100 Reviews - Poll!
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we recently hit 100 combined Amazon reviews for the Elder Empire books! Pat yourselves on the back!
As I did for 10, 25, and 50, I was going to release some original content to celebrate 100, but I delayed a while to give the second anniversary of House of Blades the attention it deserved. Now that comments on that front are starting to wind down, I thought I'd get back to what matters: you.
Two weeks ago, I asked you to suggest some options for potential 100-review rewards. They fell into a few specific categories, and I would now like you to vote between them on this handy-dandy poll.
In a week, I'll tally the votes. Then I'll deliver whichever one is most popular.
DISCLAIMER: Any stories will be short, because writing two novels at once is hard enough, and any information about unreleased stories will be subject to editing and my own fickle whims.
Again, any statements I make about the future are not binding. I may change my mind later. I may be lying to you now. Always in motion is the future.
Without further ado, the Poll of Absolute Destiny:
6/7/2015 08:22:20 am
Not that I don't like the Sea/Shadow/Shadow/Sea world, but I'm a sucker for seven foot katanas
6/7/2015 08:27:58 am
It hurts me a little bit inside, Jeremiah, because I stand by my opinion that the Elder Empire are better written books...and a lot of people haven't given them a shot because they just wanted more Traveler's Gate.
6/7/2015 08:36:48 am
It took me a week or two before I started on them. I always have trouble starting something new, but my wife does know me quite well and said I would enjoy them (she also convinced me on Sanderson's Steelheart, which is great fun as well)
6/7/2015 08:44:19 am
Personally, I like the character better in Shadow and the characters better in Sea.
6/7/2015 11:31:39 am
At this point, I don't think I could tell you which series I like better. By the time we have all 3/6 installments, I have a feeling it will be Elder Empire. The world feels completely new, it is well written, the dynamics between both the characters and groups involved are great, and the characters are complex and well written. Plus, Shuffles.
6/14/2015 09:16:31 am
I know it must suck, having the Travelers Gate series being more popular than the Elder Empire, but can you blame anyone? We definitely didn't fall in love with your books because of the way you wrote it,(meaning no offense, its much better than anything I could hope to achieve) but the story behind it, the fantasy you gave us. Does the Elder Empire read a little better? yes, of course, and part of the fun is being able to experience your growth of writing first hand. Is the Elder Empire a great story? In my humble opinion I really believe it is. And all that matters very little to the fact that every die-hard fan you have loves you for one reason. You're a fantastic story teller. Keep that, own that, polish your writing over the next few book series's, that's always a plus, but don't forget your sense for a good story, its why we're all here, to get to live in a piece of your brain for a few short days and experience that story, not just read about it. (sorry for the run-on sentences, I told you, I'm terrible at this haha) I will always love the Travelers Gate series, and more than likely judge every piece of your work using that as a scale. but at the same time, I will read anything you put out, because I know it'll be the best story I get to read (NO PRESSURE!!)
6/16/2015 12:48:26 am
Thanks, Joshua! But I may have misrepresented something here: I don't care that the TGT is more popular than OSAS. Far from it.
6/7/2015 11:27:11 am
*rolls eyes at husband*
6/7/2015 12:22:10 pm
Men, am I right?
6/7/2015 08:39:29 am
I love both the TGT and OSAS series. Both have awesome concepts. However, I had to vote for TGT, 7' Katanas, a realm that tries to kill you all the time just to make you stronger.... Too much potential! :) if I could vote for 2 OSAS would be my 2nd vote!
6/7/2015 08:46:28 am
Hahaha, I appreciate it, Jonathan! By far the most compelling element of the Territories, to me, is the "you have to struggle to advance" concept. It's hard-coded into the magic system, and there's no way around it.
6/7/2015 09:04:49 am
The OSAS series is still only on the first book(s) while the Travelers Gate trilogy has established more due to it being a completed trilogy. As more books come out to flesh out the world and characters of OSAS I believe it will pick up more in popularity. The scene you posted a while back with Valin has also left a lot of your fans really aching for more TG.
6/7/2015 09:11:20 am
That's a great point, Joseph. I think I make the mistake a lot of readers do: I'm comparing the first installment in a series to a whole trilogy.
6/7/2015 09:54:13 am
I do like the OSAS series, and I would agree that it is better written, but I can connect with TGT far better, I enjoy the characters more, and I think that the TGT has far more potential for sheer awesomeness than OSAS.
6/7/2015 09:59:32 am
You know what, Lukas, thanks for reading them both!
