I’ve now just wrapped up the last of the current stock of hardback Ds, and have about 6 softbacks left. But I had already ordered reprints of both before Christmas – they should be here next week sometime. So you can still order a Diary; just be prepared for a wait.
I still have plenty of Desk Diaries, and of course unlimited supplies of the PDF Diary.
It seems that the flood danger is over for now. However, there is still considerable disruption to services in Dumfries & Galloway, so I won’t be posting out anything until tomorrow (Saturday). The postal services may or may not be working then – they weren’t working last Saturday – and Monday will be a holiday here in Scotland, so they won’t be working then.
Sorry if you’re waiting for a Diary to arrive, but I can’t change the weather, or holidays!
I won’t be able to deal with any orders for a few days, perhaps not until next week. The storms have affected our area quite badly, we are in a flood danger zone and more rain is forecast. There is no postal service.
This morning the river alongside our property briefly burst its banks and the water got up to our doorstep before going down. Most roads are closed and I’m concentrating on making my home flood-safe (half the garden is currently under water, despite the drop in water levels).
So thanks for your patience and have a good New Year!
The softback Ds arrived last night (yes, a Saturday night), so today I’m busy packing up Ds ready for posting tomorrow. Hopefully, the desk Diaries will be here tomorrow. There’s hundreds of orders, with only me & Hubby to deal with them, so some of them inevitably won’t arrive before Chrimbo. Sorry about that folks; this year, it couldn’t be helped. But I’ll be more organised next year. I’m even thinking about doing the wall calender again!
Anyway, I’m dealing with the earliest orders first, and the ones I know are meant as Chrimbo prezzies. The people who haven’t paid for their Ds within a month after ordering will be left until the very last – when there are unlikely to be any Ds left anyway!
Well, the hardback Ds, at least – I’m still waiting for the softbacks and the desk diaries. I’ve actually sold out of hardbacks and softbacks and have got more on order. The print-on-demand service I’m using is good – although the initial printing is taking over three weeks, any reprints are apparently done in a day (or so the man says!) It’s more expensive than my previous printers, but so much faster!
I’m busy wrapping up and posting Ds, but I’ve finally found time to tweak the website. I’ve found a new woprdpress theme that looks great with only a few adjustments; I’m forced to admit that it’s much nicer-looking than the design that I created myself. I’ll start posting more Diary pictures as well, as soon as the other Ds arrive. I got the Diary PDFs to the printer so late that wasn’t time for them to send me a hardcopy proof. They’re slightly different to the old Ds – the softback D will have a full-colour cover, and the hardback D is a proper bound book. It looks very smart.
Hallo all Efin Diary peeps!
Well, it’s been a bit of a year here at Elfin HQ. I’ve had to say goodbye to my printer at rather short notice (I’m not going into the reasons) and the financial situation has been dire. My chronic health problems haven’t been helping either. But I’m still here and I’m determined to bring out the Elfin Diary once again.
It’s going to be late again, I’m afraid – I anticipate I’ll have the first copies ready at the end of October. Unfortunately, as the one good thing about my old printer was that he was cheap, I’m going to have to raise the prices of the Ds. The new prices are: hardback £17.99; softback £11.99; desk diary £16.99.
You can pre-order them from the website now. There will be a PDF version at the usual £5.99; but that isn’t ready yet.
There will be incense – I’m waiting on a shipment of Fern & Moss. The price is the same and again, no postage will be charged for incense alone. There will also be T-shirts – I’m awaiting the arrival of those as well. The postage on the Ds and the Ts will be the same as last year – £1.50 per order.
Now, is there any good news to report? Most of the trees I planted in the garden this year and last year are still growing! That’s several fruit trees, two oak trees, a beech tree, a weeping willow and a cherry. Seeing that lot – and the other trees I intend to plant next year – grow into a woodland will certainly be an incentive to stick around for as long as possible!
Honestly, I’ve found that planting a tree is extremely therapeutic and positive (and yes, I do go out and talk to them as well). So if you have some garden space, why not plant a tree yourself? The Woodland Trust will be happy to advise you on all aspects of trees and tree care; under some some circumstances they’ll even pay part of the cost of planting a small woodland. Go to woodlandtrust.org.uk, write to them at The Woodland Trust, Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6LL or ring them on 0330 333 3300.
