FAQ: The Wise Man’s Fear Signing Tour

Ever since I posted up the schedule for my upcoming signing tour, people have been asking a lot of questions.


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This has been a good thing. Your questions made me think about the tour in ways I wouldn’t have considered otherwise. I’ve spent weeks figuring things out, and now I have all sorts of answers for you. Plus a few other cool things that will probably be of interest even if you’re not planning on coming to one of the signings.

Also, for those of you who RSVP’d to the San Francisco event and couldn’t get a seat, we’ve managed to arrange a second event in San Francisco. Details are below in Question #2.

Ready? Here we go.

1. This is going to be my first booksigning and I don’t know the etiquette. Do I need to buy my book at the bookstore, or can I bring a book from home?

Honestly? The polite thing to do is to buy your book at the bookstore hosting the event.

You see, the bookstores hosting me put a lot of time, energy, and money into events like these. They order a BUNCH of books. They bring in extra staff to manage the crowds, set up chairs, and sometimes reorganize parts of the store. If the signing goes late, they have to keep the store open after hours.

Also, you have to remember that while the bookstore loves you, they are also, you know, a store. A store that sells books. They need to sell books to stay in business.

But there are other reasons too. Let’s say I do a signing and the bookstore sells 500 books. That bookstore is happy. That bookstore likes me. That bookstore wants to have me back for future events. Also, my publisher is happy, and they feel like spending the money to fly me out to events like this are a worthwhile investment.

But if I do a signing and sell, say, 20 books, odds are the bookstore won’t be inviting me back in the future.

Ultimately, buying a book at the hosting store is just good manners. They’re putting a lot of work into the event, and buying a book is the best way to show that you appreciate that.

*** There is one exception to this rule. There will be no books for sale at the Library of Congress reading. I’m happy to sign your book. But you’ll have to bring them with you.

Now does that mean you MUST buy a book to attend? Well, not exactly, read on…

1b. Pat, I called the bookstore and they said if I didn’t buy a book there, I couldn’t get anything signed. But I’m planning on buying your book March 1st, then driving three hours to get to your signing on the 10th. I’m a poor college student. I really can’t afford to buy a second book…

When I got the first message like this, I was surprised.

Needless to say, this isn’t the sort of policy I feel good about. The main reason I do these readings is so I can meet up with fans. I don’t want anyone getting turned away because they can’t afford to buy a book. (Or a second book, as with the example above.)

So I called my lovely PR team. They, in turn, called all the stores.

As a result, I’ve been reassured that nobody will be turned away from any of the events simply because they aren’t buying a book at the store.

That said, you can probably expect the hosting bookstores to give some preferential treatment to the people who buy at least one copy of the book in store. For example, they’ll probably get to go through the signing lines first. If we get huge turnouts, people who buy books in store will probably get first dibs on seating. Stuff like that.

1c. Can I get more than one book signed?

Yes.

The number of books you can get signed varies from store to store. Some stores will let you take three items through the line, some stores will let you bring five. If you want more books than that signed, you’ll have to get back in line.

For specifics, I’d suggest calling the store and asking them.

What if you’re picking up books for eight of your best friends? Well, odds are you’ll still be able to get them signed. The main reason I’m doing this tour is to sign books. My intention at each event is to sign books until there are no more books to sign.

I will only stop if I need to catch a plane, if the store needs to close, or if I collapse from exhaustion. That’s my plan.

2. I just found out that your reading in San Fransisco has limited seating! I e-mailed them 6 hours after you announced it, but all the seats were already taken! I was going to drive there with my girlfriend as her birthday present! Is there anything I can do to get us in? Anything?

I got a lot of messages like this. A lot.

The truth is, we were caught off-guard at how many people responded to the event. We weren’t expecting such a big turnout.

As soon as we realized the problem, we started trying to figure out some way to get more people in. The fabulous folks who run SF in SF tried to find a bigger venue, but there wasn’t anything available. We couldn’t do an afternoon event because I’m not even going to be in San Francisco until 3:30 that day.

Still, I felt really bad that so many people were going to be disappointed. So I worked with my PR team and the folks at Borderlands Books to create an overflow event. Something to give the rest of the people chance to come see me and get their books signed.

So. We are holding a second event in San Fransisco. It will be DIRECTLY AFTER the evening event on March 3rd.

It will, in fact, be my first-ever midnight signing.

The second event will be held at:

Borderlands Cafe
870  Valencia St. (between 19th and 20th),
San Francisco 94110.
  • Books will be on sale at Borderlands Books, right next door.
  • First come, first seated.  There will also be standing room and, once the cafe is at capacity, there will be overflow space at the bookstore. We can’t guarantee that there will be enough space to accommodate everyone.

Edit: * The Cafe will be closed between 9:00 and 10:00. But at 10:00 they’ll be back up and running, so you can show up, grab your seat, and grab some coffee in preparation for the event.

  • If you don’t have a seat at the event at SF in SF, YOU SHOULD COME TO THE MIDNIGHT EVENT INSTEAD. Only people with tickets to the SF in SF event are guaranteed to get their books signed there.
  • Each person will be able to get two books signed. People wishing additional signatures will have to go to the end of the line and may or may not be able to get additional books signed, depending on how late the event continues. (I do have to catch a plane in the morning, you realize.)
  • There is no need to RSVP for this event and no seats will be reserved.

It’s entirely possible that I will be wearing my footie pajamas for this event, as I’ll be giving up a couple hours sleep to make it happen. It’s also fair to say that I’ll probably look a little wild around the eyes. But that’s half the fun of a midnight signing, isn’t it?

My sincerest thanks go out to the folks at Borderlands for helping us pull this together at the last moment.

Thanks so much, guys.

3. Can I get my picture taken with you at the signing?

Normally, my answer would be an unqualified yes. Anyone who’s glanced at my facebook page, has seen ample proof of the fact that I’m not camera shy.

(Yes. I’m wearing a kilt.)

However, there are certain logistical problems with me taking pictures with everyone at these bigger signings. Simply said, photos make a long signing even longer. But what usually happens is that you hand your phone over to someone else to take the shot, then we pose, then the person can’t figure out how to use your camera. Then you explain to them that it’s the button on the side….

You know what I’m talking about, right? We’ve all been there.

But let’s do some simple math. Assume that 200 people show up to my signing, and I take *just one minute* with each of them to shake hands, exchange a few words, then sign a book. 200 people at a minute each means that the signing is already more than three hours long.

That’s not even counting if people have more than one book. Or if people ask me for personalizations. If we add another 50 people taking pictures on top of that, the signing will suddenly be five hours long.

