop, or whatever, go over to InkWing.

The newest ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS annotation covers chapter seventeen. This one talks about losing sleep because you can't stop reading.

The Writing Excuses podcast I run with Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler has another two episodes up. The first one talks about writing capers/heists, and the second one is another life Q&A from Life, the Universe & Everything on these questions:

  • What was Brandon's plan with MISTBORN and the themes regarding establishment?
  • Why does Kelsier shrug so much? (This leads into a fun discussion of "tells.")
  • How do you know when to stop a chapter? What about expanding it?
  • How do you make your prose more transparent?
  • How do you decide who and what to cut?
  • What do you do to filter out the extraneous ideas that come while you're writing?
  • What can collaborators do in order to create a single "voice" for the book?
  • What's the best way to tackle a long backstory?'s science blogger Dr. Lee Falin has another article on possible scientific explanations for the magic in the Mistborn series. This article covers pewter.

Scott Ashton has uploaded another one of my creative writing class lectures. This one talks a lot about agents and publishing contract terms.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I Hate Dragons Speech Competition + Updates

My assistant uploaded a new ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS annotation. This one covers chapter sixteen, which has various obscure references including a dinosaur eating the "C" section of science fiction books.

There are two new episodes of the Writing Excuses podcast up. First Mary, Howard, Dan, and I talk about writing time travel. Then we talk about THE WAY OF KINGS in depth. Do keep in mind that this contains huge spoilers!

Benjamin Carlson used a condensed version of my short story I Hate Dragons in the Hawaii Forensic League's State Speech Competition in the storytelling category. He took second place in the regional competition. Check it out.

Scott Ashton uploaded a couple more of my creative writing lectures. In the first one I talk about prose and self-publishing, and in the second I talk about scenes and a few other topics.