Book Tour Part II – FAQ and Other Ways to Get a Signed Book.

So in my last blog I announced where I was stopping for my book tour. Now let’s talk details.

Specifically, let’s answer some questions that people have asked.

More specifically, how about *I* answer the questions. That seems like the reasonable thing to do, as I’m the one typing right now.

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1. You aren’t doing a signing near me! Why? Why don’t you come to Cleveland? Why don’t you come to Tampa? Why don’t you come to Minnesota? Why do you hate me?

I’m paraphrasing here, but whenever I post up information about a signing, this is the great cry that seems to go up from the comments section.

What’s extra disheartening is when people ask me why why WHY I never come to, say, Boston, when I was just in Boston earlier this year. I attended a convention that was open for anyone to attend. And I did a reading and two booksignings that were completely free and open to the public.

Anyway, there are really two answers to this question, the snarky one and the honest one. Let’s do the snarky first.

Or rather, I’ll let the lovely folks at Penny Arcade do it for me. I love the comic they wrote a couple years ago when they went on book tour….

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The honest answer shouldn’t surprise any of you. There simply isn’t time. These tours take a ton of time and energy. And I have writing to do. I have a fundraiser to plan. And I have two kids who miss me when I’m gone.

Cutie pudge

Cutie has just reached the age where we can play games with each other. He honks my nose. He like to be tickled. When he sees me come in the door he gets excited and crawls toward me. Sometimes he says “da” and it seems like he actually means something by it.

So I’m only doing a week’s worth of tour. I’m sorry. I wish it were otherwise. I wish I could be many places at once. And fly. And stop time. And magically produce an endless supply of cake.

But I can’t. So.

1b. Is there any book-tour outside the US around the corner? Say, Europe? ^^

Nope. See above. I’ll probably hit a few countries next year. But nothing’s scheduled yet.

1c. Any plans to do anything local? Point or Wausau?

Not really. Sorry.

2. What are your book signings like?

Well, they’re not just signings, actually.

At the start of the event, I spend about an hour reading some stuff, telling stories, and doing Q&A with the audience. That will last for about an hour. Then I sign books. Many many books.

(Also note that at some of the events, I’ll be having musical guests kicking off the show for me.)

2b. Will you sing?

I have been known to sing.

3. How long do you think these events will be? I’m asking because I may or may not have somewhere to go to afterwords, and if I do, I’d like to be there around 9:00ish (which means leaving the bookstore at like 8:45). Do you think that’s possible?

Well. Anything is possible. But I don’t think it’s terribly likely.

Let’s say the event starts at 7:00. I read and answer questions and make jokes until 8:00. Then the signing starts.

Let’s say there are only 300 people there, (as opposed to the 500-800 that I’m expecting to some of these events.) Also assume it takes me 30 seconds to sign each person’s book(s).

Now assume that you’re on a train traveling west at 40 miles an hour. You have a load of turnips that weighs eighteen tons and Syracuse is 180 miles away. Given the coefficient of friction and the cost of diesel fuel, I think its safe to assume that if you want your book personalized, you’re going to be standing in line for a couple of hours. Because nobody likes turnips. Seriously.

4. Will I have the chance to just grab a signed book and go home after your reading? I’m mostly there for your signature. I don’t need you to write, “For Tabitha” in my book. I know my own name….

At all my events, you’ll have the chance to buy pre-signed books. That way you can come for the show, then grab a book and head out without having to stand in line.

5. Do you know when your book will come out in other countries? 

I was going to try and gather all this information together and post it. Then I remembered that there’s this cool new invention called the internet. You might have heard about it because you’re on it right now.

Using the internet, you could probably find this information out yourself.

Alternately, you could call your local bookstore and ask them. It’s their job to know these things.

It’s not that I don’t want to help. It’s just that you can honestly get this information faster for yourself than I can get it for you. My work is being translated into more than thirty languages in many, many countries. It would take me hours to put that list together.

Or you could google around a bit on your own. Or pick up the phone. Then I could spend my time writing instead.

Sound like a good idea?

6. I can’t go to any of your tour dates, but I’m really close to San Diego, how can I get at least a signed copy? I’m so sad!

Yes. There are many places where you can get signed copies of the book.

Details are down at the bottom of the blog, in question #18

7. Will you sign copies of The Name of the Wind or The Wise Man’s Fear?

Hell yes. Just because I have a new baby doesn’t mean I don’t love my first baby.

8. Will there be hardcover copies of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear available to purchase at your signings?

Almost certainly. But if you want to make sure you get one, the smart thing to do would be to call the bookstore and reserve a copy.

9. Will there be copies of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle available at your signings?

Maybe. Very maybe. Most bookstores only know about me because of The Name of the Wind. If you want to buy a Princess book, I’d suggest you call the store and try to reserve one. If they don’t have one in stock, I’m sure they’d be happy to order one in for you, which they can do by emailing us at princess [at] patrothfuss.com. Bookstores love selling books, you know.