So my answer to this is… Maybe. We can probably snap a quick picture. But don’t be offended if we have to skip it if the line is really long.

4. Will you sign copies of The Name of the Wind?

Hell yes. Just because I have a new baby doesn’t mean I don’t love my first baby.

5. Will there be hardcover copies of The Name of the Wind available to purchase at your signings?

Almost certainly. But if you want to make sure you get one, the smart thing to do would be to call the bookstore and reserve a copy.

6. Will there be copies of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle available at your signings?

Maybe. Very maybe. Most bookstores only know about me because of The Name of the Wind. If you want to buy a Princess book, I’d suggest you call the store and try to reserve one. If they don’t have one in stock, I’m sure they’d be happy to order one in for you. Bookstores love selling books, you know.

6b. Will I get a special promotional sticker if I buy a copy of the Princess book at the store?

Good idea. I’ll throw some of those in my luggage. So yes. You can have a sticker.

7. Can I bring you cookies or some other sort of treat?

Let’s be clear here. I’m not posting this question as a desperate attempt to cage cookies off of everyone. I’m posting this question because at least five or six different people e-mailed me on the subject. So I figure it’s a legitimate FAQ.

The short answer is that yes. You can bring me cookies. That’s very sweet of you.

The long answer is that if you do bring me cookies. Please don’t be offended if I give some of them away. This tour is going to be kinda rough on my system, so I’m going to try and eat healthy. If I eat a dozen cookies at each signing, it’s going to ruin me.

7b. Do you have a cookie preference?

Chocolate-chip cookies are the favored kind of cookie. Raisin cookies are for people who secretly hate themselves. A real cookie shouldn’t have fruit in it. A real cookie is bad for you. It is like a delicious nail driven directly into your heart.

8. Do you hug?

I have been known to hug.

That said, you might want to refer to the logistical issues I mention up in question #3. It might have to be a short hug.

And watch those hands.

9. I want to buy a Kingkiller t-shirt to wear to your signing, but I can’t find the link to your store, the Tinker’s Sack. What’s the URL?

Here’s the link for you.

And by the way, it’s called The Tinker’s Pack. Pack. With a “P”.

The Tinker’s Sack would be a whole different sort of website. I don’t know what they’d sell there, but I don’t think you’d want to buy any….

10. What are your signings like?

First say howdy to everyone and explain some of the ground rules of the event.

Then comes the reading. I read a little something, answer some questions from the audience, then read another little something, then more questions. I do this for about an hour.

Last comes the signing. I pretty much sign books until they make me leave the store.

11. When are you coming to Canada/Spain/Ireland/Estonia?

Rest assured than when I make plans to travel to another country, I’ll post those signings up on the blog as well.

12. I live in Mexico/Germany/Korea/Bulgaria. How can I get a copy of the English version of your book? I want to read the original language.

If none of your local bookstores carry English books, I know that some of the stores that are carrying signed versions of my book are also willing to do international shipping. You could order from them….

13. I won’t have had time to read the whole book before I attend the your event in Portland. I’m looking forward to hearing you read, but I hate spoilers. Do I need to be afraid?

I hate spoilers, too. So you don’t need to worry about me giving away big secrets like the fact that Kvothe is really Kaiser Soze.

14.You’re coming to my town, but I’m going to have to miss your signing by just a couple hours because of attend class/go to work/catch a plane/etc.  Can I meet up with you a little earlier and have you sign my book?

I’m sorry. But my schedule is way too tight to do anything like that. A lot of times, I won’t even be flying into town until a couple hours before the signing.

But if it’s your hometown, you can just call the bookstore and reserve a copy. Whenever I do a signing, the bookstore has me sign a bunch of books for people that couldn’t make it to the event.

15. Will you personalize my book to me? To my dad? To my girlfriend?

Yes. Yes. And yes.

However, I probably won’t have time to write anything really lengthy in the books. (See the Answer to #3 for the reason why.)

That means personalizations will probably have to be limited to a name and just a few words. No really long quotes.

16. Will you Sign my Nook/Kindle/E-reader?

Yes. This is something that I’ve done before.

That said, you might want to check out the answer to question #1 up there. Showing up with your kindle is just the same as bringing a book from home.

17. I have an important question. About how tall are you?

I am one thousand feet tall.

18. Is it really surreal that people are taking days off of work to come see you?

Yes.  It is weird as hell.

19.Will your baby be with you at any of your signings?

My accountant has informed me that if I’m going to keep writing him off as a promotional expense, I need to take him to at least one signing.

That means it’s a fairly safe bet that you’ll see Oot in Madison. You might also get to see him in DC, New York, or Boston.

(He’s the one on the right.)

Who’s daddy’s cute little deduction?

20. Mr. Rothfuss, is it better for you if I buy your book at any particular store? Or in any particular way? (Nook? Hardcover?) I love your books, and so I want to support you as much as I can.

Over the last month, I’ve had more than a dozen messages like this. It just goes to prove something I already knew, that my readers are delightfully considerate human beings.

The truth is. I make more money off the hardcover of the book. Also, the more hardcover books I sell, the better chance I have of making it onto the New York Times Bestseller list. That’s kind of a big deal.

For the most part, it doesn’t matter where you buy the book, though I do usually encourage people to shop locally. Because supporting your local economy is a good thing.

If you *really* want to help, you could make a point of buying the book close to the release date. If enough people buy the book in that first week, I might get onto the New York Times Bestseller list. That would be really good for my career.

There you are folks. All of the big questions answered.

And for those of you who actually took the time to read all the way to the end. Here’s a little something extra. Over on the Gollancz facebook page, they have a video of me reading a scene from the Wise Man’s fear. I taped it with them more than a year ago when I was in England, so it’s a little different from the finished version. But if you’re looking for a little taste of what’s coming. You can head over there.

And don’t worry, it’s only a small piece in from the second chapter. No big spoilers. It isn’t until the third chapter that we learn that Kvothe’s dad isn’t really dead, he was merely horribly wounded and now serves as the strong right hand of the empire, Darth Vader.

Share and enjoy,

pat

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137 Comments

  1. Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:53 AM | Permalink

    Wicked Q & A Mister Pat! Damn-near tempted me to book a flight out there! My fingers are crossed for you that all goes well on the tour and that your signer’s calluses come in quickly!

    PS. The Book Depository ships free, world-wide: http://tinyurl.com/seanstorm

    • Blarghedy
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:54 AM | Permalink

      That tinyurl link doesn’t work.

