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Old Saturday 13th July 2019, 09:49   #26
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It's a good job the young kestrels have flown the nest. They are installing new 'tamr henna' shades over the balconies of the hotel next door and hauling them up the wall with a rope.

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And the good news is the second proof copy of my book has arrived at my brother's house in the UK. He will send it to someone who is flying to Cairo on 21st, and they will then be coming to their apartment in El Gouna by the end of the month. The problems caused as Blurb do not ship to Egypt!

I like the cover judging by a photo my brother sent! Horus indeed! I have made the title text larger.

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Old Saturday 13th July 2019, 09:56   #27
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In parts of America, they have solved the dilemma of how to spell 'banana'

They just call it ....... "Yellow curved fruit"


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.... is Mississippi easier to spell than banana then?
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Old Saturday 13th July 2019, 10:21   #28
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Just thinking.....

.... is Mississippi easier to spell than banana then?
Delia :) lol - What on earth sort of a fruit or vegetable is that then ?!?

[EDIT] P.S. I believe it's a lot easier to count than it is to spell




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Old Sunday 14th July 2019, 21:36   #29
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It's a good job the young kestrels have flown the nest. They are installing new 'tamr henna' shades over the balconies of the hotel next door and hauling them up the wall with a rope.

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So is the kestrel nest right above the shade that is being pulled up?


I take it you selected option 3 for the cover, then? Looks good to me.
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Old Monday 15th July 2019, 06:52   #30
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So is the kestrel nest right above the shade that is being pulled up?


I take it you selected option 3 for the cover, then? Looks good to me.
Yes, here is a little video clip to show how far away the nest is from my balcony:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H5XG7t5Zo8

To emphasize that I am not disturbing the nest each year by taking photos as I live opposite it! But that I have a rare insight into their lives from dawn to dusk everyday.

I chose option 1, so far

Let's see how it looks when the proof copy arrives
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Old Friday 2nd August 2019, 06:09   #31
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Thank you for inquiring about progress on the book Dear Delia.

Using Blurb is fantastic to create a high quality photo book, but the finished price is super high, and they don't deliver to Egypt. Their service of adding the book on Amazon adds another 15% on the cost, and delivery to Egypt via Blurb/Amazon is USD 45.99 !!!

I have now contacted a University Press in Cairo for help. Their students did a webcam study of kestrels nesting in the campus. They claimed it was the only study of kestrels in Africa:
https://www.aucegypt.edu/news/storie...alcon-breeding

The books they produce are sold online worldwide.

Maybe they will be interested!?!? It is the weekend here now in Egypt so hopefully I will hear back soon.

Meanwhile, I did a little video to show how the last proof copy is looking :
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Old Friday 2nd August 2019, 18:50   #32
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Well done getting it so far along Georgina.

Good luck, though, with finalising it all.
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Old Thursday 29th August 2019, 09:03   #33
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Update

So just an update on this self-publishing journey.

I waited a month for a response from the University Press, and unfortunately they could not see a way to successfully publish my book at this time. Another bookstore and printers in Egypt did not reply.

So still the dilemma was how to get the already high priced print on demand books produced with Blurb from printing in Netherlands to Egypt!

The last resort was to email the founder of our town, El Gouna. (30 years ago he and his friends were searching for a place to build villas and moor their yachts........) He is always jetting in and out of Egypt, London, and Switzerland.

He replied the next morning putting me in touch with one of his personal assistants and saying he would purchase 10 copies for me to test the market!! They are currently being printed and then will be shipped to London and he will arrange for them to be flown here!

There is a little Egyptian crafts shop close to where I live that has agreed to stock some copies too. She is going to Belgium and will bring some back with her.

I will use the ten copies to talk to the big hotels here, and also send to Cairo, to gauge the interest.

I am still enjoying the process and challenge immensely. I love being creative with Facebook posts and designing business cards.

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A preview of the book can be seen on the Blurb link on my website below.


Now back to the migration......
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Old Thursday 29th August 2019, 17:02   #34
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Well done you

Look forward to updates on both book and local birding...

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Old Thursday 29th August 2019, 17:12   #35
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Excellent Georgina.

You really have done so well lassie. I hope it continues.
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Old Friday 30th August 2019, 06:18   #36
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Thank you Laurie and Delia.

I took down one of the proof copies to the craft shop in the hotel next door to put in their cabinet. It didn't even make it, a couple of guests insisted on buying it. They even wanted me to sign the book.

I am wondering if I should concentrate on this hotel first. As the nest is in their building, arrange a little book signing event at my friend's shop with the 5 books she brings back from Belgium, and the 10 books arriving from London.

Many of the guests have gold bands on their wrists which means they come back again and again, so will have a passion for the place.

My friend lives on the ground floor under me. Her husband was absolutely amazed at the photos, and that all this prey is caught around our homes!!
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Old Monday 16th September 2019, 13:54   #37
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September Update:

The ten copies have arrived by private jet into El Gouna Airport, and are currently on a private motor yacht! I will receive a call when I can collect them when they are on dry land.

My friend who owns the little gift shop in the hotel next door has just brought back some copies from Belgium too, so we have the first book signing event planned for Wednesday evening!!!!

This event will be exclusively for the guests of the hotel, to test the market.

Super excited, and I have designed posters in English, Dutch, and German to promote awareness in the hotel for the event.

I will let you know how it goes!!

Glad I managed to arrange it before the El Gouna Film Festival starts on 19th. The town is buzzing and I have 17 movies lined up to watch over the week!! Not sure who the biggest stars are this year who will visit.

Meanwhile, the kestrels are sharpening their quill pens in anticipation of their big night!! With all this creativity with the film festival, I played around combining a sequence shot of the kestrel female in flight:

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