9b. Will I get a special promotional sticker if I buy a copy of the Princess book at the store?

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Good idea. I’ll throw some of those in my luggage. So yes. You can have a sticker.

10. I know in the past folks have brought tokens of esteem, such as cookies or mead. Would you like a bottle of tasty, homebrewed peach wine, as a small “Thank you” for all the happiness your books have wrought? Or perhaps you’d prefer smaller/more easily consumed things?

You really don’t have to bring me presents. I mean it.

That said, if you’d like to bring something. Please feel free. Bring whatever makes you happiest.

But do remember that I’m probably going to have to ship it home. So really big/fragile things can be problematic.

11. Do you hug?

I have been known to hug.

That said, you might want to refer to the logistical issues I mention up in question #3. It might have to be a short hug.

And watch those hands.

12. Do you only hug young girls?

No. I’m all about equal opportunity affection.

Beardy redheaded kiss

I’d just like to say that not only is that the beardiest three-way kiss ever. Not only is dude’s hair the brightest red I’ve ever seen. But he was also a priest.

So I can cross that off my bucket list.

Seriously though, I’m not going to get frisky with everyone there. Not only would I catch some sort of terrible disease. But again, time is going to be an issue.

13. I want to buy a Kingkiller t-shirt to wear to your signing, but I can’t find the link to your store, the Tinker’s Sack. What’s the URL?

Here’s the link for you.

And by the way, it’s called The Tinker’s Pack. Pack. With a “P”.

The Tinker’s Sack would be a whole different sort of website. I don’t know what they’d sell there, but I don’t think I’d want to buy any….

14. I’m looking forward to hearing you read, but I hate spoilers. Do I need to be afraid?

I hate spoilers, too. So you don’t need to worry about me giving away big secrets like the fact that Auri is really Kaiser Soze.

14.You’re coming to my town, but I’m going to have to miss your signing by just a couple hours because of attend class/go to work/catch a plane/etc.  Can I meet up with you a little earlier and have you sign my book?

I’m sorry. But my schedule is way too tight to do anything like that. A lot of times, I won’t even be flying into town until a couple hours before the signing.

But if it’s your hometown, you can just call the bookstore and reserve a copy. Whenever I do a signing, the bookstore has me sign a bunch of books for people that couldn’t make it to the event.

16. Will you Sign my Nook/Kindle/E-reader?

Yes. This is something that I’ve done before.

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17. Is it better for you if I buy your book at any particular store? Or in any particular way? (Nook? Hardcover?) I love your books, and so I want to support you as much as I can.

Over the last month, I’ve had more than a dozen messages like this. It just goes to prove something I already knew, that my readers are delightfully considerate human beings.

For the most part, it doesn’t matter where you buy the book, though I do usually encourage people to shop locally. Because supporting your local economy is a good thing.

If you *really* want to help, you could make a point of buying the book close to the release date. The more people that buy the book in that first week (or pre-order it) the better chance I have for showing up on bestseller lists. And showing up on those lists helps sell more books, keeps my publisher happy, and generally gives my career a little bump.

18. I can’t make it to any of your signings, is there anywhere else I can get a signed book?

Yes. I went to great pains to sign a bunch of tip-in sheets for my books.

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(I mean that literally. By the end of signing these, pain was shooting up my arm.)

We’ve distributed these pre-signed books to many different bookstores all over the country so that they can be easily accessible to as many of you as possible.

Below is a list of all the bookstores that will have signed books, organized by state:

  • Alaska

Fireside Books
720 S Alaska St
Palmer, AK 99645
http://www.goodbooksbadcoffee.com/
Phone: 907-745-2665

Homer Bookstore Inc
332 E Pioneer Ave   Ste 1
Homer, AK 99603
http://www.homerbookstore.com/
Phone: 907-235-7496

  • Arizona

Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd Ste 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
http://poisonedpen.com/
Phone: 480-947-2974

University Of Arizona Bookstore
1209 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85721
http://uabookstore.arizona.edu/
Phone: 520-621-2426

  • California

Book Seller
107 Mill St
Grass Valley, CA 95945
http://thebookseller.biz/
Phone: 530-272-2131

Borderlands Books
866 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110-1739
http://www.borderlands-books.com/
Phone: 415-824-8203

Book Passage Inc
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
http://www.bookpassage.com/
Phone: 415-927-0960

Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/
Phone: 831-423-0900

Almost Perfect Bookstore
1901 Douglas Blvd
Roseville, CA 95661
Phone: 916-781-7935

Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
http://www.mystgalaxy.com/
Phone: 858-268-4747

The Booksmith
1644 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
http://www.booksmith.com/
Phone: 415-863-8688

Vromans Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
http://www.vromansbookstore.com/
Phone: 626-449-5320

  • Colorado

Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
http://boulderbookstore.indiebound.com/
Phone: 303-447-2074

Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut
Fort Collins, CO 80524
http://www.oldfirehousebooks.com/
Phone: 970-484-7898

Who Else Books
200 S Broadway – Broadway Book Mall
Denver, CO 80209
http://www.whoelsebooks.com/
Phone: 303-744-2665

Bookworm Of Edwards
295 Main St C101
Edwards, CO 81632
http://www.bookwormofedwards.com/
Phone: 970-926-7323

Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
http://www.oldfirehousebooks.com/
Phone: 970-484-7898

Off The Beaten Path
68 9Th St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
http://www.steamboatbooks.com/
Phone: 970-879-6830

Marias Bookshop
960 Main Ave
Durango, CO 81301
http://www.mariasbookshop.com/
Phone: 970-247-1438

  • Florida

Classic Bookshop
310 S County Rd
Palm Beach, FL 33480
http://www.classicbookshop.com/
Phone: 561-655-2485

  • Idaho

Rediscovered Books
180 N 8Th St
Boise, ID 83702
http://www.rdbooks.org/
Phone: 208-376-4229

  • Illinois

The Book Table, Inc.
1045 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60301-1101
http://www.booktable.net/
Phone: 708-386-9800

Unabridged Books
3251 N Broadway St Ste 1
Chicago, IL 60657-3555
http://www.unabridgedbookstore.com/
Phone: 773-883-9119

57th Street Books
1301 E 57Th St
Chicago, IL 60637
http://www.semcoop.com/
Phone: 773-684-1300

City Lit Books
2523 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
http://www.citylitbooks.com/
Phone: 773-235-2523

  • Indiana

Vons Book Shop
315 W State St
West Lafayette, IN 47906-3594
http://www.vonsshops.com/
Phone: 765-743-1915

  • Kansas

Mysteryscape Llc
7309 W 80Th St
Overland Park, KS 66204
http://www.mysteryscape.com/
Phone: 913-649-0000

  • Massachusetts

Pandemonium Books And Games
4 Pleasant St
Cambridge, MA 2139
http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/
Phone: 617-547-3721

Concord Bookshop
65 Main St
Concord, MA 1742
http://www.concordbookshop.com/
Phone: 978-369-2405

Bookloft
332 Stockbridge Rd
Great Barrington, MA 01230-1235
http://www.thebookloft.com/
Phone: 413-528-1521

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
http://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/Brookline, MA
Phone: 617-566-6660

Odyssey Bookshop
9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
http://www.odysseybks.com/
Phone: 413-534-7307

Jabberwocky Bookshop
50 Water St Mill Bldg # 1
Newburyport, MA 01950-2899
http://www.jabberwockybookshop.com/
Phone: 978-465-9359

Porter Square Books
25 White St
Cambridge, MA 02140
http://www.portersquarebooks.com/
Phone: 617-491-2220

Harvard Bookstore Inc
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
http://www.harvard.com/
Phone: 617-661-1515

  • Maine

Devaney Doak & Garrett Bksler
193 Broadway
Farmington, ME 04938-5909
http://www.ddgbooks.com/
Phone: 207-778-3454

Maine Coast Book Shop
158 Main St
Damariscotta, ME 4543
http://www.mainecoastbookshop.com/
Phone: 888-563-3207

  • Michigan

Between The Covers
106 E Main St
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Phone: 231-526-6658

Snow Bound Books
118 N 3Rd
Marquette, MI 49855-4304
http://www.snowboundbooks.com/
Phone: 906-228-4448

Taylors Books & More
60 W Chicago St
Coldwater, MI 49036-1617
http://www.taylorsstationers.com/
Phone: 517-279-8046

  • Minnesota

Common Good Books
38 S Snelling
Saint Paul, MN 55105
http://www.commongoodbooks.com/
Phone: 651-225-8989

Uncle Hugos Sci Fic B/S
2864 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407
http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/index.shtml
Phone: 612-824-6347

University Of Minnesota Bookstore
300 Washington Ave Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455
https://www.bookstores.umn.edu/
Phone: 612-625-6000

Moon Palace Books
2820 E 33Rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
http://www.moonpalacebooks.com/
Phone: 612-454-0455

  • Missouri

Rascal Books
11617 Mcgee
Kansas City, MO 64114
Phone: 816-591-0389

  • Montana

Shakespeare & Co
103 S 3Rd St W
Missoula, MT 59801
http://www.shakespeareandco.com/
Phone: 406-549-9010

  • North Carolina

Quail Ridge Books
3522 Wade Ave
Raleigh, NC 27607
http://www.quailridgebooks.com/
Phone: 919-828-1588

Bulls Head Bookstore
207 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
http://www.store.unc.edu/
Phone: (919) 962-5066

Park Road Books
4139 Park Rd -Park Rd S/C
Charlotte, NC 28209-2229
http://www.parkroadbooks.com/
Phone: 704-525-9239