      • teresake
        Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:53 AM | Permalink

        it’s http://www.bookdepository.uk

        I’m in the US and I still order from them–their prices are very good, they ship fast, and I like that I have access to UK covers. :)

        • Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

          Thanks – I’m a fur.ly man my own self, and it’s been down the last few days, so I attempted summet fancy and failed. You’re a life-saver. It should have read:
          http://tinyurl.com/seainstorm

          I must’ve accidentally deleted a character pre-post.

  2. Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:55 AM | Permalink

    Merciful Buddha. That took a long time to write….

    • Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:41 AM | Permalink

      And read… ;-)

      • Erzberger
        Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:02 AM | Permalink

        t(Reading)/t(Writing) = 47.331

  3. bishieaya
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:24 AM | Permalink

    Wow…I have to agree with Elicius, I Need to go to one of your signings now! Y’know…rather than just the burning desire I had before.

    Not only that but well, I always loved your writing (duh) and thought your were pretty amazing but now I just really respect you for all that you are doing for your fans with the whole San Fran event.

    Hope your signing goes well and you get lots of cookies ^^

    ps. Scotland love you for the kilt

  4. cathy_j
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:25 AM | Permalink

    Regarding Question 11, when you do launch your world tour, don’t forget Australia :-)

    • Merus
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:24 AM | Permalink

      I must admit I giggled a bit when Kvothe said “‘Struth” in Wise Man’s Fear. You should definitely come to Australia. We like hairy people. We think they signify a wise yet slightly deranged man.

      (Also I had to brag a little in a way that doesn’t immediately come off as bragging.)

      • Jack
        Posted February 26, 2011 at 9:52 PM | Permalink

        I am so excited for when this happens! :)

  5. The_Eleventh_Evien
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:27 AM | Permalink

    I thought to myself, “Who the hell else is up this late, getting a headache over a difficult writing project?”
    And then this popped up on Facebook.

  6. LordMortimur
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:32 AM | Permalink

    And my love for Patrick Rothfuss grows ever stronger.

  7. chaelek
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:35 AM | Permalink

    Hey so, buying the e-book version of WMF doesn’t go towards the NYT bestseller’s list? There’s no bookstore in my town and while I plan on buying a hard cover at your STL signing, I will very certainly be downloading a copy March 1st 12:00 AM. I’ll dance naked in the snow if I have to.

  8. Jake Covert
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:37 AM | Permalink

    The Rothfuss abhors ambiguity. ;-).

  9. begna112
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:52 AM | Permalink

    1. your voice always surpises me. i expect a deep husky voice to match te beard.

    2. why no love for the central plains? a kansas city signing woule have been awesome.

    3. have bought 1 book from The Signed Page and will get another at the Houston signing (closest to oklahoma). even poor college kids like myself should bewilling to buy 2-3 copies

  10. Blarghedy
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:53 AM | Permalink

    Only a few of my friends have read Name of the Wind, unfortunately. I do, of course, recommend it wherever I can. One of my friends likes it nearly as much as I do (and I say that honestly, though, looking at it now, it seems like I’m trying to suck up. Meh.), and I often quote little bits from your blog. Today, this particular one struck my fancy:

    17. I have an important question. About how tall are you?

    I am one thousand feet tall.

    For something like 8 years, I helped out with my mother’s girl scout day camp, where they generally had, I believe, 30-60 campers. The last year I helped, we played a game. We had to say where we went to school (my answer: college), what grade we were in (again, college), and how old we were (one billion years old). They didn’t believe me.

    • Blarghedy
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:55 AM | Permalink

      Heh, later I let slip that my 21st birthday was coming up, and one of them, rather sarcastically, said “I thought you were a billion.”

      Sarcasm. I love it.

    • scubadivider
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:00 AM | Permalink

      Love it! My father once convinced my nephew (who, to be fair, was maybe 5 at the time) that Oma (Grandma) was Abe Lincoln’s next door neighbor. Of his own accord, Nephew Mark approached Oma the next day and asked what it was like to live in a log cabin “with no TV or *anything*.”

      Also – Pat? Baby Oot is pretty damn cute. Thanks for sharing.

  11. FranciscoJJ
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:00 AM | Permalink

    I guess everyone tells you this, but you are a really funny person!!
    In my family we are all thrilling (I am not sure if that is the right spelling!English is not my mother tongue!!) about the new book. And in our case, you will get twice the number of books sold. First in English, as soos it is released, later in Spanish, to know what actually happens in the novel!!!!

  12. Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:25 AM | Permalink

    According to Canada Post, my book has been delivered – apparently chapters shipped it two days ago. Now why can’t I find my mail key?! alkjalskdf

    • Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:26 AM | Permalink

      I need to see if it’s for real. Because I know that I probably shouldn’t have it already :)

      • Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:58 AM | Permalink

        I GOT IT!!!! Thank you, Pat, the book is especially hefty and shiny in the hardcover. Now, I wonder if I’ll finish it before the official release date… :D

  13. Achela
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:28 AM | Permalink

    You are just… Awesome… Thank you for doing this…

  14. Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:46 AM | Permalink

    You crack me up. I’d read your blog even if you weren’t a famous writer type.

    • theamberkey
      Posted February 26, 2011 at 3:35 PM | Permalink

      I read his blog long before I read his book. I didn’t like Name of the Wind the first time I started it, but after reading his blog for a few months I was convinced enough to pick it up again and read it in like one sitting.

  15. d1verjim
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

    Great blog post as always. Thanks for linking to the video, it was really good to be able to see you reading from your new baby (and to know I’ve been pronouncing Kvothe right) :o)

    Onto my question…
    As I (and many others) live in the U.K. or other parts of the world you’re not visiting, is there any chance you could video one or more of your readings and post them on here for our delictation?

    Yours looking forward to march 1st,
    James.

  16. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

    I’m already buying three copies from the local bookstore… but I suppose a fourth in Madison at the signing wouldn’t kill me. Normal people spend their tax return money on multiple copies of the same book, right?

    I hope you get some rest before you leave, good sir. While I’ve been appreciating the constant blog posts quite a bit, I now worry for your sanity come mid- to late-March.

  17. Marcus Cox
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

    So I’m buying your book March 1st because waiting the next four days is agony enough, let alone waiting another week. Plus I’m a passenger in a five hour drive to get to the signing and I’ll be damned if I don’t take advantage of the extra time to read. So I guess my question is while I won’t be buying the book from the store will buying things such as food and beverage from their cafe help with the whole issue from question #1?

