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So the illustrious Mr. Neil Gaiman, author extraordinaire, mentioned me in his recent blog about the Who Killed Amanda Palmer book.

"Anyway, all the material was handed over to some designers, who it turned out hadn't designed books in a while and did a job so bad and so late that when they handed it back, Beth (Amanda's assistant) wound up taking the book and designing it and doing a terrific job, but having to start pretty much from scratch."

I was keeping this under wraps out of... fear I suppose. Everyone knew I was project manager for the book, but when it came down to my designing it, I was afraid of saying too much. That people would know that the man behind the curtain had no idea what he was doing.

I'd done some design work at my old job at The Food Bank For New York City, even co-designing an event journal that was 78 pages long. But to design a fine art book with text by NEIL FREAKIN' GAIMAN? I figured you needed way more skills than I possessed and way more experience than I had.

Fast forward almost three months and the book I designed is being printed.

I worked on this project for nine months. I organized the photos and assisted at shoots and shot and photoshopped and communicated with printers and I laid out all 128 pages of it. There isn't a single element in that book that I didn't plan, tweak or create.

I am so proud of it and so deeply in love with it. This book is incredible and gorgeous and I am so, so honored that when I said, "Amanda, I can do this, let me do this" she said, "Of course you can. Go for it."

The hundreds of hours I spent on this project, the all-nighters, the coffee dates I canceled and the number of times I wanted to pull my hair out and toss the computer out the window... it is all worth it.

Oh, and you can now buy it if you'd like, by clicking here. It has about a dozen stories from Neil, more than about 110 deaths from Amanda, and photos from [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy, Gregory Nomoora, Lauren Goldberg, Nicholas Vargelis and yours truly, among others.

My artist photo (as seen on the back dustjacket flap), by KYLE FREAKIN' CASSIDY:


Love,
Beth
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posted by [identity profile] iggy1110.livejournal.com at 01:12am on 23/04/2009
beth rock on.

i hope i'll see you soon enough after the book comes out so you can sign it for me.
 
posted by [identity profile] weezerchild703.livejournal.com at 01:16am on 23/04/2009
How excited you must be that it's finally coming out? Too bad you couldn't use the Red Bull photo for the dust jacket, it'd be appropriate eh? I think you're due for a lengthy paid vacation... say for the duration of the entire summer (or at least most of it). ;)

How many of your photographs are used in the book?
 
posted by [identity profile] nixonsangel.livejournal.com at 01:25am on 23/04/2009
I will sit outside of your house with a bowl of mac n cheese and make ting tings with a spoon (that sounds so horribly dirty) until you sign it as follows: To the second awesomest person ever. Love, THE AWESOMEST PERSON EVER."

In all caps.

And believe me, that ting ting-ing will get fucking annoying as hell.

Then I will make you a zoo.
 
posted by [identity profile] karmalingoist3.livejournal.com at 01:26am on 23/04/2009
Beth that is so awesome.

I have been looking forward to this book for AGES. I am so excited it's finally coming out. I'm even more excited after hearing everyone's stories about it from your blog and kyle's as well as Amanda and Neil's twitterings.
 
posted by [identity profile] hhbarmaid.livejournal.com at 01:29am on 23/04/2009
Congratulations Beth! I can't wait to see the book!
 
posted by [identity profile] kids-inthe-riot.livejournal.com at 01:40am on 23/04/2009
wow the whole shebang?
i'm even happier that i bought it now, knowing that i'm helping one talented, lady artist rather than a souless design team.

then again i get excited when i buy from PWT, because i know that somewhere over the atlantic, someone i have never met has to think about me, just for a minute, to write my name on an envelope. i have the envelope somewhere....
ha.

but seriously, i'm glad it was you.
 
posted by [identity profile] cinnamonspite.livejournal.com at 01:44am on 23/04/2009
I'm a devoted reader of Neil's :) I read this a few minutes before popping onto LJ and saw your entry on this.

