Patrick Rothfuss Fundraiser

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  1. Boneman

    Boneman Well-Known Member

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    Some of you may remember me winning an auction to have Patrick Rothfuss critique my whole novel, and how incredible it was, but in case you forgot, here it is:

    http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/526818-patrick-rothfuss-critiqued-my-novel.html


    It was all for Worldbuilder's Charity (and Pat donated an additional 50% of everything raised), and he's doing it again, and has some amazing prizes that can be won. There are even incredible things for sale, that can't be bought anywhere else. Check out his blog, and drool... then make a donation, and get tickets. I've suggested to my family they would make an excellent Christmas present...

    http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/


    [Hope this is the write place for this thread - could a mod move it, if not. I can't believe Patrick Rothfuss still doesn't have his own author spot...:eek:]
     
  2. Coragem

    Coragem Believer in flawed heroes

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    Ah, always good to donate to good causes around Christmas. At this time of year so many people who already have more than they need get given even more stuff that they don't really need! Meanwhile, so many do without ...

    Call me an old softy (and I am), but it keeps me awake at night.

    As for Patrick Rothfuss, what I can't believe is how he shot to fame after publishing his first novel!? Much as Peter V. Brett. So many SFF authors have plugged away for years, decades, publishing one or two trilogies, before fame came their way. Of course, so many SFF authors have been brimming with talent, but haven't had enough support from their publishers ...

    Coragem.
     
  3. woodsman

    woodsman Double-stuff Oreos!

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    Hasn't he only written two books?

    Why doesn't Orwell have his own spot?

    (I'm aware of the reasons)
     
  4. Boneman

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    Yeah, it only took Patrick Rothfuss fourteen years to become an overnight success... in his own words 'after being rejected by just about every known agent in the Universe'. It was when he entered a tiny part of the story in the 'writers of the future' competition in 2002 and won, that he met another writer, who recommended him to his agent. When you consider The name of The Wind was published in April 2007, that's a gap of five years, so it only seems like he shot to fame - he'd been inside the cannon for ages beforehand...

    JKR on the other hand...?
     
  5. D_Davis

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    He's only written two books.

    Let's give it some time.
     
  6. Coragem

    Coragem Believer in flawed heroes

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    Very true, and similarly with the likes of Joe Abercrombie, who only got his chance because a friend passed his work to a Golancz editor.

    I know it was a long road for Rothfuss, and I don't say that he doesn't deserve his success. It's just interesting that for him the road to success only involved one novel, and now the follow up.

    He clearly had a supportive publisher willing to give his book the backing it deserved. Unlike Paul Kearney, for example, when he first started with Bantam.

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    Which are amongst the best-selling books in Fantasy in the last decade. Three actually; you're forgetting 'The Adventures of the Princess and Mr Whiffle'...:):eek:
     
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    Thought I'd revive this thread, rather than a new one: Worldbuilders this year raised $435,980 and Pat kicked in $100,000 of his own... incredible, and now I'm on tenterhooks waiting to see if my tickets come up!
     
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    And Worldbuilders 2014 is on now. Already some amazing donations, and stretch targets achieved. What I think is so brilliant is that some goodies, worth an absolute mint, are put in the raffle, and some you can bid for, which keeps an even playing field for those without oodles of money to donate. And (like Children in Need in the UK) every penny goes to Heifer, no hidden administration fees that some charities have.
     
  10. Menion

    Menion ze Spaniard!

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    They raised just under 900 thousand dollars. Blimey... Hope some family somewhere enjoys the goat I got'em.
     
  11. Boneman

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    They will, and so will the people they pass the offspring to... And I hope you get goodies in the raffle. I think according to the Math calculator, you have a 36.8% chance of winning a prize! It's incredible how the writing community all over the world responds, I'm gobsmacked. Next year a million dollars!
     
  12. thaddeus6th

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    $900,000?

    That must be one bloody enormous goat.
     
  13. Ray McCarthy

    Ray McCarthy Sentient Marmite: The Truth may make you fret.

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    A giant desert producing plague of goats!
     
  14. TheDustyZebra

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    So two goats, then?
     
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  15. Gary Compton

    Gary Compton I miss you, wor kid.

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    I am not sure if you know but Jeff insisted we donated to this! So we got 30 odd books printed with Worldbuilders Special Edition on front of Indigo Heartfire and a note from Jeff on inside. It got mentioned on Patrich's blog. Bit like Alan Sugar's apprentice; the one who looks like Dessy Lyneham and talks posh.

    Anyway, have a look here.

    I have a few spares so there may be a competition coming along soon.
     
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