PAX, D&D Podcasts, and Unexpected Coolness

So in just a couple days, I’m going to be heading out to PAX to play as a swashbuckling rogue named Viari in their D&D Campaign.

pat(That’s Me.)

Mike, Jerry, Scott and I got together a couple months back and did our initial adventure, which are available as podcasts over here….

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6 / Part 7

While I’m out at PAX, we’ll be playing again, live onstage.

I’ll be doing a few other things at the convention too. Here’s the schedule for my official events.

Friday August 30

11:30-12:30 – Does Story Matter in Video Games? – Kraken Theatre
3:30-4:30 – An Afternoon with Pat Rothfuss – The Pegasus Theatre

Saturday August 31

3:30-6:00 Acquisitions, Inc. – Main Theatre

I’ll be doing other stuff around the convention too. Checking out games and lurking around the Geek Chic booth at Skybridge 3.

And while I’m in Seattle, I’ll be doing TWO events outside of PAX.

Thursday August 29

7 pm Reading at University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE  Seattle, WA98105
Facebook Event

This event is going to be extra awesome because Terry Brooks, Peter Orullian, and Shawn Speakman will all be there to sign copies of Unfettered, which will be available for sale.

A very important note: Apparently there’s some sportsball game going on the day of this signing.   This means, according to Shawn, that  traffic getting to the event will be AWFUL.  Be sure to account for that if you’re traveling.

Friday August 30

7 pm Reading at Barnes and Noble Pacific Place
600 Pine Street Suite 107
Seattle, WA 98101
Facebook Event

I set up this signing for those of you who will be in town for PAX, as it’s right next door to the convention. Literally a block or so away.

Because, you see, I’m going to be at the convention, but my books won’t.

And I don’t want to have this conversation 200 times:

Person: Hey, are you Pat Rothfuss?

Me: Yup.

Person: Cool. I didn’t know you were going to be here!

Me: Yeah. I’m playing D&D with Acquisitions Incorporated.

Person: [Looks around.] Where can I get one of your books?

Me: Sorry. No bookdealers here. It’s a gaming convention.

Person: Are you doing a booksigning?

Me: Fraid not. I’m on a couple panels….

Person: Damn. I really wanted to get a signed copy of your book for my sister. She’d lose it….

Me: Sorry….

[And then we just look at each other awkwardly.]

So, in an effort to avoid having this conversation roughly a billion times at the convention, we called Barnes and Noble to see if they could have books available for people, and hopefully schedule an event.

And you know what? They made us a *much* cooler offer than that.

  • The Coolness.

When we called B&N to see if they’d be willing to carry a bunch of my books for folks who want them, they offered to do it AND do a Book Fair, meaning that if people show up and buy my book using our Bookfair code (11162161) a percentage of the sales will be given to Worldbuilders.

But that’s not all…

It turns out that *any* book people buy with the Bookfair code (11162161) will send some extra money to Worldbuilders.

But that’s not all, either…

This code is good at all Barnes and Noble stores between now and September 2nd. Any book you buy, at any B&N helps Worldbuilders.

AND it works on their online store too. In fact, it works longer. You can you use the code 11162161 on their website through September 7th.

I have to say, this is really cool of them. And I think we should make the most of it.

So let’s say you’ve never read any Terry Pratchett, but you’ve heard he’s good. You could jump in at Guards Guards, which is one of the best entry points, in my opinion.

Or maybe you read my great gushy review of Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane, but you haven’t picked it up yet.

Now would be the perfect time for that.

Or it could be you didn’t realize that the sequel to Libriomancer just came out a couple weeks back. You could grab that too.

Or buy a copy of Carniepunk, if you weren’t able to get one of the signed copies we put up in our store.

Or you could pre-order a copy of Stonecast, which means Worldbuilders would get money from the author (Anton Strout), the publisher (Penguin), AND Barnes and Noble.

It’s like a charity hat-trick.

Here’s a printable voucher if you’re planning on bringing one in to a store.

Look forward to seeing some of you out in Seattle.

Me, I’m off to buy some books….

pat

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73 Comments

  1. Brady Dill
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM | Permalink

    How much money, exactly? A penny or a dollar?

    • Brady Dill
      Posted August 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM | Permalink

      As in, what percentage of the sales will go to Worldbuilders if I use the coupon #?

      • mashort16
        Posted August 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM | Permalink

        I worked at Barnes & Noble for over six years, so I’m fairly familiar with the bookfair process they’re using to donate money to Worldbuilders. It should be somewhere between 5% to 10% of your purchase that will be donated. I believe it varies a bit between states, hence the leeway.

