Worldbuilders: Sounding the Advance

We’re about a month and a half away from the start of this year’s Worldbuilders, and I have to say, things are going pretty well so far.

Actually, we’re doing way better than that. Things are going amazingly well.

I wish I could take credit for it. But the truth is, it’s the newly assembled Worldbuilders team who deserves the praise.

You see, last year’s fundraiser was our biggest yet. We raised over 450,000 dollars for Heifer International.

The downside was that it swallowed three months of my life.

And I’m not saying it wasn’t worth it. Because it was. $450,000 is a lot of goats. It’s a lot of well-fed kids and a lot of families that are happier and healthier than they were before.

But it made me realize that I needed *way* more help to run things effectively. We’ve come a long way since 2008 when Sarah and I ran this whole thing out of our living room.

As a result, this year I’ve got a bunch of lovely, capable, and above all *organized* people helping out. They say things to me like, “You know, maybe you should start asking authors for donations before the fundraiser actually starts…”

Its because of them that things are moving along smoothly and according to schedule. Hell, they’re the only reason there is a schedule.

So, with no further ado, a few updates:

  • Alchemystic Pre-Order

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog explaining my mortal enemy Anton Strout’s generous offer to donate $1 to worldbuilders for every copy of his upcoming book that people pre-order. I also mentioned that his publisher, Penguin, generously offered to match that donation up to the first 1500 books.

However, after I posted the blog, I realized that while I had gone into some detail about how much I wished to destroy Anton, I hadn’t done a good job of explaining how generous he was actually being with his offer.

(I will admit, this was not my best threat ever.)

You see, authors make their money by earning a royalty off each book they sell. For paperback books, that royalty tends to be between 6% and 8% of the cover price.

Alchemystic has a cover price of 7.99. Let’s call it eight bucks even just to keep the math easy.

This means every copy of Anton’s book that’s pre-ordered, will earn him between 48 and 64 cents.

That means for every copy of his book that’s pre-ordered, Anton is potentially giving away twice as much money as he’s making on the sale.

Now I’m not asking that you rush out and pre-order his book in an attempt to bankrupt this man. My nemesis. My sworn enemy.

No. That would be petty.

What I’m asking you to do is this:

1. Realize that if you order Alchemystic before Sunday the 23rd, it will count as a pre-order.

2. Consider that if you pre-order the book, two dollars will be donated to Worldbuilders, and, by extension, Heifer International.

3. Look at this adorable picture of a little girl hugging a goat.

4. Do whatever comes naturally.

  • The 2013 Literary Pin-Up Calendar.

So far the calendar pre-order has been going very well.

For example, these are the pre-orders we received just on the first day.

As we promised, calendars will go out in the same order that they came in. So these will be the very first calendars we ship out when they come back from the printer.

If you’re interested in seeing one of the recently revealed pin-ups, you can head over to the pre-order page on the Tinker’s Packs and check it out there. (Hint: It’s Peter S. Beagle’s.)

You can read the blog Lee Moyer wrote about it over here.

Rest assured that we’ll be posting more images as they become available.

  • New Facebook Pages. 

We have recently created a Facebook page for our online store, The Tinker’s Packs.

And another page for Worldbuilders itself.

If you want to keep a close eye on the fundraiser and the store, following those pages might be a good idea. You’re less likely to miss updates that way. And some of the items we’ll be offering on the store, or putting up for auction in the fundraiser are going to be limited in number.

For example, last year someone donated 30 Jayne hats to the fundraiser and they sold out in less than a day. The same thing happened with the ceramic steins someone made for us.

If you tune in to the Facebook pages, odds are you’ll have a better chance of catching these sorts of things before they sell out.

That’s all for now, folks. More soon….


[Edit: Added 1:00 PM]

  • Contact E-mails for Worldbuilders.

If you’d like to make a donation, you can drop us a line at donations (squiggly-at-thinger)

If you have a general question about the fundraiser, you can contact us at: Questions (squiggly-at-thinger)



This entry was posted in calling on the legions, cool things, the business of writing, Things I didn't know about publishing, Worldbuilders 2012By Pat29 Responses


  1. Celt42
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 5:59 AM | Permalink

    Awesome news about all the above. Just one little detail, I don’t know if it’s my computer, or if the link is actually missing, but where you say we can check out Moyers blog about the calendar, there’s nothing there.

    • Amanda
      Posted September 21, 2012 at 7:48 AM | Permalink

      All fixed!

      • Posted September 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM | Permalink

        Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the Amazing Amanda! One of the folks that keeps me from looking as dumb as I really am.

        Thanks Amanda.

  2. Celt42
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 5:59 AM | Permalink

    Side note, I think this is the first time I’ve ever been the fist to comment on anything *g*

  3. jesscolyer
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 6:01 AM | Permalink

    Question about the pinup calendar: thought last year’s was rad, but will there be pin-ups of the dude persuasion in this one? Thinking that Jemisin’s gods would be AWESOME.

  4. magicalbadger
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 6:30 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    I was wondering if there was a way i could just make a cash donation to world builders? I loved your Jayne hats so much that i made my missus make one for me instead of buying it off you. I’m feeling guilty for stealing your idea and $30 worth of goats from someone in need, so would like to make a paypal esq donation to clear my karma :)

    • Amanda
      Posted September 21, 2012 at 7:50 AM | Permalink

      If you’d really like to make a cash donation, email questions @ and we can exchange info to set that up :)

  5. CancerKiller
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 7:39 AM | Permalink

    Pat – Is there a link to Moyer’s blog post? There is not a hyperlink in the statement about it in the post above.


