Pre-Order of Unfettered

So, to cut right to the chase here, I’ve got a story coming out in an anthology next spring.

The anthology is called Unfettered. I’m in there with Terry Brooks, Brandon Sanderson, Tad Williams, Naomi Novik….

Well… a lot of cool people, basically. If you click to embiggen the cover, you can read the whole list of authors for yourself.

You can go pre-order copies over here.

My advice? If you want one of the limited-edition copies, signed by all the authors, you should probably hop over there sooner rather than later. They aren’t going to last long.

And to answer the question before anyone asks it in the comments below: Yes, my story is set in the Four Corners world.

It’s called, “How Old Holly Came To Be.”

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you might actually remember me talking about how I wrote it in a single day about a year ago.

I’m excited about this anthology for a couple reasons.

First and most obviously, because there are a lot of really good writers in there. I’m actually really excited to read it.

Second, when you write kinda slowly, like I do. And you revise obsessively, like I do. And you write books that are really long, like I do. It means there are long gaps in between your published books. It’s been more than a year since I’ve had anything new to show y’all. So I’m glad this is coming out to help give y’all something new of mine to read….

Lastly, the proceeds from the book go to a good cause. You can read more about that over here if you want.

More news soon,


This entry was posted in being awesome, book covers, cool things, upcoming publicationsBy Pat51 Responses


  1. Mona
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:03 AM | Permalink

    This is great news. Congratulations, Patrick!
    I am definitely going to read this.

  2. Tom A
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat, you misspelled excited in the sentence “I’m actually really exited to read it.”

  3. Feathers McGraw
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:35 AM | Permalink

    I would just like to point out that your name is listed second, second to only Terry Brooks that is, but before Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Carey and Tad Williams.

    Also, this has a good number of people that I know and like. Sounds amazing!

  4. Noemon
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:36 AM | Permalink

    I’m pretty excited to read it too.

    One word of warning–when you create an account with Grim Oak Press, they’ll email you your password cleartext; definitely use a throwaway password for the account.

  5. JoBird
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM | Permalink

    Great news, really looking forward to this.

  6. stevenchasey
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM | Permalink

    Excellent, purchased! Love when anthologies like these have at least a couple of my favorite writers – a pleasure to read and a great way to connect with writers I haven’t heard of yet. Look forward to seeing Four Corners flushed out even more.

    • Posted October 8, 2012 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

      That should probably be “fleshed out,” I’m guessing….

      • Cielle
        Posted October 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

        Guess it depends on Steven’s opinion of the Four Corners! Or maybe he has inside info on the sanitation infrastructure there…

      • peterfasel
        Posted October 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM | Permalink

        Check out “Flesh Out vs. Flush Out” from The Oatmeal. Contains some language, but if you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know Pat has no problem with that.

        Sorry if the link doesn’t show up right…

  7. kevsyers
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    Oh man, this is great news even better with that it we get some Four Corners love.

  8. gfs
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM | Permalink

    This news have surely enlightened my day. Having new stories from so many great authors all put together in one book is a rare and wonderful thing. I’m so much looking forward to it!

    • gfs
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

      And I should also add, I was more than a bit curious about that short story since the blog you wrote in last December. It will be awesome to finally have the chance to read it.

  9. Halogen.Josh
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

    Ordered mine a couple of weeks ago – that is an incredible line-up, and I can’t wait to tear into it.

    Also, when you talk about it being for a good cause, I’m thrilled to see so many amazing writers jump in to Mr. Speakman’s aid. Of course, these are many of the same people who contribute to World Builders, so I don’t know why I’m surprised.

  10. JeremyM
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM | Permalink

    So excited! Just ordered the limited edition. I can’t believe how many amazing authors are in this collection. Thanks for giving us the heads up on this.

  11. Aresius
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat! I’d really like to read it. However I have a doubt. I’ve been using my kindle for way too long and considering that I’m in Argentina and our customs office sucks, ebooks are a solution for me. In the pre-order page, it’s mentioned an ebook edition, but it’s not really showing its price or if it’s even available for pre-order.

    Could you give me any clues about it?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Dulcet
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM | Permalink

      I would like to know that information as well. I searched and could not find the book on Amazon. Keep us informed about the ebook option.