    Also I might make a suggestion for the extra time crunch that comes from taking pictures; do what Neil Gaiman does and inform people that they can come around the table and get a picture taken as you’re signing their book, but you can’t guarantee you’ll be looking at the camera. This will make people mostly happy, save on time and will sometimes result in great photos. I have a picture with Neil where I have this goofy smile that is filled with all sorts of nerd glee and he’s just sitting there signing a book. It’s one of my most prized possessions.

    • Marcus Cox
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:23 AM | Permalink

      Sorry for the double post here but you might want to rethink the tag “the longest fucking blog ever” for there are now four longest fucking blogs ever. Might I suggest “the longest fucking blog… YET!”

  18. darthmonkey
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 6:46 AM | Permalink

    Go stick your head in a pig.

  19. Mindy609
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:34 AM | Permalink

    I know you don’t really like little kids coming to your signings, last year in Cleveland I brought my 7 and 9 year old boys… Babysitter problems. They loved it! They really enjoyed listening to you speak. I told them that you are coming to Ohio again, they were ecstatic about getting to see you again. I told hem they were going to stay with their dad. I almost had a mutiny on my hands. I purchased TNOTW audio book for them to listen to, they love it. Thank you for being so shiny!

  20. jacksmash
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:35 AM | Permalink

    What if we want to come to your signing, but don’t want you to sign our books, because, well, your signature sucks?

    (Relax… I’m totally kidding!)

  21. rappy7
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:52 AM | Permalink

    Have you decided on Worldcon in August? It’s in Reno.

    • Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM | Permalink

      I’ll be there….

      • Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

        Damn, I’m out of town for St. Louis and I’m going to NYC the week after you’re there. Damn the luck.

  22. teresake
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:59 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for answering all these questions, Pat. You continue to prove just how awesome you are. (And inspiring–I got some Heifer International teaching materials to work into a curriculum unit because of your Worldbuilder fundraisers.)

    I first met you at GenCon 2008, and I’m really looking forward to seeing you again. :)

  23. Oohaha
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:42 AM | Permalink

    And don’t worry, it’s only a small piece in from the second chapter. No big spoilers. It isn’t until the third chapter that we learn that Kvothe’s dad isn’t really dead, he was merely horribly wounded and now serves as the strong right hand of the empire, Darth Vader.

    Snape kills Dumbledor all over again =[

  24. Sabrina B.
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:48 AM | Permalink

    Just– Thank you. You work really hard for us fans. I don’t have much author contact, but I doubt many authors work this hard at anything but writing (and some not even at that). So instead of requests for you to sign my baby (not that I have one) or come to my city (SF is close enough, really) I just wanted to say thank you.

    • Mindy609
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

      Ditto!

    • sprout47
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 6:34 PM | Permalink

      Yes, thank you, thank you! You signing schedule looks insane, so I can only imagine how difficult it will be to do two signings in one night. It means a lot to us fans!

  25. kharrisbob
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:54 AM | Permalink

    “Chocolate-chip cookies are the favored kind of cookie. Raisin cookies are for people who secretly hate themselves. A real cookie shouldn’t have fruit in it. A real cookie is bad for you. It is like a delicious nail driven directly into your heart.”

    This sums up my feelings exactly. Oatmeal raisin cookies are the fake chocolate chip. Just like bagels are the fake doughnuts.

  26. thekeythecointhecandle
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

    I am bringing you a chocolate chip Clif Bar. You will need some nutrition and energy.

    Also, this is not related to the excerpt, but I’m still looking for a forum to discuss the books – are any good ones in existence?

  27. Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

    Re. 1b I just called (minutes ago) and asked about reservations for Joseph-Beth in Lexington and was informed that I had to purchase my book there in order to get a place in line. I am driving more than three hours to see you and naturally Joseph-Beth’s is not my local store.

    But I take comfort in “…nobody will be turned away from any of the events simply because they aren’t buying a book at the store,” even though it leaves me confused. I’m wondering if I should proceed as planned or just use my credit card and buy another book?

    • dchatham
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:30 AM | Permalink

      I’m going to Joseph Beth too, about an hour away. I went there this past Tuesday to check things out, they told me you were free to go to the event but had to buy a book from them to get a ‘ticket’ to get in the signing line.

      I bought a book, and the ‘ticket’ they gave me has a big ‘A’ on top of it. I think it is their intent to arrange the signing line much like southwest with these tickets. Its likely, based on what Pat said here, that without one of these you would simple be waiting longer in line after the reading/question portion of the event.

      Obviously I don’t work for them, so take my take as just that.

      • Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM | Permalink

        I hope this is the case. When Pat last came to Joseph-Beth’s in Lexington they handed out vouchers, but I didn’t have to purchase a book to get one. So I had an E or F and waited a while, but that was no big deal.

        However, if one can only get ‘tickets’ from purchasing and one can only get in line with a ‘ticket,’ then I may just as well have to buy a book.

        Perhaps I’m just worrying over nothing.

    • masty
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:56 AM | Permalink

      Please Please can some one clarify. I am also driving from Louisville to Lexinginton for this.

  28. skinner
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:16 AM | Permalink

    Godspeed on your merry adventures, Patrick! Just make sure to take as much “Airborne” as possible to keep you in tip top shape. I’m catching you on March 9, and I will settle for nothing less than hagard. As you can see, I don’t set my sights too high.

    But seriously, Airborne is legit. It’s almost all vitamins and shit. It works wonders in terms of keeping you not sick.

    • skinner
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

      that 2nd paragragh rymed. It was almost poetic… yuck.

  29. phayes
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM | Permalink

    If I bring a manuscript of my own book, will you lay hands on it and say a quick blessing?

  30. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this! Especially about the picture part. I’m super shy at signings and though I always want to ask I usually just take pictures of author’s signing. Also, you are adorkable in that picture with Oot. :) Kid needs to start workin on his beard though lol

  31. spoonyspork
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:04 AM | Permalink

    So I had an incredibly bizarre thing happen at work. FedEx delivered a rather heavy package, and I was the only one here so opened it (some things we get need to be refrigerated right away). It turned out to be several books, including The Wise Man’s Fear.

    My heart actually skipped a beat. I looked at the box – totally not at all work’s address. I felt like I’d just found a wad of cash on the street. I always said if that happened to me I would turn the money in. Still, I hesitated. A couple weeks back someone had linked to the electronic version and I’d clicked on it, verified it was actually the book, and closed my browser. Several days later I couldn’t take it anymore and went back… and it was gone, thankfully keeping me with a clear conscience. But now here I was starring at the book. Ifni, Luck, Loki, Fate… whoever… had stuck this book and moral dilemma in my face *twice*. I knew it wasn’t mine (I’m getting it for my Kindle and am waiting to buy a hard copy in case I end up going to a signing event), and I knew it wasn’t March 1st. I could wait and maybe take it to its rightful owner in the morning, giving me time to… no. It felt like I’d been standing there forever, but it must have only been a few seconds, as the FedEx truck was still outside. I ran outside and yelled that they’d gotten the wrong address. As the guy carried the box back out I felt like someone had put the most delicious cake ever in front of me, let me see and smell it, then ate it all right there in front of me, describing in agonizing detail just how great it was.

