A Sale That Happens to be on Black Friday.

Let me be honest with you. I kinda hate the thought of having a Black Friday sale. It strikes me as a desperate attempt to be trendy and timely.

And as we all know, I am neither of those things.

But we were *already* planning on putting up our signed books for November. And since last month’s books sold out in about two hours, we were going to put up a new piece of Kingkiller jewelry we have from Badali, too. But we realized we might sell out of *those* pretty quickly too….

So we decided to launch a few other things we’ve been thinking about for months, because honestly, with all the donations coming in for this year’s Worldbuilders fundraiser, we need the shelf space.

And then we had so much momentum going, we decided to bundle a few things together at a discount, and put a few things on sale….

If you scroll down you’ll see a lot of details, but not everything.

If you want to see everything we have going on peek over here on The Tinker’s Packs.

And remember, all proceeds from these sales go to charity, so there’s a free warm fuzzy with every order.

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Masks Books

Here’s the books, being lovingly packaged by the author himself after signing them.

This is the first book in a new series. They’re first edition too. That’s a lot of firsts….

You can order one here. Be aware, we’ve only got ten, so they’re going to go quickly….

  • Signed copies of Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman.

Occasionally I like to help out a new authors by spreading the word about their books.

With that in mind, I’d like to offer up some signed books from a plucky up-and-comer called Neil Gaiman.

Fortuneately Milk Blog

I know you probably haven’t heard of him before. But personally? I think this kid is going places.

Again, supplies are limited, so if you want one, you should probably do it quickly.

  • Signed, limited-edition copies of The Dark of Deep Below by Patrick Rothfuss.

And finally from Subterranean Press:


While it might not be the Patrick Rothfuss sequel you’re really dying for. It is a Rothfuss sequel book that you can actually buy right now.

Subterranean Press sent us 10 copies of the just-released second Princess and Mr. Whiffle book. We’ve got five of the hardcover trades, and five of the special numbered editions. (There’s only 2000 of those total. And they include extras that aren’t in the trade version.)

You can grab them from the Tinker’s Packs. Or, if they’ve already sold out, (or if you don’t want to pay extra) you can order copies right from Subterranean Press.

(And if you haven’t read the first book, we’ve got that on sale for a couple days too.)

  • Mystery Book Bundles from Prime.


The lovely folks at Prime have sent us a lot of books over this last year. A ton of books. Hundreds. So many books that we’re having trouble finding places to put them.

We’ve got novels and anthologies and collections. We’ve got books by authors like Philip K. Dick and Elizabeth Bear. We’ve got anthologies featuring greats like Neil Gaiman, George Martin, Holly Black, Cherie Priest, and Ursula K. LeGuin….

But here’s the problem, with our main fundraiser just around the corner, more books keep piling in, and we’re running out of space.

So we’re going to try something new. Mixed book bundles.

We’re going to package up a bunch of these lovely Prime books, then sell them to you at a huge discount.

If you buy a $30 bundle, it will contain over $150 of books.

The $50 bundle will have over $300 of books.

What’s more, none of the books will show up in both bundles. So if you buy both, you won’t get any duplicates.

We’re not guaranteeing more than 50 of these bundles, so if you want one, you might want to jump on them fast.

  • Talent Pipe Earrings


The talent pipe jewelry Badali makes for us has always been one of the most popular items in our store.

But now, we’re offering them in another style – earrings.

The staff of The Tinker’s Packs have been getting questions about these for years, but now we officially have them.

Here’s the thing. We might sell out of this item. But if we do, you can just hop over and buy them from Badali directly.  And, since the fundraiser starts on Monday, they’re having their annual drive which donates 10% of your order directly to Worldbuilders.

The coupon codes will be good from December 2nd through February 1st.
  • US Customers – WBLDUSA13

US customers get free USPS Priority Shipping and 10% of your order will be donated to Worldbuilders.

  • International Customers – WBLDINT13

International orders get $10.00 off shipping and 10% of your order will be donated to Worldbuilders.