      • Ellie
        Posted October 9, 2012 at 7:50 AM | Permalink

        According to Shawn Speakman, the publisher of this great anthology, the eBook will be out in Feburary or March 2013. Probably only for kindle and nook. His own book “The Dark Thorn” costs about 7 Dollars, so I’m guessing “Unfettered” will be also about this this price. Hope I could help you, because I will order it as eBook as well. I’m really, really want the book but shipping cost of 40 Dollars to Germany are just a little bit over the top for me right now. :(

        • Dulcet
          Posted October 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM | Permalink

          Thank you. That answers my question.

  12. McCann
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM | Permalink

    I have a question and didn’t know how else to contact you. My name is Ryan McCann. I’m a huge fan. When I heard you were judging a writing contest for WPR I wrote something right away, despite never having written flash fiction before. Yesterday, I submitted at around 11:20 p.m. and received the confirmation email.

    I save all my drafts to see how my writing progresses. I didn’t get much sleep and by mistake I sent you my draft. I know this goes against–well, everything; however, would you allow me to submit the edited final?

    My draft wasn’t bad. I missed an apostrophe and I have a missing word in the first sentence of the third paragraph, outside of that I should be grammatically sound. The trouble is that I made a few stylistic changes as well. Content in the story remains largely the same between the draft and the final.

    I understand either way, but I’m a big believer in the power of asking questions and figured it can’t hurt to ask. I’ll leave my email. Thanks,


    [email protected]

  13. erikharrison
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM | Permalink

    Pat – seems like you found NaNoWriMo a pretty positive experience last year. Are you going to attempt it again this year? I’m looking forward to the “mythic, lyric story that will break your heart.” More that that, I was rooting for you just because it’s amazing to me to see a successful artist try something different, in public no less.

  14. dcashd
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

    All of the signed copies are sold out… Sad day.

    • wmcornette
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 2:17 PM | Permalink

      The signed copies were initially reserved for those of us who bought Shawn’s The Dark Thorn, so when it went public, there weren’t many signed copies left. Too bad.

      • dcashd
        Posted October 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

        Well aren’t you just a bad a**

    • Cielle
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

      I agree, dcashd. I always find out about the good stuff too late. If I ever merit a gravestone, my epitaph will probably read, “Too late… as usual”! I’m a sad puppy.

  15. Kashiraja
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 2:37 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat, yours are almost the only fantasy books I buy, I hope you’ll consider selling your story as ebook, alone, because it’s not great to buy a book for $35 when you just want to read 1 story in it. Otherwise, great that you have a new story out!

    • Cielle
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM | Permalink

      Oh, but you should at least try some of the other contributing authors. There are some really wonderful writers in that bunch. (What do you call a bunch of writers? A gaggle? A smoot? A plethora?) That is an amazing and impressive list of talented folks! Buy the book! Broaden your horizons!

    • Thaxll
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM | Permalink

      Anthologies like this are a great way to discover new writers, and this one has an especially strong roster with a lot of genre greats and upcoming talent.

      Also, this anthology was created with the purpose of raising funds to pay off its creator’s medical debts. So I doubt you’ll see any of the stories released separately until at least that goal is reached.

  16. Nimfiss
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 3:26 PM | Permalink

    Oh wow, a list of all my favorite authors. How ironic.

  17. Jiyuu
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM | Permalink

    Feeling a strong inclination to curse the fact that I have exceeded my yearly book budget. (Its only October, I know)

    Really regretting my purchase of The Casual Vacancy now…..

  18. Posted October 8, 2012 at 11:15 PM | Permalink

    Looks like I got there too late, the Signed and Numbered ones are already sold out. Thanks for getting us know, though! I’ll be buying the regular edition for sure!

  19. Posted October 9, 2012 at 2:42 AM | Permalink

    Whoa! Thanks for letting us know! I saw your FB post, the moment I heard of the limited edition I knew it’d go straight away, and managed to buy a couple of copies from my phone (To be honest, pretty damn impressed with my phone – ordering books from another continent, in a hallway between meetings!!) I honestly think I got the last copies because Shawn posted up saying they’d sold out within the half hour. Excited to read them “How Old Holly Came To Be.”!!

  20. Albender
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 2:45 AM | Permalink

    09.00 AM just came to the office. PC on. First thing I do, Pat’s Blog (yeah yeah I know…..) New entry (yay!) Cool book incoming. Signed copies blah blah. Charity.

    OK…Let’s preorder the signed copy. USD 150? No problem…

    And….Sold out of course.


    09.06, let’s have a coffee.

