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This project will repackage the ebook and publish it as both audiobooks, and beautiful, high-quality paperback and hardcover editions.

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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    Everyone who pledges at least one dollar towards helping this book happen will be thanked, by name, in a special spread in the print editions of Drawing out the Dragons.

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    Patrons pledging at least $5 or more will receive a zip file with all three formats of the Drawing out the Dragons ebook, and a signed bookmark featuring the cover art.

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    Patrons pledging at least $10 or more will receive the bookmark, the ebook, and a signed miniature print (the same size as the book cover, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4") of the cover illustration.

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    Patrons pledging $15 or more will receive a signed print of the "Afterwords" page from Drawing out the Dragons, and a digital copy of the Audiobook, as well as a zip file containing all three ebook formats (pdf, mobi, and epub.)

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    Patrons pledging $25 or more will receive a signed print of the "Afterwords" page, a digital copy of the Audiobook, the zip file containing all three ebook formats, and a signed, first-edition copy of the paperback edition of Drawing out the Dragons.

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    Patrons pledging $45 or more will receive a signed print of the "Afterwords" page, a digital copy of the Audiobook, the zip file containing all three ebook formats, and a signed, first-edition copy of the hardcover edition of Drawing out the Dragons, which will also include a special, custom bookmark.

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    Patrons pledging $65 or more will receive a signed print of the "Afterwords" page, a digital copy of the Audiobook, the zip file containing all three ebook formats, the special custom bookmark, and signed, first-edition copies of BOTH the hardcover and the paperback editions of Drawing out the Dragons.

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    Patrons pledging $85 or more will receive a signed print of the "Afterwords" page, a digital copy of the Audiobook, the zip file containing all three ebook formats, the special custom bookmark, and signed, first-edition copies of BOTH the hardcover and the paperback editions of Drawing out the Dragons - and in addition to all of the above, I will add a personal inscription to either of the books, written specifically to whomever you would like, as a message of encouragement and support. All requests will be considered as to the content of the inscription.

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    The Family Package - SPECIAL UNLOCKED REWARD! For patrons who want to be able to get multiple copies of the book to share with family, friends, and reading groups. This special package includes four copies of the paperback, two copies of the hardcover, six bookmarks, and six of the "Afterwords" print, all signed by the author. Limited to twenty sponsorships of $100 each.

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    The Bookseller Package - a special sponsorship for booksellers who want to support the book via the Kickstarter project. This reward package of books (priced at the wholesale cost of the planned retail price of the paperback and hardcover editions of $15 and $25) includes ten copies of the paperback, six copies of the hardcover, and three dozen bookmarks, all signed by the author, and is limited to fifty sponsorships of $150 each.

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    The School / Library Package - SPECIAL UNLOCKED REWARD! For patrons who want to include copies of the book in their school or public library, we're offering this special package which includes the zip file with all three ebook formats; a copy of the audiobook; four copies of the paperback, two copies of the hardcover, and the author himself will come to your library to do the live presentation of Drawing out the Dragons! This package is limited to four sponsorships in Arizona and Southern California at $350 each.

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    The Literal Drawing Dragons Sponsorship - something very, very special, which I've been considering since this project started. This reward, which will be limited to just seven sponsorships, will include everything in the $85 sponsorship package - the books, in all formats, the prints, the bookmark, the personal inscription - and one very special extra: an 11" x 14" finished illustration of a Dragon, drawn to the patron's request. It will be fully rendered in pen and ink (not a sketch - a finished drawing), on the same bristol board I use for my IMAGINARIUM GEOGRAPHICA books, and can be of any of the Dragons from my books (including the ones no one has seen yet), or of a unique Dragon of the patron's choice. Limited to seven sponsorships of $500 each.

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