This has been a learning experience.
HAS IT EVER!
I’m filled to the brim with all sorts of feelings. Feels. Emotion, overflowing and tipping over the edge of ME, rendering me incapable of stringing two words together for hours on end. So this is how it feels to finish something that you’ve been working on for a year! Since I’m having trouble typing it out, let me show you instead:
Is it perfect? I don’t know. John Green talked in a Vlogbrothers video about how when authors get a final copy of their book back, they immediately find a typo. That’s what happened when I got my proof, too. Oops! It wasn’t a typo exactly, just a place where the formatting went a little bit strange, but the idea is the same, no? I read through the book eight times after that, fixed all such errors, and then submitted the book again. All in this afternoon! It looks like tomorrow I will be putting in the final order for all of your gorgeous, gorgeous copies to the printer (they need to check my files again, which they are doing now). Then when they arrive, I will spend all day signing them and mailing them out. XD;; I may need some help with the mailing part. XD
So, back to the idea of perfect. Is Princess of Tennis perfect? Who knows. Part of it is written in fangirl vernacular. I was a huge fangirl for Prince of Tennis at the time. I am now, too, and the language of the book reflects that sometimes. I will just say that I am extremely satisfied, and who cares if it’s 1000% without error? It is pretty darned good, I love it, and I know without a doubt that you guys will love it, too!
There is not a single book out there like this, and I can say that for certain. If you find another memoir by a foreigner about his or her time working in a manga studio, then I will send you a free copy of this book as an apology for my erroneous assumption.
Preorders are still available (until Sunday), and they are here: http://jamieism.storenvy.com/products/7118063-the-princess-of-tennis-preorder
That said, I have some announcements to make!!!
1. I bought my ticket to Hawaii!!!! I’m moving, for reals!! I don’t have enough money to do it, but I am sick and tired of being stuck where I am, slowly having the soul sucked out of me. Therefore, I’m traveling on a dime and letting my fate rest in the hands of lady luck (and all of the hardest work that I can squeeze in). I’ve been talking about the move and my worries on twitter and Facebook for a few weeks now, but I wanted to wait until I had time to make a proper post to say anything here. As you know, if you’ve been reading, I’ve been staying with my mom, and had a really hard time finding a job in her very, very small city. After months of looking (and the only real bite that I had was for the newspaper, who wanted me to write freelance for them…. in a year or so), I said “screw it,” and started working full-time on my blog and the book. Neither of those are very lucrative at all, but it gave me just enough to survive as long as I didn’t have a cell phone, and enough to pay for my hundred or so chiropractic visits.
What happened was, one day, I was walking down the hill that my mother lives on, and I took a misstep. Excruciating pain rushed down my neck, and I asked my sister to give me a ride to my mother’s chiropractor in tears, unable to move. He took x-rays, said that what I had was actually advanced arthritis in my neck, caused by years of bending over desks, and one of my vertebrae had settled on a nerve, inflaming it. Ouch. It hurt, so much so that I had to wait for 24 hours without moving, before he could even begin to work with it. It was very, very expensive to take care of, but eventually, I returned to normal…ish. I’ll have to keep going back to a chiropractor on a regular basis unless I get a new back, but getting help was something that I don’t regret, one bit. It was the best decision that I could have ever made! But, um… yeah, thanks, Sensei for the neck problems! ^o^; They’ll probably only get worse, as I intend on drawing until I can’t hold a pencil anymore, but then hopefully I’ll find a way to telekinetically move a pencil with my mind instead.
2. I’m going to be speaking on a panel at San Diego Comic Con!!!!!!! July 24th at 5:30 pm, I will be co-starring in the “Making manga in Japan” panel, helpfully organized by the totally wonderful and amazing Deb Aoki. This is the first time that I’ve been able to make it to a panel, ever, anywhere. I have been invited a few times before, but I could never afford it. This time, I committed to the possibility of this panel thinking “I can do this! Somehow!” months ago, when my book was on the horizon and I was feeling really optimistic. Things aren’t any better financially, but I will go! Somehow! I want to speak to everyone so badly, to be able to answer questions in person and meet distant fans and friends, and new fans, in person. I am so, so excited! The timing, though, is terrible for me. You see, before I got confirmation for the panel, I was facing getting kicked out of my mother’s house and when an old friend from high school, who lives on the US military base in Hawaii with his wife and dog, invited me and Sansa to stay with them until I could get both a job and apartment of my own over there, I jumped on it. Place to live, check! Plane ticket, check! Hawaiiiiiiii, my next step, check! I wouldn’t have to worry about being homeless, even if I was barely able to afford to go.
But San Diego Comic Con? Oh, no. Oh my god, I maybe, maybe could afford the plane ticket. Oh, noooooooo. I wasn’t sure what to do. Even if what I have to do is fly up there, speak, and then fly right back, I am going to pay for it. I can’t wait to speak to everyone, and I don’t care how tired I am because I can’t afford a hotel room, or what circumstances arise. Even if I’m totally broke afterward, I won’t let anyone down. BUT, well… this is where I am going to ask you for help.
If you have even $5 to spare, I’d really, really appreciate any help that you can offer! I know that it’s a lot to ask, and most people don’t have a lot of money (like me), but if you can help me speak at Comic Con, then I can hopefully stay on my feet and the next time that I speak somewhere, I’ll be able to fund it all myself. Things will only improve from there, I hope! So, this is me asking from the bottom of my heart, that if you have anything to help pay for the plane ticket and hotel (if I’m lucky), I would be forever your servant. The link to the campaign is here: http://www.gofundme.com/9v7x64
Please.. and thank you, so, so much!!!
Right now, I am a struggling, starving artist, hoping to do good in the world, but in the future, when I’m the one with hard-won funds, I am going to spread the love and be someone else’s hero. <3
That’s all that I have to say right now, but I hope to write again soon! Very, very soon, with even more news! In the meantime, I have some art to do for the postcards and other freebies that come with preorders of the book! I am also thinking about a postcard design to send people who help out with the Comic Con expenses as a thank you.
See you all soon, and thank you so much for reading!! Ganbatte ne, minna! *^__^*