        • Posted August 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM | Permalink

          According to our paperwork, it starts at 10%, then goes up the more people spend.

          If people buy more than 10K of books, we make 20%. Which is pretty awesome….

          • SporkTastic
            Posted August 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

            I was already planning to spend a couple hundred on books this weekend (a long-planned splurge), this should be *awesome*!

        • DaveYHZ
          Posted August 28, 2013 at 7:18 AM | Permalink

          Do you know if this works for Nook Books also?

          • mashort16
            Posted August 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM | Permalink

            From my experience working at B&N, there is not a way for you to use the Bookfair code while purchasing books DIRECTLY from your Nook.

            HOWEVER, if you actually go to a B&N store, there is a way for a bookseller to ring you up for ebooks and you would pay for them at the register (which would allow you to give them the Bookfair code).

            But the easiest way would be for you to go to B&N’s website, make sure you’re logged in to the account associated with your Nook, and add as many ebook titles to your cart as you would like. While checking out online, there will be a place you can enter the Bookfair code.

          • M.Fenwick
            Posted August 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

            Mashort16 is correct. you cannot use the code directly from your nook.

            However, there is another way to do this without going to a store in person: Just call them!

            Tell them you want to buy a nook book but want to pay over the phone so you can use a Bookfair code.

            Each ebook has a specific ISBN different from the hard copy (of course). For example the Name of the Wind ebook is 9781101147160

            So make sure they understand this purchase is for an ebook.

            You will also need an email where the link for the book will be sent and of course a credit card.

          • Beolach
            Posted September 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM | Permalink

            @mashort16: How do we add Nook eBooks to the cart? At least for me, Nook eBooks have a “Buy Now” button, that then gives a “Confirm Order” pop-up message. It does not go through the normal shopping cart & checkout process, and I can’t see any option to enter a Bookfair code.

  2. Marcus Cox
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 9:29 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, I don’t mean to go off topic but you haven’t happened to have heard any thing about the release date for the second Princess book yet, have you? Just curious.

  3. christie
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM | Permalink

    Possible typo

    “Person: Damn. I really wanted to get a signed copy of your book for my sister. She’d lose it….”

    Perhaps it was “love it”. Or maybe she would “lose it” and be very excited and lose all sense of reality…or it could be that she likes to lose signed books…

    Have a great time!

    • christie
      Posted August 27, 2013 at 10:08 PM | Permalink

      Very nice to hear about Barnes and Noble’s generosity. Must buy books.

  4. chaelek
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 10:35 PM | Permalink

    My cynicism doesn’t allow me to believe that all the people are generously offering money to your charity. I must assume you’re blackmailing them all. Very tricky, Mr. Rothfuss. Very tricky.

  5. harrity
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 11:41 PM | Permalink

    I am confused by this statement: “So, in an effort to avoid having this conversation roughly a billion times at the convention, Barnes and Noble to see if they could have books available for people, and hopefully schedule an event.”

    Should there be another phrase right before Barnes and Noble, like “I contacted” or something?

  6. MattODwyer
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 11:50 PM | Permalink

    I’m trying to use the code but the site comes back with, “the coupon code you entered is invalid. Please check the code on your coupon and re-enter it.” I’ve check the code (11162161) several times. Is anyone else experiencing the same issue?

    • MattODwyer
      Posted August 28, 2013 at 12:21 AM | Permalink

      I made the mistake of trying to enter the code as a “coupon code.” When purchasing from the online store, select “change” on your payment method. Scroll down to a little box that says “check this box if this is a bookfair order.” After that, a new box should appear and you enter the code there.

      • mashort16
        Posted August 28, 2013 at 2:36 AM | Permalink

        Seconded, the code provided is the bookfair code, not a coupon code.

      • SMantzoros
        Posted August 28, 2013 at 4:59 AM | Permalink

        Thank you! Came here for this.

      • SporkTastic
        Posted August 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM | Permalink

        I’m only seeing the option to “buy now” on the book pages themselves; if I click that, the confirmation comes up but doesn’t have a way to enter a code…am I missing something?

        Thanks!

        • SporkTastic
          Posted August 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

          Apparently ebooks aren’t eligible. Dammit. At least I got to use the code in the story when I bought my Nook.

          The following products and services are not eligible for inclusion in online totals: Barnes & Noble Memberships, Gift Cards, Gift Certificates, Used & Out of Print Books, Textbooks, ebooks, digital hardware and accessories and other select product. NOOK and NOOK accessories are eligible items but not included in the online totals.

          • M.Fenwick
            Posted August 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM | Permalink

            Blah. You’re right. Thats a shame.

