Member Rara Avis
But not, unfortunately, Merry Christmas.
I got the proofs for the book yesterday. Hard to believe, but it took FedEx 6 days to deliver a supposedly "overnight" package. According to their tracking system, the first time they tried to deliver the package their driver marked it as a "bad address." Living out in the sticks sucks when people can't find you. They returned on Monday, but I wasn't home to sign for it. They stuck a thingy on my door, I signed it and stuck it back on the door, and the proofs were FINALLY waiting for me when I got home from class last night.
Had the proofs arrived as scheduled, and had I overnighted them back the next day, our books would have shipped from the printers on December 23. Seems when I applied pressure to get them out before Christmas, they took me a little too literally? That obviously would not have been "enough" before Christmas to really matter to those who wanted to give books as gifts. I'm a little annoyed with FedEx, but the deficiencies in their system won't really matter, I guess.
The proofs look really good. Daunting, but good. The paper used isn't the same quality as will be in the book, but even with thinner paper, the book is REALLY THICK. Take our previous first two books, put them together, and they should just about equal Reflections. I already knew that, of course, but seeing it is different from knowing. It's going to be impressive, I think.
I do have to make some changes in the proofs, which is inevitably going to mean another delay. One of the authors has requested that his poem be removed, and accommodating his demand is going to mean resequencing some pages. When this happened with Visions, because of a copyright infringement, it meant virtually rebuilding the whole book, but I think I can shuffle this one a bit more efficiently. By moving an end poem into the place where his poem would have been, all the intermediate pages can remain numbered as they were. Essentially, it will mean the printer has to reshoot just two plates, rather than the whole book. Cheaper. Faster. And a whole lot easier. Still, it's going to mean a delay of at least three to five days.
The books should be shipped to me sometime the first full week in January, say around the sixth or seventh. I've already hired a couple of local teens to help with the packaging and shipping to you. I'm hoping the books going to U.S. addresses will go out the same day the books hit my door, maybe the next should they arrive in the afternoon. Books going outside the U.S. will take just a little longer (I hate customs), because I'm not comfortable trusting others with the paperwork where one mistake can delay delivery a month or more.
As we get a little closer, probably in a week or two, I'll be emailing everyone and asking them to confirm their shipping address. Some, I know have moved. Please watch for the email, and please respond as quickly as you can. I'd like to have all the labels printed and ready when the books get here. I'll post in the forums, here, when you can start looking for those email confirmations.
We're getting close now.