Princess Charming Books Web Store Up and Running
At long last, the Princess Charming Books web store is up and running at princesscharmingbooks.com.
The web store uses Amazon's CreateSpace services to produce the books on demand.... Read more
Fayola Books Shipped!
Nearly five hundred books, more than two hundred packages, and somewhere around two hundred custom bookplates later, Princess Fayola is packed up and ready to go. After ten straight days, I... Read more
Two Proofs In… and This Is Why We Do Proofs
The Good News: the proofs for In My Heart and Two Princess Fayola Stories arrived on my doorstep today! Yay!
The Bad News: the proofs reveal some serious flaws... Read more
So all three Fayola titles have been roughed, edited, and laid out. I'll be checking the leveling of the language this weekend. Amusingly, when we started this project... Read more
Progress: Just Like You
Hey folks, just a quick progress update for Princess Charming.
This week I wrote the first of the two Fayola Bedtime Stories, this one introducing Berk the Merchant, who claims... Read more
Fayola's Early Reader is Roughed and Titled
It's so much easier to write a Friday update when I have good news to report: I've completed the rough draft of Fayola's Early Reader!
While most folks... Read more
Fayola Entering Final Stages of Development
It has been entirely too long since I've posted an update here. This has been for two reasons, which are the usual reasons:
1. Life Interfered- It... Read more
Kadri Books Shipped!
Alrighty, folks, I just took the last batch of books to the post office. They are winging their way to their destinations now. I am so incredibly excited that these... Read more
Update: the Packaging
Greetings again, our generous and patient backers!
The Kadri books have all been packaged up, I will say first to avoid burying the lede. This week I will be addressing... Read more
The First Print Run!
So here's my dining room table:
The first print run of Kadri books has been safely delivered! As you can see, it's a whole lot of books. I have yet... Read more
Anna Update: Still Hard At Work on Fayola
I’ll admit, folks. I’m pretty terrible at updates. I find there’s only so many ways that you can say “still working, still getting stuff done” before it starts to feel... Read more
Proofs are In!
All three proofs for Kadri's titles are in. The printing and binding looks great—strong colors, good paper stock, solid construction. I'm really happy with Lightning Source's quality.
I did catch... Read more
Unfortunately, this has been Princess Charming's progress this week:
It has now taken a week to set up our customer account at Lightning Source, and we are still not finalized.... Read more
One Month of Updates
Do you remember how I mentioned I'm terrible at these updates? It's been a month since the last update, and lots of things have been happening!
First off, I think... Read more
A Terrible Update
I am terrible at posting updates, especiallywhen they're updates of my own work. For a long time, updates on this project were easy, because Anna would send me new... Read more
It has been too long since my last update! Things have been churning and moving along at a fantastic pace. We are on track for getting Kadri's books to backers... Read more
Kadri's Scimitar-and-Apple Style
Anna keeps pumping out the art. She really is a marvel — and a powerful encouragement to start in on my end of the project. I've started constructing the picture... Read more
In Which Anna Continues to be Awesome
I always have such trouble with post-funding updates because I feel like they all say the same thing: work continues apace! Lucky for me on this project, I get to... Read more
Color Flat and Cell Shading
Whoops, I missed the update yesterday!
Here's two of the many stages of Anna's process to a finished image. The color flat has broad expanses of simple colors; the cell... Read more
How's the past week treated you? I've been cleaning my house, which, after a month of running a kickstarter, had descended into a truly disreputable state. Today,... Read more
Princess Fayola is Unlocked!
Hooray! Fanfare! Explosions of confetti! Flags and banners waving in the air!
We've Unlocked Princess Fayola!
Thanks to you — all of you— we have funded three titles for... Read more
Beyond the Princess Charming Kickstarter
Backer Kit Turner has asked in comments a question that I'm sure is on a lot of your minds:
I've pledged $150. I really believe in this project, and I... Read more
#Diversity and #Represent
Today's update is from Meghann Robern, one of our backers, a divinity student, a screenwriter, a mom, and my awesome wife.
#Diversity and #Represent
The last few days, when I’ve... Read more
File Under Terrible Idea
It may surprise you to know that not every idea I have is a good one. Case in point: the infographic I sat down to make today to show how... Read more
The Case of the Invisible Character Note
Writing trans characters is hard. Not for reasons you might think — it’s not being careful with pronouns, it’s not describing gender in the right ways, it’s not being sensitive... Read more
41% and Five Days To Go
It's the final week of the Princess Charming kickstarter. We've reached 41% of Fayola's stretch goal, and we have five days left to make that 100%. When we do, we'll... Read more
Fayola Art Sneak Peek
Have I mentioned yet how awesome Anna's art is? A little while ago I sent her the manuscript for Fayola's picture book, so she could get a head start on... Read more
Final Two Weeks
We are in the home stretch now. The Princess Charming kickstarter has just thirteen days left. In those thirteen days, we'll continue to gather support from generous backers and resharing... Read more
Ezio Wants His Books to Find a Good Home
And Now a Word from One of Our Sponsors
Today's update comes from one of our backers, Ezio Melega.
Hi, I'm Ezio
I love this project. It's great, sensible and... Read more
The Princesses Charming Gallery
Tonight's is a simple, somewhat whimsical update. Because who doesn't want Princess Trading Cards? Or a nice, one-stop destination for a gallery of awesome princesses?
10% Towards Fayola
As of... Read more
Last but certainly not least, our fifth fantastic character is Princess Nayeli. The product of a long line of heroic women, Nayeli’s interests lie in impeccable fashion, keeping up with... Read more
The Charming line continues with Princess Chandra Charming. Daughter of Rowan and Sundara (I know you saw that coming), Chandra inherits all her parents’ daring and pragmatism. As the captain... Read more
The third princess of the Charming dynasty is the unstoppable Rowan. Rescued by Fayola along with her mother Imogen, Rowan enjoys a life of safety and security with her two... Read more
The daughter of Kadri and her rescued prince, Fayola is a clever girl ready to continue the legacy of Princess Charming. Fayola is also a trans woman: assigned male at... Read more
The Doubleclicks Mini-Album at $50,000
I put too many zeroes in that last update.
The Doubleclicks album is our $50,000 stretch goal. Not our $500,000 stretch goal.
It's pie-in-the-sky, not creme-puffs-on-the-moon!
The Big Reveal
What a great opening week! Over the last seven days, 120 generous backers have brought Princess Charming’s funding to $4897. With your amazing support, we have been the fastest-growing Children’s... Read more
Design Notes: Princess Kadri and the Charming Kingdom
Here's Anna talking about some of the design choices she made in setting up the project.
One of the things I feel passionately about as an artist is increasing the... Read more
Halfway There! And Kadri Wallpaper!
Folks, we are halfway to our initial funding goal, which means we are halfway to seeing Princess Charming become a real thing that we can share with our... Read more
Our Sons Need Awesome Princesses, Too
This is my son Percival. In my kickstarter video I made a lot of noise about my daughter Prudence, but I'm writing Princess Charming for him as much as I'm... Read more