Below are the two emails I received earlier today from my publisher, first confirming our most up to to date shipping information - sounds like the shipment of books is somewhere mid Atlantic as we speak.
The second attempts to explain the reasonable caution that amazon takes in predicting availability dates - I think they are entirely right to do so - so, with a little luck they have in fact been overly cautious and within two weeks (as I predicted) they will be emailing everyone to say that a definite shipping date is on and the books will arrive in time for Christmas after all.
I do so wish I could share it with you know, but those two chapters on amazon will just have to whet your appetite.
We just heard from the freight forwarder and the shipment is due to to arrive in the harbor on Nov 25, and at Ingram by Nov 29/30. Our December release date looks secure. I don't know why in the world Amazon would send such a notice. The due date on Amazon is 12/28, but we hope the books will be shipping to customers by the 15th. I am going to contact the O'Reilly sales rep for Amazon to see if he can shed some light on this.
I just got off the phone with John (O'Reilly sales rep for Amazon). He said that is supposing the following:
– The due date had slipped at one point from Oct to Dec. Amazon's algorithm notes a loss of confidence.
– With the holiday season coming up, they want to under-promise and then hope to over-deliver.
– Once the book is in stock, they very well may send another email saying "good news, the book is in stock and is on the way".
Basically, what Amazon does is out of our control. I am just happy that the book will ship in December regardless of what Amazon predicts.
This is a pretty lousy explanation, but that's the best we can get.