I’m packing up my tools and supplies today to head off for the step-out photo shoot of my book this week. It’s exciting to continue moving through the process toward completion.
There is so much that goes into the creation of a book… so much planning and thinking and scheduling that sometimes it can feel overwhelming. That’s when you have to step back, take a big, long breath and just move forward. My grandmother used to have this silly saying: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Doing a book is just like eating an elephant. Sometimes it seems BIG, other times frightening, but then you just divide that sucker up into bite-sized pieces and start chewing. There are points of indigestion and hiccups, but there are also times of pure amazement at the process and the tangible accomplishments you can see along the way.
After all the step-by-step photos are completed this week, the imagery is ready to go to the graphic designer, whom I’ve had a few conversations with to ensure we are both on the same page, so to speak. She’s awesome, and I feel like I’m in very good hands. Of course, my editor has been with me from Day 1, and I’m looking forward to her direction and moral support this week too. There are 22 projects in the book and one necklace alone has 37 steps to it. Whew! Luckily the bulk of it has a more manageable 10-15 steps per project.
Ok, back to packing. I wanted to jump in here to let you know what’s going on and to tell you I’ll see you next week with an update on how things went. I didn’t necessarily plan to talk about the book as I’m working on it, but a lot of friends of mine as CHA said they find the subject interesting since so many artists have this on their bucket lists.
Here’s wishing all of you a very Artful week!