Daniel J. Costa
6/7/2015 10:43:00 am
Wow I was surprised to see that backstory on the guild heads was last. There is no other character than Bliss I want to know more about, and that freaky bone of hers! Will did, and had previously done with TGT, made me seek his blood because he had left so much to be known about his worlds. Nothing wrong with that of course. I consider that excellent writing, and its one of the reasons why I would keep buying his books.
6/7/2015 10:53:14 am
I'm a firm believer in the idea that a song should end thirty seconds before you want it to, not thirty seconds after you're already sick of it. Same principle applies to books. Most readers would lose interest if they got 80% of the answers they wanted...they'd be bored long before 100%.
6/8/2015 08:21:58 am
I'd actually like to learn about the correlation between Incarnations and Elders thank you very much... but I'll settle for a story about the Emperor meeting a Great Elder lol Cant wait for the next 2 books Will!
6/8/2015 11:06:28 am
Forgot about that... Very curious as well
6/9/2015 12:38:01 am
Let me be as clear as I can: I never said there was a connection between the Incarnations and the Elders.
6/9/2015 02:57:02 am
But Will the way the incarnates and the Great Elders seem to affect reality with there mere presence seems so similar and even the Emperor did something similar with his power from one of the hearts of an Great Elder.. But well your the author so you have the last say lol
6/9/2015 03:27:48 am
So then what is the connection between the way each are born? Or will that be revealed in a mini book?
6/9/2015 03:53:53 am
Future book, can't talk about it.
6/11/2015 12:30:02 pm
Sorry Will but TGT tops Elder Empire in my books any day of the week. Unfortunately for you I'm not a fan of Lovecraft or creatures with a ton of tentacles. I do however have a soft spot for sarcastic daughters of the wind and swords with attitude. That said thank you for sharing your gift.
6/11/2015 01:31:23 pm
That's alright, man. I have a million ideas, and some people are going to like certain ones over others. No harm, no foul.
6/11/2015 02:40:50 pm
Yes, I agree that Elder Empires are probably better written books. I'm absolutely impressed by the fact that you've written both sides of the story with similar pacing and that they are well thought out books of high caliber. That being said, Travelers Gate is just plain FUN. Simon is a hilarious hero you can't help routing for. I like Calder, I really do, but if I had to choose between Calder and Simon, I'd pick Simon every time. It isn't about the quality, though TG certainly was a good series, but character. TGs more heavily character driven than EE so we've become attached to those characters and don't wanna let them go. At least I have.
6/12/2015 12:43:21 am
One hundred percent agreed.
6/12/2015 01:46:21 am
Glad to hear it, Brian! Neither series is really "character-driven," per se, but I'm excited you're attached to the characters!
6/12/2015 02:53:56 am
Yea TG is a really fun read I just reread the whole series a week or 2 ago still as satisfying to read as the first go around = ] especially after reading the Malazan book of the fallen series >_<. Now weather or not Simon, Shera , or Calder is a better mc is type difficult because I read Shera's book first I really like her she's a beast just like Simon is then theres Calder because I read the other one first I was annoyed at him but it turns out he's a pretty fun character that felt more humane(?) than Shera is and what not
6/12/2015 06:08:20 am
Yeah, you don't get much more of a contrast between me and Steven Erikson. Talk about completely different...
6/12/2015 04:38:53 am
Will, could you give me some examples of the mistakes in TGT? I have no idea what they are and I would like to know what you think they are.
6/12/2015 06:04:31 am
Why did the Agnos family have five members? There could have been three. Olissa as a mother, Erastes as the father, and Andra as the kid. Lycus and Caius didn't have to exist at all. That's just two extra names to remember.
6/12/2015 09:43:38 am
Now that you mention them, I can see them. I don't have much of a problem at all with them, but I can understand if they were my creations, I would notice and hate every small flaw. And I have absolutely no problem with you writing more in the series, with a slower progression of events :P
6/12/2015 01:47:42 pm
I see where you are coming from as well. These are simply things that Patrick Rothfus wouldn't do. Thank goodness your name is Will Wight because I've been waiting for Rothfus to publish the last book of his series for years now.
6/13/2015 01:27:54 am
Thanks, guys! I would always rather improve by making each new book better, rather than rewriting the same book over and over with a slight improvement each time. Some people prefer that approach, but that's...incredibly boring.
6/14/2015 05:10:46 am
So, this is not pertinent to the current discussion but it had to be posted.
8/8/2015 01:44:15 am
Finished TGT a while back and loved it so much! I just bought the start of the new series and can't wait - I just had been holding back a bit waiting for books 2 and 3! Can't wait any longs, starting it today!
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