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The Mating Game is coming soon...

Hi everyone. Nice to see you again. It's been a while...


Well, there's a reason for my shockingly irregular posting schedule...I've been working on another book, which is nearing release.


It's called The Mating Game, and it's about the weird love lives of the animal kingdom.


There are 25 professionally illustrated, full colour "dating profiles" (give Ingvild a follow: https://www.instagram.com/drawingvild/) Under the pics the, err, animals have written bios trying to woo potential mates. There are also a couple of pages of background info on each critter, explaining their wacky mating strategies and occasionally apologising for all the puns. (Mostly it's a non-fiction book; even the joke profiles are largely based on facts about the animals.)


It's almost exclusively new content; not stuff I ever posted on Quora. I set out with the intention of writing a book this time, as opposed to my first book which began as Quora answers.


The writing is pretty much done; I'm just working out the logistics of formatting and printing. The ebook will probably be exclusive to Amazon, at least to begin with, but I'm trying out a site called Ingramspark for a hardback and paperback. (Ingramspark distributes the book to multiple retailers, including Amazon.)


Colour printing can be quite pricey so I'm trying to figure out how to get the price down as much as possible and it seems like Ingramspark is better. I could do a black and white version, but I printed a proof b&w copy on Amazon and I think colour printing does the pictures a lot more justice.


It's not a picture book for young children, as you can probably guess from the title/subject matter...but apart from a bit of mild innuendo (and a few in-depth descriptions of animals' odd genitalia) I don't think there's anything that would cause you to reach for the smelling salts.


I suggest it's a perfect Christmas gift for a brother/sister/colleague/teenage child/neighbour/stray cat, and an ideal antidote for the 24-hour cycle of doom and gloom that is a post-COVID world.


I won't give too much away but here's a sneak peak of what you can expect:




If you're subscribed to the mailing list, look out for an email in the next couple of weeks. If not, then what are you waiting for? (I'll mention it on Quora as well, anyway.) I'll potentially make it available for pre-order. Just got to iron a few things out.


Cheers!




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