Yay! Last week I put together a 25 page sample of the new book From Daisy to Paisley, sent it off to my printer, and here's what I got back!
But I've learned from experience that persistence pays off. Getting this little book together has been a challenge, but it's also taught me that I really CAN do this myself, and that I don't need a publisher or a team of experts to create a physical book.
I'm so happy with the size of the book and the quality of the printing. This is a standard 5.5" x 8.5" full color book, so yes, it did finish much bigger than the original photo book I'd planned back in July.
This size is much better because it's a standard for a full color book, so this could be sold in regular book stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders.
I like the bigger size because it's given me the opportunity to really delve into the different filler designs, explain how to stitch them, and tips on where the each type of design will work best.
And thanks to all the comments I got back in July, I decided to go the extra mile and get spiral binding! I can't believe the difference it's made in being able to see and read about the designs.
I decided to go with full color printing so each photo stands out really nicely. After getting the sample book on Wednesday, I've been so excited, I basically grabbed my laptop on Thursday and haven't stopped writing since!
The book is going to finish at 75 pages with 50 designs from the project, plus stippling, pebbling, and paisley. Since getting the sample book, I also decided to color code each section so it will be easy to flip through the book to find the type of designs you want.
Last night I finished up all the remaining graphics and the writing for each design. All that's left now is to polish it up, get the table of contents fixed, and create an index for the whole book.
So that's what I will be up to today! The Beginner DVD is FINALLY finished and I will be sending it off to my replicator next week, so I hope to get this book sent off to the publisher too so both can launch at the same time.
Whew! It's a lot of work, but I'm so extremely excited about it I practically can't sleep!
Let's go quilt (or write)!