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Fantastic Folio Boxed Set of The Farseer Trilogy

My effort at photography can't really do this edition justice.  The Farseer Trilogy Boxed set, illustrated by David Palumbo, from The Folio Society.

If you are a reader who thinks of your books as your 'library' rather than as your stack of books, you are probably already aware of The Folio Society.  For many years, they have been crafting heritage editions of beloved books.  Often they reissue replicas of classic, long out of print, beloved editions.  For example, their forthcoming offering of Grimms' Fairy Tales with the Arthur Rackham illustrations. Or a lavish edition of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.  

 

So I am honored to join the ranks of authors whose work has been recognized with a Folio edition.  In my case, it is The Farseer Trilogy that is now available as a Folio boxed set.  These ones are illustrated by noted artist David Palumbo.  The three books of the trilogy are protected by a sturdy red case that matches the covers of the books.  I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that they have that wonderful 'new book smell' that we all cherish!

 

David and I had jointly signed 250 copies of this beautiful set.  Those instantly sold out on the first day they were offered.  But the unsigned edition is still available.  The Farseer Trilogy in this boxed set will last your lifetime and, like other Folio editions in our family library, will be something you can pass on to your children and grandchildren.  

 

I feel honored to see my work in this form.  I hope you will look at some of the other available titles on their website. 

 

Here is a link to the Arts and Collections review with an image of The Fool as conceived by David Palumbo.

 

 

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At The End of July

I feel like I side-slipped into a different reality this year.  Perhaps you all went with me?

 

I have returned to first grade.  That is, my 7 year old grandson and I began by trying to keep up with his online school work.  It was such a disorganized experience that I was relieved when the school year was over.  I think that someone in first grade should have a 'one click' experience to acquire and complete school work.  I won't go into details about my frustration with that.  Suffice it to say that we thought we were submitting his homework, but it wasn't going anywhere.  And I consider myself computer savvy.

 

Now, for the summer, we are reading together daily.  He reads out loud to me from a book on his reading level.  Then I read to him from something that I feel has beauty of language and excellent story telling.  My theory is that if he needs to hear a wide vocabulary, and the lovely rhythms of English (yes, poetry, too) in order to develop his ear and his own way of speaking.

 

In math, I am tired of bundling numbers into tens and ones, but I know this is the system he will be using if/when we have school again.  So on we go with that.  But it did lead to an interesting discussion of other systems beside base 10. He refused to believe that binary existed until we looked it up!

 

Outside the house, there are the correct names of plants, flowers and birds to be learned.  An explanation of why the wind switches direction in the evening.  He has cared for ducklings and chicks.  There have been a lot of board games, which are good for learning to take turns, and also learning how to lose as well as how to win.

 

I hope he will be ready for second grade, when and if it convenes.  I am many years away from my elementary school experiences and it's hard to guess what levels of expertise the school will expect.  

 

I have only sympathy for parents with multiple children in different grades.  Some school systems seem to be dealing much better than others. What do parents do when they have no wifi, no tablets or computers?  In my state, the Everett schools issue each student a computer.  No such luck in Tacoma.  Let alone in the little towns.  

 

I think this school year will be a turning point in education. Which direction it will turn in, I do not know.

 

So as far as the writing goes, my time has been vacuumed away. Megan Lindholm has been using the keyboard more than I have.  She just had a very short story published in the July-August issue of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine.  "Generations.'  

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Illustrated Assassin's Quest available for pre-order now

All three Illustrated Editions of the Farseer Trilogy.

Yesterday, at University Book Store in Seattle, I signed copies of both the Illustrated edition of Royal Assassin and the Illustrated edition of Assassin's Apprentice.  So, if you wish, you can order one or both of these.  While supplies last, you will receive a free set of four art prints of some of Magali Villeneuve's illustrations for Royal Assassin. Please note that the art prints are only available with orders at University Book store.  Click HERE if you wish to order them. 

 

On March 2, 2021, the Illustrated Edition of Assassin's Quest will be published,  It is available for pre-order now.  This link goes to the Penguin Random House site.  The Illustrated edition of Assassin's Quest will, of course, match Assassin's Apprentice and Royal Assassin in quality, binding and illustration by Magali.

