Friday, November 14, 2008
Heifer Fundraiser: More Prizes, More Questions

You guys are awesome. I think I can safely say that.

It's been less than four days, and we're raised over 5000 dollars. That's not counting my matching donation or any of the donations being made by people who are mailing checks or choosing option two.

If you've joined us late in the game and don't know what's going on, you should probably check out the blog OVER HERE. It gives the details of what we're doing.


  • I've added more prizes to the Lottery option, because we're having a bigger response than I initially anticipated. I've added more maps, signed books, and a second Advance Reading Copy of book two.
  • I've been contacted by a bunch of authors who are donating signed books and other cool things to the cause. I'll be posting up details as soon as those books come in. We're going to have a LOT of new stuff in the mix.
  • My delightful PR person over at Penguin has managed to find us more copies of the DAW sampler. So we have 60 of those in the mix, each with a teaser chapter from The Wise Man's Fear.
Everyone say, "Thank you Erica."

You know she's cool, because I don't let just anyone wear my gnome hat.

Now, answers to more questions.
  • "Can you add an early reading copy of book two to the Sure Thing option? I'd pay ANYTHING for an advance reading copy of book two. ANYTHING!"
Really? Okay. I've added it to the list of things for sale under option two. You can buy one for 1000 bucks.

Here's the deal. I'm not saying you can have it right now. You'll get it when it's ready, and right now it isn't ready. I can't promise you a galley copy either, because I don't know how many of those I'll have at my disposal. But if I can't get you a galley, I'll print a copy off for you on my own personal printer, bind it together, sign it, and mail it to you. Maybe I'll draw a little goat on it too.

New - If you're interested in this option, keep in mind that your 1000 dollars doesn't get added to the lottery. You're effectively going for Option Two, as described over HERE. If you don't know what Option Two is, go over there and read about it.

Now just so you know, I'd never sell advance copies of the book like this just to make money. That would be crass. But this is for charity. So if you have money to burn, and you *really* want it that badly. Drop that check in the mail. I'll even add 200 bucks of my own. 1200 dollars is ten goats for ten families.

  • "I love that you're doing this. Can I post about this on my blog?
Absolutely. I'd like nothing better than for people to help spread the word. Tell your friends on Myspace. Twitter it. If you're on Facebook, you can join the event someone created for the fundraiser. Feel free to sign up and invite your friends. The more the merrier.

However, I would prefer if you would link to my blog, rather than trying to copy-and-paste my post. That page gets updated whenever we get new prizes or something changes.

  • "I plan on donating to Heifer Int'l this year as a gift to my parents. In the past, donating directly, I received a card verifying the donation. If I donate through your page will I still receive the same type of gift card/verification?"
For those of you who are new to Heifer, this is the card he's talking about:

(Click to Embiggen)

These cards are actually really cool. They talk about the work Heifer does, and how the different animals improve people's lives.

I called Heifer and they reassured me that donating off MY PAGE is just the same as donating through their gift catalogue or anywhere else on their site. You still have the option of requesting the gift cards.

  • "Can I donate to Heifer International using paypal?"
Nope. Sorry. But if you have Paypal, I'm guessing you have a credit card. You can use that.

  • "I don't have a credit card. If I mail you a check will you enter me in the lottery and match my donation?"

  • "Can I send you cash?"

Um.... Wait. No. You really shouldn't. It's just risky all around.

However, if you don't have a checking account or a credit card, you could get a money order and send that to me. I'll enter you in the lottery, and double your donation.

That's all for now folks, keep spreading the word.


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November 14, 2008 1:38 PM  
Blogger Sailor Matt said...

You just keep piling awesome on top of awesome. I like that.

Started my running yesterday amidst a slight drizzle. At the exact point in my loop where it was just as far to finish as it was to turn back, the sky opened up with God's fury. I was splashing in ankle-deep water by the end, feeling addled yet accomplished.

Because of you, I built character. Thanks.

November 14, 2008 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Erica!


November 14, 2008 2:01 PM  
Blogger lyraadriana said...

Reading about the response to this and what everyone is doing makes me soooo happy I tear up a little. Okay... a lot.
I have very fond memories of donating to Heifer with my grade school class all those years ago.
If I didn't already think you were one of the coolest people ever, you are now.
Thanks Pat!

November 14, 2008 3:23 PM  
Blogger Alexis said...

Perhaps it was inevitable but when you said you would draw a goat I thought of the pilot who was requested to draw a sheep in The Little Prince...

November 14, 2008 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ALexis,I thought 'I so want a goat drawn by Pat!' Then I wondered how weird would a drawing by pat have to be for me not to want it?


ps more prizes are available, any thing you guys want to say?

