Oh, no, not another boring breed book... Well, I certainly hope not! It has been nearly six years in the making now, nearly a year in design and layout now.
I have written: The Drentsche Patrijshond for the North American fancier, more as a conversation between friends with frank and open commentary on the Drent. Rather specifically, I put a lot of effort into not producing another boring text book on a breed of dog. This book will be free of fifty-year-old black and white photos and a small section of uninspiring color photos of the Drent tucked in the middle. It will have great photography of good Drents!
The design of The Drentsche Patrijshond for the North American fancier will more closely resemble a modern coffee-table book than a traditional breed book, with pages filled with high quality Drent images. This will be a book you will be proud to leave out, and not crammed, hidden, in your back room on your book shelf.
The book: The Drentsche Patrijshond for the North American fancier, is now closer than ever to becoming a reality. Back in August of 2012 I submitted the first draft of my text to the publisher and I was pleasantly surprised with his remarks. In essence he was happy with the content, my style and delivery, as well as the mechanics of the writing. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had my work picked up by Craig Koshyk and his new publishing company, Dog Willing Publications. The quality of craftsmanship his company is becoming known for is something out of the ordinary, truly first class - off the charts, if you ask me.
Also something which makes me pleased is the entire publication process from start to finish will be handled in North America to include printing. We have just started the layout and design process as of 24 August 2012. I recently submitted the final text to the publisher on 7 January 2013. Despite several moves over the course of this project I have manged to get all of the photography submitted to the publisher in the spring of 2013. We are in the design and layout phase.
14 March 2014 UPDATE: I have received pre-production draft layout book and it looks amazing! We are on the road to be published soon!
10 April 2014 UPDATE: I have the complete book proof in hand, and it is looking pretty freaking awesome by the way. As an added bonus I've been bequeathed a few very awesome Craig Koshyk original photographs for the work. All I have left to do to provide a handful of photo captions, and I'll have that done this coming weekend.
3 July 2014: The design work is done, and the book has an ISBN. Sales to start very soon now!
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