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The Number of the Diary!

I’ve just got an ISSN number for the Elfin Diary. It’s the same as an ISBN number for books, but for periodicals. The Diary’s ISSN is 1368-9134; the advantage of having one is that shops with digitised cataloguing/ordering systems can easily order the D.
I came across ISSNs by accident while looking for something else; the system is operated by the British Library and I will be sending them a copy each year. In my correspondence with the Library I discovered that Caroline had been doing that since the first edition of the Diary in 1990. Thanks to the over zealous executor of her estate who refused me access to her paperwork and records, I had never known that. They’ve requested that I send them Diaries for 2012 – 2016; I’ll have to start digging around in my cupboards!
If anybody reading this has old Elfin Diaries that they don’t want to keep, please let me know – I can probably take them off your hands. There are gaps in my own collection of Ds, especially the ones published in the 1990s before I met Caroline.

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A Word About Privacy

Data privacy and data protection have been in the news a lot lately and no doubt some of you are worried about how safe your online data is. If you’re an Elfin Diaries customer, I can at least reassure you that your data is safe with me; I’ve spent the last few days installing new security software on the site to keep out hackers and other nasties, and looking at how I store customers’ records. Go to the Privacy Policy page for full details.

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Happy Birthday Caroline

Caroline Heaney in the 1980s
Caroline Heaney in the 1980s
Today would have been Caroline Heaney’s 70th birthday. I wish she was still around now, if only to give me her usual forthright and cuttingly honest opinion on how I’ve managed her precious Elfin Diary in the six years she’s been gone.

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Just a quick note…..

….. to let you all know that I’m dealing with your ordes as fast as I can – I’m very aware that many of my Ds are destined to be Chrissie presents.
This is a pic of the present state of my office. It’s normally a lot tidier, but I’m so busy…!
Anyhoo, I’m down to the last 50 or so orders and I hope to get them all out tomorrow.
There will be postal strikes next week, but as the strikers are all Crown Post Office employees, and posties and sorting office staff are still working, I’m not expecting them to interfere much with the Diary deliveries. However, I’ll still try to post out as many as I can before the end of the week.

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November Newsletter

Hallo Elfin Diary people!
First of all, some news about the Diary. I’m afraid it will be late again. My plan was to to finish and proof it this last weekend, chuck it at the printer today and have it ready for posting off at the end of next week.
Hah! Thursday, I was shifting some furniture and my back went. Slipped disc apparently. Anyway, it’s blooming painful and I’ve been flat out in bed ever since, unable to get to my computer. I’m writing this on a little tablet thingy by the way; I’ll be getting a laptop ASAP so if this happens again I can at least carry on working.
Work on the D was further delayed earlier this year by my having cataracts; one has aready been fixed very successfully, and the other will be done by Christma. My sight is already improved.
(I’m not fishing for sympathy with all this, just letting you know what’s going on.)
If my back improvement continues, I should have the D at the printers next week; I’ll pay them for a fast turnaround and with any luck they’ll be in the post mid-November.

I think you’ll agree with me that 2016 has been a pretty strange year so far. Have a good Samhain, if you celebrate it; and let’s all try to make 2017 a better year in whatever way we can.

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More News

Last year’s softback diary was pretty awful quality, I have to admit; it’s one of the rasons I’m using a new printing company this year. They’ve just sent me some samples and I’m impressed with the quality of their paper, binding and card. The softback, at least, will be much better this year. Happily, their prices are also cheaper – which means that I can reduce the softback price back to £9.99!
I’m still looking at finishes for the hardback D, but i don’t expect to have to put any price increase on that. The same goes for the Desk Diary, btw.

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August News

Hi folks!
I’m now organising the 2017 Diary, and making some changes. I’ll still be selling Elfin T-shirts, but I’m adding a range of non-Elfin Ts. A couple of examples are posted here. There are several more designs to come, including a set of Zodiac signs. I may even be selling Elfin mugs as well!
Oh, I’ve not forgotten the Diaries – they should be ready sometime in October. It will be a bout three weeks or so until i get an idea of prices; when that happens, you will be able to pre-order them here. So stay tuned…. Better still get on my mailing list (see right).