I spent all day today doing publishing stuff. I processed all the orders up until about 2p.m. today, and as soon as my new envelopes arrive tomorrow, I'll stuff them and ship them, so if you got a confirmation e-mail from me yesterday or today, your book should arrive before the end of next week.
Based on early feedback from buyers, I'm changing a couple things for future orders. First, I have stronger, more reliable bubble envelopes that will protect the books better than the ones I used in the first batch. I thought they'd be fine because we used them for Dancing Barefoot, but I guess when they changed the postal rules for Canadian shipping, they also added claws and chainsaws to the equipment. Books aren't getting damaged, but the envelopes sure are, and that's making people nervous. Second, I found out today that it costs about 40 to 50 cents more to ship first class mail, which arrives in three days or so, instead of media mail, which has taken over two weeks for some people. I'm really sorry about that, by the way, for those of you who (like me) thought that when the USPS said, "This takes 2-9 days to arrive" that's what they actually meant.
I also printed out all the Canadian orders, which will have to be processed by hand, the way we used to do it, because thanks to the fucking bullshit new US Postal Service rules that I guess are new for 2007, I get to fill out a customs form for each book, and have each one go individually through the post office, so it costs $4 per book to ship, rather than $9. I hope you really love this book, Canada, because it's quite an ordeal to get it to you. It's almost like the US government wants to make it as hard as possible for small, independent businesses like mine to do anything with the rest of the world. Er, except send jobs to India. They're totally cool with that.
I'm desperately hoping that the fucking bullshit with PayPal not telling me what item number goes with what order will resolve itself before the hard cover books arrive. If it doesn't, I don't know how I'm going to be able to sell them. (Incidentally, the signed and numbered hardcover will be limited to 300. I was going to limit it to 100, but would had to have charged an outrageously high price just to break even, and that's not cool. Regardless, I'm guessing -- okay, hoping -- it will sell out very quickly, so I'll give 24 hours notice before they go on sale.)
I want this to be fun and awesome again. The last few days, it's just been frustrating and demoralizing.