    This all actually happened yesterday just before leaving work, and I still have this weird detached feeling. Sigh. Just 4 more days! >.<

    • MisterMerf
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

      You’ve passed the test! Twice.

      I don’t know what fate has in store for you, but it’d better be damn good.

      • Timpinen
        Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

        You may diminish, and go into the West, and remain Galadriel!

        • duke7883
          Posted February 26, 2011 at 2:02 PM | Permalink

          I’ve read Pat’s blog for over a year now and this is my second comment ever. I laughed extremely hard at your comment, Timpinen.

  32. Ede
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:22 AM | Permalink

    can you sign babies?

  33. xjm
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:27 AM | Permalink

    Aw, I got all excited to meet Oot in Madison, and then remembered I’m in Chicago that week. :) Well, at least I can probably make the Chicago signing.

    Is it weird to you that complete strangers adore your baby?

  34. jaimo
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:31 AM | Permalink

    Pat,
    Looking forward to meeting you in Boston!
    Just for the record, the telephone # for the Northeastern University Bookstore is (617)373-2286

  35. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

    posted this @tweetofthewind on twitter to get the word out.

    much love.

  36. masty
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for this post, its a big help. I live in Louisville and was planning to drive to Lexington for your reading. I also did not want to wait till Mar 12 to get the book, Joseph keller site said you have to buy books there to attend the signing and I was totally confused on what to do. I thought I had to buy 2 copies of the book one at my local store on Mar 1 and other at Joseph keller. But after reading the FAQ I feel a lot better.

  37. masty
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM | Permalink

    It should read Mar 11 and Josepth Beth in the previous post. :-(

  38. mitlik
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM | Permalink

    To emphasize on a point about where to buy your books: I ordered through a local independant bookstore and I got mine yesterday. I managed to read to the first interlude before I had to stop for the evening. 993 pages of new book smell, mmmm.

  39. Mickey
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

    Guess what I am holding in my grubby little paws….It’s big, thick and heavy and makes people sigh and moan….

    Thats right folks, over here in the UK we already got thousand of copies of WMF just waiting on the shelves ! See you all in a couple of days…

  40. lys
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM | Permalink

    Do pre-orders count toward first week sales?
    It seems logical that they would, but sometimes reality defies logic.

    • Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM | Permalink

      Yeah. They should.

      • Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:35 PM | Permalink

        Do pre-orders from Amazon.ca/Canadian shops count as well ? Or is the New York Time Best Seller List only for books bought inside the US ?

        • Corgyll
          Posted February 27, 2011 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

          I’m curious about this too.
          But rather than Canada I’m interested if my first week purchase in Sweden will do any good.

  41. LaFleur
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM | Permalink

    Freaking Barnes and Noble won’t ship mine until march 1st. (I had to order online as I will not be able to attend a signing, and they have a limited autograph edition online) people already have them, lucky people…

  42. jorwest
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

    heres a very important question, would it be possible for you to tell us which planes your going to be flying on so we can feel extra special by being on the same one. if no, which signing is closest to the airport

  43. Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM | Permalink

    That’s awesome about the SF signing! I got into the lobby instead of the actual theater and thought I sent my stuff in fast! I’m almost tempted to stay for the midnight reading, but that would be bad for my classes the next day. :P

    Also totally agree with your stance on cookies. Raisins do not belong anywhere near a cookie. Also oatmeal chocolate chip is good because though it borders on ‘healthy things’ it’s the best reason ever to eat cookies for breakfast. (Not that I don’t eat normal bad-for-you cookies for breakfast. I do. Also cupcakes for breakfast are awesome.)

  44. ccomer38
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM | Permalink

    so i’ve been debating on whether or not i should come to a signing.. i live in philly, i have a final monday night and tuesday afternoon and wednesday morning and night… but ESPECIALLY since you said that i might get to see Oot I think I have to come now!!
    Super excited!!
    Question though.. if I buy the book at the bookstore its already March 15th.. does that still count for the NY bestsellers list? I’d be happy to buy it before then but I wanted to get in the fast signing line.. but i want to read it like asap…*sigh* i dont know what to do!!

  45. ClosedUnsink
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM | Permalink

    So….I was looking at the tour map, and couldn’t help but notice there are no stops in the middle or southeast of the country. While I realize that all of six people live in the central U.S., Atlanta is in fact quite a large city. Why is it that all of your tours stops seem to be clustered? Is it just easier (time-wise) to schedule them that way?

  46. alierakieron
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:32 PM | Permalink

    Regarding Photos: You can also do what Neil did at the house on the Rock shindig and designate someone to do photos. People hand that person their camera and show them how to use it while they’re in line, and said volunteers snaps photos while you sign. Doesn’t disrupt the flow any and gets everyone who wants one a picture.

    For the record, I will be at the Madison event and yes, I am volunteering to do the job.
    – Liz Brinnehl

  47. D_
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

    I know that most of the South doesn’t read, but there are a few exceptions here. Maybe book three?

  48. trebuchetmetal
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

    Right on. Raisins are the devil’s fruit.

  49. Rabin
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:38 PM | Permalink

    So, I placed the order online at B&N for your signed copy. I have never placed any order for a signed copy of the first edition books, even of my favorite authors. There is first time for everything. Anyway, as they say, ask an inch and get a mile, or is that reverse, anywho, if only you could photoshope your photo with a fan-reader and erase that fan-reader and put mine with broad smile, now that would be something!!! I ask all these of you, because you and most of the other authors that I know of, do not seem to want to come to the last frontier, a pristine wilderness in all the “common wealth”!!!

  50. Little My
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

    Anyone notice that Wise Man’s Fear has been languishing (???) at #9 on Amazon, but today has jumped to #6?

    • absurdmike
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:30 PM | Permalink

      Yep, I noticed :D

      But it’s actually at #4 right now!!!

  51. leitmotiv
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 2:19 PM | Permalink

    Is that guy doing the “pink stink” in that photo with you?

  52. Hxlgg
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 2:35 PM | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, I’m so excited! I think I just pee’d myself! Just a bit. YAY new book! Can you smell the awesome? I can smell it. Mmm…

    • Little My
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 6:30 PM | Permalink

      I smell pee.