  6. christie
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 8:15 AM | Permalink

    Clinging to the hope The Name of the Wind original first chapters could be released to raise money.

  7. Posted September 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM | Permalink

    My company offers a donation match for Heifer so I switched my payroll donation and specified Worldbuilders! I hope it gets credited to the Worldbuilder team correctly! Receipt!
    Keep fighting the good fight friends!!

  8. ashley_capes
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    Excited to see Worldbuilders warming up again – and wow, I must have forgotten that last year’s total was $450,000 – amazing, amazing, amazing.

  9. lambic
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM | Permalink

    How about some G+ pages for those of us shunning Facebook?

  10. Andrew
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    Wow, I guess after seeing that picture of the little girl and the goat, what came naturally for me was donating directly to Heifer International, haha. When I was entering my information though I wished there was a way to credit Worldbuilders; for some reason I didn’t think of donating directly through Worldbuilders – maybe that should be a more prominent option!

    • dancer7887
      Posted September 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

      Pat said we’re about a month and a half away from the start of the fundraiser. Once it starts he will have links galore for people to click on so that they are donating to Heifer International through Worldbuilders. I think you just jumped the gun with your enthusiasm.

      • jayh
        Posted September 21, 2012 at 1:52 PM | Permalink

        I was curious about that too so I went to the site which in turn you can click to the whole team thing at Heifer. It still gives you the opportunity to give to the worldbuilders team so I guess they’d still get the credit.
        Granted since it’s off-season you don’t get the opportunity to win a book/screenplay/graphic novel/golden ticket/etc but as long as somebody gets a goat, that should be good enough.

        • Posted September 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM | Permalink

          That’s last year’s fundraiser, so while the money will still go to Heifer, you won’t get included in any of this year’s festivities.

          My advice? Wait a little bit, then chip in when we officially launch this year’s fundraiser.

          • Posted September 22, 2012 at 8:56 AM | Permalink

            Although it may seem contrary to wait and give a donation at a later date, consider this: Worldbuilders matches 50% the donations from (what I think) is Pat’s own larder / treasure chest / stuffed pillows… plus some sponsors. (To the tune of over $300,000.)

            Of course… half of that was from last year alone, so maybe it won’t be a 50% match… we’ll have to wait and see.

            According to a few minutes of shoddy research… It looks like last year’s fundraiser pushed us over the $1,000,000 mark in donations since 2008?

            That’s a lot of goat poop.

  11. lykashii
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 10:55 AM | Permalink

    It feels like only weeks ago it ended, I don’t often donate to charities (more than a couple of pounds here and there) but last year I donated and it made me all warm and fuzzylike :)

  12. BigDirtySeann
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    Looking forward to helping out with this years fundraising. How do you intend on announcing the new registration page for lottery, etc.? Will you post here and/or have another campaign tool to announce the new fundraiser?

    • Posted September 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM | Permalink

      It will be here on the blog, just like always.

  13. Posted September 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM | Permalink

    Calendar ordered – finger sore from clicking back and forth on two sample images. Now November’s the new Christmas.

  14. bmsword9
    Posted September 22, 2012 at 2:43 AM | Permalink

    Kind of having a bit of a crisis here, I just can’t believe that one of my favourite author’s misspelt ‘destroy’. Holding out hope that it might be an inside joke?

    • resemblelife
      Posted September 22, 2012 at 3:24 AM | Permalink

      Is that what it says? Even after embiggening, I was coming up with things like ‘deify’ and ‘diglicy’ or ‘dintoy’ and finally chalked it up as one of the Wonders.

      Now. . . I’m glad you said something. ‘Distroy’ is actually pretty funny.

      • bmsword9
        Posted September 22, 2012 at 3:32 AM | Permalink

        I think so, compare the S with the last S of Mr Rothfuss’ signature

      • Posted September 24, 2012 at 5:32 AM | Permalink

        Yeah. It’s “Destroy”

        I was really tired. I’d signed about 3000 books that day…..

        • bmsword9
          Posted September 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM | Permalink

          Rare book sellers love this shit, I could see this copy going for hundreds of dollars one day.

  15. Posted September 24, 2012 at 4:39 AM | Permalink

    It is in fact a horrendous threat. The prefix Dis- can be read as Un-. Troy was famously impenetrable until it was levelled by Agamemnon and his homies; Rothfuss is threatening to perform the equivalent of the Sack of Troy on Strout. As threats go, not one to be taken lightly.

    • resemblelife
      Posted September 24, 2012 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

      Snorri, I believe you’ve hit it. Truly an effective embiggening of the original word (more proof that utter exhaustion sometimes allows us to do the most brilliant and inspired things):

      Destroy |diˈstroi| = (verb) To put an end to the existence of (something) by damaging or attacking it

      Distroy |diss-Troy| = (emphatic statement) ‘Immago Agamemnon on yer a**.’

      Whose got Webster’s digits?

  16. gespenst
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 6:06 AM | Permalink

    Do preorders from ‘Not-America?’count?

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