I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

Sharing a common thread with those who love the art of hand embroidery

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

When I tell people I have written a book.............

their eyes light up............they are so interested................and  I can almost say for certainty..........they are wondering what my view  on romance is and what kind of romance novel it will be.................
and then I tell them.................
it's an" embroidery and design book"...........
all about my hand work and the designs I create...............
instantly, the light goes out............ they don't get it ................ they have lost interest..............
and once again, I have  reduced my "life status"
to the question........"you just stay at home??".......... as only that..........in their minds..........
.cleaning and cooking..........
 But for those close to me ..........who really know me,  and for all of you. dear blogging friends who have asked when my book will be coming out
..............." published"................
thank you............
just asking really makes me feel like pressing forward in the twisted and turned road of publication.

To answer your question.............the answer I have been so disappointed to announce publicly...............
I got a very nice "rejection" a little while back.............
at first they seemed interested and invited me to show them my dream.............
then with a big hammer.............
they slammed it down.............
One of my favorite poems describes the hopes and dreams.........
and then the frustrations of a writer..............
Thinking Like A Butterfly
Monday I was told I was good.
I felt relieved.
Tuesday I was ignored.
I felt invisible.
Wednesday I was snapped at.
I began to doubt myself.
On Thursday I was rejected.
Now I was afraid.
On Saturday I was thanked
for being me. My soul relaxed.
On Sunday I was left alone
till the part of me that can't
be influenced grew tired of
submitting and resisting.
Monday I was told I was good.
By  Tuesday, I got off  the wheel.
(Mark Nepo)
 
 
For a while, I put my shattered dream on the shelf.........letting it gather dust..........
and right beside it hanging on a nail........the rejection note..........
but my creative spirit and my needle refuse to quit stitching...........
and  now, I have even more designs .............and a bigger list of potential publishing doors to go knocking on.
I have done a lot of research........tuned up my pattern writing skills, and refined my book............a bit.
So for all of you dear souls who ask............
"will their be patterns in this book?"..........YES!!
along with easy to follow instructions and tips on making use of the designs in other ways.
I just have to find a publisher .
Thank you for asking, thank you for believing,
thank you for following along!
(kathleen)

13 comments:

Nicola said...

What a shame you couldn't self publish as an e-book.

Don't give up.

lil red hen said...

It is sad; it's almost as if you have to know someone, or write a mushy romance novel to get published. My daughter is going through the same thing with her books. Just hang in there! One day a publisher will come to her senses.

If you could self-publish and list it in your Etsy shop I'm sure lots of people would buy the book.

Bev C said...

Hello Kathleen

My fingers and toes are crossed here in Australia just for you. If not please publish it yourself and I will be the first person to buy one from you.

Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Karen said...

Please don't give up, Kathleen, some of the best loved authors went through rejection before they finally made it. I know that an embroidery book by you would be wonderful and I will be anxiously waiting to buy a copy!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Do you know Pat Winter?

gatherings100.blogspo.com

Pat publishes a magazine through a service. You go there, pay, and they send you a hard copy. Kinda like Lulu was /is.

Anyway, try another publisher. Good Luck and Happy Thanksgiving...I'll buy your book!
xx, Carol


Cindy said...

I'm sure, with a little persistance, you will get published. Your stitching and designs are so beautiful and I will be first in line to buy your book.

A happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Cindy

Hindustanka said...

I didn't know you were preparing a book for publishing! That sounds great. However, not everything in our life goes the way we want and imagine...But never give up! You'll find your publisher... how many times Joanne Rowling's book was rejected before it finally saw the light? you just need to wait and of course work towards your goal! You can :) Best wishes, Anna.

Preeti said...

Don't feel disappointed Kathleen! Publishing industry has always been like that, they do not encourage new authors. I have faced many rejections for my magazine articles. But since writing is my secondary hobby, I just say that this publisher is not worth my treasured writing and move on :)

I know lot of effort goes in preparing patterns and instructions, you must explore e- publishing or POD(print on demand) . All the best for future!:)

Gina E. said...

You should definitely take the advice given here, Kathleen - self publish your book. From what I've heard, it is so easy to self publish these days, and not as expensive as it was a few years ago.

Tammy said...

I honestly can't think of any reason why a publisher would not be jumping at the chance to publish your book. You are so very talented and your work is so beautiful! I would imagine that your embroidery book would sell like hotcakes. Why doesn't anyone get that? Who needs romance novels or murder mysteries? I think the world needs more creative outlets and sharing of talents. You just keep pushing forward and looking ahead. It will happen! Happy Thanksgiving! Tammy

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

I admire your determination. Your creative work is fantastic. You have all the talents to be an author. Don't give up. Keep your hopes and dreams moving forward. We all just need to be patient; for that special day. I will hold good thoughts for you.

Mini said...

Hang in there!
Prayers,
Mini

seanymph said...

Im sure you will get the book published. Ive been embroidering for yrs and those of us who have, know how creative you are. Ive used a few of your ideas on my own embroideries, they are so unique. However you do not "stay at home" ...you are an artist and should tell folks that..... a textile artist.