My copy of Blaze Orange, was delivered today. It is amazing to finally be able to hold and feel the book I have been working on for almost two years. I first need to say thank you to my publisher, Wisconsin Historical Society Press and to the printer, Worzalla. The quality of this book is unparalleled, even higher than I expected. The look and feel from front to back is impeccable. I had a lot of say in the making of Blaze Orange, but there are a lot of decisions I wasn’t part of. One example is the actual hard cover and binding choices. I don’t think you could beat the orange linen cover with embossed title in deep black ink. Even the dust jacket has Blaze Orange embossed in to it. I also really like the quality dark end sheets that they added. The high quality Wisconsin made paper used for the pages carry the beautifully reproduced and sharp images very well. I always knew the book was going to have around 140 pages, but it is still much thicker than expected. I am incredibly humbled by the final product.
Since I have one of the first copies of the book in my hands, I am sure that the pre-sale price will end very soon before it sells at full retail. If you pick one of my books up in the future, I would like to say thank you; as buying my book says a lot of what I created. I have also been told that Blaze Orange leads the pre-sale numbers out of their fall catalog and has been well received by their distributors. Even more of a surprise to me is that it will be sold on a national level, which is beyond exciting. I started my Wisconsin Deer Hunting series shooting for the stars just hoping to get a book deal with any publisher. I ended up getting that deal with my first choice, the Wisconsin Historical Society. I also only expected a state-wide distribution and at best regional so my wishes have been far surpassed. Thank you to all of you that have had a hand in the creation of this book and for all of your encouragement.
About the Author – Travis Dewitz is the owner of Dewitz Photography in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He has a deep passion for photography and loves environmental portraits along with documentary photography. Having lived in Wisconsin his whole life and growing up in the woods of western Wisconsin, Travis has an inside knowledge of the once a year whitetail gun hunting season. He personally knows the tradition and family ties to the cult like blaze orange wearing hunters that live for the 9 day season.
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