Frequently Asked Questions
Kickstarter (and crowdfunding in general) is designed for backers to be able to pledge a chosen amount of money toward a project. There may or may not be rewards associated with your pledges (obviously, Kickstarter campaigns are designed around the idea of rewards being included based on pledge amount), but once pledges are finalized, the money is delivered to the campaign as expected, and projects begin to move forward aggressively.
Because of this, Kickstarter is not designed to support refunds. All backers have until the end of the campaign to change or cancel their pledged amounts. Because of this, we do not plan to offer refunds or partial refunds.
We do understand that occasionally hardships are encountered. We are cognizant of emergency needs for money to be redirected to another purpose. We ask that everyone take a good look at your pledged amount and to be certain that you will not need a refund prior to the end of the Kickstarter campaign and to adjust your pledges accordingly.
Any emergency needs for refunds will be addressed individually. We will not offer partial refunds, only full refunds. If these occur within 14 days of the end of the campaign, we may be able to offer a full refund. Once Kickstarter has charged their fees, all refunds will be reduced by the fee amount for the size of the pledge. Once your rewards have begun shipping, we will be unable to offer any refund.Last updated:
I pledged to a 2020 leatherbound book delivery tier, and want to change to another tier. Can I keep the 2020 delivery?
Good news! For anyone with a 2020 tier that wants to upgrade to another tier, we will place special add-ons in the pledge manager after the campaign is over. This will allow you to pay the difference of the tier and/or shipping costs and upgrade to the reward tier you want while keeping your 2020 leatherbound book delivery.
Unfortunately, there is not a way to downgrade your tier and keep the 2020 delivery. If you wish to downgrade your pledged tier, you will need to switch to a 2021 tier. You could also try watching for an opening in a 2020 tier if someone else changes their pledge.Last updated:
I pledged to the $200 tier, but would like the swag for a second order for someone else. Can I add the $50 tier as well?
There are two options for this:
1) Kickstarter only allows one tier per backer. You can create a second Kickstarter account and make a pledge through that account if you wish to pledge to an additional tier without waiting for the end of the campaign.
2) Several different swag bundles will be available for add-on in the BackerKit pledge manager after the campaign is over. Bundles of note for this question include a $40 "Order Pack" of all stretch goals related to a single order of your choice and a $50 "Novella + Swag" bundle that is identical to the $50 "Physical Stormlight Novella" tier without the poster. If you want an additional poster, you may also add a poster to your rewards through the BackerKit pledge manager.Last updated:
If I don’t buy a copy of The Way of Kings 10th Anniversary Leatherbound Edition during this Kickstarter, can I get it later?
Yes! Once all Kickstarter backers have received their copies, we will reprint and carry this book on our online store, along with the other leatherbound books we have published. However, purchasing the book through our online store in the future will not come with any of the additional swag and upgrades available through the Kickstarter campaign and stretch goals.Last updated:
Many of the swag items will be available for purchase through our online store once all Kickstarter rewards have been fulfilled, but at this time we cannot promise which items or how much they will cost. The backer pin and other swag that may be deemed at a later date to be exclusive to this campaign will not be available outside of the Kickstarter campaign. Some items will only be available until we run out of stock and will not be reordered.Last updated:
We are unable to open tiers that have been closed. The numbered books are no longer available. All other tiers are available with a 2021 shipping of the leatherbound books. You may also watch the tier you wanted for an opening in case another backer changes or cancels their pledge.Last updated:
What kind of leather is used for the cover of The Way of Kings 10th Anniversary Leatherbound Edition?
With the stretch goal having been reached, we will upgrade the leather cover from the bonded leather we use for our other leatherbound books to a top grain leather cover.
We cannot guarantee that we will continue to use this level of leather in future printings of this book after the Kickstarter campaign is over and may return to bonded leather.Last updated:
My personal values do not let me buy a book which uses animal products. Is there a way to get The Way of Kings 10th Anniversary Leatherbound Edition without real leather?
