2016 Holiday Shipping

Wed 16 Nov 2016 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Updated from last year, here it is again:

This is our annual post about holiday mail dates: like the zombies, they’ll be here slightly faster than expected. As usual, our office will be closed over the holidays, this year that’s from December 24 – January 3, 2016. It is unlikely we will ship over that period. (Weightless is always open.)

Order now, order often!

Here are the last order dates for Small Beer Press — which, in case you’re thinking about waiting until the last minute to order some chocolate Christmas trees are about the same as every other biz in the USA. Dates for international shipping are here.

All orders include free first class (LCRW) or media mail (books) shipping in the USA.

But: Media Mail parcels are the last to go on trucks. If the truck is full, Media Mail does not go out until the next truck. And if that one’s full, too, . . . you get the idea. So, if you’d like to guarantee pre-holiday arrival, please add Priority Mail:

Domestic Mail Class/Product Cut Off Date
First Class Mail Dec-20
Priority Mail Dec-21
Priority Mail Express Dec-23

Order now, order often!

Just like to read a book, don’t care about a ding or two?



2015 Holiday Shipping

Mon 9 Nov 2015 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This is our annual post about holiday mail dates: like the zombies, they’ll be here slightly faster than expected. As usual, our office will be closed over the holidays, this year that’s from December 24 – January 3, 2016. It is unlikely we will ship over that period. (Weightless is always open.)

Order now, order often!

Here are the last order dates for Small Beer Press — which, in case you’re thinking about waiting until the last minute to order some chocolate Christmas trees are about the same as every other biz in the USA. Dates for international shipping are here.

All orders include free first class (LCRW) or media mail (books) shipping in the USA.

But: Media Mail parcels are the last to go on trucks. If the truck is full, Media Mail does not go out until the next truck. And if that one’s full, too, . . . you get the idea. So, if you’d like to guarantee pre-holiday arrival, please add Priority Mail:

Domestic Mail Class/Product Cut Off Date
First Class Mail Dec-20
Priority Mail Dec-20
Priority Mail Express Dec-23

Order now, order often!

 

 



Dizzy

Tue 23 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Rat Girl: A Memoir CoverThis morning brought to you by the sun which refuses to shine. Perhaps it is annoyed about the arrow I shot it down with the other day. I apologized and explained I was worried it would go away forever and we’d end up in a very boring (and short) dystopic future. The sun said it was not down with that and after chatting with the moon it promised to spin things up a bit and add a few minutes back to each day. At this point the whole southern hemisphere of the planet said, “Oi!” and I hid behind some boxes of books until they went away.

This morning also brought to you by the second printing of Sofia Samatar’s A Stranger in Olondria which arrived in the office and in the warehouse this week. At last and yay!

This morning is also brought to you by the Throwing Muses’s Hunkpapa (there are 4 comments on that page [where I think you can listen to the whole album!]: 1 offer to help with response, 1 comment, and 1 demand, which is a tiny look in at how people’s expectations and demands on performers have changed. Expectations: so high! Politeness, where did you go?). Anyway, Hunkpapa which was the only Muses I could find this morning in the office. Luckily I have a cassette player here(!). I think I have it because of the single “Dizzy” and also the year 1989. I’ve been reading Kristin Hersh‘s memoir Rat Girl which is pretty fantastic. It’s a real reminder that a writer (and a book) can have a voice unlike any other. There are sentences in there that read/sound like nothing I’ve read. The call out one-to-three line excerpts from the lyrics to her songs add a refractive perspective to the events. I’m almost done with the book and at that stage where I don’t want to be finished it — this is where series fiction/nonfiction wins! — but there’s no further memoirs, yet, so I’ll just have to stick it back on the shelf and re-read it sometime.

This morning also brought to you by a day where we’ve caught up on shipping again (yay! — just a couple of orders that came in after I left the office yesterday), a day in which we’ve reduced the submissions to a near-manageable 2-foot stack with plans for reducing even that, and the very, very cheery news that there is some solid forward movement on our our John Crowley project. Yay!



