Surprise! Four Secret Novels by Brandon Sanderson

A project in Pleasant Grove, UT by Dragonsteel Entertainment

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A Year of Sanderson: Enjoy books and swag boxes throughout 2023!
Backers: 185314
Average Pledge Per Backer: $225

Funded: $41,749,513 of $1,000,000
Dates: Mar 1st -> Mar 31st (31 days)
Project By: Dragonsteel Entertainment
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Latest News

Final Day! What to Expect Next: PLEASE READ!

March 31st - via:
What a wild ride March has been! Thank you all for joining us—for the conversations, the assistance to each other, and the fantastic community we love to be part of! We have a LOT of new backers (nearly 75,000!) for whom this is your first... (Read More)

Exciting Swag Reveal and Thank You Gift!

March 30th - via:
In this week’s livestream, Brandon revealed a swag item to be included in the Warbreaker themed swag box—one we have seen requested many times and couldn’t wait to tell you about! He also announced a new thank you gift: a Cosmere character... (Read More)

Sanderson Donates to Self-Publishing Projects

March 29th - via:
Except for projects that were “extremely NSFW” or “slipped through Kickstarter’s Terms of Service,” Sanderson and his team contributed some money to every literary Kickstarter. In addition to donating, he uploaded it as a video on YouTube and brought attention to many relatively unknown authors, artists, and projects. (Read More)

Backing All The Things!

March 25th - via:
If you were curious about what we were doing this past Monday (and what caused us to send out Update #8) or just want to know more about our backing spree, check out our video below. We had a lot of fun backing nearly every publishing project live on... (Read More)

At Last! Secret Project #4 Now Available!

March 24th - via:
The preview of Secret Project #4 is now live on YouTube and! While Brandon is openly sharing that this one is Stormlight adjacent, please keep any other details out of the Kickstarter or update comments. If you’d like to... (Read More)

Another New Thank You Gift and Swag Reveal!

March 22nd - via:
In this week’s livestream, Brandon announced a couple new “thank you” gifts we will include in backer rewards. Great news for backers of our digital book tiers: we are including some digital rewards! Gifts announced today: Digital wallpaper... (Read More)

Sorry about all the notifications!

March 21st - via:
In case you haven’t noticed from your email, we have started backing other publishing projects currently live on Kickstarter. You’ll see a video coming about this later this week on Brandon’s YouTube channel. ...Unfortunately, this has... (Read More)

Brandon Sanderson Talks About His Record-Breaking Kickstarter

March 20th - via:
Earlier this month, prolific fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson launched a Kickstarter to publish four "surprise" books that he had written during the pandemic. Three of the books are set in Sanderson's Cosmere, a shared universe in which many of his books are set. Sanderson's campaign also included the option to receive a series of loot-style boxes with merchandise themed around his various series. (Read More)

Secret Project #3 Now Live!

March 17th - via:
The preview of Secret Project #3 is now available! Just another reminder to keep spoilers out of the Kickstarter or update comments. If you’d like to discuss Secret Projects #1, #2, or #3, please check out the comments of Brandon’s YouTube video... (Read More)

Brandon Sanderson's secret novels are the biggest kickstarter of 2022

March 17th - via:
Brandon has posted a video where he talks about how he ended up writing four new novels during the pandemic which he calls ‘his secret projects’. Initially written for his wife, Brandon ends up writing four novels for his readers namely – Secret Project #1, Secret Project #2, Secret Project #3, and Secret Project #4. (Read More)

New Thank You Gift and Swag Box Sneak Peek!

March 16th - via:
Thank you! Thank you all, so much! You have shown us so much support, and while we keep saying it, we can’t truly express in words our appreciation for this community. With that in mind, we felt as a team that we wanted to do something (or... (Read More)

Secret Project #2 Now Revealed and Swag Box Sneak Peek

March 10th - via:
The preview of Secret Project #2 is now live! As before, we are hiding the titles in order to preserve the surprise for those who would like to wait. We ask that no one share any spoilers in the Kickstarter or update comments. If you’d like to... (Read More)

We Just Became the #1 Kickstarter of All Time

March 4th - via:
Brandon here. Everyone, I'm supposed to WRITE fantasy worlds—not live in them. Not long ago we hit 20 MILLION on this Kickstarter, and as of this posting we've crossed an incredible threshold. We just became the number one Kickstarter of all time.... (Read More)

Fantasy Author Brandon Sanderson Breaks Record for Biggest Kickstarter

March 4th - via:
Earlier this week, Sanderson stunned fantasy fans by announcing that he had written four full-length novels and was planning to self publish them rather than release them via traditional publishing channels. Sanderson launched a Kickstarter for fans to pre-order the books, initially announcing no details about the books besides that three of the novels were set within the writer's shared Cosmere universe. (Read More)

First Look at Secret Project #1

March 3rd - via:
Today, Brandon announced the title and shared first chapters of Secret Project #1! We are hiding the titles for now, as we want to preserve the surprise for those who would like to wait. So if you’re one of those, don’t worry. This update will... (Read More)

Brandon Sanderson’s Kickstarter for 4 secret novels raises $15M in first day

March 2nd - via:
Fantasy and science fiction author Brandon Sanderson has become a household name thanks to his prolific output, and he’s been very busy lately. On Tuesday, Sanderson launched a Kickstarter to fundraise for four secret novels that he secretly wrote over the past two years. The campaign “Surprise! Four Secret Novels by Brandon Sanderson,” run by his parent company Dragonsteel Entertainment, brought in more than $15 million in its first day. (Read More)

Fantasy King Brandon Sanderson Just Raised $15 Million on Kickstarter in a Single Day

March 2nd - via:
On Tuesday morning, literary fantasy icon and incredibly prolific writer Brandon Sanderson made a “shocking announcement” via his personal YouTube channel. In a video entitled “It’s Time to Come Clean,” Sanderson explained that he had been lying to his loyal fans for the last few years … because he’d actually been working on a new series of four more novels in secret. Cheekily, Sanderson then explained that he intends to release these books independently over the course of a year, funding the entire effort through a Kickstarter campaign. (Read More)

A Message from Brandon

March 1st - via:
I started this all off by doing my best to surprise you. Now you've turned it back on me. Ten million? This is incredible, overwhelming, and a little unbelievable. I went to bed last night hoping people would enjoy my little reveal and woke up to a... (Read More)

You are all amazing! Thank you!

March 1st - via:
Thanks to everyone for all the amazing support! $7.5 million in the first six hours is well beyond what any of us could have expected. When Brandon surprised us with these new books, we were all very excited. When he told us of his plans to release... (Read More)

Fantasy Novelist Brandon Sanderson Makes Shocking Announcement

March 1st - via:
Instead of releasing these novels through a traditional publisher, Sanderson announced that he was holding a Kickstarter campaign to directly sell the books to his fans, with options for eBooks, audio books, or hardcover books. Sanderson will release all four books in 2023, in addition to eight "swag boxes" that will serve as a limited time subscription box for fans. The Kickstarter went live in conjunction with a YouTube video announcing the new novels, and had raised nearly $4.7 million after just three hours. (Read More)

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