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Signed Books - International Edition

Ever since the Jean Cocteau Cinema began offering autographed books from our author events for sale via mailorder, we have been getting queries from readers in Europe, South America, Asia, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand about placing orders. We haven't been able to fulfill those requests, alas. Up till now, books were only available within the US.

The problem is shipping. There is, unfortunately, no simple, easy, and inexpensive way to ship books (or anything else, alas) outside the US. Not any more. Once upon a time, a shipper could choose between air mail (fast but expensive) and sea mail (slow but cheap). Then sea mail got abolished. After that, for a time, there was a thing called an M-bag (slow but cheap). That got abolished too. Within the US, there is Media Mail, formerly known as Book Rate, which saves a lot of money... but Media Mail does not work beyond the borders of the US. Internationally, there is only air mail... oh, and the various express services, like DHL and FedEx. So effectively the shipping options for our friends overseas are limited to Expensive and Very Expensive and Very Very Very Expensive (for overnight).



I've had my JCC staff working on this problem for many months, trying to find a solution. Sadly, there does not seem to be one. Yet even so, the queries still come in. So we've decided to bite the bullet -- for a short time, at least, as an experiment -- and offer the signed books from the JCC bookstore for sale to everyone around the world. We'll see how much demand there is, and how much time order fulfillment requires from my already overworked staff.



But please take note. The process is complicated and onerous, and shipping costs will be high. In many cases, depending on what you're ordering, shipping will be more than the actual cost of the books themselves. ALSO, please note, there could be additional charges on your end. We have no control over taxes, tariffs, customs costs, and import duties. Every nation has its own rules. Once the shipment leaves the Jean Cocteau, it's out of our hand... so if your customs people stop the package and ask for fees, there's nothing we can do about it.

((All these problems are among the reasons why we have not been taking international orders up until now. Too many complications, too many complaints)).

So... if I haven't discouraged all of you sufficiently, here's the complex and expensive procedure for placing orders from outside the USA:

1. Guest selects item(s) from the JCC website. http://www.jeancocteaubooks.com/

2. Guest has to email: jeancocteausantafe@gmail.com. The email should contain the following: item(s), and destination.



3. JCC will review the order and weigh the item(s)

4. JCC will enter destination, weight, value, dimensions of shipping box on USPS website to get the shipping cost. Unless instructed to use FedEx of DHL or other more expensive method, we will always look for the cheapest method.



5. JCC will email the guest with the total cost of the order (books, shipping, handling).

6. If the guest agrees, JCC will invoice him/ her via PayPal. PayPal is the ONLY payment method we can accept for international orders, sorry.



7. Guest pays invoice.

8. Books are shipped.



All of the books pictured above are available, along with many more. Visit the Jean Cocteau website for the full list. Stocks are limited, however. We do sell out.

ALL the books sold by the JCC are signed by the author and/or editor. Some of the anthologies and Wild Cards books have multiple autographs, though we cannot guarantee that. However, we cannot offer personalizations or inscriptions. Just signatures.

At the moment, we are only offering English-language editions... but if this system does not prove too costly for the readers, or too burdersome for my staff, we may be able to offer limited amounts of foreign language editions and translations in the future. Watch this blog for announcements to that effect from my minions. (And if you are looking for one of my books in a specific language, feel free to write the JCC at the email above and request it. We may have some).



We know this system if far from ideal, and for that we apologize... but we wanted to do something to show that we do value all the readers around the world who have written us, and would like to do our best to serve them.

Happy reading.

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cashcraig
Jun. 20th, 2016 05:40 pm (UTC)
Okay, I gave it a shot from Canada. Apparently up here we've had customs issues with JCC before? I guess I'll find out.
Steve Woods
Jun. 21st, 2016 11:26 am (UTC)
Mr Martin.

Just out of interest, when you say "expensive", how much are we actually talking?

I'm clutching at straws here but I have a hard back copy of GoT and when I saw that you do signed books from the JCC...well I wondered if I could send my book to you, get it signed, and sent back? Paid for by myself of course.

