Is there anything more exciting than seeing your name in print? (except maybeÂ in the police blotter in the newspaper)Â I amÂ thrilledÂ to revealÂ that I was featured in Charlotte Rivers’ latest publication I LoveÂ Handmade BooksÂ ,Â also published under the titleÂ The Little Book of Book MakingÂ in the US.
I’m not a big goal-setter – some people swear by writing down goals, making “vision boards”, changing their computer passwords to remind them daily of goals – all of these are great ideas, but a little Type-A for me. HOWEVER, I will admitÂ that a couple years ago I did say, out loud, “I’d love to be in a craft book someday”. WELL GUESS WHAT, THAT DAY IS…well, actually many days ago, I just never got around to blogging about it, shame on me!
About a year ago, Charlotte Rivers, author of Â The Little Book of LetterpressÂ sent me an email asking if I’d like to participate in her upcoming collection of handmade books! After shrieking like a little girl, I typed back something much more professional like “yes I’d love to, thank you for considering me!”
If you’re wondering HOW I got in a craft book, I don’t have the exact answer, but I suspect Charlotte found me online because I take lots and lots of photos of my work, and I’ve worked hard to learn to use both my camera and Photoshop so that I can show my books off in their best light.Â Then I post them to Flickr or my blog (I’ve had this blog since 2007) and that means when authors are looking around for crafters to feature, and type in “handmade book” into the Google, hopefully I come up! Keep in mind I put my stuff out there for 7 years before this great opportunity came along, so it’s not a matter of “going viral” or any of that other internet-speak.
I was just one of many talented bookbinders and book artists featured in the colorful 176-page book, described thusly by Amazon:Â “Making books by hand has never been cooler, with this inspiring guide to 30 top bookmakers working today, plus 21 tutorials for essential techniques to make your own books.”
I furnished the photos myself, I was asked to provide up to 40, and I decided to offer as many as I could!
When the book arrived (just after I arrived home from the Penland School of Crafts) I was absolutely excited and delighted to find that I’d been featured multiple times!
Since I am only featured in the book and not an author, I don’t get any royalties from the sales, but if you purchase the book through this link (and yes, the cover is different, because this is the US version – the content is all the same) : The Little Book of Handmade Books – then I’ll get a small percentage of the sales price at no additional cost to you as part of the Amazon affiliate program.