Q: What payment methods are available? A: Paypal or credit card is best, but I can also accept well-hidden cash by mail.
Q: How long will you be selling these for? A: Until I run out of copies. I have a lot, so don't worry.
Q: I bought a book, can I post pictures of it? A: Sure, I don't mind haha.
Q: Where did you sign? A: Lol is it hard to find? OTL I signed on the 2nd last page in the corner.
Feel free to ask any questions in comments or by email.
(All the pre-orders have been shipped out btw.) For those who ordered, here's a link again to the order status page: [link]
----------------------------------------------------- Everything below is just me rambling. Seriously, rambling. It only gets more and more off-topic. Feel free to skip 8P -----------------------------------------------------
It's done!!! Finally ;A;!!!!!!! I stuffed as many pictures as I could so there's almost no text besides our names (which I nearly forgot to put in until the very end). It made me sad to have to crop some pictures when I put them in because I tend to draw pictures with weird dimensions ._.
Anyway I WAS SO FREAKED OUT PRINTING THIS THING. I've never made any book-type things before, or ordered anything in such large quantities before, or ordered using this company before >o< Then when you place an order, they tell you scary things like "color shifts of up to 10% may occur" or "images with borders may appear uneven blah blah blah unavoidable shifts", so I had no idea what kind of results to expect.
Anyhoo in the end, the colors look slightly different than those on my screen (but nobody would know that eh). It also looks a bit like they ran a sharpen filter over the pictures. Not sure if they did that or I did? Or is it just my eyes??? I can't tell anymore. My abuse of textures and my SLOPPY SLOPPY drawing style are both sooo visible in print form OTL
As for the actual printing process... It took around a week longer than the time they told me. I thumbed through all the books and there were a couple damaged covers, maybe 1% of the books, which isn't too bad. The boxes of books are now all over my already-cramped room, collecting dust and being a fire hazard. I have to jump to get to my desk =3= Oh and picking them up directly from the print office when you don't drive a car, is a stupid stupid idea 8)
My favorite picture in the book is the one hidden under the book jacket lolll. You guys better peel it off to look =3= The jackets just barely fit, I think they should be like..half a millimeter longer. I'm also hand folding them all because I'M DUMB. It's killing me. It's so time-consuming LOL. It took me forever just to put on covers for all the pre-orders. Don't do this guys! If you're making a book, either have them fold/assemble for you or don't have a jacket at all! OTL I chose to have one to cover up the saddle-stitch. For some reason perfect binding more than doubles the price here, but it's almost no extra cost overseas. I don't understand why 8(
Oh yeah I was also doing this at 3am. Hopefully nobody gets a book with an upside-down cover (I caught myself doing that several times). The inner cover being a mirror picture certainly didn't help. I put tons of stamps upside-down or in the wrong place on the envelope too ==
Anyway it's not nearly as bad as I'm making it sound D: (I would fail as a salesperson.) The books look ok, really! Since this was the first time, a lot of things took me by surprise, like something that looked tiny on my screen looks huge on paper, or softer or sharper than intended, etc etc. And now that I know what to expect, I really want to make a second book. Next time I'd love to print overseas and use fancy papers and have cool things like shiny foil stampings, hehe =w= I just printed locally this time so everything is very basic. (Looolll staple binding...though I like that I can fully open the pages without worrying about killing the spine.) Also I'm used to making things full-bleed since it adds a lot to prints, but now it seems it's kind of unnecessary in books, especially if there's a choice between cropping and adding a border. Uh I'm losing my train of thought now. Oh yeah, there's also no link to my dA in there in case people I know in person get their hands on this book. I don't want them to find me here lalala =3= *hides under rock* who the heck even read all this stuff, even I did not reread what I wrote...
I made mine at a local print shop so it's not going to help you much >o< I'd suggest you look into online print-on-demand places if you're looking for just a few copies, or shops like printninja.com that print in China will be cheapest if you want to print in the hundreds or thousands. Shop around and compare prices!
ahh okay thanks for the nice quick reply Hmm, my problem is mainly that the formats are always either too big or not suitable. D; Your format is perfect but I can't seem to find any print shop that offers the same sizes.. D; only much bigger and my pictures are not big enough I fear
Ooh really? I printed mine as a "booklet", or you can try "catalog". It may not sound like the same thing as an artbook, but in the end it's just a book with images printed on the pages so it's the same thing I think my size (basically a letter paper folded in half) is a standard size for most booklets.
hmmm oh okay..well, I can only seem to find photobooks but I'll search for booklets, maybe I'll find something haha Thanks for the nice help! btw, I'm really in love with your art Just wanted to throw that out there sometime!
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