New Posters, Foreign books, and Sale Pricing on Calendars

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Okay. It’s a bright, shiny new year and we just got some stuff back from the printer. That means it’s time to do a blog about the store.

Remember, all money spent in The Tinker’s Packs goes directly to Worldbuilders.

  • New Year Discount on the 2012 Literary Pin-Up Calendars

We’ve sold quite a few of the calendars since we announced them on the blog a couple months back. And so far people have been liking them fairly well.

That said, we’ve still got a bunch left.

And, unlike books, calendars have a limited shelf life. That means if we don’t sell these soon, they’re going to be pretty useless and we’ll end up having to recycle them.

So. Since we’re already into 2012, we’re going to be discounting the calendars. Right now if you buy anything in the store, you can get a calendar for half price, (just 10 bucks.) Since we’d really rather see these find loving homes, we’ll throw in free US shipping on the calendar, too. (Or $4 off international shipping.)

That means, for example, if you were to buy a signed copy of the princess and Mr. Whiffle,  you could add a calendar to your order for just ten bucks with no additional shipping cost. Or you could buy TWO calendars and it would just cost you thirty bucks total.

Just use the discount code: NEWYEAR when you check out. It’s easy.

Here’s a link to calendars in the store.

This poster was created by Gailivro (my Portuguese publisher) as a promotion for their translation of The Wise Man’s Fear. The art was done by Andreas Rocha.

They’ve graciously allowed us to reprint it sell copies here for Worldbuilders. They’re cool folks.

These posters are 24″x18″ and printed on the same high-quality paper as the Draccus Posters and the Four Corners Map. You can buy signed or unsigned copies, depending on what flips your switch.

Here’s the link to the posters in the store.

  • Foreign translations of many books from various authors.

I’ve been selling signed copies of my foreign editions in The Tinker’s Packs for a while now. The main reason I do it is to raise money for Wordbuilders, of course.

But I do have ulterior motives…

For one thing, it frees up some much-needed shelf space in my house. I have over thirty foreign editions of The Name of the Wind so far, and none of them are tiny. And while my vanity shelf is kinda cool to show off to people, there’s really only so many Serbian copies of my own book I can personally put to good use.

But the main reason I decided to put them in the store is that people kept e-mailing me, asking where they could buy a copy of the Korean translation of The Name of the Wind. Because they were trying to learn Korean. Or because they have a Korean exchange student living with them. Or because their grandparents are better with Korean than with English.

I did some looking around and discovered it’s really *really* hard to get foreign translations of good fantasy and sci-fi books here in the US. If nothing else, the shipping fees are insane. And getting *signed* foreign copies, for, say, a gift? Forget about it.

So this year I decided to try something new. When I went around asking some of my author friends for book donations, I asked if they had any foreign editions they’d be willing to donate. Not only would they get some shelf space back, but it would make those books available to their fans…

To date we’ve had about a dozen authors take us up on the offer, giving us a nice collection of books in all sorts of languages.

You can look them over here in the store.

We’ll be adding more books as they continue to come in from various donors. It’s my hope that eventually the Tinker’s Packs will become the place that all authors send their lonely, unloved foreign editions. I’d love to be the go-to place for folks looking for foreign translations of their favorite fantasy and Sci-Fi books.

[If you’re an author and you have books you’d like to send us, drop us a line at Worldbuilders2011 [squigly atsign]]

To learn more about the authors who donated foreign books to Worldbuilders, you can visit them at their home pages and maybe let them know how much you appreciate them helping us out.

Carol Berg

Anne Bishop

Peter V. Brett

Stephen Deas

Laura Anne Gilman

Katharine Kerr

Scott Lynch

Martha Wells

Garth Nix

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Keep in mind that we have limited numbers of most of these books. It’s strictly first-come, first serve.

To see the other books folks have donated, auctions and other coolness, you can head over to the main Worldbuilders page HERE.

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2011By Pat17 Responses


  1. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 8:49 AM | Permalink

    Mmmmm, foreign editions. I hope this becomes a thing – then I’ll finally know where to go for this stuff.

