Three years ago, I had an idea to make a book. That idea grew from a few illustrations that followed a Japanese folk song full narrative and the idea of printing the whole thing with letterpress. Because of Kickstarter, I made that book a reality.
Shortly after the campaign ended, I had an idea for another book. I've been working on that for the past two years.
Tamaishi is about a little pebble who gets the idea to be something he's not, eventually discovering that its better to just be who you are. He travels far and wide across the valley where the little things live, to the ancient forest of Niwaki, and gets lost in the Great Sea.Read the first chapter!
So what are you making?
There are three goals: a softcover edition, an audiobook, and a casebound edition. The book is printed using black and spot color on a Ryobi 2-color press. I plan on using black + a blue PMS and black + green PMS for different parts of the book as they have different moods.
I'm still working on recording the audiobook, so I don't have an example just yet. But if you want to know what it might sound like, check out the 3-minute sample of my last book Zōsan on soundcloud.
Also available are 1-color letterpress prints — and a limited run of hand-watercolor painted prints: For a sampler of all the artwork, please see this blog post. Letterpress prints will be available for the 14 "full plate" (6x8) artwork.
So how's this going to work?
If successfully funded, I'll start making final steps towards production. I'll wrap up the writing and continue ahead with the audiobook recording and editing. I'll work on composing all the music for the audiobook.
I'll get the plates made for letterpress prints and I'll work with the offset press to determine the final paper choices and PMS spot colors. I'll begin ordering necessary materials for casebound books: bookcloth, end sheets, headbands, cover stock, etc. Then I'll let them do their thing while I work on the audiobook and prepare for shipping.
Zōsan was such a joy to behold in its final forms. I hope you'll join me in making this next book a reality as well.
Risks and challenges
I've been here before. I know the printers and binder and I've been communicating with them for months about this. I know the costs and what it's going to take — and my funding goal reflects that.
The project is small enough that I can single-handedly manage the fulfillment process. It's actually smaller than the non-profit publication process I used to run a while back (hundreds of books all shipped from Canada) — so no worries there!
The audiobook music will be a bit more of a challenge than the last time, since I don't have a folk song melody to work from, but now that the artwork and writing are mostly finished I can concentrate on that.
If you have any doubts, please take a quick look at Zōsan! I can't guarantee there will be zero delays, this being an artistic process — but I have a vested interest in seeing this done, (I want one!!) so I can guarantee it will be made.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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