You might remember my last post, in which I announced that the first book by Meier und Müller, the publishing business I am part of, had started to sell “Conditions,” our first book. I’m very happy to announce that there now are US copies, priced at $49, shipped directly from Northampton (MA). If you want one, go right to our store. In case you’re wondering what happened, you’ll find all the details below. (more)
On September 21, 2010, when I wrote the last post, all we knew was that the shipment with the US copies had been misplaced by DHL, the company we had used. A few days later, DHL informed us over the phone that they regarded the shipment as lost. That was what we had feared, but of course, we didn’t want to believe it until they told us.
You can probably imagine the look on my face when the door bell rang earlier this week, and there were two big packages for me. A bit roughed up - apparently, shipping packages to the US makes them move through a hurricane - but there they were. The “lost” packages. Given the state of the outside of the packages I was dreading to see what was inside, but everything had been packed carefully and all the books are fine. So if you want to buy a copy we have plenty to sell.
Apart from the books, plus the book plus print edition, I also have three limited edition boxes - large custom-made boxes that include a book plus a large print. They’re quite spectacular.
We did not bother calling DHL again to ask them what had happened, because it seemed that might be a bit of a waste of time. Apparently, their warehouse is run like that big warehouse where they store the Ark at the end of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Obviously, we are going to explore other shipping options for our upcoming releases, to avoid problems like this.