Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems (or "Where are my copies?")

First, I want to thank everyone involved with this HUGE project! Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's project as Kansas Poet Laureate wasn't an easy one, and I'm glad she selected Woodley to offer this manuscript too. The web presence is awesome, but also, as a reader, there is nothing like a book in hand for the visceral experience of poetry.

Also, Kevin Rabas, for leading the book on to publication. Thanks, friend!

Leah Sewell and Matthew Porubsky volunteered their mad skills for designwork. You should hire them to design your book!

Mike Graves for proofreading with Kevin.

Stephen Locke for the amazing artwork on the cover.

Finally, to the contributors! Thanks!

Check out the readings coming up!

Here are answers to your questions:

Q: Where are my books?
A: They are on the way.

Q: When did you mail the books?
A: When we received them last Friday, I mailed them on that day, Halloween, and November 2. I have to use the Washburn Woodley account for mailing through Washburn's mail room, who applies the postage and places the packages in "going out" pile.
Q: Why hasn't my check been cashed?
A: After I receive the checks, I send them to our Treasurer in Kansas City. I waited to send them, making sure I had copies in hand or on order. They should be presented soon.

Q: Why did A get their copies first?
A: For larger orders, I ordered them to be sent directly from the printers to the purchasers. For smaller orders, we are sending them Media Mail. It takes longer, but is logistically the cheapest, most effective way we can operate.

Q: Will there be books sold at the readings?
A: I'm not sure about the other readings, but I will personally sell them at the Manhattan and Topeka readings, including the discount to contributors.

Q: Have you received my order yet?
A: I'm guessing I have, as all of the people who have emailed me are getting their copies soon. As you can guess, I've had almost fifty orders. I'm sure I will sell more at the readings.

Thank you for your patience and order!

This is one of the many stacks of shipments that have left the office.

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