Congrats! I'm excited for you. I'm also very excited to see this. It's kind of a dream book, several things I love thrown together. :)
 
posted by [identity profile] rahien.livejournal.com at 01:47am on 23/04/2009
I am ordering the shit out of this right now.
When're you coming to Australia again? :P
 
posted by [identity profile] demonscars.livejournal.com at 01:52am on 23/04/2009
Congrats. I can't wait to see the book. I'm sure it's going to be great. I know what you are feeling. It's wonderful when you take on a huge project and are given a great responsibility for it and make it great.
 
posted by [identity profile] secrets-n-lies.livejournal.com at 01:53am on 23/04/2009
i cannot WAIT to get my copy! and now that i know you designed it all, i shall take special care to look at and appreciate your design work :)
 
posted by [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/retrospection_/ at 02:09am on 23/04/2009
Beth. i'm so scared to move, but every day I think of you and think "no. this is what needs to happen. Beth is proof that everyone is awesome"

I'm so proud of you
 
posted by [identity profile] kylecassidy.livejournal.com at 02:43am on 23/04/2009
Beth is proof that Beth is awesome.

And she is.
 
posted by [identity profile] researcher.livejournal.com at 02:43am on 23/04/2009
I know you know this, but...

You rock so hard. All the time.

And you can do anything. I really believe that.
 
posted by [identity profile] kylecassidy.livejournal.com at 02:45am on 23/04/2009
You've done so wonderfully. I'm proud of you Beth of all trades.
 
posted by [identity profile] zaarwin-devolve.livejournal.com at 03:09am on 23/04/2009
Good job. :) I'm looking forward to seeing the final produce.
 
posted by [identity profile] kurometarikku.livejournal.com at 04:01am on 23/04/2009
I was an idiot and ordered this book right away without really knowing what I was ordering, just that Amanda really touched me this last year, so I might buy anything related to her.

Neil's and your post have me really excited about it now. July can't come here fast enough!
 
posted by [identity profile] veghead.livejournal.com at 07:01am on 23/04/2009
Beth,

You are amazingly talented and have proven again and again that there isn't anything you can't accomplish once you set your mind to it. I'm so excited to see the finished project. Congratulations!
 
posted by [identity profile] spacedlaw.livejournal.com at 07:32am on 23/04/2009
It must have felt like a daunting work at times but I am certain the results will be fantastic. Looking forward to receiving my copy (What? July? Heeeeee.)
 
posted by [identity profile] coraline73.livejournal.com at 08:12am on 23/04/2009
Congratulations - I am so looking forward to getting my copy - hadn't realised quite how much you had put into it ;-)

 
posted by [identity profile] danguyf.livejournal.com at 09:51am on 23/04/2009
Don't tell Neil, but I didn't order it until I found out that you designed it.

Years ago, with almost no graphic design training, I designed the mental lunchbox that served as the packaging for the limited edition My So-Called Life DVD box set.

Design fearlessness should always be supported.
 
posted by [identity profile] tevriel.livejournal.com at 10:44am on 23/04/2009
Wow, that's awesome.

I'll definitely have to get that one. ♥
 
posted by [identity profile] insignifikunt.livejournal.com at 11:59am on 23/04/2009
Congratulations on a job well done! (I know we've not seen it yet but I am sure it is!)

So can't wait to receive my copy!

Beth would you consider signing mine as well or is it too late? You're as much the artist in this as Neil, Amanda and Kyle!
 
posted by [identity profile] sukikins.livejournal.com at 07:22pm on 23/04/2009
I think this is so wonderful. I'm still new to your blog but I have heard such nice things from NG & KC. I'm searching for the perfect key to send you. XOXO
 
posted by [identity profile] lentower.livejournal.com at 03:21am on 24/04/2009
; - }
 
posted by [identity profile] ancathach.com at 05:18pm on 25/04/2009
I'm so proud of you Beth. Is it weird that i'm proud of someone i've never met?!!

F*** it,i am. You're a complete inspiration :)
 
posted by [identity profile] claudialioncour.livejournal.com at 04:57pm on 27/04/2009
Hey congratulations!! This is awesome!!! :-D All my blessings.
 
posted by [identity profile] vampiress144.livejournal.com at 09:07pm on 27/04/2009
hooray!!! i am so stoked.

you are an inspiration

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