Patrick Rothfuss speaks out on the delay of THE WISE MAN'S FEAR

Since I was the person who broke the news to the Blogosphere last fall, it's only natural that I post a link to Rothfuss' explanation.

If anyone remains pissed off about the unfortunate delay after reading this, then it's your own damn problem. . . The Wise Man's Fear will be released when it's ready.

Read Rothfuss' blog post here.

11 commentaires:

chriSchaeffer said...

For a guy that always makes laugh with his blogs, this was by far the most serious and honest of all his blogs.

He is truely sad to share this news with us, but I respect him more now for the sacrafices he has made.

Revie said...

He's just so darn genuine and likeable, how can anyone be mad at him? That's a lot to go through in one year--I hope the readers cut him some slack.

polishgenius said...

Anyone who's honestly angry at the delay is spoilt. Writing a book is well hard, and I'm glad he's going all out to get it right, even with the problems he's had.
And he comes across as a really nice bloke, so good look to the man.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand readers who bash delays in book releases. They must be completely incapable of putting themselves in authors' shoes. I can't think of a single author in the world who wouldn't rather have their book (first, next or any) published today rather than tomorrow.

le.corbeau said...

Being impatient about the next book / installment to come out is understandable, who could be blamed for wanting more of an excellent thing?

But pressing for a premature release is just short-sighted: Is there something sadder than a book you feel could have been so much better if only...

There's so much stuff to read out there that some (more) months may easily be bridged.
A book published early may give you some fleeting joy, but a well polished work will provide enduring pleasure!

Gabriele C. said...

I can so relate (and I never blamed him anyway). I could not write for some months after my mother's death. Sure, I had no deadline, but if I had had one, and had tried to write, I'm sure the result would have been substandard.

There is a time for grief. And it's double complicated for creative endeavours. A nurse may go back and jab syringes into patients after a few days, and an accountant add up his sums, but writing is a bit different.

Anonymous said...

The reason people are annoyed with him is pretty obvious, and hasn't been hit by any of the comments yet: He said he was done! So it seems like he was lying to us (the readers). He presents a good case in his blog, and you have to feel for the guy, but that's why people were upset.

Of course, to quote Nintendo, a book is only late once, but it's bad forever, so I'd rather see the delay than a rushed book.

ChiBlade said...

that sucks....
but he had a decent reason so we can cut him some slack.

Foxessa said...

Well, I understood what he meant by 'being done,' was that he had a lot of re-writing and revision to do.

You just don't do a book as good as "Wind" without all that, and with the illness of his mom (I didn't know before about his father) and everything else, I kept thinking there just was no way he could have the next book out when originally scheduled -- at least not have it out, and have good, in the way that "Wind" is.

Also, as he pointed out, there's so much about the entire process that you just cannot know until you've been through it. In lots of ways writing your first book is easier than any other book you'll do, just because you don't know. Also, you don't learn all this even with having a book come out, unless your book is very successful.

The guy gets all the slack he needs from me. And yes, I have been looking forward to the next book as much as everyone else.

Love, C.

Zigger said...

When I first started as a copy editor, I asked a local author (who is famous now) what the worst part of writing a book was. He said, "Everything except writing it." When an author thinks he is finished, or might be finished, or will be finished, there is no way of predicting what the publisher will demand. I've helped hundreds of authors completely rework books from front to back and sideways. It's insane, and it's only one of thousands of tiny variables that can mess with a schedule.

If Patrick Rothfuss said that he was finished, it's because he thought it was true.

I'll wait. Gladly.

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