have just returned from 26 days in the USA around the Washington DC area. A great place for aviation enthusiasts with the NASM museums. Also paid a visit to Kittyhawk which is a must for those involved in aviation all their adult lives!!. The book ..... Following the launch with two advance copies at Ohakea on 31 August, a few minor errors were found and the print run was fortunately able to be frozen until corrections were forwarded. Advice from the publisher yesterday is that he expects the bulk of the print run to be in New Zealand by the end of this month.
Starting to get the feeling that there is a significant problem with this books production. No response from publisher and haven't heard back from Paul. Website still says published in Dec 2015. I ordered and paid for this book when it was announced back in Nov last year. Apart from a receipt from the publisher, the only information regarding the status of the book has come from the author and nothing from the publisher. Very disappointed.
Greetings all, Like all of you I'm frustrated by the continuing delays in getting SEEK AND DESTROY into the country and distributed to those who have already paid, and to the eager readers awaiting its appearance on the bookshelves. In summary the production delay history is as follows: 1. In February 2016 the publisher forwarded the ready to print copy to a printer in Taiwan (best price for production). After not replying to repeated emails/phone calls, the publisher made the decision to take the printing to a firm in Singapore. 2. Two advance copies were delivered in time for the launch at Ohakea on 31 August. However, it was found that in the index section all those whose surnames beginning with "A" were not included. Despite efforts by the publisher and the author to replicate in the publishing software how this happened the fault could not be repeated. This resulted in a complete manual rebuild of the index section, plus some other minor errors were corrected at the time, thanks to the eagled eyed personnel who sighted the two advance copies. 3. The revised book was submitted back to the printers in Singapore, but as the print run is only a small one compared with their other business, the print run was placed at the back of the queue!!! 4. Current expectations (5 December) is that copies should all going well and with repeated communication with the printers be in New Zealand before Christmas. Trust this assists to explain the joys of book publishing!!
Thanks for the update Paul. With a wife who is a self published author, I am well aware of the joys of book publishing and printing - in our case one book was reprinted three times, due to moisture in the paper and incorrect cover bias! I will sit back and wait for my xmas present to arrive!
spoke with Bob Anderson the publisher today and while the books have been printed, delivery to NZ cannot be accomplished before Christmas (clearing customs etc). He has made the decision to have the books delivered 2nd week of January, which with time for customs clearance should see them delivered for distribution 3rd week of January 2017. This has been a drawn out exercise for me, having celebrated four birthdays since I was originally approached to write the 608 pages!!!!
A quick update on the situation with SEEK AND DESTROY. The publisher was planning to have the books in New Zealand early January 2017. However, he has been seriously ill and is currently in Wellington Hospital, undergoing the beginning of a 36 week course of treatment, which may delay the inevitable. Consequently as he is a "one-man-band" his business has been temporarily put on hold. A number of us are looking at how we get the books from the printer (there is still some money owed on the printing) and then shipped to NZ. Again as the publisher is the sole distributor of the book, arrangements will need to be put in place to distribute to those who have ordered, (access to the publishers computer will be needed to obtain lists and payments so far) and then distribution will have to be arranged. Then marketing and distribution to appropriate retailers will have to be negotiated. For me as author I share in your huge disappointment on how long this saga has been. However, it is my intention to get the book to NZ and distributed/sold as soon as practical.
Sorry to hear that Paul. Would Bob/his family be agreeable to letting Willson Scott Publishing (who did the Skyhawk book and who Bob was working for then) take it over I wonder and/or assist with marketing and distribution? Do you know if Des Underwood and Bob Moore are aware of the situation for their book on Jimmy Ward which had also been placed with JDP?
Don, the family situation with Bob is a little delicate at this stage (one reason why he now resides at Waikanae) However, if we can get the books to NZ then a look at how the distribution of the unallocated copies will be addressed. One difficulty Bob found was that having a distributor take on that task, resulted in almost no income for him! Des has been informed of the current situation.
A further update on SEEK AND DESTROY. In the past week with Bob in hospital, several of us have been researching his files on the status of the book. What has been discovered is that the only two copies of the book that have been printed to date were the two required for the book launch at Ohakea on 31 August 2016. Despite assurances from Bob since then no further print run has occurred. The current situation is that a meeting is to be held in the near future with air force representatives, myself, Bob, and another person who has been tasked with looking at all of Bob's current book production to resolve and finally get our book printed. Will keep the forum advised on progress. We have a full electronic copy of the book, so printing could be achieved quite quickly, once funding is found and distribution of the print run can be organised.