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The epic, illustrated reworking of the legend of Gelert the wolfhound and Prince Llewelyn in a sprawling, dog-infested medieval mystery
264 backers pledged NZ$ 15,215 to help bring this project to life.

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'The Dog Hunters' has already been getting  5-star reviews and everyone's asked if there'll be an illustrated version. There will be with your help. Even the smallest pledge is a great start, especially if you ask your friends to join you. You'll all be part of a project that's getting people all around the world buzzing.

Me trying to keep up with demand for 'Live' drawings at Armageddon
Me trying to keep up with demand for 'Live' drawings at Armageddon

 Illustrating the book is a big task, as it's 330 pages long, and I need to do a minimum of 100 more drawings to bring the narrative to life.

Pledges make new drawings happen
Pledges make new drawings happen
Just some of the smaller pics of Gelert that will pepper the book
Just some of the smaller pics of Gelert that will pepper the book

Funds raised through will be help me get the job done quicker, then prepare them for publication, which involves lots of scanning and fiddling around in InDesign and Photoshop.

I will also import several hundred copies to New Zealand so that Kiwis can buy the book without incurring the extra, substantial postage costs.

The rest of the money money will be spent actively promote the book worldwide, including doing publicity in the UK and USA over December and January, and a lot more online activity.

Risks and challenges

The only challenge I face is doing the drawings while continuing to write the 2nd book. Plus I'm off promoting the first book over Xmas and New Year.

However, I've spent my life working as a creative person in advertising, so deadlines aren't only part of my life, I actually need them to perform at my best.

I intend to actively engage with sponsors on at least a weekly basis, usually more often, with updates on progress. I will post low rez images of all new drawings as they happen, and sponsors will be able to encourage me and nag me- I respond to pestering.

Most importantly, drawing is something that comes ridiculously easy to me, because I love doing it. I am very productive- up to three illustrations a day when I'm in the groove.

Another bit of good news is that doing the drawings for the first book is actually helping me write the second- because drawing is a very different process to writing, the two compliment and refresh and drive each other.

This is not a labour of love- I'm passionately committed to getting the illustrated version out, and I want the world to see the story of Gelert and Llewelyn.

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    Pledge NZ$ 10 or more About US$ 7

    Signed glossy postcard of an illustration from the book- choose from four.

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    Brilliant! You get a signed print of any illustration from the book- you choose which one you want from my list of 'best of', and I'll bung you an eBook version of the original book.

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    You are an immortal. You get a signed version of the original first edition run of the non illustrated version of book, AND an Ebook version so you can take it on your travels

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    Pledge NZ$ 50 or more About US$ 34

    FOR OWNERS OF WOLFHOUNDS ONLY. Congratulations! Your wolfhound will be immortalised in the illustrated version of 'The Dog Hunters', plus you will receive the signed original drawing, plus a print of how your dog appears in the text of the final book.

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    There is a special place set aside in the heaven of your choice, where you can sit back and enjoy your signed copy of the final published, Illustrated version of book. And your eBook version of the original.

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    There is a special place set aside in the heaven of your choice, where you can sit back and enjoy your signed copy of the final published, Illustrated version of book. And your eBook version of the original.

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    Pledge NZ$ 100 or more About US$ 67

    Many thanks- you've joined the 100 club. You'll get a signed copy of the finished published, illustrated book, an eBook version opt the original, plus two signed prints of your choice from my 'best of' illustrations list.

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    Pledge NZ$ 500 or more About US$ 336

    Is it possible to be a more perfect person than you are? (Yes, see below). You will get a signed copy of book plus one signed, original (smaller) drawing from the completed book. You also get to choose which illustration you want (on a first come, first served basis) and you get an eBook of the original book.

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    Pledge NZ$ 1,000 or more About US$ 671

    As one of 'The Dog Hunters' Illustrated's elite benefactors, you'll get a signed copy of the final Illustrated, book, plus you will be credited in the book's dedication. Also two signed, original, premium drawings from the completed book, plus all preparatory sketches- you get to choose which illustrations on a first come, first served basis- and of course, a signed copy from the original print run of the non-illustrated version of the book, plus an eBook version.

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