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.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.