I know you are being very patient with me about this book, and thank you to those who have told me they are interested in The Furry Book: The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of the Furry Fandom. It seems appropriate to make the following announcement for the beginning of 2018.
As some of you know, I started work on this book in 2015, then my husband died unexpectedly in October of that year, and I have been spending the last two years trying to recover from the blow.
But I want you all to know that I am now back writing this book and hope to have it completed this year.
It's been so long, you may have forgotten what it is! LOL! So, what IS The Furry Book?
Well, let me tell you what it is not. It is not a history of the fandom (though there is some history in it). It is not an apology for the fandom. It is not an attempt to authoritatively define what the fandom is or is not (though I will talk about this a lot).
What it is is my concerted effort to gather a bunch of information together about furries and the fandom from all over the place, put it in one book, and organize it as a reference and guide that will be useful to new furries, established furries, and those who are simply curious about the fandom. Yes, I would call it a guidebook. That's probably the best word for it.
What I am doing is combining my 30 years of experience as an author and editor of reference books with my personal experiences as a furry and as a furry advice columnist to provide you with an informative, accessible, easy-to-use reference to the furry fandom.
Along the way, I have interviewed a number of figures in the fandom (and have a few more to do), including such furries as Reed Waller, Steve Gallacci, Mark Merlino & Rod O'Riley, Ken Fletcher, Mark Schirmeister, Fred Patten, and others.
And, yes, the book will be well illustrated with photos and art, so it should be fun to browse.
Who is publishing it? Well, I will be researching it, writing it, editing it, doing the layouts, proofreading it, indexing it, and all of that. Then I will create a PDF form of the book (a locked PDF), but I will also make it available as a print-on-demand publication. Why go this approach rather than seek a "real publisher"? First of all, I am a real publisher LOL. But also because I can do everything myself except print-and-bind, and, frankly, I know the market well enough to do a better job marketing it than other publishers (I've had miserable experiences with publishers who don't market my books decently). Finally, as some of you authors out there know, I'm pretty tired of publishers tossing me a measly royalty for months, even years, of work, while they keep most of the profit for themselves (and playing little games such as, "Well, you don't get a royalty for any discount sales."). Will I make money on this? Hope so! And there is no shame in that. I believe all furry authors and artists should be able to try and make a living with their craft. I'm not sure what the price of the book will be, but probably less than $20, FYI, and hoping to price it at $14.95 for the paperback. I am not trying to take advantage of anyone here.
Thank you for reading this. If you have any questions about the book or would like to contribute anything, feel free to let me know.
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