Convention Countdown—Day 16

Over the weekend, we moved a bunch of stuff around in the warehouse to make room for new products. We got three shipments last week and expect two more this week and next. That was very hot, grueling work because when it’s 100 degrees outside, it’s about twice that in the warehouse!

I almost forgot to send in the list of name badges for the convention. Got those in at the last minute.

There was a problem with one of our new products. They all have to be unwrapped, an insert placed inside the box, and then re-shrink wrapped. Have to print the insert in time to have them ready for the convention. Printer won’t get back to me with a bid on a rush job.

Another book that was supposed to be done for the convention probably won’t be. It’s stalled out in typesetting. Someone didn’t know what they were doing and messed stuff up. Don’t know if I can fix it in time—and the author is flying in from out of state to do a signing.

Somehow I have to find the words to tell an author that I’m bumping his release date for another book. There is just no easy way to do that. But based on interest level of buyers, between now and the end of this year, I realistically could expect to sell 500 to 1,000 copies of his book; and about 6,000 copies of the other one. I only have time to get one of them ready in time for the convention. He is not going to be a happy camper. The fact that I can release his book by October 1 isn’t much consolation because he was all excited to have it at the convention. I just hope he doesn’t send someone to break my kneecaps.