Just exchanged a couple of emails with Betsy Wollheim, the president of Daw Books, and I must sadly inform you that the eagerly anticipated sequel to The Name of the Wind has been postponed. Everyone involved is aware that the second volume must be even better than Patrick Rothfuss' debut to satisfy fans, so they're not taking any chances.
The author will turn in the first draft of the manuscript by the end of the year. The Wise Man's Fear is no longer on the 2009 Daw schedule, which means that we can expect the book in the fall of 2009, if everything goes according to plan.
Though his life changed dramatically since the publication of his fantasy debut, and though he spent a lot of time promoting the book, Patrick Rothfuss is hard at work, making sure that The Wise Man's Fear meets or even surpasses readers' expectations.
I'll keep you posted on any developments. . .