Steven Erikson sold six new Malazan Book of the Fallen novels (the Kharkanas and Toklakai trologies) plus novella
collections The Tales of Bauchelain & Korbal Broach volumes 1-3 to Eric Raab at Tor…
The original plan was for 10 novels (with #8 recently published). Which was ambitious enough! I suppose the story of the Malazan Empire et cetera “just grew”.