Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Writing A Craft Book: Why It's Important To Share Your Ideas

(Note: I originally wrote the following blog post on March 3, 2014...since publishing this 
post, I have now published my second book, Soldered Alchemy):

A few days ago I got an advance shipment of my new book, Boho Chic Jewelry,

and I couldn't be more excited! Yay! It's finally here!

Hot off the press!

Writing the book was tremendous work, but so worth it. To be able to share ideas
and inspire other people to create is priceless. I know that many of you who follow
this blog are artists of one medium or another, so I think you can understand what I 
mean when I say that you can't rush creativity. Working under writing deadlines
is hard work and can be very stressful, but the rewards of having a finished book in 
your hands are greater than you'd think. It's all about sharing what you know 
with others, so that they can learn and create too!

Back and front covers of BoHo Chic Jewelry book

When my publisher first approached me about writing the book, it was a lot to think
about. A couple of friends and relatives asked me things like, "Do you really want to
give away all of your secrets and techniques?" and, "You worked so hard to build
your business up to what it is today, why would you want to give all of that away to
strangers?" But I didn't have to think about it for very long at all. 

First of all, writing a book is a huge opportunity, and most folks go about it by putting
 together proposals and approaching publishers on their own. Because the publisher 
approached me instead of vice versa, I actually felt completely honored that they thought 
my work, designs, and ideas were good enough to warrant publication. I had been creating
 my china jewelry for many years. But I also create other types of jewelry too!

Probably the one thing that ties all of my work together is that I use unusual
materials in most of my designs. I saw this (publishing a book) as not just an 
opportunity to show others how to create jewelry from broken china, but to 
show others how they can create jewelry from all types of other materials too. Writing 
this book was a chance to help other people explore and use their own creativity! 
What could be better than that?

Pendants made from an antique glass buttons by Laura Beth Love - DIY instructions  can be found
 in the book BoHo Chic Jewelry

 For this book, I had to put together twenty five different projects...that isn't just a lot 
of ideas, it's also a lot of different ways to give people to look at things creatively! 
So most importantly, in writing this book, I had the opportunity to inspire others.
 That was reason enough for me.

But little did I know of the rewards that would come once I started writing and putting 
 the projects together. They were greater than I ever could imagine.

Read on to the next post in this series:

Writing A Craft Book: The Fascinating Rewards That Come From Sharing What You Know