Have you ever thought about writing a quilt book? Have an idea? Do you do something that intrigues or amazes other quilters? You never ever know if your idea is bookworthy or not until you submit a proposal to a publishing company. There are several mainly quilt type book publishers and I have never heard anything bad about any of them, nor have I worked with a publisher other than American Quilter’s Society. They’ve been fantastic. I’ve been lucky to have Linda Baxter Lasco as my editor for both books and she’s not only a wonderful editor but she’s a sweet and helpful lady and she’s a knitter and she took me to a knitting shop while in Paducah once! Can’t beat that, huh? Andi Reynolds is the executive editor and she’s been a dream to work with. While problems with AQS are rare, one time when I did have a little problem, both Linda and Andi took charge and it was solved more quickly and thoroughly than I’d ever expected. As you might imagine, I have nothing but good things to say about AQS.
Today I see a little blurb on their blog reminding quilters to submit book proposals. Do it! Get off the computer right now and start writing if you want to submit a proposal. If you’re afraid of being turned down, don’t tell anyone you’re doing it . . then you don’t have to tell anyone if your proposal isn’t accepted. And, I’ve heard of several authors who had proposals turned down by one publisher, only to have them accepted by another and go on to write books that are great sellers.
If I can help you or if you have questions, I’ll be glad to help but I’ll tell you — when I’ve submitted both my proposals, it was a painless process and it didn’t take me weeks and weeks to get it together. I think some stress too much over the proposal process . . or maybe I don’t stress enough!
Really though . . having a new book is about as exciting as it gets for me. I’d love to see every quilter out there who wants to write a book do so.