Malaprops Book Store
55 Haywood St
Asheville, NC 28801-2834
http://www.malaprops.com/
Phone: 828-254-6734

Missing Volume
P O BOX 97274
Raleigh, NC 27624
http://www.themissingvolume.com/
Phone: 321-297-6635

City Lights Bookstore
3 E Jackson St
Sylva, NC 28779
http://www.citylightsnc.com/
Phone: 828-586-9499

  • New Hampshire

Innisfree Bookshop
312 Daniel Webster Hwy
Meredith, NH 3253
Phone: 603-279-3905

Water Street Bookstore
125 Water St
Exeter, NH 3833
http://www.waterstreetbooks.com/
Phone: 603-778-9731

Country Bookseller
23A N Main St – Durgin Stables
Wolfeboro, NH 3894
http://www.thecountrybookseller.com/
Phone: 603-569-6030

  • New York

Lift Bridge Bookshop
45 Main St
Brockport, NY 14420
http://www.liftbridgebooks.com/
Phone: 585-637-2260

Flights Of Fantasy
381 Sand Creek Rd
Albany, NY 12205
http://www.fof.net/
Phone: 518-435-9337

Book House Of Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Ave – Stuyvesant Plaza
Albany, NY 12203
http://bookhouse.indiebound.com/
Phone: 518-489-4761

  • Ohio

Larry Smith-Bookseller
3824 Patricia Dr
Upper Arlington, OH 43220
http://www.fantasyliterature.com/
Phone: 614-442-1010

  • Oregon

V J Books
12250 Sw Myslony St
Tualatin, OR 97062-8041
http://www.vjbooks.com/
Phone: 503-750-5310

Powell’s Books
1005 W Burnside St. between 10th and 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
http://www.powells.com/
Phone: 800-878-7323

  • Rhode Island

Barrington Books
184 County Rd
Barrington, RI 02806
http://www.barringtonbooks.com/
Phone: 401-245-7925

  • South Carolina

Fiction Addiction
1175 Woods Crossing Rd #5
Greenville, SC 29607
http://www.fiction-addiction.com/
Phone: 864-675-0540

  • South Dakota

Mitzis Main Street Books
510 Main St
Rapid City, SD 57701-2734
http://www.mitzisbooks.com/
Phone: 605-721-2665

  • Texas

Blue Willow Book Shop
14532 Memorial Dr At Dairy Ashford
Houston, TX 77079-5431
http://www.bluewillowbookshop.com/
Phone: 281-497-8675

Book People Inc
603 N Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
http://www.bookpeople.com/
Phone: 512-472-5050

The Book Spot
1205 Round Rock Ave #119
Round Rock, TX 78681
http://www.juliesbookspot.com/
Phone: 512-351-3284

  • Utah

Kings English
1511 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
http://www.kingsenglish.com/
Phone: 801-484-9100

Weller Book Works
607 Trolley Sq
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
http://www.wellerbookworks.com/
Phone: 801-328-2586

University Of Utah Bookstore
270 S 1500 E Rear
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
http://www.campusstore.utah.edu/utah/Home.aspx
Phone: 801-581-6326

  • Virginia

Chop Suey Books
2913 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23221
http://www.chopsueybooks.com/
Phone: 804-422-8066

  • Washington

Village Books
1200 11Th St
Bellingham, WA 98225
http://villagebooks.com/
Phone: 360-671-2626

Snow Goose Book Store
8616 271St St Nw
Stanwood, WA 98292
http://www.snowgoosebookstore.com/
Phone: 360-629-3631

  • Wisconsin

Janke Bookstore
505 3Rd St
Wausau, WI 54403
http://www.jankebookstore.com/
Phone: 715-845-9648

Boswell Book Co
2559 N Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
http://boswell.indiebound.com/
Phone: 414-332-1181

Tribeca Gallery, Cafe & Books
401 E Main St
Watertown, WI 53094
http://www.tribecagallerycafe.com/
Phone: 920-206-2885

Books & Company
1039 Summit Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
http://www.booksco.com/
Phone: 262-567-0106

  • Online stores:

Thinkgeek, Inc
http://www.thinkgeek.com/

Books-A-Million
http://www.booksamillion.com/

Barnes and Noble
http://www.BN.com/

Hastings Books & Music
http://www.gohastings.com/index.jsp

Half Price Books
http://www.hpb.com/

Note that there aren’t an unlimited supply of these, so you might want to call your local bookstore ahead of time and pre-order or reserve your copy. Bookstores love it when you do that.

If none of these stores are close to you, note that many of them will happily ship to you. Or you can call some of the online stores right there at the end of the list.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll probably be doing one more blog talking about the tour next week, so if you have additional questions, you can ask them in the comments below.

