A Coloring Book for Married People is a parody of a children's coloring book, featuring illustrations and activities showcasing all that's awesome/awkward about married life. From fighting over whose turn it is to fish the hair out of the shower drain, to coping with openly hostile in-laws, this coloring book will lift the spirits of anyone currently suffering from a bout of matrimonial bliss.
Outside the Lines Press is a family owned publisher run by Justin and Ranke Gregg, a husband and wife writing team. We’ve been collaborating on a number of creative projects for the last 14 years of our marriage including shabby vegetable gardens, children, and now these coloring books. We’ve published two previous books in our Coloring Books for Adults series: A Coloring Book for Pregnant Ladies, and A Coloring Book for New Parents. Now we're looking to write and publish the third book in the series - and we need your help!
How does the creation process work?
After a tipple or two, Justin begins jotting down ideas for comical situations related to marriage, drawing inspiration from our own lives. Manflu, putting up the toilet seat, how to talk about Fifty Shades of Grey with your mother-in-law – that sort of thing. Ranke then translates these awkward scenes into illustrations which she draws freehand using good old pen and paper. We then scan them in and clean them up digitally. The book cover takes a while to design, and there is a lot of tweaking and spell-checking and proofreading and bickering about which illustrations to include. Eventually the final version takes shape, and everything is uploaded to Createspace. After paying a few publication and distribution fees, the coloring books are available for purchase directly from our website and from Amazon around the world.
What will we do with the funds raised?
We’ll need to pay for the costs of publishing the book and making it available for purchase online (via Amazon). Ranke needs some new pens (Sakura Micron pens) and acid free drawing paper, and we'll need to update the Outside the Lines Press website with a fancy new Wordpress template in order to accommodate our growing list of books. Anything we raise over our $250 goal will be put toward the development of future coloring books and new book projects, and possibly upgrading our primordial scanner.
Sample pages from the book
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is finding the time to both come up with the ideas for the pages in the book and creating the illustrations. Luckily, we have all of the infrastructure in place (e.g., website, publishing account), so there’s nothing really stopping us from finishing the book other than a small time investment and the small cash injection needed to kickstart the publication process. With a bit of support from our backers, I dare say we’ll find plenty of inspiration to get this book polished and published in no time!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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