Twenty-nine more days until The Way of Kings releases! Better get your pre-orders in, The Way of Kings is gonna be a hot book! If you don't know, the Introduction, Prelude, Prologue, And Chapters 1-3 are now available at tor.com. 4-6 are also available, but in audio, and are read by the people who recorded "The Wheel of Time" audiobooks! We all should know that legendary artist Michael Whelan is doing the cover art as well! I don't know about you guys, but this book might be a great boost to Fantasy.
Also, I'm happy to announce that Arabic Islamic writer Saladin Ahmed(author of Where Virtue Lives and poet) has his first three-book deal with DAW books. This is a great contribution to not only Fantasy, but to culture. As we know(or not, due to the dominance of caucasians in the field) DAW books was the first publisher to publish Charles R. Saunders,the first African-American Fantasy writer. His book "Throne of the Crescent Moon" will appear either 2011 or 2012.
So, the countdown begins for both, two major contributions to the field of Fantasy!!