It has been forty days since I last spoke here. It's time for another update. It's been a while, and a ton of stuff has happened.
Namely, the manuscript is done.
Hold your applause: the book is not done. I'll believe that once it's printed, in my hands, and then shipped to your hands. And for that to happen, it has to get printed. So that's what I'm doing. I signed a contract with the printer yesterday, and will send them my files tomorrow, and payment in three days.
(Why three days? The CD that I mentioned way back when, with your money in it, matured yesterday - and the money is on my way back to my regular bank. That's how long it takes for the fancy computers to do their thing.)
Once that happens, I receive a proof copy: one single book that will look like what gets printed. I'm going to make corrections to the proof, send them back, and then receive a corrected proof. Repeat until I decide to print the book - probably two rounds of this. Then a month lapses for them to print the book, and then I ship everything out. We're still on track for your receiving your copies by the end of 2010, but those are the gory details.
I am printing 1,000 copies. Around 250 preorders (including yours) are spoken for, and I hope to give around 60 free copies to my editors and those whose works I cited. That leaves around 690 copies that I hope to sell in the coming months after Cadence & Slang's release. As early supporters of my work, you're the best hope that I have to publicize this. I hope you like the book, and tell your friends and colleagues about it.
The final quote that I approved ended up being slightly below what I predicted. But I promised to devote every cent of your money to the project, so I'm plotting a surprise, which I will not tell you about yet.
So yesterday, I celebrated the only way I know how: by ordering a thousand padded envelopes and labels, and receiving a classy gift for my efforts. It just shipped an hour ago... with six tracking numbers. I am looking into storage space for all this. I am also contemplating what to do with the hat. Suggestions are welcome.
Obviously, the illustrations are also finished, and I've contacted the five backers who purchased originals for their shipping information. If you asked for a drawing, I'll be sending them out on Saturday.
Finally, how to (hopefully) handle 750 more orders. I received a Square yesterday. If you live in Chicago (or know folks who do), and you want to buy another copy of the book, track me down sometime. I'm also looking into a better ordering system than my preorder page's PayPal button.
Backer updates will be coming a little more frequently, now that so much is happening with the book, so stay tuned!