Monday, August 13, 2007
FAQ: "If I Mail You My Book, Will You Sign it?"

People have been asking me this question more and more often lately, and strangely enough, the question has been getting more and more difficult to answer.

First, I should explain something. While I've been a writer for a long time. I've been a *PUBLISHED* writer for a very short time. As of right now, my novel has only been out for a little more than four months.

This means that I'm still a total geek about most things. I still get a glowy, warm feeling whenever someone likes the book enough to post up another five star review on Amazon. I keep looking back at the Amazon page to see my sales rank is. And when someone tells me they like the book, I feel like a mom must feel when someone compliments her baby.

I still read all my fanmail, and I respond to all of it, too. (Though right now I'm really behind, and I apologise to everyone who hasn't received a response yet. Sorry.)

The other thing I did for a couple of months, was agree to sign any books that people wanted to send me. It was just cool for me that anyone would buy my book, let alone care enough to want my signature. So whenever asked me this question, I gave them my address. Then when the books showed up, I signed them and sent them back.

After a few months, a couple things started to change my feelings on the matter.

First, the number of people asking for me to sign their books has been slowly increasing. This is a problem because it probably takes me around half an hour to unwrap, sign, repackage and drop the book off at the post office. While I love the thought of making a fan happy, that's time I could be spending working on book two, or doing the dishes, or kissing girls. There's only so many hours in the day, and I've been very, VERY busy lately.

Second, I became aware that some of the people who wanted me to sign their books weren't fans, but book collectors. Or rather, signed book re-sellers. Imagine my surprise when I found copies of my book out there selling for hundreds of dollars.

At first I was stunned. Then I was flattered. Then I started to realize that I might be getting hustled a little. I don't mind taking twenty minutes out of my day to get someone a signed copy of my book if they're geeking out over it. I'm less thrilled about spending that time so that someone else can make 100 bucks off the deal.

Now I'm not implying that all those people out there selling my books screwed me. Many of them approached me honestly and asked for signed copies specifically to sell. Some of them were even generous enough to cut me in on a piece of the action.

But a few people did hustle me. That and my busy schedule made me think I should give a firm, polite "NO" to this question once and for all. I even made a humorous flow chart to soften the blow of this news to hopeful folks out there:





(If you click on the picture, you'll be able to read it.)


As you can see, the best possible result is that I end up eating tacos. And honestly, I can do that whether or not you send me a book to sign.

This was all about a month ago. I was ready to pack it all in when I got the following e-mail.

Pat,

I managed to pick up an Advanced Copy of NOTW at a small used
bookstore. I felt a bit guilty about buying a book that clearly states "Not for Sale" on every surface of the binding... but I've purchased four legit copies so far (attempt at justification), and have distributed them to those I deem worthy (coupled with altruism)... And I know that you're a bang up guy (flattery), and would likely not hold this against me.

So the favor is this: If I pack the book up in a self addressed, postage paid box and send it to you, would you be willing to sign it and drop it in the post?

I would make sure it was carefully packed in bags of high-quality Ethiopian coffee (I assume whole bean is acceptable), and safely wrapped with other "recyclable" material. Interested? ; )

Thanks, Pat -- I know you're a busy guy, so don't feel obligated to
reply if you don't have the time. I completely understand-

This letter was not only flattering and funny, but the guy was smart enough to realize that I didn't make any money off the him buying an ARC of the book. What's more, he recognised that I was a busy guy, and that signing the book would take time out of my schedule. So he agreed to send me a present to make it up to me.

So I e-mailed him back with my address and gave him the thumbs up, then forgot about it. A week or so later, I get this in the mail:





In the middle is the ARC copy of the book. The rest of the stuff is the "packing material." Chocolatey sugar-bomb cereal, coffee, candy, and a Powell's Bookstore T-shirt. It was like Santa wanted my autograph.

Then, again, just a few days ago I got a bottle of wine in the mail as a thank you present from someone who asked me to signing a few books a month ago.

This made me re-re-consider my position on the book signing. Not just because I was getting swag. But because it made it clear to me that for some people, getting a signed book was a really big deal. I know that feeling. I've had it myself in the past.

So here's what I've decided. If you want me to sign your book, I will. But here's the price.

1. You need to send the book. (Contact me for the address.)

2. You need to send me the Return Address and an explanation of exactly what you'd like written in the book(s).

3. You need to send a check for seven bucks per book to cover postage and the cost of good packing materials to keep the book safe when I send it back to you.

4. Lastly, you need to send me something cool.

It doesn't need to be expensive, or big, or edible, or rare. (The guy who sent me the ARC clearly went overboard.) It just needs to be something that I'll pull out of the package and think, "Hey, that's pretty cool."

