First of all, because I know you've been waiting for this, June's story will be sent out on the mailing list tomorrow night!
Sorry I let that one linger for so long; first I was out of the country, then I was sick, then I was releasing a book. It's been a busy month. But you'll be happy to know that, despite June's being three weeks late instead of one week as I predicted, July's short story will be available on the first of the month, as scheduled.
Tomorrow's short story will be Traveler's Gate, but July's won't be. Will it be Cradle, Elder Empire, or something else? Stay tuned to find out!
In other news, Unsouled has surpassed all my predictions for how well it's selling. I mean, you guys are amazing. It's sold over 1200 copies in less than a week, and it's on track to sell more than three hundred copies today alone. This is a better launch response than any book I've written since House of Blades.
I'll have to respond to that enthusiasm somehow.
Anyway, thanks for reading my books! Thanks for recommending them to your friends, for writing reviews, for bugging people on reddit to read them. It's almost overwhelming--I was trawling through Amazon yesterday, looking for a book to read, and in one of the top reviews of someone else's story, the reviewer mentioned me by name. He was including me in a list of fantasy authors that he thought had done great work.
That's mind-blowing. Equally astounding is that so many people out there enjoy my stories enough that they're willing to pay me for them. It's bizarre.
So from the bottom of my cold, green, shrunken heart, I thank you.
6/20/2016 11:53:39 am
*starts slow clap*
6/22/2016 02:11:34 pm
Enjoyed it more than house of blades and I loved that book(and the following ones)
6/20/2016 12:35:14 pm
That was all me. I've been creating emails and buying up copies of unsouled to sell when there is a drought in the land of good fiction. But now my plan is foiled so I want a refund or 1200
6/20/2016 01:44:26 pm
Yeees the short story bren dying for it
6/20/2016 07:07:01 pm
Congratulations, I really enjoy reading your stuff It always feels like a power trip kind of fantasy which I really enjoy and usually devour in a day at most. Out of interest what did you find to read?
If you're going on a trip, it might as well be a power trip.
6/21/2016 07:04:52 pm
Cool I'll give those two books a try. Also cause I'm a junky and I'm itching for a fix, have you sent out the monthly short story cause I usually get them and I haven't received it yet?
6/20/2016 08:14:30 pm
'Shadows in the bushes flickered and giggled, while the clouds zoomed around like zealous fish in the ocean of the sky.'
6/21/2016 01:24:32 am
Wait till the new TG comes out. Me and my friends ALONE will buy 20+ copies xD
6/21/2016 08:04:29 am
Unsouled may be my new favorite Will Wight.
6/21/2016 08:06:07 am
Its awesome will, and hugely engaging. More, more, more. Also if your planning to write quite a few, could we see some more of the 8 man empire lindon was shown? They look awesome!
6/21/2016 08:47:13 am
Honestly, I could (just about) live without seeing northstrider again as while he sounds awesome, its the more ordinary xianxia type of awesome. The ninecloud court and especially the 8 man empire are epic and I need them in my life.
6/21/2016 09:51:00 am
I'm with Rhys on this one. The Ninecloud Court and the 8 Man Empire sound amazing and I need them in my life!!
6/21/2016 12:00:15 pm
And here I was thinking Luminous Queen Sha Miara wasn't THAT much younger than Lindon, especially given a decade or two of age and training. :)
6/21/2016 09:00:41 am
You will find several reviews of other books with your name in there. I'm probably guilty of a few.
I was just shocked, because it's not like I was looking for my name. I was trying to figure out whether I wanted to buy the book or not. And there it was, in the Most Helpful Negative Review, as they included me in a list with 4-5 NY Times Bestselling Authors.
6/21/2016 09:24:52 pm
Will, if we were talking epic fantasy, you'd be pretty good, but just another fish in a very large sea. We're not talking about epic fantasy, we're talking about high fantasy, and in that genre you may very well be the next Robert E. Howard. Yes, I did say that. High Fantasy has been marginalized and mostly forgotten by the main stream, but you're bringing it back and your doing it with style. Keep up the good work and thank you for providing us with high quality fast paced entertaining writing.
You know, people often use "high fantasy" and "epic fantasy" interchangeably, but if by high fantasy you mean fast-paced, action-focused works in large, original fantasy worlds (like Robert E. Howard wrote)...then you're absolutely right, that's exactly what I'm shooting for. On the Literature to Pulp slider, I'm way on the right.
6/21/2016 01:03:00 pm
I love Unsouled so far! I am about half way through it and I love it!
I can neither confirm nor deny your...
6/21/2016 01:46:40 pm
Wait is Will secretly the emperor and his assassination was fake.
6/22/2016 10:00:55 am
I feel BAD about you chopping me up and reassembling me into a creepy, shambling bear!
6/21/2016 03:11:02 pm
Unsouled came out the day before I had a long flight, so I thought to myself -- "Perfect. I'll put it on the Kindle tonight, then read it tomorrow on the plane! But I'll just read a chapter or two now to see how much I like it..."
6/22/2016 05:31:38 pm
If you're looking for a solution to the mystery of why this book is getting such good feedback, I think "I really did write it for my own selfish satisfaction" might be a clue...
6/21/2016 07:20:18 pm
Have you sent out the monthly mailing list story yet? I really want it!
6/21/2016 09:19:17 pm
I actually read about you on another author's website by a reader that was commenting about books he enjoyed. I read The House of Blades and fell in love with it and every other book that you've written.
6/21/2016 09:24:52 pm
I believe it was Trevor H. Cooley's website. I enjoyed his The Bowl of Souls series. :)
6/21/2016 09:37:36 pm
:o I just figured out this reply thing, sorry. No problem! There are nine The Bowl of Soup books. You probably forgot because you were writing these amazing books of yours. I can't wait to read more!
6/21/2016 09:38:43 pm
The Bowl of Soul books**
6/21/2016 09:43:59 pm
Hahaha! Anything is possible. It could be a magical bowl of soup that speaks. An adviser lol
6/23/2016 06:18:03 pm
The comments on the thread are doing surprisingly well as well!
6/29/2016 09:46:50 am
Speaking of Best Sellers...
7/1/2016 03:54:12 am
I was mildly annoyed when I found out you started a new series and thought about boycotting until the next Elder Empire. Then I thought I would give it a chance and holy crap this could be my favorite novel you've done. What's next? Sci-fi? (please say sci-fi).
I get that a lot, Ben. I can't count the number of people who told me they were boycotting me until I went back to Traveler's Gate.
7/5/2016 02:40:44 am
Do you jest? Performing suspiciously well? Will Wight is doing Xianxia!!! How could I not purchase it? And it was everything I was expecting and more. I loved Lindon and Yerin. I'm looking forward to seeing how they develop.
Yeah, it's astonishing how the community's grown in really just the past two or three years.
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