The books have now been received from the printer.
The initial request for interest in the book was in order to try to get a fix on how many to order from the printer. Based on interest received by the time the final edit of the book went to print, I accepted their advice on the number to run. As I am personally totally funding this endeavor, you can understand that I wouldn’t want to have a large stock of unsold books for a long time. Also, with the rather large size of the book (3 volumes) and subsequent retail price of $140, there was a great deal of concern as to potential demand. As a result, I am also temporarily subsidizing the cost of the books until the end of the book launch so that the set of three volumes may be had for $95 rather than the retail price of $140.
To my pleasant surprise, there has been a large request for the book, and in order to guarantee a copy for pickup at the launch, people have been paying for their books in advance. Consequently, I cannot guarantee availability at the launch unless payment is received in advance. It will be first come, first served, and a list has been kept from the beginning of orders paid as they are received. As of November 7, requests have been received for 60% of the print run, and one-quarter of the total run has already been paid in advance. This is with 3 weeks still remaining until the launch.
For your information, at such time as 85% of the books in print are sold an order will be placed for a reprint. I have been told that reprinting would take about 3 weeks, so would still be available for pickup before Christmas. Meanwhile, the discounted price of $95.00 will only be guaranteed for orders paid on or before the November 28 book launch.
If interested in guaranteeing a copy for pickup at the launch, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org for details on where to send a cheque. For copies to be mailed outside the province, packing and postage charges will be applied. For the amount, please send your complete address, including postal or zip code, via email. Every effort will be made to mail out as soon after receiving payment as possible.
Just to confirm launch details, the PEI Genealogical Society is hosting it at 2:00pm on Saturday November 28 at the Carriage House, Beaconsfield, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown.
Please pass this information on to others who might have an interest in the book. If you have any questions, please email me.