That’s right, the next step of Book Progress has been made.
To save time and money, this company ships their proofs unbound. Which means it’s less “a book” and more “a stack of loose paper.” But gosh, it’s some good-looking paper.
(Any blurriness in these photos is a failure of my photography skills, not the printer!)
After all that stress, I’m really happy with how the cover came out.
Colors are vivid, artwork is at a pleasant scale, finish is shiny but not too shiny.
And all the work I put into the fine details of layout and placement has paid off — the interior pages look great. Nice clean spacing, margins that don’t look amateurish. That bonus art came out pretty snazzy too.
I’m going to sit with this for a few more days before pulling the trigger on full production, just to be sure I don’t miss anything.
(One change I’m dithering over: brightening some of the colors. I was a little worried the nighttime strips would print so dark they’d be hard to read — turns out they’re not! But maybe it’s worth brightening them anyway, just for the aesthetic? Choices, choices.)
And then, at long last, your books will go into Actual Print!
If you do want a detailed explanation of each step, though, keep reading.
This is mostly directed at people who are familiar with the Tumblr blogging system, but the same process will work for anyone. I’m gonna try to make it as dead-simple 101-level as possible, so feel free to skip the sections you already know.
Liz the Lucky
Lenora Rose Patrick
Lori & Maurice Forrester
Zaza D Rebecca Rodgers
MsM Sailor-Cresselia Crystal Thurber Nikki Olivia M.
Naomi Butcher John Robinson IV Poetry
Michael “Chaostraveler” Cencarik
Good news: Leif & Thorn is accepting guest strips again!
I didn’t get enough to fill a week in March, but I did get a few…and those will definitely be posted at the end of October. It’ll be a nice breather after the ends of the Volume I Kickstarterand the six-month (!!) Leachtric storyline.
I’d love to stretch out that break by adding a few more strips to the ones I’ve been saving. So if you have a great Leif & Thorn bonus idea, now’s the time!
Submissions will be open until September 30.
You can use any AU, explore any era, include any headcanons.
When you submit the strip, include whatever name you want to be credited by. And, if you like, a link to your gallery/blog/fanfiction account/webcomic/Etsy store.
Format: PNG, GIF, or JPG Size: up to 825×825 pixels Rating: up to PG-13 (basically, match the tone of the strip) Characters: whoever you want!
Which is why I’m raising the funds to do a print run on Kickstarter. Back this project, and you can get your very own copy of Leif & Thorn Volume 1, plus all kinds of other cool rewards. You can get wallpapers. You can get postcards. You can get custom art. You can get yourself drawn into the strip!
(Not in this book. In a future book.)
I kept the budget modest, so if we get funded, I get to print a short run of books. And if we get OVER-funded, I get to print a LONG run of books.