Sunday, February 23, 2014

Progress Rapport


Welcome to this week's thrilling update of "Saturday" the book!

Does that work, by the way?  Can I just put any adjective in front of the word "update" and have you feel that way about the update?  Let's experiment:

Welcome to this week's FRIGHTENING update of "Saturday" the book!

Welcome to this week's TEDIOUS update of "Saturday" the book!

Welcome to this week's FORGETFUL update of...uh...

What do you think?  Did you feel any of those things when you read them?  Meh.  I didn't, either.

Here are some panels from page 16:

It occurs to me that I haven't given a more thorough update of my progress on "Saturday" in a while.  I'm just finishing page 32 right now.  There are only three pages left.  Three.  Now granted, these pages are going to take even longer than the previous pages have taken.  I want to end the book closer to the "bang" end of the spectrum than the "whimper" end of the spectrum, which means more detail, richer color, more thought, and more time put into the craft.  So I don't really know how long the pages will take.  I'm going to work on them until I think they're good enough to share with you.

After that, we're still not done.  The book needs to be edited.  There are some modeling inconsistencies to be dealt with.  The characters have to look the same throughout the book.  I've been working on "Saturday" for long enough that the way I draw everyone has changed slightly over the years.  I also have to fix some details in the story and probably a bunch of other things, too.

And, of course, I have to draw the cover.  And maybe deal with the inside cover pages.  Suffice it to say, even though 91% of the pages are finished at this point, there's still quite a bit of work between here and the finish line.  And by "finish line", I mean the point where you (yes, YOU) are holding a copy of "Saturday" in your hands and thinking, "About %&#@#*! time."

By the way, I also have to find a printer and a publisher.  So if you happen to know a publisher, definitely drop me a line.

I've been working on "Saturday" for six years or so.  It's the most time and energy I've ever put into anything.  I've been burned out before.  I've been frustrated and stuck and impatient.  But in all that time, I've never once asked myself why I was doing it.

Money.  It's always been about the Benjamins.

Kidding.  Kidding.  But the fact that I'm still excited about the book, about the process, and about finally getting to share it with you, well, hopefully that bodes well.  It means I still care.  It means that I'm not just running on autopilot or phoning it in.

It has been a long time, in some respects.  And I don't know what's going to happen when I'm finally finished with the book.  I don't know anything about getting a book published or promotion, and that side of it is a bit intimidating, to be honest.  But I'm willing to do what it takes to get this book out to people (he said, laughing maniacally).

Anyway, thanks for coming along for the ride.




  1. "Frightening, tedious and forgetful" don't work at all as adjectives for your book. Nope. Sorry. "Amazing, uplifting and giggle-inducing" are much better, I grin.
    I don't know any children's book publishers, but I volunteer at the L.A. Times Festival of Books every year, and they have dozens of children's publishing houses/authors/bookstores there. I'll see if I can forward any contact information to you.
    I love the updates, btw :)


  2. Thank you so much, Anna. Yes, any information you can give me would be great. I'm going to need all the help I can get when it comes to the publishing part of this process.