Caught up on shipping

Thu 18 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Friday morning update: Caught up again! usps.com says books shipped yesterday are scheduled to arrive Monday so you can still order today and fingers crossed they will arrive Tuesday!

Hey, we still have a couple of days — today and tomorrow — where the post office says that if you order from our site, since we’re upgrading all US book orders to Priority Mail, the books should arrive by December 24th. It’s been pretty great fun in the last week piling up the books and shipping them all out. The post office has been really busy!

Also: don’t miss these signed books:

A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar paperback:

Questionable Practices by Eileen Gunn

(We also did quite a few ebooks!)

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Greer Gilman

Stranger Things Happen (and other books) by Kelly Link

Stranger Things Happen cover - click to view full size

& even some random older books (After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh, Howard Who? by Howard Waldrop, oh I don’t know!) all shipping free Priority (if only I could spell that) free until December 20th



2014 Holiday Shipping

Mon 1 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Here’s our quick annual note that holiday mail dates are coming up fast. Also, our office will be closed from December 24 – January 1, 2015 and, based on previous years, it is unlikely we will ship over that period. (Of course, Weightless is always open.)

Here are the 2014 last order dates for Small Beer Press — which are almost the same as every other biz else in the USA. Dates for international shipping are here.

We ship all books media mail for free in the USA. But: Media Mail parcels are the last to go on trucks. If the truck is full, Media Mail does not go out until the next truck. And if that one’s full, too, . . . you get the idea. So, if you’d like to guarantee pre-holiday arrival, please add on Priority Mail.

Domestic Mail Class/Product Cut Off Date
First Class Mail Dec-20
Priority Mail Dec-20
Priority Mail Express Dec-23

The First Class and Priority Mail International Shipping deadlines are . . . tomorrow! Eek. We can still ship your books if you order today!



Holiday shipping 2013

Thu 5 Dec 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Time for a quick annual reminder that holiday mail dates are coming up fast. Our office will be closed as usual from December 20 – January 1, 2014. (Of course, Weightless is always open.)

Here are the last order dates for Small Beer Press—which are not the same as everyone else, see note about the office being closed above. Dates for international shipping are here.

We ship all books media mail for free in the USA. If you want to guarantee pre-holiday arrival, please add on Priority Mail.

Domestic Mail Class/Product Cut Off Date
First Class Mail Dec-19
Priority Mail Dec-19
Standard Post Dec-14


International shipping

Wed 27 Feb 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Wow. We just caught up with the recent changes in international shipping costs. Basically the price of mailing one book outside the USA is now = Ouch. The cost of mailing 2 books = 4 x Ouch. Anything more than 2 books = Wow, wait, that really hurt!

Man, does this suck. First they got rid of M-Bag shipping and now it costs $23.95 to ship a book priority mail.

We’ll continue to ship books abroad—we’re very happy that readers from all over the world find Small Beer and LCRW—but, Ouch!—we won’t be surprised if you switch to ebooks instead.



2012 Holiday Shipping deadlines

Thu 1 Nov 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Here are the last mailing dates before Christmas/your holiday of choice from the US Post Office.

Media Mail shipping is included in all our prices and Priority Mail can be added.

Remember that all mail slows down at the holidays. Media Mail packages are only included by the post office if and when there is space so they can languish for days during the holidays. If you are ordering after December 1st, 2012, and you would like your books to arrive for Christmas we recommend choosing Priority Mail.

You can also buy Gift Certificates to Small Beer or Weightless.

Holiday Dates for Domestic Mail

Calculated for December 25, 2012.

Domestic Mail Class/Product Dates
First-Class Mail® Service Dec. 20
Priority Mail® Service Dec. 21
Express Mail® Service* Dec. 22
Parcel Post® Service Dec. 14
Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Drop Ship Dec. 19
Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Drop Ship Dec. 21

* Some Express Mail destinations may have extended service commitments.

