Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sample spreads to send with book dummy




I'm going to send my book dummy out next week with these full color sample spreads. The dummy is completely illustrated and in book order, pages turn just like a book would. That was hard to figure out and confusing to print the pages front and back in the correct order. Anyone have an easier way of doing that in a cheap way?

7 comments:

Isaac Marzioli - Freelance Illustrator said...

Does Oscar talk in rhyme? In the second panel he says:
"Don't say I can't, cause I'll only ask why...
I can do anything when I give it a try..."

I only point it out in case you didn't intend for it to rhyme...I know it's loosely based on the little engine that could...but it's been a while since I read that too...

Very solid drawings by the way! it looks great! It looks like you've got the drawings all finalized, so there's not much critique that one should add...I'd just say watch your tangents as you continue on...And is there a reason why his eyebrows are much bigger in the 3rd drawing than the other two?

Good luck with this one! It looks fantastic! It'd be nice to see the rest of it!

Carmen Keys said...

Wow, this is great. Your illustrations have such life to them, it really makes me want to know the rest of the story!
It has a slightly comic book feel because of where the text is placed. Is that intentional?
I don't have any ideas about the printing -- it seems like dummies in general are more expensive and people send them out to fewer places (to wait and get some back!). Best of luck with your publisher hunt!

marikris said...

Steve, these look great! What printer and paper are you using? How big is the book dummy? I'm just curious. I know people have used Blurb and other online photobook makers for dummies, but the costs do add up. Actually even the ink when you print at home add up as well, but I guess it really depends on how much your ink costs, the paper you use, the amount of work you put into the format versus drag and dropping the pages into templates and hitting SEND and how much that costs.

I haven't made any dummies yet, but I might just order online because my awesome printer (which is excellent for my photography) has $90 inks -_- I might get more out of that $90 from blurb or chrome or mixbook.com for a softcover book.

Patti said...

This looks great. Keep us posted on your responses.

pete said...

My son wants to see the rest of the book! :) I showed it to him and he made me read the pages over and over. I guess he knows good work when he sees it!

Had you considered actually printing a run through lulu.com? I only suggest as it being the only book printing company that I know of. I think you can run small quantities...which I could see sending off to publishers. Just a thought...it may be way more pricey than what you're doing.

The art is awesome, and your consistency really comes through.

Steve Harpster said...

Thanks everyone, I just sent the book to an editor and now I just have to wait a year before I realize that it wasn't picked up.

I looked at office max for printing the books. I printed this one on my epson 2200 and it was no problem, but I did it in book order with facing pages and it get's very confusing when you try to get the paper in the correct way and you have to trim certain sides to make it line up correctly. It's a pain in the ass.

Pixiewinkle said...

It's looking great. You can do fairly cheap printings at Lulu.com and the quality is pretty good.