Then I'll eat it, play with it, wear it, or put it on a shelf. And when I'm signing your book, packing it back up, and walking to the post office, I'll feel happy. Because the coolness of your gift will convince me that getting a signed book is kind-of important to you. Then, even if you decide to sell the book on e-bay, I won't really mind because you took the time to send me a present as a way to say thank you.

If you don't want to go through all the trouble and delay, you can catch me in person by keeping an eye on my tour dates page here on the website. Or you could just buy a signed copy from any number of online places, such as Dreamhaven, Adventures Underground, or any of a number of other places online....

Edit: Here's the address where you can mail your packages, if you are interested:

If you're sending it through the post office, use this address:

Patrick Rothfuss
PO Box 186
Stevens Point, WI 54481

If you're sending it UPS or FED-EX, use this address:

Patrick Rothfuss
English Department
486 CCC
UW-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Lastly and most importantly: I would like to encourage you to pack your books carefully. Perhaps even obsessively. Padding is important, but the true key to keeping the book safe is to make sure your it can't move around inside the package itself. I also strongly recommend that you take the book jacket off the book and keep it at your house, as it's the most easily damaged part of the book.

If you have any doubts about your packing job, think to yourself: "If I threw this package across the room, into the wall, would the book get hurt?" If the answer is, "yes" then you need to pack it more carefully. These things get really knocked around sometimes. And if your book shows up damaged, I'll have no real choice but to shed a single tear, sign it, and send it back in its crippled state....



That's all for now, folks. I've got to go get some sleep.

pat


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68 Comments:

Anonymous Sucky Writer. said...

I have a two headed pig fetus preserved in formaldehyde.

Would that be worth a signed copy, or just be considered vaguely threatening?

SW

August 13, 2007 2:46 AM  
Blogger Hob Gammidge said...

Pat, you're the most awesome guy on the planet for this. You really are, I don't know of any other authors who are willing to have books mailed to their home so that they can sign them for a fan.

Most of 'em just laugh as you die of scurvy

August 13, 2007 7:13 AM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

Despite there being a hint of extortion, I love this idea. I've used e-signings many times and it feels so informal. But by sending you something "special" I feel like I have a connection. Before your edict, I had thought about sending you my book, but never felt motivated.

Now I want you to sign my book. Hmmmm, what to send, what to send......

August 13, 2007 8:37 AM  
Blogger SRH said...

I soooo need to write a massively popular novel so I can recieve random swag from fans merely for a signature. This is just plain awesome. I will seriously have to start thinking out wha I got that I could barter for a signature in my book.

August 13, 2007 12:12 PM  
Blogger Haplo Peart said...

Its good to hear that your still willing to sign, and I might just have to come up with a cool bribe for the pleasure. I have a special spot for cool things myself, so maybe I'll hit the sweet spot.

I also just wanted you to know that I have begun my campaign of conversion from that "other wizard" of my sister. She was raving about that other book on the phone last week, so I jumped on Amazon and Name of the Wind arrived in her hands last Thursday. Lets hope for a successful brain washing!

August 13, 2007 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Tycho said...

Seeing those books selling for 85 bucks or whatever makes me slightly more annoyed that my brother got chocolate all over my own copy. As if despoiling my book wasn't enough, now I can't get it signed and use it as my entire retirement plan.

August 13, 2007 12:17 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Pat,

It appears that you received not just any whole bean coffee, but rather two bags of Portland, OR's own Stumptown. God luck ever drinking anything else from now on. Muhahaha.

August 13, 2007 12:28 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

It is pretty awesome coffee....

August 13, 2007 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Chad V. said...

I'll send you a can of "Frobozz Magic Grue Repellent" if you'll sign my copy.

August 13, 2007 2:53 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Oh man. I'd love some grue repellant.... then I could finally get through those caves after I swim across the lake....

August 13, 2007 2:58 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Love the flowchart- it's a fascinating glimpse into your daily processes. ;-D
You realize that some joker is probably going to send you a bushel of lemons now to ward off your impending scurvy.

August 13, 2007 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

Hmmm. The question for me is not, "What is cool enough to send him?" But rather, "Would I rather send my book through a questionable postage service with a gift that Pat may or may not like, only to have my (hopefully) signed book sent back through said questionable postage service and possibly be ruined? Or should I wait for a possible visit to the South and get to meet him in person, no questionable postage included?"