  53. IrisSue
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 2:43 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    To be respectful of bookstore policies, I just contacted the University Bookstore in Seattle to ask them how many books I would be permitted to take through the line as you recommended. First of all, the events rep I spoke to didn’t seem to know anything concrete because she initially said that you will be ONLY signing copies of Wise Man’s Fear, but then I told her what you said on the blog and then she said she wasn’t sure and that I should bring your other books anyway and get permission from the events staff at the signing. :(

  54. Charles C
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 2:52 PM | Permalink

    I’m going to buy the book on release day. I’m also going to purchase the audio book at some unspecified point in the future.

    If I buy both in the first week, does the audio book count towards the best seller list tally?

  55. Murdoc the Mad
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for posting #20, as I was wondering that exact same thing myself. Canceled my Kindle pre-order and put one in for the hardcover version at Boarders. It’s not the media I would have preferred reading it on, but if it helps you and your publisher out more, I’m more than willing. And hey, maybe karma will be kind to me and Borders will ship my copy early…

    Best of luck on your tour, Pat.

  56. Celtland
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:16 PM | Permalink

    I hope pre-orders count! I’ve purchased a signed copy from Powell’s and the Kindle version, as well. I’d love, love, love to make your signing in Beaverton, but I cannot. You’re an extremely cool guy who’s given me hours of reading pleasure – so I will have to shake your hand and thank you appropriately one day (queue Otis Spunkmeyer chocolate chip cookies and a Voodoo Doughnut).

  57. TheBeard
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM | Permalink

    Pat, let me just say that you have made my day wonderful. I was already planning on driving 2/3 hours to get down to the San Francisco signing, even though I couldn’t get a ticket, and just hoping to get lucky. Now I don’t have to worry about wasting a long trip. Thank you so much for being the most awesome person in the world!

  58. leitmotiv
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:39 PM | Permalink

    I’m sure most of these events will be advertised one way and will end up slightly different. This is very typical in the world of booking acts. Too many entities involved to get all the facts straight. Manager of the bookstore wants one thing, Pat’s publisher telling him another, and all the employees and fans stuck in the middle trying to figure out what’s going on. Come prepared for all circumstances, and try to respect Pat’s wishes.

  59. tengen
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

    A quick google search later and it seems pre-orders count IF they ship on the week of sales. I think Amazon has a special deal where they can ship a few days early to get you the book on release date, and have it still count for pre-order sales. The only thing that doesn’t count is if stores offer the books early before their laydown date. So cheers, I’d say 90%+ pre-orders will count towards your first weeks sale!

  60. tengen
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

    And just pre-ordered my limited autographed edition through B&N!

  61. 2Danimator
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:43 PM | Permalink

    I am excited to know you sign Kindles! I pre-ordered A Wise Man’s Fear ages ago. (Sorry small bookstore, I’m poor so I won’t be buying a hardback copy as well.) I am happy and sad that you are doing a double signing in SF. It’s great that you are allowing more fans to meet with you. Unfortunately, (for me at least) the second signing is at midnight. Bart (the public transportation for the Bay Area ends around 1:30am) and anyone who’s been to SF knows parking is a bitch (esp. when a bunch of people are all trying to park in the same location.) Logistically, it’s a transportation nightmare. I would hate to get stuck alone at night in The City. haha. I’m hoping I can drag my best friend with me, we’ll see…she’s pregnant.
    P.S. just finished rereading book 1 in preparation for this book – I forgot how awesome it is!!! *fangirl sigh*

    • 2Danimator
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:47 PM | Permalink

      I lied, Bart ends around midnight :(

  62. DZeplin
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:59 PM | Permalink

    Wait a sec. Kaiser Soze is Darth Vader’s son? Huh. I guess that does make some sense. If we go by Lucas’s heretical recent movies, that would imply Kaiser Soze is semi-divine…

    • Mossy Toes
      Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:28 PM | Permalink

      It all…it all makes sense now…

  63. marie_kp
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 6:47 PM | Permalink

    Sad cookies for me =( Because I’m from Brazil and won’t get to any of your signings. I was thinking about going, seriously – But my mother will not be able to take time off work until May, and I won’t go alone. So, I’m praying to Tehlu that you have something to do in NYC in the first week of May and the Gods of Publishing think is a good idea to host a Wise man’s fear’s Two Months #1 in the New York Times Best-Seller list party or shit like that.

    And I’m kind of dreaming about WMF. Seriously.

    And does anyone knows if it’s ok to buy the nook-for-pc version of WMF even trough I’m outside the US? I’ll buy both hardcovers – NoTW (my poor paperback is falling apart) and WMF- as the very first thing I do in the US, but I wanted WMF AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, and nobody ships to Brazil that fast =(

  64. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:58 PM | Permalink

    Hmmm… I have a recipe for BACON chocolate chip cookies, would those pique your interest?

    • chaelek
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:22 PM | Permalink

      They’ve certainly piqued mine!

  65. Angelique
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:22 PM | Permalink

    I was wondering if you would be attending/signing/on a panel at the LA Times Festival of Books this year?

  66. theotherjason
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:58 PM | Permalink

    Dude, why the raisin hate? As an oatmeal raisin cookie lover I am deeply offended and you can expect to hear from my lawyer.

  67. dani
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:38 PM | Permalink

    I recommend that an investment be made in a life sized cardboard cut out of yourself, so your fans can pose with that during your signing/readings.

  68. kvothe
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 1:01 AM | Permalink

    YOU ARE IN AT NUMBER 4 ON AMAZON!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!

  69. sortova
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 8:13 AM | Permalink

    I’ve noticed the Southeast US is greatly under-represented in your tour. Trust me – it’s better than it was 150 or so years ago, although we still make a wicked pork BBQ.

    Have one of your minions contact Quail Ridge Books (http://www.quailridgebooks.com/) if you are interested in doing a signing in North Carolina. They’re one of the last independents in the area and they host a lot of signings.

  70. justajenjen
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 8:32 AM | Permalink

    Since I’m sure you’ll get enough cookies, maybe my mom and I can stop by the Farmer’s Market before heading up to the Oak Brook event. I could make you another produce bag. :)

    This could be my thing. The crazy lady that wears Beatles shirts and brings knitted goods and fruit to events.

  71. eweedin
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

    Mr. R!

    Do you hate the mountains? Your considerate map of the tour made it obvious that you avoided the entire Rocky Mountain region. I’ll take you skiing!

    Have fun on the tour!