Later Space Cowboys,

pat

This entry was posted in appearances, Cutie Snoo, The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, the longest fucking blog ever. By Pat67 Responses

67 Comments

  1. Viola
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 5:51 AM | Permalink

    So here’s how my blog experience just went:

    Oh neat. More book news from- OMIGOSH BABY. SOOOO CUUUUTE.

    If anything was written below that picture, I didn’t notice.

    • Nick H
      Posted October 28, 2014 at 12:13 AM | Permalink

      I can help you make one if you would like. I know, I am such a selfless person.

  2. Brian-H
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM | Permalink

    Your listing for Arkansas bookstores is actually for Alaska.

    • Amanda
      Posted October 17, 2014 at 9:11 AM | Permalink

      Gah, collecting all that info was a little difficult, that one’s definitely on me. Thanks for the heads up, I fixed it.

  3. Thunderbeard
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:14 AM | Permalink

    Excellent reference in #14. Bravo.

  4. Nicham
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:46 AM | Permalink

    At what point do they start being glad to see you? We just had our first baby, he’s 8 weeks old, and so far he just looks at me condescendingly. I call him Squishy.

    • Posted October 17, 2014 at 3:16 PM | Permalink

      Those early months they’re just warm lumps. You’ve got some good stuff coming up….

  5. sandibd
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 7:01 AM | Permalink

    Pat, I think you give your readers a lot more of your time than many other authors. You will probably get so famous that will have to end one day, but thank you for what you give us. I also like that when having these discussions about the can and cannots you talk to us like adults. You are honest and lay it out like it is. I know you get tired of the same question being asked for the 1,875.685th time. Yet you don’t smack us silly over it.

    I am already excited and looking forward to the upcoming Worldbuilder’s fundraiser!!!

  6. firebird
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 7:16 AM | Permalink

    Understandably you’re not coming to NJ…I might need to make another trip to NY…or even MA…..

  7. greenleviathan
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 7:31 AM | Permalink

    Would i be able to get a couple other things signed as well? I have a Deck from albino dragon i would like signed as well as a copy of Rogues, but i don’t want to be inconsiderate and with the addition of the new book three seems like it might be the tipping point. And knowing that you will probably be signing upwards a thousand signatures an event i would like to know what guidlines.

    • lenamoster
      Posted October 17, 2014 at 7:47 AM | Permalink

      In case Pat’s too busy to answer you, try contacting the bookstore that’s hosting the signing–they will probably know of any rules (such as limit of 3 things to be signed per person, or similar) that are going to be imposed in the interest of time.

    • kvhchem
      Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM | Permalink

      If you don’t mind waiting I know that Pat (in the past) has told people who have many items or just want to bask in his awesome for a longer period of time to wait at the end of the line to get their items signed. That being said, if he has a crap ton worth of signings he may not be as appreciative.

  8. Karsh
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 7:32 AM | Permalink

    I remember a few years back that you had a policy of signing things people sent to you if they were accompanied by something cool/awesome. I have just assumed that you are now so busy that this is no longer the case, but am I making a you-know-what out of me (obviously you are impervious to such transmutation attempts)?

    I rescued a first printing of The Name of the Wind from a Half Price Books several years ago and am dying to get it signed, and I don’t think you’ve come through my city since I found it.

    I haven’t even figured out what a suitably awesome offering would be yet, but before I go on an epic quest to get it… is this something you still do?

    • Posted October 17, 2014 at 3:18 PM | Permalink

      I’m holding off on that for now. People would send in books and they’d sit here for months and months. Or get lost in the mail. It led to an unfortunate amount of hassle and unhappiness.

      So we’re putting that on pause until we can come up with a better system.

  9. awesum.blossom
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 7:40 AM | Permalink

    Just as I was reading this post and thinking that you could not get any cooler, you end with a Cowboy Bebop reference. *Swooning*

    If you ever want to come back to Atlanta you should come through when AWA (Anime Weekend Atlanta) is happening in September.

    Also cutie embodies his name to the max.

    • Ketatiera
      Posted November 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM | Permalink

      Thank GOD I’m not the only one that caught that.
      I swooned as well.

  10. pinta_vodki
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:02 AM | Permalink

    Will I be able to buy a signed book in your online store? Like with a personalized quote as a gift to my friend?

  11. asdrubael
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

    “5. Do you know when your book will come out in other countries?
    I was going to try and gather all this information together and post it. Then I remembered that there’s this cool new invention called the internet. You might have heard about it because you’re on it right now. Using the internet, you could probably find this information out yourself.”

    Good luck with that, I asked the German publisher Klett-Cotta over a month ago and didn’t get any kind of answer. Of course it’s not Pats job to collect this information, but it’s suprising that there are still companies who think it’s ok to just ignore e-mails from potential customers.