We are aware that we have fans who cannot purchase our leatherbound books due to personal values, and we respect that. We have looked into animal-friendly options, but haven’t yet found a good way to offer our books with these options. We intend to continue to search for a solution for those fans looking for this option. Unfortunately, availability of this will be some years away.Last updated:
The book will be printed on archival quality, acid-neutral paper specially milled for this edition that conforms to all guidelines established for permanence and durability by the Council of Library Resources and the American National Standards Institute.Last updated:
The Way of Kings 10th Anniversary Leatherbound Edition is printed and bound in the US.Last updated:
Volume 1 includes everything through Interlude 6. Volume 2 begins with Part 3 (chapter 29) through the end.Last updated:
Volume 1 includes 560 pages of story, plus an 8 page gallery, plus two 2-page spread illustrations and one 1-page spread illustration
Volume 2 includes 688 pages of story, plus an 8 page gallery, plus one 2-page spread illustration and three 1-page illustrations.Last updated:
All signed pages are presigned, and then bound into the books. The books will be shipped directly from the bindery to you. This means that there is less chance of damage to the books due to the process of signing them, but it also means that we cannot offer any personalization options.Last updated:
Only Volume 1 is signed.Last updated:
Only Volume 1 is signed, even on the sets that are numbered. If you would like Volume 2 signed, please find Brandon at a future live event!Last updated:
I backed the Signed & Numbered Leatherbound tier within minutes of the start of the campaign. Will this guarantee me a low number?
The books are pre-signed and pre-numbered. The numbers were randomly sent to the bindery, they will be randomly bound, and then randomly sent to those who backed the numbered book tier. We cannot control what number book is received.
All book numbers from the 2020 tier will be between 1 and 1000. All books in the 2021 shipping tier will be numbered between 1001 and 2000.Last updated:
I missed out on the Signed & Numbered tier. Will you number more books? Can I still get a numbered book?
We will not be numbering any more books than those included in the 2020 and 2021 Signed & Numbered tiers. If anyone from those tiers switches to another tier, or cancels their pledge, anyone else can choose to back that tier instead.Last updated:
If I am in a 2021 tier, can I get The Way of Kings 10th Anniversary Leatherbound Edition sooner if I order from one of the bookstores instead of the Kickstarter?
Yes, but with limitations. The bookstores listed below have all ordered a limited number of copies of The Way of Kings 10th Anniversary Leatherbound Edition. Each store will receive a random Knights Radiant Order pack for each book they ordered, which will be sold with the book.
• The stores will only receive the books they have already preordered. Once they are sold out, they will not have any more, and will have to wait along with the 2021 tiers for reorders.
• The Knights Radiant Order packs will be random and cannot be chosen like they can through the Kickstarter campaign.
• Books purchased through these bookstores will not include the Kickstarter backer pin and the Bridge Four poster. The Way of Kings Prime and Dawnshard novella books will not be available through the bookstores. Other stretch goal rewards may not be available.
These are the bookstores that will have limited copies of The Way of Kings 10th Anniversary Leatherbound Edition available for purchase toward the end of the year:
• Subterranean Press
• The BYU Store
• Murder By the Book
• Mysterious Galaxy
• Powell's Books
• Borderlands BooksLast updated:
I am spending a lot of money on this book. If my book is damaged during shipping, can I get it replaced?
Please check your book over upon receiving it. If it has any damage, please contact us immediately through https://store.brandonsanderson.com/contact-us/
You will have two weeks from the time you receive your book to contact us about an exchange/replacement due to damage. We will also work with you to exchange a damaged numbered book with a replacement of the same number.Last updated:
We regularly check prices and search for the best prices we can get on international shipping, and we offer the best pricing we can find. Books are heavy; especially our leatherbound books. Shipping is based on weight. For a heavy book like this, the shipping prices you are seeing are standard. The shipping fee does NOT include possible customs fees or other associated costs on your end to bring the books or other rewards into your country.
We hear you and your concerns. We regularly have discussions about our shipping methods and try to be as efficient and economical as we can be for our overseas fans.
For those not wanting all of the physical rewards, we have created the following options to help offset costs of shipping:
1) No Physical Items: Those who pledge to the $10 "Digital Novella" tier will receive all the digital rewards, including the ebook version of the new Dawnshard novella, and all the unlocked artwork in digital form.
