What is DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS?
This book is, I feel, the most meaningful thing I've ever written. It's the first in a series of three books that I hope will help change your life, and how you choose to live it.
In its pages, I talk about the things that I believe are most important in this life; about things I believe are true, and meaningful, and worth sharing.
I tell stories drawn from my own life: examples about overcoming obstacles and adversity; stories about how making choices in your life is like drawing a Dragon; vignettes about how I came to do what it is that I love most in the world for my job. But most importantly, I tell each and every reader that they can make the same kinds of choices that I did - and that I believe in them.
Sometimes, being told that is the thing that we need most in our lives. And I think it's the most important thing that I can say to anyone: I believe in you.
After one of my presentations, I received the following letter: “I pray I am sending this to the correct person, because the person who spoke Friday, at Jerling Junior High, in Orland Park, IL, was awe inspiring… Mr. Owen projected a message to our 8th graders, repeatedly, in a direct and appealing manner…[and] should not be listed as just author, but motivator to the young and young at heart, even those floundering, wondering what path to walk.”- Bernadette M. Cronberg, Educator
I'm very gratified to say I have many letters like this - some of which are heartbreakingly sincere about how the presentation inspired a change in their writers' lives. But until recently, most of my readers could not experience that presentation unless they attended a school, or some signing event where I was speaking - and in part because of that, I have long considered putting those stories, those things I most believe, into a book, which was released as an ebook from Coppervale Press, under the same title as my presentation: "DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS: A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power Of Choice".
Why this project needs your support
Because, while the world of publishing is evolving rapidly to embrace the digital format, we still live in a print-focused world. And many, many people would love to have a physical copy of this book, to more easily give it as a Graduation gift, or as a Christmas present, or to simply be able to pass it around to friends and family, or to someone who may really need to hear the messages in its pages.
Along that same line of thought, it's getting more and more difficult for me to speak at all of the venues where people would like to see me (and still keep up my workload writing and drawing my fiction), so a professionally-produced audiobook seemed like a logical step - but even that was something more easily managed than a print edition.
The pdf format of DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS is practically print-ready, but I come from a family of printers and graphic designers, so I was not going to take the step of producing a print edition unless the result would be exceptional - and it will be. The paperback will be on heavy, acid-free, cream colored stock, with illustrated endflaps; and the hardcover will have a dustjacket and specially designed endpapers, where a personal message can be inscribed for the recipient.
The ebook has received reviews that are wonderfully generous in their compliments - but while Coppervale and the online booksellers are able to sell this version, all of my friends who are Independent Booksellers aren't able to; something that can be rectified by doing a print edition. And I receive more and more requests for exactly that every day.
You can help me make that happen - and maybe, in the process, help change someone's life.
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