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Signed Copies of The Wise Man’s Fear: Part II

A couple weeks ago I took a trip out to New York to meet up with my publisher and do some promotional stuff. I did a video interview. Recorded a podcast. And, as I’ve already mentioned, I got to touch and hold my first-ever copy of The Wise Man’s Fear.

I also signed some books. Kind of a lot of books. Three thousand books.

I’ve signed a lot of books over these last couple of years. But signing The Wise Man’s Fear is a different feeling. The paper feels different, for one thing. Plus, it’s my new baby, and that counts for a lot.

To be honest with you, I thought that I was going to spend most of the day alone in a room, working my way through stacks of books. I was kind of looking forward to it, actually. I’d brought an audiobook to listen to (Jim Butcher’s White Knight) and I was anticipating it being a pleasant, low-key day.

Luckily, the marketing people at Penguin know a lot more than I do. There’s more to signing this many books than just writing my name a bunch of times. The books need to be unpacked from the boxes, flapped (that means turned to the appropriate signing page), stacked, then reboxed.

That means I had a team of 4-5 people working with me all day, getting books ready for me to sign, then taking them away when I was done and re-packing them.

Here’s the team, hard at work. I’m behind the stack of boxes on the right. All you can see of me is my hand, blurring with preternatural speed, and possibly caffeine.

It was actually a lot of fun. We chatted. I told a few Ole and Lena jokes. I might have even sung a song or two. I tend to do that, occasionally.

The team was great. They kept me well-supplied with books and tea and good company for hours. Eventually, I asked if we could take a group photo.

Here’s one where I think I said something really inappropriate to make everyone laugh:

Here’s the one where I told everyone to do crazy eyes.

I totally win at crazy eyes. Nobody does it better than me.

What I learned over the course of the day is that 3000 books is a hell of a lot of books. It took about eight hours to sign them all. I burned through several pens, and for the last couple hours my shoulders actually hurt.

What do three thousand books look like?

Well, if you have twelve books in a box, then it looks like this many books:

Plus this many books: (Note that this stack is two layers deep.)

And then this many more books….

Also, hidden somewhere in these boxes, are a few copies of the book that I had the entire team sign.

You have no idea how hard it was to get some of them to sign their names. They looked so scandalized when I suggested it. My argument is that if you spend eight hours in a room with me, listening to me sing and tell bad jokes, you should get to sign a couple books too. The signing is the fun part, and I’d feel bad hogging all of it myself.

Now the big question. What are all these books for?

Well, ultimately, they’re for you. They’re for people who can’t make it to one of my signings, but who still would like a signed copy of the book.

[Edit: As of Feb 20th, the Signed Page is no longer taking orders for signed books. But many of the bookstores on my signing tour are still more than happy to mail you a copy.]

Now you’ve got another option: At the end of this blog is a list of all the stores that these books will be going to.

Hopefully, one of these stores is close to you, and you can just swing in and reserve yourself a copy.

But even if none of them are close to your house, I’m guessing that a lot of them would love nothing better than to sell you a copy and then mail it off to you.

My advice though? You might want to contact the stores sooner rather than later and place your orders. These are all first-edition books, and I think a lot of people are going to be snatching them up pretty quickly. I know I wish I’d picked up a few more first editions of The Name of the Wind….

Here’s the list of bookstores, organized by state:

I’ve included as much contact information as I have at the moment. Rest assured I’ll be updating it as soon as I have more:


American Wholesale Books
4350 Bryson Blvd
Florence, AL 35630


Poisoned Pen
4014 N. Goldwater #101
Scottsdale, AZ  85251
(480) 947-2974


Almost Perfect Bookstore
1901 Douglas Avenue
Roseville, CA 95661
[email protected]
(916) 781-7935

Bay Book Company
80 N Cabrillo Hwy Ste F
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-3488

Books Inc
1501 Vermont St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 643-3400

The Bookseller
107 Mill St
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 272-2131

Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-0900

Borderlands Books
866 Valencia St
San Francisco CA 94110
(415) 824-8203

139 Edman Way
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-8991

M is For Mystery
86 E Third Ave.
San Mateo, CA, 94401
(650) 401-8077

BookShop Benicia
856 Southampton Road
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 747-5155

Anderson Books
425 University Avenue Ste 210
Sacramento, CA 95825
[email protected]

Dark Carnival
3086 Claremont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 654-7323


Bookworm of Edwards
295 Main St. C101
Edwards, CO  81632
(970) 926-7323

Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 447-2074

Off The Beaten Path
68 9th St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
(970) 879-6830

Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut
Fort Collins, CO  80525
(970) 484-7898

Tattered Cover
1628 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 436-1070

Who Else? Books
200 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 744-2665

District of Columbia

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, 20008
(202) 364-1919


Classic Bookshop
310 S. County Rd
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 655-2485


Rediscovered Bookshop
180 N 8th Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 376-4229


Prairie Lights Books
15 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 337-2681


Devaney, Doak, & Garrett
193 Broadway
Farmington, ME 04938
(207) 778-3454


Pandemonium Books and Games
4 Pleasant Street
Cambridge, MA. 02139
(617) 547-3721


McLean & Eakin Booksellers
307 Lake St.
Petoskey, MI.  49770
(231) 347-1180
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Schuler Books
2820 Town Center Blvd.
Lansing, MI. 48910
(517) 316-7495

Schuler Books
3165 Alpine Ave. Ste. C
Walker, MI. 49544
(517) 349-8840

Schuler Books
1982 Grand River Ave.
Okemos, MI.  48864
(616) 942-2561

Schuler Books & Music
2660 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Phone: (616) 942-2561

New Mexico

4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM  87107
(505) 344-8139

New York

Flights of Fantasy
381 Sand Creek Blvd
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 435-9337
[email protected]

North Carolina

Malaprop’s Bookstore
55 Haywood St
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-6734


Annie Bloom’s Books
7834 SW Capitol Highway
Portland OR 97219
(503) 246-0053

Powell’s Books
1645 Hoyt St
Portland OR 97209

VJ Books
20140 SW  112th Ave
Tualatin OR 97062
(503) 750-5310

South Carolina

Fiction Addiction
1020 A Woodruff Rd
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 675-0540


Front Street Books
121 E Holland St
Alpine, TX 79830
(432) 837-3360

603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5050

Blue Willow Book Shop
14532 Memorial Dr. at Dairy Ashford
Houston, TX 77079
(281) 497-8675


King’s English
1511 S. 1500 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 484-9100


Prince Books
Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 622-9223


Third Place Books
17171 Bothel Way NE
Lake Forest Park WA 98155
(206) 366-3333


1001 Brilowski Road
Stevens Point, WI  54481
(715) 341-8300

Janke Bookstore
505 3rd St.
Wausau, WI  54403
(715) 845-9648

A Room of Ones Own Bookstore
307 W. Johnson
Madison, WI.  53703
(608) 257-7888

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