November 14, 2008 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Tiana VII said...

Man, this is frustrating. I'm sitting over here in Germany, willing to participate, but I don't have a credit card or anything and frankly I have no idea what "money order" means in this context or if the same thing even exists in my country. Never mind that I'm practically broke and need to eat and stuff.

I'll just ... donate some positive energy or something. Lots of it. If you repeat this one day, I'll be there ... And also, thanks for pointing out why Heifer is awesome. I hadn't been aware of them.

November 14, 2008 10:02 PM  
Blogger marky said...

Tiana vii, if you visit the Deutsche Post office or the bank, they will help you.

Matt, it was just God weeping cause he seen yer legs!

Erica, Tapadh leat.

Pat, I think your pointy gnome hat is very cool.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a grand lying about or I would be sending a check for an early copy of TWMF. I’ll be sending the check Monday after I spend the weekend looking for my Checkbook.

November 15, 2008 3:23 AM  
Blogger Matt Holvey said...

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November 15, 2008 6:22 AM  
Blogger Sailor Matt said...

Awe, thanks Marky. You always say the sweetest things to me.

(This be the second time I've posted comments under the wrong blogger profile. Sorry for messin' up the clean lines of yer comments page with my deleted posts, Pat. It won't happen again, Sir.)

November 15, 2008 6:29 AM  
Blogger marky said...

tears of joy dude. :-)
I tried running for a bus once...Once.

November 15, 2008 10:08 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

This is fantastic! I wish I had known about you and your writing prior to Gen Con, but I can hope to see you next year, right?

Also, thank you Erica!

November 15, 2008 12:19 PM  
Blogger logankstewart said...

Remember how you used to check your Amazon ratings all the time, Pat? Well, I confess, I've been following this goal-reaching phenomenon quite religiously, and I feel all warm and giggly inside everytime I check the status. This is absolutely awesome, and I hope you blow that $10k goal outta the water.

November 15, 2008 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

holy giving jumped from 5k to 9k just today!!!! I to am checking this little counter 4 or 5 times a day. Go team human!!!!

So the inevitable question is....Patrick what will you do if we pass 10K??? :D

November 15, 2008 9:39 PM  
Blogger logankstewart said...

It was at $9991. I just couldn't resist myself. Then it was at $10001. There was a joy from the fact of the goal AND one....

Great job everybody. Let's see how high we can get.

November 16, 2008 12:43 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

'Team Human is a Jedi Knight! No! Better than that - a Templar Knight. This is a flash, of pure inspiration!'

'And let me tip my hat, to the genesis of this goal - Rothfuss. He lights it up here. This is perfection! If he had missed the target you could've hardly blamed him. But he takes all of the responsibility on his own shoulders - he guides it heavenly! It's a majestirial hit, by an artist. And he knows where his bread is buttered."

'This is a concerto of a goal! This is marvellous! Don't tell me this man did not deserve FIFA World Cup player of the year! He is heaven-sent, they tell me. You'll have to call for an oxygen tank for me, my friend.'

~Sourced from Roy Hudson. (Football's greatest sports commentator). Heh, and don't you disagree there Marky.

$10,000 in the space of five days!?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who is humbled in awe by such an awesome response to this whole deal.

November 16, 2008 3:31 AM  
Blogger Sailor Matt said...

Holy cow. That's all I got. Holy cow...

Congratzalatzy, pat! I made that word up just for the occassion.

Congratzalatzy, Planet Earth!

November 16, 2008 6:58 AM  
Blogger Shane said...

Pat is almost the number 1 contributor. I know thats not what its all about, but its still badass. I'm proud that my small donation is a part of that.

November 16, 2008 10:59 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Excellent. Looks like it's time to up the goal =p

Also can anyone tell me how big the color map is? I've looked around a bit but haven't had much luck. I'm wondering if it's poster sized or book sized.

November 16, 2008 11:01 AM  
Blogger Alexis said...

Where can you see the top contributors?

November 16, 2008 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Louise said...

You click on the team heifer link, and on the side there's a list of top contributors and top teams. Pat is second, only about $1000 off top spot. :)

November 16, 2008 9:23 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

Pat is the top spot when I checked just now! Whoot, yay team human! I donated and now feel warm and fuzzy...mmmm...

November 17, 2008 12:58 AM  
Blogger rebecca said...

Wow, $11,971 at the moment. That's pretty amazing over such a short time. Now I've made my contribution I feel really good :)

Curious to see what we'll get by the end.

November 17, 2008 5:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow you're awesome pat.

November 17, 2008 10:35 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Uh yeah, Pat--are you sure you can afford that matching donation? I don't want book 3 delayed because you're homeless.

November 18, 2008 9:24 PM  

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