Nov 4 2011 6:00pm

Become a Named Character in A Memory of Light

The Robert Jordan estate, Brandon Sanderson, and JordanCon, Inc. are pleased to announce a joint effort to raise money for two incredible not-for-profit organizations and offer fans the chance to become a named character in the final installment of A Memory of Light. Fans will have two opportunities to participate in this fundraising effort.

The first option will be a highest-bidder auction through eBay. The highest bidder in this auction will be memorialized as a character (physical description, name within guidelines) in the final installment of The Wheel of Time. This auction will run from November 1 to November 10.

The second option is through a drawing. Fans who donate $10 will have their names entered into a drawing to be included in the final installment of A Memory of Light. The final number of names drawn is determined by Brandon Sanderson as dictated by the needs of the story. Donating is not a guarantee that you will be included.

The Mayo Clinic, a non-profit organization and premier medical research center; as well as JordanCon, a literary convention and non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, are both set to benefit from this fundraiser.



JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. Jordan was the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time series. JordanCon features four tracks of simultaneous programming, a Dealers Hall, and charity events benefiting the Mayo Clinic. Past guests have included Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson, David Wong, Jana G. Oliver, David B. Coe, and Eugie Foster.

New to JordanCon this year will be the Art Show featuring art from a variety of fantasy and sci fi artists. Guests this year will include author Mary Robinette Kowal, artist Sam Weber, and Toastmaster Melissa Craib Dombrowski.

Please note that JordanCon, Inc. has applied for tax-exempt status as a 501©3 corporation. While they are awaiting the final verdict from the IRS, they are allowed to begin soliciting donations. Their tax-exempt status will be retroactively applied to the day of the filing.



For more than 100 years, Mayo Clinic has inspired hope and contributed to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education, and research. Today, your generosity is at the heart of sustaining Mayo’s mission.

As a not-for-profit organization, Mayo Clinic reinvests all earnings into improving patient care. Yet philanthropy provides essential support as we develop better methods to understand, predict, prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, and train the next generation of physicians and scientists. Mayo Clinic has more than 3,300 physicians, scientists, and researchers from every medical specialty. They work together with 46,000 allied health employees to care for more than half a million patients each year, from every U.S. state and many countries.

In 2006, Robert Jordan was diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, which is a rare blood disease where abnormal proteins form in the bone marrow and become deposited in the patient’s heart. During his illness, Robert Jordan received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and encouraged his fans to donate in support of the clinic. JordanCon is proud to continue to honor that request each year through various charitable fundraisers at the convention.


Q & A

If I donate, what happens to the money?

All funds received will go directly to JordanCon with 10% of the proceeds going to the Mayo Clinic.

May I participate in both?

Yes, you may participate in both the General Auction and the Drawing. Please note you cannot win more than one character named for you.

Please follow these instructions! In the notes section, include your full name and email address.

What are the rules for naming characters?

You may use your name or an appropriate name of your choice, but the author reserves the right to approve it or change it to fit the type of character created. A physical description of yourself may be used.

How long is the Fundraiser and when will winners be announced?

The drawing will run from October 1 to December 1, 2011, and winners will be announced at The auction will begin on November 1 and end on November 10. We will announce the winner of the auction and the first name drawn by Brandon Sanderson. All future names drawn will be announced via Brandon’s website.

Can I be entered multiple times in the General Drawing by giving several donations?

Yes! For every $10 you donate, you name will be entered into the drawing. If you donate $100, your name will be entered 10 times. However, your name can only appear once in the story.

I am trying to donate to the General Auction or enter the Drawing, but have difficulties. Who do I contact?

You must contact eBay for issues regarding payments. They are our vendor handling all the transactions. If you are having an issue with the drawing, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

May I pay by check or cash?

At this time we are only able to accept credit card, debit, or PayPal as methods of donation.

Who is eligible to win?

All fans are eligible to win with the exception of members of JordanCon, Incorporated’s board of directors and their immediate families.

I have questions about my privacy.

All donors give consent to have their names published publicly. This is done to ensure fairness and so you may see that your name did go through before we randomly draw the winners for the Drawing. All winners, including the General Auction winner, further agree to allow us to use their names to announce them as the donors selected to be used in A Memory of Light, including use of their names in any publicity associated with The Wheel of Time in this regard.

Private information such as contact emails and phone numbers will be given to Brandon Sanderson in case he chooses to use additional names at a later time. All other copies will be destroyed.

What if I have more questions?

Please send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a subject heading indicating your question.

Mr. Howell
2. Mr. Howell
I already have Howal Gode; his name is pretty close.

Too bad Howal is one of the creepiest of the early bad guys.
Mr. Howell
3. Dick van Dyke
But what if you've got a name that parses to something like "Phallus of Lesbian"? Is that going to be acceptable in these times? Politically correct, even?
Ian Johnson
4. IanPJohnson
@3: I'm sure very few people will have that problem– you notwithstanding.
Mr. Howell
5. andrew hamm
Hi! I wa just wondering, is there a set date for the release of the fourteenth book? I have been doing my homework and am coming up short. Can't find it anywhere. My wife picks on me cause I am going through the series withdrawl. : ) Please and Thank you for your time.
Justin Epstein
6. RedFlag
Nope, the release date hasn't been set yet. Unofficially Brandon Sanderson has said to expect it during the second half of 2012:!/BrandSanderson/status/123883961725362176
Mr. Howell
7. Elayne Glantzberg
Already scored, thanks for playing. Just don't kill me, m'kay?
Mr. Howell
8. Dick van Dyke
@4, thanks Ian. I suppose I could do like Horselover Fat - I mean Phillip K. Dick - did, and choose some language other than that of American Popular Gutter ...

I do wonder how one of Arthur C. Clarke's fans got on after he offered the use of his name in one of ACC's stories, and got told that his name was the name of the guy smuggling narcotic baby-food between Mars and the Moon.
Mr. Howell
9. kluelos
Too bad Jordancon never heard of "Same as billing address". Exciting new concept, keeps users from having to enter everything twice.
Mr. Howell
10. rvizr5
So now you are doing this, this will cause further delays on the release date? I was checking out your site to find out when the release date was since I went to the local book store and was told that there was a delay on the Nov 11th release date that was given earlier this year. I found that there was a mention for early in March of 2012 and now I see that there was a new release date mentioned for Nov 2012?? This seems ridicules. I have been a loyal reader since the release of book 3 the Dragon Reborn. Every year since I have patiently waited and waited for the end of this series. It’s a great collection, however at this point it’s more of a passing fad. I believe that Robert Jordan would have liked his work to last for decades to come and it has become more for the mass production for a quick buck unlike Tolkien. Whenever you decide to release the book let me know so I can glance at it. I will more than likely only read it once at this point.

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