How does it feel going from your self published big event to being published by someone else?
It is extremely fucking weird.
With my Kickstarter projects I have total control of everything, from concept and design to production and distribution. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy being able to curse as much as I want in the books, and I like being able to tuck surprises and treats into my packages. I like knowing exactly where the book is going, I like that it feels really personal, and I like that people who buy it usually have some context for who I am, that the voice is genuine, that I’m a human being.
Being published has been a really weird journey, from “I don’t believe this” to “wow this is a lot of work” to “wait, technically they have the option to just not release this, fuck there’s no way they will release this” and now it’s “oh god well here it goes, but will people like it and will it sell enough to prove to the imprint that I was worth the risk?” Every step comes with it’s own neuroses, at least for me.
It was interesting to receive editing notes, though there were very few. My work is edited and reviewed all the time, but not my little personal stuff, so having to defend my actual voice and word choices in some cases was odd. It’sIt’s hard to prepare art and then give it to someone else to work with. It was extremely hard to review cover treatments, where an art director took my pieces and did their interpretation of me (I ultimately did ~12 cover variants in a weekend and was like “okay please let’s choose one from these”). It was weird figuring out the title (actually the single hardest part of making this book).
I very proud of the final book, I think I got away with a lot of weirdness in a friendly package. It’s honestly not too far from the self-produced planners, but there’s just so much more. The book is 384 pages of varied but consistent stuff. There’s a lot to do. I alternated between hating and loving the book but I think really it is just a fun framework for however people will use it. Now I just want people to pre-order it so it can do well it’s first week, which will basically define if it gets picked up for sale in certain places, gets media attention, etc. Now that I’ve made one book and realized “hey maybe this is a useful medium for me,” I would love the opportunity to do another sometime. Sales will basically define that.
If you want to support this book, please pre-order it! You’ll get some extra treats from me as a thank you (I have wanted to make these pre-order ribbons for literally a year) and also my extreme gratitude.