Well, all the books are shipped. With a few exceptions, noted below.
All domestic US volumes have been handed to the USPS. Almost all of you in the US have received a notice of shipping: in a couple of cases, this automatic notice messed up. On the other hand, Priority Mail in the US is supposed to take 2 days, may take 3, but suppose it takes a week: everyone in the US should have books by this time next week. More likely, by tomorrow.
Non-US subscribers: all books are out. All of you should get a shipping notice, with only a few exceptions. Priority Mail claims 6 – 10 days to Perth, Australia. I don’t know of anyone further than that, except those of you in New Zealand, maybe. The last went out this morning, so two weeks from today should be the absolute limit.
All subscribers: please check your shipping address. If it needs a correction, please send me a note at AftonHouseBooks@earthlink.net. Put your address on several lines, showing me exactly how your address should look. Please use correct capitalization. There are some peculiarities that I have to deal with: there are about 6 varieties of addressing around the world, and I don’t know them all. (Why don’t they do something useful at the UN, like standardize addressing?) Postal codes go different places. The country name is always by itself on the last line. “The Netherlands” isn’t recognized by my mailing software, but “Netherlands” is. “United Kingdom”, which strikes me a just fine, narks the USPS. They want Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland…
A telephone number is recommended, for delivery issues. Please give me one when you check your address. If you are outside the US, give me the number as it would be dialed from a local number in your country. I’m afraid that I exhibit the “ugly American” syndrome with respect to telephone numbers: I don’t know how to change an internationally dialled long distance number into your local number. I’m sorry.
I have carefully selected the Harmonized shipping code for the books, to be accurate. I hope that for most of you, there is no duty. Remember that although you bought them from a business in the US, they were manufactured in Italy. This may or may not help. Some countries don’t have duty, others do.
A few of you have asked for invoices, I’ll send these out. Bug me if you don’t get one soon.
Please send your next payment, if you have not done so. Otherwise, I may have to sell a kidney. (Just kidding: I’ll sell one of my kid’s kidneys…)
I plan to start a thread on Reviews. Please use it; be gentle; let me know if you don’t wish to be quoted. If there is something that can be improved, let me know. It won’t happen for this printing, but perhaps it will be useful later on.
Last note: if you don’t get your books by next Thursday in the US, or the Thursday after, everywhere else, let me know. I have a sneaky suspicion that one or two of you didn’t give me a shipping address, and so I didn’t send you books. I have two sets unaccounted for, but “reserved”.