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Skyward Houston signing ()
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You said thirteen failures, right, with the Way of Kings being the thirteenth? (referring to Brandon's unpublished books)

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. My thirteenth.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there any other [unpublished books] that you had... that turned into published books?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Any others that ended up being published? Yes. White Sand, which was my first book, I rewrote as book number seven or eight and I eventually  turned it into a graphic novel. Big chunks of book nine turned into Warbreaker, and - umm - and books eleven and twelve - one was called The Final Empire and one was called Mistborn - remember how I told you about two ideas mashing together and what made the story finally work? The best parts of those books turned into a new book, the magic system of one merging with the lore of the other is how it worked out. So, um, I did not publish any of those books as they were written except *inaudible*. The Way of Kings I started from scratch when I rewrote it, Mistborn I started from scratch when I rewrote it but certainly ideas that were part of that ended up- [audio ends]