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an-unmutual-friend:

caelum-sky:

So, A bit of an update- some good, some bad. Thankfully I’m ready for this!

I’ve got a list of about 5 printers that i’ve talked to, some in the USA, some not. To be frank, books produced in the usa are…expensive. Roughly the cost comes out to being about 10-14 a book for a hardcover edition at…

Do be careful with overseas printers. I’ve bought a few books done by budget presses (just individual volumes) and I’ve seen some pretty nasty quality problems. Stuff like some pages being creased/crumpled before they go through the printer leading to big white triangles, or pages mangled during folding leading to the edges not being properly cut, etc.

You’ll want to make sure you account for that so that dealing with it doesn’t put you in the red, in terms of money or time.

Nah! I’m doing this with GlobalPSDpublishing -  They’ve been really honest and helpful with their services (this is the one that costs a bit more, but has better shipping)  They offered suggestions for my end papers to save money, they had many options to get the book I wanted with cardstock and ink options. I too have gotten some pretty shoddy books in the past like that, so I made sure to do some research beforehand :D

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Snagsville, USA

So, A bit of an update- some good, some bad. Thankfully I’m ready for this!

I’ve got a list of about 5 printers that i’ve talked to, some in the USA, some not. To be frank, books produced in the usa are…expensive. Roughly the cost comes out to being about 10-14 a book for a hardcover edition at 70 pages, - I’ve run into some higher than that, the best one topping out at 36 dollars.  No i don’t get it either.

Books produced overseas are infinitely cheaper. I’ve been in contact with two companies, one who’d produce the book at 6.50, and one who could do it for just about 5 (with some add ons like a thicker cover, better pages, etc)   The company producing the 6.50 book gave me a quote of about 200 extra dollars to ship something residentially (so about 600 total) , which is actually pretty good. I just found out today that this other company, producing the book at 5 bucks a pop, could ship me them for a whopping 1350 dollars.  I almost fell over reading that e-mail. 

The budget is calculated at about 1K books- It’s likely that I’ll be limiiting the run to 500 or 750 now to compensate. It shouldn’t affect anyone within the campaign, just make your books even more super-rare.  Which, you know, that sucks, but it happens. Budget’s been planned to be flexible. 

So: Bad news, surprise 1350 redirection. Good news, I’m on it like a hobo on a ham sammich. 

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splendorking asked: Hi. I have a proposition for you. First: I'm reading CS now and am really enjoying it. I like the spoopy paranormal elements best, and Neri's a fun char. But as I read I'm noticing some occasional grammatical fumbles and clarity issues. Nothing too disruptive. I would like to record all of these errors and maybe put them in a Word doc so you can fix them when you find the time. It's no problem for me as I'm reading through CS in any case. What do you think?

Ooh! I’d be all over that! I’ve been writing it in wordpad, the greatest way to write anything ever, so those buggers slip in. But yeah, if you did, I’d be extremely grateful!

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Anonymous asked: I am in love with the artwork you produce related to this. I will have to give it a read properly when I have the chance. If you reach the kickstarter goal what will that enable you to do ? Because I would love to this idea into an entire series.

I’ve got a snazzy pie graph that I made to show where funds go: 

Though i think I didn’t post it on the actual kickstarter because it’s hard as bones to read.  This kickstarter will enable me to print some super sweet hardcover copies at a fantastic cost of the first five chapters (six if we hit our stretch goals!) -  The entirety of the goal goes into just getting things produced and shipped out.  Though to be honest it’s possible the pin allocation might be a bit of a bust (it’s hard getting 10 peeps to buy in, turns out) , that money would go into future factions of this book, lowering the costs for future books, or possibly using it to buy something like a 3-d printer to make little models for future books/ kickstarters.  Essentially the money’s going to stay with this series, and if this one goes through, I Intend to keep making more books with my target rate being 2 a year. 

at that rate, i’d be making books for abouuuut -  9 years.  And that’s a-okay with me :D 

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splendorking asked: Hoi. Good luck with the Kickstarter. I'm really rooting for it.

Thanks so much! I hope it gets funded too.

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Analytics!

—because I find this stuff fascinating as hell.  As my agreement, i’m aiming to be crystal clear about this project. So these are the statistics from day one of my kickstarter.  Maybe this’ll help people interested to see which websites do respond and where people come from when they’d like to run a project.  

Day 1: 1,384 Pledged - 35 backers - 19% funded (this is amazing!) 

Amount Pledged VIA kickstarter: $72  - 5%

Amount from External Referrers: 1,312 - 95%

Average Pledge Amount: $39.54 (this has been hovering from around 38-42) 

Furaffinity: 18 pledges - $890

Deviantart: 5 pledges - $106

Direct Traffic (no referrer information): 3 - $150

Tumblr: 3 pledges - $55

Facebook: 3 pledges - $31

Twitter: 1 - $80

Watched project via launch (?) Kickstarter - $67

and sidebar from kickstarter: $5.

Couple things of note - I’m surprised about Deviantart personally. It’s not that DA is a bad site, it’s that most people, and myself included, feel the age demographic is fairly low. Aka,  you tend to have more of a younger crowd that isn’t interested in this sort of thing. 

I’ve got an ad set to run on DA’s frontpage tomorrow sometime, so that’ll really showcase that against many people’s opinion, there is a viable market there. I do unfortunately know that many o’ my artist compadres don’t bother with dA anymore- as a member of that site since…forever, that’s sad to hear.

Kickstarter! I’m actually surprised about this one!  I love to randomly browse about the site, and I guess i assumed others did too. They do mention more than a few times in your prep paperwork that Kickstarter alone more often than not will not be enough to fund a project.  I hope this picks up in the coming days, as they seem like a spry crowd i’d like to interact with more. 

Furaffinity: I’m not surprised about this one. I’ll take this to my deathbed that these folks are some of the nicest out there. Especially that this isn’t an anthro-type book, I’m happy that so many have taken an interest off the bat. FA is the only place I haven’t really posted the younger version of this novel, and the interest alone has mostly been through artwork and concepts posted there.  DA is actually hosted Caelum sky since it’s inception back in 2007. 

I got this question earlier: Yes, Kickstarter lets you know every single time someone backs or comments. 

These statistics are from 11:59 (my time) of April 19th. Let me know if you guys like this sort of thing! I think statistics are the bomb-diggity. 

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alradeck:

Another random CS warmup sketch thing to get me ready….to do taxes! HOORAY. TAXES! YEAH! 
Here we’ve got Raziel letting someone else do his job for him. I dunno what I was thinking, honestly, lol.  It’s fun screwing around with the dynamics or location. I wanna do one where they’re just in space for no reason. Why? Because space, that’s why. 

I guess i’ll reblog on the CS tumblr, haha.  This is sorta a marriage of the Zendikar angels with their super-swick halo-visors. 

alradeck:

Another random CS warmup sketch thing to get me ready….to do taxes! HOORAY. TAXES! YEAH! 

Here we’ve got Raziel letting someone else do his job for him. I dunno what I was thinking, honestly, lol.  It’s fun screwing around with the dynamics or location. I wanna do one where they’re just in space for no reason. Why? Because space, that’s why. 

I guess i’ll reblog on the CS tumblr, haha.  This is sorta a marriage of the Zendikar angels with their super-swick halo-visors. 

Filed under raziel art illustration warmup caelum sky artwork

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Anonymous asked: Isn't much of an Ask! But I just wanted to say, I love your art! And your story....holy cows, I'm totally hooked o.o I been reading it all day!

Awesome! I’m glad you like it! Thanks so much for the sweet praise :D