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Dec 31, 2012 05:05 |  #1

It's a book about ruby-throated hummingbirds and it chronicles my last 8 seasons photographing them. :D

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Dec 31, 2012 05:41 |  #2

Congratulations!


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Dec 31, 2012 05:47 |  #3

Thanks, neighbor. :D ^^^


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Dec 31, 2012 09:38 as a reply to  @ twoshadows's post |  #4

Very nice job on the book Ian, looks very professional! :)
I can't even get 1 good shot of a hummingbird that I like, and you have a book full! heheheh (That takes a lot of dedication)

I have a couple of questions, if you don't mind...

Why have black and white hummingbird shots?
I ask because they are known for color, them, and their surroundings. I'm not saying it's wrong, I am only curious about the why. Personally, I like the entire book, I'm not even really nit-picking, only curious.

The second question is, are you satisfied with Blurb's printing and the entire process you went through on your book?

Congratulations on your book Ian, hopefully it sells good for you, it sure is a good looking one, I know that.

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Dec 31, 2012 10:16 |  #5

That is awesome! Book looks great and your images do as well. Congrats!


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Dec 31, 2012 10:23 as a reply to  @ J.Litton's post |  #6

That's great! Good luck with sales!


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Dec 31, 2012 11:16 |  #7

Congratulations, well done.


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Dec 31, 2012 11:37 |  #8

Looks fantastic!

Is there a POTN discount? (I kid, I kid...)


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Dec 31, 2012 11:59 |  #9

Very well done. Good luck with sales.


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Dec 31, 2012 12:59 |  #10

J.Litton wrote in post #15427264 (external link)
That is awesome! Book looks great and your images do as well. Congrats!

LV Moose wrote in post #15427291 (external link)
That's great! Good luck with sales!

DanThoman wrote in post #15427524 (external link)
Congratulations, well done.

acajun wrote in post #15427677 (external link)
Very well done. Good luck with sales.

Wow! I honestly didn't expect much of a response. I really was just too happy about it to keep it quiet and I figured who would appreciate a book about birds more than you folks? So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!! :D


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Dec 31, 2012 13:14 |  #11

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Very nice job on the book Ian, looks very professional! :)
I can't even get 1 good shot of a hummingbird that I like, and you have a book full! heheheh (That takes a lot of dedication)

I have a couple of questions, if you don't mind...

Why have black and white hummingbird shots?
I ask because they are known for color, them, and their surroundings. I'm not saying it's wrong, I am only curious about the why. Personally, I like the entire book, I'm not even really nit-picking, only curious.

The second question is, are you satisfied with Blurb's printing and the entire process you went through on your book?

Congratulations on your book Ian, hopefully it sells good for you, it sure is a good looking one, I know that.

Randy

Hi Randy and thanks for the questions. :)

I use the B&W images as an intro to each section of the book. And, since there's a story for each section, it works with the print overlay much better than trying to find a print color that will work on a multi-colored image. As well, the B&W images are mostly ones that look pretty crappy in color or are not "complete" (like the B&W of "Ole Squarehead").

With regard to Blurb: I have not tried any other printing company, but I have been happy with my choice of printer. The physical book looks very well done, their software options are good and their in house Booksmart software I found to be intuitive and relatively easy to work with. also they've been good with regard to answering questions. (I do not work for Blurb. I am simply a satisfied customer. :) )

Thanks a lot for the good words, Randy. I hope I sell a lot of them because I really want people to get to see what I see. To that end, if anyone is interested in getting a hardcover edition, see my next post. ;)


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Dec 31, 2012 13:22 |  #12

joeblack2022 wrote in post #15427590 (external link)
Looks fantastic!

Is there a POTN discount? (I kid, I kid...)

Thank you, Joel. :)

You know, I've thought about it and yes, there is a POTN discount if you all buy through my Etsy shop. ;) (It has to be Etsy because I don't see a way to offer discounts through Blurb's bookstore...)

Here's how it's going to work: As soon as I receive the books (proof is done and the 1st edition is on its way to me now) I will post the link (in my sig if that's not against the rules) to where any of you can by the book at a 5% ($3) discount. The link will include the discount code. AND, for every POTNer that purchases a book, I will donate $2 to POTN (at the end of each month).

Sound good? :D


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Dec 31, 2012 13:45 |  #13

twoshadows wrote in post #15427971 (external link)
Hi Randy and thanks for the questions. :)

I use the B&W images as an intro to each section of the book. And, since there's a story for each section, it works with the print overlay much better than trying to find a print color that will work on a multi-colored image. As well, the B&W images are mostly ones that look pretty crappy in color or are not "complete" (like the B&W of "Ole Squarehead").

Ohhh, very smart! I like the idea behind the B/W images, I knew you had a plan, I just couldn't figure it out. I actually ought to have figured it all out though, I was in printing for almost 30 years. heheh

With regard to Blurb: I have not tried any other printing company, but I have been happy with my choice of printer. The physical book looks very well done, their software options are good and their in house Booksmart software I found to be intuitive and relatively easy to work with. also they've been good with regard to answering questions. (I do not work for Blurb. I am simply a satisfied customer. :) )

Thanks a lot for the good words, Randy. I hope I sell a lot of them because I really want people to get to see what I see. To that end, if anyone is interested in getting a hardcover edition, see my next post. ;)


I have heard of good printing places similar to Blurb, but it's been awhile, so I was curious about your thoughts on the process, and how they treated you, thanks for the answers, I am sure it will help others too that may have a similar idea. (These type books planned well in advance would make excellent Christmas gifts, or any type gift too)

It's always a good thing to see a satisfied customer, that is a rarity these days. heheh

Can you clear up another set of quick questions?
I didn't see which hard-bound you chose, could you spell that out, for others that might want to buy? Maybe possibly even do their own at some point.
It's really a good thing that technology has us at a point where we can publish our own books with the look of a professional quality.
(Years ago I designed a few motorcycle related calendars from an online source, they came out looking as good as any I have seen anywhere, but were fairly expensive for what they were, they were NOT this quality)

Thanks for the answers Ian, I appreciate it.

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Dec 31, 2012 14:17 |  #14

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Here's how it's going to work: As soon as I receive the books (proof is done and the 1st edition is on its way to me now) I will post the link (in my sig if that's not against the rules) to where any of you can by the book at a 5% ($3) discount. The link will include the discount code. AND, for every POTNer that purchases a book, I will donate $2 to POTN (at the end of each month).

Congratulations on the book. I've thought about doing something similar with my Grizzly photos. This looks very nice.

And how nice of you to not only offer a POTN discount, but to also donate to POTN. Setting a good example for us all. Thank you.


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Dec 31, 2012 14:23 |  #15

Congrats from the NEF crew!


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