First Place is Second Loser? Hold on…

A while back, I posted about my first book’s leap onto the Locus Best Seller List, where it landed precariously at second place. Well, kids, let this be a lesson to you. Don’t complain about coming in second, or this might happen:

(Click to admire my helpful highlighting. Cuz, ya know, it’s hard to find the item at the top of the list. My name is Brent; I’m here to help.)

I would do an obnoxious end zone dance now, but it’d probably end up like this. (Rest of world: here.)

Quick recap: Locus is the SFF industry mag. In addition to the biggies, Locus also draws from independent and specialty book sellers (where a ton of SFF is sold) and also includes Canadian book stores. And of course, it’s only listing sci-fi and fantasy books! In case you’re feeling cynical, here’s the link to the official Locus Magazine Bestseller List webpage to prove it I didn’t mock up a counterfeit “bestseller” list. As if! (Hmm, counterfeit lists, there’s an idea…)

Seriously, thanks to all of you who bought The Black Prism and helped put me up there. It was quite a shock to find it.

16 thoughts on “First Place is Second Loser? Hold on…

  1. MaDSaM says:

    Congratulations ! 😀

  2. Kim says:

    Definitely where it should be! Also– thanks for the videos, they provided a great mental image.

  3. Attila the Hundt says:


  4. robert baker says:

    congrats man you deserve it! im with attila though. when is the next book?????????????

  5. Chris Wolflinger says:

    Great book!! Just bought it yesterday and I’m loving it! Also FYI did you know that you are also on the Internet’s BEST fantasy book list of all time as number 23? take a look

  6. K.G. Poulsen says:

    Grats and good seep ahead

  7. Asmor says:

    Grats! Just finished The Black Prism today, and I’m ravenous for the next!

  8. Phantazmagoriia says:

    You thought people were kidding when the poll went up, asking if the readers would buy the next book in hardback or not? So little faith.

  9. Hannah Rose says:

    Brent, you are fantastically amazing!! My fiancee and I love your novels and are eagerly looking forward to fighting over the next one as soon as it releases! Hmm… maybe we should buy two copies, huh? 🙂 Keep up the wonderful work!

  10. Tp says:

    DUDE!!! You’re book is amazing as an understatement… Can’t wait for the next one… No, seriously, I can’t wait, When’s it coming out?

  11. Chad says:

    The last thing I thought I would see on was Kerwin Bell spiking the ball into his junk… I love it.

    Oh and congrats Weeks :D.

  12. Syaoran says:

    I was going to ask you a question about something, but then I read in your interview in your acknowledgments about you not coming up with your own ideas and you tying them together. That’s weak, man.

    1. brent says:

      It was a joke, man. Truth is, coming up with the ideas is the easy part. Writing a novel about it is the hard part. And people seem to think it’s the other way around. So I made a joke… never mind.

      1. Syaoran says:

        I too was joking, sort of :\, but anyways is your favorite word in the The Night Angel Trilogy: iridescent? for example in the books the innocent mage and the awakened mage she uses scarlet thunder lots, I think it’s just funny.
        I understand that it’s hard to write a novel. my parents wanted me to send a query letter last year before I graduated high school––my friend had connections and she is hooked with a publisher and stuff––, but it’s kinda tough between school and work. I have a gift for creative writing lots of people have said, including my dad, but the normal ways like writing essays elude me 😡 ha ha. your interviews at the end of Way of Shadows and in the acknowledgements gave me motivation to the point of wanting to beat you, but that’s probably not going to happen lol. But I think I want to read black prism. I took the test on this site multiple times. I like the colorblind green= Epic Fail. Sorry if it is a bit long just excited to actually talk to an author through a blog

        1. Syaoran says:

          I had picked up your books sort of by accident, it is for research that I can’t really explain in words…more like my inner sanctum’s library to cross-reference with other books, style, adopt the style, adding to collection, I am not totally sure. I think I read too many books at my age with my stupid fast pace. By the way, I was one of those kids who read one of your books all night and was sleepy all day during my morning college classes 🙂 and at work.

  13. Andre says:

    The fact that not only a Brent Weeks book book appears on the list in the top 8 but 3 titles I’ve bought read and loved (Brent I read yours 3 times more than the others!) appear on the list makes me realize I need to subscribe to the list!

    Congratulations on your big score! May it entice you to continue writing books I can read over and over ad nauseam without actually incurring the nausia part! Between you and Naomi Novik my reading addiction is kept well fed.

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