The following details comprise a list of books I have published since starting Flesk Publications in 2002. I did this to document the month and year for each book release, and out of curiosity to see the number of books and total combined page count published each year. It was easy enough to write some extra details and post it on my blog in case others would find this information of interest.
Besides a jump between the total number of books I published in 2010 compared to 2009, a gain in the combined books total page count increased 33%. Here’s a break down.
2010 Flesk Titles
1. Blue Book by Mark Schultz, March 2010, 16-pages
2. James Bama Sketchbook, May 2010, 144-pages
3. Hallucinations by William Stout, July 2010, 48-pages
4. Al Williamson Archives, July 2010, 64-pages
5. The Legend of Steel Bashaw by Petar Meseldžija, October 2010, 64-pages
6. Inspirations by William Stout, November 2010, 48-pages
7. Xenozoic by Mark Schultz, November 2010, 352-pages
8. Harvey Dunn by Walt Reed, November 2010, 304-pages
9. Jungle Girls by Jim Silke, December 2010, 84-pages
Total 2010 page count is 1124 pages.
Now, let’s compare to the previous year.
2009 Flesk Titles
1. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne adapted by Gary Gianni, January 2009, 64-pages
2. Prehistoric Life Murals by William Stout, February 2009 (indicia states January 2009, but it arrived in stores in February), 144-pages
3. Major Thrill’s Adventure Book by Gary Gianni, July 2009, 32-pages
4. Mark Schultz Various Drawings Volume Four, August 2009, 48-pages
5. Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic by Mark Schultz, June 2009, 256-pages
6. New Dinosaur Discoveries A-Z by William Stout, December 2009, 64-pages
7. Dinosaur Discoveries by William Stout, December 2009, 144-pages
Total 2009 page count is 752 pages.
Going by the pages numbers, that’s a workload increase of 372-pages comparing 2010 to 2009, and an additional two books for 2010. I should note, books are worked on from anywhere from three months to four years. It’s not like the production of all of these books fit within an actual calendar year. As a publisher I am involved in all aspects of each book. There’s editing, reviewing the art scans on each page to make sure it meets my standards, in some cases designing the book myself, proofing, and all sorts of little things that need my attention. Increasing production by a 33% page count was a lot of hard work, but worth it. (I do have help. I don’t do this all alone. Bill Baker, Randy Dahlk, Dave Stier, Martin Timins and James Walker II all make solid contributions.)
2010 represents a pace I would like to continue. Ultimately, I would like to slowly increase the amount of books coming out each year. The quantity will be based on many factors including my budget, my time, the support from people buying our books, the economy, and those unknown factors that lurk up to challenge me.
I am already working on my 2011 schedule and firming up the details on a handful of projects with artists I am having the opportunity to work with for the first time, and those I have been fortunate enough to have worked with in the past. It seems my brain is always six months ahead of the actual real-time date. I will have some exciting news to share by March 2011, when I will have much of the new title details wrapped up. You will see more diversity to the line-up.
While I’m at it, here are the remaining books I have published over the years. (Note: I was laid-off from Sun Microsystems on January 29, 2009, which also marked the date I began working Flesk full-time. I was at Sun for 10 years. This explains the jump in new titles for 2009 and 2010.)
2008 Flesk Titles
Total 2008 page count is 113 pages.
2007 Flesk Titles
Total 2007 page count is 256 pages.
2006 Flesk Titles
Total 2006 page count is 208 pages.
2005 Flesk Titles
1. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume One, July 2005, 48-pages
Total 2005 page count is 48 pages.
2004 Flesk Titles
1. Joseph Clement Coll: A Legacy in Line, July 2004, 208-pages
Total 2004 page count is 208 pages.
2003 Flesk Titles
1. Joseph Clement Coll: The Art of Adventure, July 2003, 168-pages
Total 2003 page count is 168 pages.
2002 Flesk Title
1. Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen by John Fleskes, March 2002, 112-pages
Total 2002 page count is 112 pages. My first book!
That wraps up all of the books I’ve published to date. A total of 25 books and one print. I’m looking forward to adding more to this list this year!