For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, Patrick Rothfuss is the #1 NYT Bestselling author of the Kingkiller Chronicles and super-famous rockstar author type  He’s also the main reason why I signed with the agent I did. And my agent is the main reason why I scored the book deal that I did. Pull up a chair and let me pew pew your glazzies with a story, kittens.
When I was querying to literary agents with STORMDANCER, I got really lucky – like, winning the lottery lucky. I had four (presumably drunken) agents offering me representation. And, being Mr Dilligent, I got the contact details of their clients, and dropped said clients an email, asking whether their Agent’s obvious addiction to crack cocaine (as evidenced by their offers to rep me) was proving problematic in business negotiations. Anyways, I got my grubby mitts on Patrick Rothfuss’ email addy, and asked how he’d found working with the mighty Matt Bialer, and as an Epic Fantasy author is wont to do, Patrick wrote me back this colossal email, with wizards and dragons and shit telling me how awesome Matt was. But then, a strange thing happened. Halfway through this monster mail, he types “Geh. This e-mail is getting really long. I’m so tired of typing lately with all the revisions I’m doing. You want to just give me a call?”
So we chat on the phone for about an hour, and he drops some mighty wisdom all over my n00b skull. And about 45 minutes in, I learn that he’s taking the time to speak to me the day before the final draft of “The Wise Man’s Fear” is due at his editors. THE DAY BEFORE. And I hang up the phone and say to myself “That Patrick Rothfuss is a very nice man.”
Here’s how nice: Patrick runs a charity every year called WORLDBUILDERS. The details are on his blog, but to give you the short version, Worldbuilders is a charity that helps unfortunate folks in third-world countries rise from the mire of crippling poverty. You know that saying ‘Teach a man to fish…”? Well, that’s what these folks do. And Pat is asking you to donate to this ultra-worthy cause.
BUT, he’s not asking you to give out of the goodness of your heart. He’s asking you to donate for the chance to win some amazing shit. Like, signed First Edition Scalzi books awesome. Like hundreds of great books by amazing authors (many signed) jet powered rocket pants* and various wheelbarrow loads of other Nerdgasmic Win™.
SO, if winning barrow-loads of Nerdgasmic Win™ is something you like the sound of click here for more details, or here to straight up donate.
Tis the season, folks.
*Jet powered Rocket Pants sold separately.

5 Responses to “Pimping”

  1. pomadness says:

    Worldbuilders is amazing, and Mr. Rothfuss is indeed full of awesomeness. I think he keeps it inside his beard. Its his source of strenght…like Samsons hair.

  2. Sam says:

    I went off and donated after you posted this…and just to show how much awesome things are…I got an email last night as below:
    Dear Sam Bowden
    Congratulations! Your name has been selected as a winner in the Worldbuilders raffle! Due to shipping costs overseas, we want to both ensure we have the correct address for you, and ensure you would like to receive the prize(s) we’ve selected for you.
    You won Eon by Alison Goodman.
    If you already have or would not like what has been selected for you, we will put it back into the raffle for those who were less fortunate and didn’t win anything. This way, the money saved from shipping it back and forth can go to Worldbuilders.
    Email us back, either with the address you’d like this sent to, or to confirm that you would rather put these prizes put back into the raffle.
    Thank you again for your generous donation to Worldbuilders, and we hope to hear from you soon!
    Amanda and the Worldbuilders Team
    My first instinct was to let them know that if the postage was too much I would give it up and save their cash. Then I recovered from that momentary generosity and fired off the acceptance email and my address.
    So…thank you Jay for inspiring me to donate:)

    • Excellent! 😀 And all for a worthy cause!
      I wouldn’t feel bad about the postage, btw. They raised a record amount of money this year – over $300k iirc. A couple of buck on postage won’t break the bank 🙂

  3. Sam says:

    Most superb. I shall await my precious with glee. Afterall…it DID come to me on my birthday. The email did anyway:)

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