          • MattODwyer
            Posted August 31, 2013 at 10:06 AM | Permalink

            Mashort16 wrote, “From my experience working at B&N, there is not a way for you to use the Bookfair code while purchasing books DIRECTLY from your Nook.

            HOWEVER, if you actually go to a B&N store, there is a way for a bookseller to ring you up for ebooks and you would pay for them at the register (which would allow you to give them the Bookfair code).

            But the easiest way would be for you to go to B&N’s website, make sure you’re logged in to the account associated with your Nook, and add as many ebook titles to your cart as you would like. While checking out online, there will be a place you can enter the Bookfair code.”

          • SporkTastic
            Posted August 31, 2013 at 10:55 PM | Permalink

            I ended up going to the store and using the code, but I’m not sure if it applied for the ebooks given their disclaimer. I did, however, also buy a physical book I *know* was covered which I’ve been waiting to buy for a while. (I spent ~a crazy amount of money on books, couldn’t afford more.)

  7. Jiyuu
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 3:26 AM | Permalink

    You know, reading about the unexpected coolness makes me realize that cool things happen when you ask people nicely. Being Patrick Rothfuss helps, too, I guess. But only because Patrick Rothfuss is known to do cool things for others, too. Good karma all around =)

  8. SMantzoros
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 5:02 AM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,

    You’re a cool dude.

    Sincerely,

    Everyone

  9. James
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

    OR – say one of your fans works for another publisher and happens to be the marketing person in charge of newsletters and social media communication and that person decides to encourage folks to use that code when purchasing their books at B&N…. let’s see how much money we can generate for world builders!

    Good Work!

    • Posted August 28, 2013 at 11:52 AM | Permalink

      Oh man. That would be awesome….

    • mashort16
      Posted August 28, 2013 at 9:25 PM | Permalink

      B&N has a thing for employees called the 100 Club, where you attempt to sell 100 copies of your favorite book. Being an employee there and a huge Rothfuss fan, I finally started tracking the copies I put in people’s hands. In about five or six months, I sold around 70 copies. It was so amazing to have people come back to the store and tell me how much they loved NOTW. Usually, they would tell me about all of the other people they encouraged to read it as well. I like to think of it as a huge tree branching from person to person, spreading the awesomeness.

      Sadly, I moved recently and am not working at B&N currently, so I didn’t get to finish selling my 100 copies. :(

  10. Posted August 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM | Permalink

    I just stumbled upon this news via Goodreads: yay! I’m working at PAX this Saturday/Sunday at the Flying Frog games booth. Probably in our usual spot over by the entrance gate/cattle chute. Come on by! Oh, are you opposed to signing a book even if it’s not at the official signing on Friday? That would be spiffy. Have a fun PAX!

  11. Constance
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 11:58 AM | Permalink

    I listened to all 7 of the podcast and was very very amused. Especially at your “My Lady” in #7. Ohnoes, Jim Darkmagic! (Of the New Hampsire Darkmagics).

    And lo, there is a B&N near my office, close enough to go buy books whilst on Lunch Break. I may have to go plug in the bookfaire code and get some new reads!

  12. Neville Longbottom
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM | Permalink

    One day, Worldbuilders will be described the world over as…

    “It’s this geek book charity where they buy goats. You’d like it.”

    And there will be much rejoicing…

  13. Posted August 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

    Well, I was just thinking I need to get started on Christmas shopping….

    I’ll take this as a sign.

    Also – Isn’t Viari the name of that travelling scrib who recognizes Kvothe as a Ruh? Do you just like that name, or does it have some kind of meaning I haven’t bothered to look up because I’m lazy and would rather just use it as a talking point?

    • Posted August 29, 2013 at 4:23 PM | Permalink

      Heh. *Someone’s* a close reader with a good memory….

      • Posted August 29, 2013 at 5:39 PM | Permalink

        Thank you for the compliment!

        • Posted August 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM | Permalink

          And now I must spam my own comment with this because I found it highly amusing.

          http://translate.google.com/#la/en/Viari

          I really hope that works.
          And please excuse my writing Scrib instead of Scriv above. *facepalm* Even though I’m pretty sure at this point, Viari is actually a guiller.

          Yah, I’m going to go now before I come up with another way to embarass myself. – - -

          • Willow17
            Posted August 31, 2013 at 9:02 AM | Permalink

            Like misspelling giller?

  14. sackmana
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

    I have terrible timing: I just ordered the Libriomancer sequel on Amazon a few hours ago, and it has already shipped. Time to find some more books to order.

  15. DJDubs
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM | Permalink

    According to B&N online support, the bookfair code cannot be used on purchases of NookBooks. Very depressing, since that’s all I really buy any more.