Holiday Dates for International Mail

Calculated for December 25, 2012.

Destination Priority
Mail® Service
First-Class
Mail
International®
Service
Africa Dec. 3 Dec. 3
Asia / Pacific Rim Dec. 10 Dec. 10
Australia / New Zealand Dec. 10 Dec. 10
Canada Dec. 13 Dec. 10
Caribbean Dec. 13 Dec. 10
Central & South America Dec. 3 Dec. 3
Mexico Dec. 10 Dec. 10
Europe Dec. 13 Dec. 10
Middle East Dec. 13 Dec. 10

Holiday Dates for Military Mail

Calculated for December 25, 2012.

Addressed to First-Class Mail®
Service
Priority Mail® Service
APO/FPO/DPO AE
ZIPs™ 090-092
Dec. 10 Dec. 10
APO/FPO/DPO AE
ZIP 093
Dec. 3 Dec. 3
APO/FPO/DPO AE
ZIPs 094-098
Dec. 10 Dec. 10
APO/FPO/DPO AA
ZIP 340
Dec. 10 Dec. 10
APO/FPO/DPO AP
ZIPs 962-966
Dec. 10 Dec. 10


No more holiday shipping

Fri 16 Dec 2011 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

UPDATED: Please note we will not shipping books from our office until December 30. (Ebooks always available? Mais oui!)

In the meantime, one of our lovely local bookstores, Broadside, has all our books in stock and we very much encourage you to shop there!


The post office reminds us that the end of year celebrations are approaching. The sun is sinking in the northern hemisphere and we must eat, drink, and be merry for if we are bury ourselves deep in winter’s cold the sun may leave and never come back.

So set off some firecrackers, dig up the turnips, unleash the sun captured in the corn, the wine, the spirits, and have at the winter until it cracks wide open and spring comes charging in.

Should your winter fancy turn to books, please note we do not guarantee holiday shipping after these post office-provided dates. (Apart from ebooks.)

USA

Free Media Mail shipping: December 1, 2011

APO/FPO/DPO AE: December 9, 2011

Priority Mail: December 16, 2011

Express Mail: December 16, 2011

Canada

1st class mail: December 1, 2011

Priority Mail: December 11, 2011

Africa

December 1, 2011

Rest of the World

December 9, 2011

Thank you!

UPDATED: Our office will be closed from 4 PM EST on December 16 through to December 29. We will be open December 30 then closed over the new year and open again, fresh-eyed and energetic on Monday January 2, 2012.



Mailing dates for Xmas, etc.

Fri 4 Dec 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Just looked at the last mailing dates before Christmas/your holiday of choice on the post office site. Not entirely sure what some of these mean and I don’t see Media Mail but if you are ordering from us and want it to arrive pre-Dec. 25th here are the dates.

Media Mail (7-10 days, 2 days in Massachusetts) is included in all our prices (except special sales…) and Priority Mail is here.

Domestic Mail Class/Product Cut Off Date
First Class Mail Dec-21
Priority Mail Dec-21
Express Mail* Dec-23
Parcel Post Dec-16
DBMC Drop Ship Dec-19
DDU Drop Ship Dec-23
International Mail**
Express Mail Military APO/FPO**

International Mail

International Mail Addressed To Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG)4*** Express Mail® International (EMS)5* Priority Mail® International (PMI)6*
Africa Dec-18 Dec-12 Dec-4
Asia/Pacific Rim Dec-18 Dec-17 Dec-11
Australia/New Zealand Dec-18 Dec-17 Dec-11
Canada Dec-22 Dec-18 Dec-14
Caribbean Dec-21 Dec-17 Dec-14
Central & South America Dec-21 Dec-12 Dec-4
Mexico Dec-22 Dec-17 Dec-11
Europe Dec-21 Dec-17 Dec-14
Middle East Dec-18 Dec-17 Dec-14