  72. cynrtst
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 3:47 PM | Permalink

    I am getting more and more excited. I called the Huntington Beach B & N and they said if I bring some for of proof of purchase for Princess & Mr Wiffle, I can get it signed. I still have my shipping envelope, so will bring it in that. It lives there anyway.
    I am hoping they let me purchase my pre-ordered copy of WMF when I get there so I can read in line!! Aaaand I got the Kindle version of NOTW because I lent out my paperback, read it in two days, and now am all up to date. I think that’s it.
    Do you like Banana Chocolate Chip?

  73. nr
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM | Permalink

    Hey. Random question. Should I be able to read the first 8 pages of your book on the preview function of amazon.uk even though the book technically hasn’t come out yet??? Cos I have a feeling I’m not the only one. Feel free to ignore this if it’s all shiney.

  74. deedee
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM | Permalink

    Number 3 on amazon now! wahay, take that ‘Peace from broken pieces’ and ‘Slow Cooker Revolution’ (currently no. 4 & 5 on the list)

    Majorly jealous of people who already have their copies :( I ordered mine from SignedPaged and I’m in the UK so I’ve most likely still got a long wait *sigh*

  75. Aeylis
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 9:32 PM | Permalink

    Awesome, can’t wait for the new book to come out!
    I’m going to have to run to Barnes and Noble as soon as I can on Tuesday afternoon

    Thanks for writing the helpful/amusing blog

  76. LCF
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 6:13 PM | Permalink

    My copy of the book just got shipped by Amazon!!!
    I know, totally off-topic, but I’m so happy I had to share it :D

    • Little My
      Posted February 27, 2011 at 9:09 PM | Permalink

      Mine hasn’t shipped yet (just checked – I pre-ordered it last September). Maybe I live closer to the warehouse or something. Is your delivery still estimated for the 1st, I wonder?

  77. Blastedman
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 6:58 PM | Permalink

    It isn’t until the third chapter that we learn that Kvothe’s dad isn’t really dead, he was merely horribly wounded and now serves as the strong right hand of the empire, Darth Vader

    HAHA! I actually laughed out loud at this:)

  78. Atreus
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:15 PM | Permalink

    On a completely unrelated note….

    Doctor Rothfuss.

    http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110228

    • Mossy Toes
      Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:27 PM | Permalink

      Damn, beaten to the punch! But still, it’s nice to see you (the mighty P-Roth) get the plug!

    • thespaceinvader
      Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:53 AM | Permalink

      … curses, I registered just to post that link :shakefist:

      Ah well. Yeah, a cameo in Girl Genius. Awesome.

  79. bldysabba
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:32 AM | Permalink

    A question for all international readers who’ve ordered on the kindle so they don’t have to wait while the book trundles around the world to get to them –
    Any idea which timezone Amazon runs on? So if I’m in India, will I get my book at midnight Indian time or will I have to wait for the date to roll over in the U.S of A?
    (And yes, I know 12-13 hours isn’t all that much longer to wait, but I’m sure everyone on this forum understands the sentiment :)

  80. DDeering
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

    I am so excited for new book. I have kindle version ordered and it happily coincides with a long flight tomorrow. I also ordered a signed hard copy to get signed at book store in Houston! Just finishd re-reading ‘The Name of the Wind’ to get ready!

  81. Leafrom
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 11:39 AM | Permalink

    Am I going insane? Weren’t there readings in Norfolk, Va? I so wanted to meet Pat and perhaps pass along another musket ball. Oh well thank goodness for Sean at the signed page.

  82. bumpish
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 1:04 PM | Permalink

    Would love to see you in Atlanta, seems like you have a lot of fans here. I’ll even take you out for some great Southern BBQ.

  83. Cavallier
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 12:55 AM | Permalink

    Thank you so much for taking time out of your life (and away from your beautiful baby!) to visit us in Portland for the Beaverton Powell’s book signing!

  84. hobbs
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM | Permalink

    I found something on TOR’s website for you pat! I was excited, and I am hoping you are too!
    Here is their post…

    Without further delay, the top ten Best SFF Novels of the Decade, chosen by Tor.com popular vote:

    1. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – 295 votes
    2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – 270 votes
    3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – 231 votes
    4. Blindsight by Peter Watts – 221 votes
    5. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey – 194 votes
    6. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin – 179 votes
    7. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – 167 votes
    8. Anathem by Neal Stephenson – 141 votes
    9. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – 125 votes
    10. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville – 124 votes

  85. Ripley99
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 10:41 AM | Permalink

    Alas, the book tour seems to be hopscotching over the little piece of backwater Americana known as Indiana, but I wanted to let you know that there is an awesome, and free, gaming convention going on in Indianapolis the weekend that you’ll be close by…
    If you happen to be a gamer nerd, and I suspect that you may be *grin*, check out Who’s Yer Con (www.whosyergamers.org) the weekend of March 11th-13th.
    Best of luck on the tour. May you recieve many delicious cookies!

  86. Posted March 4, 2011 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

    See you in Park Slope at your New York stop! Would you believe I read all of Wise Man’s Fear in 36 hours? I forgot to sleep, but remembered to pee. Priorities.

    –Peter
    peter@tunecore.com

  87. mmendel
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 3:52 PM | Permalink

    Pat,
    Well I finished Wise Man’s Fear last night, and yes that means that I blatantly ignored all of the reading/ studying I should have been doing as a medical student (Don’t worry folks, I’ll catch up this weekend). I just want to say thank you. Thank you for writing it, thank you for making it ever so awesome and most importantly thank you for coming to New York in 10 days so I can finally meet you. The fact of the matter is I have been reading fantasy novels since I was in second grade and the Kingkiller Chronicles has simply blown me away. I do not normally purchase hardcover books (medical student = buckets o’ debt) but pre-ordered Wise Man’s Fear and low and behold, come March 1st approximately 4:57 pm eastern standard time when it arrived, my face lit up like a five year old Christmas morning… and I’m Jewish.

    ~Marc
    p.s. If our votes count at all, bring Oot to Brooklyn!

  88. Posted March 5, 2011 at 5:11 PM | Permalink

    Flitting out of lurk mode to quickly mutter–
    1. The Tor thing is awesome.
    2. Your selection of Malaprop’s in Asheville as the sole bookstore in NC worthy of signed copies was spot on. =)
    3. TWMF is #4 on Barnes and Noble as I write this. Hanging in there at #7 on Amazon. Woo-hoo. Next stop, NYT.
    4. I’m off in haste to get my copy now. A cruel universe has kept me away from it until now. Fuck you, universe.
    5. Ohboyohboyohboyohboyohboy.

