I spent the morning mulling over the content of my book ready for synopsis. It’s not easy when you don’t actually have the designs to hand…just the mere cloudy idea form in my head.
However, I created a word doc., which I will use for ideas and notes, but headed by a table with 30 cells. I’ve decided to use a few I already have, with the possibility that if enough ideas come up in the next four weeks these will be the ones I will remove first, such as the Clara necklace and bracelet.
The Anya earrings are definitely not going in, they’ve proved too popular on Etsy thanks to a treasury I was included in yesterday, so I’ll have to sort out another idea for that. Maybe five points instead of four, so they are similar.
See? Ideas rumbling around my head as I type!
However, I did finish working on a pendant which has been very pleasing and will be included. It’s actually based on an earring design seen on YouTube, which I wanted to try for myself. Not having 12mm rivolis, I adapted it to a 14mm rivoli, and instead of a four point earring, I ended up with a six point pendant with SuperDuos incorporated. It looks layered, but it’s not. All I now need to do is re-design the part made with cylinder beads to take it completely away from the original design. Very pleased with it so far though.
I’m going to have a look at the sysopses from Jean Power and Lynn Davy for their books, and see if I can draft a basic one over the weekend.
This is scary stuff, but I feel so honoured that a publisher thought MY work, lil’ ole me, was good enough to want me to write a book.
Payment isn’t great, I’d prefer more, but the offer can’t be turned down for my first. I can negotiate more for a second book. (Yes there will be now, if this one gets published, there will have to be another commission to follow up.)
Meanwhile I’m going to try to relax a little and let ideas form in the back of my mind while I do some other things with my time, until Monday (day 7)
I’m a little more clear in my mind about the synopsis now, since taking a brief perusal of the synopses Quarto sent me as examples.
I’ve spent the weekend formulating some new designs, and listing them in a grid so I can see how many of each item I have done, and to help with structuring the book.
The theme is SuperDuo beads, which is a good thing, as the style of jewellery certainly isn’t going to be the theme. I have a fairly eclectic collection of styles, from floral, Victorian, vintage to funky, bright and modern. The aim of the book is to reach as many people as possible to give them a taste of what can be done with SuperDuos. (I might include that sentence in the final synopsis).
I’ve had to work in an entirely different way. Usually I begin a project in one of two ways. I either have an idea, which I use my graphics to visualise. I have a template of beads, so I simply lift them and move them around to see if the idea could work, then make it up, forumalting the method as I go. This prototype often gets unpicked and I start again if I’ve not done it in a more repetitive way. Then I make a second sample using the method I’ve formulated. I like to make the method as intuitive as possible, using small stages repeatedly rather than try to explain a whole length of bracelet etc.
The second way, which usually happens when I’m lacking a little inspiration, is to pick up a random assortment of beads, lay them on my beading mat, and just put them together. Then get the general shape and idea into diagrams. This has often worked for me, especially with pendants for some reason.
Now I’m having to get an idea on the graphics program, by moving the beads around, and not worrying about the method for now. Just get the idea down, name it, put it in a folder, and leave it there. This then goes into the synopsis grid I spoke of earlier. Another way is to formulate a shape with the actual beads first, then get a rough draft onto the graphics sheet. I have bits and pieces and elements of projects all over my desk.
It’s a strange way of working, but it’s getting the projects together, and within a couple of days I’ve almost completed the basics for the synopsis.
I do feel more relaxed about it, and starting to feel a little bit excited.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.