    There is a huge German fanbase and I don’t understand why the newest book is not a FAQ on the publishers website. Instead they still write something about the third book coming out aproximately in autumn 2014, it seems like nobody updated the site for years…

    • lovelylass987
      Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:51 AM | Permalink

      I looked it up on Amazon.de, and it looks like Germans can buy the English version on October 28. http://www.amazon.de/Regard-Silent-Kingkiller-Chronicles-Novella/dp/0756410436/

      Same goes for Spaniards: http://www.amazon.es/Regard-Things-Kingkiller-Chronicles-Chronicle/dp/1473209323/

    • Posted October 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM | Permalink

      Why would you e-mail the publisher?

      In some ways it seems reasonable, they’re making the books. But think about it this way instead: if you want a glass of milk, do you call a farm? No. You go to the store.

      Bookstores sell books, and they’re the ones that do customer relations and answer questions about *when* books will be available. If the bookstore doesn’t know or can’t find out, that’s probably because nobody knows.

      Don’t be offended they didn’t get back to you. They’re busy people.

      • asdrubael
        Posted October 18, 2014 at 5:03 AM | Permalink

        The German publisher also has an online shop, so they are a “bookstore” just like Amazon. Many authors recommend to buy books directly from the publisher if you prefer to buy online and not in a local store.

        I also guess that simply nobody knows when the German translation will be available, but it would be nice to know if they are at least working on it. It seems we have to be patient, most probably I will just buy the book twice.

        • lovelylass987
          Posted October 18, 2014 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

          Would it be so bad to buy it from Amazon.de? It looks like it’ll be available in English on October 28. I have a comment in this thread saying as much, but it’s awaiting moderation.

          • asdrubael
            Posted October 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM | Permalink

            That is the english edition we are discussing the translated versions ;)

        • AndyVH
          Posted October 28, 2014 at 6:44 AM | Permalink

          Du sprichst Englisch, dass ist hier ganz einfach zu sehen. Was ist denn los? Du kannst das Buch am ersten Tag auf Englisch lesen, und, wenn es so groß ein Fanbase in Deutschland gibt, es ist fast sicher ihr wird ein Übersetzung bald bekommen. Vielleicht musst du zweimal kaufen, das wird ich auch, aber unser Geld geht nach gute Leute und am besten Autor in der Welt, und deswegen bin ich zumindest nicht wütend.
          Auch, wie gesagt, du bist nicht der einziges Person, der Klett-Cotta ein Email geshicht hast, und deswegen ist es ein bisschen kindlich um so zornig zu sein, wenn sie nicht sofort zurückschreiben.

    • asdrubael
      Posted October 20, 2014 at 3:47 AM | Permalink

      If anyone else is interested on this, I finally got an answer:
      There will be a German translation coming in spring 2015. The book will be called “Musik der Stille” and should be available until March.

  12. Rahl
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM | Permalink

    Sorry couldn’t resist and it would save you Typing out a whole paragraph for people.

    5. Do you know when your book will come out in other countries?

    http://bit.ly/1riGh8N

    PS. 3way beard on beard action with a priest involved, I’m sure they would show that vid on the tinkers sack..

  13. Posted October 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM | Permalink

    The Google Hangouts you did for the Albino Dragon project were great. Would allow you to do readings without leaving home. Would you consider something like this?

    • Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM | Permalink

      That’s a decent idea. Not that I want to put anything on someone else, but those Google Hangouts were really fun, and could be watched not in real time later on, as I recall. . .

  14. JJLeggo
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM | Permalink

    I hope you don’t stress too much about #1. I think that most people think that they are just ribbing you; e.g., I could say: “Hey Pat, how come you never come to my town – never mind that we are in northern Alberta, in a town of less than 3000, without a bookstore.” Oh course, like most people, I’d love to see you in the flesh – I see how well you communicate with your fans, watch you in interviews or other shows (Tabletop, etc.), and well, I don’t know if you realize this, but you’re pretty awesome :)
    On the other hand, I would never truly expect you to come here. I suppose thousands of people suggesting that you do, even if it is in jest, must be overwhelming and exhausting.
    Also, don’t you dare feel you are hurting your fans by spending time with your family – I missed most of my son’s first year because of work, and I will never get that back.

    (PS: I have a great recipe for pickling those turnips)
    (PPS: Rogues arrived the other day, just in time for my birthday!)

  15. Dulcinea
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM | Permalink

    Just want to say thanks. Great fantasy is hard to find, and you’re moving up there with the masters. Aside from that, tour stop in Marquette MI is just about the best thing you’ve done, so kudos, and enjoy the Lake. I hope it’s wild and crazy when you’re there, nothing like it. (and I also agree with the wicked reference in 14…)

  16. jaztastique
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

    You are my all time favorite author and I re read both your novels every year after exams. It literally is the best part of my summer.
    I have yet to meet you or be able to go to a show/signing (I’ve seen w00tstock xD) due to my Canadian geographical location.
    Do you think, once the babies are grown, you’d come to Canada? There would be many a plaid shirted fans.

  17. Veelk
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

    I have a question about the new novella itself.

