We have set up a new storefront for Schlock books, and have successfully run a grand total of two transactions through it. Before we can open pre-orders for Schlock Mercenary: The Blackness Between we need to run several more transactions through it -- not just to test the basic store functionality and merchant account stuff (we know that works), but to test and refine processes on our end. You know, taking the receipts handed to us by the store and turning out shipping labels. So... here's the deal. For a limited time (call it "from now until sometime Monday") we will be selling signed copies of Schlock Mercenary: Under New Management (the FIRST book, not the new one) for just $10 + shipping. We would love for you to help us test the store by buying a book (or two!). Maybe you could even apply some of your savings towards a more expensive shipping method, in order to further help us. Assuming things go well, pre-orders for Schlock Mercenary: The Blackness Between will open on Tuesday, October 10th. Sketch editions will be pre-orderable as well, from 10am Eastern Time on the 10th until 10am Eastern Time on the 11th. If things DON'T go well with our testing, we'll postpone pre-orders for a week or so while we iron out the wrinkles, straighten the kinks, flatten the speed-bumps, and un-hitch the hitches. Watch this space for details. If you have any problems with the ordering process, or otherwise want to report on how things went, good or bad, please email Sandra directly. Her email address is sandra (dot) tayler at gmail (dot) com.