Of course, this is in a perfect world where I can go to any signing you have that's close to my home, and that I manage to make some type of impression other than being another person in a long line. And then there's always the chance that you'll like whatever my convoulted brain thinks to give you, and then you'll have whatever it is sitting in your house, which is pretty cool. I don't know. I need to think about this.

I just realized how rambly I am. I really need to fix that. But maybe I'm just in a rambly mood... Alright. I need to stop, before I go off on something else. I hope you get some good swag!

August 13, 2007 4:16 PM  
Blogger chris said...

do you still accept rupees, or did coco pebbles up the ante?

August 13, 2007 4:23 PM  
Blogger Luke said...

Watch out for spy cameras. Because if I was a bastard with devious plans (which I’m not for the record) than I would implant a spy cam in my insanely cool swag and gradually steal book 2! Or at least read it before anyone else. In fact I could probably make some money with www.houseo'rothfuss.com. Wait did I say I, I meant they. Anyway, be careful.

August 13, 2007 4:48 PM  
Blogger chris said...

now you have to send all your swag to me...just to safe.

August 13, 2007 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Robert said...

Hehe.. When you described "something cool," it brought to mind the gifts that Kvothe and Auri would give eachother.

August 13, 2007 10:10 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Yes. That's it exactly. If Auri would give it to Kvothe. It's cool.

August 13, 2007 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, it's fine now, but I bet in a year or two you'll have to stop. It's only going to get more frequent from here on in...

August 14, 2007 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Thad A said...

Hehe, Pat, do you own or have a friend that will loan you a Pickup truck? Every scheduled book store signing you do now, you're going to need one, to haul home the Cocoa Puffs, Fuzzy Stuffed Grue's, doily's " My Mom made just for you!!", and everything else you're going to be getting. Hope the new place has lots of storage space!

August 14, 2007 12:46 AM  
Blogger Mr Pudifoot said...

If signed copies of your book are selling for such great prices, then why not sell a few books yourself?

August 14, 2007 9:52 AM  
Blogger Shawn C. Speakman said...

You know what's great? I haven't seen a copy of NotW come up online signed by you AND signed by the map artist. I guess there are probably only 60 or so out there, right?

Hope you are well, Patrick! Have fun at the convention! Just sent my heavily revised book back to Matt. I managed to knock off 7% while increasing the dialogue. Thank you again for the writing lessons in red ink.

August 17, 2007 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

I am *so* doing this! Need to finish reading my copy first, though.

August 19, 2007 5:28 PM  
Blogger Jenn in GA said...

Just read about your new book on Amazon. I have a 13 year old who has read LOTR at least 3 times. Is your series young adult friendly? Anything you can tell me about the struggle between good and evil in your trilogy and the moral content? My son trusts me when I recommend books to him, and I need to know more before I recommend yours.

August 21, 2007 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh that I could read for a living. You and your ilk would keep me in easy mac and ramen noodles and I would be content to escape reality into other worlds while the rest of the world passed me by. Alas, there are bills piling up in the post box, and the demons of debt are but a paycheck away, awaiting the moment that I choose to toss reason to the wind, tell the real world to sod off, and refuse to put your book down until the final page has turned beneath my swiss roll covered fingers.

September 20, 2007 4:20 AM  
Blogger Brian Blomlie said...

Aren't you afraid that fantasy authors that have had worse critics than you will conspire against you, send you the book for you to autograph, with a poisoned cup-cake?!

You gotta be careful Mr.Rothfuss, or you'll get yourself killed! :P

October 5, 2007 6:11 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Ah man. Yet another reason to be worried...

October 5, 2007 6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is wonderful that you are willing to sign your book for everyone. Not to mention you get free presents!

October 10, 2007 4:24 PM  
Blogger Brian Blomlie said...

We'll send you a lot of neat stuff instead of food then. And if you're sent food you can conduct some sort of chemical experiment on it to detect any poisons. Or, you could just eat it, and have a nahlroot available (just in case)

Sorry Pat, didn't mean to make you worry. You'll just have to take careful nibbles of the food people send.

Meanwhile I'll think of something awesome to send you for when I need my book signed.

October 29, 2007 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Something timeless.. said...

I wasn't going to send you a book to sign, but now I really just want to send you something, the book is just a bonus.

You need to post what kind of things you like, or would like. That way at least you won't get a "empty bottle with a wish in it", or a "box with the wind from the ocean",(something Auri would give Kvothe) or something crazy like that.

Put in the blog and I'll send you something awsome that YOU want.

December 4, 2007 1:48 AM  
Anonymous Joe F said...

Even though I haven't quite finished NOTW yet (Page 600) I have to admit that this is one of the best books I have ever read if not the best.

