FAQ: “If I Mail You My Book, Will You Sign it?”

Editor’s note: Pat is taking a break from this right now until he can find a better way to do it . Keep an eye out for more details…

People have been asking me this question more and more often lately, and strangely enough, the question has been getting more and more difficult to answer.

First, I should explain something. While I’ve been a writer for a long time. I’ve been a *PUBLISHED* writer for a very short time. As of right now, my novel has only been out for a little more than four months.

This means that I’m still a total geek about most things. I still get a glowy, warm feeling whenever someone likes the book enough to post up another five star review on Amazon. I keep looking back at the Amazon page to see my sales rank is. And when someone tells me they like the book, I feel like a mom must feel when someone compliments her baby.

I still read all my fanmail, and I respond to all of it, too. (Though right now I’m really behind, and I apologize to everyone who hasn’t received a response yet. Sorry.)

The other thing I did for a couple of months, was agree to sign any books that people wanted to send me. It was just cool for me that anyone would buy my book, let alone care enough to want my signature. So whenever asked me this question, I gave them my address. Then when the books showed up, I signed them and sent them back.

After a few months, a couple things started to change my feelings on the matter.

First, the number of people asking for me to sign their books has been slowly increasing. This is a problem because it probably takes me around half an hour to unwrap, sign, repackage and drop the book off at the post office. While I love the thought of making a fan happy, that’s time I could be spending working on book two, or doing the dishes, or kissing girls. There’s only so many hours in the day, and I’ve been very, VERY busy lately.

Second, I became aware that some of the people who wanted me to sign their books weren’t fans, but book collectors. Or rather, signed book re-sellers. Imagine my surprise when I found copies of my book out there selling for hundreds of dollars.

At first I was stunned. Then I was flattered. Then I started to realize that I might be getting hustled a little. I don’t mind taking twenty minutes out of my day to get someone a signed copy of my book if they’re geeking out over it. I’m less thrilled about spending that time so that someone else can make 100 bucks off the deal.

Now I’m not implying that all those people out there selling my books screwed me. Many of them approached me honestly and asked for signed copies specifically to sell. Some of them were even generous enough to cut me in on a piece of the action.

But a few people did hustle me. That and my busy schedule made me think I should give a firm, polite “NO” to this question once and for all. I even made a humorous flow chart to soften the blow of this news to hopeful folks out there:

(If you click on the picture, you’ll be able to read it.)

As you can see, the best possible result is that I end up eating tacos. And honestly, I can do that whether or not you send me a book to sign.

This was all about a month ago. I was ready to pack it all in when I got the following e-mail.

 

Pat,

I managed to pick up an Advanced Copy of NOTW at a small used

bookstore. I felt a bit guilty about buying a book that clearly states “Not for Sale” on every surface of the binding… but I’ve purchased four legit copies so far (attempt at justification), and have distributed them to those I deem worthy (coupled with altruism)… And I know that you’re a bang up guy (flattery), and would likely not hold this against me.

So the favor is this: If I pack the book up in a self addressed, postage paid box and send it to you, would you be willing to sign it and drop it in the post?

I would make sure it was carefully packed in bags of high-quality Ethiopian coffee (I assume whole bean is acceptable), and safely wrapped with other “recyclable” material. Interested? ; )

Thanks, Pat — I know you’re a busy guy, so don’t feel obligated to reply if you don’t have the time. I completely understand-

This letter was not only flattering and funny, but the guy was smart enough to realize that I didn’t make any money off of him buying an ARC of the book. What’s more, he recognized that I was a busy guy, and that signing the book would take time out of my schedule. So he agreed to send me a present to make it up to me.

So I e-mailed him back with my address and gave him the thumbs up, then forgot about it. A week or so later, I get this in the mail:

In the middle is the ARC copy of the book. The rest of the stuff is the “packing material.” Chocolatey sugar-bomb cereal, coffee, candy, and a Powell’s Bookstore T-shirt. It was like Santa wanted my autograph.

Then, again, just a few days ago I got a bottle of wine in the mail as a thank you present from someone who asked me to sign a few books a month ago.

This made me re-re-consider my position on the book signing. Not just because I was getting swag. But because it made it clear to me that for some people, getting a signed book was a really big deal. I know that feeling. I’ve had it myself in the past.

So here’s what I’ve decided. If you want me to sign your book, I will. But here’s the price:

You need to send me something cool.

It doesn’t need to be expensive, or big, or edible, or rare. (The guy who sent me the ARC clearly went overboard.) It just needs to be something that I’ll pull out of the package and think, “Hey, that’s pretty cool.”

Then I’ll play with it, wear it, show it off, or put it on a shelf. And when I’m signing your book, packing it back up, and walking to the post office, I’ll feel happy. Because the coolness of your gift will convince me that getting a signed book is kind-of important to you. Then, even if you decide to sell the book on e-bay, I won’t really mind because you took the time to send me a present as a way to say thank you.

  • The step-by-step instructions.

1. Find something cool.

2. Write me a brief note that includes:

  • Your return address.
  • Your email address in case I have to contact you.
  • An explanation of exactly what you’d like written in the book(s). If you don’t include instructions, I’ll just do a simple signature and send it back.

3. Send a check for seven bucks per book to cover postage and the cost of good packing materials to keep the book safe when I send it back to you.

3a. DO NOT send anything other than a check or money order. (or cash, if you really need to.) Don’t try to be helpful and send a pre-paid Fed-ex sticker or a postal coupon. Those things are a huge pain in the ass for us to deal with. They’re anti-helpful. They waste my time and delay your book getting back to you in a timely fashion.

3b. If you want the book sent back to you faster. Make the check out for 15 bucks and we’ll ship it using priority mail.

3c. If you need the book shipped overseas, read the instructions in Warnings and Addendums below.

4. Package everything carefully. (Details in Warnings and Addendums below.)

5. Mail the package to me at:

Patrick Rothfuss
PO Box 186
Stevens Point, WI 54481

For UPS or FED-EX, you’ll have to use this address:

Patrick Rothfuss
English Department
486 CCC
UW-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
 
 
  • What if I don’t want to go through all that? Can I just buy a signed book directly from you?

Sure. I do sell signed hardcover copies of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. All proceeds go to Worldbuilders, the charity I started a couple years ago.

This option is simpler. You can just go visit our online store. Or follow steps 2, 3 and 5 up above.

Warnings and Addendums

  • Packaging.

You really need to package your stuff up carefully.

Padding is important, but the true key is to making sure your book can’t move around inside the package itself.

I also strongly recommend you take the book jacket off the book and keep it at your house, as it’s the most easily damaged part of the book.

If you have any doubts about your packing job, think to yourself: “If I threw this package across the room, into the wall, would the book get hurt?” If the answer is, “yes” then you need to pack it more carefully. These things get really knocked around sometimes. And if your book shows up damaged, I’ll have no real choice but to shed a single tear, sign it, and send it back in its crippled state….

