So, since day 7 I have been working on getting 30 ideas into workable forms for projects. Some are still on paper, but I can see how I can make them work, some I have worked on to see if it can work, and they do. I now have the thirty projects and the basis of my synopsis.
The next job was to prepare some jewellery for the sample spreads. I had the Iona Pendant, Petite Secrets Bracelet and the new Silky Snowdrops bracelet, so I made sure I ordered enough beads in the colours they wanted, as discussed over the phone and in email, and made a whole sample in the colours.
I also edited the tutorials I had written into a workable word doc., with my artwork for reference. These were emailed to them on Wednesday and returned the same day in a rough layout for the spreads. This gave me a much better idea of what they needed from me, so I tweaked and added a few bits, then sent them back.
On Friday March 6th after a very early start and 2 hour train journey into London, I battled through the tube and emerged at Caledonian Road. The street looked exactly as in Google Streetview, and I could clearly see Pentonville Prison down the road. The Old Brewery in Islington is where I was actually heading but it is opposite the prison.
Once at Quarto I was made to feel so welcome, given tea and shown to the studio, which was more like a showroom of their books made into a makeshift studio, but everything was laid out ready. I then spend the day making up the samples, beginning with the whole pendant, with photos being taken at each stage, and partial bracelets, also with photos taken at each stage. The photographer, Phil Wilkins, who told me he started out as a food photographer, and whose name can be found on many books, was so patient as he waited for me to complete each stage, and was very helpful.
All in all it was a very successful day, we finished at about 4.30, and I was on my way back to Liverpool Street station to meet my son by 5.00pm.
I managed to sneak a pic or two of the setup while we were taking a break. I was sitting at the right of the table, making the samples, and these would be placed on the white board in the centre, directly under the camera. Phil would then take the shot and check it on his laptop before I proceeded with the next stage.
Now I know what needs to be done, when it comes to doing the complete book, I’ll be able to have the stages made up and ready. Thank goodness for little ziplock bags.
I still have the synopsis to write, but after I said I wasn’t good at selling myself, I was told not many authors are, and if I just gave the main points, they would write that part for me, ‘because we’re really good at bigging up authors’. That’s a relief! Now I’m really excited.
This book is part of a series, and from what I understand, everything needs to be ready for April 2nd, and completed after that for the London Book Fair, where my sample spreads and synopsis, and those of another two or three authors, including Lynn Davy, will be presented to Kalmbach. They do sound confident that it will be accepted.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.