Self-publishing Pirate.KittyCat.Toon

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Pirate.KittyCat.Toon™ is finally completed as a book.

It evolved from idea through the images, to the music video, & finally to text.

Not the unusual manner of approach to be sure.

Projects unfold on their own, when given the freedom to do so.

Art is Magic.

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Now what? I have orders for copies & am faced with all the options out there for publishing.

My research into this actually has raised more questions & concerns than I thought possible.

Print on Demand or print on my own & sell it from the back of  my truck?

E-book or hard copy.

Book Shepard or Agent?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll blog about the process of getting a book published, out & sold in this economy.

With the trend towards ‘virtual’ publishing,  what are the pitfalls of signing away first rights to an on-line producer?

Are actual books worth the trouble & effort of producing?

What kind of royalties can be expected; from POD sales, from downloads?

Are there difficulties in maintaining color integrity for artwork when every printer & device reads colors differently?

When one can’t afford an IT attorney, what measures can be taken by the author to protect the product & their rights?

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I invite input from other bloggers on this subject.

Leave comments here or message me & I’ll interview you via email.

Also I’ll ask some of my LinkedIn connections for their info & advice to help encourage anyone who is involved, as I am, in bringing their book to readers, through the exploration of novel ways to print, promote & publish.

I’ve been over-whelmed by the response to my project.

Thank all of you who have expressed your enthusiasm.

It has kept me going.

As my old friend LuRain Penny tells me;

“Don’t just think outside the Box, use it for kindling!”

Cheers,

codifyer

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Taking to the Top :: Pirate.KittyCat.Toon Book!

To the Top!

The Pirate.KittyCat.Toon™ Book is finished!

More later on the joys & trials of self-publishing.

Thanks for your support and encouragement.

Cheers,

thecodifyer

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Pirate KittyCatToons in Partnership w/ Home For Life Sanctuary

Thanks for all the support and encouragement for the Pirate KittyCat Toon™ project!

LuRain Reads Pirate Kitty is getting hit on youtube.

A wonderful review of the work by Cathryn Wellner just came out.

Indigo Black :: Adventure Cat has his own Facebook page.

And orders for the book are coming in!

This presents a challenge in self publishing which I will be detailing in the next blog.

In an effort to raise awareness of the project & generate income, I’m selling my art & products through theCodifyerGallery  & from me directly.

As always, I welcome any insight or advice on the subject of publishing & will pass it on through the network.

The Pirate.KittyCat.Toon Store donates 10% of royalties on sale to Home For Life®  in Minnesota to the end of 2012!

This wonderful organization provides a true home for life for pets whose age or physical condition makes them otherwise ‘un-adoptable’.

From their website:

Home For Life® is an expression of a new kind of animal shelter—the long-term animal sanctuary. We provide animals with loving care, a nurturing environment that is safe and stable, a place to belong. We provide lifetime care for cats and dogs with special needs who cannot find a home, but who can still lead a quality life. Most shelters offer two options for animals: adoption or euthanasia. A typical family home is not appropriate for every animal.

Those who are old, or who have disabilities, health or temperament problems may do better in another setting. Home For Life® believes that these special animals deserve an alternative that will meet their needs. Hence, we created “The Third Door” animal rescue and welfare program where special animals have an option previously unavailable. The Home for Life® animals enjoy a quality life, where they can be themselves, run and play, and be loved and cherished for as long as they live. The Third Door™ program provides an animal rescue option for such special animals.

Through their various community out-reach programs, “HFL touches people of all ages through our innovative community outreach programs and the client organizations we serve. Animals that were once rejected and neglected are given a second chance at our sanctuary, and then, with faith in life restored; give back through their participation in the Pet Peace Corps.”

I am proud that the LuRain Reads Pirate Kitty has been chosen as  part of the HFL Peace Creatures® A collaborative program with the Tubman Family Alliance of the Twin Cities and the Women of Nations Shelter in St. Paul, MN, the Peace Creatures® project uses volunteers, staff and animals from the sanctuary to teach peaceful conflict resolution to families impacted by domestic violence. This is truly an honor & exactly the use to which I hoped this project would be put; teaching empathy through Art.

 Support the Artist & HFL – please pass along our links & consider us for your gifts this Holiday.

Thanks to all who have encouraged this project.

Cheers!

thecodifyer

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LuRain Penny Reads Pirate.KittyCat.Toon by Codifyer

LuRain Penny reads Pirate.KittyCat.Toon!™

This is the next step in mounting the book for sale.

Hope you get a chance to look, like & leave a comment.

When Miss Penny first met Indigo Black she wasn’t sure she was going to like him.

Only a short time before, our beloved dog Cody passed from us, leaving an empty hole in our home & our lives.

