First, very quickly, I should mention that I’m going to be out in New York this weekend, attending NYCC. If you’re attending, I look forward to greeting you with genial but non-contagious fist-bumps.
Not a convention sort of person? I’m also doing a show with Paul and Storm on Friday night at 8:00. You can get tickets here.
Don’t live in New York? Well, check out the rest of the blog, because I’m hitting several cities this month, and odds are you’re close to one of them….
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So. The Slow Regard of Silent Things comes out at the end of the month.
(As always, guest starring my thumb.)
That means it’s time to talk book tour.
When book two came out, I did my first for-real tour: 16 events in 15 days. Nobody was quite sure what was going to happen, least of all me.
It was brutal, exhausting, amazing, fun, surreal, and strange.
On the first day over 600 people turned out in Seattle, and we filled the University Bookstore until it was overflowing….
If you embiggen that picture, you can see tiny figures stretching back to the back wall. And it doesn’t show a similar amount of people off on the lefthand side. Or the ones behind the bookshelves, or around the corner, or standing on the stairs….
Our event in San Fransisco ran out of space weeks before the event, so I did a second reading/signing at Borderlands Books. 300 people showed up to that second event, despite the fact that it was midnight on a Thursday.
In Portland, so many people showed up that Powell’s ran out of books.
Yeah. Think about that for a second, Powell’s ran out of books.
That was just the first three days of the tour. The biggest thing we learned was that there are a *lot* of you. More specifically, there are a lot of you who want to come to these readings/signings. People drove for hours. People skipped work. People flew in from out of state. People attended on their birthdays and anniversaries.
Over the years, I’ve coined the phrase “Catastrophic Success.” Some of my signings were like that. They were so successful that things couldn’t help but go wrong. Lines were hard to manage. Fire codes were violated.
Worst of all, people that came to hear me read and answer questions didn’t get to hear me. Or they didn’t get a seat. Or both.
What’s your point, Rothfuss?
My point is, for this tour, we’re trying something different in a few cities. Knowing we’re going to get a lot of people, some bookstores went out of their way to get bigger venues. Places that have seats for 600-800 people. Places with good sound equipment.
Unfortunately, that means the bookstores have to pay for these venues. Which means they have to sell tickets to the events.
This is something I’ve always tried to avoid. But at this point it seems like the only way to keep things manageable. And you can show up to the signing knowing that there will be space for you, and you won’t have to stand at the back of the bookstore behind a bookcase where you can’t see or hear anything that’s going on.
First off, let me stress that if you end up going to one of the ticketed events, the cost of the ticket will include a signed book.
Every event is a little different though. Different venues have different rules. You should look below for details, and if worse comes to worst, ask a question in the comments and I’ll answer it.
Tour Stops (in chronological order)
- October 28: Portland OR
There are some unfortunate surcharges attached to this ticket price. To make it up to you, I contacted The Doubleclicks, and asked them if they’d be willing to do a couple songs to open the show. They graciously agreed, so you’re going to get a little something extra there.
If I’ve had enough caffeine, I might even sing a song with them….
- October 29: San Diego CA
People who buy books at the store starting on Release Day will get a number ticket for the line. Everyone is welcome, but folks who bought their books through Mysterious Galaxy will get to be first in line. They’re hosting the event, so that’s fair…
- October 30: Seattle WA
Tickets for this event are $18.95. Each ticket will get seats for TWO people and one signed book.
Also, we’ve got the fabulous Molly Lewis doing a couple songs to start off the show for me. Because I figure if you have a theater, you might as well do some real music in it, and for that, we need a real musician.
There may be singing….
- October 31: Boswell Books, Milwaukee WI
The ticket price is $22.00 and includes a copy of the book. It’s Halloween, so costumes are encouraged….
- November 1: Lexington KY
- November 2: Skokie, IL
- November 3: Fenton, MO
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And there we are. Not nearly as many events as I did with book two. But I have two kids now, Oot is five, and misses me when I’m gone. What’s more, Cutie is 10 months old, an age where he is composed entirely of giggles and grinning pink pudge.
I can’t spend twenty days away from the both of them. It’s not healthy for them, and it’s not healthy for me.
If you have any questions, hit us in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer.
And if you’re not close to any of those cities, stay tuned to the blog. I’ll be posting up information about how you can get signed copies of the book, even if you can’t make it to a signing…
See some of you soon,