Monday, June 11, 2007

Not much to say really, but!

I've been quite busy really, so not had much time to post, I had intended to post at least once a week, but I'm afraid I haven't managed that!

I have been teaching on a Monday evening and had to prepare for that, as well as preparing for 5 days of teaching design to spinners for Skylark Holidays.

Add to that preparing to take my dyes to Woolfest at the end of the month and preparing for a weaving course for Skylark Holidays at the beginning of July, too! I wish you could add a couple of hours into your day when they were needed, sometimes 24 aren't enough!!

We had the proof of the book back from the publishers, last week. It really is going to be stunning. For those of you who don't know, my friend, Jane Deane, and I have written a book called "Creative Spinning" for Gaia, part of the Octopus Publishing group. We were asked way back at the end of last September if we could write an inspirational "coffee table" book and were given 6 weeks to produce 30 projects and 15,000 words. Well that was really a tall order so we asked for an extension and they gave us an extra 2 weeks! Needless to say we managed it and the book went off to the technical editor, who did a fantastic job because we were then told it had been sold to an American publisher and they wanted a "how to" section, but still only 15,000 words!

I have to say that the photographs are stunning and the illustrations are really clear. I just hope that it is well received, I can't tell you how stressful it is to have such a tight brief and deadline, my neck and shoulders are still suffering 7 months later!

By the way, the book is one of a series of 4; Creative Spinning, Creative Weaving, Creative Natural Dyeing and Creative Felting.

More soon.

4 comments:

Bettina said...

the picture looks promising already! I hope you don't forget to announce it on the olg list, when it is on the market!! or - if you don't want to do it yourself - let me know - and I will do it for you:))
I do know the feeling about the 48 hours a day - even though I haven't written a book (yet?:)).... I think it must be a crafter's special illness!
still, I hope your book is going to be a seller; there are not many good spinning books on the market!

Willington Weaver said...

Jane and I have been rather retisent about announcing it, neither of us like to blow our own trumpet, but I suppose it's something we have got to do or it won't sell or we won't get any money! We only got a small flat rate for writing it as we are supposed to sell it ourselves at workshops. So if you would like a copy, please buy it from Jane or myself!

I am sure Jane would agree that we would rather you mentioned it to the OLG!!! It is due to be published in October.

Alison

Leigh said...

Alison, congratulations on the book! Wow, what an inviting cover. I must send my congrats to Jane too.

Bettina said...

I know - promoting your own stuff feels dreadful! I had a look at amazon and it's already up there with a short intro! maybe you could get together and sign some copies - to put online for the olg? that's something that you don't usually get from other suppliers! might be a good date for starting the sale - xmas isn't all that far away then!

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