Today the very last of the remaining packages went out (except for the one for the guy who requested I hold his till he returns from holiday, natch). It's a huge relief to finally have them out the door. Shipping them was unexpectedly challenging; apart from a fairly big push on the 14th when some friends lent a hand stuffing envelopes it's just been me and my husband trickling them out the door, largely after the kiddo had gone to sleep for the night. Mad props to my husband, incidentally: would have been impossible without him taking on so much of the work.
And of course mad props to you guys! Thanks again for all your support and patience. It's been great hearing from those of you who've already received your books. I love getting your impressions, and of course if anything's wrong I'd like to straighten it out.
I never set out to make money on this campaign -- just print the books and then, God willing, sell them and make some money that way -- but I didn't expect to be so far in the red, either! I'll need to sell quite a few more books just to break even; this was quite a painful instruction in unforeseen expense. For all my careful budgeting I never saw that $800 from the CBP coming. Worse, an error on my part when I mocked up my packaging (did not account for the hadcover's slipcase, which was not part of the original plan, putting those envelopes over 3/4" and making them ineligible for plain' ol International FCM), coupled with a rate hike in international postage between when I ran the campaign and actually, finally shipped the books jointly cost me an additional $1200. Ouch!
I joked during shipping that I'd need to run a second Kickstarter to pay for the first one. People said maybe I should, and given that a few super generous backers have already independently donated more after the reveal of the $800 bill I've started to consider it. I'm not sure what I'd actually be Kickstarting, though? A print version of the Genevieve filler exclusive to backers? A handful of folks said they wanted one. I don't know; it seems sort of gauche, really, to ask for more.
Meanwhile, if you're happy with your books and want to help me out further at no further expense you can review the book at Amazon (I'm pretty unhappy about how much they've chosen to discount the cover price as I don't know why anyone would buy direct from the NTO store, now, but what can you do). I'd be super grateful. (If you like you can also review the little 24 Hour Comics Day digest, too!)
... and now I need a nap.
All the best,