  • Timing.

I try to get books signed and mailed back to people as soon as possible. But sometimes I’m busy. Or I’m on vacation. Or whatever.

This means if you desperately need a book for some special event, you need to send it to me a couple weeks in advance. Ideally, you should send it to me a month in advance, just to be safe.

  • Overseas shipping.

If the book needs to be shipped overseas, it will cost me 40 dollars to get it back to you.  55 dollars if you send both Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear.

Here’s the trick, you need to make the check or money order out in US Dollars or my bank won’t cash it.

  • What not to ship.

While I appreciate all gifts people send me. Some things simply don’t travel very well.

Homemade cookies, for example, don’t survive a long journey and two days in a PO box very well. Liquids are also dangerous. If they’re not packaged carefully, things can break and ruin your book.

My advice is simple. Think twice and package carefully.

There we go. All updated and shiny new as of July 2010. Hope this is helpful.

pat

This entry was posted in fan coolness, Fanmail Q + A, FAQ, geeking out, Worldbuilders 2010By Pat107 Responses

104 Comments

  1. Sucky Writer.
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 8:46 AM | Permalink

    I have a two headed pig fetus preserved in formaldehyde.Would that be worth a signed copy, or just be considered vaguely threatening?SW

  2. Hob Gammidge
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

    Pat, you’re the most awesome guy on the planet for this. You really are, I don’t know of any other authors who are willing to have books mailed to their home so that they can sign them for a fan. Most of ‘em just laugh as you die of scurvy

  3. TK42ONE
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 2:37 PM | Permalink

    Despite there being a hint of extortion, I love this idea. I’ve used e-signings many times and it feels so informal. But by sending you something “special” I feel like I have a connection. Before your edict, I had thought about sending you my book, but never felt motivated.Now I want you to sign my book. Hmmmm, what to send, what to send……

  4. mmmmmpig
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 6:12 PM | Permalink

    I soooo need to write a massively popular novel so I can recieve random swag from fans merely for a signature. This is just plain awesome. I will seriously have to start thinking out wha I got that I could barter for a signature in my book.

  5. Haplo Peart
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 6:14 PM | Permalink

    Its good to hear that your still willing to sign, and I might just have to come up with a cool bribe for the pleasure. I have a special spot for cool things myself, so maybe I’ll hit the sweet spot.I also just wanted you to know that I have begun my campaign of conversion from that “other wizard” of my sister. She was raving about that other book on the phone last week, so I jumped on Amazon and Name of the Wind arrived in her hands last Thursday. Lets hope for a successful brain washing!

  6. Tycho
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 6:17 PM | Permalink

    Seeing those books selling for 85 bucks or whatever makes me slightly more annoyed that my brother got chocolate all over my own copy. As if despoiling my book wasn’t enough, now I can’t get it signed and use it as my entire retirement plan.

  7. Dan
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 6:28 PM | Permalink

    Pat,It appears that you received not just any whole bean coffee, but rather two bags of Portland, OR’s own Stumptown. God luck ever drinking anything else from now on. Muhahaha.

  8. Pat
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 6:51 PM | Permalink

    It is pretty awesome coffee….

  9. Chad V.
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 8:53 PM | Permalink

    I’ll send you a can of “Frobozz Magic Grue Repellent” if you’ll sign my copy.

  10. Pat
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 8:58 PM | Permalink

    Oh man. I’d love some grue repellant…. then I could finally get through those caves after I swim across the lake….

  11. Mary J.
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 8:59 PM | Permalink

    Love the flowchart- it’s a fascinating glimpse into your daily processes. ;-D You realize that some joker is probably going to send you a bushel of lemons now to ward off your impending scurvy.

  12. Josie
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 10:16 PM | Permalink

    Hmmm. The question for me is not, “What is cool enough to send him?” But rather, “Would I rather send my book through a questionable postage service with a gift that Pat may or may not like, only to have my (hopefully) signed book sent back through said questionable postage service and possibly be ruined? Or should I wait for a possible visit to the South and get to meet him in person, no questionable postage included?”Of course, this is in a perfect world where I can go to any signing you have that’s close to my home, and that I manage to make some type of impression other than being another person in a long line. And then there’s always the chance that you’ll like whatever my convoulted brain thinks to give you, and then you’ll have whatever it is sitting in your house, which is pretty cool. I don’t know. I need to think about this. I just realized how rambly I am. I really need to fix that. But maybe I’m just in a rambly mood… Alright. I need to stop, before I go off on something else. I hope you get some good swag!

  13. chris
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 10:23 PM | Permalink

    do you still accept rupees, or did coco pebbles up the ante?

  14. Luke
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 10:48 PM | Permalink

    Watch out for spy cameras. Because if I was a bastard with devious plans (which I’m not for the record) than I would implant a spy cam in my insanely cool swag and gradually steal book 2! Or at least read it before anyone else. In fact I could probably make some money with http://www.houseo‘rothfuss.com. Wait did I say I, I meant they. Anyway, be careful.

  15. chris
    Posted August 13, 2007 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

    now you have to send all your swag to me…just to safe.

  16. Robert
    Posted August 14, 2007 at 4:10 AM | Permalink

    Hehe.. When you described “something cool,” it brought to mind the gifts that Kvothe and Auri would give eachother.

  17. Pat
    Posted August 14, 2007 at 4:21 AM | Permalink

    Yes. That’s it exactly. If Auri would give it to Kvothe. It’s cool.

  18. Anonymous
    Posted August 14, 2007 at 6:13 AM | Permalink

    Sure, it’s fine now, but I bet in a year or two you’ll have to stop. It’s only going to get more frequent from here on in…

  19. Thad A
    Posted August 14, 2007 at 6:46 AM | Permalink

    Hehe, Pat, do you own or have a friend that will loan you a Pickup truck? Every scheduled book store signing you do now, you’re going to need one, to haul home the Cocoa Puffs, Fuzzy Stuffed Grue’s, doily’s ” My Mom made just for you!!”, and everything else you’re going to be getting. Hope the new place has lots of storage space!

  20. Mr Pudifoot
    Posted August 14, 2007 at 3:52 PM | Permalink

    If signed copies of your book are selling for such great prices, then why not sell a few books yourself?

  21. Shawn C. Speakman
    Posted August 17, 2007 at 6:02 AM | Permalink

    You know what’s great? I haven’t seen a copy of NotW come up online signed by you AND signed by the map artist. I guess there are probably only 60 or so out there, right?Hope you are well, Patrick! Have fun at the convention! Just sent my heavily revised book back to Matt. I managed to knock off 7% while increasing the dialogue. Thank you again for the writing lessons in red ink.

