Frequently Asked Questions
The writeup says that the dinner with Ursula and Kevin will be in San Antonio, but the video identifies it as Austin. Which is correct?
The correct city for this year's Worldcon and the dinner with Ursula and Kevin is San Antonio, as identified in the writeup. In the video I mis-pronounced San Antonio as Austin. Doesn't everyone?Last updated:
At this stage of the process we don't have any specifics on the construction, but we can say that quality and durability of the final product will be the primary consideration for us. We will need to strike a balance in selecting materials that does not make the final product so expensive that it precludes being able to successfully provide it to the wider distribution market, but you can be assured that we will put out the best product we can.Last updated:
That is Angus. He does that. He may be part Cheshire...Last updated:
The total page count of all the individual volumes is about 825 pages. We expect the final omnibus to come in somewhere between that and 850 pages, depending on what kinds of great things we end up being able to put in.
A full stack of the original print editions weighs in at about 4 lbs 7 ounces (a little over 2 Kg for you Metric fans). With the color inserts, extra pages, and heavier offset paper, we will be surprised if the softcover weighs in at much less than 5 lbs (2.25 Kg).
Before beginning an exercise routine, please consult your healthcare professional. After we pack and ship about a thousand of these we will probably need one ourselves.Last updated:
We will be working on setting a final retail price for the book now that we know many of the stretch goals we are going to incorporate into the final design. Our goal will be to price the book at a rate that makes it attractive to distributors, while still making both us and Ursula some profit at the rates we will get for such sales. We'll post an update once we get it all worked out.
We can say with certainty that the $45 book-only pledge level (including, as it does, Domestic shipping) should definitely represent a discount over the book + shipping price that will be available upon general release.Last updated:
Our number one priority in choosing shipping methods is to balance speed, quality, and reliability against the cost. We attempt to avoid charging more for shipping than it actually costs us, whenever possible (keeping in mind that the cost of shipping includes the materials required to protect against damage, and potentially insurance as well).
Domestic backers have shipping baked into the cost of their pledges at all levels that require items to be shipped. We will determine the best shipping method once we have all the final items in hand, but we expect to be sending via a mix of USPS (First Class, Book Rate, or Priority Mail) and FedEx (Ground/Home Delivery).
International backers... We feel for you. Really, we do. To the vast majority of the world (Canada and Mexico excepted), the ONLY route we have is either USPS Priority Mail International or FedEx International Economy. In most cases, USPS Priority Mail International is the cheaper of the two, and runs anywhere from $46 to $59 for a shipment of just over 5 lbs (which is what JUST the book is going to weigh in at).
Even Canada and Mexico are probably ending up getting a fairly good deal too, with a 5-6 lb package costing $35 - $44 via Priority Mail International (the only option for a package of this weight).
We will do our best to find creative solutions to the shipping problem, and rest assured that if some miraculous method saves us enough money that we feel we have overcharged folks, we will let people know and make it up to them. However, we have been doing this for MANY years now, and are pretty certain that the rates we have put in for everyone are ultimately probably on the LOW side and we will end up subsidizing shipping a little bit.Last updated:
We have created a reward matrix as a Google Doc. It's not quite as fancy or pretty as others we've seen, but hopefully it does the job. You can view it here:
Can I give someone else's name for personalization or to be listed in the thank-you section in the book?
Yes! When the campaign is over, Kickstarter provides us with tools to send out a survey to each backer, tailored to the rewards the backer will be receiving. This will include confirmation of the name to be listed in the thank-you section of the book, or the name used for personalizing the hardcover copies of the book.
We naturally ask that names be of reasonable length, and we reserve the right to omit from print any words or phrases that we deem objectionable.
If your name is "Mr. Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorffwelchrswessenschafewarenwohlgepflegeundsorgfa- ihrraubgierigfeindewelchevoralternzwolfteinenvanderersteerdemenschderraumschiffg- gestartseinlangefahrthinzwischensternaitgehabtbewohnbarplanetenkreisedrehensichu- chlichkeitkonntefortpflanzenundsicherfeuicheinfurchtvorangreifenvonandererintell Zeus igraum Senior" you might consider throwing in an extra $20 for Ursula's carpal tunnel therapy.Last updated:
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