Pat’s donations and the Golden Ticket

This blog is part of the Worldbuilders fundraiser. If you want details about the fundraiser itself, click the picture below.

Okay folks. Worldbuilders is kinda my baby. So I guess I should donate my books first.

Here’s what I’m throwing into the mix:

  • 5 signed hardcover copies of the Name of the Wind.

These are anywhere from 2nd printing to 6th printing, all with the sexy new blue cover.

  • 3 copies of the College Survival Guide. Signed by me and the illustrator.

This book was my first publication, and it’s a shameful piece of my sordid past. It’s a collection of of humor columns I wrote for the college paper between 1999 and 2003. Columns dealt with pressing philosophical issues such as the fast zombies/slow zombies debate as well as everyday problems like how to bribe your professor or start a career as a prostitute.

The book is full of illustrations by BJ Hiorns, the same guy that illustrates my blog. It also contains annotations where I explain how some columns got written, the lies I told, and what sort of trouble various jokes got me into.

Only 500 copies were printed, so the Guide is hard to come by these days. Collectors sell them for as much as 200 bucks. Myself, I think it’s perfect for reading on the toilet.

  • 2 First edition copies of the Name of the Wind. Signed by me.

Both of these with the out-of-print covers. One with the green man (above) and one with the Fabio. You wouldn’t believe what some people are charging for these things out there.

  • 3 Copies of Tales of Dark Fantasy. Signed by me.

This is the Subterranean Press anthology that printed my short story, “The Road to Levinshir,” which is an excerpt from The Wise Man’s Fear.

It also has some great stories by folks like Tim Powers and Kage Baker. It’s a beautiful hardcover book, and the cover price was $40, and that was back before it sold out. Now it’s hard to find one for less than 80 bucks.

  • 1 Copy of the original galley for The Name of the Wind. Signed by me.

A galley is an early version of a book that publishers occasionally print in order to promote a book. This version of the book was before the final edits, so there are about 5000 small changes I made before publication, as well as two chapters that I re-wrote almost entirely.

There weren’t that many of these printed, and the last one of them I saw on e-bay was going for over a hundred dollars. The few signed ones out there are going for more than that

  • The Golden Ticket.

I’ve thought long and hard about what sort of big prize I could offer this year. Last year I donated one of my old editorial manuscripts. But I’m aware that while collectors might think that sort of thing is cool, not everyone is interested.

I could offer to put your name in book two, but not everyone who’s donating to the fundraiser is a fan of mine. I could offer to critique your manuscript and give you feedback, but not everyone is working on a novel….

So here’s what I’ve decided. If you win this prize, I will owe you one (1) favor. You can cash it in however you like.

You want your name in book two? We can do that. You want me to read your book and give you some criticism? No problem. You want me to attend your local convention, perform your wedding ceremony, or just give you a nice backrub? Consider it done.

A few stipulations:

  • The favor has to be legal. (More or less.)
  • It has to be something I can actually do. (Duh)
  • I can’t make anyone fall in love.

Other than that, I’ll do my best to grant your wish. Personally, I’m really curious as to what the winner will come up with…

Remember, every 10 dollars you donate gives you a chance to win these and hundreds of other cool books, so head over to my page at Team Heifer and chip in.

Want to go back to main page for Worldbuilders? Click HERE.

And, as always, special thanks to our sponsor, Subterranean Press.

(All Hail Subterranean Press!)

This entry was posted in College Survival Guide, Golden Ticket, Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders 2009By Pat16 Responses


  1. Steffi
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 1:35 PM | Permalink

    There are no words for how awesome you are. I’d give my left hand to win that Golden Ticket (though I honestly wouldn’t quite know yet what to do with it). As it stands, donations will have to do! :D

    *glances at her bank account*

  2. Roswitha
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 2:24 PM | Permalink

    Yeah, you are seriously awesome. Looking forward to this year’s fundraiser (I discovered last year’s after the fact).

    Although I occasionally check other blogs, yours is the only one I read every time you post something (and I’m not even looking for news on book 2, although I’m happy if there is some).

    Using your talents for good…now that’s my version of success. You, sir, are a Success. Keep up the great work!

    (drooling over signed copies)

  3. Amanda
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 3:21 PM | Permalink

    My boyfriend wants you to give him a backtub if one of us wins the Golden Ticket; I want you to officiate our wedding ;)
    mind you, I would be extremely pleased with ANY of the prizes from you or Subterranian Press thus far.

  4. Pedro Roman
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 7:46 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for everything: your time, your efford, your energy and good will. It is rewarding to see someone who could be drowning in success being so focused and generous.

    Thank you. Sincerely.

  5. Marjorie
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 8:28 PM | Permalink

    WooT!! Just as soon as I balance my bidget for this month, I’ll be back to donate…

  6. Marjorie
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 8:34 PM | Permalink

    *Ahem* I shall have to balance my budget, too…

  7. Vinny K
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 9:21 PM | Permalink

    You just kick too much ass Pat. You are the literary Chuck Norris.

  8. noirrosaleen
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 11:56 PM | Permalink

    0.0 Oh I’d go with officiating our wedding ceremony. Must find money somewhere..!

  9. Anonymous
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 1:07 AM | Permalink

    I know what my wish is!! Have my family with yours in disneyland for a day (or more) and then you sign my much read copy of notw. ^^ (although i would be honored to win anything) sounds like fun. Good luck everyone.

  10. Anonymous
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 4:16 AM | Permalink

    I’d love to win any of the awesome prizes, of course, but I’ll be thinking about what kind of favor to ask for in the minute chance I win that! Hmmmm….

  11. Nik
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

    So I can use the golden ticket to get you to come over for a day of gaming, chilling and geekery?
    Sounds like a plan! xD

  12. Anonymous
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 10:36 PM | Permalink

    can you vote for multiple favors?

    or the second book?

  13. persaverence
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 6:11 PM | Permalink

    I’m with Vinny K. Next time you go through one you should see if you can slam a revolving door

  14. Anonymous
    Posted December 15, 2009 at 3:55 PM | Permalink

    The Golden Ticket idea is awesome. I’m already planning for what my wish is. I feel like the spoiled girl on Willy Wonka. I MUST have a Golden Ticket. Wish I had a rich dad to back me up on that.

  15. Jamie
    Posted December 19, 2009 at 1:43 AM | Permalink

    How I wish my bank account would allow me to bid on those if they go up for auction… sigh.

  16. Sailor Matt
    Posted December 22, 2009 at 11:39 PM | Permalink

    If I won the golden ticket, I’d never cash it in so ten years from now I could say “Yeah, Patrick Rothfuss owes me a favor. We go way back…”

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