Just a quick update, and then I’ll be out, because lots of work. =) If you want to see progress photos, check out the Instagram account @bellwen. It’s much easier and faster for me to just snap some pics of what I’m doing while I’m doing it, peck out a caption, and boom, post.
As of this writing, we have about 500 decks left, give or take.
We also removed the “Standard Package” and “Premium Package” distinction. Now the only option is the deck + Book of Maps e-book (formerly the “Premium Package”). Shipping costs have also gone up.
We are not even halfway through packing and shipping out the pre-orders, let alone the orders that flooded in after the actual decks arrived and photos of it started surfacing on social media. Thank you to all you wonderful friends who shared flip-throughs, photos, and first impressions of the SKT Revelation!
Some interesting trivia about packing and shipping out your decks: We can prepare for shipping about 100 U.S. packages in one day, but we can only prepare for shipping about 17 packages outbound for Australia, or international orders in general. That’s right. In the amount of time it takes us to fulfill 100 domestic orders, we can fulfill only about 20 international ones. That is just how much extra work it takes to fulfill international orders.
So if Wednesday was “packing international orders day,” then that means we only fulfilled about 17 to 20 pre-orders. On U.S. days, we can ship out 100. But then some days day job work takes over and we can only complete about 50. So I hope that gives you a sense of the scope of this undertaking.
Omigods I cannot unsee that. ARGH.
You know what’s so aggravating though? The first “final” file I submitted to the manufacturer for the box design was just fine.
Check this out, even a subsequent submitted file was just fine.
Hey look– fourth version sent also fine.
We were having production design proofing issues, however. For some reason the same exact template for the packaging design I used for SKT 1 and SKT 2 was not working now. And it was evident to James and I that the factory incurred some sort of major in-house design or production process change, but wasn’t telling us about it. They couldn’t get our proofs to align correct, so I had to keep doing the image file over and over… and over again.
And it wore me out so much that by the time I got to the final iteration of it, there you see the problem– the very last proofs I submitted, there was an issue with the gemstone inside the “O.” That’s because when I approved those proofs, I was too busy looking at the alignment issue, since that was the problem we kept having.
Anyway now you know the back story for the misaligned gemstone in the “O.”
I also made some minor changes or switch-arounds with the scheduling for the SKT orientation video series. A video is still scheduled to go up around midnight my time zone every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, though the series is almost done. =) I might add more if you want to throw out any ideas for what else you want to see me make a video on that’s SKT related. =)