UPDATE: paperbacks all signed, also we blew a world record out of the water
FIRST: we have still not sent out the backer surveys: when we do, we will ask for your most current address. Until then, move as much as you want!
Today I signed the 13,200th paperback, which was incidentally the one that marked EVERY KICKSTARTER PAPERBACK IS NOW SIGNED. 13,200 copies. It totally happened. Then I signed 1000 of the bookplates for the hardcovers, and I'll put those to bed tomorrow. I've gone through 13 Sharpies so far, so that's about one every 1000 books. They still work, but they started to put out a little less ink which meant a little more resistance, and so it was SEE YOU LATER SHARPIE, I'MA GET A NEW ONE NOW, THANKS.
Thank you all for your support, and your concerns about my hands! I have been wearing a wrist guard and also have been very careful to vary my position and what I was doing. It wasn't like "sign, sign, sign, sign" until books had my name on them. This was the process:
- get box of books from cart
- gently overturn box of books on table
- sit down, carefully open up each of the 14 books, write my name in them
- stand up, put books back in box
- put box on cart
The advantage of this process was I was never signing more that 14 books at a time (sometimes 28, if I did two boxes at once) before giving my wrist a break while I moved around and did other activities. After the first day, James at Amplifier (they are the ones who will be shipping you your books) helped me do the "back in boxes, back on cart" stage, which increased my efficiency from 20 boxes an hour to over 30. He calculated today that he's moved 27 tons of books (because he's moved each book twice). Sheesh.
INCIDENTALLY, I was informed that if you look up the Guinness World Record for Most Books Signed In A Single Session, that record stands at 1951. I signed 4340 books yesterday alone. We did more than TWICE the world record, you guys. Guinness probably won't accept it because they didn't have an observer there, but a few weeks from now, when you have your books, know that not only is it the product of a record-setting Kickstarter, it's also the product of a world-record setting signing.