Would this be a possibility?
grrm
Jun. 21st, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
The price depends on the weight. Obviously, a monster like the hardcover STORM OF SWORDS or the WHEEL OF TIME COMPANION costs a lot more to ship than a mass market paperback.

Sorry, I can no longer sign books mailed to me. I did that for decades, and it was great, but four/five years ago the volume of requests just got to be too much.

Bring your book to one of my public appearances, and I will gladly scrawl in it there. They're all list on my website.
Steve Woods
Jun. 21st, 2016 10:41 pm (UTC)
Understood. I look forward to perhaps meeting you one day, but in case that doesnt happen if I could take this opportunity to thank you for this amazing story you have given me and the rest of your fans. Never before has a fictional realm felt so real to me. While I wouldnt dream of visiting Westeros, I almost feel like I could. :)
MrWalker1000
Jun. 25th, 2016 03:13 am (UTC)
you gotta be one of those hipsters taht knew about you before you became popular, it's hopeless now.

Gotta look for new and upcoming obscure writers so I can get cool hipster points. hahah. Does joe amberombrie count?
grrm
Jun. 25th, 2016 04:06 am (UTC)
No, too late for Joe Abercrombie. He's very hip, but he's also very popular now. ;)
MrWalker1000
Jun. 25th, 2016 08:58 pm (UTC)
hahah indeed. I gotta get to half a king. You like blade itself?

Okay, I know who. John marco for thr Tyrants and king trilogy. He was for a while under appreciated and probably still is right now.

yeah, if you know any underrated writers let me know through pm hehe you'l get hip points from me.
It must be weird to be just a normal person then all of the sudden become a celebrity and have people talk to you everywhere you go.

It reminds me of underground musicians. I went to an indie show not too long ago to watch one of the most underrated bands and walked and talked to the lead singer like a normal person. You can't do that with celebrities because you're just a number to them in a sea of fans. Look at the game of thrones cast and how talented they are, they were a bunch of unheard ones before. Point is: there are lots of talented people you don't know about.

Edited at 2016-06-26 04:43 am (UTC)
Alex Roderer
Jun. 21st, 2016 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks
You really are a great dude and one of the best there is. Out of all the celerbities and famous people i look up to you the most because you seem the most human.

I also never would of read lord of light without you!! That sorta started my scifi reading binge.

Thanks for everything you do!!
nathaniel west
Jun. 21st, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
Hi George
How do I send you a letter? I would like to express my gratitude and sentiments regarding ASOIAF the old way. Although I'm sure you get thousands of pieces of mail, just hoping mine might make it to the top.
Eduardo Rafael
Jun. 21st, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of Joe Hill, it is clear from where he left his talent. Her father teaches him very well, Stephen is a king, a god maybe.
olliethehound
Jun. 22nd, 2016 01:13 am (UTC)
Hey George, I know it must sound strange coming from a pup like me, but you rock dude. Thanks for your hard work and I adore your novels. I've reread ASOIAF four times over now, still doesn't get old for me. But seriously, take a load off my friend. Enjoy yourself and drink a beer, attend feasts and have fun. I'm along for the ride here, and your story is one heck of a ride. The speculation and fun debates with my fellow fans are part of the ride, so by all means don't try to get Winds out this year just due to any pressure. We'll still be around 10 years from now to enjoy the book if that's how long it takes. Some people just like to complain, but they don't really know what they're talking about.
Like you need to hear that from a little guy like me, heh. Peace and love, your Grace.
Gabriel Dos Santos Birkhann
Jun. 22nd, 2016 03:05 pm (UTC)
OMG CongratS
Congratulations for all! Hugs from Brazil!

Gabriel Birkhann


Gabriel Dos Santos Birkhann
Jun. 22nd, 2016 03:09 pm (UTC)
translation BR
We look forward to a translation of these works. :)
Anoop G
Jun. 23rd, 2016 01:27 pm (UTC)
ASOIAF
Cheers.. ordered ASOIAF signed version ... thanks for this option
Jimmy Grienay
Jun. 24th, 2016 03:20 pm (UTC)
So happy !
Thank you very much for this initiative !
I live in France and I've just confirmed my invoice to your Jean Cocteau's great staff.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you !
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