Well, we’re in the last couple days of our experimental fundraiser, and things are going remarkably well.
As I write this, we’re cresting over $80,000 dollars in our experimental mid-season fundraiser, and I couldn’t be happier. There have been a few bumps on the road, but so far everything has been going amazingly well.
Today we have several pieces of news, and a bunch of new items we’re throwing into the fundraiser.
Let’s lead off with the big news:
- Signed copies of Slow Regard of Silent Things
We weren’t sure we’d be able to offer these, because I didn’t want to step on my publisher’s toes. But we just got the thumbs up to put them into the fundraiser.
Edit: To answer a question that’s come up a couple times: Yes, these will be first editions of the book.
1. Ordering the book here doesn’t mean you’ll get it sooner than anyone else. We’ll be shipping these out the day before publication, so the soonest they’ll arrive is on the pub date itself.
2. On the other hand, we will be printing some special foil stickers for the front of the book. They’ll say something like, “Patrick Rothfuss thinks I’m awesome.” or “Geeks doing good.”
3. There are two different options over in the IndieGoGo. The 45 dollar level is for folks in the US, the 65 dollar level is for international shipping.
4. I’m going to be completely honest with you. Odds are, you’ll be able to buy signed copies of the book cheaper cheaper than this.
Not only will I be doing a little tour when the book comes out, but there will be many stores with access to signed copies. You’ll probably be able to find a nice signed copy for yourself online for pretty close to the cover price of the book.
So why would you buy a copy from us here? Well… maybe you’ve got a thing for shiny stickers. Maybe seeing the donation total of the fundraiser rise makes joy well up in your chest. Maybe you’re hoping we hit some of our stretch goals (You’ll see those down in the blog later.)
Anyway. I wanted you to know this was an option now.
- In other news, coloring.
A couple days ago, the I brought Oot over to the Worldbuilders office and we all took some time to appreciate the little things in life.
Specifically, we took our coloring book through some beta testing.
It occurred to me that y’all haven’t actually seen very many pages from the coloring book. Allow me to fix that:
This one’s my personal favorite. I’m sure you can get the reference.
We are, in fact, all mad here. As you can see by some of the pages we colored.
Kat did the one on the left. Brett and Maria did the one on the right. The middle picture is the same as the t-shirt:
That one Oot and I colored together. Looking at the picture, he said, “I think Mr. Whiffle is deciding to be a good guy.” So I wrote that in the corner and we both signed it.
Just for fun, we’ve thrown up these three colored pages up in the fundraiser too. We’re going to slide the other pages the team colored into the coloring books people order, just so you can feel better about your own ability to say within the lines.
If you get mine, I hope you put it on your fridge.
It was a lot of fun. If you’ve never been in a room full of adults coloring before, you honestly don’t know what you’re missing.
It does help having at least one kid around, and someone with a monkey puppet, if you can find one.
There was a surprising amount of competition, as well as a rather heated debate about what color the Doctor’s jacket should be.
Since I was at Worldbuilders HQ with my boy, I decided to show him the Bast-Off cards we’re selling for the special edition of Rogues. And, since we had the crayons out, I asked him if he’d like to draw a few as well.
Just in case there was any doubt, mine is the one on the right. Oot’s Bast had a serious case of crazy arms, but Oot gave him a speech bubble to make up for it.
It was kinda nice to draw a few of these with my boy, as drawing next to Brett’s Illustrations has been a little… intimidating.
We’ve decided to throw these up in the IndieGoGo too, because some folks were asking if they could buy them through the fundraiser instead of the store. We put up a few of Oot’s attempts at Bast too. Just in case some of you are *really* into crayon.
A few other things we’ve put up in the last couple days:
- Kvothe’s court rings from Vintas, designed by Badali Jewelry
I would like to point out that Badali actually went out of their way to make an iron ring. That’s not something that’s very easy to find….
- More E’lir sets of Cealdish Currency
I was hording a few, but the team encouraged me to give them up for the cause.
- Copies of Unfettered, signed by several of the authors
- Handcrafted Solid copper dice from Esoteric Garage.
- Legend of Neil DVDs signed by Felicia Day, Tony Janning, and Sandeep Parikh.
There’s a bunch of other new stuff in there too: Alice in Wonderland cards, New Magnets, Badali’s new Dresden Files shield bracelet….
(They’re so new, we’re only allowed to show you the teaser photos…)
Oh. I forgot, I wanted to show off another page of the calendar, too.
Honestly, there’s too much stuff to show you here. You should just go over there and look around….
We won’t be adding any more stuff to the fundraiser after today. So if you’ve been waiting to see the final goodies before you buy stuff, rest assured that this is the end of them.
Lastly, stretch goals.
On the reddit Q&A we did a couple days ago, I tricked Amanda into committing to getting the rest of the photo contest blogs up in a month if we hit 75K. And we did. So we will. Finally.
At $100,000 I’ll let go of a secret I’ve been holding for a while, and let y’all know the name of the world.
At $110,000 we’ll start including free stuff with some of the orders. Magnets. Bookplates. Coins.
After that, I’m not sure. I’ll do my best to think of something if we get that far.
Fundraiser ends at midnight on Monday the 14th. So if you want to get in on the action, make sure you get your order in.
Spread the word,