Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Back in the Saddle

Hi everyone,

I'm still collecting my thoughts from this past weekend. I'm also collecting my wits -- what a couple of weeks! I'll do my best to share everything soon. I'm still working my way through emails, etc., so please expect responses on those in the near future as well.

In brief, however, this weekend was incredibly important to me. Not because of press or presentations, but because I got to meet so many of you -- the lifeblood of this entire project. I'm honestly humbled by the thoughtfulness and kindness on display. I'm not sure I have the words to express my gratitude... but I'm always more than willing to consult the thesaurus to see if I can find them! :)

But for now... the rest of this week will hold little rest for the weak! We're starting to look ahead to next year's RCMH Two Towers performances already. It's early to be sure, but there are a few ideas we're kicking around.

But before that, Lucerne and London are on the agenda. I'm still feeling out my schedule regarding Lucerne -- primarily because I know the prep for London will be a bit intense. Why? Well, if you didn't hear it this weekend, we're now looking at London for the book's world premiere release. It seems perhaps even more appropriate to release this long-prepared book in the land of Eagle and Child. This isn't set in stone, but it is our current plan.

However, there's a lot of work to do on the book before this. We've decided to restructure the business/publishing end of things. I'll have more to say about this later, but in short, we felt that we lost too much control in the mad dash to prepare the book for Radio City -- so we've reclaimed that control. We've brought on a new art director to oversee our layout, and I'll be introducing this person soon as well.

So yes, we're actually returning to the layout phase, which means we're also returning to the intense schedule from late last summer. As of yesterday afternoon, our production officially reopened with a series of international calls and files bouncing back and forth between ftps. Here we go again!

A few more contracts will need to be signed before I can give you all the names and details, but the grindstone is once again occupied! Happily there are more hands at it this time, so I don't think we'll be subjected to the same levels of sleep deprivation. I know, famous last words...

Expect my NY journal in the coming days. I don't know if anyone's really interested in experiencing the past couple of weeks from my bleary point of view, but it'll be cathartic for me, so hopefully you'll be able to tolerate it!

Again, thank you all so much for an unforgettable experience. Our journey is just beginning... again! :)


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