I'm planning on sending it to you and having it signed as long as you're still cool with that. I just have to think of something to send you with it. :-)

Expect to hear from me soon in the form of a package with a book in it. :-)

Oh, and that flow chart was amazing.

-Joe

January 6, 2008 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Sam M said...

This book is one of the best books I have ever read.

Kvothe's 'voice' is a lot like the narrator's voice in Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.

You are the best new author whose book I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

I didn't especially want it signed but now that I know the rules I find myself wondering what to send to you.

If I ever figure it out, I'll send my book to you.

Also, when is the next book due out? I have a craving for more of Kvothe's tale.

January 22, 2008 2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice flow chart. can you say me what software did you use to create it?

March 16, 2008 9:48 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

I found a demo piece of software on the net. I think it was called Smart Draw.

March 16, 2008 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. I try to use the soft the way you have made it on about a books. I use Ubuntu Linux, so I was not sure, wich soft it can be. Google did not help me in that, your chart was esteticaly the best in what I saw I mean.

March 16, 2008 10:25 AM  
Anonymous JA Otis said...

Hello Pat, I have a small situation. I started reading your blog yesterday, beginning with this post. Today, I immediatley mailed my copy of The Name Of The Wind to the University address. Tonight, I finished reading the blog--yes the entire blog, and I read you are not teaching this semester. Does that mean my book will sit in a pile of undeliverable mail for months and months until someone throws it away? I can't bear to live with the thought. (Also, there are Hostess mini-chocolate donuts in there--that could be bad.)

April 30, 2008 7:30 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Don't worry, the university address is still good.

April 30, 2008 8:09 PM  
Anonymous garrett said...

Pat,
in trying not to sound like a suck up, i just have to tell you that this is by far one of the best books i have ever read, and you now hold the rather worthless title of my favorite author. Noone has posted for about a month, so i feel like i should ask and check if you are still signing books that are mailed in? If so, how do you feel about country music as that "someting cool"? Sorry for the probably too long post, and i hope to get a response soon. Thanks

May 28, 2008 8:13 PM  
Blogger waterwizard2005 said...

I read about 300 pages of your book so far this morning. I should have been sleeping some before work tonight. Still, I am happy. I can tell already this book will go on my favorite things shelf when I get done reading it (after my wife reads it too) where I will admire it and feel good about what I have found to enjoy so far. I bought it because people on Amazon said it was good and because I like fantasy books. I can't think of any books I have read or movies I have watched that I like better.

August 15, 2008 11:32 AM  
Anonymous sexyone said...

Pat, you are a star.
I am a baker by trade and I make the best Jamaican Rum cake in the world!!
I would love to send you one, decorated just like the cover. Alas I am in the UK and don't think it would get past customs!
Do you have any plans in visiting our shores?
Come on, spread the love with an international book tour!
I can't wait for book two!

November 25, 2008 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Mee said...

The Name of the Wind is by far one of my favorites. I can’t believe I live only two hours from Stevens-Point. I live in Eau Claire. It is amazing to know that you live in Wisconsin. You were here in Eau Claire, but I missed it. Thinking of coming back soon? Now, let me think, cool things to get you…I would have to come back to that. Awesome book, did I mentioned that? I can’t wait for Book 2. Any inkling of when it will be out?

December 18, 2008 12:02 AM  
Anonymous april martin said...

Hi Pat,

I know your busy and all with your really cool life and all. I sent my book in to be signed...I sent some swag as well, I hope you do not thing that it is to terribly stupid. I worried myself sick over picking the "right thing" I thought you would like. Anyway I was curious as to how often you get down to the university to pick up the books. I am dying with excitement here and I was just curious on what the normal turn around time is to wait....

anxiously waiting,

April..

By the way I would be a major dick if I did not say I LOVED the book...seriously you are a god.

January 1, 2009 7:15 PM  
Blogger LynnetteCarter said...

Dear Pat,

I read 2 to 3 books each week. I read many authors of every genre and I have never written a letter to any of them. In fact, I have never read anyone's entire blog before, much less posted a comment. (You may get two postings from me just because I don't know what I am doing.) I realize that you do not need further validation; nevertheless, I am compelled to give it. You have a remarkable gift. My husband gave your book to me and I read it that day. I honestly felt like banging my head on the wall when I learned that I won't know the rest of the story for quite some time. Your book is fantastic. I sincerely hope that you pen many, many more.

