Well hello everyone— we've made it to 2013.
Once again, in the collective process of trying to make our first book, we've been surprised by how long things can take. We really want to get the book out to all our backers and to the world…but we also want it to be as good as it can, and it turns out (no one told us)(okay, some people told us) that layout takes at least a month, and editing involves meeting once a week to discuss changes (which we've been doing) and gathering images means we have to keep track of WHO POTENTIALLY OWNS THEM which the internet is pretty bad at keeping track of... so even though we thought the book would be “DONE!” when we were done writing, it turns out we still have work to do.
Right now we have 14 confirmed chapters, including contributions both short and long from seven wonderful outside contributors—including the new addition of our big-brother-in-memes: Jamie Wilkinson. Jamie, internet scientist and online video mastermind, has graciously agreed to write our preface. Both he and we are crazy excited about this.
As for our production schedule: primary writing has wrapped on all the chapters, and we've done a first editing pass (using commas right is hard, who knew?) on all the material. What remains is the double-check pass, verifying citations, collecting images, making sure we don't repeat or contradict ourselves in various chapters. Basically starting this week we're taking the steps to turn a pile of writing into an actual book form.
The end of this process will produce two things: manuscript versions of the chapters in the hands of our typesetter AND manuscript versions of the chapters in the hands of some our backers! People expecting early digital access to content, then, should expect to see stuff in Feb.
Thanks again, everyone, for sticking it out.
In related news, we now have memefactory.tumblr.com! (thanks BG!)
And with that, we return to making a book,