An Inteview and a Contest

Just a short update on a busy weekend.   My neighbor and I were commiserating that when we get an extra day off, we just use it to do a different sort of work. We are both outside today, getting our ‘end of summer’ tasks done.

But if you are inside and reading on your screen today, you might want to visit Oberon’s Law for a short Robin Hobb interview.

Or, if you are feeling lucky, you might drop by Pat’s Fantasy Hot Spot for a chance to win one of the limited edition copies of The Inheritance from Subterranean Press

Hint: If you are a Jack Vance fan, you really want to click on that Subterranean link up there . . .

Back to work.  Pulling weeds while the sun shines!


11 Responses to An Inteview and a Contest

  1. Hello Robin Hobb,

    I have read three of your published trilogies, (Farseer, Tawny Man, & Liveship Traders), mostly as a student at the University of Idaho. I even bumped into someone on campus that was reading one of them and we had a nice chat about the plotline progression. More recently, I read some of Shaman’s Crossing and I enjoyed the development of the family structure and tradition.

    I have written a document and published it on with the title A Novelty of Shared Belief and I was wondering if you might be interested in reading it? I could email a copy to you perhaps. If you enjoy the content, maybe I could include a response from you on the synopsis page. It has been available for digital purchase since July 2010, but I haven’t interested anyone enough to actually sell a copy so far. Although it is not professionally edited and the structure is not typical, I do believe the information is useful.

    Either way, thank you for the great books that I enjoyed reading.

    Have a nice one,

    Jesse Maclure

  2. Hi Jesse3g,

    Right now, I am up to my ears in things I should have read two weeks ago. So, it would be really unfair of me to accept your offer and then not get around to actually reading it. I’ve got three manuscripts on my nightstand that I need to read, and then, selfishly, I’m going to dive into A Dance With Dragons! So I think my reading hours are pretty booked up for the next month or so!

    Best of luck with your writing, however. It takes a long time to break in as a writer, and many heartbreaks. Perseverence is the only real trick I know.


  3. Thanks for sharing this interview, Robin, and once again another fantastic competition from PFHS!

    When you do such a massive rewrite, as you have done for the fourth RWC instalment, is it mostly for grammatical errors etc, fixing up holes within the plot or something else?

    Also, how are such requests from your publishers presented to you eg sticky-notes or penned memos on the manuscript, an email with suggestions, umpteen phone calls back and forth or lengthy teleconferences going through things bit by bit?

    Is it only errors or little glitches that are brought to your attention, as constructive feedback, or do you also receive positive feedback for specific things you throw in? Or is your positive feedback just given as ‘Job well done!’ once it’s completed and on shelves, selling?

    Apologies for the interrogation but all very interesting from a ‘non-worldly reader’ point of view. Please feel free to refrain from answering until you have dealt with your weeds or at least finished ADwD (if ever!)…I’d hate to keep you from finally delving into that! :mrgreen:


  4. Hi Netta!

    Most manuscript re-writng is done via files attached to email these days.

    As to what my editor calls my attention to, why, it’s anything that is wrong or might be made better.

    In the early stages of editing, it my be a suggestion to speed up a scene, or add more description, for example. Large corrections that may take many pages. Such as divide one manuscript into two books.

    AT later stages, such as copy edits, we are mostly looking for little errors between the finished copy and the agreed upon final manuscript. Was a line dropped? Did a comma get changed to a period.

    But, before the manuscript becoems a book, I will get feedback from my editors on every aspect of it. Thanks for asking.


  5. Hi Robin,

    I try to contact you since 2 hours, and i’m desperate so i put a comment on this article.
    I’m an absolut fan of your books, and i’m reading now the end of “Mad Ship” wich is absolutly great.
    Well, i’m going to be a father (great news) and we (me and my wife) falled in love with a name in your book, so i would like to know how do you find it, is there a signification ?
    Anyway, i would be honored to receive a mail from you to chat about that.


    Sorry for that bad english, but you know i’m French … and French or not very good english speaker !

  6. Hi Robin,

    I’m so happy to see your answer ! It’s really an honor to chat with you about that.
    So, as i said, i’m going to be a father (normaly in march …), we don’t know yet if it’s a boy or a girl, but if it’s a boy we would like to call him Selden ! This is such a beautiful name, i never heard about this name and it’s not in book name (in France …) and even not on internet … Why ? Why does anybody called his son Selden ? How do you found it ? Have you ever heard about a little Selden ? It would be awesome if you could tell us the story of this name.

    Can’t wait to read you !


    Sorry again for my poor english.

  7. Hello Fred,
    I suspect I had heard the name ‘Selden’ as a surname and then chose to use it as a given name for my character. I do not know the origination of the name.
    When I looked it up, I found a city named Selden. And I also found it to be the first name of a poet and scholar devoted to the Haitian arts, Selden Rodman.
    But I did not know that until a few minutes ago!
    I do like the name, of course, and am very happy to hear that you and your wife are considering it for your son!
    With best wishes,

    Robin Hobb