Crowdfunding for a book…

I’m not actively crowdfunding now but investing my energy in actually finishing what I’ve started. If you’re a publisher then you may have noticed a recent wave of interest in trees and tree climbing; get in touch and I’ll tell you more about my adventure and how the book is taking shape.

To get a closer glimpse of what The Art of Climbing Trees is, see about / contact

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Thank you to everyone who supported my endeavour! It really means a lot to me and it has definitely motivated me to get down to finishing the book. I hope you can be patient and know that I’m working on it for you.

An ongoing story

It was and remains a personal journey. I’ve been learning from the process of weaving together the diaries and poetic texts I wrote during the project, and adding research to give them weight; from the complexities of symbiotic microorganisms to forest dynamics, to the ideas of environmental and political ideologies. I’ve reduced the transcribed conversations in trees, in some cases from 40 pages down to two, which has been challenging. I’ve now selected images from the thousands I took of trees, and in them, and adding, creating and sourcing diagrams and illustrations.

I now have a second draft and I’m about to embark on a journey with an experienced editor for some (likely brutal) professional attention.

Possible cover. The book will be about 255mm x 195mm. For the first edition to make it cost effective I plan to print 1000 copies in a pleasing soft cover. Everything can change and if a publisher jumps in then... who knows!

Cover version 03. The book will be about 255mm x 195mm. For the first edition to make it cost effective I plan to print 1500 copies in a pleasing soft cover. Everything can change and if a publisher jumps in then who knows!

I actually thought the book would be ready for December 2013! Wow. The end is actually in sight now, though I’m not foolish enough to give you a publishing date again. A lot has happened in four years. Plans can change. Ideas can change. I can change. The good news is, had I finished the book for the original deadline it would have been rubbish.

The original crowd fund budget of £16,912…

…is very out of date. It was a lot of money but it all added up when including transcription, editing, printing, postage and pay for the brilliant Welmoet Wartena to do the layout etc. I didn’t reach the fund target but the money I received from crowd funders has been spent on writing subsistence. Thank you again – your money wasn’t wasted!
I’m writing now the old fashioned way – in my spare time that I try to create as much of as possible. When I’ve finished the text and organised the imagery then I’ll be ready to take another closer look at realising the print.

By hook or by crook there will be a book.

Great lungs of the world; innate metaphor creations. Trees are made of wood. They grow themselves into challenging climbing towers. We came down from them to conquer the Earth but we left something behind up there. A childlike and cerebral journey UpTrees to discover the branches and roots of our restoration…

Crowd funding films

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Update 03

Update 02

Original Crowd fund film


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