The first books arrived today! They're AWESOME! Oh, by the many Elder Powers and Names Not to Be Spoken - they came out great!
Even the edge-dye came out perfect. It fully looks the part! If only the cultist robe didn't add 20lbs...
Reading the Book Out Loud
We mentioned how great a job Ray Greenley did, but we want you to hear for yourselves. Why should this be a feast only for the eyes and mouth? What about the ears? What about the ears!?
Shaken, Not Hastur
Signatures - What's the Plan?
We asked, you spoke, and the world seems to have conspired to make your collective will be done. Looking at the totality of the correspondence on the subject, most Deluxe book backers were more eager to have the book than to have the signatures. We had planned a road trip to go get that done - but the books will actually come in a few days earlier than expected! This disrupts that plan, as so many want the books in time for the holidays. Those few extra days early could make a difference (and it will still be very, very close for many of you). This being the case, and since all three of us will be in one place at one time this very weekend for PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia (we didn't actually think we were going to have the book for the con...) - we're going to do a special insert. We will physically sign a separate page, ship those to our fulfillment partners, and have them put them in the books for you. It seems an elegant, efficient solution, and we hope it pleases. The insert will be neat little extra, too - not merely a plain page.
When Are You Getting Your Book?
Printing finishes for all books finishes over the next few days. Standard and complete Deluxe editions go out immediately thereafter (remember, we still have Deluxe covers in production, so those will not be ready to ship just yet). Digital books with all their extras are expected to be finished in about two weeks, so you should have those before/around the third week of December. Audiobooks will be made available at about the same time (so much fun to listen to!).
No one can promise us delivery on the physical books for the holidays, but we might make it! Tendrils crossed, it's possible for many of you. IF they don't make it - we are glad to help dispel the post-holiday blahs, because you, our faithful backers - have something still to look forward to! See how I spun that? Pay no attention to the shadowy, vaguely Egyptian figure behind me....
At long last (we know - we've bitten our fingernails down to the ichor with you the whole way!) it's here. And soon, it'll be everywhere.
Tom, Mike, Kurt, Ray, & David