[This is a blog about the Worldbuilder's fundraiser. If you don't know what that is, you can get the details HERE.]
Over the last couple months, people have been contacting me, asking if I'm still signing books like I mentioned in my blog from long ago.
The simple answer is, "yes." You mail me the book, something cool, and a check for return postage, and I'll sign your book.
But for the Worldbuilders fundraiser, I'm streamlining the process. Rather than having you pay shipping both ways, you can just buy a book, I'll sign it however you like, then I'll ship it back to you. Hopefully in time for Christmas.
I can inscribe any of the following books however you like and mail them off to you.
These are anywhere from the second printing to the 6th printing. All of them have the cool new blue cover. Signed however you like.
- Your College Survival Guide.
This book was my first publication, and it's a shameful piece of my sordid past. It's a collection of of humor columns I wrote for the college paper between 1999 and 2003. Columns dealt with pressing philosophical issues such as the fast zombies/slow zombies debate as well as everyday problems like how to bribe your professor or start a career as a prostitute.
The book is full of illustrations by BJ Hiorns, the same guy that illustrates my blog. It also contains annotations where I explain how some columns got written, the lies I told, and what sort of trouble various jokes got me into
Only 500 copies were printed, so the Guide is hard to come by these days. Collectors sell them for as much as 200 bucks. Myself, I think it's perfect for reading on the toilet.
- First edition copies of the Name of the Wind. [SOLD OUT]
I've got about 20 of these. Some with the green man cover (above) some with the Fabio, and some that have been re-covered with the blue jackets. You wouldn't believe what some people are charging for these things out there.
I can sign this however you like, but make sure to specify in your order which cover you'd like.
Edit: As of December 3rd, I've run out of the first editions. They went WAY more quickly than I'd ever guessed. If I can find some more, I'll put them up here again. But for now we're sold out. Sorry.
If you mailed in your order, and it's postmarked on the 3rd or earlier, I'll should have enough books to cover your order. But if your mailed-in order has a later postmark than that, we'll contact you contact you and see what you'd like done with your check.
- Tales of Dark Fantasy.
This is the Subterranean Press anthology that printed my short story, "The Road to Levinshir," which is an excerpt from The Wise Man's Fear.
It's a beautiful hardcover book with stories by folks like Tim Powers and Kage Baker. The cover price was $40, and that was back before it went out of print. Now it's hard to find one for less than 80 bucks.
- Original galley proofs of The Name of the Wind.
A galley is an early version of a book that publishers occasionally print to promote a book. This version of The Name of the Wind came before the final edits, so there are about 5000 small changes I made before publication, as well as two chapters that I re-wrote almost entirely.
There weren't that many of these printed, and I have a handful that I kept for sentimental reasons. The last one of them I saw on e-bay was going for over a hundred dollars, and that was a year ago. The few signed ones out there are going for more than that...
- Please be aware that I have limited copies of these. So they might sell out kinda fast depending on how many people are interested.
The reason for this is that it's in keeping with the fundraiser matching donations. If someone buys a book from me for 20 dollars and then I donate the money. They really haven't donated. They just bought a book. Follow me?
And remember, all the money goes to Heifer.
* Signed hardcover - $45
* Signed copy of Your College Survival Guide - $85
* Signed copy of Tales of Dark Fantasy - $105
* Signed First Edition Hardcover - $145 [Sold out.]
* Signed galley proof - $255
You can pay one of two ways:
- By Mail:
1. Write the following information on a 3 x 5 note card:
A) Which item you want.
B) EXACTLY what you'd like me to write in the book.
I have no problem personalizing books, but please be specific about what you'd like. Asking for a quote from Bast is fine. Asking me to wish someone luck in their own writing is fine. "Happy Birthday Schmendrick." "To the best lover I've ever had." It's all good.
But if your card says, "write whatever you want." I will write, "Whatever you want" in the book. Seriously.
C) Your return address.
D) Contact information. Either a phone number or an e-mail address where you can be reached.
2. Include a check. Make it out to me because I'll be using a couple bucks from each one to cover postage before I make the lump donation to Heifer at the end of the fundraiser.
3. Mail the note card and the check to:
P.O. Box 186
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Rules for International orders:
If you live outside the US and want to buy a book, the rules are a little different. International shipping is expensive, and you need to fill out your check a certain way or my bank won't cash it.
It costs me about $25 dollars to ship a book internationally. Every additional book in the same package adds $10 to the cost of shipping.
So here's what you do:
1) Add the extra 25 dollars (or more, if you have more books) to the prices I've listed above.
2) Add three bucks to cover the fee that the bank is going to charge me to cash your check.
3) Convert it into your local currency. (euros, pounds, rupees, whatever)
4) Write me a check using your local currency. (This is important. Don't write me a check in dollars if that isn't what they use where you live.)
5) Mail it off to me with the other information I've asked for written on a notecard.
- By Paypal
Note: When you pay on paypal. Make sure you include how you want me to sign the book BEFORE YOU COMPLETE YOUR TRANSACTION. Seriously. Look around, find the little area where you can add extra instructions and put your signing instructions in there.
That's all we've got for now, folks. Hopefully before too long we'll have t-shirts and posters for sale too. Keep an eye on the blog.
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As always, special thanks to our sponsor, Subterranean Press.
posted by Pat at 1:01 AM