Okay, everyone! After basically spending most of my weekend packing and packing and doing more packing, I have gotten almost every preordered book out the door! The only exceptions are a very small handful of the IndieGoGo preorders; the rest of those are already sent out, and I also sent out all the other preorders, so if you’ve ordered a copy prior to today your book is on the way. (My local post office is VERY grateful that I used online postage instead of bringing them a couple of hundred packages.)
Aaaanyway, that means you should not be experiencing any more shipping delays if you order Vulture Culture 101. I typically go to the post office 2-3 times a week; if you need your copy to arrive by a particular date, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi, folks! Just a quick update–I am getting close to the end of shipping out IndieGoGo backer packages, which I said I was going to send out first. Almost all the packages are out, except for: Vulture Culture Starter Kits (waiting for a box of skulls to arrive), Tails (and Ears) sets (just need to sit down and finish the tails and ears themselves), Furs of North America (ditto), and a few of the Book Lover sets for which I’m waiting for either the not-Vulture-Culture-101 books to arrive, or I’m waiting for the person to tell me what book they want. All in all I have less than two dozen packages left, so soon as those are out the door I can get the other preorders shipped out. If you haven’t yet gotten in an order for your copy of Vulture Culture 101, you can do so at https://www.vultureculture101.com/buy-the-book/
Also, if you are getting an ebook, keep an eye on your spam folder! I had a few people contact me asking where their file was, and it ended up spammed (oops.)
Vulture Culture 101: A Book For People Who Like Dead Things has arrived! This is the first book about the subculture (fandom?) surrounding hides, bones, and other animal specimens. In it you’ll learn about who Vultures are, how to build your own collection, tutorials on bone cleaning, tanning and more, how to explain Vulture Culture to the general public, and much more. Whether you’re just getting involved or have been a Vulture for years, this is a great addition to your bookshelf–and it’s the perfect thing to hand to someone who may not understand your unusual interests, too!
After WAY TOO MANY final edits, the manuscript is being uploaded to the printer for the final time, and as soon as they approve it in the next few days I’ll get my order in for the books. I had gotten the physical proofs last week just before I went to vend at an event over the weekend, but there were a few things I wanted to change before ordering hundreds of copies of this thing.
Now, as I have mentioned, I use Microsoft Word for book layout because I have neither the time nor the money to learn to use a proper layout program. 95% of the time it’s perfectly serviceable–until you put a ton of pictures in. Anyone who’s ever tried putting pictures in a Word document knows the pain of “I’m just gonna nudge this picture over a few pixels WAIT WHY IS IT NOW TWO PAGES FURTHER DOWN THE MANUSCRIPT?” So making any change in a chapter that is photo-heavy means that I have to go back and fine tune everything else that was inconvenienced by the process. As you can imagine, this was very frustrating and there was a lot of swearing involved.
But it’s about as good as it’s going to get, so while this isn’t a New York Big Five Publisher-quality layout job, the pictures are more or less where they ought to be and I caught as many typos as I could. Also, the print quality on the pictures isn’t as good as I’d like, and I had to print the book in black and white since color would have been EXPENSIVE, so I’ll be putting color versions of the pics on the website by the time the book is in your hands.
I’m probably being more self-critical than I ought to be, and I’m sure you all will like the book just fine. I’ll keep you all posted on shipping and the like, and I really, really appreciate your patience as I juggle this book project with about eleventy billion other things going on in my professional life right now. Cheers 🙂
So I just got through the first round of edits for the guest essays! I am really impressed with the skills and ideas these writers have brought to topics ranging from bone cleaning to hide tanning, and I think you’ll all find their tutorials very useful.
Because I’ll be taking my first proper vacation in three years this June, I moved their final due date back a couple of weeks to give everyone some breathing room. I’m still intending a Summer 2018 book release, so keep your peepers peeled here for updates on that 🙂
Want to help Vulture Culture 101: A Book For People Who Like Dead Things a reality, AND get your copy of the book at the lowest price ever? Want to get neat perks like my other books and art made from hides and bones? Want to help a self-employed author and artist create a valuable resource both for members of the Vulture Culture, and people who are just curious about what it’s all about?
Back the Vulture Culture 101 campaign today at http://igg.me/at/vultureculture101! We’re already well on our way, and early bird specials are going fast. Even if you can’t back the campaign right this moment, please send the campaign to anyone you feel may be interested, and thank you for your support 🙂