Some Books from Patrick Rothfuss


 This is a Worldbuilders blog.

When I first started worldbuilders six years ago, I did the whole thing out of my living room. It was just an idea I was trying out on my blog, so the only prizes I had to give away were my own books, and I had grand dreams of maybe, just maybe raising as much as $5000 for Heifer International.

Now Worldbuilders occupies a whole building and has several full time staff. Over the last five years we’ve raised more than $2,000,000 dollars for Heifer International. And it looks like in our first five days of our 2013 fundraiser, we have a chance of raising more than we did in our entire first year….

Most importantly, it’s a team effort now. These days, authors from all over the world send us signed books. Publishers, fans, and businesses do the same thing. We have a veritable treasure trove of cool swag to give away.

But even so, every year I like to throw in a blog full of my own books, just for old time’s sake:

  • Five pairs of NOTW and WMF. Signed by Patrick Rothfuss.


If you already have copies, you can give them away as gifts or use their delightfully absorbent paper to clean up spills in the kitchen.

Pro tip: Two hardcover copies of NotW are perfect for raising your computer monitor up to the correct ergonomic height:


Merciful Buddha, can you even tell that’s a desk? Or a monitor? Believe it or not, that’s where the magic happens. (It’s also where the e-mail happens, which is somewhat less magical.)

Just take my word for it. They’re the perfect size to raise your computer monitor high enough so you don’t get a crick in your neck.

I’ll write something nice in these books. Like some of my favorite quotes. Or a thank you for supporting worldbuilders. Or maybe a secret non-spoilery quote from a future unnamed book….

Nostalga and taunting aside, I’m also going to include some books that are simply hard to find anywhere else.

Like these:

  • One First Edition/First Printing copy of The Name of the Wind. Signed according to your desire.


Behold the glory of the original NotW cover. Affectionately nicknamed “The Fabio.”

I have just a handful of these left, carefully squirreled away. We used to keep them stocked in the store, but they kept selling out even when we put them up for $800 dollars. This one is going into the lottery where anyone can win it so long as they donate at least $10 on our Heifer Team page.

If you win it, I’ll sign and personalize it however you like. You can also chose the green man cover if you prefer.

We’re also going to put one up for auction:

  • Auction One First Edition/First Printing The Name of the Wind. Signed according to your desire.

As above. But this one is getting auctioned off. I’ll sign it however you like. And you can pick whichever cover you like.

  • Auction: One signed British ARC of The Name of the Wind. Signed according to your desire.


Now this is a *real* rarity.

ARCs are pretty rare, always rarer than the actual first printings of a book. This British ARC is much more rare than the black-bound US galley, plus it’s fairly pretty to boot. I’ve only ever seen THREE of these in person.

There’s only the one, so if you want it, you should get in on the bidding over here.


This is the first anthology that ever published a short story of mine, which I mentioned in the blog I wrote when it came out.

There were only 5000 of these books printed, so they’re in pretty short supply. This version is particularly cool as it’s been signed by a few more of the authors and the awesome cover artist.

We have a few copies of this in The Tinker’s Packs, too, if you’re interested. But those are only signed by me.

  • One rare copy of Your Annotated, Illustrated College Survival Guide. Signed by Patrick Rothfuss. Doodled by Brett Hiorns.


This book is so out-of-print it isn’t even funny. There were only 500 of them printed back in 2005, long before my novels were published.

This is a collection of humor columns that I wrote for the campus paper back when I was a college student. It’s signed by me, and signed and doodled by the artist, Brett, who happens to also work here at Worldbuilders now. He likes to remind me of how many late nights he spent at the paper office, waiting for my article so he could doodle something quickly, and how sometimes, this job isn’t all that different.

We’re putting one in the lottery where anyone can win it, and second one up in an auction, for those of you who really *really* need it.

  • 5 pairs of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed and The Dark of Deep Below. Signed by Patrick Rothfuss.


Sometimes, it seems like the Princess  books are one of the best kept secrets that I’m not trying to keep secret. Millions of people have read my novels, but the a lot of folks have never even heard of the Princess book.

I’d like to fix that, so I’ve put 5 sets of the first and second Princess book into the lottery, in the hopes of making someone’s day, if not exactly *brighter* then maybe a little more interesting.

  • 3 limited edition copies of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below. Signed by Patrick Rothfuss and Nate Taylor


The limited editions of The Dark of Deep Below come with a beautiful, color cover, leather binding, and an awesome signature page, signed by both me and Nate Taylor, who did the illustrations.  Beyond that, they also have cool extras in the back, showing some of my notes to Nate, some of his original sketches, and the original script of the book that I wrote.

You can still buy some over at Subterranean, but every $10 you donate to the Team Heifer page will get you a chance to win one of the 3 I’ve thrown into the lottery, as well.

  • Auction: A rare beta copy of The Dark of Deep Below.


Everything I write has beta readers, and every beta reader copy looks about the same.  I print it, get it spiral bound, and hand it out, along with a red pen.


These are the books I give to people to get feedback before we finalize the story. This particular beta shows the The Dark of Deep Below in its unfinished state, some of the pictures are different, and entire pages are changed in the final version.

