Sorry it’s been a bit quiet here after my visit to the printers, but I had an excellent excuse: I was very busy shipping your books!
Jane Austen’s England arrived on my doorstep (literally!) last Wednesday morning and my (long-suffering) partner Maurice and me started packaging them right away. For two days our living room looked like a warehouse and smelled like a printing company.
Bringing them to the post office
On Thursday evening we were able to bring the orders for our Dutch backers to the post office, and on Friday morning we drove to Germany to have the rest franked at the post office in Mönchengladbach and sent out.
Most Dutch and German backers will have received their book(s) by now, and I understand that some backers in other EU countries have also had their copy in their mailbox.
For our backers outside the EU: your book is on its way, but it will take about 10 working days or so (and longer if customs want to have a look inside) to arrive.
Who is Gerd Gemmeker?
If you are wondering why you receive the book from someone named Gerd Gemmeker and not from me: to be able to send it from Germany (which is a lot cheaper than sending it from The Netherlands; that way we could keep the shipping costs low), I needed a return address in Germany. Gerd is the father-in-law of one of my oldest friends, Annemieke (whom I’ve known since nursery school/kindergarten), and he kindly let me use his address for this purpose.
So this is it for now. I hope you will enjoy Jane Austen’s England as much as I did writing it. Once again I want to thank each and every one of you for your support, patience and faith in this project.
A special thank you to my publisher Anaïsa who went along with this crazy idea of mine to start a crowdfunding campaign; to desk editor Anne and production manager Agatha; and of course to the excellent Karen Holt, who did such a great job in translating the book from Dutch to English. And a special mention to poor Maurice, who had to deal with all the ‘backstage’ stress of running this campaign and joined in whenever he could.
End of the line?
As I said before, I do hope that this is not the end of the line for Jane Austen’s England. I hope that we will find a publisher in an English-speaking country to take it over from here. If you like the book, and know of a publisher who might be interested, please let me know.
If you have any questions, remarks, or want to share your selfie with Jane Austen’s England with me (I’d love those!), you can send a message through Kickstarter, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find me on my personal Facebook-account.
All the best,