    • Posted January 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

      Yeah. I’d love to have shelves full of foreign editions. Enough so I could justify organizing that section of the story a little better. I’d love to have enough books so people could stop by and browse according to language, author, subject….

  2. sosa_2121
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

    I hope you read this, thanks for writing this books I love them they change my life and always find inspiration in them, you make my world a better one, and im sure that you make a better world for a lot of people! thanks pat

    Your number 1 fan in guatemala…!!! (sorry for mi english)

    • Posted January 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM | Permalink

      Awww… Thanks so much.

      And your English is much better than my Spanish….

  3. Atreus
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM | Permalink

    Wow, thank you very much. As soon as I saw this post I franticly purchased a Korean edition. I have great respect for you both going out of your way to help your fans in these ways, and also with the the entire concept of Worldbuilders and where the procedes from these sales go. Again, much respect and many thanks.

  4. CSSCervantes
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

    The Wise Man’s Fear promotional posters it’s Awesome. I imagined that scene more dante. The tree more bigger than there. Anyway… Gratz, Pat, you really make a amazing story.

    Greetings from México.

  5. PR
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM | Permalink

    Yes!!!I’d finally be able to get the copies I wanted!!!!!!!!Korean!!!
    I think it was good of you to mention that there were, indeed, Korean copies of your book because I’ve been searching all over for them hehe

  6. leneghad
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

    Ugh, I literally (haha) just bought a calendar yesterday. Do I get a discount retroactively applied since I’m technically in the future here in Ireland?

  7. DoctorAvenue
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM | Permalink

    Donated a goat and some bees! It didn’t show up on the team page, but I talked to customer support and got it sorted.

    Also, here are some warm fuzzies for Team Worldbuilders 2011. When I told the agent what team I wanted my donation to apply to, she said “Oh, that team is AMAZING! We’re all big fans of what you guys are doing!”

  8. kora
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM | Permalink

    darn, i was hoping the calendars were $10 by themselves, rather than half-off if you buy something else, too. i already own the eolian shirt. :)

    p.s. i got a kick out of the reference to a serbian translation of NOTW! i am serbian on my dad’s side, and don’t speak the language fluently, but studied it for three semesters in college.

  9. AmusedToDeath
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 6:14 AM | Permalink

    Just a question… When you say …

    “What’s more, Worldbuilders will match 50% of your donations. So if you chip in before January 31st of 2012, you get a bigger bang for your buck.”

    …does that mean money I invest in buying stuff from the store goes towards matching part of the donations (seeing as how “All proceeds [from the shop] go to Worldbuilders”) , or do Worldbuilders match my donation before the money from the shop is taken into account?

    Not a very big deal, this whole thing is awesome no matter what, but it would be good to know :D

  10. phayes
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

    What a sicko poster. THAT looks like a Kvothe that can steal ‘the king woman from wheelbarrow king of sleep’

  11. Zeppe
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:39 AM | Permalink


    I donated some money before Christmas and now I’m thinking about donating more. Last time I got a confirmation/thank you note/gift card by snail mail, which was nice but a bit wasteful with postage and all (I live overseas) since I didn’t really have any use for it. Do you think it’s possible to avoid that next time?

  12. IvoryDoom
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

    I am going to check out this store now! I dont know why I havent before. But I totally imagined that scene in the poster, 10x more gruesome….I suppose that wouldnt be appropriate to hang on a wall though LOL mutilated dead bodies and binders chills are probably not the most endearing illustrations.

  13. rappy7
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM | Permalink

    Thems some good prizes. You’ve outdone yourself with those Martin books. But we have to make a deal. If I win them, you HAVE to read them before handing them over. Within 1 month.

  14. Atreus
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM | Permalink

    Ah yeah, Korean version of Name of the Wind is on the way. Been excited to read it now for a year. Again, thank you very much for doing this! 정말 감사합니다!

  15. Atreus
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM | Permalink

    Ah yeah, Korean version of Name of the Wind is on the way. Been excited to read it now for a year. Again, thank you very much for doing this! 정말 감사합니다!

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