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Happy 2014! The year, 2013, was a very good one for Warbranch Press. We published First South Carolinians in May, and it's taken off as a resource and information piece about our first state's first citizens.
Illustration by James Palmer from First South Carolinians of a warrior and ceremonial mound during the Woodland Period, around 1500 years ago. Mounds have been found across the state - one in particular near current Santee, where during the Revolution the British built a fort called Fort Watson.
First South Carolinians is now being sold across the state in bookstores and gift shops, and is nationally distributed by Eastern National, Follett, Baker and Taylor, Partners, Delaney books and is available on Amazon.
In the fall of 2013, our daughter, Salley, orchestrated a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the publication of a Christmas book that Kate earlier wrote as a poem called, I Know Santa Very Well. The campaign, called crowd-funding, lasted 45 days and raised $3800 from generous donors, exceeding the goal of $3500 after 40 days. Donors received gifts from Warbranch Press, including autographed copies of the book, Warbranch tee shirts and in the case of a $100 contribution, a piece of original artwork signed by Kate. After a kickoff book release party at the Clemson Arts Center on November 15, attended by over 100 people, the book sold over 400 copies before and during the holidays.
The story in the poem is about unconditional love - a message that children everywhere need to hear and understand all year long. Even though the holidays are gone, if you want an autographed copy of this book, order yours by calling (864) 650-6180, or using our website for your order.
Plans for a new picture book about the prehistoric animals of South Carolina are progressing in Atlanta, where James is doing preliminary sketching and research. We don't know what the title will be, but one can be assured that the pictures will be accurate representations of some pretty exciting animals that existed in the Southeast Region as determined by archeological findings. Some will be rather large, like the Megalodon shark, while others will be surprising, like the Mastodon, an elephant-like animal inhabiting our state around 11,000 years ago. Stay tuned.