As I mentioned in the previous post, there was a problem with one of the orders we received yesterday. The 'Code Name: Hunter' Prologues were delivered, and at first they looked great! Nice colors, covers all lined up, crisp printing... all was right with the world.
The interior pages looked wonderful as well. Again, click on the images for a closer look.
So, what's wrong you ask? Well, we started to notice that the margins were badly off halfway through the book. To prevent the pages from getting too close to the spine fold, we add a little extra space to the innermost sides of the pages. This way, when the book is bound, the pages are easy to read without needing to crack the spine. But, we realized that somewhere along the way the margins got flipped. A closer look told us why. Our odd pages, which are normally on the right-hand side of the book (recto) were now on the left hand side (verso).
An even closer look told us why. Three pages didn't make it into the book! And not three pages next to each other. Three random pages throughout the book!
A check of the file we sent to the printer showed that yes, all the pages were in the file and in the proper order. Which means, the misprint isn't our fault, it's the printers. This is a good thing, because it means the printer is responsible for making things right. And, in our experience, they've always stood by their work before. So, I'm confident they'll cover it. Unfortunately, we're down to the wire. There's only a few weeks left before Anthrocon when these books were due to debut.
We've contacted the printer and are waiting to hear back from them. Unfortunately, with it being a holiday weekend here in the States, we may not receive a reply until Tuesday. I'll keep everyone posted on what's happening but at the moment, it looks like the Prologues will not be available at Anthrocon.
Things like this do happen occasionally. It's all part of taking your work to print. Still, I apologize for the inconvenience. We'll get this sorted out, and the books available, as soon as possible.
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