 

Oh, for Jim Butcher Fans . . . while I was there yesterday, I got a signed copy of his new one, Peace Talks. It's autographed!  And they have lots of signed copies!  So you can order that from University Book Store, too. If you are a reader of his Dresden Files, you'll want this for your collection!  

 

Happy Book Hunting!

 

Robin

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Once More! If you want a signed copy of Royal Assassin . . .

This is yet another reminder that you can, despite quarrantine, get a signed copy of the Illustrated Edition of Royal Assassin. 

 

Full instructions are in my previous blogs.  Just scroll down!

 

For the UK, check with the mentioned bookstores to see if they still have copies with the signed bookplates in them.

 

For the US, go down one more blog.  There you will find instructions for ordering from The Signed Page or, if you wish the book to have a dedication as well, from the University Book Store in Seattle.

 

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Pre Order Day in the UK for Royal Assassin! (And maybe a signed bookplate!)

Today is the day!  The Illustrated Edition of Royal Assassin is now available for preorder in the UK!  It has the same wonderful illustrations by Magali Villeneuve  but it has a slightly different binding than the US one.  And of course it has the British spellings!

 

Weeks ago, I signed a large batch of bookplates and sent them off to the UK.  So, if you act quickly and use one of these links, chances are that you may receive a book with an autographed bookplate.  No promises!  I couldn't sign an infinite number of them, but they are definitely out there.  We've placed them at these bookstores.

 

Here's the Link to order from Cole's Books

 

And this one is for Forbidden Planet

 

And many thanks to Cole's Books and Forbidden Planet for taking the extra trouble with the bookplates!

 

 

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How to Get a Signed Illustrated Royal Assassin AND UK Edition Launches June 25th

Covers for the Illustrated Editions of the Farseer Trilogy.  Assassin's Apprentice and Royal Assassin are currently available.

Ah, Covid 19, the terrible things you have done to us.  No live readings, no live signing sessions, no book tours, no conventions . . . 

 

I can offer a tiny opportunity in place of all those lost things.

 

You can still get a signed copy of the Illustrated Royal Assasin.  

 

There are two options for this:

 

Go to The Signed Page.  This site specializes in pristine copies of signed first edtiion hardbacks.  I signed over 700 copies for them, in Shawn's garage, as we masked and kept our distance from each other!  Most of those have already shipped, but there are some left.  (And, oh, yes, you can pre-order a Lindholm books called Wizard of the Pigeons at the same time!)

 

Go to University Book Store.  I have not yet gone to the store to sign books, so you can still request a dedication.  If you want me to sign your copy or  write something special in the book, like 'Happy Birthday Sally', please note that in the 'comments' box when you order the book. They ship FREE via media mail for orders over $16.  But that is US shipping addresses only.  And while supplies last, you will receive a set of four color prints of art from the book.  

 

A bright spot: They will also have copies of the Illustrated Edtion of Assassin's Apprentice.  So if you want that book also, to have the first two in matching editions, you can also order it, and I will sign it as well.

 

UK READERS Please note: As of June 25th, 2020, there will be a UK edition  from HarperCollins Voyager, and it will have the same wonderful illustrations from Magali Villeneuve.  Shipping for that book will be substantially less! So if you live in the UK or Europe, you might consider that volume.  Click on the link above to find many book stores that would be happy for your order!

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A Very Special Publishing Day Offer

Images of prints of Nighteyes and Kettricken, and two other 'mystery prints' to be revealed later.
All art by Magali Villeneuve

It's June 16th, 2020, and that is publication day for the Illustrated Edition of Royal Assassin, the second book in the Farseer Trilogy.  Today it will join the Illustrated Edition of Assassin's Apprentice on bookstore shelves!

 

 

To celebrate, and with thanks to Penguin Random House, we will be offering a bonus for each copyordered from University Book Store in Seattle Wshington: a set of four prints of artwork from Royal Assassin.  We have extended this offer to include the Illustrated Edition of Assassin's Apprentice also! So it's a wonderful time to acquire both hardbacks.