Indigo hung out on the back porch for months until we noticed.

His loneliness touched my Heart so I invited him in.

Miss Penny was not ready to love another animal. Her feelings for Cody were so profound she was resentful of the cat.

In her own words, “I was skeered of him at first. Teeth like bone needles!”

But he soon won her over with his gentleness, humor & his Love.

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Plans are in the works to send Miss Penny into schools & libraries to read Pirate Kitty to kids & share an interactive discussion on kindness & caring.

“We must reach the children if we want to create a Better World. They are the future.”

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In Other News:

A percentage of royalties from sales at the Pirate.KittyCat.Toon Store will be donated to The Home For Life Sanctuary in Wisconsin. This wonderful organization takes care of otherwise unadoptable pets & deserves recognition & support.

More about them in the next blog.

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Thank you for your encouragement of this project.

Happy Hols!

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Pirate Kitty Donates to Black Cat Rescue

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Thanks to all who have encouraged Pirate.KittyCat.Toon.

It has been truly heartwarming to read the comments & see those thumbs up!

The project is progressing.

Self publishing the picture book is an overwhelming process & I have learned a great deal about the options out there.

Over the next weeks, I’ll pass the info along on these blogs.

I welcome input & advice of those of you knowledgeable with the procedures & pitfalls.

Over the next two months, a percentage of artist royalties from sale of art & product at the Pirate.KittyCat. Store will be donated to an animal rescue group in my beloved Indigo’s name.

My next blog will detail the work the sanctuary does & why I chose them to start off my partnership with organizations dedicated to the care of homeless pets.

I hope you will stop by the Store & like us, leave a comment or consider a purchase to benefit a worthy cause.

My dear friend, Miss LuRain Penny, has agreed to read Pirate Kitty for a new video, which focuses on the art & story, making it easier for small kids to follow along.

In school & library presentations to teach kids kindness through art are also planned.

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Again, my great appreciation for all the enthusiasm.

Stay Tuned for further escapades of Indigo Black ::Adventure Cat & his pals.

Full Steam Ahead, mateys!

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Happy Hols,

codifyer

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Pirate.KittyCat.Toon on Youtube Now!

Pirate. KittyCat.Toon™ is live on Youtube!

I want to thank all those who supported me with kindness, patience & encouragement over the last nine months.

It truly was giving birth.

This project stretched me as an artist, & was inspired by the bravery of my little kitty Indigo.

The plight of black cats in this World has been a tale of woe.

They are the most abused & the last adopted.

My plan is to team with Black Kitty Rescue organizations &  go into schools to educate kids.

One look at Indigo’s mangled foot & they will understand just how brutal humans can be towards defenseless animals.

May it shock them into a life long resolve to treat all Beings with respect & dignity.

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Pirate Kitty is the first in a series of picture books & art toons starring Indigo Black, Adventure Cat.

A Hero in each tale with his merry crew as ensemble players.

The possibilities are limitless.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to illustrate work which celebrates courage, friendship & joy.

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Hope you look, like & leave a comment on the video.

Your opinions are valuable to help me grow as an artist & are always appreciated.

Cheers!

thecodifyer

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Indigo Black :: Star of Pirate.KittyCat.Toon

Indigo Black is the star of Pirate.KittyCat.Toon.

He was abused, abandoned & homeless for many years before adopting me after my beloved
Cody passed.
He courted me for several weeks; coming over for dinner, sleeping with me & leaving in the
morning. A Typical male. :-)

Indigo likes to kiss on the lips.

Watching him in his natural element, I discovered why he survived where others wouldn’t.
Though he limps a little from a mangled foot, he is a tenacious hunter.

Smart, courageous & faster than spit.

He fed himself by catching wild bunnies, lizards, & birds. He doesn’t need to forage anymore,
but keeps his chops sharp by stalking the wild cricket.


When I put a collar on him the first time, he threw his arms around my neck & hugged me.
He enjoys sitting outside on his own, always staying in the yard.
He’s never going to be homeless again.
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Indigo talks & does so constantly.

His ability to carry on conversations never fails to
make me laugh. We understand each other absolutely.

He is quite the ham, loves having his picture taken & his collection of hats rivals that of my
friend LuRain Penny.
Last Halloween, I bought him a pirate hat.


This picture began the project which has consumed & engaged me for almost a year.
He is the perfect hero.
His resilience, humor & intelligence is a testament of grace under pressure & no grudges held.
In-spite of everything he suffered, this little kitty is the soul of sweetness.

He healed my wounded Heart & inspired me to create by best work.
How lucky can I get?

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BTW – read more about my art & Miss LuRain in this interview by Bill Nigh.

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