2) Leatherbound book only: Those who pledge to the $200 "Signed Leatherbound Only" tier will receive a copy of The Way of Kings 10th Anniversary Leatherbound Edition, and all digital rewards.
3) A pledge of any amount will give access to the BackerKit pledge manager AFTER the Kickstarter campaign has concluded. In the pledge manager, several add-on bundles will be available to be added to your rewards at that time. Bundles of note for this question include a $40 "Order Pack" of only all stretch goals related to a single order of your choice, a $50 "Novella + Swag" bundle that is identical to the $50 "Physical Stormlight Novella" tier without the poster, a $200 "Leatherbound Only" option to receive only the leatherbound book/an additional leatherbound book (2021 shipping), and a $200 "Leatherbound + Swag" which is identical to the $200 "Signed Leatherbound + Swag 2021" tier without the poster.
See the shipping chart in the campaign details for a breakdown of total shipping costs, plus how many packages to expect. Shipping details for add-on items may or may not be fully available before the campaign ends, but will be available in the BackerKit pledge manager when you go to add these items to your rewards.Last updated:
I’ve backed heavy products on Kickstarter before, and didn’t have to pay as much for shipping. Why are you charging more than I’ve paid before?
The shipping costs we are passing on are the best we are able to find. Some companies help subsidize shipping during a kickstarter campaign to help keep costs down and encourage more backers to purchase their products. Unfortunately, to keep your costs as low as we can, we have cut our margins very tight, and cannot add additional subsidies to the shipping costs.Last updated:
We have fans all over the world, and have experience in shipping to many areas of the world. The countries listed as available are areas where we are comfortable with the pricing and reliability of shipping services. Countries not listed, which we have shipped to in the past, have been unreliable and have a very high incidence of shipments being damaged, stolen, or lost. If you live in one of these areas, we do not want to risk your valuable books and rewards, and so we cannot in good conscience offer shipping to your country.
There are companies which offer mail forwarding services, and which might be a solution to allow you to back and receive physical rewards even if you do not live in a country we ship to. These companies allow you to set up a US address which we would ship to, and they would then forward your shipments to you. Just like shipping directly to your country, there are ways or companies which are more reliable than others, and prices vary. We do not endorse or recommend any specific service, and cannot take responsibility for any damage to or loss of your rewards after delivery to the shipping address we are provided. This means that if you use a mail forwarding service to receive your rewards and it is damaged or goes missing after shipping is complete from us to the service provider, we cannot replace or refund your product.Last updated:
Will I be charged customs on the full pledge amount I paid for my tier with each shipment I get from you? (e.g. Will I be charged customs on my full amount pledged three separate times?)
Each shipment will list the value of the item(s) in the shipment, not the total amount you pledged to the campaign. Any customs fees will be based on that amount.
We do not have a breakdown of how and what will be listed on the customs declarations, nor will we be able to provide this information prior to shipment. However, we will work hard to determine the lowest possible fair and legal amounts we can list.Last updated:
We cannot customize reward tiers. If you would like to get rewards without the poster, there are three options for you:
• The $200 “Leatherbound Only” tier
• The $10 “Digital Novella” tier
• The “No Reward” tier
Pledging to these tiers will not include any physical rewards at all, and will give you access to the BackerKit pledge manager. In BackerKit, you can add any of the items listed in the add-ons section of our campaign page.
Bundles of note available as add-ons include:
• $40 "Order Pack" of only all stretch goals related to a single order of your choice
• $50 "Novella + Swag" bundle that is identical to the $50 "Physical Stormlight Novella" tier without the poster
• $200 "Leatherbound Only" option to receive only the leatherbound book/an additional leatherbound book (2021 delivery)
• $200 "Leatherbound + Swag" which is identical to the $200 "Signed Leatherbound + Swag 2021" tier without the poster.
We recommend pledging the cost of the reward bundle(s) you want, so your pledge amount will be charged by Kickstarter, and you will only need to pay shipping in BackerKit at the end of the campaign. Access to BackerKit is estimated to be about two weeks after the end of the Kickstarter campaign.Last updated:
I know I will be/might be moving before you ship my physical rewards to me, but I don’t know the address I will be moving to. What do I do?