    So, I have a friend that wants to get into the Rothfuss Bibliography. However, she’s super busy and your books are very, very long. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is far shorter. But can she read it without having read Name of the Wind or Wise Man’s Fear.

  18. oddstar1
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

    Well I am still hoping that cake bit will come true.

  19. Posted October 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM | Permalink

    Wow! I’m one of the new owners of Lift Bridge Book Shop in Brockport, NY- and a biiiig big fan of your books. Thanks for doing this. Because of your blog post we’ve already received phone calls this morning to pre-order signed copies of your book and are in the process of ordering even more because of the demand you’ve created. Thank you, thank you thank you from a struggling indie bookseller trying to survive the Amazon juggernaut.

    Oh… shameless plug, we will ship anywhere soooo check us out! liftbridgebooks.com

    Thanks again, Patrick. Time to reread Wise Man’s Fear before the 28th.

    • Posted October 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

      *Points to the comment above.*

    • MissusJ
      Posted October 27, 2014 at 8:37 AM | Permalink

      When I read this I got all Cheshire Cat grinny… Because I was one of those people that ordered a book!! :D I was so grateful to you guys for carrying a signed version of the book somewhere close to Buffalo, and now I’m even more so knowing how much it means to you guys as an independent bookstore. Huzzah!

  20. hasjisj
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM | Permalink

    Oh Google thou art wonderful indeed, I now have an extremely vague time-frame for book 3. That said, we are a bunch of hopelessly spoiled brats, we expect answers when 10 years ago you simply had to wait for the next book, no indication, and very little possibility to even WRITE to the author. Now we get responses from him. I don’t care if it is years late if it means the book is amazing as the first 2. Rather wait for a finished product than some incomplete Beta version.

    I am burning to get my hands on Slow Regard, fortunately I have a friend who manages a bookstore and the pre-order was a matter of a text message, even though here in South Africa I can maybe wait even a month more, at least I get it hand delivered when it sets foot here. Stay awesome mr. Rothfuss, and know your time and hard work is appreciated in all corners of the globe!

    • EmperorCohen
      Posted October 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

      A book from Patrick Rothfuss is never late, nor is it early, it arrives precisely when it means to.

  21. Sokol
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM | Permalink

    Great post, Pat. As someone living not anywhere close to a signing, I was overjoyed to see that B&N had signed copies. I just pre-ordered mine. Can’t wait to read it.

  22. Posted October 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    Great post!

    Do you ever / are you ever going to do a virtual signing? I would love to buy a book online, have it signed and shipped to Denmark where I live. Or just a bookmark/postcard whatever! That would be my only chance of having anything signed by you

  23. kvhchem
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM | Permalink

    Wow Pat, just saw on the Worldbuilders blog that this year’s fundraiser starts November 10th! That is coming up super quick and only a week after your book tour is done… Anyway I’m glad you have such a great group helping you out and I hope you have a good time doing your tour. Can’t wait for the 28th!!

  24. Posted October 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM | Permalink

    I ordered a signed copy through the Worldbuilders fundraiser and I’m very excited to get it! I would love the opportunity to meet you in person, but it did make me think of a few things you might consider for your next Worldbuilders fundraiser:
    – A signed set of books from you
    – For a much larger donation – maybe an afternoon or day of hanging out with you? (travel expenses not included?)

    Those would give people an opportunity to get those things while also earning money for Worldbuilders.

    Also your family should ALWAYS come first – you are clearly an amazing dad!

    I was very sorry to miss you at NYCC – I was only there for Sat & I live in MD, but maybe sometime in the future. I’ll keep an eye out!

  25. Posted October 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM | Permalink

    Hello.
    First: I want say I am a fan of his book.
    Second: I have a friend and she is a big fan too. Her birthday is near i and think that if I can buy a book signed of you she will be very very very ver happy.
    The problem are that me are spanish.
    If you can explain me how I can get a book sogned of you that would be great.
    Thanks
    PD: If my English aren´t very great forgive me.

  26. SporkTastic
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

    I can’t help but notice that Tennessee is, quite sadly, not represented in the list above; with the death of Borders and the…difficulty that the chains have had, Nashville was for some time without a bookstore. (Without! It was sad.) But! A local author has one going now, seems to be an awesome place. Called Parnassus Books. I realize that getting them signed stock at this stage is likely…improbable, to say the least, but! Maybe for future things? Would be awesome. :-) Thanks!

  27. Posted October 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM | Permalink

    Good choice for your Utah seller. Kings English is great. Ken Sanders is great too – they have some incredible rare books. I got my first edition of The Road there for only 40 bones.

    Hope all is well. Eagerly awaiting Slow Regard. I bulldozed through Words of Radiance from Sanderson in four days just so that my mind would be clear for Auri. Can’t wait.

