I’m happy to announce that the book projecting I’ve been touting for months now is finally getting to the point where it’s near completion for printing. This has been a project I’ve been working on for most of this year. As I’m writing this, I can tell you that there are eight pieces of writing that are going through final edits and revisions right now, and my art director Mark Malazarte is hard at work putting together the last few layouts for my review.
Below is more details on how you can stay updated with the project and its eventual Kickstarter campaign and what you should expect from the book.
1. What is this book about?
It is a project to both demonstrate my passion for sports and also to show the possibilities of the collaboration between art and writing. One of the best things I’ve discovered since I’ve become immersed with the online sports community are all the other people who share the same creative drive as me, whether it is expressed through words, illustrations or something else entirely.
The book — which I expect to come in at around 40-60 pages — will feature some of my previous writing along with new pieces that explore the meaning of sports through the relationships I’ve developed with some of the athletes I’ve followed; some more recently, some for several decades.
The order of the articles are still to be determined, but the book will include pieces on: Kobe Bryant, Jeremy Lin, Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, NMA Animations, Barry Bonds, Arthur Ashe, Dwight Howard, John Strickland, the oral history of Norman Einstein’s, Tom Thibodeau, Rip Hamilton, Gregg Popovich, Dennis Rodman, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe and my high school basketball career.
2. What will it look like?
I’m happy to share a few draft layouts from the book so far:
3. Who else is involved with the project?
4. Why Kickstarter?
Once the book is finalized early in the new year and I’ve received a proof copy from the print company, I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign.
The purpose of the campaign is to help recoup the printing and shipping costs involved. The preliminary cost of each book will be $20 based on this premise.
Without boring you with the actual details, a few things: I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the project so far, so I am cautiously optimistic as to how many people will be interested in this. But at the minimum, I will commit to printing a set amount of copies and absorb the sunk costs should the demand come in below my expectations.
Because Kickstarter collects a fee (approximately 8%, I believe) for successfully funded projects, it will take a particular threshold of books sold for me to break even.
At a certain sales threshold, I may end up seeing a profit. But I’m committed to donating any leftover funds after recouping print and shipping costs to a worthy cause. What that is, I have not decided yet and will research ahead of the campaign.
I suppose the point I want to make is this: I’ve spent countless hours on this project but it’s never been about profiting from folks who enjoy sports and writing as much as I do. Sure, the ulterior motive here is that I do want as many people to discover my writing as possible. But I don’t want to be putting money into my pocket for a project born strictly out of my own personal interest and desire with sports writing.
5. How can I help with the project or get updates on it?
If you’re interested in the project, simply click here and enter your email address to join the mailing list. To date, I have not sent out a single email, and I promise I will not spam your inbox with daily updates. This is strictly for me to both gauge the initial level of interest on the project to assess the correct print level to commit to and also allow me to send an email to everyone once the Kickstarter campaign is live.
If you want to make this project happen and ensure that the people who love sports like I do discover this, I encourage you to share the link to this post with anyone you know and across your social networks, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, reblogging to your Tumblr, or even if you want to Instagram DM someone with it. Do it.
As much as this project is about me, it’s also about demonstrating how collaborative the online medium is. And please do know, I appreciate every one of you that’s helped with spreading the word so far. I’ll need that much more help as the book finally becomes available.
6. What’s next?
The rest of this month, I will be focused on wrapping up editing the aforementioned eight remaining pieces. It’s very close and I’m working through it on a daily basis. I’m also working with Mark Malazarte on finalizing the layout.
If all goes well, I am aiming to have the book completed and set to print by the end of January next year at the latest. Pleasant or unpleasant surprises might come up that will shift the date earlier or later, but when it’s ready, the Kickstarter campaign will go live, and we’re off.
7. Anything else?
I think I’ve written enough. If you’ve ever enjoyed any of my writing on the blog, I hope you will be interested in this project too. I’m very excited and nervous about this, but mostly excited.
Thank you all for reading this.
Be in touch soon.