Love and Money
Fall has finally come to South Florida! The cool, gentle breeze is a welcome change. As I sit here enjoying the fresh air, I would like to give you additional information about the financial side of our project.
All deposits for the design, print, and promotion of Wildlife in Wild Lands have come out of my pocket. A 244-page, six color, fine-art photography book is incredibly expensive to print. I was told to send it to Hong Kong to save money, but I wanted to ensure that this labor of love was perfectly executed in the USA. I stayed on-press for 11 days, side by side with print techs I now call my friends. Everyone involved in production came to love the project. They gave 200% and never asked for additional compensation. I felt incredible pride and inspiration as I watched total strangers become excited and want to become part of our mission.
This book is not being made for profit. It is being made to garner awareness and provide a platform for further discussion. From the beginning, I agreed with Claudio Hirsch (of Fundación Parques Nacionales of Argentina) to pay for production and marketing costs with a Kickstarter campaign and Amazon sales. If these costs are covered, we have agreed to put the additional money into an account set-up for a second print-run of the book.
I am already receiving final invoices for the project. In my personal life, I am balancing financial issues as a result of Hurricane Irma. The $60,000 goal isn't half of what I am giving to this labor of love. It is what I need, right now, to keep going with this conservation mission.
Thank you so much for your support. It is so greatly appreciated. Please share information about the campaign with anyone who may be interested in helping us reach our goal.
Laura C. Williams