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Worldbuilders and a T-shirt Update

  • Worldbuilders

Well, Worldbuilders is finished for another year. Or rather, it’s finished for you guys. We here at home base still have a lot of finishing up to do. We’ve got to organize spreadsheets, do some number juggling, contact a handful of winners, and do a whole lot of packaging.

We’ll be doing the official worldbuilders re-cap in just a couple days. But here’s the short version: We are awesome.

The slightly longer version is that we’re awesome because we raised well over a quarter million dollars this year. (Over 285,000 dollars.)  Way better than my best expectations.

  • T-shirts

The main reason for this blog is to let folks know what’s going on with the t-shirts. Both Valerie and I have been getting e-mails about that lately.

For example, last week I got an e-mail from someone who said their shirt took months to arrive.

I responded that I was rather surprised at this, as the shirts had only gone on sale three weeks ago.

I know a lot of you are excited about the shirts, but please keep in mind the true time frame of events here. We started voting on shirts on November 9th. We got all four of them up in the store on Nov 22nd and put in our order with the printer a few days later, after making sure people were actually going to buy them.

Then, ever since the shirts came back from the printers on Dec 10th, we’ve been doing our best to get as many of them shipped out as quickly as possible.

Since the 10th, we’ve shipped out about 600 packages.

As a frame of reference, that’s more packages than we shipped out for all Worldbuilders in 2008:

Plus all the packages shipped out for Worldbuilders 2009:

It is, to put it plainly, a fuckton of packages. And that’s just the t-shirts. It doesn’t even count all the books and posters we’ve been selling out of the store either.

Everything said, we really didn’t know what we were getting into when we decided to do t-shirts this year. Not only did people order WAY more  than we expected. But the whole process has ended up taking a lot more time than we’d anticipated. Do you know how long it takes to fold 1500 t-shirts? And that’s nothing compared to how long it takes to prepare the envelopes and package them.

Then comes the post office. You know how long it takes to go through the line in the post office with 200 packages? Some of them going to England, Spain, Germany, Sweden?

Suffice to say you do not want to get stuck behind us in line.

  • The Complications

Because this was our first time doing t-shirts, we have had a few complications arise. Apparently, the original graphic we had for the Kingkiller design wasn’t high-quality enough to make a good-looking shirt.

The good news is that the lovely folks as Poseur Ink helped us catch the problem *before* we printed several hundred crap shirts. But the bad news is that it took us a while to contact the original designer and get that straightened out. That means the printing on that shirt got delayed.

After some deliberation, we decided to ship out the orders with everything *except* the Kingkiller shirts. That means if you ordered two Eolian shirts and one Kingkiller, we shipped you the two Eolian shirts by themselves (with a little explanatory note inside). Later on we’ll ship you the Kingkiller shirt at our own expense.

Also, it took us a while to track down some bigger sized t-shirts. I thought it would be easy, but it wasn’t. That means if you ordered anything bigger than an XXL, your order will take a little longer to fill. We’ve finally gotten them ordered, it will just take a little time.

I’m sorry for the delays. The truth is, we got in a little over our heads with the t-shirts this year and that means some of the packages are going to be getting to you more slowly than I’d like.

It wouldn’t have been so bad if all we were doing this last month was t-shirts. But figuring out all of the mechanics of it in the middle of the fundraiser was hard. Coping with all of the shipping and graphics while launching the store, running the fundraiser and finishing final edits on book two… well… it was just too much for me.

I’m sorry. I expected to sell a couple hundred t-shirts, not more than a thousand. I wasn’t ready for it, and because of that, some of your orders won’t be getting out as quickly as I’d like.

For the next 10 days or so, you shouldn’t expect orders through the store to go out quickly. My lovely assistant Valerie is taking a well-earned vacation, and my equally lovely but somewhat newer assistant will be heading out to spend Christmas with her family soon. (I haven’t asked her yet if it’s okay to put her name in the blog, so for now I think I’ll refer to her as… Pepper Pots. Or maybe Navi.)

Anyway, my point is that Valerie and Pepper are off having lives right now, which has made me realize that I should probably get back to my life, too. I need to spend some time with Sarah and Oot. I’ve been neglecting them in the last month’s rush, and I need to make up for that.

And I *really* need to start my Christmas shopping. You know how many presents I’ve bought so far? One. Just one. I wonder how everyone in my family would feel if they got t-shirts this year? If nothing else, I’ve gotten pretty good at wrapping them…

Wish me luck…


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