While it’s not as nice as the limited edition from Subterranean Press, it’s a lot rarer. I only printed about 15 of these, and you can bid on this one over here.

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To be eligible to win one of the lottery prizes, all you have to do is donate $10 or more to the Team Heifer Page. Feel free to swing by the Lottery Library to see all the prizes currently included.

There are also some great game and gaming auctions going that will be ending on Sunday night that you can see on our eBay page.

Stay tuned, folks, you’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg so far….

This entry was posted in College Survival Guide, The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, Worldbuilders 2013. By Pat22 Responses


  1. paulviz
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 7:20 AM | Permalink

    So do we get to bid on the very cool Oot artwork taped to the monitor?
    Energetically abstract with subtle tranquil colors.

    • SilverTpt
      Posted December 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM | Permalink

      Only if you call it Ootwork.

      • Posted December 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM | Permalink

        I will now be filing all his artistic endeavors as “Ootwork.”

  2. Posted December 6, 2013 at 8:46 AM | Permalink

    This picture makes me feel so much better about my desk. lol

    Thanks for this. The amount of money you’ve raised is astounding and the prizes are incredible. Plus, when someone asks how I got a cool book, it’s fun to say, “I bought a goat.”

  3. Maureen
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 9:38 AM | Permalink

    I have one of the British ARCs, signed by Pat at the Library of Congress signing, that actually came from the Isle of Mann. I saved the package that it was mailed in because it was just so cool.

  4. Robo
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM | Permalink

    Just curious why you consider “the Fabio” the true first. I ordered my copy from Amazon before its release and got the green man copy.

    • imnosuperhero
      Posted December 6, 2013 at 3:50 PM | Permalink

      Same here, although I bought mine off the shelf at Hastings. It even says “First Hardcover Printing, April 2007” and the number line matches 1 through 10.

      • Posted December 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

        Those are both first printings. But the Green Man cover was the second cover we created for the book. (Because a lot of folks weren’t fond of the Fabio.)

        • imnosuperhero
          Posted December 6, 2013 at 8:21 PM | Permalink

          Aaagh, and all this time I thought I had the original cover art and Fabio came later. :( Which version is more rare? (not that mine has much resell value given the stains and my name written on the title page. ;) )

          • ericturner29
            Posted December 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM | Permalink

            I 2nd the question. Does anyone know what the 1st print runs were for Fabio and green man?


  5. Sedated2000
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM | Permalink

    I like that “squirreled away” = “under your monitor”.

  6. Posted December 6, 2013 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

    I actually really like the way that Beta book looks.

    Bindings are cool, but spirals allow you to fold back without creases.

  7. Patrick_E.
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 5:28 PM | Permalink

    Pat, give me a minute of your free time to tell you my respect for what you are doing here.

    I think it’s amazing what you’re accomplishing here. Although I have little to life, since I am a student and aspiring to become an Author, so money is a rarity these days. But what I have I can share. I can see from some of your Blogposts and Facebookposts that you’re really giving it your all, and I have great respect for that.

    Keep up the good work, and maybe I will (given I finish my books) be able to donate a few books myself one day. It would certainly be something I’d do without any hesitation.

    Best regards, hoping your Holidays will be relaxing,

  8. Manda
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM | Permalink

    Throat Coat tea? Feel better soon!

  9. Sandhya
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 9:51 PM | Permalink

    This Worldbuilders feels so much more relaxed and calm. I do believe that you all are getting it down to a science. Deep breaths have been taken.

  10. CindyS
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    Just donated, don’t have much, but I can spare a chicken here and there… Keep up the good work!!

  11. SilentReader
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 8:55 AM | Permalink

    Ahhh man,
    I got my hands on a British ARC copy of TNotW (and TWMF), but didn’t know it was such a rare version. So I gave it to my brother to read and that he did……in fact he read it almost to shreds. Now its in no state to be a collectible but still a fantastic read^^. All that remains for me is to wait until Pat holds a singning session somwhere in Germany so I can get both of them singned.

    Greets SR

    • andereanne
      Posted December 7, 2013 at 9:38 AM | Permalink

      A singning session in Germany … I’m all for it!!!!

  12. dancer7887
    Posted December 9, 2013 at 2:31 AM | Permalink

    Just bought the $50 book bundle from the Tinker’s Pack and sooo excited to get those books. Once the next paycheck comes in I’ll be buying a goat for the lottery option. Been doing this every year and haven’t won yet, so maybe this is my lucky year!

  13. realmjit
    Posted June 12, 2014 at 6:09 PM | Permalink

    I apologize if this has been answered elsewhere, but are the Princess books available in digital format?

    (sadly, I have no room for physical books. As a recovering packrat, I must hold fast to this half-truth to avoid ending up on one of *those* tv shows.)

  14. Curtis Carpenter
    Posted February 8, 2019 at 3:12 AM | Permalink

    Strange …you lived in the Apt. above me on Prentice my mom worked at uwsp tell me you’re a writer I said aren’t we all I was a guy was always walking a chihuahua doubt you remember congrats on your success and future success

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