Georg and I got nice email from Joanna, our editor, yesterday. Barbara told me that she worked on the hotly anticipated Tarot of the Saints, so I'm looking forward to seeing what she does for us. She wrote to introduce herself and give us the production schedule:
August 27: she starts working on the book.
October 8: we receive the proofs.
November 8: we return the proofs.
November 21: she sends the book to the printer.
March 1, 2002: release date.
So that's our official release date: March 1. Less than 7 months away. Wow. !!! Is it too soon to start thinking about a launch party?
Anyway, Joanna also asked us to confirm our contact information, which was good because she had Georg's previous address and phone number. Also she asked if we needed the full four weeks to review the proofs. Seeing as how we'll be out of town for a week in late October, I think we need to plan on the full month.
Her message also included a few details like the way our names will appear on the cover and title page: "Sarah Ovenall. Text by Georg Patterson and Sarah Ovenall." This is exactly what I had hoped for, so I'm very glad to hear it.
She also listed the illustrations that will be included in the book: "78 card illos, 3 spreads, 1 family tree illo." I'm amused to see that the word illo, which I knew from apas and zines, is an actual term in publishing. I thought it was just something that zinesters made up.
Also I'm happy that they're using the family tree I sent. Since most of the court cards are based on members of Queen Victoria's family, I think a family tree is a necessity. It took me months to get a handle on the family relationships; I couldn't expect a casual reader to keep track without visual aids.
On the downside, she didn't mention any of the other art I had sent for use as spot illustrations. I didn't expect them to use all of it, but I was hoping they'd find room for some. Particularly these four gorgeous engravings of female archers called "Amazons of the Bow." I wanted them to introduce each suit. Also, I thought it would be nice to include an original source illustration in the chapter on collage. So that people could see the image in its original context, and compare that to its appearance in the card.
And there was a picture of eighteen-year old Victoria, just after she became Queen, wearing a military uniform, that I really love & was hoping they could include with the brief historical background. And also these flying monkey-heads that show up on the seven of cups, that have become a sort of signature image for me (I even had rubber stamps made of them!). Now that I think of it, I guess I sent them a lot of art for spot illos. So it would be a bit of a disappointment if they didn't use any of it.
I wrote to Joanna last night and asked about the illustrations. She wrote back this morning (nice of her to be so prompt) saying that she hadn't seen these other illos, and she'd look into it when she started working on the book at the end of the month.
Also she asked if we minded sharing one set of proofs, since we're both at the same address. That's fine by me. I guess we can use different colored pens to distinguish ourselves. (it probably doesn't matter to them which of us writes what, but it will be helpful to us I think.)
So anyway, that's the news. Pretty good I think!