Well, that's it ladies and gentlemen. The last copy of Tale of the Unnamed Engine left Sidcup earlier today, bound for Nova Scotia in Canada. We released the paperbacks for the first time in August 2013 and two and a bit years on we find ourselves with only our stock allocated for our stockists left.
To say that today was a difficult day was an understatement. We did, after all, print and bind 2000* copies with help from Tony Lord of the London College of Communication, Blackheath's Binders, and many more besides.
I think I speak for myself and Dean when I say that we thoroughly enjoyed bringing this volume to print after releasing it as an eBook back in the summer of 2012.
I'm so very grateful to everyone who bought a copy of the book. For those of you who didn't get a copy, have no fear. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, and if we have any left from returns or similar from our stockists, we'll be in touch.
All that is left to say, is that these has been the first story we told...and we're getting closer to the second one, day by day.
Here's some artwork Dean has been working on - the faces haven't actually been illustrated yet, the shading is the colour of the smokebox. Note also that the steam and smoke is yet to be done too, but there's so much rich detail in the picture already. I think you can guess what railway these engines come from!
Until next time.
*Actually, it was 35 boxes of 60 books each, which is 2100 copies. The overspill comes from printing, we had to make sure we had enough for 2000 books to sell!