SHFC Update – Emails Sent!

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If you were on the SHFC “pre-pre-order” list as of Friday night (Sept 16), an email has been sent your way. Things have reached the point where the “pre-pre” is now just “pre”, with the book in its final image prep and layout phase. Files should be headed to the printer in October.

As of Sunday (the 18th) night, the list was showing about a 74% open rate, so many readers have seen the mail, but certainly not all. If you are on the list and you don’t see the mailing in your inbox, check your spam/junk folders. I had 14 emails “bounce,” which means they couldn’t be delivered normally. Of those, only 6 were “hard” bounces, which means a dead-end email address or something else stopping the message cold. If the mailing just isn’t anywhere to be found on your system, let me know here and I’ll re-send.

For those of you who signed up over the weekend, I’ll get a mailing to you this coming week. There are enough open slots to accommodate everyone at this point, so no worries there.

I’ll also be building a dedicated order page with direct links. Coming this week, as well.

Thanks, everyone.

SHFC Update – EU and Springforelle

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A note for those in the EU who are signed up for a “standard” (meaning not an artist’s proof) copy of Single-Handed Fly Casting. There is a single shop that will be carrying copies of the book:

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This is Peer Doering-Arjes shop and Peer contacted me waaay back when I first started this project and asked to order a small heap of copies. Because he asked when he did, he is only shop anywhere that will have copies. We are still working out final quantities and logistics, but one way or another Springforelle will have at least 50 copies of the book (UPDATE: 100).

If you want a book, contact Springforelle and let Peer know.

And…If you signed up on *my* personal list and do decide to order from Springforelle, let me know so I can open up your slot again. Thanks!

SHFC Update – August 25

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I am working through vectorizing all the illustrations for the book right now (that means turning hand-drawn scans into Adobe Illustrator EPS files). Hoping to have them finished, or mostly so, by the first week of September. Then hoping to have layout complete and PDFs set up for press by the 22nd. Things are going smoothly, so I foresee little further delay.

On another note, both via email and on Facebook, I have been getting a number questions from friends about fly-shop/bookstore availability of Single-Handed Fly Casting. There won’t be any. I am printing 1,001 copies, plus 50 (now sold-out) artist’s proofs, period. There will also be few review/overrun copies, as is typical. The book won’t be in shops (with a single, limited exception in Europe), and there won’t be a non-signed/numbered run after the 1,001. There will indeed be other casting book projects after this one, but when the 1,001 are gone, that’s it.

For those interested, standard book cost is $55 (USD). Shipping cost for a single copy is a follows: $6 for the USA, $36 to Canada, and, gulp, $50 for the rest of world. Those last two numbers may seem crazy, but are about as good as it gets for a book weighing about 3 1/2 pounds all said and done.

SHFC Update – August 1

Single-Handed Fly Casting has gone through some big updates and I wanted to share a few quick notes here.

First, the book has migrated to a vertical orientation (8.5 x 11 inches). This was done after a recent printing quote for an oblong orientation showed a marked cost increase. Book still looks good to my eye and everything has transitioned nicely.

Second, all the illustrations are scanned and I am processing them now. The first three chapters are totally finished, which is great to see. I’m likely going to finalize the D-Loop Group chapter next since a couple of reviewers want to look at it.

Third, shipping costs outside the U.S. have gotten a little nutty (shipping inside the U.S. is quite reasonable). The book will weigh over 3 pounds once it’s all together and then add the box it comes in to that tally. That makes it extra special to ship, like $36 (or so) to Canada and $50 (or so) for the rest of the world. Not much I can really do about it, either. Costs have jumped considerably since the last copies of Nature of Fly Casting were shipped, and I fully understand if some readers who signed up for a pre-pre-order aren’t too interested anymore. It is what it is, but I hope that many readers will still find enough value in the limited-edition text to stay on board.

More updates soon…

Inking Done.

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As of Wednesday last week, all the pics for Single-Handed Fly Casting made it through the inking process. I have to digitize them in Photoshop and Illustrator, but that’s much more fun and relatively fast (inking is *not* the fun part).

In related news, I also got my final print quotes back from the press. The cost to print the book oblong (11 x 8.5) has really jumped in the last few years, so I’m going to do this one vertical (standard 8.5 x 11 sheet). I am quickly re-flowing the chapters to the new dimensions, and will soon start dropping in the pics and captions.

It looks like I can keep the book at $55USD plus shipping if I go vertical, so that’s the planned price going forward. I figure that’s reasonable for a text of this size and effort with only 1,001 copies.

I am hoping to have the actual pre-order email (that means $) ready to go this week or coming weekend, with links in place so that purchasing is easy no matter where one lives.

This project has only taken, oh, about 10 years longer than I had hoped, so it’s good to be in the home-stretch at last!

