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A gorgeous, complex coloring book... for grown-ups! The intricate pen and ink artwork of Ellen Million. Color at your own risk.
A gorgeous, complex coloring book... for grown-ups! The intricate pen and ink artwork of Ellen Million. Color at your own risk.
A gorgeous, complex coloring book... for grown-ups! The intricate pen and ink artwork of Ellen Million. Color at your own risk.
150 backers pledged $4,735 to help bring this project to life.

Coloring book madness! Checking in on my favorite backers.

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It's been almost two years since this Kickstarter successfully closed - and in the meantime, coloring books for (so-called) grown-ups have been in the news a lot! It's fun to see it taking off. 

As you may have been aware, I ran a follow-up Kickstarter for an entire line of collaborative coloring books, and it went very well! You can find those books, as well as Fantastrix and Dotminatrix, for sale now, at my site. (And my apologies if you're getting two very similar emails from me today because you were a backer of both projects!)

I have opened up submissions for a new round of coloring books! If you are an artist, or know of one, check out the details and the new themes here. It will probably be next year before I run another Kickstarter to put those in print. Getting artists organized can be a lengthy process and I want to make sure you get amazing books.  

In the meantime, I am working to get word out about our existing titles. I am making contact with retailers, and have designed and printed a promotional postcard to hand out:  

 If you have a nearby shop that you think my coloring books would work well in, let me know their address and I will drop them a card. Metaphysical shops, little bookstores, giftshops - anything a little out of the ordinary that is conducive to fantasy. Maybe there's a store that carries belly dance clothing that might carry Scheherazade's Shimmy, or a zombie apocalypse survival station that would suit Brain Celebration? Many of these physical stores don't have strong web presences, so it's tough to find them if I don't have an exact name to search!

If you're attending a convention or event and would like some cards to hand out, I'm also happy to send you some!  

And of course, some of the best promotion comes through Amazon (how we both love and hate the Goliath...). If you haven't, please take a moment to review the coloring books you've received. Even if you only got the PDF version, you can talk about how awesome the artwork was. Even mediocre reviews help, if you weren't entirely satisfied.  

I also have a question - do you think that having a preview of all the pages in a coloring book is important? I generally show about 4 pages in the previews I made (though some coloring books winged by their stretch goals so quickly I didn't make ANY!), but I'm wondering if I should make a preview thumbnail that shows all pages. Or maybe just 8 or 10, but still save a few as surprises? I'd love to hear your thoughts.  

I want to close with a thank you. It's been some time since the Kickstarter ended, but I haven't forgotten how awesome you guys are, and I know it's because of you that I can sell these amazing coloring books.  

You will always have my gratitude.  

Be well,  

Ellen  

Ellen Million Graphics

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    1. Ellen Million 5-time creator on May 2, 2015

      I will definitely start working on an option to show more - if not all! - the designs in thumbnail form - you guys have great points! Thank you!

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      Odyssey Mom on April 23, 2015

      Because these books will be narrower subjects, you might not need to include all 20 in the preview. You should, however, reflect the difficulty range.

    3. Jazzy Bear Brown on April 22, 2015

      I would really like to see more than less of the pages, with as much variety in both subject matter and easiest to most difficult pages. I was on the border for some and opted NOT to get. Seeing more may have shown me a page that would catch my eye and even one great page that was interesting would make me purchase.