KENT YETI'S SHORT-EARED OWL BOOK
Page last updated on 1 March 2019
This web page is posted online to provide an email link for contact with me, Bryan Benn, whilst I work on and eventually publish my book, 'Short-eared Owls, an extensive study of Short-eared Owls in Britain'.
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I now have an almost complete draft book which is going through sub-edit, design and copy edit. It is more than 400 pages in a little under A4 size; Crown Quarto, 189 mm x 246 mm portrait style. It currently comprises 110,000 words and includes 339 photos: including 53 full page size and 14 double width across two pages. It also includes 30 tables, nine diagrams, seven charts and five maps.
I expect to sell it at around £30 per copy; that price will represent about one third, or less, of the full cost to me of producing each copy. My study throughout Britain over more than eight years (so far), and over 8,000 hours in the field (of which more than 3,000 hours are meaningful observations of the owls), has always been undertaken with the overriding priority of giving the fullest possible coverage to these wonderful owls.
It has 11 chapters, four appendices and the only area still to be done; the index (I have started work on this now), which cannot be fully completed until I have drawn a line under any more updating. I have a life long hate of extensive appendices, so in my book a lot of tabular information is in the body of the book alongside the relevant photos and text. The four actual appendices are limited to naming the locations I have been to in Britain (65 so far); how I have worked in my study to eliminate any distubance to the owls in my watching and photography; those who have helped me in this study; and, finally, a list of books, documents and published studies that I have referred to.
Currently eight chapters have been through edit and design. Chapter 9, Daily Life, is now with my designer. Chapter 10 is just about ready for my designer when she has finished Chapter 9. And Chapter 11, the last in the book, is fully drafted, but may get a couple of photos updated if I get lucky over the coming few months.
I hope to have the book ready for printing by winter 2019/2020, and, subject to finding a British printer who can reproduce the extensive range of photos as I want them to be, I could publish it early in 2020.
For distribution of the book when published, I have a provisional agreement with a well known, relevant conservation trust, for them to be the main distributor. Some copies may also be available locally in Kent via organisations who have assisted in my study.
As planned, my study of Short-eared Owls continues, and I will continue to update the draft book until it is almost due for a final edit before printing. I fully intend to continue my study after it is published. And with my local Isle of Sheppey roost having peaked this winter at 26 Short-eared Owls, a new high for me, there could be plenty of activity around for me to continue observing.
Bryan Benn, (aka Kentyeti Cantium Gigantanthropus), 1 March 2019.
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Below are some screen grabs of parts of the book which, apart from the draft cover (see note below), have already been designed by my excellent professional designer. All are very low resolution copies Some are due to have minor changes made to them, including page numbers where these have been recently changed.
First, a low resolution copy of my latest idea of the book cover. The right hand side (front cover), is just me attempting to re-create something my designer did, somewhat better than this, a while ago. The rest of it is just me let loose on Photoshop Elements! My designer probably won't start work on the actual cover until she has designed virtually all of the book. I plan for the actual cover to be laminated/fixed onto the hard cover, and not just placed around the cover as a dust sheet is. I much prefer that. So there will not be lots about me inside the flap of a dust jacket, as appears in some books. There is enough about why I wrote the book in the Foreword. I want the focus to be on the owls, and not on me.
And now the pages that have been through the design process. All are very low resolution copies of the first two pages of the frontpiece, the full contents page, and just the first two pages of some of the chapters.
FOOD and HUNTING Below is a very low resolution copy of just two pages from within Chapter 7, Food and Hunting.
BREEDING Below is a very low resolution copy of just two pages from within Chapter 8, Breeding.