15 October 2013

The End is Nigh!


Today I thought I'd share a little progress report on the book, since I know some of you are keen to hear a bit more about what's going on behind the scenes. Plus it's nice for me to reflect on how far I've come to spur me on towards the finishing line :)

Writing a craft book doesn't actually involve that much writing. I mean, it does, but that's the easy part. In addition to the writing, there's also designing, testing, sourcing materials for, making, photographing and formatting all the projects, as well as liaising with all the different people who work on the book, from design and editorial through to sales and publicity. It's a complicated logistical process to get everything done, in the right order, with the right people - in fact, I had to make a ridiculous looking flow chart to get it all straight in my head before scheduling it into a calendar, and even then I need to switch processes round occasionally as different requests come in at unexpected times. Luckily I'm working with a fantastic team of people who I totally trust to make this book amazing.

The photo studio kitty

I've been making really good progress, and am now facing the final stretch. Fingers very tightly crossed - I should have submitted everything in 4 weeks' time. Woop! It's been hard work, but all in all has been going well. The only time I kinda exploded was for a few minutes last week when a couple of other projects I've got going on clashed with a series of book deadlines. It's so important to stay focused to do the things you wanna do - eye of the tiger and all that. I'm absolutely LOVING being a craft author! It is SO fulfilling I sometimes forget to go outside for three days in a row (true story) and a tub of ice cream has been sitting untouched in the freezer for weeks now (I know!!!).



Wish me luck with the final stretch!

[Soundtrack: '(Drawing) Rings Around the World' by Super Furry Animals]

58 comments:

  1. As an editor (mainly) and writer (a bit) myself, I found this fascinating. All I have to do is get words down on the page!

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    1. Haha I'm sure that's just as difficult though - perhaps there's more pressure if there's only one type of work to do? At least with a craft book you can choose to write, design, make, test or plan depending on what mood you're in.

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  2. Good luck! I'm really looking forward to your book. It will be great!

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  3. So much work! I'm glad you're enjoying the process though, good luck with the last stages.

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  4. Best of luck with the book. I only recently found your blog through a Folksy lecture web thingy, it's lovely and as someone who doesn't use my sewing machine nearly enough I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the book too.

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  5. How exciting :) good luck I can't wait to see the book x

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  6. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh can't wait to see, buy your book and create a lot of things thanx to you :)
    And today I've got my Mathilde :) maybe it's a sign................

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  7. Can't wait to see it when it's done! (P.s. My last make was navy with little white hearts, too!)

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  8. I am so excited about this book :) Cannot wait!

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  9. Gosh how exciting - nearly there!

    Can't believe you've been that busy you haven't time to demolish a tub of ice cream....! :o

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  10. What an amazing journey! It should not be easy to organize yourself and meat the deadlines!

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    1. I love organising stuff so it's actually quite fun :)

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  11. Wishing you all the luck in the world Tilly! I'm so excited for you!!!

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  12. You can do it!!!! I am SO excited to see this book of yours. It sounds like you've got everything in the right order for it to be a huge success :)

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  13. Good luck!! This is so wonderful!

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    1. Just had a look at your blog - you make such cute things!

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  14. Get a move on please, can't wait to read it!!!


    Gemma
    http://fadedwindmills.blogspot.com

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  15. Good luck with the last legs of your book Tilly - and schedule yourself a well-deserved treat like a dinner, or spa-visit as a reward when you're all done m'dear :)!

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  16. I'm so excited about your book and it's interesting to hear about the process. It's a crying shame about that untouched ice cream, though! :)

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    1. I can share a bit more about the process nearer the release if you're interested.

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  17. Best of luck for the final stretch Tilly! Bet it's going to fly off the shelves :)

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy
    www.randomlyhappyblog.com

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  18. Lovely article. Interesting to hear that there is more than words and pictures involved in writing a book!
    Go for the final push like Rocky running up those steps. If it is as good as your blog, then it will be a good seller.

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    1. That's so nice of you to say, thank you.

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  19. good luck Tilly. Not much to go now and it will be so worth all the effort

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  20. You don't need wishing luck, Tilly, you are super talented so I know it will all fall into place and be really fabulous. Can't wait to see the book!

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  21. Hi Tilly I wish you all the best of luck - can't wait for your book to come out and I will certainly be buying it - I love your blog Tilly as you always have something positive and encouraging to write about. Have a really fabulous week
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. ... and you always leave the sweetest and most encouraging comments, Dorothy! It's appreciated.

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  22. You know, just before I checked in here I was wondering to myself, 'I wonder how Tilly's getting on with her book?' Ha! Thanks for the update! May the force be with you in the coming weeks... can't wait to see the finished product!

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  23. Bestest luck! Awesome tail on the photo studio kitty :)

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  24. Hi Tilly, when your book is published will you make sure that we can find out where to buy any fabrics that you use as I found the lack of such knowledge frustrating with the sewing bee book! Thanks and good luck!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion - that's a good idea. Some of them are from well-known shops, which I'll share when the book is released.

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  26. This is very exciting, good luck for the last stretch. I can imagine that such a deadline can be very stressing.
    I really like that black fabric with white hearts.

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    1. It is stressful, but it's a real boost to read your supportive comments :)

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  27. Oooo... how exciting! Though I do think that this last bit would be made all the easier if accompanied with ice cream eating...

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  28. Best of luck! Sounds so busy but exciting!!!!

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  29. Ooh can't wait to see the finished product! Congrats on all your hard work so far : )

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  30. yay! Can't wait!! That fabric looks amazing and the studio kitty...so. darn. cute.

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  31. Oh, good luck Tilly! It is so inspiring to read about your success :)

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