Right now, enter your current shipping address. We will send out surveys before every round of shipping to allow you to update your shipping address so we can still get your rewards to you if you have moved.Last updated:
If I pledge to back a specific tier, but later change my mind and wish to back a different tier, can I make that change?
Yes! You have until our campaign ends to change which tier you want to back, as long as the tier is available. After the campaign ends, you will have options to upgrade your tier or add product bundles to your pledge through the BackerKit pledge manager. We are working on an updated list of add-ons and costs, which will be available prior to the end of the campaign so you can plan accordingly.Last updated:
After the Kickstarter campaign ends, Kickstarter will charge you for your pledged amount. If there are any problems with your payment method, Kickstarter will reach out to you to get the issue corrected and your payment charged. You will usually have only a short period of time to correct any issues, so please be certain to watch out for and respond promptly to any such communications.
Any upgrades or product bundles added to your rewards after the Kickstarter campaign ends (that go beyond any credits from pledging extra money) will be charged through BackerKit.Last updated:
Yes. Additional physical rewards will add weight and shipping materials to your rewards, and will therefore necessitate and increase shipping cost.
BackerKit will be helping us sort and organize the pledges, the add-ons, and shipping costs. We are new to this program and will do our best to keep shipping costs as low as we can. From what we can see, we should be able to combine items from a pledge tier and add-ons into one package.Last updated:
If the $7 million stretch goal is reached, we will work with Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, who record the canon Stormlight Archive audiobooks, to do a recording of The Way of Kings Prime, which will be released publicly for free. The time frame on this will be dependent on the schedule of the narrators.Last updated:
Brandon is currently writing the novella so we do not know how long the hardcover book will be. We are guessing it will be at least as long as Edgedancer.Last updated:
Brandon has not written this yet, but we hope so! His current plan is to have this novella available in ebook form by mid to late October. He will let everyone know if anything comes up that will change this plan.
With the $5.5 million stretch goal reached, in addition to the ebook being sent in a zipped file containing the ebook in epub, mobi, and PDF file types, a Word document with track changes on to track the progress of the novella drafts and changes, and a spreadsheet containing beta reader comments will be included.
The physical copy of this book will ship as soon as we can get it printed-- after it’s written, edited, copy-edited, laid-out by Isaac, and submitted to the bindery.Last updated:
This novella is about Rysn, a character who has shown up in interludes from “The Way of Kings,” “Words of Radiance,” and “Oathbringer.”
This novella will cover a trip on Rysn’s ship “Wandersail” to Aimia, and will give some more insight into the in-world mythical “dawnshards.”Last updated:
There are no active plans to make an audio version of Dawnshard. While an audio version will likely be created in the future, we do not have any release information to provide.Last updated:
Will a Dawnshard ebook and/or hardback book be available later if I don’t get it through the The Way of Kings 10th Anniversary Leatherbound Edition Kickstarter campaign?
Dawnshard will be available in the future, but the distribution channels through which it will be available are not finalized or fully known at this time. We may have extra copies available on our store after all Kickstarter campaign rewards have been shipped.Last updated:
Brandon is super busy writing Rhythm of War and other amazing stories. He doesn’t have time to sign thousands and thousands of books.
Please attend a live event to get your other books signed.Last updated:
You will receive a survey after the campaign is over allowing you to select the Order you want.Last updated:
We have it available from our store!
When will your other leatherbound books be back in stock in your store? Where can I watch for updates on this?
The popularity of this Kickstarter campaign has complicated matters on this by boosting the popularity of all our leatherbound books significantly. While this is a great problem to have, it also means we’re selling our stock of leatherbound books faster than ever. We WILL have these books in stock again! At this time, we cannot promise a specific date or month, but we are aiming to have them all in stock for the holiday season.
In the meantime, you can do the following to know when the books are back in stock:
1) Check our web store from time to time to see if they are back in stock.
2) Follow Brandon on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and watch for notifications about a restock of these books.
3) Join and engage with fellow fans on reddit in the several Brandon Sanderson related subreddits, especially r/brandonsanderson. You will often see posts about our product restock from fellow fans who watch our store closely (usually before we manage to announce anything ourselves).Last updated:
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