  89. Xalca
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 8:18 PM | Permalink

    I am planning on attending the Madison signing, will there be shirts from the Tinker’s Packs there?

    Also, you rock my literary world.

    Alex

  90. silentmum
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 9:44 AM | Permalink

    Dear Mr Rothfuss,

    this is not the correct forum for this so I apologise in advance. I ghave just recevied my hugely anticpated Big and Tall t-shirts from you- an agonizing 8 week wait…..however I had no idea Canadian sizes differed so extensively from American sizes…I am a tall round curvy girl and like a 3xl so that it is sightly baggy but not too form fitting. I am afraid I can’t even fit the t-shirts over my boobs, so am disappointed the Big n Tall section ended being Small n Short. Am going to wait until I have lost 40lbs and shrunk 7 inches before I wear the t-shirts.

    All the best

  91. agibson
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 10:27 AM | Permalink

    I was in the Bay area during the SF signings, but didn’t have time to sneak across the appropriate bridge. I’ve been lurking in airports since then, and have been a little disappointed not yet to see a copy of the book! Two airports so far, three or four shops checked. Perhaps it has to make the NYT first, before it will show up in these kind of shops….

    Amazon.fr copy should be waiting at home! With luck my wife will be nearly finished by the time I get home.

  92. ATXPhotog
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 3:13 PM | Permalink

    Okay, brief review of Mr. Rothfuss’ visit to Houston…

    First of all: GREAT venue. The shop is called “Murder by the Book”, and we were very impressed by their organization and hospitality. A truly top-notch example of a well-run bookstore. The employees were helpful, patient and friendly. Kudos!

    I cannot say enough kind words about Patrick Rothfuss. This man truly IS a thousand feet tall and covered with lightning bolts. He’s traveled from Seattle (500 attendees?!?) to Houston in just a few days. No breaks. Airports and hotels. Road-food. Sounds fun, right? As any experienced traveler will tell you, sleeping in different hotel beds over and over is almost as difficult as sleeping on top of stone ruins with a draccus snorting around all night underneath you.

    So Patrick showed up at the bookstore on THREE HOURS of sleep. Not the GOOD sleep, either. More like the messed-up near-REM sleep that’s probably worse than just staying up all night. (Probably.) He showed up to a PACKED house. There were 322 people who had numbers (they handed out numbered tickets to make the signing go more smoothly. Genius.), plus a handful more who just showed up with their own books to be signed. That’s a LOT of people, considering the size of the bookstore.

    His talk and the Q & A portion of the event was everything we’d all hoped. Personable, witty, funny, entertaining… and all on the aforementioned three hours of sleep. This man has stamina. There were NO SPOILERS, for those of us who had waited for this signing to buy our books…but Patrick was still able to offer insight into his wonderful creation. I now feel like I know more about Kvothe and his world and the characters who make up his story. Thank you for that, Patrick!

    The presentation ended with a song. Yes, that’s right: “You Are My Sunshine”. Cute as hell. Then the signing began, at around 3:15 pm. And now our tale of TRUE dedication begins. I think it’s safe to say that there were maybe 330-ish attendees, in total. Give or take. Most had multiple books to be signed. Do the math. Patrick was scheduled to be there from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. If he spent only one minute per person (a VERY optimistic estimate), that works out to FIVE AND A HALF HOURS OF SIGNING. And that’s pretty much exactly what happened. How do I know this?

    Because my son and I had driven from Austin (about 3 hours from Houston), and got there at 1:30 pm, which got us Signing Ticket #283. Barf!

    Murder by the Book (Twitter = @murderbooks) created an ingenious system whereby they Tweeted the current line numbers, allowing us to run off and see the city and get some sushi while we waited for our turn. For example, at 3:30, numbers 70-90 were lining up. And so on. And so on. The sushi we found was TASTY, which made the waiting easier. Finally, just before 8:00 pm, our numbers were Tweeted, so we got in line.

    It was then that we really got to see The Master in action. Patrick had signed literally HUNDREDS of books and other items. Probably well over a thousand. And yes, the rumor is true: one man had an ACTUAL LUTE signed…which was pretty exciting for my son, who’d never seen a lute before, and was wondering about Kvothe’s lute. After 8:00 pm, our writer was still going strong. Many people wanted photos taken with him, and he had a genuine smile every time. Well, it LOOKED genuine, anyway. I don’t know how he kept going! He had a kind word for everyone. We were amazed. His three-hour appearance had expanded to more than six hours, by the time he’d finished.

    You da man, Pat. Your dedication to your fans is unparalleled. You came across like a guy that people just genuinely enjoy being around. Family man, academic, humorist, writer, Whedon fan, feminist and (did you say?) FENCING INSTRUCTOR? A Renaissance man in pretty much every sense of the word. You’d do well in Stirling’s ‘Emberverse’ world. Nerd reference there, sorry. I’m guessing you would be a hoot to share beers with. I’ll raise a glass in your honor tonight!

    Folks, this guy is the real deal. Get to know him now. He’s in that ultra-small community of celebs who are just good people. He deserves the accolades.

    Also, BE NICE! The man HAS to be exhausted by now. Be fair and don’t bring 6 books at a time! There may be 300-400-500 other people in line with you. There are only 24 hours in a day. We don’t want Patrick to get terminal writer’s cramp, or carpal tunnel syndrome.

    Because we like him.

    Thank you Mr. Rothfuss. You really made everyone’s day!

  93. Psychoidiot
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 2:40 AM | Permalink

    >.>; Shouldn’t have looked at that map. The one week I was in Chicago, you were here!(well close enough) ARGH! Well my book is back in NC so I guess it didn’t matter…

  94. CL2Piccolo
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 4:55 AM | Permalink

    WOW – super sad – you must hate the southeastern states. no where near close to me.

  95. angelbiscuit
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 7:13 PM | Permalink

    Pat,

    I’m sitting in the audience for your St. Louis basement event. My best friend left her baby with her husband overnight for the first time to come stay with me and come to your signing. We meet in 10th grade on the bus, when she bent over the seat and told me I was reading a great book. I looked over my copy of Terry Brooks’s Elfstones of Shannara and said, “I know. I’m rereading it.” We interviewed Orson Scott Card for our high school’s newspaper together. We’ve gone to Harry Potter midnight releases at libraries and bookstores.

    This is our first book signing together. Thank you for being part of my friendship with my best friend; thank you for encouraging Browncoats to keep the signal going; and thank you for your brilliant storytelling. We have three copies to sign.

    I write here to save time at the signing line. When it’s my turn, I’ll just say “Thanks. You’re awesome.”

    Rebecca (with best friend Melissa)

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