Friday, May 15, 2009
UK signings...

The Amsterdam signing was lovely. I have pictures that I'll post up soon.

I wanted to post up the details about the London signing as soon as they became available, so here they are:

Thursday May 21st
6pm onwards
Signing
FORBIDDEN PLANET
179 Shaftesbury Avenue
London
WC2H 8JR

This will just be a signing, not the reading/signing/Q&A session I normally do. We're having trouble finding a big space for a reading to hold a reading where we don't start to violate fire codes if 100 people show up. So if you're looking forward to hearing me talk, Manchester is looking like the better option.

I'm also hoping to have another signing in Taunton on the 26th, while I'm visiting Glastonbury. I'd like to do it, as it's in a different corner of the UK. But I'm having trouble figuring out how I'm going to get there, as I won't have a car, and there's no train station in Glastonbury.

An Edinburgh signing isn't looking likely at this point. Bookstores there seem strangely reluctant.

More soon,

pat

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Blogger Ralf said...

Hey Pat.. thx for coming over to Amsterdam. It was greating meeting you and Sarah!

I had alot of fun! I'll put up our great picture later when I receive it.

Let us all know when you're back in Holland :D

May 15, 2009 5:49 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Can't make London, but the Manchester one has me so excited! I have to come straight from work, and I may be a little late, but will desperately try to make it on time :)

May 15, 2009 5:55 AM  
Anonymous The Burning Quill said...

While in Glasto - make sure you climb the Tor, it has amazing views and you really feel like you are in (somone elses) fantasy world. Great place. Also, if your going up to Edinbrough, I would really recommend going to St Andrews while you are about. Just get the train up to Leuchars (takes about 20 mins) then a taxi in - well worth it.

May 15, 2009 6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry this is the first time i have checked your blog in about a month and i saw your manuscript for book is complete. So how long do we have to wait for it to be published. 2 months?

May 15, 2009 6:13 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Yay *happy dance* next week, London, I'm there... with my slightly bedraggled and well loved copy of the book

Verification - hophs - A peculiar alcohol ingredient.

May 15, 2009 6:38 AM  
Blogger Kelly McCullough said...

Pat, have you tried "TransReal Fiction" in Edinburgh? It's at the end of Grassmarket at Cowgate Head. I believe the owner knows Charlie Stross and you could email Charlie to make the connection.

May 15, 2009 7:41 AM  
OpenID addamstark said...

Pat,

It's great to hear you're enjoying your trip to Europe. I would love to visit the country some day, maybe after graduate school, huh? I don't live across the pond in England but if I did, I would totally be there to meet you and get my book signed.

As for the "Anonymous" person, you really have no idea what goes into publishing, do you? You think they just send the manuscript off and the next week the book is in the stores?

Diana Gabaldon wrote up a great blog post about what happens once the manuscript gets to the publishers so let's see if I can find it...

Damnit, I can't.

But here's what happens:

You finish the manuscript and send it off. The editor reads it, does their job, and sends it back to the author for rewrites. The author makes said rewrites and corrects other grammar, spelling, and plot inconsistencies the editor notices.

The revised manuscript goes back to the editor and the editor reads it again, making sure everything is tip top and sends it back to the author for any last changes.

Then it's back to the publisher who actually makes galleys of the manuscript. These are print outs of what the book will look like, spacing, font, style, all that stuff. It's essentially what you the reader see when you're holding the book in your grubby, impatient little hands.

After approving the galleys these go back to the publisher who then work on actually publishing it, which is actually creating the book that gets to the store.

But before that, there is the issue of cover design, promotion, getting the books to the store, etc.

An author may finish the first few steps with the editor, but it's still upwards of 6-8 months before the book goes retail because of all the work involved.

So, now that you all know what Pat has to deal with, why don't you all back up and give the man some slack?

If I left anything out, I'm sure Pat will mention it. But see, it's a long way to get a book published.

Thank you.

May 15, 2009 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.....plases please don't miss out Edinburgh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *grovels and begs*

May 15, 2009 7:45 AM  
Blogger Trinite Ducalon said...

Hiya Pat! I'll be seeing you in London even if it means riding the train and underground at rush hour! As for Glastonbury.... I have a car. I would be happy to help you get where you need to go!

Hugs! Can't wait to meet you!

May 15, 2009 8:25 AM  
Blogger Sailor Matt said...

Happy travels, Pat. Look out for gnomes, leprechauns, and trolls under bridges. I hear they have a lot of that over there.

May 15, 2009 8:31 AM  
OpenID zarkia said...

Castle Cary Train Station is the closest to Glastonbury - it's 15 miles away. And the train goes straight from Taunton to Castle Cary. Just so you know.

May 15, 2009 9:26 AM  
Blogger Art-Jan said...

I wanted to be in Amsterdam
I should have been in Amsterdam
Even dusted of my version of The Name of the Wind (it didnt gather much..strange..)

And I could have been in Amsterdam!!!! Because I live 1,5 hours away!

And sadly...I ended up in the hospital the day before with a nasty infection...Now Im home again, and it is to late.
So sad I missed you. hope you return within a few years! Ill be there.

May 15, 2009 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Glasgow? If Edinburgh doesn't go through, there's a lot of bookshops in Glasgow.

May 15, 2009 12:02 PM  
OpenID addamstark said...

This was linked on George Martin's blog earlier. It's a good response from Mr. Gaiman and it mentions Pat towards the end.

http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/entitlement-issues.html

May 15, 2009 1:03 PM  
Blogger Avala said...