SHFC Update – June 12

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So, what’s up with Single-Handed Fly Casting? Good question!

I have two one chapters to finish inking and then I’m into the layout (the first three chapters are already totally done). Editing, cover, and such are all complete, so when I drop in the last image, and then let my computer build the table of contents and index, I have a book.

Once I finish inking, I will be sending out the email to turn pre-pre-orders into *actual* pre-orders. That means some $ will need to change hands, with the final book cost and shipping costs figured out. Still looking at the $50-$55 range for the book with shipping costs being location dependent. Current paper costs and such will dictate final book price, but I see it in the range just mentioned.

There will be 1,001 signed/numbered hardcovers, and there are still slots open on the reservation list. If there’s enough demand post-printing, I may do something else with the book, but for now I am looking at those 1,001 slots.

Inking!

Inking usually means quick (though appropriately accurate), with an eye on the important stuff and leaving out the fluff. My head is missing because I already have it drawn and can place it as needed. The rod is drawn as decor art straight from the video frames so only has certain reference points noted here. "X" means "remove this for sure").
Inking usually means quick (though appropriately accurate), with an eye on the important stuff and leaving out the fluff. My head is missing because I already have it drawn and can place it as needed. The rod is drawn as a vector illustration straight from the video frames so only has reference points noted here. “X” means “remove this for sure”). More clean up is done as these “roughs” are turned into full vector art.

So what’s the status of Single-Handed Fly Casting? INKING! That’s me with a laptop, a pen, and a pack of transparency film. At least the process is way faster than finding all the video frames on which the inking in based (that took about 10 full no-fun days). I ink, I scan, I clean-up, I vectorize, I finalize, I place, I caption. That’s the process until I read (one last time), and then I print (1,001 times). Then, I hope that my readers enjoy.

For those who have signed up for a copy of SHFC, I’ll likely send out the “please pay now” email when I am finalizing the “I finalize” part. The placing and captioning go fast, relatively speaking.

The Things You See…

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Working through dozens of HD video clips isolating images for my casting book. Came across this example of a tailing loop. Check out the rod flexure, line flow, and ultimate crossing problem in the final loop shape (this loop actually contacted the rod). While I enjoy beautiful casting as much as anyone, I also like casting this type of thing on video to see the carnage.

And in case anyone is wondering, no, I am not using actual photos like this for the book. I’d never do that (I consider these garbage as far as the overall visuals; far too much background noise). These are used solely for building illustrations, so I don’t really care about backgrounds, foregrounds, or anything else that’s pretty, ugly, or whatever. As long as I can see the rod and line, I’m good. I do have a killer location for shooting video. Maybe the place I’ll shoot a real casting video some day. It’s 2,000 miles from me right now, and I’d have to get clever with cameras (since I shoot myself), but it would be sweet….

UPDATE: A little tweaking to make the final tailing loop more obvious:

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Any Which Way

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So, I’ve been asked a number of times on facebook and elsewhere if my upcoming casting book focuses primarily on a vertical (overhead) casting stroke/style. No. I just haven’t posted pix of other stroke types yet. I cast with and fish with whatever gets the job done in the way I want to get it done. Here’s an except from the book that explains a bit of my approach to strokes/styles:

The vertically oriented Foundation Casting Stroke will be used to directly build the Overhead Cast. Then, the Foundation Casting Stroke will be angled (tipped to each side) to create various forms of the Side-Arm Cast, the Cross-Body Cast and the Across-The-Head Cast—all of which are casts made at orientations other than vertical. Following the various angled casts will be the Elliptical Cast, where the arm travels back and forth in distinctly different planes. Along with the changes/combinations of plane, the movements of casting will be both tightened and stretched out, with the casting arm traveling along both shorter and longer pathways.

In 2001–2002, I assisted Dr. Tim McCue with a survey on the incidence of fly-casting injury among casting instructors (subsequently published in the journal, “Wilderness & Environmental Medicine”). Out of that survey came a number of findings, including one showing that casters who utilized multiple casting styles (overhead, elliptical, sidearm, etc.), had the lowest overall pain incidence of any group.

So, by starting with the Foundation Casting Stroke, and then using that to create a collection of other strokes, you can hopefully build a highly effective, and lower stress casting environment that covers many angling needs.

SHFC – Image Layout Begins

jborger-shfc_8-9Into the image layout for “Single-Handed Fly Casting” now (and for the next few weeks). Illustrating each chapter first and then dropping everything in (and further editing text, too). Have a sample of a spread from Chapter One shown here. The illustrations you see are what you can expect throughout. Grayscale vectorized pics based directly on photographic frames (most shot at 60fps, some at 200fps and 240fps). This approach lets me isolate what needs to be seen without extra clutter, and also makes what you see quite accurate.