It’s no secret that I’m a people person.
I just really like people for some reason. So, I don’t know why it should come as a surprise to me that I’ve genuinely enjoyed all of the wonderful people I’ve worked with so far at C&T Publishing.
They. Are. All. So. Nice!
Today, I thought it would be fun to give you a glimpse into what it’s been like in my world since my book proposal was accepted.
Of course, you remember what my face looked like when I found out the good news…
And here’s just a quick recap for those of you who missed my big news:
Last April, I was finally brave enough to “push the send button”. Off my book proposal flew through cyberspace, along with good thoughts from Katie, Jan, Linda and Karin. It landed in Roxane Cerda’s full inbox over at C&T Publishing. A few weeks later, I was thrilled to learn, they had accepted my proposal, and would be publishing my book under their imprint Stash Books. I really don’t think I’ve stopped smiling since that day.
Since then, after signing the contract in June, I got right to work, sewing, writing and photographing my projects. In the beginning of August, I was delighted to turn in the first draft of my book.
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better. C&T Publishing flies me to a ranch in Nicasio, California to do a photo shoot for the book. Several movies have been filmed in Nicasio and it’s the location of the George Lucas Skywalker Ranch. Even Jerry Garcia lived there.
Here’s the magnificent view I saw the moment my eyes opened in the morning:
And there were plenty of these incredible longhorns staring at us wondering what the heck we were doing throughout the photo shoot.
It was a fast, furious, and fun weekend, but before we headed home, we had to check out some of the local shops.
Not only was this a perfect and beautiful location for the photos in the book, but it was a wonderful experience. Kristy Zacharias, the Art Director, Nissa Brehmer, the Photographer, and Mary Peyton Peppo, the Assistant, and I had a blast. It was so inspirational to be in the company of these creative women and watching how well they worked together was a real treat. I left there with some new friends and, I know it’s hard to believe, feeling even more excited about the book.
I just finished up working with my sweet Developmental Editor, Liz Aneloski. And last Friday, I received a nice introduction email from Alison Schmidt, my new Technical Editor. We get to go through each project together making sure all the details are perfect for you. I knew I was going to like her instantly when I saw that her photo was taken in none other than a VINTAGE CAMPER! Pair that with the fact that she used to be a key costumer for one of my favorite shows of all time, Big Love! I’m pretty sure we are going to get along famously.
I’ll give you another update when I get to start working with their amazing graphic designers. I can hardly wait to see what they have up their sleeves.
Until then, I’m off to sew and photograph some more tutorials for you to enjoy while we’re waiting for the book to come out. 🙂
PS. There is still time to leave a comment over at my eHow tutorial for a chance to win this cute crochet shrug made by, you guessed it, moi, The Renegade Seamstress. 😉
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Looks like awesome fun!! A star is born!! ⭐️
Hehehe! “A star is born”. You crack me up, Terri!
Congratulations, so happy to hear this and loving that you are enjoying the entire process!
Thanks, Tracy! So far, it’s been a wonderful journey!
Congratulations!! Will look forward to the book launch.
Thanks so much, I’m looking forward to the launch, too!
That’s amazing, Beth! I’m so happy for you! I shared your site with a sewing friend of mine and I bet she’s hooked now, too!
Thanks for sharing my site, Lisa, always nice to meet new sewing friends!!
wooo hooo!!! That is SO DARN EXCITING!!!!
Thank you, Cathy. I’m so excited, I can hardly stand myself!! 🙂
Congrats, Beth. I can’t wait to get my very own copy of your book. So exciting!!
Thanks so much, Nout! We’ll make sure you get an autographed copy!!!
oh that would be awesome!!
It’s so much fun to hear about the journey to your book, which (like everyone else!) I can’t WAIT to read! 🙂
I love getting encouragement from you!! And, yes, it’s been a wonderful journey so far.
I live in Inverness, close to Nicasio, work in the local library….can’t wait for your book!!!!! love all you do!
my husband self published the history of Nicasio
How cool that you live nearby. If I would’ve known ahead of time, we could’ve met in person. Maybe next time…… 🙂
What is the name of your husband’s book?
Thanks for sharing more details of the whole process. What a wonderful place for a photo shoot! I suspect a bestseller in your future!
Ohhhhh, Susan, I like the way you think!!! 🙂
Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to see your book. Good job. I know it took a lot of hard work for you to make it happen.
Thank you, Cassie! Hard work, yes, but soooooo much fun!!!
Oh how exciting! I hope you enjoyed every minute.
I tried so hard to slow time down and savor every moment. It went by way too fast. I can’t wait to see the photos again.
that is truly wonderful…a dream come true…
Thanks, Marilyn. It really is a dream come true for me.
How on Earth did you do all the sewing, photographing, and writing, and deliver your manuscript so quickly? I’m so thrilled for you and I can’t wait to buy your book!
Well, Jill, all I did for awhile was, eat sleep and breathe the book. Good thing I was on summer vacation! 🙂
wow, congratulations! That’s very exciting news. Can’t wait to see your book!
Thank you, I’m pretty excited!!
So Very Exciting! I, too, have hopes for a book one day and you are such an inspiration!
Thank you, Anny! I hope you will go for it, I never dreamed that I would be publishing a book, so if it can happen for me, it can happen for you!!
I don’t buy books anymore just because I don’t have the time to read them…BUT I’m so excited to get my hands on your book!!! Did I miss when it is to be released? I’m so excited for you and this new ‘chapter’ in your life!! 😉
Thank you so much, Shantel! The book is due to be released in October 2014. I’ll let you know when it gets close to the release date. I’ll be so excited, I won’t be able to contain myself. 🙂
So exciting, Beth!! Thank you for sharing some of the details with us! Do you have a waiting list started yet, ’cause I want a place on it for sure!! 🙂
No waiting list yet, but I’ll be sure to put your name on it! Thanks for being excited with me, Desarae!
How did I miss this…Congratulations! Wow! As much as I love reading your blog, I am still an old fashioned book lover – it’ll be great to have words, photos, and projects from you in print.
Thank you for being excited with me, Lisa!!
Congratulations! You are so talented. Looking forward to seeing your book. Love your blog.
Thank you so much!
Beth, we had an amazing time with you. It is STILL a memory we love to share. We joke about re-writing the lyrics to Thrift Shop…:) Thanks for being such a sweetheart, hope to see you again when we photograph your NEXT book!
Oh yes, Nissa! We have to do our own video of Thrift Shop for a book promotion!!! Thanks again for the wonderful time in Nicasio!
Ahhh! I just stumbled upon this today because I’m looking up your skinny jeans tutorial 🙂 Shooting in Nicasio is definitely a favorite memory of mine. Can’t wait to get started on the page design! Hope all is well with you, Beth. xo
Hey, Kristy! So nice to hear from you. I was so excited to see that you will be the book designer!! YAY!
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