February 2, 2009 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read through your message, but I am from London, England. So if i were to send you the book, money enough to cover all expenses, a little gift from good old london and the wrapping would you still be able to send it back to London?
Keep up the good work! I've just finished The Name of the Wind, stayed up all night reading it-I just was unable to put it down!- and found myself falling asleep at college because of this:P I'm sure the sequel will be just as good, most probably even better!
Alexa xox

February 27, 2009 2:59 PM  
OpenID nezumirome said...

I think it's really nice how you're kind enough to sign books for your fans ^^

I'll definitely send mine for signing, plus a few extras ^^ once i figure out how to go about it cause i'm from Malaysia, which is really far. T.T

April 8, 2009 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Lillith said...

Pat, I could start this ranting about how I've never read a better book, or how you are the best author ever... But, I'd rather just say thanks for being not only the best, but probably the most laid back, I don't think there's anyone out there as awesome as you are...

I'm trying to think of something to send you, I have a pretty good idea, soooo you should be getting a box with a book and 'something cool' from me shortly...

I hope the second book is coming along, I can't wait, until then I'll read this one over and over... Or, I could read my 10 other books that I haven't gotten around to... No, I think I'll read yours again...

-Lillith

April 15, 2009 2:50 AM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

Pat,

I think it is really cool of you to do this....are you still?

My husband and I were both pleasantly surprised by your book -it has been a while since we've read something that good.
We hate that we missed your trip to LA as we would've loved to have met you and had you sign my copy (Yes mine. I bought it and let him borrow it. ha ha). Maybe you'll come out after book two?

BTW - if anyone gives you a tough time about book two taking too long to write/publish, tell them you can't rush genius. Loved book one and am looking forward to book two. I am sure it will be worth the wait.

You rock.

April 19, 2009 10:06 PM  
Blogger Irishblue said...

When I was a kid I had the chance to meet one of my all time favorite authors, Stephen King. I couldn't talk to him because I was always pretty shy around strangers. (I had also heard that he could be sort of mean to people asking for his autograph.) When I read your book for the first time it quickly replaced my favorite book of all time. You are, without a doubt, my favorite author. I am planning on buying a new copy of the book and mailing it to you for an autograph. I was wondering if as reimbursement you would like either one of my two signed Stephen King books, or one of my five signed Terry Goodkind books? For Stephen King I have Carrie, signed to my grandmother, and The Talisman, signed to my mother. For Terry Goodkind I can't really remember which ones I have signed (they are still packed away from the last time that I moved.) If this is an acceptable deal please let me know. Thank you so much for your time.

May 19, 2009 12:48 AM  
Blogger Reidar Chr. L. said...

So nice to have 'one of us' becoming an fantasy author. I just hate it when fantasy authors say that they never read fantasy themselves. You started as a fan of the genre it seems and understand our concerns. (My autographed one volume copy of the Inkal by Moebius is what i would grab in case of a fire, or maybe also the LOTR printed on indiapaper)

I live in Norway. We have an author there that wrote part one of a series of books. (Erik Fosnes Hansen 'Beretninger om beskyttelse 1 - Natten' (Tales of Protection 1 - The Nigth)not a fantasy book)The book was wildly popular. He won awards. Everyone liked it. He took his time writing the next volume. People became impatient. All they wanted to know was when the next book would come out. The wanted the book NOW. This started to irk him somwhat, but when he voiced that opinion, they answered: ''So when IS the next part of the series coming?'' So in the end he lost interest in continuing with the book and have shelved it for now. That was 11 years ago. Some people like me, being eternal optimists, think there vill be a volume 2 someday. But if not we understand. (He has written other good books since)

Now if people get too insistent on having you next book rigth NOW you migth say your feeling a bit norwegian at the moment. Migth just scare them to shut up!

I love the first book. If that is the only book you ever write, I would still be grateful for the part it played in making my life experience better. When or if (I hope, I hope, I hope for When) the next book comes along, it may further brigthen my life as an added extra.

If the prosess of signing books the way you are doing it now breaks down, you migth consider signing book-plates. A small card or paper slip with some illustration and place for your signature, to be carefully placed inside the book by the reader. Removes the whole 'EEEk the postal service accidentally smashed my precious signed book into a big vat of guacamole'-type scenarios.

Heartfelt best wishes from norway, or as we generally put it in norwegian, not beeing the most verbose of people, and using to many run on sentences as a rule:

'Hilsen'

Reidar

May 30, 2009 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Kyle Surgey said...

My girlfriend bought me NOTW as a gift a few months back and I am now on my 4th time through reading it. I read it in between reading other books (the Dragonriders of Pern books are my favourite, Just FYI) so i don't get bored of either. Name of the Wind is fastly becoming one of my favourite books of all time and each time i read it, it catches me as if it was the first time. I can't wait until book two, I just hope it is as Un-put-downable (Love that word =D) as the first. I am going to go ahead and find something outrageously cool to send as a bribe for signing.

