Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by mournthewicked, Dec 17, 2006.
I did read something about it being done, he's just editing.
For like... years? I doubt it.
I believe he had a completed manuscript that he was submitting to publishers as one book back in the day, but that it's changed massively in the meantime. Auri, for example, apparently didn't exist yet in that version.
I think you have to understand the man. He says it in his initial acknowledgments of The Name of the Wind. 'If you're going to do something, do it right.'
Good enough isn't good enough for him. It has to be perfect, to be at a level that you or I would read his books and think, wow, this writing is phenomenal. Here's the rub - even if it is perfect, Rothfuss still won't like it. He'll never be happy with it.
I pump out books that are good enough. I can accept that. Rothfuss can't/won't. I think his writing makes him vastly unhappy, in a lot of ways.
Fair enough, but doesn't he have publishers pushing him to hand it in? It's six years since Wise Man's Fear, I'd have thought he'd have been forced to give them something or risk losing his deal?
/he says, with next to no idea how publishing works.
If he weren't a household name I'm sure that would apply. But it's Rothfuss. His books -- when they come out -- are a commercial blockbuster.
With the popularity his writing has gained, I'd wager he can take as much time as he wants. No publisher would want to scare away their gold brick-shitting donkey, even if that donkey takes some time to pinch it out. They may coax and cajole but never in a way that would make Rothfuss leave.
He is simply at that enviable stage of an author's life where his work is so recognized and well-liked that he's got a lot of freedom to do what he wants, how he wants it. At this point, I feel, his process comes first, the publisher second. That's how it should be, but given that the market is so demanding it's a great thing to get to that stage.
Since I haven't spoken Rothfuss personally, all of the above is conjecture, of course -- what happens between Rothfuss and his publisher is probably only known to them and his agent -- but I think it's fairly sound reasoning.
Perhaps I'm misjudging him and he's constantly getting fire from his editors, but I doubt that.
Based on his social media presence, I'd say that, right now, Rothfuss is more interested in his charity than writing. Way more interested.
He has also shown an affinity to D&D, for what that's worth.
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