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Sales and Severity

I was sent this first piece of promotion for Sense and Sensibility this evening, so I thought I would share it together with this detail of Marianne which they used.

There is also to be an event centered around the theme of illustrating Austen at the Holburne Museum in Bath in late November, to which I will be contributing; and possibly another one elsewhere before that in September.  I will post more details as I have them.

Unfortunately, with these exciting news come some other vexing ones.  I am soon to begin work on Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories for the Folio Society, which I'm very much looking forward to.  The deadline for which is May 2012, and my impression had been that I could complete it, then move on to Pride and Prejudice, which is scheduled for its bicentenary in 2013.

Alas; my agent, Palazzo, and I had all got our wires crossed. P&P's bicentenary is in February 2013, which means that Palazzo are aiming for publication in November 2012, to make the Christmas market.  In short, this now means that from now to May, I am going to have to work on both books at the same time. This would be nothing to other illustrators far superior to myself who are accustomed to working on four books at once, but for stupid me the pressure will be... considerable, shall we say. Particularly as Just So Stories is to be another limited edition, like the Rubáiyát. Then there is that silly notion I gave myself of redeeming my earlier P&P efforts by doing the very best I can this time round. Silly, not because redeeming myself is unwarranted, but because I'm going to drive myself quite mad again. Did I mention that I'd also been nursing a hope of making Just So my best work so far, too? I suppose I had better relinquish all such thoughts at once.

*Bangs head on desk*



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Jul. 29th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
Think positive. It's much easier to trip over a negative sign -
Aug. 1st, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
I will. I will try, at any rate.

And belated happy birthday, Lizzy. I'm sorry I've been such a goof and didn't get to send my wishes in time. :(
Aug. 2nd, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Don 't worry, you didn't miss much.
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Aug. 1st, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
Thank you, Phil. :)

I think it's fair to say that I have most certainly always been touched with madness. But never genius though. :D
Jul. 30th, 2011 07:08 am (UTC)
I know this sounds tiny compared with what you do - but I'm working on two short comics at the moment (14 + 5 pages), one to be handed in on August 12 and the other for September, and I'm already panicking (and procrastinating, obviously).

I'm sure your illustrations will be wonderful. As for mental sanity, well, whoever needed that?
Aug. 1st, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
It does not sound tiny at all! I would be reacting in just the same way if I had to do the same. Good luck to you!

Aug. 2nd, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Oh, I love how Marianne looks! I want her costume! :-)

Sorry there is so much pressure. Your work is amazing, truly!
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