Saturday, November 29, 2008

Meet Noah Scalin author of Skulls

UCU- Can you tell our readers more about your book(s) in case they don't already know about it? NS- SKULLS is a document of my yearlong art project: Skull-A-Day. On June 4th, 2007 I decided to make a skull image every day for a year and began posting them online (at In just a month the site went from being viewed by a handful of my friends to garnering thousands of international visitors a day. In June 2008 I finished my year of skull making, though the site continues on as Skull-A-Day 2.0, now featuring daily posts of submissions of skull themed art by the fans. In October 2008, Lark Books published SKULLS, which features 150 images from the project as well as 4 DIY patterns and a selection of fan inspired work. The site has gone on to win the Webby Awards People’s Voice Award for Best Personal Website of 2008 and the book even garnered a segment for me on the Martha Stewart Show.
UCU- What advice do you have for crafters that are trying to survive these economic times? NS- Stay true to what you care about, focus on doing work that you enjoy, and support others who are doing the same. If we look out for each other we’ll survive this storm together.
UCU- What are you looking forward to the most at Urban Craft Uprising? NS- Meeting my Seattle based blog friends/fan in person at last!
UCU- Do you have any advice for someone that wants to publish a book?
NS- If you want to get the wide distribution major publishers offer and hopefully make some money in the process, look into getting an agent. They will help you create a proposal and navigate the publishing world and are well worth their fees. If you want to have control over the end product and don’t mind being your own sales force, you may want to consider doing it yourself. The online tools for self-publishing have gotten really good in recent years.
UCU- Got any new years resolutions you would want to share with us?
NS- Finally get back to work on my next project: League of Space Pirates!

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