Author’s record-breaking Kickstarter campaign ends at $41.7 million


Portrait of American fantasy author Brandon Sanderson taken June 3, 2011.

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Brandon Sanderson has asked Kickstarter fans for $1 million to self-publish four novels he’s written during the pandemic. Thirty days later, his campaign has topped $41.7 million from more than 185,000 backers and is the most funded Kickstarter in the crowdfunding site’s history.

Sanderson’s campaign surpassed the previous record holder in just three days, surpassing the $20.3 million in funds generated by smartwatch company Pebble Technology in 2015.

Once the project is successfully funded, Kickstarter will take a 5% commission on the funds raised, or more than $2 million.

A well-established figure in the science fiction and fantasy novel space, Sanderson has published more than 50 books since 2005. He is best known, however, for creating the fictional universe of Cosmere, in which most of his work takes place. novels.

This is the second time Sanderson has turned to Kickstarter to publish his work. In 2020, he raised $6.7 million in funds from nearly 30,000 backers to produce a leather-bound 10th anniversary edition of his novel “The Way of Kings.”

The campaign acts as a pre-order platform, allowing Sanderson to get a better idea of ​​how many people are interested in buying his work so he can get the appropriate quantity printed.

Those who supported the campaign will have access to these new titles as digital e-books, audiobooks or physical copies depending on their donation level starting in January 2023. People who have spent more than one certain threshold will also receive eight monthly subscription boxes of articles related to Sanderson’s work over the next year.

“We are a simple bookstore,” he wrote in his campaign. “We can easily sell a book or item that is already in stock or will be in stock soon. But planning a whole ‘Year of Sanderson’ requires setup and follow-up that we at Dragonsteel Books are not capable of.”


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