  22. Jamie
    Posted August 19, 2007 at 11:28 PM | Permalink

    I am *so* doing this! Need to finish reading my copy first, though.

  23. Jenn in GA
    Posted August 21, 2007 at 2:13 PM | Permalink

    Just read about your new book on Amazon. I have a 13 year old who has read LOTR at least 3 times. Is your series young adult friendly? Anything you can tell me about the struggle between good and evil in your trilogy and the moral content? My son trusts me when I recommend books to him, and I need to know more before I recommend yours.

  24. Anonymous
    Posted September 20, 2007 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

    Oh that I could read for a living. You and your ilk would keep me in easy mac and ramen noodles and I would be content to escape reality into other worlds while the rest of the world passed me by. Alas, there are bills piling up in the post box, and the demons of debt are but a paycheck away, awaiting the moment that I choose to toss reason to the wind, tell the real world to sod off, and refuse to put your book down until the final page has turned beneath my swiss roll covered fingers.

  25. Brian Igelchen
    Posted October 5, 2007 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

    Aren’t you afraid that fantasy authors that have had worse critics than you will conspire against you, send you the book for you to autograph, with a poisoned cup-cake?!You gotta be careful Mr.Rothfuss, or you’ll get yourself killed! :P

  26. Pat
    Posted October 5, 2007 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

    Ah man. Yet another reason to be worried…

  27. Anonymous
    Posted October 10, 2007 at 10:24 PM | Permalink

    It is wonderful that you are willing to sign your book for everyone. Not to mention you get free presents!

  28. Brian Igelchen
    Posted October 29, 2007 at 4:18 PM | Permalink

    We’ll send you a lot of neat stuff instead of food then. And if you’re sent food you can conduct some sort of chemical experiment on it to detect any poisons. Or, you could just eat it, and have a nahlroot available (just in case)Sorry Pat, didn’t mean to make you worry. You’ll just have to take careful nibbles of the food people send.Meanwhile I’ll think of something awesome to send you for when I need my book signed.

  29. Something timeless..
    Posted December 4, 2007 at 7:48 AM | Permalink

    I wasn’t going to send you a book to sign, but now I really just want to send you something, the book is just a bonus.You need to post what kind of things you like, or would like. That way at least you won’t get a “empty bottle with a wish in it”, or a “box with the wind from the ocean”,(something Auri would give Kvothe) or something crazy like that. Put in the blog and I’ll send you something awsome that YOU want.

  30. Joe F
    Posted January 7, 2008 at 4:20 AM | Permalink

    Even though I haven’t quite finished NOTW yet (Page 600) I have to admit that this is one of the best books I have ever read if not <>the<> best.I’m planning on sending it to you and having it signed as long as you’re still cool with that. I just have to think of something to send you with it. :-)Expect to hear from me soon in the form of a package with a book in it. :-)Oh, and that flow chart was amazing.-Joe

  31. Sam M
    Posted January 22, 2008 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

    This book is one of the best books I have ever read.Kvothe’s ‘voice’ is a lot like the narrator’s voice in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.You are the best new author whose book I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.I didn’t especially want it signed but now that I know the rules I find myself wondering what to send to you.If I ever figure it out, I’ll send my book to you.Also, when is the next book due out? I have a craving for more of Kvothe’s tale.

  32. Anonymous
    Posted March 16, 2008 at 3:48 PM | Permalink

    very nice flow chart. can you say me what software did you use to create it?

  33. Pat
    Posted March 16, 2008 at 4:08 PM | Permalink

    I found a demo piece of software on the net. I think it was called Smart Draw.

  34. Anonymous
    Posted March 16, 2008 at 4:25 PM | Permalink

    Thank you. I try to use the soft the way you have made it on about a books. I use Ubuntu Linux, so I was not sure, wich soft it can be. Google did not help me in that, your chart was esteticaly the best in what I saw I mean.

  35. JA Otis
    Posted May 1, 2008 at 1:30 AM | Permalink

    Hello Pat, I have a small situation. I started reading your blog yesterday, beginning with this post. Today, I immediatley mailed my copy of The Name Of The Wind to the University address. Tonight, I finished reading the blog–yes the entire blog, and I read you are not teaching this semester. Does that mean my book will sit in a pile of undeliverable mail for months and months until someone throws it away? I can’t bear to live with the thought. (Also, there are Hostess mini-chocolate donuts in there–that could be bad.)

  36. Pat
    Posted May 1, 2008 at 2:09 AM | Permalink

    Don’t worry, the university address is still good.

  37. garrett
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 2:13 AM | Permalink

    Pat, in trying not to sound like a suck up, i just have to tell you that this is by far one of the best books i have ever read, and you now hold the rather worthless title of my favorite author. Noone has posted for about a month, so i feel like i should ask and check if you are still signing books that are mailed in? If so, how do you feel about country music as that “someting cool”? Sorry for the probably too long post, and i hope to get a response soon. Thanks

  38. waterwizard2005
    Posted August 15, 2008 at 5:32 PM | Permalink

    I read about 300 pages of your book so far this morning. I should have been sleeping some before work tonight. Still, I am happy. I can tell already this book will go on my favorite things shelf when I get done reading it (after my wife reads it too) where I will admire it and feel good about what I have found to enjoy so far. I bought it because people on Amazon said it was good and because I like fantasy books. I can’t think of any books I have read or movies I have watched that I like better.

  39. sexyone
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 9:02 PM | Permalink

    Pat, you are a star. I am a baker by trade and I make the best Jamaican Rum cake in the world!!I would love to send you one, decorated just like the cover. Alas I am in the UK and don’t think it would get past customs!Do you have any plans in visiting our shores? Come on, spread the love with an international book tour!I can’t wait for book two!

  40. Mee
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 6:02 AM | Permalink

    The Name of the Wind is by far one of my favorites. I can’t believe I live only two hours from Stevens-Point. I live in Eau Claire. It is amazing to know that you live in Wisconsin. You were here in Eau Claire, but I missed it. Thinking of coming back soon? Now, let me think, cool things to get you…I would have to come back to that. Awesome book, did I mentioned that? I can’t wait for Book 2. Any inkling of when it will be out?

  41. april martin
    Posted January 2, 2009 at 1:15 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,I know your busy and all with your really cool life and all. I sent my book in to be signed…I sent some swag as well, I hope you do not thing that it is to terribly stupid. I worried myself sick over picking the “right thing” I thought you would like. Anyway I was curious as to how often you get down to the university to pick up the books. I am dying with excitement here and I was just curious on what the normal turn around time is to wait….anxiously waiting,April..By the way I would be a major dick if I did not say I LOVED the book…seriously you are a god.