Pat, why do you not capitalize your name? I just noticed this for some reason. Happy travels!

May 15, 2009 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pat,
I just read the interview you gave in Amsterdam to memesisvirtualis / the questions of users of bibliotheka phantastika, the German online fantasy forum. Being am one of your German fans and one of the users of this website, I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for answering those questions! I was a little bit sad that you could not come to Germany, but now I'm totally mollified - no, absolutely happy! As one of those questions was actually mine, it felt nearly as good as if book two had come out today - or at least nearly as good as if I had been there myself.
Thanks again for taking the time and giving so much thought to the answers!

May 15, 2009 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Maarten said...

Pat.

You being in Holland was great. My pc is uploading some photo's that I took in Amsterdam. You could check it out on the Dutch hyves.nl. I also have some spare. Somehow I also took a picture of you while beeing possesed by a demon fo some sort. I don't know, but you look pretty scary. I'll sent some to you later.

Gotta go look for my bed now. I know it is here somewhere.

May 15, 2009 4:17 PM  
Blogger Sage said...

Pat,

I posted also on the thread where you've explained why you are "late" publishing your second book. Don't worry about the delay.

If you don't have children then you probably don't understand that those who've been rude, crude and uncalled for are behaving like a child in the midst of a temper tantrum. They aren't getting what they want RIGHT NOW!

I'm 38 and have been reading since I was 5 (yes, reading). I do not "speed read" but I am devoted and since I've done it so much for so long, I'm REAL good at it. *smiles* Needless to say, I KNOW a good book when I read one. And I have to say yours isn't ... by far.

Wait! Let me explain.

Rarely, rarely do I ever find a book that I've finished then immediately turn and flip it open at the beginning to read again. Especially for a first time author. So I can wait for your version of perfection. After all I've waited over 25 years for a 7 book series by Jean M. Auel and so far she's only at book 5. She averages about one book every 5 years. Though the last book (#5) took over 12 years between publishings.

Kudos! You also immediately upset my top 10 favorite authors. This is NOT easy to do.

I will tell you something else, as a general rule, if I have to stop a book a few pages in and start over because it didn't QUITE catch my attention, I usually set it down for later (don't have nothing else) reading. Yours I stopped and went back to reread because it sent such great shivers through me.

Because, as a general rule, I can tell within pages whether the author is mediocre, should'nt've been published, good, great, excellent, outstanding, or Super Nova.

You, Sir, are Super Nova!

My regards!

May 15, 2009 5:39 PM  
Blogger rmharvey said...

I second the advice to be sure to climb Glastonbury Tor. It is without a doubt one of the freakiest formations you will ever see.

May 15, 2009 7:04 PM  
Blogger Martine said...

I love your description of a party in Purgatory- I think I was at that party. I never get to go to the really cool ones.

May 15, 2009 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Malin E said...

Hi Patrick,
You would have to go to the UK when I no longer live there. Sigh.

The Burning Quill suggests you go visit St. Andrews if you go up to Edinburgh. It's a good idea, St. Andrews is a lovely town - has it's own castle and cathedral ruins, Scotland's oldest university, two beaches, a huge selection of pubs - and it's allegedly the birthplace of golf.

It is, however, more than 20 minutes away from Edinburgh, unless trains go a LOT faster than they did when I lived in Scotland 4 years ago. It takes about an hour by train to Leuchars from Edinburgh, then it takes 15 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes by bus to get into town.

May 16, 2009 4:25 AM  
Blogger Martin Seeger said...

Hello Pat,

i would have loved to come to the London signing, but unluckily this is a long weekend (21.-25. May) here in germany. So there are no more affordable flights to London (without changing the plane several times and taking 12+ hours in each direction).

I will make a last try and see if can get to London by train, but currently it doesn't look good.

During the Manchester signing, i'll have to work again *sigh*.

Pobably i have to hope to meet you in person at some day in the future (keep me advised if you gonna visit the Rothfuss Hotel).

Sincerely yours, Martin

May 16, 2009 8:24 AM  
OpenID jay-of-lasgalen said...

Taunton? Taunton? That's very nearly on my doorstep!

I hope it works out.

May 16, 2009 4:04 PM  
Blogger Annemarie said...

Yes, it was fun! Great story you read to us, too...
See you next time :)

May 17, 2009 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Aranel said...

Please let there be a signing in Glasgow! ^_^

May 17, 2009 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Tangent said...

Glastonbury... I envy you. Do you dig all the laberynths and leyline stuff in that area?
Maybe I missed a blog where you might have talked about your take on it all.

May 18, 2009 1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical that book stores see fire safety issues and the actual signing is at a comic book shop (at least it looks like one from the outside). It's close enough, though, right on my route to and from work.

Is it possible to purchase a new copy at the venue? I don't have the book on hand at the moment.

May 18, 2009 4:35 AM  
Blogger susan said...

Dear Pat,

Thank you for signing my book!!! I wasn't there myself in amsterdam but Maarten took my book with him.
I just love the way the book opens now. In the car back home I opened the book almost 10 times and everytime with a big smile!! Thanks and have a great trip in the UK.

Susan

May 18, 2009 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Guy said...

would love to go, favorite book. cant as i have GCSE exames that day and on friday

May 20, 2009 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PAT HURRY UP ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Now, wouldn't that be a jack-ass thing to say? Seriously, your writing is awesome.... take the time you need to keep it so....peace man

If you're ever in philly let me know please!!!!
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June 21, 2009 2:49 PM  

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