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Monthly Archives: January 2013

After making a few final adjustments and corrections, the files for The Littlest Shoggoth have been sent to the printer! And so the waiting begins. For those who have never been involved with publishing, here's an idea of what we have ahead of us. The printer will put the job in the queue, and when its turn comes up, their experts will review the files to make sure they are up to spec. If not, it'll get booted back to me to makes changes . . . but let's presume that everything will be fine. In that case, they will print off a complete set of proofs. Proofs are single-sheet print-outs of each page of the book. Once completed, those will be sent to me for approval. Sounds simple, but the printer is in China, so that makes any exchange of physical goods a step or two more complicated . . . not to mention time consuming. If all is good with the proofs, I can give approval via email. If any changes have to be made, I either need to rework the pages, or send the marked-up proofs back overseas, or BOTH. Once the proofs are approved, printing of the book itself begins. The printer will use some of those first pages to create a hand-assembled version of the completed book, and send that to me for inspection and approval. Again, the difficulties of trans-Pacific business will cause some amount of delay, but by this point the expectation is that all will be fine ... and I'll actually have the very first copy of the finished book in my hands for keeps! Manufacturing and assembling of the final books then occurs in earnest, and the whole print run begins to be amassed. The first 2 or 3 cases will be sent to me immediately (publishers do this so that they can use them for promotion), but shortly afterwards, the whole print run will be on its long, slow way across the waves via freighter. In addition to the delays caused by trans-oceanic exchanges, since the work is being done in China, an additional delay will be introduced in early February when the Lunar New Year celebration will mean that all production is shut down for a week (or more). Still, little milestones will keep occurring over the next handful of months and, if all goes according to plan, the books will arrive in Seattle by mid-May . . . and we should be able to get them out to all the Kickstarter backers in June, as promised. In the meanwhile, work is underway to send out the post cards and PDFs to the backers who are owed them. If all goes well, both of those things will be accomplished in the next 10 days or so.
Exciting news . . . the color proof sheet arrived from the printer today, and I couldn't be happier. The images look JUST like I was hoping/expecting they would. This means that it's time to go on to the next stage! I'm making my final adjustments to the files and sending them off to the printer. Then will begin the long period of waiting. Waiting and waiting and waiting . . . but at the end of that period there will be books! Beautiful, colorful books filled with shoggoths. And that makes the long wait bearable. In the meanwhile, I have the color proof sheet (which I think I might hang on the wall above my desk). It's so pretty.
Things are going well with the preparations to send The Littlest Shoggoth off to the printer. The files are all set. I'm just waiting to get a couple of test pages back to make sure that my color settings will print the way they're intended to. That package should arrive in the next day or two. If all is well with the test pages, we should have the whole job off to the printer before the end of the week. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be able to say that. In the meanwhile, I'll get to work distributing the digital copies to the Kickstarter backers, and sending out the post cards to those who are meant to receive them. Still LOTS to do ... but we're on the precipice of a major milestone.
Happy New Year, shoggoth supporters! I haven't made many public proclamations, but I thought it was time to pop in and make at least a brief update. BACKER SURVEYS Surveys have been sent to all backers via Kickstarter. If you haven't received yours yet, log in to your Kickstarter account and check your mail. Once I've gathered a significant number of responses, I can begin the process of distributing the PDF versions of the book, and sending out the post cards. PRE-PRESS Colorizing of the pages is complete, and the new, larger layout is nearly done, too. I've been in touch with the printer and am just waiting on some color test sheets (to be sure the final book will look similar to the way it does on the computer screen). Once those come in, I should be able to send the files to the printer pretty much straight away. This keeps everything on schedule for meeting the publication goals set forward in the Kickstarter. WHAT COMES NEXT? After I get the files off to the printer, I can begin work on the new wallpaper art and on updating the Patrons page of this website with the names of all my generous backers. Then, if nothing else requires my attention, I'll start looking at the feasibility of doing some kind of animated version of The Littlest Shoggoth (though, to be honest, that's either going to be a very bare bones affair, or it's going to require a whole new Kickstarter drive of its own). Thanks for checking in. I'll keep the updates coming every week or two.