Note: This code is good for anything in Badali’s entire store, not just mine, so as soon as Monday hits, you can do a bunch of holiday shopping, save money on shipping, and know that money is being kicked toward a good cause, too.

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So there you are. Mind you, those aren’t the only deals we have going. We have other things on sale or bundled into groups as a discount.

For example, we’re doing two calendars this year, and they’re already bundled together so that if you buy two or three, you’ll save a chunk of change.


If you’d like to see *all* the new items, discounted bundles, and sale items we put up today. You can find them here.

Thanks for being awesome everyone,


P.S. If you’d like to tuned to future Tinker’s Packs shenanigans you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.  They do cool promotions on there that I don’t mention here on the blog.

This entry was posted in recommendations, The Tinker's Packs, Things I Like, WorldbuildersBy Pat29 Responses


  1. Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:53 AM | Permalink

    There is a problem with this page http://thetinkerspacks.bigcartel.com/product/masks-by-e-c-blake

    Doesn’t stop you from buying the book but the link to Worldbuilders is broken.

    • Posted November 29, 2013 at 7:07 AM | Permalink

      Thanks much. I’ve taken out the ugly code, and I’ll leave one of my more tech-savvy people to replace it with a function link, less I make a bigger mess trying to fix it….

  2. Posted November 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM | Permalink

    Just ordered a copy of Masks, hopefully it gets over the pond before Christmas! Amazing offer, thank you.

  3. jb
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 9:51 AM | Permalink

    I really love your books, but…
    Are you kidding?

    “Occasionally I like to help out a new authors by spreading the word about their books. With that in mind, I’d like to offer up some signed books from a plucky up-and-comer called Neil Gaiman. I know you probably haven’t heard of him before. But personally? I think this kid is going places.”

    Newcomer? Gaiman? Author of Sandman/DC Comics and
    Author of Stardust? The Book behind the Movie with De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer?

    • Posted November 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

      I’m pretty sure that was the implied joke. ;-)

    • Joyceam110
      Posted November 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM | Permalink

      Considering Gaiman was used as a base model for Ambrose in TNOTW cards, and that Mr. Rothfuss is a well accomplished author whom seems to know a lot of stars (based on the cards kickstarter) combined with his penchant for sarcasm and satire…

      I’d assume that statement was satirical.

    • slemay2003
      Posted November 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM | Permalink

      And one of PR’s favorite authors….

    • Posted November 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM | Permalink

      yes it was dripping with facetiousness. pat has talked about Gaiman many times on the blog. I think he’s familiar

    • Posted November 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM | Permalink

      I am, in fact, kidding.

      I frequently kid. I am a kidder.

      • christie
        Posted December 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM | Permalink

        Your comedy is very amusing. While reading the section discussed, all I could think was “That is Funny!” . I think the word “plunky” was the icing.

        Thanks for all the humor you write. It is very much appreciated.

        Looking forward to giving chicks for gifts.

      • pacifist
        Posted December 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM | Permalink

        My own response would have been “I frequently kid. I am a kid.

        but that’s just me :)

  4. PHXDale
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    My psychic powers tell me this years fundraiser will crush all previous efforts exponentially. Long live Worldbuilders!

  5. Posted November 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM | Permalink

    I just ordered my signed copy of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed! I’ve been waiting a while to get my hands on one. Thanks for the great deals Pat! Of course I’ll be back to donate when Worldbuilders kicks in in earnest >^.^<

    • Posted November 29, 2013 at 4:14 PM | Permalink

      This is what I’m looking at too, great deal and I’ve been wanting a copy for a long time now.
      Just torn about whether to get the one or go for the sequel too.

  6. lodi16b
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 3:31 PM | Permalink

    Pretty frustrating that I have to be signed up for Twitter or Facebook to get in on some of the Rothfuss deals. I hope you don’t offer anything over there that some of us who don’t use social media would covet. I tune in to your blog daily so I can get in on the cool stuff. I was able to get a limited edition copy of The Dark Of Deep Below but missed out on the limited edition of the first one even though I purchased day one…

    • Posted November 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM | Permalink

      If you are really that worried about it you should definitely join social media on some front.
      I haven’t seen any offers that weren’t offered on the blog as well though, popular items always go fast out of the Tinker’s Pack in my experience.

    • Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:16 PM | Permalink

      Back a couple years ago, the store used to be just my stuff, some t-shirts, a couple posters, some signed books. The addition of a new items was a big deal, mostly because it didn’t happen very often.

      But these days, the store is one of the main ways that Worldbuilders makes money. And we sell a lot more in there than just my stuff. If Worldbuilders is going to continue to grow, the Tinker’s packs has to grow too.

      Rest assured, when I do a cool new thing from my books, I’ll be posting up about it here on my blog.

      And when we do a big event like this in the store, I’m going to mention it too. Today, I launched this blog and let it sit for hours before mentioning it on facebook.

      But there might be occasional additions, small sales, or promotions that happen in the store that I don’t mention here. If I posted about everything, my blog would be more than half store news. Not only would that bore a lot of people, but it would feel whorish to me.

      You can always peek over at the *recently added* section of the Tinker’s Packs if you like. And Worldbuilders will be maintaining more of it’s own blog in the future too. On the newly designed website.

      Believe me, the last thing I want to do is encourage people to join social media.

      • lodi16b
        Posted November 29, 2013 at 8:51 PM | Permalink

        Thanks Pat. I appreciate the explanation.

      • babblefish
        Posted November 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

        You’ve got a dirty whorish mouth

        • Posted November 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM | Permalink

          This comment has irritated me.

          I am telling you this with the sole purpose of providing you information that you can use to make good choices in the future.

          • Oatmeal
            Posted November 30, 2013 at 10:48 PM | Permalink

            Responses like this are why your blog has the most civil comments section of anyplace I’ve ever seen on the internet. Even on your facebook threads which would create screeching masses of the worse humanity has to offer on any other page, is met with respectful discourse. Because you don’t just ask for respect, you demonstrate what it should look like.
            Anyway, thanks for that.

          • babblefish
            Posted December 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM | Permalink

            noted. I was merely taking your word and quoting Anchorman at the same time. Clearly I have lost speaking privileges. Sorry

  7. Manda
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM | Permalink

    Don’t feel bad, Pat. At least no one gets shanked at your Black Friday sale.

  8. Malana
    Posted November 30, 2013 at 1:14 AM | Permalink

    Picked up a mystery bundle, as I’m always a sucker for a grab-bag.

  9. Oatmeal
    Posted November 30, 2013 at 1:21 PM | Permalink

    Just made my first ever Tinker’s Packs purchases. Got christmas/yule presents for myself and (more importantly) my husband. If anyone deserves a set of talent pipes, he does, and now he shall have them. And I shall have a super cool literary calendar, and we shall both have t-shirts! Life is good today!!!

  10. Rich Osborne
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 12:15 AM | Permalink

    I myself also made my first ever Tinker’s Packs purchase with both book bundles a and b. i work part time at a county library in California, it will be fun going thru these books keeping some and donating to the library, and of course supporting Worldbuilders. It isn’t much but I hope this helps.

  11. Cailleen
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM | Permalink

    Couldn’t help myself, got a mystery bundle. Am now waiting patiently for my surprise!

  12. ecocd
    Posted December 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

    Looking at what is sold out, or no longer available in the store, I wonder if Pat ever fears his own power. If he signs his name to anything that’s “limited edition,” it sells out quickly.

    If he printed a cute picture of Oot on 500 napkins, hand-numbered them and signed them, they would be sell out at $10 / napkin in under a week. A 25 cent Bic pen, $50 in napkins creating $5000 of value out of thin air.

    That must feel weird.

  13. Posted December 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM | Permalink

    What’s more, none of the books will show up in both bundles. So if you buy both, you won’t get any duplicates.

    I just received my Prime Book Bundle A and ended up with a duplicate. Is that just luck of the draw, an extra book, or did I deprive someone else from it?

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