We promised when we launched our new website to keep our readers informed about the printing process for Blue Ribbon. We'll do that as best we can.
The book has been uploaded to our printer, CJK in Cincinnati. CJK has a new online system that allows our editor and publisher, Chris Dortch, to check the book and approve it for printing, replacing the former, time-consuming process of overnighting proofs back and forth. Chris approved the book mid afternoon on Sept. 20.
We are still hopeful of receiving books by Oct. 15, and then we'll mobilize an army to get them out the door immediately. We'll try to keep you posted when we get a firm date from the printer. Remember that Blue Ribbon is a giant book (400 pages, 650,000-plus words) and it takes time to produce, but CJK does an outstanding job and will work as fast as is humanly possible.
The digital version will be available next week. If you've pre-ordered a copy, you'll receive an email with a link to download the book. The digital version requires some preparation because the table of contents/index is linked so the user can tap on a team or conference and be taken right to it.
We'll post other updates about Blue Ribbon's progress as warranted, but if you want to inquire about your book, the best way is email firstname.lastname@example.org. This time of year, our phone lines get tied up at peak hours, so you'll actually get a quicker response via email. We've got a customer service rep watching email on a regular basis.