Udon Entertainment are one of a number of publishers who have a history of playing fast and loose with schedules for their books. Citing a mixture of translation issues, artistic delays, approval processes, customs issues, technical issues and attention to detail. But they've decided to do something about it and are instigating the following procedures. Some of them… you might have presumed they'd already be doing. But there you go.
We have come to the decision that we should hold off soliciting books until they're ready to print. This means that when a book shows up in the Diamond catalog, it will be finished production, approved, and at the printers.
We're not going to announce things until production has already begun. This means there will be a much shorter wait between project announcements and when our books are on store shelves. Not TOO short of course, we still want you guys super-excited for what we're working on…!
We're going to keep a list of our solicited projects on our website, up to date. It can sometimes take weeks or months for our release date changes to make their way across all of our distribution partners. We're going to make the UDON Blog the most accurate source for upcoming release dates.
We're going to take a few months off soliciting books to catch up. All of these plans are going into effect starting this summer, and as of right now we're going to take a few months off of soliciting projects until we're caught up on our current slate. There are still going to be UDON books hitting stores everywhere regularly for the next six months, but those will be our already announced projects… and if you do see new projects announced for July or August, you can be sure that we're ready to publish them.
This won't completely eliminate lateness—as I mentioned there are still shipping problems, customs problems, and who-knows-what-else that we haven't considered yet. But we feel it's the best way to get you the books that you love, and to make sure you all stay UDON fans.
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