Thursday, September 20, 2007
The long awaited address, plus webcomic coolness

Before we get to today's main event, I have to say that when I saw THIS, I was filled with geeky delight. Something Positive is one of my favorite webcomics, and if your sense of humor tends toward the slightly deranged, odds are you will find whole days of your life destroyed by the uncontrollable urge to read every last scrap of his archive.

Share and enjoy.

Now. On to business.

A few weeks ago, somewhat overwhelmed by people asking me to sign their books, I posted THIS BLOG. I expected it to act as a slight damper to the book signing requests, but quite the opposite happened.

After hearing a few horror stories from fellow authors, I started to get a little freaked out at the thought of giving out my home address. I tried to get a PO box, but to do that I'd have to get a new driver's licence. And to do THAT I'd have to go to the DMV.

I don't know what your local DMV is like. But personally, I can think of better ways to spend my afternoon. For instance, I could go to the local hardware store, buy a ten-penny nail, and then hammer it directly into my eye.

So the PO box plan is temporarily out. But I found a new option. You can send your books to my office at the University where I work.

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

Patrick Rothfuss
English Department
UW-Stevens Point
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

And remember the rules. If you want me to sign your book, you need to include:
  1. The book. (duh)
  2. Seven dollars for return postage and packaging materials.
  3. A return address and instructions as to how you'd like me to sign it. (Be specific, I work well under direction.)
  4. Something cool. (If you don't know what I'm talking about check out the blog I linked to above.)
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.

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....


Later,

pat

P.S. Remember, I'm going to be making an appearance over near Minneapolis this Friday (the 21st) from 6-8 at a local store called Back to Books in Hudson. Festivities include signing of books, chatting, and answering of questions. For more details, check out the tour schedule page.

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26 Comments:

Blogger Jeff said...

True fact: Milholland raved about your book either on his LiveJournal or in a newspost after posting a comic, which drove me to actually look it up.

September 20, 2007 5:23 AM  
Blogger Hob Gammidge said...

Pat, you are without a doubt, one of the coolest people ever. There's a lot of authors that I've written to and asked to sign my books that say they don't sign books unless they're getting paid and getting publicity for it.

September 20, 2007 7:21 AM  
Blogger SRH said...

have you tried getting a box at "Mailboxes Etc" or someplace like that?

September 20, 2007 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent an email asking for permission to send my book to be signed about a week ago, does this mean I don't have to impatiently wait any longer if I fulfill the requirements?

September 20, 2007 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't need us to send a self addressed package for the return journey? Just an address, the book and cash (and the gift, duh)????

September 20, 2007 1:48 PM  
Anonymous nick said...

Still trying to decide if my current unemployed state can stand seven bucks right now. You'll know when it does, because I'll be packing a pretty box.

Or maybe I'll get over to one of these new events. Some of those aren't too far from Milwaukee.

September 20, 2007 2:54 PM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

Well, I warned you I would keep an eye open for my "something cool" to send, and I think I finally found it. My wife will be on a special mission tomorrow to retrieve the item and I should be able to add to it from my own collection of goodies.

September 20, 2007 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just as an FYI...some people attempting to reach the site are getting a generic page with the message that the domain is for sale. And while my first thought would be to blame the Chandrian (website crashing surely a sign just as much as blue flames or rusting iron), myself and another friend can see it fine...

September 21, 2007 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Yes, I got that weird page earlier today, though I wouldn't exactly call it "generic." The page I kept getting offered lots of links for foot fetish...information. So, Pat, if you start getting email with pictures of feet, well, that could be why.

More on topic, it is so cool that you are still letting fans mail in books! Thanks!! I will be mailing my book.

September 21, 2007 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Pat last night in Hudson, and wanted to pass on a few things...

1. Hagrid + stone man cover = Pat
2. He cleans up better than he lets on...
3. He accepts chocolate-chip cookies as bling.
4. He was cool enough to drive three hours to Hudson because the saxophone section of the high school band asked him to come.

I am not worthy...

