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Woes of an international writer

I love my country. I do. But there are occasions when I wish I lived on the other side of the border.

Like when I'm glaring into my mailbox wondering why the heck my ARCs that were mailed a week ago are taking so darn long to get here.

I suspect customs officers are getting to view them before I do. :P

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tezmilleroz
Mar. 14th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
It could be worse, dear Canadian friend. You could live in Australia, and it'd take even longer for your stuff to get here ;-)
megancrewe
Mar. 14th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
This is true! Though in your case there is the excuse of the ocean. In my case my agent who lives about three times as far from NYC as I do got her copies on Monday. Silly borders! ;)
britlitfantwin
Mar. 14th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Hmm ... you could send the customs officers an autographed postcard with the cover of your book on it and an underlined address of where they can buy it. ;)

Thanks for friending me back, by the way! Nice to meet another Canadian on LJ.
megancrewe
Mar. 14th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
LOL, if I knew which customs officers handled the package, I just might!

And I don't think I even realized you're Canadian! Whereabouts are you?
britlitfantwin
Mar. 15th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
Victoria, BC. You're in Toronto area, right? The majority of my family, minus my mum, lives in Ontario. I desperately miss the distinct seasons!
megancrewe
Mar. 15th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Yep, Toronto. I have to say, summer's nice, but I wouldn't mind a little less winter. ;)
akabins
Mar. 14th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
I hate that, too. I've been waiting for a necklace I ordered from etsy for two months now. Every check of the mailbox in vain :(
megancrewe
Mar. 14th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yikes, two months! At that point I'd start wondering if they actually sent it (or sent it when they said they did). I've rarely had anything take longer than a couple weeks. Have you contacted the seller?
erinbow
Mar. 14th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
The really, really fun part is when they then decide you owe them money because they had to go to all the trouble of inspecting your package.
megancrewe
Mar. 14th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am very fond of that part. :P
lotuseyes
Mar. 14th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Well the bright side might be that the custom officer might have a book blog and posts a wonderfully positive review for the book?
megancrewe
Mar. 14th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
Heh, yes, I suppose that would make it worth it. But somehow I suspect it is unlikely. ;)
robinellen
Mar. 14th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Just today I got something from the USPS -- a baggie with a torn brown paper covering inside...apparently, one of the book packages I sent (to UT, for crying out loud -- right next door, practically) was destroyed en route...this on top of hearing that others have taken around 2 or 3 weeks to arrive. Sadly, the USPS isn't much better :(
megancrewe
Mar. 14th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Thankfully I've rarely had anything get truly damaged or lost in the mail.

I'm not sure what method my editor used to send the ARCs... Might have been USPS, actually, though usually it's been UPS. Whenever I've gotten stuff (revision notes, copyedits) in the past they always got here in a few days, but maybe this is a bigger package and those take longer.
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