If you weren't one of our Kickstarter backers, this update may not pertain a lot to you, but I thought I'd share it with you, too, so that you would know what's going on.
You may have recently noticed, as I have, that it is now 2014. You may also have been one of those eagle-eyed observers who noticed that it is has become the month of June. The reason I'm mentioning this is that over on the Kickstarter page, it was this very combination of month and year that people were promised copies of Phileas Reid Knows We Are Not Alone.
When I launched the Kickstarter in November, the idea of being able to put together a book, publish it, and get in your hands in six months' time seemed completely doable. It would take a lot of hard work, sure, but it's doable. Then I did the math. Then I remembered everyone on my team, myself included, has a family and has at least a part-time job. It was then I realized what I was asking Marc, Dean, Vito and Rose to pull off.
When I was in film school, I would often look at a script we were about to shoot and say, "oh yeah, we can knock this out in about an hour." My girlfriend (now wife) would shake her head and say, "take whatever you think and multiply it by three." And she was right. Almost always. I always enter a project with really, really high (unrealistic?) expectations. And while this book is actually turning out better than I imagined it, we're about a third of our way into it.
We currently have about 30 pages completed. Marc and I have conferred and reorganized his workload so that he will be able to complete 10 pages a month from here on out. That's about a page every three days. As he completes them, he shares them with the rest of the team. Rose flats them, Dean colors them, and Vito letters them -- all while I give my little notes and cheer lead. Working at that pace will give us a completed digital book by December of this year. We will then rush it to the printer and then rush it into your hands.
That means you probably won't get a copy of this book until early next year (unless some form of miracle happens). I'm really, really sorry about that. No-one is more frustrated or sad about that than me. It was never my intent to mislead you in any way. This is my first foray into this medium. I should have conferred with my team before I created that timeline.
So! Back to work! I've got a book to finish.