This is a terrible blog post but it’s one I have to write.
Fonda Lee was going to stop by The Signed Page tomorrow to sign books as planned. I ordered copies of Jade City, Jade War, and Jade Legacy back in October, and they were slated to arrive by November 30th so I would have enough time to get the books checked for damages, flapped to the title page, and ready for Fonda’s visit.
Last week, I received copies of Jade War. That’s it. When I reached out to my Orbit rep about all of this, they notified me that my initial order had been canceled because they ran out of stock of Jade City and Jade Legacy. Even though this was for an author event. Even though I had already pre-sold the books. And even though they had already said I was to be given copies. In over 20 years of running The Signed Page, I’ve never had a publisher confirm an order for copies of a book and then allocate no copies. It leaves me in a weird spot.
Fonda has done her best job to try and secure the copies we need. She’s been great. But ultimately, we were unsuccessful through our various book channels to get the books we need.
Here is what’s going on: Orbit is already producing a 2nd printing of Jade Legacy. They are supposed to be in the Orbit warehouses December 16th. I’ll probably get copies about a week later. Orbit is also producing a new printing of Jade City, to be shipped to the Orbit warehouses January 10th.
As you can see, this delays things considerably, as I will get together with Fonda in January once all three titles are in stock at The Signed Page.
This is all horrible. Some of you don’t like 2nd printings. Some of you will want to find a copy of Jade Legacy now if you can. Here are your options:
- I can cancel and refund your order. No problem. No worries. Easy to do.
- I can cancel part of your order if there’s a book you want still.
- I can keep your order on file and Fonda will sign books in January and that’s when I’ll ship.
If you’d like to cancel or refund your order, write me an email at contact [@] signedpage [dot] com and let me know by Thursday, December 9th. I’ll be letting the publisher know quantities I need on Friday. Otherwise, I’ll hold onto your order until January when Fonda will sign.
Thank you for your understanding. I truly appreciate it. I know Fonda feels the same way.