  42. LynnetteCarter
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 2:32 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,I read 2 to 3 books each week. I read many authors of every genre and I have never written a letter to any of them. In fact, I have never read anyone’s entire blog before, much less posted a comment. (You may get two postings from me just because I don’t know what I am doing.) I realize that you do not need further validation; nevertheless, I am compelled to give it. You have a remarkable gift. My husband gave your book to me and I read it that day. I honestly felt like banging my head on the wall when I learned that I won’t know the rest of the story for quite some time. Your book is fantastic. I sincerely hope that you pen many, many more.

  43. Anonymous
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 8:59 PM | Permalink

    I read through your message, but I am from London, England. So if i were to send you the book, money enough to cover all expenses, a little gift from good old london and the wrapping would you still be able to send it back to London?Keep up the good work! I’ve just finished The Name of the Wind, stayed up all night reading it-I just was unable to put it down!- and found myself falling asleep at college because of this:P I’m sure the sequel will be just as good, most probably even better! Alexa xox

  44. nezumirome
    Posted April 8, 2009 at 7:08 PM | Permalink

    I think it’s really nice how you’re kind enough to sign books for your fans ^^I’ll definitely send mine for signing, plus a few extras ^^ once i figure out how to go about it cause i’m from Malaysia, which is really far. T.T

  45. Lillith
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

    Pat, I could start this ranting about how I’ve never read a better book, or how you are the best author ever… But, I’d rather just say thanks for being not only the best, but probably the most laid back, I don’t think there’s anyone out there as awesome as you are…

    I’m trying to think of something to send you, I have a pretty good idea, soooo you should be getting a box with a book and ‘something cool’ from me shortly…

    I hope the second book is coming along, I can’t wait, until then I’ll read this one over and over… Or, I could read my 10 other books that I haven’t gotten around to… No, I think I’ll read yours again…

    -Lillith

  46. Jamie
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 4:06 AM | Permalink

    Pat,

    I think it is really cool of you to do this….are you still?

    My husband and I were both pleasantly surprised by your book -it has been a while since we’ve read something that good.
    We hate that we missed your trip to LA as we would’ve loved to have met you and had you sign my copy (Yes mine. I bought it and let him borrow it. ha ha). Maybe you’ll come out after book two?

    BTW – if anyone gives you a tough time about book two taking too long to write/publish, tell them you can’t rush genius. Loved book one and am looking forward to book two. I am sure it will be worth the wait.

    You rock.

  47. Irishblue
    Posted May 19, 2009 at 6:48 AM | Permalink

    When I was a kid I had the chance to meet one of my all time favorite authors, Stephen King. I couldn’t talk to him because I was always pretty shy around strangers. (I had also heard that he could be sort of mean to people asking for his autograph.) When I read your book for the first time it quickly replaced my favorite book of all time. You are, without a doubt, my favorite author. I am planning on buying a new copy of the book and mailing it to you for an autograph. I was wondering if as reimbursement you would like either one of my two signed Stephen King books, or one of my five signed Terry Goodkind books? For Stephen King I have Carrie, signed to my grandmother, and The Talisman, signed to my mother. For Terry Goodkind I can’t really remember which ones I have signed (they are still packed away from the last time that I moved.) If this is an acceptable deal please let me know. Thank you so much for your time.

  48. Fundin
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 1:35 AM | Permalink

    So nice to have ‘one of us’ becoming an fantasy author. I just hate it when fantasy authors say that they never read fantasy themselves. You started as a fan of the genre it seems and understand our concerns. (My autographed one volume copy of the Inkal by Moebius is what i would grab in case of a fire, or maybe also the LOTR printed on indiapaper)

    I live in Norway. We have an author there that wrote part one of a series of books. (Erik Fosnes Hansen ‘Beretninger om beskyttelse 1 – Natten’ (Tales of Protection 1 – The Nigth)not a fantasy book)The book was wildly popular. He won awards. Everyone liked it. He took his time writing the next volume. People became impatient. All they wanted to know was when the next book would come out. The wanted the book NOW. This started to irk him somwhat, but when he voiced that opinion, they answered: ”So when IS the next part of the series coming?” So in the end he lost interest in continuing with the book and have shelved it for now. That was 11 years ago. Some people like me, being eternal optimists, think there vill be a volume 2 someday. But if not we understand. (He has written other good books since)

    Now if people get too insistent on having you next book rigth NOW you migth say your feeling a bit norwegian at the moment. Migth just scare them to shut up!

    I love the first book. If that is the only book you ever write, I would still be grateful for the part it played in making my life experience better. When or if (I hope, I hope, I hope for When) the next book comes along, it may further brigthen my life as an added extra.

    If the prosess of signing books the way you are doing it now breaks down, you migth consider signing book-plates. A small card or paper slip with some illustration and place for your signature, to be carefully placed inside the book by the reader. Removes the whole ‘EEEk the postal service accidentally smashed my precious signed book into a big vat of guacamole’-type scenarios.

    Heartfelt best wishes from norway, or as we generally put it in norwegian, not beeing the most verbose of people, and using to many run on sentences as a rule:

    ‘Hilsen’

    Reidar

  49. Kyle Surgey
    Posted June 14, 2009 at 5:11 PM | Permalink

    My girlfriend bought me NOTW as a gift a few months back and I am now on my 4th time through reading it. I read it in between reading other books (the Dragonriders of Pern books are my favourite, Just FYI) so i don’t get bored of either. Name of the Wind is fastly becoming one of my favourite books of all time and each time i read it, it catches me as if it was the first time. I can’t wait until book two, I just hope it is as Un-put-downable (Love that word =D) as the first. I am going to go ahead and find something outrageously cool to send as a bribe for signing.

    Thank you for many hours of joyful reading.

    Kyle

    Cornwall, UK.

  50. louisefiresnake
    Posted June 25, 2009 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

    Hi. My fiancee and I fought over who would get to read your book at night. Actually, when he brought it home (when it first came out) & showed it to me he had thought he had purchased it for himself. I just smiled up at him after he handed it to me and said “Thank you, Sweetheart!” So, now it is mine. :-) Seriously, we loved it. As another reader said, even if you didn’t publish another book – it would still be one of our favorites.
    My fiancee was a Lit major, and he summed it up well when he said your book isn’t like other fantasy books. It has a poetry that even the greatest fantasy novels lack. When you read it the enjoyment isn’t purely from finding out what happens, it is also from the words & phrases themselves.
    OK, so now down to the questions…
    Are you still signing copies in exchange for something cool/tasty?
    My fiancee got an e-notice with a release date, but I don’t see any on your site – should I get my hopes up?
    When will you be near Princeton/NYC/Philly for signing?
    Also, please try not to let any of the “Negative Nancy”s get you down. The people who really appreciate your work now, not counting the millions of future generations of fans to come, we understand that it takes time. Although I admit to a certain amount of jealousy felt towards those future fans who won’t have to wait. Just like me when I read all of books in LOTR & The Hobbit in a row, without stopping for anything, except when I passed out – my mom still thinks I’d have starved if she hadn’t kept putting sliced cucumbers & crackers next to me. Oh, for the days when I didn’t have to put a book down to go to work & food magically appeared…. ;-)

