Publishing a new book can be like giving birth to a porcupine!
Not that I would know what giving birth to anything might be like. But publishing a new book can be a real deal challenge especially if it's outside of your normal scope of interests.
I'm better known for my fly-fishing adventure books, but it's important to step outside the realm now and then just for its own sake. Thus I will, within the month, publish a delicious new book titled STILLWATER - The Secret Life of Ponds.
STILLWATER is a small book at 8.5" x 8.5" and it will be a paperback. The interior copy is expected to be around 80 pages. The way the copy is written is unorthodox too - as much to communicate facts as to entertain and amuse.
As part of my "Young Naturalist" series it is an overview of just a few of the many life-forms that thrive in small bodies of water – in the quiet still-water realms of freshwater ponds. For in these very hidden locations can be found a hidden life. Some pond animals are large and easily observable. Animals like ducks, fish, turtles are all large enough to be easily observed so STILLWATER doesn't go there.
But many pond creatures are very small. Some are what may be termed microscopic animals, or nearly so. And if you are patient, and look very closely, you will find some very amazing animals that can do incredible things you never, ever thought possible.
STILLWATER was written for the curious, inquisitive, serious pond lover.
With STILLWATER, completing the full color illustrations was the most grueling part and there are twenty of them. Each and every one was completed digitally on an everyday laptop using a smorgasbord of computer applications. One app would add the colors, another was used to blend them, yet another to enhance or subdue the exposure or sharpness. Needless to say it was tedious work.
The original line-art for the illustrations was completed many years ago, in 2002 to be exact, with the conclusion of a two year study of three vernal ponds in Michigan. That study was called the "StillWater Project".
STILLWATER is not intended to be a text-book but perhaps as an introduction to pond biology. The age range for the book might be from 8 to 15 years old (Grades 4 to 10) but I expect even some adults might enjoy it also.
Whatever the age STILLWATER was written for the curious, inquisitive, serious pond lover. ~ WES
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