September 26, 2012

New shipping charges, schedule changes, website updates...

Shipping costs go up every so often.  I don't suppose it is any secret that the shipping charges I set up in The Poet's Haven Boutique were less than what it actually costs to package and ship the books.  I based the rates on postal costs of two years ago, figuring it would help more books move.  Me then deciding to mark down books that we have larger quantities of on top of the too-low shipping charges... well, it wasn't my brightest idea.  So, unfortunately, I've now had to adjust the shipping costs in the online store.  HOWEVER, I've also implemented something to actually reduce your shipping charge on larger orders.  Read on...

For orders in the USA, the first item's shipping will be $2.00.  Each additional item will add another $1.00.  This will max out at $10.00.  I repeat, the MAXIMUM SHIPPING CHARGE will be $10.

For orders from Canada, the first item's shipping will be $2.50.  Each additional item will add another $1.25.  This will max out at $13.00.  Again, the MAXIMUM (CANADIAN) SHIPPING CHARGE is $13.00.  (That's US dollars, by the way.)

Larger orders may be shipped via UPS instead of via the post office.

That said, I am making an attempt to produce more titles in the "pocket size" format (such as the Lake Effect Poetry 2012 Team Anthology and Michael Bernstein's "8s").  The advantage of publishing a book this size is that it can be mailed with a normal postage stamp.  This means I will be able to make FREE SHIPPING offers on these books.  All upcoming Poet's Haven Digest anthologies will be published in this format.  Several upcoming Author Series chapbooks are also being produced pocket-sized.  (This might not apply to October's release of Jen Pezzo's "Imaginary Conversations," as the book will be 72 pages and may weigh more than a first-class stamp can cover.  I'll find out as soon as I have a completed proof copy in my hands.)

I have also reached a decision about next year's publishing schedule.  Actually, I'm largely scrapping HAVING a schedule all together.  I have decided to copy something my friend John Burroughs does at Crisis Chronicles Press.  Instead of having a release schedule, I am just going to keep a queue of upcoming titles.  This will allow me flexibility in releasing books, sometimes releasing several books in rapid succession, sometimes having a break between releases when a project requires more time to complete or I need to devote time to another Poet's Haven project (cough, podcasts, cough cough).  Release dates will be announced when a title is ready to be printed, announcements will be kept vague until that point.  I am hoping that this flexibility will allow me to release no less than 18 books next year.  (Poet's Haven will have released 8 titles this year, 6 Author Series chapbooks, the Lake Effect anthology, and the upcoming Vending Machine release.  A Digest release may also be added to this year's total.)

Earlier tonight, I caught up with the online submission queue, adding two new short stories and 25 new poems to the galleries.  :-)

I'm hoping you'll be seeing some changes to the gallery's programming in the very near future.  There's a number of issues I've been trying to get my brain around for a few years now that have proven to be beyond my meager programming skills, so I finally broke down and reached out for some professional programming help. Hopefully, this'll lead to getting version 3.0 done once and for all.  The changes will be rolled out over time, though, with each new or improved function being rolled out when it is ready.  Also, hopefully, this will mean that the site never has to experience any down-time during the roll outs.  Stay tuned...

September 21, 2012

Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show

The Poet's Haven will be sharing a table at the Avant-Garde East-Side Art & Craft Show this Sunday in Solon.  Becki Cooper (the show organizer) just posted this interview with me on the show's blog.  :-)

September 17, 2012

Behind the times in posting blogs...

With so many thing happening and going on here at all times, I find I always forget to post things here on the blog.  Sure, I'll post a quick announcement on Facebook, but I never remember to actually write up a full release and post it here.  So, this one will have to cover quite a bit of news. :-)

We are now accepting submissions for this year's "VENDING MACHINE: Poetry for Change" anthology.  The Vending Machine release/food-drive event will be held on November 17th at Karma Cafe in Canton.

November 17th also marks the 5th anniversary of the first Saturday Night With The Poet's Haven event.  Since that first show was held to mark the website's 10th anniversary, you know what that means...

This coming Halloween will mark the 15th anniversary of The Poet's Haven!!!

What better way to mark Poet's Haven's anniversary than with the long-awaited publication of Jen Pezzo's first chapbook, "Imaginary Conversations."  This will be the eleventh title in The Poet's Haven Author Series, and beautiful art from Tim Buck will grace the front cover.  Jen has been a regular contributor to The Poet's Haven since the early days and even helped edit our 2000 "Poet's Haven Digest" magazine, so it pleases me to no end that her book will be released just in time for the anniversary.  :-)

I also had the honor of publishing Carla Thompson's "Anywhere Else But Here" last month.  I'm still hearing rave reviews for Carla's awesome performance of "Bullet Proof" in Lake Effect Poetry's first National Poetry Slam bout, and that is just one of the brilliant pieces inside this book.

Our next Stardust Poetry show at Karma Cafe (September 25th) will feature Kara Johnston.  Kara is a Kent State graduate who recently had her second chapbook published by NightBallet Press.

The next Canton's First Friday Poetry Spectacular (October 5) will feature J.G. The Jugganaut from Columbus.  November 2nd's First Friday Poetry will feature Mary Turzillo, whose "Lovers & Killers" was recently published by Dark Regions Press.

This coming Sunday, September 23rd, The Poet's Haven will be sharing a table with Writing Knights Press at the Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show in Solon.  This show will be at the Terry Macklin Entertainment & Event Centre, from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM.  We are hoping to get tables at more of the Avant-Garde shows, as well as other art shows, as they provide us the opportunity to showcase our publications to a new customer base.

That's all I can remember to post at the moment.  Hopefully, I'll remember to get the other upcoming show announcements posted here once all the features are confirmed. :-)  Catch you later!  --VX