Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Excuse me while I vent . . .

Last month I hopped on over to a great new resource for Christian fiction writers: Christian Fiction Online Magazine.

After perusing the site, I entered my name in the book giveaway contest and . . . I won. The prize: Two autographed books by Robert Liparulo. Mr. Liparulo is a talented author and I was happy to not only win autographed books by an author I admire, but, also the fact that I won the inaugural Christian Fiction Online Magazine contest.

Well, yesterday I received my prize. An empty box with a postal note saying: received without contents. So, I called the post office, knowing it was an exercise in futility, and they said there is nothing they can do about it. That is how it arrived in their office.

Thus the problem with media mail. Although it's never happened to me before, it seems that at any point on its journey, a media mail package can be looted and simply forwarded empty to the recipient who has no recourse.

Of course, I hate to accuse anyone of stealing. I'm sure most postal employees are honorable hard-working people. And, it's quite possible something else happened. The books could have fallen out of the taped box, remained unnoticed, and swept away with the refuse.

But then again, someone other than me is probably the proud new owner of two autographed books. Maybe I'll check e-bay.


Momstheword said...

That's horrible! Perhaps it wasn't put in the box to begin with. Did you get anywhere with the people who sent it to you?

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Actually, that never occurred to me. I would have to say that I'm 100% sure that I wasn't shipped an empty box. It's too light without anything in it.

Kay Day said...

That's too bad.

I can't believe people. But maybe they will find God in those books.

BTW, I met him at a book signing. He's a very nice guy.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Wow, Kay, you met the guy who stole my books.

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

XDPaul said...

You crack me up Dayle, but I'm sorry to hear of the disappointing package.

I hope that at the very least you punched your innocent mailman in the nose and then went to the post office and ran around with a chainsaw while demanding your Christian books.

That's what I would have done. I know. My evangelism needs a little work.

Winter said...

Doing book reviews, I worry one day a package is going to show up empty. I live close to Chicago, and let's just say, not everyone is on the up and up there.

Course, if you're going to steal a Christian book, let's hope you read it and the message comes across load and clear.

Nicole said...

I'm emailing Robert.

Robert Liparulo said...

Hey, Dayle . . . Saw your post last night. What a drag. Got replacement books on their way to you. Went out this afternoon. Sorry you experienced that. Enjoy the books, and thanks for your support.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Sorry I took so long to respond, everyone. I live an hour west of New Oreans-near the coast, so we've been preparing for the Hurricane. The local authorities say they may call for a mandatory evacuation tomorrow.

Thanks for sending the replacements, Robert. And thanks for stopping by. I do feel bad since it wasn't your fault and you shouldn't have to absorb the cost, so I truly appreciate it.

XD, I'm gonna send you some pamphlets.

On a related note, I have always thought the post office stereotype was unfair. They handle an enormous amount of material and I've never really had a problem before. So I mean no disrepect to the organization.

And for those of you who haven't read Mr. Liparulo's books yet, what are you waiting for? I promise you, you'll enjoy them.

Kay Day said...

Are you moving out? Or staying put?