Thank you for many hours of joyful reading.

Kyle

Cornwall, UK.

June 14, 2009 11:11 AM  
Blogger louisefiresnake said...

Hi. My fiancee and I fought over who would get to read your book at night. Actually, when he brought it home (when it first came out) & showed it to me he had thought he had purchased it for himself. I just smiled up at him after he handed it to me and said "Thank you, Sweetheart!" So, now it is mine. :-) Seriously, we loved it. As another reader said, even if you didn't publish another book - it would still be one of our favorites.
My fiancee was a Lit major, and he summed it up well when he said your book isn't like other fantasy books. It has a poetry that even the greatest fantasy novels lack. When you read it the enjoyment isn't purely from finding out what happens, it is also from the words & phrases themselves.
OK, so now down to the questions...
Are you still signing copies in exchange for something cool/tasty?
My fiancee got an e-notice with a release date, but I don't see any on your site - should I get my hopes up?
When will you be near Princeton/NYC/Philly for signing?
Also, please try not to let any of the "Negative Nancy"s get you down. The people who really appreciate your work now, not counting the millions of future generations of fans to come, we understand that it takes time. Although I admit to a certain amount of jealousy felt towards those future fans who won't have to wait. Just like me when I read all of books in LOTR & The Hobbit in a row, without stopping for anything, except when I passed out - my mom still thinks I'd have starved if she hadn't kept putting sliced cucumbers & crackers next to me. Oh, for the days when I didn't have to put a book down to go to work & food magically appeared.... ;-)

June 25, 2009 4:20 AM  
Blogger Sarfisushi said...

So I realize that this is several years after the original post date, but I was wondering if you would still be interested in signing my copy. I first read your book during a three day drive to Nova Scotia, and at the time I was reading a library copy. I eventually picked up a copy of my own, and read or refer back to it weekly. I love your grasp of language, both written and spoken, and simply the way you write. As I'm a sixteen year old girl I don't really think I have anything worth a signed copy, but I hope maybe my love for the book would be enough. So I would greatly appriciate it if you would agree to sign my personal copy. Plus I'd probably dance around with the book over my head on the first day back to school, lording it over everyone. [: And Even if you're not still signing books, I think it's pretty great that you used to. So thanks. [:

June 25, 2009 9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am also interested in whether the book signing rules still apply? I'm not sure how I missed your book but have just recently read it. I got it from the library and as soon as I finished I went out and bought a copy of my own. I would love to have it signed, assuming I could think up an appropriate gift to send with it.

July 2, 2009 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Ulf Kalla said...

Wow, I can't understand how I could have missed this book for that long. Maybe it showed up late on the shelves here in Sweden? I recently bought it in a pocket shop on Arlanda airport and got caught directly. Got a little disapointed realising the next book takes some times, but I can wait, and I perfecly understand you wanting more of this strange thing called time. I whish there where more of this for you. I love your way of blogging and being in contact with your fans, although, it also steals time. Again this valuble thing worth stealing. Therefore I am sorry to take away some of this from you, and maybe I'll try to steal some more by sending my book for a signature, if you are still doing this, but I'll promise to send you, hopefully something cool, from Sweden. Whatever that might be. Be well and I hope that I didn't steal too much from you. Best regards, Ulf Kalla

July 15, 2009 2:05 AM  
Anonymous Kris said...

Are you still signing books? My uncle sent me your book as a birthday gift and I'd really like to give him a signed copy.

July 29, 2009 1:01 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Hey Pat,

First post on your Blog. I'm a HUGE fan of your first book mate ( I know, i know, blah blah, ditto ditto, you've heard it a million times by now) But anyhow... i have literally read your book front to back 4 times in row... I have totally geeked out over it. Not to mention the 7 other times i've read the book. (Ooops.. i guess i did mention it) I'm facing a dilema... Do I purchase a brand new copy to send to you (along with an especially creative personal gift) or send you my worn, torn, beat up and abused copy that holds a special place in my heart? I will ponder this dilema while I package your gift. Again, thanks for the great book and I look forward to the sequel!

August 24, 2009 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, sorry for my english. I want to thank you for wrote so amazing book i love it and I hope you can answer a question if you have time of course (your comics said a lot an image is better than 1000 words) :) so I think a name is important and all your characters are complex but all my curiosity is focus on Elodin, well all your characters but his name wake up my curiosity a lot could you tell me what mean or the oring languaje for the names. Thanks a lot. More luck and success in your life are my best desire.
Ferny.