September 22, 2007 8:18 AM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Hey Michelle,

I agree- I thought Pat was quite gracious and adorable when I met him. ;-)

September 22, 2007 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Thad A said...

I got that "website for sale" page too, couple of days ago. I didn't, however, think the Chandrian were to blame. I'm 99.99% sure that Al Gore is somehow to blame...
BTW, Pat...Packers, 3-0...You a Packers fan?

September 24, 2007 12:54 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

I'm a bit of a Packer fan. Unfortunately, these days I'm missing the three things I need to enjoy football.

1. Cable.

2. Free time.

3. Friends to watch Football with.

So I'm happy for the Packers, but only from a distance. I haven't caught any of their games yet this year...

September 24, 2007 1:13 AM  
Anonymous George Weasley's Ear said...

Hey Pat. Love your work. I am also VERY tempted to send in my book to be signed. I just have to think of something cool to send with it. ;)

September 24, 2007 1:26 AM  
Blogger Mr Pudifoot said...

I get that website for sell site too, but i just figured it had something to do with me moving to Vietnam. But Blaming Al Gore seems promising too.

September 24, 2007 1:30 AM  
Anonymous Shara Saunsaucie said...

Forgive me for being random, but I just wanted to let you know I finished reading THE NAME OF THE WIND today, and I enjoyed the hell out of it. If you're interested (or really bored), here's the link to the review I posted in my blog:

http://calico-reaction.livejournal.com/44147.html

Cheers!

September 25, 2007 9:07 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Shara: Thanks for the lovely review. I like how you focus on the style of the book, rather than a summary of the plot. That's a rarity in my experience, and one that I appreciate more and more....

pat

September 25, 2007 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Shara Saunsaucie said...

Pat:

I get so, so very tired of seeing book summaries as reviews. If I want to know what the book's about, I'll go to Amazon, or find it in the store. I always more interested in talking about the kind of thing you WON'T hear about in the store, and since that's how my brain processes books anyway, it works. ;)

Glad we're on the same page. Happy Writing! :)

September 26, 2007 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sean:

Hi pat, i loved the book like no ones business, as a matter of fact I'll post sometime when I have more time (see not at work) why I loved it (if its okay that I post a loooooong comment, wouldn't want to offend the community here).
Okay on to my question, I checked out the book from my local library and read it.....if I were willing to go buy a copy, and send you the proverbial cool stuff package with request for sig, what would be the percentage chances you could include for me (I would be willing to pay if i had to) a copy of that super awesome, super sweet Dutch dust cover?

September 26, 2007 9:35 AM  
Blogger TY said...

Check it out...I was able to put in a plug for your book at http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/league_cup/7009685.stm (ok, it's not the Times critics page, but still).

September 26, 2007 3:01 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Sean: Unfortunately, odds are low. I only have two copies of the Dutch book, and the only way I'm going to get another is to order one from dutchland or wherever. I'm holding on to them for now...

September 26, 2007 3:55 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

I love the Dutch version too! It is my favorite cover. I think I am going to pony up for that one and the UK version...

September 26, 2007 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Shara Saunsaucie said...

Okay, you all have me curious about the Dutch cover. Is the art posted anywhere?

September 27, 2007 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sean:
Shara,
if you go back reading all pats previous blogs you'll find the cover, as well as plenty of great entry's by the author himself.....it is very refreshing to see someone successful not take themselves so seriously, you get the impression he's the type of guy you'd like to hand out with, rather than just invite to your imaginary dinner table (think, if you could have dinner with.....type questions)

September 27, 2007 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

Heh. I can totally empathize about the DMV - I've dodged it for about seven months now.

Loved the book, and I'm super-impatient for the sequel.

September 27, 2007 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig says:

So I bought a paperback copy of TNOTW after reading Orson Scott Card's review of it. After much loving and reloving and lending and relending, poor book is no longer suitable to act as the proverbial tabernacle of your signature if I wanted a signed copy. Personally, if I were an author, my house would be littered with copies of my book. If I were to send you ca$h, packing materials, and cool things, would you return said packing materials with signed book?

August 30, 2009 2:01 AM  

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