Year Of Sanderson Kickstarter supports author's new 'secret' project

Amber Peake March 2, 2022
Year Of Sanderson Kickstarter supports author's new 'secret' project

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Fantasy and sci-fi writer Brandon Sanderson surprised fans this week as he revealed he’s releasing four new ‘secret’ books.

Sanderson announced he would release the books as part of a new project, Year Of Sanderson, via Kickstarter with publishing due in 2023.

We take a look at the author’s new project and what it entails as fans share their excitement on social media.

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Author announces ‘secret’ books

On Tuesday, 1 March, author Brandon Sanderson told fans he had been busy during the pandemic as he revealed he had written new material.

Announcing the news on his YouTube in a video entitled It’s Time To Come Clean, Sanderson admitted he’s written five books, which he had kept a secret from fans and even his team.

Sanderson explained four of them are “full-length novels of adult-orientated science fiction or fantasy”. The other is a story he initially wrote for his children, which the author says he will put aside for now.

Of the four books being released, three are set in his fictional universe Cosmere.

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Year Of Sanderson Kickstarter project explained

Sanderson revealed he plans to release the books in 2023 as part of an event called the Year Of Sanderson. He set up a Kickstarter for the project on 1 March, which initially had a pledged goal of $1 million. Fans have already surpassed that, with the total standing at a whopping $15 million at time of writing.

Fans who pledge a donation can expect to receive one book per quarter in 2023, with themed swag boxes also on offer depending on the amount pledged.

There are eight reward tiers in total. The first four tiers just include the books, with the first reward tier for an ebook, the second an audiobook, the third a premium hardcover, and the fourth for all three formats.

The final four tiers add eight themed swag boxes that will accompany the book releases.

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Fans hyped for the project

Fans of the fantasy writer took to Twitter to share their excitement about the Year Of Sanderson project:

Sanderson also shared his gratitude to fans in a three-part statement on Twitter as he thanked them for the reception of his announcement:

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.