  51. Sarfisushi
    Posted June 26, 2009 at 3:25 AM | Permalink

    So I realize that this is several years after the original post date, but I was wondering if you would still be interested in signing my copy. I first read your book during a three day drive to Nova Scotia, and at the time I was reading a library copy. I eventually picked up a copy of my own, and read or refer back to it weekly. I love your grasp of language, both written and spoken, and simply the way you write. As I’m a sixteen year old girl I don’t really think I have anything worth a signed copy, but I hope maybe my love for the book would be enough. So I would greatly appriciate it if you would agree to sign my personal copy. Plus I’d probably dance around with the book over my head on the first day back to school, lording it over everyone. [: And Even if you’re not still signing books, I think it’s pretty great that you used to. So thanks. [:

  52. Anonymous
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 6:30 PM | Permalink

    I am also interested in whether the book signing rules still apply? I’m not sure how I missed your book but have just recently read it. I got it from the library and as soon as I finished I went out and bought a copy of my own. I would love to have it signed, assuming I could think up an appropriate gift to send with it.

  53. Ulf Kalla
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 8:05 AM | Permalink

    Wow, I can’t understand how I could have missed this book for that long. Maybe it showed up late on the shelves here in Sweden? I recently bought it in a pocket shop on Arlanda airport and got caught directly. Got a little disapointed realising the next book takes some times, but I can wait, and I perfecly understand you wanting more of this strange thing called time. I whish there where more of this for you. I love your way of blogging and being in contact with your fans, although, it also steals time. Again this valuble thing worth stealing. Therefore I am sorry to take away some of this from you, and maybe I’ll try to steal some more by sending my book for a signature, if you are still doing this, but I’ll promise to send you, hopefully something cool, from Sweden. Whatever that might be. Be well and I hope that I didn’t steal too much from you. Best regards, Ulf Kalla

  54. Kris
    Posted July 29, 2009 at 7:01 PM | Permalink

    Are you still signing books? My uncle sent me your book as a birthday gift and I’d really like to give him a signed copy.

  55. Paul
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 3:04 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    First post on your Blog. I’m a HUGE fan of your first book mate ( I know, i know, blah blah, ditto ditto, you’ve heard it a million times by now) But anyhow… i have literally read your book front to back 4 times in row… I have totally geeked out over it. Not to mention the 7 other times i’ve read the book. (Ooops.. i guess i did mention it) I’m facing a dilema… Do I purchase a brand new copy to send to you (along with an especially creative personal gift) or send you my worn, torn, beat up and abused copy that holds a special place in my heart? I will ponder this dilema while I package your gift. Again, thanks for the great book and I look forward to the sequel!

  56. Anonymous
    Posted September 17, 2009 at 7:23 AM | Permalink

    Hello, sorry for my english. I want to thank you for wrote so amazing book i love it and I hope you can answer a question if you have time of course (your comics said a lot an image is better than 1000 words) :) so I think a name is important and all your characters are complex but all my curiosity is focus on Elodin, well all your characters but his name wake up my curiosity a lot could you tell me what mean or the oring languaje for the names. Thanks a lot. More luck and success in your life are my best desire.
    Ferny.

  57. Anonymous
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 5:51 PM | Permalink

    So, I am a new reader on your blog, but purchased the book in the first couple of weeks after it came out. Then rabidly haunted my local bookstores for the release date of the next one. Then cried yesterday when I went to my local bookstore for the third time to pre-order a copy of the next book and was told yet another new release date. First it was April 09, then it was Oct. 09. I think in a dramatic response to my repeated sad puppy dog eyes the date the book seller gave me yesterday was 2025. New authors are the current bane of my existence. The only thing worse is old authors. Side note: Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimers. ::Cries:: So, as a George R. R. Martin reader and a Katharine Kurtz reader and a Charles De Lint reader I am used to really long waits between books. It’s just if this one doesn’t hit shelves in the next two years my faith will shrivel up and die and I will cease looking because I know that you will die in a horrible accident just so the universe can laugh at my dismay at never being able to finish reading this wonderful series. ::Pauses for breath after ridiculous runon:: I hope not though since it would ruin my day. I demonstrably can wait for the next book since my options on the matter are limited, but like most Americans trained to expect instant gratification, I don’t wanna. In lieu of having the new book in hand I guess I will make due with sending in the first one for a signature, possibly with some really awesome snacks you can only get in my neck of the woods… Do you like crabs???

  58. Luly
    Posted October 20, 2009 at 10:43 PM | Permalink

    Pat,
    Your book just came out here in Mexico!!
    I’ll be thrilled if you could sign it.
    Interested in something special from Mexico???

  59. egypshun
    Posted November 3, 2009 at 2:38 AM | Permalink

    haha too funny that I wanted my book signed, but not enough to go through the hassle of sending it, but now I want to send you some wacky gift enough to send it. I guarantee you’ll like the wackiness tho.

  60. Mira-Rose
    Posted November 11, 2009 at 12:58 AM | Permalink

    That is most definitely awesome, Pat. I hope that if I ever get something published, I’ll have flowcharts and gift exchanges. :)

    Now, what to send? I want to make something super-amazing now.

  61. Kim
    Posted November 24, 2009 at 3:06 AM | Permalink

    I have a conundrum for you. A riddle, if you will.

    I would like to send you two books that I hope you will bless with the honor of your glorious signature, which shines with a holy light. (Yes, I’m exaggerating. But not by much.)

    I’ve seen this question (or variations of it) asked in the comments on this post, but if there was an answer anywhere, I missed it. And the particular troubling question would be: What have you already received?

    I’ll reword: Is there anything that you really feel you already have far too many/too much of? Overwhelmed by baby paraphernalia, perhaps? So many pictures of Joss Whedon that you’ve managed to wallpaper your house? More life-size cardboard cut-outs of Felicia Day–in her skimpy “Do You Wanna Date My Avatar” outfit–than you know what to do with?

    See, the main point behind this very very long comment is to avoid the following scenario: I, with great love and care and some trepidation, carefully make something for you that I think you’ll like, wrap it so it could survive a nuclear holocaust, and send it to you, only to have you receive it, open it, sigh, and toss it on the towering heap behind you as you mutter, “Not another one.”

    (It keeps me up at night, imagining this. In particularly bad versions, Sarah sighs in disappointment. Even Oot seems to fix me with ensaddened baby eyes.)

    So now you understand the exact problem (and probably more of my pathology than you ever cared to know). If you could please let me know if there’s anything in particular you want/need/don’t want/don’t need, so I can avoid such things, that would be wonderful. Of course, if you write back and say that you don’t want to give me any parameters and that you just want to see what I come up with, well then, can’t say I didn’t warn you.

