Back in August, we tried something a little new for Worldbuilders. Kevin Hearne and several of his anthology-mates sent us some signed copies of their carnival-steampunk collection, aptly named Carniepunk.
The books were signed by multiple authors, and rather than save them for our end-of-the-year Worldbuilders extraviganza, we decided to throw them up in our online store. We doubled the cover price because they were signed by some cool authors and because all the money goes to charity…
… and despite that, the books sold out in just a couple of hours.
Since people were obviously excited about the idea, we’ve decided to make a monthly habit of bringing you some new signed books in The Tinker’s Packs:
Since this is our first month, I tapped a few of my author friends. And, because they’re all awesome people, they jumped right in.
The first to agree was Brandon Sanderson. His book Steelheart came out a few weeks ago. It’s the first in a new series…
Look at it, looming over you like it can write faster than you or something…
Not to mention the fact that his signature is beautiful and flowing and doesn’t at all look like a 4 year old stole a pen from you…
I got a chance to read an ARC of this and loved it even before it went through final edits. My blurb on the back says, “Unfortunately for my ego, Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he’s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.”
If you want to know more about what I thought, you can check out my goodreads review here.
Or you could just jump right over to the Tinker’s packs and buy it.
These are signed first printings, and we’ve only got ten of them. So, fair warning, they’re bound to go quickly.
And remember, all the money we make in the Tinker’s Packs goes to Worldbuilders, helping Heifer International do awesome things all over the world.
Our second set of books comes from my long-time friend Nnedi Okorafor. She and I go way back to the Writers of the Future Volume 18 in 2002, where we were both bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, newbie writers.
Awww… look at me, all young and thin and tiny-bearded.
Both Nnedi and I have both come a long way since then. Her book Zahrah the Windseeker won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. And in 2011 Who Fears Death won the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
Her newest book Kabu Kabu just hit the shelves, and she’s been nice enough to send us some copies hot off the press.
In addition to signing, she’s gone the extra mile and decorated them too….
As you can see, each of these is signed, dated, and has it’s own individual doodle along the top and bottom of the book. She sent along 10 of these, and we’re putting them up in the store for you.
Fair warning: There’s only nine left because I just bought one. I haven’t read this one yet.
It’s the third book in the Gentleman Bastard series: The Republic of Thieves…
I’m a huge fan of the first two books in the series, and recently wrote a review of The Lies of Locke Lamora on Goodreads that was so gushy with love that his publisher contacted me to ask if they could use it as promo copy.
Scott went all out on copies he sent us, as you can see if you embiggen the below pictures.
Yeah, he’s a great guy. Because of that, I’ll try not to resent the fact that his handwriting looks like a stylish font.
By strange coincidence, I just started reading my copy tonight over dinner. And honestly, I wish I were still reading it instead of writing a blog post. It’s one of *those* books.
They’re available for sale over here.
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We’ve also got one cool non-book thing we’re adding to the store. Something we’ve been saving for pre-christmass.
We’ve got the complete The Legend of Neil DVD series:
If you haven’t heard of Legend of Neil, well… not only do you lose some geek points, but you’re missing out on some of the best geek humor out there.
I’m not just a fan of the show, I bought the t-shirt. (Several copies of the t-shirt, actually.)
(Note: This is not the best shirt to go through airport security in.)
The series was written and directed by the inestimable Sandeep Parikh who agreed to let us sell the DVD to help raise money for Worldbuilders.
We’ve got some regular DVD’s and some signed by Sandeep, writer/actor Tony Janning, and geek glitterati princess Felicia Day.
We’ve only got a limited number of these, especially the signed ones. Fair warning.
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And finally, a piece of news:
The Lauren Zurchin Fantasy Calendar just came back from the printers. That means as of today, we’re no longer doing pre-orders. If you buy one, we’ll be shipping it out to you straightaway.
The same is true if you’re buying a couple calendars in a combo packs to get a discount. We’re shipping those out immediately too.
So… yeah. There you go folks. Plenty of geek swag you can add to your vasty horde or use to get a jump on your holiday shopping.