(CNN) — Brandon Sanderson, the prolific fantasy author, broke the record for most-funded Kickstarter recipient by bringing in more than $20.3 million on the platform since March 1.
Sanderson created the Cosmere universe in which several stories take place such as the “Mistborn” series. He was initially seeking $1 million in 30 days for the project, which includes four new books. Sanderson had written them in secret for the past two years.
He reached that $1 million goal in just under 35 minutes.
Sanderson is not a neophyte author. He publishes the new books himself and has written several other novels, many of which are also self-published. He co-wrote “Wheel of Time,” which has since become an Amazon Prime Video TV series. He has his own book house, DragonSteel Entertainment, and he’s been on the New York Times bestseller list 15 times, according to his website.
After Sanderson hit that first $1 million, he set the record for the most money raised in 24 hours, with $15.4 million, more than double the previous record, according to the platform.
Sanderson’s book proposal broke the global Kickstarter record set by the Pebble Time smartwatch in 2015, which brought in $20.3 million from 78,471 backers. Kickstarter also said that at one point Sanderson’s project was bringing in $20,000 per minute, and it set a new record for most funding and most backers in its first 24 hours. .
The project currently has more than 84,000 supporters and could bring in even more since it still has 27 days to go.
What do these backers get for their investment? There are different pricing tiers that start at $40, which gives them quarterly eBooks, and go all the way up to $500, which provides the author’s books all year round on all formats as well than other goods such as clothing.
Sanderson told the Kickstarter site that the books are expected to ship next year.
“Our goal is to deliver these to you throughout 2023, along with – for those who wish – a loot box of cool items related to any of my already established worlds or concepts,” he said. written on Kickstarter. “So please join us for a Sanderson Year and find out for yourself the secret I’ve been keeping for the past few years.”