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