  28. JeanBeans
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat. I saw your response with the example using Boston and I was one of the people who posted about Boston (actually you were in Cambridge not Boston). I do love your writing and your work and don’t want you to think I was being “whiney” about not being able to see you. We did try to get to see you but when we reached out to the book store, we were told all venues were booked and therefore we were unable to attend. I am deaf and perhaps it was a misunderstanding on my part but this is what was relayed to me when we tried to get into Cambridge at Pandemonium books and Harvard. I was disappointed but I did and do understand that’s life and how things roll at times.

    As a woman who raised two children and worked full time while they were growing up, I can definitely understand that your children are top priority. It’s the way it should be and I have much respect for you in wanting them to be #1 in your life.

    Finally in defense, I was responding more to another reader who was basically making a case of why you shouldn’t go back to Boston (er Cambridge); that you had just been there. I was just mentioning that there are a LOT of people in the area who missed the reading and book signing.

    As a deaf person, I don’t need to be at a reading although I have gone to see other authors and am entertained by the theatrics that often ensue while reading their respective material. I am just as happy to order your books, T-shirts, etc from your site.

    I tend to be a lurker more than poster on your site but I look forward to your postings and consider it a highlight of my day when something new is posted. It did hit home when you focused on Boston, more so when you were being snarky than realistic.

    Enjoy being a daddy. It’s amazing how fast kids grow, it is almost a dream now looking back at those years when my kids were young. I look forward to being a part of your journey as a writer and continuing to lurk on your board.

    Best regards,
    Jeannie

  29. venomina
    Posted October 19, 2014 at 1:09 AM | Permalink

    Hey Mr. Rothfuss! Firstly, your baby is gorgeous! :) Secondly, you said you might hit up some other countries next year – would you consider coming to New Zealand? I know it’s awful far away from the ol’ Mid West, but it’s super close to Australia, so you could always do both while you’re in the neighbourhood, and it is (at least on screen) Middle Earth!

    We’d love to have you, it’s beautiful here, and everybody is really nice and we have silly accents. If you’re not sure, just rewatch LOTR and be like “bro, what a scenic as country!” and that should help you make up your mind ;)

    All the best for your current tour! Hope it’s swell!
    – Christie

  30. MusicSeller1
    Posted October 19, 2014 at 3:56 PM | Permalink

    I liked your statement about Cutie calling you “da, ” and your reaction. When our daughter was little(she’s now 42) and she called me “Da-da,” I was floating on a cloud. Then a few days later my wife called me at work and said, ” I don’t know how to tell you this, but today she said “Da-da” to a carrot!” So much for floating.

  31. evil_gn0me
    Posted October 20, 2014 at 7:28 AM | Permalink

    Greetings Mr Rothfuss. Quick question, how would one go about acquiring a signed copy with an English/(eu?) cover?

    • evil_gn0me
      Posted October 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM | Permalink

      And when I say English I suppose I mean the UK :/

    • mmtauff
      Posted October 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM | Permalink

      How is it that the UK gets so much cooler covers than the US? It is a sad thing.

  32. jeremy76
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM | Permalink

    Will there be an option to purchase personalized signed copies of the new book through The Tinkers Packs?

  33. spencer
    Posted October 22, 2014 at 1:57 AM | Permalink

    Since touring is super stressful, why don’t you spread it out more? Do Seattle and Portland for two days, then go home for a week. Then Milwaukee and Chicago, then back home. You’re flying all over the place anyways, so wouldn’t it be more convenient to tour in short bursts? Are there marketing or PR issues I hadn’t considered?

  34. darryl
    Posted October 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM | Permalink

    Hello Pat

    To support Worldbuilders will I be able to get a signed copy on “The Tinker’s Packs”?

    Thanks and Best Regards

    Darryl

  35. scubadivider
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM | Permalink

    Shred a raw turnip (or two) and toss/cook it with frozen hash browns and nobody’ll ever know the difference.

    So that solves the Syracuse problem, but doesn’t do much to shorten your signing line.

  36. JBG
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 3:09 PM | Permalink

    Looking forward to getting my hands on Slow Regard tomorrow! Woo hoo.

    And still giggling about “The Tinker’s Sack” — whenever I think about it, I have to laugh.

  37. anemotis
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 9:09 PM | Permalink

    Thank-you for sending a signed book to Montana! We have a big state with a small population, so it sometimes falls off the radar. I called Shakespeare & Co and they are holding their one copy for me, which puts me in the happy position of being able to gift the copy I pre-ordered elsewhere to a good friend who wasn’t as timely with her ordering. Best luck with your tour!

  38. Michael Boulet
    Posted October 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    I just want to let everyone in Houston know that I called the store that you have listed as having autographed copies, and they said that the box with the autographed books did not arrive with the shipment. They called the shipping company, and they have been unable to locate the box. Also, the bookstore told me not to bother calling any of the other Texas stores as they do not have any either. When I asked why none of the other stores had any, she could not tell if they too are missing boxes or if they just sold out.

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