So when a book arrives from Friesens, the great majority of the boxes - usually 10-12 boxes - are immediately shuttled to our basement storage space.
(Don't even get me started on Friesens' SUPERdolly...)
But we always bring 2-3 boxes to the office immediately.
These are mostly destined for promotional purposes. Review copies to various media as well as academic journals and desk/exam copies to profs who might wind up using them in their classes.
But we always crack open a box and have a quick congratulatory look-see.
It's the first chance we have, as a staff, to see the culmination of all the steps in the editorial and printing process.
We usually wind up standing in a circle in the main office, muttering about details like the spine, the back cover, how the paper looks.
The look-see for what I persist in calling 'the Foote book' took longer than usual. We had to call Esyllt W. Jones, the book's author so that she could have a look, and several other UMP authors and SJC faculty happened to drop by just after the book arrived.
In a word: fun!
UMP Promotions/Editorial Assistant
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From top right: Managing Editor Glenn Bergen, Sales and Marketing Supervisor Cheryl Miki, author Esyllt W. Jones; author Jim Blanchard (giving me the stink eye), and the hand of former Parks Canada historian (and now SJC fellow) Robert Coutts.