    If it turns out you already answered this question, then I apologize, and I hope the long comment amused you anyway.

    Thanks for being so filled with win :D

  62. Pat
    Posted November 24, 2009 at 3:29 AM | Permalink

    I can’t think of anything I have too much of. But if you have a Felicia Day Cardboard Standup thing. I’d love one of those.

    Also, I’ll be selling signed books and posters over the blog in just a week or two. So if you wait a bit, you might want to take advantage of that, as it’s generally cheaper than paying shipping twice.

    pat

  63. Amandac
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

    Pat I took your book to the beach with me this week – I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t heard of you before two weeks ago but man you are a great author and I loved your book to bits – the family are cranky with me for spending so much time reading instead of swimming but I really found it hard to put down! I probably wont send you my copy to sigh coz the postage from Australia is a bit much but I really wanted to say that I loved your book and I can’t wait for book two now :)

  64. Diana Buhigas
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 2:21 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat!!

    I’m oh so excited! I just finished the book just now and I’m craving for more. But don’t worry, I won’t go all that demanding and such like grabbing you from the front of your shirt/t-shirt/hair-of-your-chest and shake you like a puppet with me eyes injected in blood and shouting at you mere inches of your face like a denner addict over the smallest coin.

    I had so much fun with the book, I shed tears and also laughed like a silly kid.
    I love how you describe the characters and how you slowly build them with care and affection and also sometimes with the cruelty of life.

    I have to say I got my hands on the book by mere chance. This last december, for my birthday, an aunt of mine bought me clothes…. the problem is that her taste is not exactly mine, nor the size of the clothes were (sadly, my waist is too small for the size of my butt and tiiiight trousers look as good on me as.. as… I don’t know, but the fact is that they don’t look good on me) so I went to the department store to get a check for the change.
    Then I went to the bookstore area of the store. I went directly to the fantasy and epic area where Discworld and Forgotten realms and such books dwell. There were few. And as I went back, a cover caught my eye.
    As an illustrator, I have a soft spot for drawn covers. And I liked the leaves and the enigmatic figure with the cloak…. but a red line caught my eye. Red hair… and that’s another soft spot of mine.
    I turned the book to see if the nice but misterious cover was up to the plot inside.
    And the words of Kvothe on the back of the book aflamed my heart.
    It was the only one of “The name of the wind” in the store. It was in good shape (because, you know, sometimes when there’s only one it ends quite messed up).

    I’ve read the book in less than a week. And I love it.
    I visited your whole website and read the blog and OH! I saw you accept we fans sending you the books with the absolutely logical payment for the return postage and what amazed me and the fact I most adored it, for a small… bribe.
    Buuuut….
    Here it comes my unsettlement.
    I’m not from the United States. I’m not even from that continent.
    I’m from Spain and I think the postage of the book back here would be much more than 7 bucks…
    And I know (or best said I assume) you obviously are not planning any trip to Spain to sign books nor anything like that.
    So…
    I’m already preparing my small bribe and I’m putting a lot of love into it.
    But I’d like to know how much I’d have to send as for the return.
    Or maybe you could post it so I have to pay for the return expenses when they bring back the package o my place…

    Agh!

    Well, after all this messy rant and awe, let me ask you to excuse my English if in any part is not accurate or the tenses are not quite correct or are written in an Spanish-like way.

    So… if you’re still up for those bribes, I’ll send you my beloved book.

    Yours,
    Diana.

  65. Pat
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

    Diana: I’ve been meaning to update this for Foreign readers. I’ll put this on my list of things to do. Keep an eye on the main blog for updates.

    pat

  66. heli
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM | Permalink

    hmm, ok. i love your book and i think that youre an amazing author (well i guess alot of people have already said that). ive read your book twice, lost it once while on holidy and bought it again simply to read it again, even though i had already finished it the first time. the name of the wind is now officially my favourite book of all time.
    however, even though i love this book so much, any burning exitement or impatience i felt towards the next book has left me after the second read. now this is not due to any loss of love for the book, more like i have grown to love the book even more, the first and last page both moved me to tears and because of this, i would prefer it if you spent more time on the next book to make it as good as humanely possible (hopefully even better than the name of the wind) even if it takes longer to finish. i really dont want to see this series turn out like the eragon series, great start but dies fast. take your time.
    also, i wanted to ask whether the “send in a book with stuff and ill sign it” offer is still open and if it is…
    …what kind of stuff would you like?
    …how much would the return fee to london be?
    keep up the good work! XD

  67. heli
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    hmm, ok. i love your book and i think that youre an amazing author (well i guess alot of people have already said that). ive read your book twice, lost it once while on holidy and bought it again simply to read it again, even though i had already finished it the first time. the name of the wind is now officially my favourite book of all time.
    however, even though i love this book so much, any burning exitement or impatience i felt towards the next book has left me after the second read. now this is not due to any loss of love for the book, more like i have grown to love the book even more, the first and last page both moved me to tears and because of this, i would prefer it if you spent more time on the next book to make it as good as humanely possible (hopefully even better than the name of the wind) even if it takes longer to finish. i really dont want to see this series turn out like the eragon series, great start but dies fast. take your time.
    also, i wanted to ask whether the “send in a book with stuff and ill sign it” offer is still open and if it is…
    …what kind of stuff would you like?
    …how much would the return fee to london be?
    keep up the good work! XD
    ps, sorry if this comment shows up more than once, my computer is acting up.

  68. Jarred
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 9:50 PM | Permalink

    Just wanted to say thanks for signing the book for my sister Sarah. She was sooooo excited when she opened the gift. Hope the things I sent were of some use to you and yours. Good luck on finishing Wise Man’s Fear, we are both looking forward to it!

  69. ajrisi
    Posted July 7, 2010 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

    I would love to send a book in to get signed – I just have one question: what size hoodie do you wear? My universities hoodie is pretty comfortable (read fuzzy, warm) – thought that might be worth a signature?

  70. Valdamy
    Posted July 22, 2010 at 5:49 AM | Permalink

    When i started to read the post I was like ” omg, I would never have his autograph”. Then kept reading and had a smile on my face. Your a very cool guy for doing this. To my big brother and I, having a book signed for you would be awsome! So wer discussing now what cool non-breakable-thing we can send you. Perhaps it will took us a little. Oh, and Sorry for my bad eng! im actually from mexico XD

  71. bookworm
    Posted July 25, 2010 at 10:30 PM | Permalink

    Hey, Pat!!
    I loved NOTW so much, that I read it in less than a day!
    But what I was really wondering was…
    Do you have any tips for aspiring authors? Because really, we need all the help we can get (no offense to others out there ^^).
    Thanks alot!!

