Adventures in Publication
Its been just over 7 weeks since my last update, and I wanted to get you all up to date in regards to the printing issues we had for Project:Paradigm as well as to give you an update.
When we first sent the book to print, we ran into huge delays due to the printer. The initial proof print showed up almost a month after request and was not to our given specifications. The vision we had for the Paradigm book was very specific with color artwork, both hard and soft covers, and a quality art-book grade printing. Three and a half months ago, after all the initial proof repair, we a sad final proof sent to us. Soft covered, color cover, and the interior was printed in black and white in low quality. This wasn't the book we wanted to release to the world, not the book Ian and I wanted to release, and not the book that we raised money for. The first picture below is from those books.
So after some back and forth with the printers over a couple of weeks, we discovered that we needed to go to a different print company to get the product we wanted. Starting over with a new printing company we had high hopes of only being a couple weeks behind the schedule we set for ourselves. After three weeks of changing layout and waiting for print proofs we again got a sad print sent to us. The second image, a beautiful hard covered book with black and white high resolution printing interior.
After having gotten the second proof we went back to talking with the printers. After some back and forth we found out for a second time we would not be able to get the quality we wanted.
So on we go to the third printing company. Now already through the hoops twice over we were able to quickly change the book layout and get the book to processing. Within two weeks we had the proof in our hands. The third picture shown below. High quality print, high quality art, full color, and hard cover. It was a work of art. So pretty that Ian and I were literally jumping for joy.
So we put in our order and upgraded all of the backer orders to hard cover. Three and a half weeks later, on my birthday, BEHOLD! The shipment arrives. Ian jumps into his car and drives up to my place early in the morning. We spend the day signing, organizing, and getting the books ready to ship.
So here we are at our update. The books have all been shipped and within 10 days all US kickstarter backers should have their books. Within two weeks all of our international orders should be delivered, and we can finally hold the book we have dreamed about in our hands. Those of you that we will see directly at conventions and events we will hand deliver our books to you.
Thank you, thank you all again. This project could not have hit the quality that it did without your support.