A mid-winter update
Happy February everyone,
With this bizarre winter, I certainly am eager to find out if Mr. Groundhog sees his shadow tomorrow. For those of you on the east coast, we hope you have enjoyed the extra snow. I am sure we are all enjoying the unexpected warm spell this past weekend. Here is the living in the reality of the bizarre and unexpected in the winter.
Speaking of the bizarre and unexpected, we wanted to update you that the final scans of the watercolor illustrations are done and resubmitted to our graphic designer. In December we mentioned that we had seen the first mock-up layout of Woolies for the Winter from our designer. It was incredible to see the text and images together on the page, but the month of January involved fighting our way out of a tricky snafu: getting the watercolors to scan properly. With the fine detail and the light coloration, Laura’s watercolor illustrations did their best to defy all scanning efforts. After various and sundry visits to a number of different print shops and scanners (including mailing the prints back and forth to printers both in Minnesota and Cincinnati) and after using a number of different scanning methods (who knew!?), this last week we have finally been able to capture all the glory of Laura’s work. A hearty huzzah!
While we are very thankful to have been able to preserve the image quality that the illustrations demanded, this scanning scurry has cost us a good bit of time. Thankfully the delay coincided perfectly with the Chinese New Year holiday that our printer was taking, so as soon as we are able to get the new images into the book layout, it should be on its way to the printer. We are hoping to see copies of Woolies populate bookshelves in early spring now.
In the meantime, we have been working on books 2 and 4 about Spring and Fall. It is so much fun to think about anything outside of winter—like puddles and sprouts and piles of leaves. A sincere “Thank you” to those of you who have taken your Kickstarter survey and have filled in your mailing address for us. This is so very helpful. If you haven’t yet done so, please take a second to do so by logging in to Kickstarter.
Also, a quick note on some of the questions many of you have asked in your surveys. Some had asked how shipping works for order of multiple books. If you have ordered multiple copies of Woolies, we will ship all of them to your primary address so that you can disperse them from there. Woolies, woolies everywhere.
Betsy and Laura