    • mashort16
      Posted August 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM | Permalink

      Just fyi, I replied to a comment earlier and gave instructions on how to use the code for Nook ebooks–I’m a B&N veteran.

  16. Looknan
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

    Quick question:
    Does B&N ship books internationally? And if so, is the bookfair code still applicable? Anyone know?

    • DaveYHZ
      Posted August 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM | Permalink

      That’s why I was hoping it worked for NookBooks. Think we could get Chapters in Canada to do this deal?

    • M.Fenwick
      Posted August 29, 2013 at 12:27 PM | Permalink

      They can indeed ship internationally. Not sure about the shipping prices though…

  17. emgray
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

    I shared this with all my book-loving friends! :)

  18. BigZ7337
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for this, there were a couple of books that I wanted to buy but hadn’t gotten around to, so I made a 90 dollar order with your bookfair code. :)

  19. johnkieffer1982
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 5:39 PM | Permalink

    I’m going to come right out and say it. I am very disappointed that Wil Wheaton’s Aofel, which I am 100% certain I am spelling incorrectly, is not going to be part of this years D&D game at PAX.

    However, I am insanely excited to know that Patrick Rothfuss will be taking his place. I am most certainly looking forward to this, and my anticipation far outweighs my disappointment. I truly hope you have fun Rothfuss, because when you have fun, we have fun along side you.

  20. Anthony Snow
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 3:37 AM | Permalink

    Well, I WAS going to go in and get the next part of my literary tattoo sleeve done this week…but I suppose instead, I can spend that money on books and spam this to all of my friends on various social medias, as well as in my classes at school.

    Always happy to help a good cause that allows me to feed my addiction to books. You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. I can offer no higher praise than that.

    Now to just figure out what symbol to represent your books will go in this tattoo…may need to reread.

    • Posted August 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

      I’ve been thinking of getting that talent pipe symbol on the Eolian t-shirts they sell in the Tinkers Packs for a while now. It’s small, looks nice, represents something from the series I really enjoyed. Also considered just getting the phases of the moon.

      What other novels are you involving in this tattoo?

      I’ve also been wanting to get one that relates back to GRRM’s Valar Morghulis. I love that saying.

      • Posted August 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

        Jeez, sorry to spam your post, but this is just a topic I really enjoy and have been thinking about for awhile myself because I definitely want something KKC related on my body. (Sorry if that came off creepy Pat. LOL)

        Anyway, I also thought of getting a tattoo of just a Circle, since that is the symbol of the Edema Ruh. Or the words “One Family” in a circle.
        It’s hard to choose!!

      • Anthony Snow
        Posted August 30, 2013 at 1:46 AM | Permalink

        Still trying to figure out all of the symbols. Right now it’s a cluster of books near my wrist, and a broken chain (for UNFETTERED) comes out of one book and wraps around my arm up to my shoulder. Going to add symbols from different books or authors I love (Gaiman, Sanderson, Tolkien, Rothfuss) and then something to fill in the gaps.

  21. Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 6:51 AM | Permalink

    Cool, very cool on B&N! I’m pretty sure someone gave me a B&N gift card for xmas some years ago. I could probably rustle it up somewheres, and find something to buy that will kickback something to worldbuilders. Normally I’m a dedicated Powells Books customer, but this is a special occasion. It would only be cooler if I could spend free money on books, kickback to Worldbuilders, AND pre-order KKC book 3 all at the same time. A girl can dream, right?

  22. Posted August 29, 2013 at 7:25 AM | Permalink

    By now, the eighth and last podcast of the (amazingly funny) series is out:
    You can find it here.

  23. M.Fenwick
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

    I am actually working at B&N right this very instant (Shhhh! Don’t tell the boss I’m reading the blog!).

    I’ll print out a bunch of vouchers for the store for you.

    • Posted August 29, 2013 at 4:21 PM | Permalink

      *Whispers* You’re awesome.

      • TheLazarus
        Posted August 30, 2013 at 6:47 AM | Permalink

        I am sure the boss found out as he reads your blog too, doesn’t everyone?

        >.>

      • M.Fenwick
        Posted August 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

        I’m glad I can help!

        Not sure what the rest of the store has pulled in today (and I doubt I’m allowed to say anyways), but I can tell you that I personally rang up well over $1000 of merchandise using your bookfair code so far. (and the day isn’t over)

        One customer even went back to buy more when I told him about the charity!

        I also told the entire crew about the bookfair when we opened, so hopefully the cashiers upstairs are remembering to use the code as well. I’m on my break, so I’ll double check.