    • IvoryDoom
      Posted October 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM | Permalink

      ditto. :/

  21. lykashii
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 5:03 AM | Permalink

    Signed copy sold out… also $150 which I wouldn’t have been able to afford. Now I’m a sad panda.

  22. jayh
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 7:20 AM | Permalink

    I didn’t notice the blog till late so I missed the signed copy. Ordered the non-signed. I guess I could hunt down the authors over the next couple of years.
    I had some problems getting onto the site at first. I wonder if mention on Pat’s site leads to an event sometimes referred to a slash-dotting.

  23. ka243
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 7:51 AM | Permalink

    Looking forward to this especially for the story from brandon & pat. I’m hoping there will be an audiobook edition. Any news on that?

  24. ChaosAthena
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM | Permalink

    I’m mightily confused to see that it has listed “eBook:Kindle | Nook,” but no option to pre-order the kindle version and no listing on Amazon.

    Is it going to come out for kindle? Or, do I just need to order the old school paper and glue version?

    Thank you muchly!

    • Ellie
      Posted October 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

      According to Shawn Speakman, the publisher of this great anthology, the eBook will be out in Feburary or March 2013. So far no price or preorder yet, but he sells his own book for about 7 Dollars so my guess is the price will be about the same amount.

  25. Posted October 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM | Permalink

    CURSES! I cannot freaking believe I missed this. Damn the lag in the time machine! That was my last trip for the year. AAhh!

  26. pandathorax
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM | Permalink

    This isn’t related to the topic, but I I just edited my first Wikipedia page ever. I somehow ending up at the Bast page. I added a “may also refer to” reference about the Patrick’s Bast character.

    Someone please pat me on the back. No pun intended, btw.

    • IvoryDoom
      Posted October 9, 2012 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

      you spelled Kvothe wrong.


      • pandathorax
        Posted October 10, 2012 at 5:03 AM | Permalink

        Give me a break! I was nervous, and not used to having so much power. hehe I landed right in the middle of Kote and Kvothe.

        Thanks for the heads up. I’ve made the correction.

        • IvoryDoom
          Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM | Permalink

          *pats pandathorax on back*

          Good Job Mate!

  27. karatematt
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM | Permalink

    Excellent! Great work Pat. I’m totally looking forward to the collection. Peace out!

  28. bobjonvon
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 7:19 AM | Permalink

    Wow. I have been coming to this blog forever. I never took the time to register for this stuff. Feels good to have it off of my to do list.

  29. guessingo
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

    ok you got my attention.

    River of Souls by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (a Wheel of Time tale)

    I don’t see anything on Brandon’s site about this one. Do you know anything? I don’t mean this as a knock to you Pat since this is your blog, but I have been reading the Wheel of Time since 1990 when I was 16 years old.

  30. rmcphail
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

    I did not realize Old Holly was set in Four Corners. If its the same story I heard at a reading its really good but very different from the Kingkiller writing style. Almost like an inverted version of the way Kingkiller has story in the front with poetry in the background. It sparked a lively discussion on the drive home about the use of language and poetry vs. prose.

  31. Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM | Permalink

    I ordered mine last week! I hear about it on Kevin Hearne’s facebook page, and I was even more excited about it when I saw your name on the list! :D

  32. Jacob
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 2:30 AM | Permalink

    Hello Patrick

    I am new to your books and after i finished The Name of The Wind i quickly went out and bought The Wise Mans Fear. While reading the book i found the Adem culture quite interesting and i have a few questions. Do the Adem have a system of marriage? If they do love someone will they only have sex with them or because they think so little of it, will they sleep with other people while being in love with the person? I dont if i missed the explanation in the book but how do the Adem people think babies are made or conceived?Are the Adem less prone to getting STDS or are they just really clean because from the amount of times they said they have sex i would think they would get one? They call people who are not Adem “barbaric” is this because the Adem think the are more advanceed in their ways or is that simply a name to them of nonAdem people?I found their way of learning very interesting as well, how did you come up with it? To me the Adem seemed like a people that is very rigid and not very openminded to other peoples beliefs, not that that is an all together bad thing considering that the nonAdem people are similar, but i found that the Adem are a little more rigid, do you believe i am correct in this? Sorry that i had so many questions you dont have to answer all of them if it is too long.

    Thanks Jacob

  33. dsano
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 2:30 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,
    I just ordered my copy of Unfettered but they were all sold out of the signed copies. Do you know of the possibilities of it being out by early March so I could possibly get you to sign it when you are in Tucson the 9th and 10th?

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