But that’s all for now peeps. Here’s hoping that all’s well with you and yours,
Well Diary peeps, I have to apologise – the D is going to be late again. I hope to have the first Ds for sale around the end of October. The bad news is that the price will have to go up – I’ll explain the reasons in the next newsletter. The D covers will also be a bit different – only the hardback and the desk diary will have the usual foil-block covers; the softback D will have a coloured laminated cover.
You can pre-order your Diary – I’ll have the website shop sorted in a day or two and will start sending out order forms for those customers who prefer to order by post. (If you want a paper order form, let me know your address via the contact form and I’ll add you to the post-only list.)
Sorry about this, but its been a difficult year here at Elfin HQ – I even thought for a while that I wouldn’t be able to keep the Elfin Diary going any longer.
Anyway, enough of the whinging – the D is going to be published!
For a couple of years, I produced a PDF version of the Elfin Diary. This was basically the version that got sent to the printer, with hyperlinks to useful/interesting websites added. I thought people would like this – an Elfin Diary they could install and read on their electronic devices! It was cheaper than the dead-tree versions as well. But sales were very disappointing; maybe a dozen in the first year, half that in the second year. (The third year, when I’d not bothered to put a PDF version on sale, I got a request for it from a visually impaired customer; I sent her a copy – I’ll do the same for anybody with visual problems, so don’t hesitate to contact me.)
I regularly got requests for a Kindle version, but at that time it was simply not technically possible to convert the very complex layout of the Diary into anything other than PDF. However, this year, I’ve been taking another look at e-book publishing, discovering that things have moved on in the last few years. It appears that the Diary can be converted into .epub and .mobi versions without losing readability.
It’s still quite a complicated process and will mean changing the layout of the D – but only for the electronic versions. The printed version will remain unchanged – people seem to like it that way. Though if you don’t, and you think it could be better, I’ll certainly consider your suggestions. You’re the customer after all.
I may give up on supplying Elfin Diaries to shops. Every year I have problems getting payment out of one or two; that’s easily dealt with – I just don’t supply them again unless they pay up.
With the economy bad for almost everyone at the moment, I don’t nag traders for payment. People get plenty of time to pay up, without nagging. But this time, it’s been such a hassle! With some, I’ve been waiting over five months and never had any reply to my emails.
Publishing and selling Elfin Diaries was never meant to make me a fortune, just a living and no more. I enjoy putting it together and marketing it – what I don’t enjoy is getting people to pay up. In a good financial year, I can carry a bit of unpaid debt; but this isn’t a good year. Elfin Diaries, as a business, will start going down the plughole if I can’t get what I’m owed.
Which is why I’m seriously thinking of sticking to retail business and selling straight to customers. It’s so much easier!
Yes, another occasional newsletter from that slightly strange lady who publishes the Elfin Diary.
First things first – if you don’t want to get any more of these fascinating communications, then just say so! I shall immediately remove you from my mailing list and you’ll never hear from me again. You can do this by writing to the address below – I’ll even refund your postage, to make it really easy – or by emailing me at the email address, also below.
If you’re still reading (and not rushing off to tell me never to darken your letterbox again), I have what might be good news for you. I’ve noticed that you haven’t bought a 2015 Diary yet. Of course, there could be any number of reasons for that – you’ve forgotten about it, the dog/toddler/budgie chewed up the order form I sent back in October, somebody gave you an Elfin Diary for Christmas; or possibly, things have been tight for you, as it is for nearly everybody, and you decided to forgo buying my Diary.
Whatever the reason, I’m reducing the price of everything by 20%! You can either use the order form overleaf or order online (website address below) – where you can pay by Paypal, credit card or debit card.
If you’re ordering from the website, when you get to the checkout page use the coupon code newyeardiscount to have the price of your order discounted by 20%. There is no minimum order amount and you can use the coupon code as many times as you want from now until the end of February. Your friends can use the discount code to buy a Diary from the website as well – they don’t have to be previous customers.
Well, that’s about it. I hope you had a good holiday and that all is well with you and yours. If not, my thoughts are with you.