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This collaborative art book will feature over 50 artists and over 100 pages of full-color art of endangered birds from the world over.
103 backers pledged $8,130 to help bring this project to life.

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Sorry it's been a while!

Posted by Arras Wiedorn (Creator)
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Hello everyone!

It has been a while since my last update! After all of my test readers commented that the text of the book could use a little work, Tallulah Cunningham kindly offered to act as copy editor and polish up my writing. I sort of expected this to be a quick process, but it turned out my writing needed a little more work than I thought!

Look at all those corrections. It was more than I expected!
Look at all those corrections. It was more than I expected!

 Anyways, just tonight I finally made my way to the very end of the text! I still have to go back and make a few "tough decision" edits- in a few places, I have to decide between editing the sentence for more clarity or retaining scientific accuracy, those kinds of things- but I don't expect this to take more than a week or so, hopefully less. Meanwhile, I have sent the final round of non-text corrections to my graphic designer, Whale Works Design, and she will be working on those while I finish up the text edits. After that, it will be all ready to go!

This has been a long and difficult process, way more so than I ever realized it would be. Essentially, the book was only a concept when I ran the Kickstarter, and it takes a lot more time and effort to bring a book from concept to completion than I ever realized. I am so grateful for everyone who has been so very patient, and I just wanted to let you all know.

Red Owl charms!

Posted by Arras Wiedorn (Creator)
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I finally received the keychains for Cari's Madagascar Red Owl charms, so tomorrow I'll be shipping out the last of the orders that do not include books! There's something wrong with my camera, so for now have some blurry phone pictures!

Keychains, because these are a little too heavy for phone straps
Keychains, because these are a little too heavy for phone straps
And necklaces!
And necklaces!

Shipping out non-book rewards and book status!

Posted by Arras Wiedorn (Creator)
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Today is a day for news, apparently! I've just heard that Cari's charms, which are the last of the Kickstarter rewards (aside from the books themselves) will arrive on Monday, meaning that I will be able to ship out the rest of the rewards that did not include physical books. So, if you did not order a physical copy of the book and have not received your rewards yet, please check and make sure your address is correct! I will probably be shipping those out next Tuesday or Wednesday. And I'll be sure to post pictures of the charms when they arrive!

Also, I have just received the second revision of the book! It will still probably take at least one or two more revisions before it's ready for the printer, but it's shaping up nicely. On that note, I was wondering if anyone would like to volunteer to test read it for me- I've seen it so many times now, I'd like to get one or two fresh sets of eyes on it. If you're interested, please send me an email at animus.panthera@gmail.com.

A little update

Posted by Arras Wiedorn (Creator)
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Hello everyone!

It's been a while since the last update, but I have some excellent news! I am going to be moving in about a week and a half, and the graphic designer and I have decided it would best to have the book ready or nearly ready for the printer before my move. This means that the digital copy of the book should be ready within the month or so. I can't wait! I am not 100% sure how much longer after that it will be before the hard copies will be ready, but I will let you all know as soon as I know!

Also, we have finally been able to re-order Cari's charms. They're going to be very cute! They should arrive sometime in the next 2-3 weeks, and I'll post pictures as soon as I have them in hand.

Off to the graphic designer!

Posted by Arras Wiedorn (Creator)
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Hey! It's been so busy lately, I completely forgot to post this update! Anyway, a couple of weeks back I met up with the graphic designer, and the book is now in the very capable hands of Whale Works Design and Illustration. She will be handling the graphic design for all of the written parts, and will also be doing the final read-through and helping me generally polish it up for publication. Once she's done with it, I will have the PDF version available and the book will be off to the printer!