This is a Worldbuilders blog.
Let's deal with the simpler auction first, shall we?
- An ARC of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss and Nathan Taylor. Signed by the Author.
(I think of it as Coraline meets Calvin and Hobbes.)
I've already talked about the Princess book over on this blog. If you'd like more details on it,you can head over there.
Simply said, if you win this auction, you can get an Advance Reading Copy of this book now, rather than having to wait until July when it's coming out through Subterranean Press. I'll sign it for you too.
Interested? Here's the link to the auction.
Note: for those of you interested in buying a copy of this book, you might want to do so sooner rather than later. Last I heard the print run was already more than half sold out...
- The Golden Ticket.
(Note, contains no actual chocolate.)
Ever since I mentioned I was donating the Golden Ticket in one of the early posts of the fundraiser, people have been asking me questions about it.
Now that I'm auctioning one off, I should clarify a few things to make sure there's no confusion or hurt feelings after the bidding's done.
In the previous post about the golden ticket, here's what I said.
"If you win this prize, I will owe you one (1) favor. You can cash it in however you like.
You want your name in book two? We can do that. You want me to read your book and give you some criticism? No problem. You want me to attend your local convention, perform your wedding ceremony, or just give you a nice backrub? Consider it done.
A few stipulations:
* The favor has to be legal. (More or less.)
* It has to be something I can actually do. (Duh)
* I can't make anyone fall in love.
Other than that, I'll do my best to grant your wish…."
Aside from the last two sentences (which were really just a joking reference to Aladdin) I thought this was pretty clear. But since then, people have sent me e-mail asking questions that made me realize the wide scope of things people *could* ask for as a favor.
So here's a few more formal guidelines.
Examples of things you could use the golden ticket for:
- You could ask for one of the original manuscripts I used while editing The Name of the Wind. Some folks consider them kinda collectible.
- If you missed the previous auction, or just didn't manage to win, you could ask me to read and critique your manuscript.
- You could get your name in my second book, as per the raffle we held a couple months ago.
- You could ask for one of the numbered museum quality copies of the Luring the Draccus posters. Phil was nice enough to give me a couple, and I'd part with one for this.
- You could ask to get an early look at The Wise Man's Fear. (As soon as it's ready to show around.)
Examples of things you *can't* use the Golden Ticket for:
- I won't give out details about what happens in the third book. I don't go in for spoilers.
- You can't ask to change the course of the book so that, say, Kvothe and Elodin have a sex scene. Or Kvothe and Ambrose have a sex scene. Or so that someone dies, or doesn't die, or has a threesome with Bast and Chronicler, or whatever. Sorry.
- I won't blurb your book. I'd gladly *read* your book and consider blurbing it, but that's not something you can buy, at least not from me. I decided years ago that I didn't want to be a blurb whore, and that I'd only blurb books I truly enjoyed and could recommend wholeheartedly.
- I won't re-name my child, buy you a car, beat up your ex-boyfriend, or become physically intimate with you.
- Well... let's call that last one a maybe. Anything more than a kiss and backrub would have to be approved by Sarah.
As you can see, there's a lot of room between these two extremes. Someone asked if I would come out to their house, make them dinner, and tell them a story. My response was that that sounded fine to me so long as:
1) They didn't mind waiting until I can work it into my travel plans.
2) They like pasta.
3) They don't kill me and wear my skin like a coat.
See how easy I am to work with?
Here's the link to the auction.
Remember folks, for every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International, you get a chance to win fabulous prizes. Plus there's the whole helping make the world a better place thing. That's nice too.
And don't forget, I'm matching 50% of all donations made. So why not head over to my page at Team Heifer and chip in. Trust me. You'll feel great afterward.
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posted by Pat at 9:20 PM