I have got a huge amount of catching up to do on this blog. It’s been slightly manic here, with various things, and I haven’t had much time to update the website, or blog at all.
First of all, let me tell you the most exciting news. After all the work, trips to London for photoshoots, all the beading, stiff shoulders, pricked thumbs, unpicking, starting again, finally the book is complete.
At the end of August I received a rather large package, too big for a book, but it was the final proofs of every page, all the photos, all the diagrams, all my writing, in its final form for me to proof-read one more time, and check over. I could have cried at what they did with the final product shots. I wasn’t around for those, I left them with the publisher to shoot in their own time, so I had no idea how those shots would turn out.
Then in mid-September, another package. Smaller this time, but I knew what it was. Trembling with excitement I opened it. There was a postcard from my editor, saying “The road was long. The river was deep! But look at this lovely book. Well done TM.”
Finally, in my hands, my author copy of my own book. Finally, I had achieved a lifetime’s dream, to write a book. Yes I already have an indie published book, and that was so exciting to have done, but in reality it is just a compilation of already published tutorials that I decided to put into book form, and it did well, I’m pleased. But to have worked with an actual publishing company, having a book published under such a well-known imprint such as Kalmbach, with professional photography and layout and editing, to have the marketing taken care of. That is something else! I was grinning from ear to ear all day.
I wish I could show off the photos but the actual book is still under pre-order, though I’m told, doing really well, Kalmbach are pleased, which is a good omen for the next book under negotiation with them. Yes there may be another, we’ve been working on it this year, though for now it’s out of my hands.
You can get the feel of the book from these photos.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.