Monday, May 3, 2010

The Books are coming, the Books are coming

Two things first:
My apologies for not keeping up with the blog - I am not a habitual blogger yet, but will work on it. Also, my boss had me focus on another project for a couple of weeks, leaving limited time for VE.
Thank you all for your words of appreciation and encouragement!

Now for the important news -
We had some delays relating to how long I thought it would take to get all of the official permission forms on file with both our editors and our printer. There was a week delay because the "Rasin" colored ribbons that serve as the page markers for this lovely collection were out of stock with the printer's supplier. We did not want to use a similar color since this is a limited edition collector's set. I also wasn't sure how "similar" the color would turn out to be. The ribbons did come in and shipping was completed by the printer Thursday April 29th. This means that while relying on various postal services the books should be in your hands this week!!! Hip-hip hurray!!!

As to the current status of the remaining volumes.
At different time we have posted the inclusion or not of a volume called Heinlein Century. We are still debating on the on or off status of this volume. I will let you know as to whether this remains a separate volume or whether we incorporate the material into the other volumes (specifically the Letters volumes and the Non-fictions). The current leaning is to take to pieces and incorporated them rather than try and pull enough pieces, with duplication, to have enough material for a 47th volume.

Creating a Genre is getting its last edits added to the text.
I am currently in process or reading through/editing The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, which makes for a confusing edit since Loonies don't use standard American (or British) grammar. This volume also introduced me to Simon Jester :).
I also am in possession of New Worlds to Conquer and Glory Road.
- I am getting married in about 3 weeks and so will definitely be out of touch for about two weeks. However, while I am home I will be trying to complete The Moon and at least one of the others.

We are having some organizational complications with the Screenplay, Letter, and Non-fiction volumes. As you might imagine these are the most difficult to set up in a pleasant, readable fashion. We, Bill, Nancy, Andrew, and myself, are working to tie up all loose ends and get these volumes, a significant portion of the remainder, ready to be proofread as soon as all issues are resolved.

Some of you queried about a contact address for VE issues - the link on the VE website for contact should forward emails to me, but for a more direct address use:
leahmccarrick @ virginiaedition dot com

Once again thank you for following along :)


Sprea said...

I got mine yesterday! In Italy... that was fast!

Keep up the good work!

Cartophilus said...

Mine came Monday 3rd (in Australia) so very fast shipping indeed.
Good luck with the remaining books - obviously a very compliacted endeavor - and with so few sets subscribed for - more a labour of love than a sensible business call.

Regards, jeff

Trys said...

My books arrived today May 5. Many thanks

Jack said...

Still waiting. I am in Washington state in the USA. Hopefully they'll come tomorrow. Jack

cliff said...

My books arrived on 5/6, but they were unfortunately not up to the standards of the early books. The last five volumes (26 through 31) were poorly bound, with dents and binding imperfections in the upper left-hand corner of the front and the upper right-hand corner of the spine. These aren't shipping problems, either; they're entirely binding flaws that Transcontinental-O'Keefe let pass through. Glad to get 'em, but certainly wish they had been up to the quality of the other volumes.

Trys said...

Upon closer inspection I see what Cliff is describing and the problem exists on the lower left hand corner as well. It's as though the binder wasn't set to the proper height and what ever part of the binder 'creases' the cover to create the 'fold groove' didn't extend clear to the edges of the books. (Please note I don't know the technical terms for what I expressed above in single quotes.)

That said, I, like Cliff, am happy to have the volumes as I have never been really confident that I would ever receive them.

Jack said...

Hi all,

My books did arrive on Friday. I see what Cliff is referring to and in a set of this quality it would be nice if each book were unblemished, but I shared Trys's perspective that I might never get them (the road to publishing the VE has been long) and I am satisfied with the quality. It would be good if feedback were given to the printer that we would like the future books to be similar in quality to the initial printings.

On a different note---congratulations on your wedding Leah!