Last week the advance copies of the books came, and much to my disappointment, they were printed incorrectly.
I have had a trying experience with this printer I'm using, and this came as a really defeating blow. Were I not bound by a contract and laws I don't understand my way around, I would have left them long ago. I was really hoping that the book would look right, and that I could wipe my hands clean of these guys, and finally get these books to you, but that won't be possible just yet.
They offered me a discount if I would take the books as they are, but after spending 6 (...7?) months to get the proofs to look right, it wouldn't be fair to you to send you a book done incorrectly. So after a week of arguing with them, they finally admitted fault, and agreed to reprint the books. It's a bittersweet victory though, because that means I have to make you wait longer, and I hate to have to do that.
They sent me the "expedited" schedule this morning, and it looks like they are going to take their sweet time fixing this. I'm going to make some calls and see what I can do to get them to move faster, but it looks like the books won't get here until early June.
It bums me out to send you these updates full of bad news. I'm sorry this hasn't gone as planned, but rest assured that I'm doing everything I can to get this printer to do this right for you all.
Below is a photo of the finished books. Look at them and join me in weeping.