7 May 2014

Behind the Scenes... Writing My Book


Today I thought I'd share some pics snapped during the process of putting together the book, in case you're interested in what goes on behind the scenes on a big project like this. I've already written about my experience of getting a publishing deal, and of course that's only the beginning. Then came the writing. Intensive writing. During a heat wave - gah! Luckily I'd made a conscious decision to enjoy the process, and just the process of making a decision seemed to work so I actually did enjoy it. Intense, yes, but fulfilling. And when I say "writing", of course for a craft book the writing is only a minor part of it. There's also lots of fun stuff, like...


Creating a mood board...


Sketching garment designs...


Drafting patterns... 


Sourcing fabric...


Planning design variations...


Sewing... (lots of sewing)


Hanging out with genius designer / crazy lady Arielle... (seen here sporting a Brigitte scarf)


Getting to work with Team Betty...


Meeting lovely Terri...


Who covered me in this...



Like so...



Getting adjusted...


Posing...


... for this lot...

 

... and a kitty...


Practising the art of cat whispering...


Then back at my desk to edit layouts...

And then waiting...

... and waiting...

... waiting a bit longer...

... until finally...


Omigawd it's a real life book!

Hope you'll help me celebrate tomorrow at the #LoveAtFirstStitch online launch party. See you there!

39 comments:

  1. I saw your book today, in a bookstore in Eltham, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia!!!! Looking great. It was selling around the $40.00 (Australian) mark.

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    1. Wow! I had no idea it was there already!

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  2. Compliments Tilly, I love your blog :)
    I am Italian and I love to sew.
    You have plans to translate the book into other languages?

    Enrica

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    1. Thanks Enrica! Yes indeed... two translations confirmed, fingers crossed more to follow. Hopefully I'll be able to tell you more soon...

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    2. :) Meanwhile, we expect the translations with fingers crossed,
      I will buy the original in English :)

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  3. Congratulations on your new book! such a great achievement. I can't wait to get it in my mitts :-)

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  4. Thanks for sharing; I can just imagine how much time and effort you had to put into it. It was definitely worth it. Congratulations!

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    1. Aw thank you! That's so sweet of you to say.

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  5. Lovely photo's! Can tell it was fun :)

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  6. Wow! so much goes into the final copy! I am really looking forward to reading it soon! :)

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  7. Just got my email from amazon saying it's been despatched! Ridiculously excited!

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    1. Got mine this morning!!! It is exciting isn't it?

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  8. Congratulations, it's lovely to see how well things are going for you :)

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  9. I am *so* psyched about Mr Postman knocking on my door tomorrow. You have created the most luscious looking craft book I've seen in a while.
    The biggest congratulations for making something so beautiful :)

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  10. Loved seeing these behind the scenes pics! What an amazing achievement. Can't wait to get my mitts on a copy!

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  11. Congratulations on the book! It's so lovely. You know, I kept wondering if it was actually you in the photos, the way they made up your face. Now I know!

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  12. Can't wait for my copy to arrive, the patterns look fabulous!

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  13. It's very interesting to see some behind the scenes stuff. I've been reading about how to write a book proposal. That alone seems overwhelming, nevermind actually writing the book. Congratulations!

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  14. yes that's it! this is definitely going on my birthday list!
    Frankie
    http://www.knitwits-owls.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Thank you, Tilly, for sharing with us the hidden side of this wonderful adventure. I love reading your blog and I look forward to read your book !
    a French fan !

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  16. Would love to come at your online book launch party so I made the Brigitte Scarf to be allowed entry :)

    http://www.colenotes.net/2014/05/tilly-and-buttons-brigitte-scarf.html

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    1. Ooh exciting! I'll hop over to your blog now...

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  17. Tilly, I was so excited when the postman delivered my copy of your book today. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Everything about it is totally amazing. The photography, the styling, the way it's written, the projects … it's just

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  18. amazing. It's just amazing!

    I should read things before I hit "publish"!!

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  19. Still waiting for the postman to deliver my copy of the book, but joining in with the party nevertheless! Congratulations Tilly!

    http://knitsewgrow.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/happy-loveatfirststitch-day.html

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  20. My book has arrived! I love it. Now I just need my family to disappear for the weekend so I can immerse myself in sewing.

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  21. Your book looks beautiful - well done

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  22. Congrats, Tilly! Your book looks wonderful, at least aesthetically. Designs seem very nice and you look fantastic. It seems a really nice occupation, and I envy all the starting sewers that can have books like these to begin the learning. You are contributing to many people happiness. I hope it is also good business!

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  23. Is your pinterest inspiration board for the book public so we can follow it?

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    1. Alas not, it's one of my secret boards where I concoct dreams and schemes ;)

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  24. Congratulations! It looks wonderful!

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  25. Hey Tilly I got your book in the post yesterday. And I attempted the scarf already yipeeee. Love everything about your book and cannot wait to work my way through it. Well done. You have inspired me to not give up :-)

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  26. Great to see behind the scenes, thanks for sharing this.

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  27. As a inexperienced young designer, I recently drafted a pattern for myself, very similar to this. I turned out pretty well, but I wish I would have seen this first. Great Blog!

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