I wanted to make sure I thanked you all for the Kickstarter's success yesterday, because today I'm announcing a project that will dwarf the Kickstarter in scope and ambition.
I was sitting around chatting with twelve other indie fantasy authors, which is something we often do, and we were discussing Avengers: Endgame and how irritated we were that it is so often considered "the most ambitious crossover event in history."
We decided to prove Marvel wrong by creating Jäger(master), a book with so many authors that it HAS to be good. The thirteen of us wrote it in the same way that we speak in real life: alternating with each other one word at a time.
I had the honor of writing every first word myself, whereupon Dakota Krout took over with every second word, followed by Davis Ashura, then Phil Tucker, John Bierce, Sarah Lin, Luke Chmilenko, Michael Chatfield, Andrew Rowe, Nobody103, Shirtaloon, Evan Winter, and every thirteenth word by Bryce O'Connor.
See, if you enjoyed a book by one author, a book by thirteen authors trading off words has to be thirteen times better. The math checks out.
Here are the details for our hive-mind's newest masterpiece:
Bud Wiser was long known as the greatest warrior of the grand realm of Hi-Nak’en. He was a man of measure, of clout and power, whose skill with a blade was never matched.
That all changed in death.
Sacrificing himself to save a small child from being trampled by a team of draft horses, Bud finds himself in the presence of a god. Unfortunately for him, this particular deity is obviously overworked and underpaid, because they hardly let him get a word out before tiredly assuring him his next life will be one of “plenty and leisure” as a “reward” for his bravery and fighting spirit on Hi-Na’ken. The next thing Bud knows, he’s waking up from a night of drunken revelry, finding himself the sole proprietor of a bustling tavern whose patrons are clamoring for food and drink. Worse, almost immediately Bud makes a terrible realization:
In this strange new world, the laws of magic dictate that the only objects one can touch and wield are those relevant to the “Job” the gods assign them at birth.
And what’s Bud’s new Job? What is the role assigned by the heavens to the former champion of world order?
… “Tavern Owner”.
ON SALE NOW!
4/1/2022 07:59:38 am
Do it. I dare you. We will all buy it.
4/1/2022 10:44:21 am
I think we need another Kickstarter!
4/1/2022 01:47:55 pm
They won’t because they’re afraid we couldn’t handle the raw power! Stop coddling us! We’re ready!
4/3/2022 12:14:32 pm
Do it!!! The description alone is hilarious!
4/1/2022 08:02:41 am
4/1/2022 08:28:02 am
Apologies, but yes.
4/3/2022 02:36:44 am
2/26/2023 10:41:23 pm
This one agrees.
Little Blue’s Pool Boy
4/1/2022 08:10:46 am
This is the stuff of which dreams are made. I’d live a revision where every author had their own color, so I can accurately review each author without counting each word in sequence.
4/1/2022 08:14:22 am
Absolutely, why not.
4/1/2022 08:15:01 am
Oh the cover! hahahahaha. I love it! The mug with an axe blade on it is peak satire of the absolutely stupid thing s that happen in this kind of 'you would never expect (this incredibly specific job or role) could save the world!" story.
4/1/2022 09:20:15 pm
The battle axe with the pony keg is awesome too
4/1/2022 08:15:22 am
4/1/2022 08:16:16 am
After a decade of waiting, I see Rothfuss has decided to outsource the writing for Door of Stone
Society of Tavern Owners
4/1/2022 08:16:24 am
Thanks Will, we are glad to be getting more wide spread recognition of the bravery and determination required to be a true tavern owner. With this novel we are excited to see more people looking to the real heros that server the public, the real pillars that hold up civilization, leading humanity forward into a better future.
4/1/2022 08:19:13 am
Please. I need this. Also love that Dakota is there with you
4/1/2022 08:24:12 am
If i say please, will you do it for real?
4/1/2022 08:27:09 am
I’ve read this somewhere. Y’all have stolen this idea. Was a 1970s book about a young man named Milwaukee’s best.
4/1/2022 08:30:47 am
4/1/2022 08:31:46 am
Who will be the narrators, reading every other word?
4/1/2022 09:30:14 am
4/1/2022 08:35:46 am
Is this just a scheme to match Pirateaba's word count by dividing the work 13 ways? Still not sure it'll work..
Sage of Sleep
4/1/2022 08:44:01 am
DUDE! Will Wight totally Rick Rolled us!! LMAO! Worlds best author I swear on my soul lol
4/1/2022 12:23:58 pm
4/1/2022 09:10:29 am
4/1/2022 09:20:23 am
I'd totally read that.
4/1/2022 09:26:24 am
I want to read this now. :)
4/1/2022 09:41:39 am
In the end, even in collaboration, Will came up with an Isekai. It always comes back to an Isekai.
4/1/2022 10:34:10 am
I would buy it!
