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My name is Helen Kairo and I am and artist and a biologist.

In my job, I get to work with a lot of interesting animal specimens.  I love using these specimens and infographics to talk about animal anatomy, evolutionary biology, and veterinary pathology to the general public.
 

Over many years of dissections I have come across a lot of specimens with unique and fascinating stories that I’ve blogged about. I’ve got a lot of interesting writings, comic and photos and would like to put together an anthology.

The anthology will gather these stories into one place; polished and topped off with additional content that’s too lengthy for social media platforms.  There’s a lot that can be learned from each of these specimens, and I feel like a book is really the only way to do them justice.  I’ll also be including a lot of my personal stories!  As you can imagine, there are some pretty wild experiences that come up when you’re working a job like this. 

At a glance

  • soft cover 
  • full color, gloss paper
  • around 150 pages
  • 8.5"x11"
  • full of amazing photos of animals like you've never seen them before!

Printing cost

That’s for full color, soft cover book with 150 pages

Graphic designer

Although I handle all the image making, I am hiring a graphic designer to assist me with things like page layout, image editing, and the final book design

Shipping

That’s the money it will take to get these books out to all of my generous supporters on Kickstarter!

Time and Assistance 

Anatomika is currently funded completely on the sales of specimens to the public. I need to continue specimen sales concurrently with putting the book together.  

Part of what will feed into freeing up my time will be being able to pay my assistant to help manage business operations while I put together the book. By delegating tasks like shipping and customer service and advertising to someone else, I will be able to focus on writing and drawing.

Copy Editing

Once everything is put together I’ll need someone (probably multiple people) to carefully read it over and check for any errors

August 30 2019

Rough layout: all content mapped out according to page

September 15 2019

Working Proof: writing tidied up and edited

November 2019

Final edits:  getting fresh eyes for one last push of editing, then off to print!

Risks and challenges

This is my first time ever putting together a project as big as this book. I expect there will be some hiccups along the way, but I intend on letting all my backers knowing exactly what is happening and what we are doing to overcome any roadblocks.

Once the Kickstarter ends, we will post updates on both the Kickstarter page and on Facebook/Instagram. That way you'll know exactly how much progress we've made from week to week.

The risks are mostly logistical. Since this is an anthology, much of the content is already in place.
Possible risks are mostly delays, since my time is pretty limited. It might take longer than we think to get the book paginated or printed.

This is my first time working with a printing press. If the book printer I've selected doesn't work out, I might have to change printers, making things take longer.

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