KENT YETI'S SHORT-EARED OWL BOOK
Page last updated on 3 August 2019
This web page is posted online to provide an email contact for Kent Yeti, also known as Bryan Benn! whilst I work on and eventually publish my book, 'Short-eared Owls, an extensive study of Short-eared Owls in Britain'.
Before the book information, a link to a very simple web page I wrote about AVOCETS on Oare Marshes in 2011.
Now to the information about my forthcoming book about Short-eared Owls in Britain.
With the exception of part of the index, I now have a complete draft book, which is going through sub-edit, design and copy edit. Including appendices and what will be the indexes, it is 420 pages in a little under A4 size; Crown Quarto, 189 mm x 246 mm portrait style. It comprises circa 115,000 words and includes 350 photos: including 59 full page size and 12 double width across two pages. It also includes 31 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 8750 hours in the field (of which more than 3300 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 for me still to complete, the index. 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 (68 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 10 chapters have been through edit and design. Chapter 11, the last in the book has entered the sub-edit, design and copy edit stages. Arising from this year's study of the owls, chapters already finished have some changes to be made, including the insertion of a total of eight new pages. My work on drafting those eight pages is done, and I plan for those pages to go through edit and design as soon as chapter 11 has been through the same stages. That will leave just the appendices and the index to go through the final stages. The appendices are ready, and I have drafted the index up to the end of chapter five; I cannot go further than that until the additional pages, which impact on chapter six onwards, are input by my designer.
Unless something dramatic arises from my continuing observations of Short-eared Owls, I have now drawn a line under any more changes being made to the book. As always planned, my study continues and I have already started flagging up areas where I will focus some of that study, enusuring I will continue to gather information about these wonderful owls.
I hope to have the book ready for printing sometime in winter 2019/2020. I am very keen to get it printed in Britain, but don't know how long it will take to find a printer who can print it to the high standard I want. That certainly includes being able to correctly reproduce the large number of photos, which range from very, very low light, through to bright sunshine. Subject to that, I hope to publish quite 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.
Bryan Benn, (aka Kentyeti Cantium Gigantanthropus), 3 August 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.
Below is a very low resolution copy of the first two pages of Daily Life chapter.
Below is a very low resolution copy of the first two pages of Conflicts, Mortality & Conservation chapter.