an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators

* Publication Updates *

CGB Pattern and Colouring Books, and CGB Volume III

Won’t be long now.

Hello all, and thank you so much for checking in here for your updates on books.

On a personal note, I haven’t been posting much or interacting on social media, I’m working, and working to recover from being hit by a car. All is well. But everything changed for me, just a little bit, and I’m just finding my way back to the kind of communication our project lives and grows on. Our books are almost finished.

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Kaleidocycle by Ursula Raymann, Switzerland

If you are concerned at all about the delivery date, I would prefer to refund your pre-order than to participate in that concern; I hope that you understand. Email me if that is your choice. I deeply appreciate your support, and I also am eager to hold the finished books in my hand.

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How Do Pre-Orders Work at CGB?

If you’d like to know more about how we work, and how pre-order funds fit in, read on. CGB is a huge project, in our eighth year now, and (although you may not know it) I am an unpaid volunteer in the creation of the new books.

Yep. All funding for the work, for computers, beads, and for the travel of team members to our meetings has come from me personally.

The pre-order proceeds only pay for the press run to print those pre-orders; nothing more. That funding is vital to me, though, as it’s very difficult for a working artist to earn and save enough to pull off a $50k press run. I earn my living primarily from sales of books I have written previously, and CGB Volumes I & II have paid for all of this work.

If I act as the publisher as well as the creator, you see, the first press run of a book is enough to launch it; as soon as I am able to print and deliver the pre-orders, I have a living, breathing new book and I can sell it to others. And then those books will feed me until I have a new one.

I always stop pre-orders when I have exactly enough to pay for the first press run, which is why I cut the CGB pre-orders off last year. I know I seem to be taking forever (three years in now!) but this is like a PhD project, it’s got 10 years of my life in it, and it just has to be correct and complete – I’ve involved too many mathematicians, academics, physicists, engineers and generally smart and helpful people to produce anything less than my very best.

I greatly appreciate the community support of this project, and all pre-orders will be treated beautifully when we ship. The digital releases (which everyone who supported the project at any level will get) will distribute when we sign the press proofs.

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