Solomon Rose Bergman was born May 14th, just before midnight. Books are being bound literally as we speak and will be delivered to our warehouse on Friday.
Please, if you're expecting books in the mail and haven't filled out your survey, do that? Now would be good, or now is also fine. Or now.
Also please note: if you added extra books from the website later, we will totally be sending them to you at the address you told us to use. The website and Kickstarter don't integrate, though, so don't worry if your survey doesn't reflect the addition of your website-ordered books.
We'll be putting books in the mail in about two weeks, once anyone here has slept at all, and coloring pages and audiobook will come shortly thereafter. Soon you'll be enjoying them in your own homes and schools!
(Probably not as much as we're enjoying young Solomon. But still.)
This update has three, and only three, pieces of information:
1) Books are at the printers as we speak. At the printers, being printed and bound and made into books.
2) If you want the books you paid for, you must fill out your backer survey, which was emailed to you at some point over the course of this last week. Tell us where to send your book(s)!
3) If you want to encourage anyone - your library, school, friends, &c to pre-order, this is your *last chance* to do so. Feel free to send them to www.flamingorampant.com where we have put descriptions of the books, some artwork, &c and where they can order online.
love and flamingos,
ps - Can you not find your survey? Log into Kickstarter. Go to your profile, which you get to by clicking on your portrait in the upper right hand corner of the page. Under "My stuff" you will bee the option "Backed projects." Click and you will have a list of all projects you have backed. Click on the blue + sign to the right of the Flamingo Rampant Book Club project. There, you will see your individual profile that *I* see. All the messages you've received and your survey will be there. If you don't see a survey response, then you didn't respond - do it now! Also, check your e-mail, including your spam folder, for any messages from Kickstarter.
Next week, you'll be getting what Kickstarter calls a survey - this is how we will find out where to send your stuff.
YOU MUST FILL OUT THE SURVEY TO GET YOUR BOOKS.
Even if you're pretty sure we know where you live (Hi, Mom & Dad). Even if you sent an email five minutes ago (or five months ago, or at some other previous time) to let us know you've moved since you backed the project. Even if you already put in your shipping address, or someone else's shipping address, or whatever when you paid. On a train, in the rain, in a box, with a fox - EVERYONE must FILL OUT THE SURVEY in order to receive their materials. The survey flows directly into the label/postage program and lets us keep track of everything.
(Lest you think I am stressing this excessively, it took four rounds of reminders last time to reach 90% compliance, and we got messages as long as sixteen months later to say "Hi, uh...where are my books?" So please, just type your information into the little boxes when the survey arrives, I beg of you.)
(This would also not be a bad time to make sure that Kickstarter messages don't go to your junk mail.)
After a lot of work and the help of many people, our fabulous tote bags are being printed as we speak and all six books will go off to the printer this weekend! We're only a few weeks away from having everything in our hot little hands.
Depending on the arrival of the newest human in our family, parcels might start landing in the first week of May! Or, if that person is a little on the early side, a few weeks after that. But holy wow, are we excited.
Now then: the website [www.flamingorampant.com] is updated with all the book titles, some artwork, and book descriptions for you to peruse. If you haven't checked that out yet you can take a look, and for sure you should forward them to everyone you know who likes children's books! Every pre-order we get helps us.
Well. First, some news. In the first week of November, my fabulous husband and co-conspirator had emergency surgery. In the first week of December, I had scheduled surgery that had significant cascading complications.
The good news is: we're all fine - as good as or better than we started. The bad news is: we're a bit behind. But not by that much!
Diligently, we have been working and working to get everything happening. All the books are written and are being minutely tweaked for best read-aloud value even as I type! Artists are painting, collaging, papercutting and digitally-coloring their great-big hearts out. A set of titles and descriptions is NOW FINALIZED*. Want to see it? Want to know what wonders await you? Of course you do. Here it is:
Is That For A Boy Or A Girl? Bergman, S. Bear, illustrated by Rachel Dougherty. A series of short poems in which gender-independent children introduce themselves proudly to the reader.
Love Is In The Hair Ware, Syrus. A little girl’s gay uncles tell her stories of their family through the objects woven into their dreadlocks while she waits for her new baby sibling to be born.
The Zero Dads Club Adeyoha, Angel, illustrated by Aubrey Williams. Five students in the second grade form a club and hatch a plan for a special craft to do while their classmates make Father’s Day cards.
Newspaper Pirates Skelton, J Wallace, illustrated by Ketch Wehr. Anthony Bartholomew goes on an apartment-building-wide adventure to solve the mystery of who is stealing his dads’ newspaper.
M is for Mustache Hernandez, Catherine, illustrated by Marisa Firebaugh. An ABCs of Pride book featuring a young girl with a large (and larger-than-life!) chosen family.
Jamie's Next Adventure Hill-Meyer, Tobi, illustrated by Elenore Toczynski. A young trans girl and her three best friends use their fabulous play to solidify a loving strategy for helping Jamie come out at school.
*almost completely finalized. We're still waiting for the ISBN people to come back and tell us we're all clear, and so on.
Would you like to see a few pictures, perhaps? Let me just have a wee look in the files.
Okay, now: timing. Books are on schedule to go to the printers the first week of March, and mailing should therefore be at the end of April. That's late, I know - and I'm sorry. Because of the tardiness, we are making a couple changes. 1) all books will ship together, in a priority mail package, packed in with some extra-special surprises (::cough:: free music ::cough::) and 2) everyone who ordered a full or half series with the Kickstarter will get THE CUTEST cotton tote bag, featuring a steely butch girl pirate and the nerdiest tubby merman you ever saw. A perfect bag for carrying your collection of beautiful, delicious, amazing children's picture books.
There we have it. Thank you again, as ever, for your patience and your faith in us. More updates soon, we promise!