Saving the Planet, One Parrot at a Time

May 2008
by Mira Tweti

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Saving the Planet, One Parrot at a Time

by Mira Tweti

If anyone had told me nine months ago that I would soon be trucking thousands of pounds of book paper from Oregon to Texas, or that I would know paper weights and coatings and the different types of book bindings, I would have  assumed it was for research on a news story I was writing, not for a book I was self-publishing.

Now, after a crash course in publishing, indie-style, I have learned and done all that and more. Without any formal instruction at the start, I have produced, marketed, publicized, shipped, and sold out the first run of my parrot-welfare children’s book, Here, There and Everywhere, and formed a publishing company, Parrot Press, all in less than six months.

I am an investigative journalist (Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Village Voice, Tacoma News Tribune, L.A. Weekly, and other papers and magazines) who often focuses on animal welfare issues. I have written two award-winning exposés on the parrot trade and helped pass four pieces of legislation to help animals in the pet trade. This September, Viking will publish my book on the global parrot trade, Of Parrots and People: The Sometimes Funny, Always Fascinating and Often Catastrophic Collision of Two Intelligent Species<...IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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