and then it was a book!
One year ago, the very first piece of mail arrived in our new home. Amid movers and mountains of boxes was a large manila envelope with a lot of DVDs and a transcript. Claire Shaeffer's work was temporarily complete and my work began. She had conceived of the entire project and worked with the fine folks at Taunton Press to record the video and provide all the content for the book.
My job was to watch all the rough footage to pinpoint the perfect freeze-frames for step-by-step instructions and to use the transcript to lay out all the pages of the book - filled in with the many tutorials, tips, tricks, and information. In concept, that doesn't sound so hard, does it? Lots of people could do that, but I had crossed paths with Claire Shaeffer and she asked me to be her technical editor.
Just in case you are wondering, YES I DID FEEL VERY FORTUNATE! It was surreal to be in this role with someone whose books & videos I already owned and had devoured. I could have never tackled this project had it not been for the generous and thorough advice and guidance from the editor of the previous book in this series, Kathy Marrone. Yep, it was pretty awesome.
|This right here was my reward.|
So, it wasn't just Kathy's help, it was also Tim and Shawna at Taunton Press who helped me along. I was very open with both of them about my editorial experience, which was light, to say the least. And, of course, Claire was supportive and responsive. She always answered my emails within hours, if not minutes. That allowed me to finish the bulk of the work during the time I had taken off from my full-time job. My holidays last year were a blur of cardboard boxes and a couple of computer monitors temporarily set up on my ironing board. Honestly, it felt like a super-human effort, but when something is important to me, I am the type to go for it. And a few of my friends listened sympathetically when I was afraid it was all too much. Thank you Shams, Elizabeth and my other Facebook sewing friends, thank you!
OK - so now, does anyone out there have any strings they can pull? Can you help me win the lottery or something? I don't have it in me to pull off any more super-human efforts while I am working full-time. But dayum, I liked doing it! If I do say so myself, I make a pretty good editor of sewing related stuff. In fact, it would be a dream to work with more authors - and more topics. What kills me is that I like my full-time job, too. I just like too many things!
There are TWO horse farms within driving distance that rescue horses. They need volunteers. I don't want to own a horse, it's too much responsibility. Volunteering would be perfect for me, but do I have time? Nope. Well, I guess this is a good problem to have, right?
FYI - the book will be released on January 6, 2015.
If I were to make a boucle skirt, this is the direction I would take: