Tasks for today (a few leftover from other days):
- write up Brown Girl / Salt Road notes
- e-mail Nalo questions for article, start back and forth
- revise Cheryl piece
- write Christmas cards
- send Zak and Rachel contracts
- compile list of local colleges and send out general letters to any local academic jobs
- clear out Sears card, close account (woohoo! slowly, slowly, the credit cards get paid off)
- send t-shirts and mugs to SH fund drive donors
I'm actually really waffling on these cards -- usually I just sign them and pop them off, occasionally with an extra line saying "Call me!" for those who have been particularly remiss. But a lot has happened in the last year or two, mostly book-related. I'm thinking about including a little Christmas letter, printed out. What do you think? Do you like that kind of thing when you receive one? Or is it just tacky? I'd like to let people know what's going on in my life, but given what I do, sometimes it's hard not to make it sound like a brag sheet or an ad for the new books. :-/
So I took a look at my file, and when I turned on the formatting symbols, sure enough, that paragraph had a bunch of extra bizarre crap in it. So I retyped it, and recreated the entire document as a PDF, and uploaded it to LightningSource, and I'm just going to give Steve the $40 for it, because I was supposed to give him a clean document to begin with, and I'm just glad that it's done. I think. They'll generate a proof and send it to Steve today or tomorrow (they're working 24 hours right now, apparently, Xmas rush), and by Monday, hopefully he'll be able to tell me that it looks good and we're ready to order. On the plus side, once we got to that stage with the SH books, they started shipping pretty much immediately. So we're not quite ready for the sigh-of-relief yet, but soon, soon.
Did I mention that Steve's a student? So he's trying to deal with all these revisions and uploadings and such in the midst of classes, and his day job, and a snowstorm, and with multiple computers in different places which can't necessarily talk to each other -- and all over a dial-up to boot? Oh, and now his main e-mail account is eating all the mail I send it because its spam filter has decided I'm not a real person. Yeesh!
We're just damned lucky that I can basically sit at my computer until this project is done.
Do any of you use candle therapy? Is it just me?
Usually our condo is exceedingly quiet -- not really sure what's going on, though I think the pizza place downstairs is being renovated (at 6:30 a.m.??) and the management company did do some work on the plumbing a few days ago. Still, weird. A mystery. Must investigate.
This evening, finish up an interview, finish an article for Cheryl, write up my notes on Brown Girl, maybe start reading Salt Roads. Mostly finishing things. It feels good, finishing things. And there's always new things waiting to be started...
Oh, and by the way -- huge thanks to everyone who donated money to the SH fund drive. We raised $2000+ this time, our biggest fund drive yet. If we can do it again in May, we'll be making a good third of our budget in these small donations -- excellent progress towards our long-term goals. I'm so proud of SH's success, of the way in which we've striven to give something worthwhile to the community, and the community has responded with its support, in so many ways, financial and otherwise.
This magazine has become exactly what I hoped it would be when I started it. How often do you get to say that?
I'm delighted to announce that:
The Best of Strange Horizons: Year Oneis now available for ordering! Steve Berman, publisher at Lethe Press, has copies in hand, and you too can have a copy -- all you have to do is tell him you want one.
Now, ordering in time for Christmas is slightly complicated. If you wait patiently, Amazon and B&N will be ready to take orders in a few weeks -- but that probably won't arrive in time. Instead, we offer you a super-duper way to order your copy right now -- just follow my special instructions:
Please note: If you are on the SH staff, if you are a contributor to this volume, or if you signed up to be a member of SH, special instructions with your relevant discounts will be e-mailed to your shortly. You can ignore the rest of this message. :-)
To order The Best of Strange Horizons: Year One for Christmas delivery, you must place your order by Wednesday, December 10th. That's next week. Steve is offering free priority mail shipping on any orders placed by the 10th, assuming that your payment arrives in some form by the 12th.
Note: I'm not sure the free shipping applies outside the U.S. -- you'd need to check that with Steve.
Please choose one of the following payment methods:
-- to pay by check or money order:
a) send an e-mail to Steve Berman at Lethe Press (firstname.lastname@example.org), letting him know of your desire, along with the number of copies you want, and the address you want them sent to; you may want to request a confirmation from Steve -- Lethe has a spam filter which occasionally deletes my mail to him.-- to pay by credit card or PayPal, through Strange Horizons (we'll sort it out with Lethe later), do this:
b) then send a check or money order to Lethe Press for $15/copy ordered -- when he receives the money, he'll ship out your books.
a) have or get a PayPal account -- it's quick to set up and free, and I've found it quite reliable, personally
b) send an e-mail to Steve Berman at Lethe Press (email@example.com), letting him know of your desire, along with the number of copies you want, and the address you want them sent to; you may want to request a confirmation from Steve -- Lethe has a spam filter which occasionally deletes my mail to him.
c) copy me (editor@strangehorizons) on that e-mail, so I can keep a record
d) use the SH donor page and click on the PayPal link -- fill in the appropriate amount, at $15/copy desired.
Whew! I think that's it. Please let me know if you have any questions -- this should all be much simpler in a few weeks when the Amazon, B&N, and Lethe ordering pages are up, but this is the process for now. Thanks! Buy a copy! Buy lots! Buy them for your friends! Your relatives! The nice lady at the library!
Strange Horizons receives 40% of every sale, which we then split with the contributors to the volume.
So I bought some unlined label paper and made my own bookplates, with my little craft knife and my cutting mat. :-) Took about an hour to design, print, and cut, was fun, and now I have fifty custom bookplates (3 in x 2 in) to send Steve, for about a fifth the cost of buying ready-made ones. And I can crank out more whenever he needs them. Please to imagine my adorable signature in the white space.
We're having major design issues with the book cover and the printer, but I'm still hoping we can have the cookbooks ready in time for Christmas ordering and delivery. Watch this journal for more details in the next day or two. Soon, soon, I promise.
I also promise that the delay is driving me much more crazy than it is any of you. :-)