Thought it would be fun to have all the published articles about the process of getting my book published in one spot for you to read:
I finally pushed that send button.
I told myself I’d do it last summer, but I didn’t. I was going to do it over Christmas vacation, but I didn’t. OK, do it on spring break, I said, but I didn’t. Finally, in April, on my birthday, I pushed the button.
Jan, Katie and Karin sent good thoughts out into the universe for me.
My book proposal hurdled straight through cyberspace, latched on to those good thoughts and carried them along with it as they all neatly landed together in Roxane Cerda’s inbox.
Apparently all those good thoughts worked.
It must’ve been perfect timing.
Because a few weeks later, Stash Books said they would love to be my publisher.
WOW!! Somebody pinch me!
I’ve been so excited and busy all summer, sewing, photographing tutorials, and writing. I really wanted to tell you, but I waited until I turned in my first draft.
So far, it’s been an amazing experience. So much to learn about this whole writing process. I just closed my eyes and jumped in with both feet to this new world I’ve been so fortunate to be able to join. All the editors, photographers and art directors I’ve been in contact with have been nothing but helpful, patient, kind and encouraging. I am truly humbled and grateful to have such an incredible team of people working with me on this book.
They are flying me to California in September for a photo shoot. OUCH! I just pinched myself again.
I can’t give away too much of the book, but I’m sure you have a pretty good idea on what it’s going to be about. Wink, wink…. I’ll keep you updated and let you know when the release date gets closer because rumor has it, I’ll have a few copies to give away here. 🙂
I. Can’t. Wait.
Now that my draft has been turned in, I’m looking forward to posting tutorials here for you again. So many fun events coming up… new refashions and of course, Season Two of Refashion Runway.
In the meantime, I have so many of these, I want to give some away to you…
Feel free to take one anytime you’d like.
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. 🙂
When I drove up the driveway, there it was, leaned up against the front door in all it’s red, white and blue glory. I instantly knew what it was. Even though it’s arrival was planned, my heart started racing, my eyes teared up and my smile was so big, it almost hurt my face. I couldn’t believe it was finally here!
I had enough sense to put the car into park as I threw open the door and ran up to the front porch. I wanted to tear open the Fed Ex package right then and there, but since no one was home to share the occasion with, I decided to set up the camera and share those first exciting moments with you.
It’s the advance copy of the book!!!!
I’m beside myself with excitement and I can’t wait for you to see it! It’s filled with sewing techniques and projects to inspire your sewing adventures.
Or you can see it and preorder it here on Amazon.
It’s even available for pre-sale here on Barnes and Noble.
What a fun and wild ride this book thing has been. From the moment I pushed the send button and sent off my book proposal to C&T Publishing, to the trip to Nicaso, California last September for the photo shoot, to ripping open the Fed Ex package to see the final book. I’ve enjoyed every moment. Absolutely everyone I’ve come in contact with during this adventure has been so wonderful and helpful.
It’s my hope that those of you who want to write a book, will push that send button someday and be blessed with an amazing publishing company like C&T.
I can’t wait to share more excitement with you at the upcoming Book Launch Party. Of course, you’re all invited to help celebrate!
I’ll keep you updated…there will be prizes…. 🙂
And thanks for being excited with me!
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