The absolute hardest part of working on 1 PAGE AT A TIME: A DAILY CREATIVE COMPANION was choosing a title. I wanted to be weirder and stupider (my top pick was “THIS IS JUST PAPER,” obviously) but Marian Lizzi, my amazing editor, was like “uhh, that is not a helpful title.” We struggled to find the balance between the true optimism and goal of the book, and the total sarcasm and self-deprecation of its voice (so, my actual voice). We sent each other a lot of emails.
Ultimately we picked 1 PAGE AT A TIME, which I must have somehow known early on. My working folder during the process was called “1 BOOK AT A TIME.” It was meant as a note to myself not to freak out, that this is just a book, people make books all the time, I just need to focus on this one thing and get through it. It became my own mantra (it’s a pretty common one), and it’s in the spirit of the book itself.
1 PAGE AT A TIME is about slowing down. It’s about realizing that days are like pages, there are more to come. 1 year of pages ends up being about an inch thick, so it is substantial… but there are a whole lot of books in the world. There is always more (if you want it).
The book gently (and not gently) pushes you through this year, gets you writing about past, present, and future, facing your fears and then turning the page. “Write CAUTION on this page repeatedly, then throw it to the wind!” It’s just paper, it’s pencils and pens, you have all the tools, you’re a tool too, and boom, we just got through a whole year.
If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, that’s okay. You can today, or tomorrow. If you do before October 7th, you’ll get an award ribbon bookmark, a 4x6 sticker to make your copy into an actual calendar, and another thing just from me to you.
Wobbly bananas (these fruit are leading to something I think)
One little change, I’m going to start uploading images at twice the size so you can snoop on the details a little bit better. This week’s is the first where you can click-through and read menu prices and that sort of thing.
Hope to see you there!
realindevelopment said: How does it feel going from your self published big event to being published by someone else?
It is extremely fucking weird.
With my tumblr, bigcartel shop, and 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 do whatever I want in my work, and I like being able to tuck surprises and treats into my packages. I like knowing exactly where things are going, I like that it all feels really personal, and I like that people who buy my stuff 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’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.
Muito bom! Hahhaha
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