  24. JMurdoch
    Posted August 30, 2013 at 4:51 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    Just thought I would let you and everyone know that there is a Part 8 to the D&D adventure. I had a great time listening to all of you play that.

  25. Willow17
    Posted August 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM | Permalink

    A friend has been saying for a while now she wants to read the Discworld series, and I’ve been wondering which one to give her first… Thanks for solving the problem! Guards Guards is perfect!

    Also, thanks for hiding secrets and riddles in your books. I get far more pleasure from working out a mystery, even if it takes me five readings, than I would if you just came out and said it. Problem is when I
    do finally figure it out, I have to bounce up and down and grin uncontrollably, which is a bit embarrassing on a train…

  26. Posted September 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    I was planning on stopping in at B&N this weekend, as I had a couple of 20% off coupons that expire on the September 1st. I went in to pick up “A Street Cat Named Bob”, but was happy to see that Pratchet and Baxter’s new novel, “The Long War” was out, so I grabbed that, too.
    I happily presented the Bookfair voucher along with my coupons upon checkout. My thanks to you & B&N for making me feel good while buying some good books!

  27. Posted September 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM | Permalink

    Pat,
    Love your books. I was in elementary education for the last ten years, so I didn’t pick up adult fiction again until about a year ago with Martin. When I bought your book on Amazon last spring, I thought that it was one of those “self-published, trying to get out into the market” kind of books, because I purchased it through a book-for-a-buck deal.
    I nearly wept when I finished the first few chapters. My thought was, if this book can’t find a publisher, what chance will I ever have of getting my book published when I’m finished with it? It was just that good.
    Then I googled you and breathed a sigh of relief. Obviously I’ve been teaching and read children’s/young adult books exclusively for way too long. I’ve added you to the list of authors whose craft I study. My husband and I marvel at your sheer genius for storytelling. You have swiftly become my favorite author.
    That said, why “Guards, Guards”? Are the first few books worth skipping over?

    • Posted September 3, 2013 at 9:11 AM | Permalink

      Pratchett has been writing for a long time, and the work has deepened. The first few books are fine, but Guards! Guards! is one of the first that shows the master’s touch.

      It’s also the beginning of the story arc for Sam Vimes, one of the best-loved Pratchett protagonists.

      • Constance
        Posted September 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

        The first few (Colour of Magic, Light Fantastic, Equal Rites) are mostly silly D&D inspired stories about wizards and barbarians. Guards, Guards is when he really starts with overarching story and very well put together character driven action.

        Not to discredit the earlier stuff, but they’re a lot more all over the place than GG is.

        On that note, I’m excited he’s got another Ankh-Morpork novel coming out soon!

        • Posted September 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM | Permalink

          Good to know. I normally have this very visceral response tugging me back when it comes to hopping ahead in series books, but it sounds like this is the series to do it with. Definitely looking for some good recommends. A great writer needs to be a better reader.

  28. ederoulet
    Posted September 2, 2013 at 3:48 PM | Permalink

    “Some sportsball game,” I’m going to start using this.

  29. Marquita
    Posted September 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM | Permalink

    It’s so great to see so much support from this community for such a great organization. This is why I love coming to this blog. If not for the occasional updates, then for the amazing fans who make me giggle more often than not, and genuinely have hearts of gold!
    I hope to see how well this particular fundraiser does! Keep us updated, pat!

  30. Posted September 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM | Permalink

    Sitting in the Portland B&N right now, waiting for my girls to pick out what they want to purchase with their gift certificates. So glad we can help out WorldBuilders and celebrate belated birthdays!

    Sorry I missed you in Seattle. I was planning to detour through Seattle on our way from Wisconsin to Portland, but we had to arrive on Saturday in order to catch the apartment manager. We spent 9 days, my two daughters and I, seeing Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone and Paul Wheaton’s permaculture farm in Montana.

    I hope you come to Portland! Driving to Stevens Point is not likely at this point…

  31. Peralandra
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM | Permalink

    Between Kvothe and Viari I am starting to think you have a thing for red hair.

    Seeing you speak, both at the panel and at Barnes and Nobles, was definitely the highlight of PAX 2013 for me.

    The funny thing is my husband and I acquired signed books from both you and Sanderson this weekend. He did a stealth signing at our local bookstore and we had to rush there to grab a copy of something he left behind on our way to the airport.

  32. M.Fenwick
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    Any chance we can get an idea of how much money we generated when you get the numbers?

  33. Jormungandr
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    Hey, finally got a chance to watch the Acquisitions, inc event from PAX, and just wanted to post that I think you did an outstanding job. Kudos! Hopefully you get invited back in the future.

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