 

For each book you order, you will also receive a set of four prints. So, if you order both volumes, you will receive a set of prints with each.  We've selected four wonderful images from this book.  Each set will include Kettricken, Nighteyes, and two more prints yet to be revealed!

 

All artwork is by Magali Villeneuve

 

To order, please use this link: University Book Store, Seattle

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Signing Illustrated Royal Assassin

Cover Art for Royal Assassin, the Illustrated Edition

Several people have asked if they can still get a signed copy of Royal Assassin, the Illustrated Edition.  

 

The answer is yes.

 

Although we cannot do a public reading and signing as I've done so often at University Book Store, the store IS taking orders for Royal Assassin.  And if you wish, in the 'comments' section of your book order, write in that you'd like it signed.  If you want it signed a certain way, please be very specific, as in, "To Amanda, Happy Birthday."

 

(I must admit, it feels a bit awkward when someone asks me to write, "To Herman, my first and only love!"  And then I sign it Robin Hobb!  So maybe that could be, To Herman, beloved of Sally."  ) 

 

I will note that you can order ANY Robin Hobb book from University Book Store and they will do their best to get it for you.  Of course, they'll do that for any book you want by any author!

 

Here's a direct link to the Royal Assassin page on the UBS website.  

 

Many thanks to the people who asked about this.  Duane, my favorite book seller, and I will make this happen.  Somehow! I will probably go in masked and sit down with a stack of books and a pen.  But we will make it happen.

 

 

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Royal Assassin Reveal of Nighteyes

Here we see Nighteyes the wolf as a caged and abused cub, as Fitz first met him
Nighteyes, as envisioned by Magali Villeneuve

On June 16, two weeks from today, the Illustrated Edition of Royal Assassin will be published!

 

Revealed today is Nighteyes, a beloved character first introduced in Royal Assassin. The artwork is by Magali Villeneuve.  This French artist (and friend) is best known for her work on Magic the Gathering, but has also created artwork for The Lord of the Ring, Game of Thrones, books by Brandon Sanderson and Dungeons and Dragons. A visit to her website is highly recommended!

 

Royal Assassin is the second volume of the Farseer Trilogy.  The first book, Assassin's Apprentice, is already available in a handsome matching volume, also illustrated by Magali Villeneuve.  Assassin's Quest, the concluding volume, will be issued in a matching binding and also with Magali's illustrations. This is the first time that all three volumes of the trilogy will be available in matching hardbacks in the US.

 

Penguin RandomHouse makes it very easy to pre-order the volume, with links to many of your favorite book sellers here

 

And yes, there will be a UK edition, also with the Magali Villeneuve illustrations, from Harper Voyager.

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Things I Did Wrong as a Writer

There could be so many things I could put under that heading!  

 

But this blog follows the previous one in talking about starting out to be a writer.  It covers the things I did right from the beginning, the things I did wrong, and the things that I didn't know existed.

 

In my previous blog, I spoke about setting money aside for income tax, both federal and state (if you live in a state that has an income tax.)  What I didn't know in the early days of my career was that I was liable for other taxes.  B&O taxes, also called Business and Operating taxes.  Even after I learned that my state had a B&O tax that I should have been paying for yeras, I didn't think to investigate if my city had one!  And, of course, it did.  

 

Now for the intelligent thing I did.  I went in to the city offices and told them that I hadn't realized I was liable for city B&O taxes, and so I hadn't been paying them.  And because I did that, they helped me fill out the forms for the previous years.  They waived the penalties and greatly reduced the interest.  So.  Yes.  Honesty is the best policy.

 

But you know what else I discovered that day?  I was operating a business in my city.  But I had no business license.  And I was operating it in a rsidential area!

 

Yes.  Being a writer in your basement and earning money is operating a buisness in a residential area.  So, I also had to sign up for a business license.  And I had to apply for a zoning variance.  Pretty silly, I know.  I'd bet that every building on my block had a computer and a printer and wifi in it.  Nonetheless, I had to purchase a zoning variance, and pin the business license to the wall in the basement. 

 

So, a word to the wise is sufficient.  From the very beginning, consider yourself a professional and yes, a businessperson.  It's so much easier to stay out of tax trouble then to try to get out of it!

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