I'm not sure how I decided on a science/math quilt book except for that those are two things that I'm passionate about - my job and my hobby. I also knew that the idea was unique enough that there wouldn't be many - if any - books on that topic already out there.
When I got home from Quilt Market I did 4 things:
- slept (it's huge and exhausting!)
- worked my sketches out on the computer and colored them
- started writing chapters and organizing what I wanted to include
- researched craft book publishers
Most publishers have their guidelines listed on their website (Stash's are here). I looked at all the Craft books at a Border's and decided which publishers had the aesthetic that I wanted. Then I went to their websites. Then I decided that Stash was the right fit for me (and luckily they agreed!).
I put together a propsal using their guidelines and what I had been working on. I had all the quilt designs in color with fabric choices, most of the introduction and first chapter written, some of the second chapter. I also made a sample quilt. They did ask for more samples, so I made 2 more before the book was accepted (1 made it into the book, the other 2 designs did but I redid them in better colors, my choice).
Here is my Proposal Binder! It has never left my hands!
You see, everything is done in electronically. So I had to take lots of pictures of my quilts and details to show that I can actually sew.
I had a long waiting period once the propsal was sent in. Stash was just changing acqusitions editors so I had to wait longer than usual (8 months!). It also would have been different if I had had an agent (but more on that later!).
Tips for you!
- It may seem silly to some, but I've included directions for making a notebook in Quilt Lab. I can't emphasize enough how important I think it is to jot things down when they're fresh. What if I hadn't written down my ideas? Or what if it was on a scrap that was accidentally thrown away. Notebooks aren't that heave and don't have to be large.
- Be true to you. Don't try to propose a super unique idea just for the sake of it - do something that you love and excel at. If it interests you, you'll be able to interest others.
- Take your time with your proposal. Really think it through and have a good idea about where you want to start and end. Start writing! The more you have the better! Just be open to suggestions and changes.
Next Week: Agents and Publishers!