    –Bookworm–

  72. FanOfTheCoolestAuthorEvah
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:13 PM | Permalink

    Holy cow. You are cool.

    No, not just cool.. positively arctic sizzle. I don’t even have a book (kindle) and I’m going to buy one just so I can send you something cool. I really don’t even require you to sign it and return it. You just deserve something awesome.

  73. Brandon JH
    Posted September 5, 2010 at 2:02 PM | Permalink

    Trying to think of something interesting to send you. It’s kind of hard considering that most of the things I think are “cool” are either too valuable for me to give away (not saying that you’re not worth it, because you are, just saying that I am rather poor and getting something to replace it would take too much time for me to be comfortable with,) or has personal value.
    Perhaps some butterscotch an a good book that I have read a few times over to accompany your book? Possibly something else if I can find something worth your time :)

  74. Tager
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

    Is it alright if I send you it from england? I’d love if I could get a signed copy.
    (Best book i’ve ever read <33)

  75. Marine
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM | Permalink

    I have been putting this off for awhile. I have never had a book signed by the author. I am an avid reader of most thing sscience fiction or fantasy. I remember reading your book a few years ago, then re-reading it, then readin it a third time. I always seem to find something new or take a new perspective whenever I re-read a book than I really enjoy. I guess I will have to rummage through my closet and see what I can find that would be worthy of your time and attention. Do you mind an item that has a little history and sentimental value behind it?

  76. Spencer R. Phillips
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:32 PM | Permalink

    Hi, I really like your book and want a signature, although I’m slightly iffy about having it away for a month/however long it will be away for. Would you be incredibly terribly evilly offended if I send a semi-damaged paperback version (I just hate hardcovers, they don’t fit in my bookshelf, the covers slip all the time, although they do make good weapons…)? I didn’t damage it, I managed to read it three times without a mark, but as soon as I loaned it to my mom it got innumerable cracks (those white lines in binding/pages where it splits ink, probably called something else but I like the name cracks) and dog eared a few pages. In terms of bribes or “something cool” should I send a slightly slutty plastic figurine I got as a christmas present, a clay thingy I will make in ceramics, a book I really like, or something else? Would you be willing to write a poem as your signature? Do you like dark chocolate? Because that’s what I’ll be sending you along with one+ of aforementioned choices. I buy them for 60 cents from my Latin teacher. I would appreciate it if you email me, I might not check this website for a couple months or more.

  77. Spencer R. Phillips
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:50 PM | Permalink

    Oh crap, sorry, I almost forgot, I have to do a project for english where I do a “book reading” in a “coffee shop (“I’ll try to make it a ‘coffee-shop’ atmosphere with snacks and drinks” my teacher says) pretending to be the author of the book. I have to give a brief description of your life, read a one-page thing of the book, then tell why I chose the passage, it’s significance and then give an explanation of the book as a whole including “what message was the author trying to convey?” “How does the story relate to the life of the author?” “What literary devices are used and what is the book’s overall style and tone?” As I am not completely sure as to the answers of these questions, and I just make stuff up anyway, I’ll follow said tried-and-true(or at least B+) method. Unless you would care to semi-cheat and email me answers?(hopeful) I’ll probably open with a joke that’s not related at all so I feel comfortable like “So, there was this couple who came to one town every summer on vacation. They were that kind of sickeningly sweet couple that holds hands all the time and call each other pet names like chum-bucket ‘cus you’re so tasty that it puts me in a right frenzy luv’. One summer, a reporter asks them how they’ve had such a firm (right word?) relationship for so long. “Well,” the husband says “It all started on our honeymoon. We were riding down the Grand Canyon on horses, when suddenly my wife’s horse stumbles. She looked down at it and said quietly ‘that’s once’, the horse recovered and we went on. About halfway down her horse stumbled again, she looked down at it and said quietly ‘that’s twice’, the horse picked itself up and walked a few steps when it tripped a third time. My wife got off, pulled out a gun from her purse and BAM! shot it dead. I shout ‘GODAMN IT WOMAN! WHY THE FUCK DID YOU SHOUT THE HORSE?!?’ she looked at me and said quietly ‘that’s once’.” Does this sound like something you would do? It’s due in like a weekend, probably before you’ll respond. Sorry if it seems completely unrelated, it’s important to me.

  78. Spencer R. Phillips
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 12:20 AM | Permalink

    Again, sorry I left something out. The page I’m going to read is that part in the tavern, starting at the first poem of “Still! Sit!…” and ending when string breaks for dramatic effect.

  79. Imbemereth
    Posted November 22, 2010 at 10:35 PM | Permalink

    This may seem like a stupid question, but I am so accustomed to paying online I don’t know how to do anything else anymore. If one lives in, say, Australia, and does not have a chequing account, how else would I send you the money for you to return the precious book to me?

    If one wanted to send you two books how much would they need to send for you to post these two books back?

    Also, I may be this ‘one’, just saying.

  80. Andrew Roberts
    Posted January 5, 2011 at 7:34 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    I have to say I’m very impressed with how much time you’re willing to give to your fans. So many people begin to make a name for themselves and then get big headed with no time for fans at all… Whatever you do please don’t change, you’re incredibly awesome!

    Im going to be sending you on my copy of TNOTW to get signed and will try to find something suitable as a little thank you gift but I was also wondering (hopefully Im not being too cheeky here) but when the new book is finally released will you be doing signed copies like with TNOTW? And if so, would it be possible to maybe send over the cheque etc with a requested inscription? Say I wanted something special written for a friend… or myself :)

    Thanks for your time.

    Andrew

  81. Madison
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    If I sent you a book to sign( along with the cool present and money) would you sign it for a friend saying happy birthday? This thusly would be for a friend needs becuase you and your book bring him happiness. Yet, he is only 16. Young adult fan club? I think so. So, would you please do it or no?

  82. josh.allen
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    I have recently (to my utter glee) obtained a copy of TNOTW with the awesome Kvothe cover and would love to have it signed by its genius author ( I swear by my blood that I would never sell it), but when I read this blog about sending you the book I noticed it was years old and (presumably) made when you were even less busy than you are now and was curious if it still applied. If yes i will send everything needed (money, nifty gift/s, sufficient packaging…). let me know:)

    Josh

  83. Mixamago
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 11:55 PM | Permalink

    Hello, Pat.

    First I’ll like to apologize for my poor english. I’m not very good speaking or writting it.

    I have a few questions about this:

    1) I can send you a letter within the book and the gift? Since I read The Name of the Wind, and look your blog, I wish communicate me with you (email, letter; I don’t know, something like that).
    2) I didn’t understand very well the process in some steps: I must send you the book, the gift, and the note, with a check of $7 and another one of $30 (Because I’m from Venezuela -so the package would be oversea, I guess-. I’m wrong?
    3) Last but not least, there’s another way to send you the money? I ask about this because in my country is a little… difficult to send money to other countries, and I’m not sure if I can send you a check.