September 17, 2009 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, I am a new reader on your blog, but purchased the book in the first couple of weeks after it came out. Then rabidly haunted my local bookstores for the release date of the next one. Then cried yesterday when I went to my local bookstore for the third time to pre-order a copy of the next book and was told yet another new release date. First it was April 09, then it was Oct. 09. I think in a dramatic response to my repeated sad puppy dog eyes the date the book seller gave me yesterday was 2025. New authors are the current bane of my existence. The only thing worse is old authors. Side note: Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimers. ::Cries:: So, as a George R. R. Martin reader and a Katharine Kurtz reader and a Charles De Lint reader I am used to really long waits between books. It's just if this one doesn't hit shelves in the next two years my faith will shrivel up and die and I will cease looking because I know that you will die in a horrible accident just so the universe can laugh at my dismay at never being able to finish reading this wonderful series. ::Pauses for breath after ridiculous runon:: I hope not though since it would ruin my day. I demonstrably can wait for the next book since my options on the matter are limited, but like most Americans trained to expect instant gratification, I don't wanna. In lieu of having the new book in hand I guess I will make due with sending in the first one for a signature, possibly with some really awesome snacks you can only get in my neck of the woods... Do you like crabs???

September 30, 2009 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Luly said...

Pat,
Your book just came out here in Mexico!!
I'll be thrilled if you could sign it.
Interested in something special from Mexico???

October 20, 2009 4:43 PM  
Anonymous egypshun said...

haha too funny that I wanted my book signed, but not enough to go through the hassle of sending it, but now I want to send you some wacky gift enough to send it. I guarantee you'll like the wackiness tho.

November 2, 2009 8:38 PM  
Blogger Mira-Rose said...

That is most definitely awesome, Pat. I hope that if I ever get something published, I'll have flowcharts and gift exchanges. :)

Now, what to send? I want to make something super-amazing now.

November 10, 2009 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

I have a conundrum for you. A riddle, if you will.

I would like to send you two books that I hope you will bless with the honor of your glorious signature, which shines with a holy light. (Yes, I'm exaggerating. But not by much.)

I've seen this question (or variations of it) asked in the comments on this post, but if there was an answer anywhere, I missed it. And the particular troubling question would be: What have you already received?

I'll reword: Is there anything that you really feel you already have far too many/too much of? Overwhelmed by baby paraphernalia, perhaps? So many pictures of Joss Whedon that you've managed to wallpaper your house? More life-size cardboard cut-outs of Felicia Day--in her skimpy "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar" outfit--than you know what to do with?

See, the main point behind this very very long comment is to avoid the following scenario: I, with great love and care and some trepidation, carefully make something for you that I think you'll like, wrap it so it could survive a nuclear holocaust, and send it to you, only to have you receive it, open it, sigh, and toss it on the towering heap behind you as you mutter, "Not another one."

(It keeps me up at night, imagining this. In particularly bad versions, Sarah sighs in disappointment. Even Oot seems to fix me with ensaddened baby eyes.)

So now you understand the exact problem (and probably more of my pathology than you ever cared to know). If you could please let me know if there's anything in particular you want/need/don't want/don't need, so I can avoid such things, that would be wonderful. Of course, if you write back and say that you don't want to give me any parameters and that you just want to see what I come up with, well then, can't say I didn't warn you.

If it turns out you already answered this question, then I apologize, and I hope the long comment amused you anyway.

Thanks for being so filled with win :D

November 23, 2009 9:06 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

I can't think of anything I have too much of. But if you have a Felicia Day Cardboard Standup thing. I'd love one of those.

Also, I'll be selling signed books and posters over the blog in just a week or two. So if you wait a bit, you might want to take advantage of that, as it's generally cheaper than paying shipping twice.

pat

November 23, 2009 9:29 PM  
Blogger Amandac said...

Pat I took your book to the beach with me this week - I'm ashamed to say that I haven't heard of you before two weeks ago but man you are a great author and I loved your book to bits - the family are cranky with me for spending so much time reading instead of swimming but I really found it hard to put down! I probably wont send you my copy to sigh coz the postage from Australia is a bit much but I really wanted to say that I loved your book and I can't wait for book two now :)

January 25, 2010 5:15 AM  
Anonymous Diana Buhigas said...

Hi Pat!!

I'm oh so excited! I just finished the book just now and I'm craving for more. But don't worry, I won't go all that demanding and such like grabbing you from the front of your shirt/t-shirt/hair-of-your-chest and shake you like a puppet with me eyes injected in blood and shouting at you mere inches of your face like a denner addict over the smallest coin.

