We are three days out from the project goal, and 149% funded! Thank you, everyone! We are going to hit the deadline with style. :)
Speaking of style is a good lead-in for me to talk about Dave Bryant of Catspaw DTP, who's typesetting Spots the Space Marine. Dave's been doing layout for my books since Cornwuff Press engaged him to typeset my first short story collection, Alysha's Fall, in 2000. Since then, he's done five more books for me: the two artsy collections, The Aphorisms of Kherishdar and companion volume The Admonishments of Kherishdar; the two books about the Jokka, the novel The Worth of a Shell and the short story collection Clays Beneath the Skies, with foreword by Hugo-Award-winning editor Susan Marie Groppi of Strange Horizons; and the dark science fiction novel Even the Wingless.
I love the elegance of Dave's eye; he inevitably produces volumes of understated taste, to the point where I give him his head on any decision I'm not sure about. By now he's good at guessing what I like, often before I even know! He remembers that I favor roomy margins and good whitespace, has a sense for the kind of embellishments I like, and always has great suggestions for unexpected additions (for instance, he's responsible for the stylized anchor on the right-hand page number, recalling the Marine logo). And he has no problems when I get picky about things I am sure about: when I complained that the dingbat on the footer was too fussy, he promptly sent a selection of new ones for me to examine, and then sent another sample set when I said that the results were too dark, and could he show me a faded version. (He even sent three levels of gray so I could pick which one looked right to me.)
I've always found Dave to be the consummate professional: timely, very knowledgeable and with great attention to detail. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a layout professional. You can have a look at some of the interiors he's done on this page, including three of my own books. I am planning to use him for my next book project in March, too! Why mess with a good thing? :)
Below I've attached what looks to us to be the final draft of the layout for Spots. The book is ready, pending my addition of everyone's names to the back when the project concludes. I'm very excited! I hope you enjoy the previews. :)