Saturday, 12 April 2014

It's a ...

...book!

A book is my new project.
No, I can't believe it either.
(A book about crochet, obviously- not a 50 Shades or Harry Potter type-thing)

So, pull up a chair (yes, the squishy one over there) pour yourself a cuppa (teapot's on the table) and let me tell you a story about a book....




...For anyone who doesn't know, I haven't been crocheting long. I taught myself a few years back when I felt the grey matter ebbing away after I'd left teaching to be a full-time mummy;
I needed to learn something new.

And so I tinkered about a bit.
And crocheted.

I made some stuff. Some bad... Some really bad.
But some good.
Then I started selling the things I made. And people liked them.
I sold my crocheted wares at local events, rented a little shelf in a little shop in Arundel and online, too.

And then I thought I could design my own stuff.

So I did.
I started writing down my designs and putting them in my Etsy shop.
And people liked to buy those too.

And all along, I had this little blog. 
Where I catalogued my crochet journey (honestly, go back to the beginning and you'll find all the really bad stuff) where I tried new things and where a lovely publisher found me.

And their crafty commisioning Editor wrote to me and told me all about a book she wanted to make. 
And asked me if I would like to write it.

And I said 'Yes'.

So after much talking and discussing (and scribbling of ideas in the dead of night) I went to New York Newton Abbot in Devon for a planning meeting.
I met the fabulous gals from F&W Media and we planned the book. 
From cover to cover.
Seriously. It was a lengthy meeting. And definitely the most enjoyable meeting I've ever attended. We worked all day, without a break (none was needed- we were unstoppable).

There is a now a detailed plan about everything I need to write and design and I am raring to go.
The deadlines are ready..
My pen (laptop, actually) is poised..

I'm ready for the off. (Look! I have already made a terrible mess of my front room)

Can't wait to tell you what happens next.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sarah x

25 comments:

  1. I have a huge smile on my face! How completely, utterly and absolutely EXCITING!!!

    Your designs absolutely lend themselves to be in print. I am so delighted for you - permission to say "I told you so?" ;-)

    Heather xx

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  2. Wow ~eeeeee! Congratulations! I am over the moon for you, that is just wonderful.
    It will be one amazing book that is for sure!
    happy weekend
    love jooles x x x

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  3. This is brilliant news.....I'm so pleased for you. You have a real talent and deserve this recognition.
    Jacquie x

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  4. Fantastic that is so wonderful for you
    Best of luck with it all
    Karen x

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  5. People always think that a particular person should be the one to write a crochet book. It hasn't happened because despite common thinking they don't really design much at all, nor have such good skills as quite a few other people. They bring their own style to other people's patterns but not much else. Publishers will know this. That's why they asked you to write a book, as your design talent is obvious. I wish you well with your book, it's a lot of work! Well done for all your talent which is being rewarded.

    Serious crocheters want proper patterns and we know the difference! Thanks for your work.
    Kathy

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  6. What a lovely story Anna Boo. I hope the book will be published in Norway too. I would love to have it.
    I wish you all the good luck you need.
    Mariannbru (instagram) Love your profile there
    Hugs

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  7. WOW!!! :) What a wonderful thing to be doing, writing a book about crochet. I'm so very happy for you and thank you for sharing this wonderful news. Enjoy the process.
    Anne xx

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  8. How exciting for you. Looking forward to watching this develop and to think I've followed you since purchasing something from your Etsy store. Love what you've done to the living room, lol.

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  9. That is so exciting! Can't wait to see the finished book!! Laura x

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  10. That's amazing!! I dream of being able to write my own knitting and crochet book one day - been crocheting for about 2 years and only blogging for a couple of weeks, but your post is certainly inspiring me to keep it up and get that etsy shop up I've been meaning to do!!! *embarrassed face* do keep it up and update about your book and I can't wait to see it!
    Jenny
    pretty column.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Fantastic! Congratulations and how exciting!!
    In a way you know I'm not surprised as you have some great ideas. Definitely looking forward to that book. I am also keen to hear more!!!

    keep well

    Amanda xx

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  12. That's amazing - congratulations!!! What an achievement, how exciting!! Maria x

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  13. Oh well done!!!! Enjoy the writing process, I bet it will be quite the success :)

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  14. I knew it! There is no way your secret news could be anything but a book - it was obvious, inevitable, necessary, deserved....I couldn't be happier for you! Your creations are so wonderful, to have them all together in one tome will be a dream come true! Huge congratulations, and please keep blogging about your progress, we will all read in anticipation! Chrissie x

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  15. Oh wow! Thats just amazing! How great you must feel about it :) Congratulations and I cant wait for it to hit the stores. What a great thing to be doing.

    Have a great Sunday.
    Birgitta xx

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  16. I am so excited for you!!!!! Excellent news, I will be the first to buy it!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  17. Congratulations! You are a very talented designer - your patterns are so original. So happy for you and it sounds like you weren't at all daunted... fab news :-)
    xx

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  18. how exciting! Congratulations, very well deserved as your patterns are fab

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  19. Lovely Sarah it is always a pleasure to pop over to your wonderful blog to hear your news. Well done on your fabulous news and so well deserved Sarah. I will definitely be putting this on my 'please can I have' list. Cannot wait to see how you get on with everything. Your living room looks just like mine - only mine is much more untidy! Have a fabulous week Sarah, sending you big hugs and loves
    Dorothyxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  20. Fantastic news I am thrilled for you x

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  21. Wow, that's amazing , congratulations!!

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  22. Congratulations Annaboo! it's a pleasure to read your wonderful blog full of original patterns! ciao :::Silvia

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  23. Wow,wonderful Sarah.,such great news, cant wAit to hear more xxx

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  24. Wow how exciting!! Wishing you a fun creative writing journey. looking forward to seeing the finished article. Many congrats. Amanda x

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