I had so much fun with the book, I shed tears and also laughed like a silly kid.
I love how you describe the characters and how you slowly build them with care and affection and also sometimes with the cruelty of life.

I have to say I got my hands on the book by mere chance. This last december, for my birthday, an aunt of mine bought me clothes.... the problem is that her taste is not exactly mine, nor the size of the clothes were (sadly, my waist is too small for the size of my butt and tiiiight trousers look as good on me as.. as... I don't know, but the fact is that they don't look good on me) so I went to the department store to get a check for the change.
Then I went to the bookstore area of the store. I went directly to the fantasy and epic area where Discworld and Forgotten realms and such books dwell. There were few. And as I went back, a cover caught my eye.
As an illustrator, I have a soft spot for drawn covers. And I liked the leaves and the enigmatic figure with the cloak.... but a red line caught my eye. Red hair... and that's another soft spot of mine.
I turned the book to see if the nice but misterious cover was up to the plot inside.
And the words of Kvothe on the back of the book aflamed my heart.
It was the only one of "The name of the wind" in the store. It was in good shape (because, you know, sometimes when there's only one it ends quite messed up).

I've read the book in less than a week. And I love it.
I visited your whole website and read the blog and OH! I saw you accept we fans sending you the books with the absolutely logical payment for the return postage and what amazed me and the fact I most adored it, for a small... bribe.
Buuuut....
Here it comes my unsettlement.
I'm not from the United States. I'm not even from that continent.
I'm from Spain and I think the postage of the book back here would be much more than 7 bucks...
And I know (or best said I assume) you obviously are not planning any trip to Spain to sign books nor anything like that.
So...
I'm already preparing my small bribe and I'm putting a lot of love into it.
But I'd like to know how much I'd have to send as for the return.
Or maybe you could post it so I have to pay for the return expenses when they bring back the package o my place...

Agh!

Well, after all this messy rant and awe, let me ask you to excuse my English if in any part is not accurate or the tenses are not quite correct or are written in an Spanish-like way.

So... if you're still up for those bribes, I'll send you my beloved book.

Yours,
Diana.

February 18, 2010 8:21 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Diana: I've been meaning to update this for Foreign readers. I'll put this on my list of things to do. Keep an eye on the main blog for updates.

pat

February 18, 2010 8:53 AM  
Blogger heli said...

hmm, ok. i love your book and i think that youre an amazing author (well i guess alot of people have already said that). ive read your book twice, lost it once while on holidy and bought it again simply to read it again, even though i had already finished it the first time. the name of the wind is now officially my favourite book of all time.
however, even though i love this book so much, any burning exitement or impatience i felt towards the next book has left me after the second read. now this is not due to any loss of love for the book, more like i have grown to love the book even more, the first and last page both moved me to tears and because of this, i would prefer it if you spent more time on the next book to make it as good as humanely possible (hopefully even better than the name of the wind) even if it takes longer to finish. i really dont want to see this series turn out like the eragon series, great start but dies fast. take your time.
also, i wanted to ask whether the "send in a book with stuff and ill sign it" offer is still open and if it is...
...what kind of stuff would you like?
...how much would the return fee to london be?
keep up the good work! XD

March 29, 2010 12:37 PM  
Blogger heli said...

hmm, ok. i love your book and i think that youre an amazing author (well i guess alot of people have already said that). ive read your book twice, lost it once while on holidy and bought it again simply to read it again, even though i had already finished it the first time. the name of the wind is now officially my favourite book of all time.
however, even though i love this book so much, any burning exitement or impatience i felt towards the next book has left me after the second read. now this is not due to any loss of love for the book, more like i have grown to love the book even more, the first and last page both moved me to tears and because of this, i would prefer it if you spent more time on the next book to make it as good as humanely possible (hopefully even better than the name of the wind) even if it takes longer to finish. i really dont want to see this series turn out like the eragon series, great start but dies fast. take your time.
also, i wanted to ask whether the "send in a book with stuff and ill sign it" offer is still open and if it is...
...what kind of stuff would you like?
...how much would the return fee to london be?
keep up the good work! XD
ps, sorry if this comment shows up more than once, my computer is acting up.

March 29, 2010 12:43 PM  
Blogger Jarred said...

Just wanted to say thanks for signing the book for my sister Sarah. She was sooooo excited when she opened the gift. Hope the things I sent were of some use to you and yours. Good luck on finishing Wise Man's Fear, we are both looking forward to it!

April 1, 2010 3:50 PM  

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