The last week or so has been pretty much nothing but packaging boxes and catching up on the enormous number of backorders that had built up. I was caught up to orders made on August 3rd, but had a bunch more to go to catch up to August 18th, which is where I am now. So that’s pretty much all orders made in the last year for GET LAMP. (There’s about 10-12 orders that still need some fixing up today, but that’s all that’s left of them). This translated to something like 300 packages, international and domestic, of GET LAMP.
If this isn’t success, I don’t know what is. Functioning as your own distributor (and tour booking agent) may not work for everyone, but it sure as heck works for me. Over 1700 copies of this movie have gone out the door, with a bunch more waiting on a Monday shipment of more collector coins before also going out the door.
At some point, the rumor started that the collector coins are only for pre-orders – not true. Lower numbered coins are only for pre-orders, obviously, because they ordered first. But every sold copy goes out with a coin. I had to order further coins because I was struck with such a wave of orders, even my calling my friends at Monterey Coins as soon as I could afford the next batch has meant this 2-3 day gap. (They’ve worked really hard to get the batch to me as fast as possible, too, so bully for them.)
To keep perspective here, GET LAMP has sold more copies since it went up for sale in December (so 9 months, roughly) than my previous film, BBS, sold in two years. Wow!
I’m seeing lots of happy folks in twitter feeds, on weblogs, in message bases, and in e-mail to me. That’s a great feeling.
Back to the labelmaker!