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2011.05.29 (Sun)

Postponement of Rochu fanbook 'Our Secret History'

Hi everyone, the printing of 'Our Secret History' will be postponed to August because I'm going overseas for vacation next month and will not have time to work on the book. I apologize for any inconvenience caused ^^;

On the bright side, I think I've successfully convinced a very good illustrator to draw the cover for the book! She draws covers for romantic Chinese novels and her illustrations are simply gorgeous! We're still working out the details but I'm confident that we can look forward to an epic cover! ^^ The reason for the postponement is also partially because she needs time to draw.

Although I wish I could use my dolls' photos on my cover, I have to sadly admit that my photography and editing skills are not good enough to create the epic cover that I wish to have. To those who like my dolls (thank you very much <3), I'll still include photos of them in the book itself.

Many thanks to those who have already indicated interest in the book! I'm really very touched, and I will consider making it available to more people.

Topic : Axis Powers Hetalia - Genre : Anime/Manga

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2011.05.08 (Sun)

Artist Recruitment for 'Our Secret History'

Do read more info about this book before you proceed.

Still interested? Great! ^^

I'm looking for Rochu fans who are willing to contribute illustrations for free, for a free copy of the book + other memorabilia (see point 2 further down) in return, or deviant art points.

What your illustration will be used for:

1) Book will be for myself, free for artists who did free requests and gift arts for the book, and free for select few people who have been supporting my stories with constant feedback and encouragement.

2) Postcards and prints of illustrations will be printed as special souvenirs for artists who did the free requests.

3) An ebook version will be available for free download / online viewing.

4) If there are other people who are interested in owning a physical copy of the book, but I do not know them well, they are expected to pay the base cost of printing one book + shipping fees.

This is strictly a non-profit, non-commercial project.


Crediting:

A page in the book will be set aside to credit all artists' artworks by desired name and url. I will consult all artists who contributed their art on how to write the credits before the book is sent for printing.

Content:

Types of illustrations that I require are full-colour illustrations of fluffy/happy Rochu or NC16-R18 Rochu. Style-wise, I love Shoujo style, cute styles and chibis, but I'm willing to consider other styles. The final illustration is required to be at least 300 dpi, with dimensions of
17.6 cm x 25 cm so that it is a full-page illustration.

If you have further questions or want to sign up, email me at
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2011.05.08 (Sun)

How 'Our Secret History' Came About

I love collecting doujinshi and in spite having lots of HQ soft copies on my own hard drive, I feel that nothing beats the feeling of holding a book in one's hand. Similarly, the feel of holding a book is different from reading an electronic version of it. I can't read a tonne of words on my computer screen over and over again - that really hurts my eyes - but I know I can read a book over and over again. Hence I decided to publish my own fanfictions into a book for my own collection and enjoyment.

Many doujinshi novels I own contain illustrations. Afterall, all text seems a little boring. As somewhat of a perfectionist, I want to produce only the best things, and therefore, i decided to rope in fellow Rochu fans and artists to draw accompanying illustrations for my book so that it appeals visually too.

This is purely a non-commercial project. I have no intentions to sell this, but as more people express interest of participation, which I really feel honoured about, I decided to try to make the finished product more widely available. It doesn't seem fair that the beautiful artworks of the contributing artists are only enjoyed by myself and a handful. The physical copy of the final product will be given free to participating members, friends and readers who have always supported me and left me encouraging comments. To those who wish to own a physical copy, but whom I do not have the pleasure of getting well-acquainted with, you may purchase a copy if you pay the basic printing cost of one copy and shipping fees to your address.

Last but not least, a downloadable ebook version will eventually be made available for public download ^^

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