I had a phone call from the creative director Moira, and we discussed the content of the book and what I could do for the synopsis and the sample spreads. I’m needed for a photo shoot in London sometime in March! How exciting is that?
So we discussed what I could make for the shoot, and getting paler colours so maybe the thread lines could go over the top of the photo. We also discussed what we might need to put at the beginning of the book to cover basics of specific techniques that may be used in more than one project, and whether to make it beginner to intermediate to include everyone.
But the first thing we need is the photo shoot and the synopsis.
I have never written a synopsis before…HELP!!!!
A very productive day today. I wrote the first draft of my synopsis using guidance from various literary websites. There I noticed that they say different things, I suppose because publishers want different things from a synopsis.
I then finished my latest tutorial, and though I won’t be publishing it as a tutorial, I laid it out in the same way (hedging my bets here, if the book doesn’t happen after all, I still have a bunch of tutorials to fall back on)
No sooner had I completed that, when I received an email from Quarto with my Purchase Order, and details of what they want in the synopsis, and samples from Jean Power and Lynn Davy. Nothing like the one I wrote this morning, and it set me panicking a bit. Both synopses detailed the projects that would be in the books. I can’t do that as it stands now, as I don’t have projects ready.
This synopsis has to be ready and submitted by April 2nd. That gives me about a month to put together 30 designs. Not actually writing them, but at least having the basis of the designs to hand. That’s a lot of work.
Then Moira phoned back to let me know that the photographer is available on 6th March for the photo shoot, so that date is set. It has to mean something as it’s my children’s birthdays. I’m taking that as a good omen, it’s a good date. So in the meantime I have to prepare two projects for presentation stage by stage to cut down on time of the photo shoot. That won’t take too long, but still needs to be done.
So there are long long days ahead of me. Thank goodness I have Ed Sheeran’s new album to keep me company and block out distractions, and my partner to do all the cooking.
The synopsis scares me, but you know, I can do this. I will write and ask tomorrow if what I included in the synopsis is subject to change should the project not be practical to actually make up.
Failing that I can wing it a bit, set out names of designs, include the beads I want in those designs, then make them up later with those names.
Oh hell I’m too clever for my own good. If the book is accepted I have six months from June to write it.
The final thing in the synopsis is the author bio…why I’m the one who should be writing this book. I’ve never been any good at selling myself. I might need a little bit of help with that part of it.
So this year I had lots of plans, once I'd got this site sorted out, the EU VAT problem sorted out and a few new tutorials written. I was going to collate all new tutorials for a second book, then start writing a third book on Christmas beaded things, from tree decorations to jewellery and gifts, all themed around Christmas. I have a couple of old designs to hand and lots of new ideas for that.
However, what I am going write about next has completely turned my plans on their head.
So for the next few posts in this blog, I am going to write a journal about my forthcoming journey into a big new world. Beginning with day 1. Tuesday 17th February
This morning I got a message via my Etsy pages from someone claiming to be editorial director at a publishing house. Now, we get lots of messages on Etsy of this nature, usually from bloggers looking for free samples to blog about, etc etc, most of these are complete scams. So as usual I’m being careful. I checked out the link that was sent and surprise surprise, the link didn’t work.
Usually I would then just delete the message and forget about it. This time the message was different enough for me to reply just to say the link didn’t work.
I got a reply with a fresh link right away, and this time it worked. It took me to Quarto Publishing website. It looked genuine enough, and on googling for more information there was plenty there, most from the website. I couldn’t find titles though, until I did a search on Amazon, and came up with pages and pages of illustrated books, mostly childrens books, but there were some ‘how-to’ books for grown-ups too.
So I wrote back and asked what was on offer.
My reply was that they would like me to write a book, 112 pages, 30 projects, illustrated and photographed by their team, starting with a synopsis and three sample spreads, prices and fees were also outlined. A flat fee rather than royalties was offered, so I decided to find out more.
As the editorial director name-dropped, I contacted one of them, a Jean Power no less, and asked if her experiences with Quarto had been good.
I got a very positive reply from Jean which confirmed that I would indeed be willing to hear them out, and at the same time, I had a phone call from Quarto, allowing me to ask questions, which cleared a lot up in my mind.
So it goes like this. I submit the synopsis and the three sample spreads. These can be from tutorials already written, rather than rush out new designs as these are just to give an idea of what they can expect from the book.
These are then sent to Kalmbach (KALMBACH!!!!!) and if accepted I am given 6 months from June to submit the book.
This will then be presented at the London Book Fair in April 2016. If it is not taken up then, it will be presented to the American Book Fair in June, and then to Frankfurt Book Fair in October.
The other bit of encouraging news on this is that they are already publishing a book by Lynn Davey, a jewellery maker from whom I learned a lot in my early days, and my book, MY BOOK, will be a sister publication to her book, along with one other author I believe.
To say I’m excited is an understatement. I haven’t accepted the deal yet, I’m playing cool and thinking on it.
(Two hours later) I thought about it and decided this was too good an opportunity to turn down. If I didn’t try now I may never get another opportunity. Not only that but perhaps second time round, if the first is published and does well it will leave me with better scope for negotiation.
I don't want the rest of my life to be full of 'what ifs'. I've bitten the bullet.
I was so pleased with the earrings I decided to make the whole set. Not a straightforward as you might think.
It was easy to make a bracelet using the same pattern, I even added a matching clasp made with the same SuperDuo beads, but then I thought, ‘Why not make a necklace too?’
This needed a little more thought. If you’ve ever made a necklace with coin shaped beads, you will know that it will twist and turn and just not behave itself if all the coin shaped beads are centrally fixed. This meant that I had to make the joining pearl clusters slightly off centre on one side, allowing the necklace to curve beautifully, as well as lay flat against the nape of the neck.
This lead me to another ‘problem’. I decided I wanted a bigger central bead. No problem I thought, just add another round of SuperDuos each side. But it wasn’t as simple as that, I had to double up for one, putting two SuperDuos between the beads in the previous round. Then came the question of joining the two sides. The same method of RAW was far to lumpy and bulky between so many beads, and too stretched if I put it between every other bead. So I had to use a slightly different version of RAW, then weave beads over the top of it, to allow me to add the pearl clusters. It was also simple to use the same chain as in the Calendula Necklace too.
I think it worked out rather well myself.
Now I just bought some of the new ‘Silky’ Beads, two-holed tile beads, but with the holes going diagonally through the beads. There are a few tutorials out there, but not many, so they are calling me right now.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.