Buttons owes the membership an update on the delayed April issue of The Wastsonian.
For reasons that need not detain us here, the April journal, which we had targeted to mail on May 6th was further delayed and will now mail May 16th. It will be mailed First Class postage and receipt in your mail boxes should begin by May 20th; international receipts should begin by May 27th.
The journal is 172 pages (and a big, wonderful issue) and we have shifted to a new mailing system. The first journal was mailed from our former printer in a bubble bag and the postage and handling charged was almost as much as the cost of the journal itself. We have changed to a new printer and mailing system which is: Buttons will drive 100 miles to Tampa, Florida to our new printer and pick up the journals. He will then drive back home to Ocala, put them in less costly poly-wrap bags, address them with labels, and take them to the post office and mail them using stamps. Yes, it is a bit “old school” but it saves the Society a lot of money.
The upshot: With a new printer now, a new mailing routine, and adjustments to the editing, software system and mailing routine, the next journal (October) will likely be on time. As always, the lion’s share of the creative work belongs to our great authors and contributors and our talented Editor, Dr Joanne Yates, whose design and layout make our journal one of the best in all of the Sherlockian–and definitely in the Watsonian–worlds.
Sorry for the delays on this issue. . . always learning and adjusting here . . . “We can but try . . . “