Woah. It’s here!
You know, it took a long time for me to make my new book, Craft For The Soul, I was pretty tired after doing 4 books in a really short space of time, I switched publishers and I also thought people needed a rest from Stuff By Pip, so I made sure to stretch out the writing process (and was further stretched by a revised publishing schedule!) and to let things take their time.
It took so long from conception to publication in fact, that I forgot I was making a book. I know that might sound weird, but for me the process of making or creating something is my favourite part. The finished thing is wonderful too (whether it’s book or blanket or blog), but all the leg-work is the stuff I really like getting my teeth into. That’s the part I sign up for – the process. The final book always comes as some kind of extremely obvious surprise.
When this little package arrived yesterday, I was in the middle of writing an article and on a tight deadline. I tore it open just a little bit, enough to see that it was my actual REAL LIVE BOOK and then put it away. Maybe that seems weird too, but I really wanted to force myself to have a nice long look at it, distraction free. I often forget to let the final achieved thing sink in. I forget to revel in a bit (usually because I am on to the next thing!)
(Also, there’s always a bit of anxiety. What if I don’t like it when it’s done?! What if it’s not as useful or pretty as I wanted it to be?!)
So I took it slow, finished off my urgent work and then had a nice long look. It was a really good look because I am so happy with my book! Phew! It would be totally awkward if I wasn’t, right?!
It’s some kind of special magic when all the elements you’ve been working on, researching, rewriting, rethinking for so long are finally set in ink and it’s officially done. It sort of takes your breath away. Not that I’m saying it’s the world’s best book, not at all. What I mean is that it’s the best book I’ve ever finished.
I’d also like to say that this book would only have been half as good if it weren’t for the work of a few ace people: wordy babe Kate Forster who helped steer me in the right direction when I was a little bit lost, my literary agent Pippa Masson who put up with my too-chatty phone calls and gushy ideas and found a lovely home for my book, my publisher Kirsten Abbott at Penguin (and her team of wonderfuls) who knew exactly how to make a special idea into a special book, the ever-present, ever-clever Michelle Mackintosh who styled the photographic elements and always makes me feel understood, Katie Byrnes who let me borrow both her beautiful (patient) baby and her (well-mannered) pooch to make our shots extra-adorable, Julie Renouf – the talented, skilled and all-round ace photographer who made a potentially stressful shoot a collaborative breeze and Kat MacLeod (and the Ortolan team) for designing the book’s layout so smashingly and creating cute illustrated elements to complement the collages I made for the book.
Books are such a team effort and I had a complete Dream Team!
Craft For The Soul is out in April. My local bookshop are taking pre-orders, if you’d like to be one of the first to nab a copy! (It’s good to support your local, right?!)
See you back here real soon!