    Once again, I’m so sorry for my poor english. Thanks for your time, and thank you for this wonderful books.

    Atte: Míchel

  84. DraccusPlum
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 2:02 PM | Permalink

    I just sent books off you to today. There aren’t words to express how eager I am to see if this is the first time you’ve received the present I crafted for you.

  85. Posted June 27, 2011 at 9:06 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    I was wondering if you were still willing to do this? I’m a huge fan, and I have been hand-selling ‘The Name of the Wind’ for years (to brag, 83 copies of NotW to date, in comparison we have sold 58 copies of ‘Game of Thrones’) at my work, an independent bookstore in Melbourne, Australia.

    I have several ideas for goodies to send you, but I don’t want to send you anything you already have. Have you ever seen the awesomeness that is John Crichton in Farscape? Have you read ‘The Gift’ by Alison Croggon? Would Oot appreciate a classic Australian picture book like ‘Possum Magic’ or ‘Edward the Emu’? My theme here is of course, things that I love from home.

    I’d now like to thank you for being you – but most of all, I have to thank you for giving the world Kvothe.

    Cheers,

    Nat.

  86. Margaret
    Posted August 10, 2011 at 11:06 AM | Permalink

    Pat,

    I sent you a package in the mail yesterday (I consulted your flowchart- it is not a taco, but I did add some candy so hopefully you will not be sad when you open it) I just checked UPS tracking and it arrived this morning. Please open it soon! I am not in a rush to get the book back (though it scares me to send it in the mail because if it is messed up I will cry), but I did bake for you and want you to actually be able to eat it! Nothing that cant last a while, (though there is a cupcake in there) and it was overnighted, but please go check your mail! Please save my book from sitting in a university mail room. It is wrapped up tightly in the dark surrounded by packing peanuts and I am worried about it.

    Thank you!

    Margaret

  87. chance
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 12:11 AM | Permalink

    hey pat, i really love your books and i would really love it it you would still sign my book… i joined the air force and i leave to texas in febuary and i wanted to know if you wanted something really cool from alaska.. i live in the wasilla and anchorage area of alaska and i think it would be cool to send you a genuine alaskan present… i read your books every chance i get and i cant wait for the third book to come out.. i really enjoyed reading the story of Kuothe and being enthralled in the world of the kingkiller chronicles.. i cant wait to read more stories about the world and characters that the legend himself lives in.. so i was wondering if your offer still stands.. thank you, Chance…

  88. Yangsoul
    Posted August 3, 2012 at 2:50 PM | Permalink

    Hello Mr.PAt i was still wondering if you are still doing this cause i just bought your book and I could not stop reading until my mom caught me in 3 in the morning cuase of the Donut Shop. If you want something cool i have some wierd stuff and maybe Some Asian or ninja knife you might want cause i collect them to much where a point a zombie can’t come it
    thank you one of your korean friend ( not the north but the south)
    Joseph Yi XD

  89. Katy
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 6:13 AM | Permalink

    So… if I send a jar of Vegemite and my book… *happy sob*. $30 postage is a lot, but it’d cost me $50 for the signed copy and then postage is on top of that (I assume) so it’s not so bad. And in the end, Pat gets Vegemite. Win-win.

  90. Emma
    Posted February 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM | Permalink

    Hello Pat!

    I was wondering if you still sign books like this, and if yes are the addresses listed above correct?
    Thank you for your help! I realize you are a very busy person.

    • Amanda
      Posted February 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM | Permalink

      Hey Emma!

      Pat does indeed still sign books this way, and the addresses are still good. If possible, use the PO Box address, since we check that one every day.

      • Doemeeneek
        Posted February 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM | Permalink

        Thank goodness! I sent a book and gifts off earlier this month and was starting to worry. The USPS promises that it arrived; is there any way to know when the signed book might make its way back?

        Thank you!

  91. Gonzalo Britos
    Posted May 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM | Permalink

    por favor termina tu tercer libro rapido. Mi pais se esta yendo al carajo. usd$1=$9 pesos. Tu firma es imposible. Pero todavia no tu libro!!

    Espero Impaciente…

    Please finish your third book fast. My country is this going to hell. usd $ 1 = $ 9 pesos. Your signature is impossible. But not your book still!

    I look forward…

  92. MarianaEstrada
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM | Permalink

    Esperamos ansiosos tu 3er libro!!! Me dió mucha gracia el cuadrito con opciones sobre si firmarías o no el ejemplar. Excelente jajajajaja!
    saludos, Mariana y Anibal

    We look forward to your 3rd book! Really funny the scheme with choices about whether you would be glad to sign or not the book. Excellent!
    Regards, Mariana and Anibal

  93. Brian-H
    Posted June 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM | Permalink

    Normal return shipping is $7 per book. It looks like the note for Priority shipping assumes one book at $15. Would it be $15 per book for priority shipping?

    • Brian-H
      Posted July 18, 2013 at 2:21 PM | Permalink

      For those of you who come upon this later, I sent an email asking this and received this reply:
      For 1-2 books, we ask that you send $15 for priority shipping.
      For 3-4 books, we ask that you send $30 for priority shipping.

  94. adamc813
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 7:47 PM | Permalink

    if I send u my kindle would you sign that?

  95. kaiiya
    Posted November 22, 2013 at 12:49 AM | Permalink

    I was wondering if Patrick was still doing this. I sent him something in the mail but I haven’t heard anything back. I know this is a busy time of year and he needs to focus on the third book (which is going to be awesome).

    • uklvrbm
      Posted December 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM | Permalink

      Right there with you. I sent something a few weeks ago, in hopes of getting them back before Xmas. I’m hoping that Patrick still enjoys the swag!! :)

  96. sandoe
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 8:42 AM | Permalink

    I’m worried my book may be lost. I sent it in October and it was for a friend’s birthday on Saturday. Does anyone know how to confirm if it was received?

  97. kassie26
    Posted June 25, 2014 at 10:52 PM | Permalink

    Is he still doing this? I would really love to have a copy signed for the person who introduced me to his books, but I’m not sure if he is still accepting swag in exchange.

  98. daegolas
    Posted September 24, 2014 at 8:15 PM | Permalink

    It’s been seven years since you updated this!
    Your book(s) are my favorite books and you have inspired me to write. I have passed on your work to many of my friends and you have become popular at my school.
    I would absolutely LOVE to have a copy signed by you. I would be the happiest person ever. I would be willing to give you some swag as well, anything really to get my copy signed (which is already pretty beat up from the number of times I have reread it, as well as lent it out to friends who have loved it to the point of (almost) destruction). I suspect your popularity must have grown with these 7 years. Anyways. Anticipating your third and final installment!

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