Shipping party, Canada Post strike, workarounds & conventions in Edmonton/Vancouver
8 months ago
– Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 11:36:47 PM
My fellow Canadians have probably heard about the possibility of a Canada Post mail strike starting September 26. I've been keeping an eye on the news as the final packing plans come together and trying to come up with contingencies, and I've been holding off on mailing out parcels because in the event the strike goes through, any mail in the system will be stuck there until the strike resolves--this can be a special nightmare for international packages.
The good news is that I've found workarounds for 95% of my packages, so the vast majority of you will be unaffected if the strike goes through.
The bad news is that I'm going to be delaying shipping until next week so I can know exactly what we're dealing with. Especially for Canadian parcels, some of these workarounds will be slower and less reliable than standard Canada Post mail-outs, and also end up costing more.
ALSO, if you'd like to instead pick up your rewards at either Edmonton Entertainment Expo (Booth 122) or Word on the Street Vancouver (Comics & Chapbooks Exhibitor Area) this weekend, you will have the opportunity to do so. I will have books and the Read Fast T-shirts available in Edmonton, and upcoming October guest-of-the-month author James Stevenson will have books in Vancouver. Just send me a message and I'll put items aside for you.
If you backed from any address outside of Canada, you are 100% fine! I have found alternate mail carriers for all parcels, and I am going to try to pay out of pocket for tracking numbers wherever it's financially feasible for me to do so. I will probably stick with this plan even if Canada Post doesn't strike, just to keep things simple.
If you backed from within Canada and you are receiving more than a single book (e.g., a book + a T-shirt, a book + Half-Cat, a book + a canvas), I have a back-up plan. If the strike goes through, I'll be sending by Ascendia Tracked Packet, which will be slower than Canada Post would have been, but it bypasses the strike entirely. I think this is going to cost me a little bit more, but it will get books in your hands faster than waiting on negotiations. If the strike is called off, I will send by Canada Post, which will be faster and more reliable.
If you backed from within Canada and you are just receiving a single book (or a book and eventually monthly postcards), I am going to see how many of your packages I can get into the mail tomorrow before I fly out for Edmonton Comic Expo. If you live in a remote area there is a chance that your book may not reach you before the strike. I'll speak to postal staff about this and if things look dicey, I will hold your parcel back and try to send by Ascendia Tracked Parcel if the strike goes through.
If you backed for a "Postcards From the Future" subscription, the strike could affect the mail-outs going out in early October. I am going to try to mail out the US and international postcards through cross-border shipping via USPS to bypass the strike entirely. For the Canadian postcards, a prolonged strike may delay the arrival of your first postcard into later October.
Let's hope the strike doesn't happen and I just spent a week worrying unnecessarily (fingers crossed, blood-luck rituals at the ready!), but if it does, these contingency plans should minimize the effects on shipping out.
Also, the first "Postcards From the Future" arrived today and they came out beautiful! They're printed on this gorgeous recycled matte card stock, and I'm so excited to send them out in early October.
Also, to make up for any potential delays, here's tomorrow's story a little early for you!
Thanks, and apologies if I'm slow to respond to questions for the next couple days. I'm going to spend the 16 hours before I leave for my flight madly stuffing envelopes!