4/1/2022 10:49:17 am
But... I actually want this book now.
4/1/2022 11:37:58 am
I think he just April fooled himself. Now we are going to nag him for this for years
4/1/2022 12:54:03 pm
I'm embarrassed to admit that it took me two times of clicking the book cover to realize ... jokes on me! 🤣🤣
Fool me once
4/1/2022 01:13:32 pm
I got so excited. Then I got crushed. Make it real. I dare you.
Fool for you
4/1/2022 01:33:51 pm
Can't believe I fell for it, I'm still all in though, make this anime fever dream a reality!
4/1/2022 01:48:56 pm
Will, man, you're supposed to April Fools us with a BAD idea!
4/1/2022 02:50:56 pm
I know it was an April Fools joke but I still bought that poster lol!
4/1/2022 04:12:33 pm
THIS IS DEPRESSING...... I WANT THIS
4/1/2022 05:30:59 pm
This idea seems okay to me, but hear me out: what about adding the services of thirteen editors?
4/1/2022 05:42:18 pm
Now I know how Will keeps fracturing his foot. Probably going to kick something after reading these comments about how much we all want this 😂
4/1/2022 06:07:14 pm
So how many narrators can we get in on this? Travis gets every first word!
4/1/2022 06:46:36 pm
I expected everything but a book idea that got me excited to see.
The Dragon Beyond the Gate
4/1/2022 07:57:47 pm
Well, I have it on pre-order. Now just to wait for the audiobook announcement.
4/1/2022 07:58:35 pm
I'm one of the alpha alpha alpha readers of the book and I can tell you the scene where his arch nemisis Marl Boro shows up to ruin the day with his competing smoking parlor, is one to behold.
4/1/2022 10:24:40 pm
Reminder: a "tavern owner" is not a brewmaster - most taverns don't make their own beer. As such, he can handle beer, wine, spirits, beverage handling equipment, food, tableware, glassware, kitchen implements, furniture, money, and anything to do with the physical premises themselves. Rules are rules.
4/2/2022 12:02:04 am
As a bonus, each author's words combine to form a secret message if you read them in isolation.
4/2/2022 01:40:32 am
I clicked the order now link knowing exactly where it would take me, but I felt like hey, they've earned this.
4/2/2022 05:35:19 am
Too bad you couldn't have a fourteenth author in charge of grammar. (As Phil Tucker will attest).
4/2/2022 08:22:07 am
When i read the teaser i forgot what they it was and i got all exited. Then i tried to click the link and had to face palm. Give it a serious thought though Will it sounds like an immensly fun read. Also we would really apprecheate a cradle update>.< gotta feed the addiction:)
4/2/2022 08:54:25 am
Can’t wait to hear Travis Baldree talk about the mystic lands of Hi-Nak’en.
4/2/2022 09:00:31 am
Emotional whiplash. Went from excited to shocked to sad to amused all within the first notes
4/4/2022 10:40:51 am
Hilarious....prompted a puff of wind from my nostrils and everything
4/5/2022 02:24:38 pm
I love it! But I was kind of hoping Will would pull a Sanderson and announce Dreadgod was done :(
4/6/2022 03:31:11 pm
Next year repost the same blog post. Except the link leads to amazon and what seems to be the right book. But the second page of the ebook is just a rickroll screenshot with "never gonna give you up" subtitle.
Mercy Is God
4/7/2022 07:25:21 pm
Wow that was the most amazing rick roll ever done for sure.
4/8/2022 08:24:53 pm
When is the next book being released?! Wait has been too long
4/10/2022 11:33:11 am
Sorry to disappoint you, but check out the Thieve’s World series from the 80’s. Now there was a cross-over.
4/11/2022 05:08:27 pm
Any chance you collaborate with these authors and each of you own a character? Would be like listening in on a D&D session. Will could be the DM, running the settings and details while everyone else takes protagonists, antagonists, henchmen, supporting cast, and bosses.
5/1/2022 09:05:56 pm
Will, I have not been this disappointed in years. It has been who knows how many months since I was this excited for a book. Nearly all of my favorite authors collaborating to write something that seemed incredibly interesting and funny. What a blind fool I was. I can never trust again, and my hopes are shattered. I hope my internal tears make you happy, you soul sucking prankster.
5/5/2022 02:51:01 am
I was so excited abput the book description… just to get RickRolled!? I was thrilled because this sounds like a book Robert Asprin would write, and I love his stuff. Now I’m just sad we don’t have any details on the next Cradle book again.
Turner of Pages
5/20/2022 09:30:43 am
I would love to read this, please write this.
8/15/2022 02:12:59 am
You got me. 3 months later looking at your blog for info about books, saw this, i googled it, couldnt find it. Clicked the buy now link.
9/4/2022 11:01:32 am
This got me five months later
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