We've pored over proofs, we've poked at specks, we've fiddled everything that can be fiddled and now: the books are almost ready. Finished books will ship the first weekend in June. Digital downloads will be made available next week. Those of you due for artwork will be getting it in July, once everything is signed and tidily packed up. Things are moving along, by gum.
Tshirts are going to take a minute longer. Sorry about that, tshirt orderers, but I am still tracking down a supplier that offers what I want in terms of size range, labour, and eco-friendliness (your suggestions welcomed). But they're coming, I promise.
You'll be getting your surveys in the next day or two, asking all sorts of questions about how you would like us to handle your stuff ( which I mean in a very G-rated way). PLEASE, fill out your surveys promptly. It's so helpful.
Hooray! Home stretch!
I have, right now on my hot little digital hands, full illustrated drafts of both Tulip and Backwards Day. It's truly amazing to see my words crafted into robust images by two extraordinary illustrators - Katie Diamond and Suzy Malik. All my fondest hopes about how the picture part of these picture books would look have been surpassed. So very exciting.
In just about a week, final drafts of both books will be sent along to the printer, and by 30 May (Gd willing) I should be holding the very first, hott-off-the-press editions of both books - in time to start selling them at Pride festivals all across the US and Canada and have them in your hands before the beginning of summer. Your generous support has allowed us to print gorgeous editions - perfect bound, heavy coated paper, 9x12 inch books of full colour beauty, and professionally-mastered audiobooks to go with them. It's all so exciting I can hardly stand it.
Shortly, you'll be receiving a questionnaire through Kickstarter, asking what book you want, where you'd like your books/tshirts/artwork sent, and (where applicable) what tshirt size you'd like to have. Most of you in North America should have your rewards by the end of June!
Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for your incredibly generous support of this project. It's an old saw, but no less true: I really, really could not have done it without you.
love and wish-fairy sparkles,