Wednesday, 18 October 2017
We did it! We really did it! Together we made this book a reality, raised enough pre-orders to send the book to print, and because of your support it's going to exist. Like really exist, in physical form, and every one of you helped us get there. We made it!
So. Now what?
That's a good question. Here's what happens next:
All the gears of publication start churning. Now that the book has been successfully funded, a bunch of people get to work doing a lot of different things.
Jeff and I are working on finalizing the stories and illustrations, the page design and layout, the story count (did we say 150 small fictions? Well, I bet we can squeeze in a few more than that.) Then that will go to the copy editors and editors, and lots of things happen that I'm only partially aware of involving margins and typesetting and binding and paper weights and on and on. Also, I think at the moment a lot of things are happening in meeting rooms where people are probably talking about demographics and market saturation. Sales strategies are being developed and distribution is being finagled. Convention scheduling and market research and all kinds of things. All of that is going on, or will be going on soon. You know, publishing stuff.
It's all very exciting and I'm glad that there are professionals handling it instead of me.
I also know that at some point, we'll be shipped a lot of things to sign and draw on and write dedications in, and we'll sign and draw until our hands are raw, and then send them back so that they can eventually make their way to you.
In the meantime, I know that you have a couple of deeply burning questions. Here's my best attempt to answer them.
Q: "OK great, sounds good. Very nice. So when am I getting my book, actually."
A: I don't know. Not with any degree of accuracy, anyway, because an official release date isn't set yet. What I do know is that the goal is currently to release the retail version of the book sometime in early fall of next year, in order to launch on the swelling wave of the holiday season and become wildly successful. So: Fall 2018(ish?)
Q: "Oh my god, that's a year from now. Why? Are you transcribing them all by hand? Please give me a book."
A: I would love to do that, but it seems that publishing a book is a lengthy and time consuming process with a lot of moving parts. For example, I'm told that in order to release the book next fall, Unbound needs to begin selling the book to retailers in January. Why to retailers need 9 months of runway? Maybe it takes that long to plan their shelf space layout for the year. I don't know. But that's the book business.
Q: "I guess that makes sense. But hey, I'll get my pre-order copy shipped to me sometime before the full retail release, right?"
A: That's also an excellent question, and I don't know the answer to that either. But I assume so. I'll try to find out.
Q: "Thank you, that's very helpful. If you don't know much of anything why are you sending an update?"
A: To share what vague information I have so far, but also just to assure you that the ball is rolling, the book is in the book gestation process, and that more and better answers are coming! Unbound sends out official supporter updates at each phase of the process to keep you informed on how the book is coming along, and I'll also share updates whenever I find anything interesting out.
This may be a long process, but it will be worth it! It means that the final product, when it comes, will be the best it can be. And after all the work we did together to get here, why should we do anything less?