Kelli was home on Monday. We didn’t have any deadlines…we didn’t have anything we had to do…THAT IS DANGEROUS. It gets us to thinking…when we get to thinking….we get ourselves into trouble.
So many of you have been wondering if we’re going to write another book…honestly, we don’t know. But we did spend some time contemplating it.
Ruby even tried to help!
You’d think we’d just be ready to jump in but circumstances have changed for both of us…and our publisher has changed too. It’s always scary to head out on a new venture.
Many of you likely don’t know but back in January we were told our book was being printed and would be released and we would get our shipments by the end of the next week. We were excited and anxiously waiting. We had all sorts of plans. Kelli was coming home. We were going to have champagne. We were going to surprise those of you who pre-ordered with a book in your mailbox several days early. We were on cloud nine. Tuesday of that week rolled around and we were sent an email telling us that Kansas City Star, our publisher, was closing their quilt book division. WHAT?? What did that mean? What was happening with our book? We no longer wanted to celebrate. We wanted to cry instead. Here one of the biggest days in our life was just dead on arrival.
Both of us were absolutely sick. We were told very little. We asked as many questions as we could but got very few answers…then we were told tell no one.
Ah…we felt awful. All this work that we did was likely going to be for naught. There was rumor that someone might buy out a few of the top authors who were proven. Well we are new authors and certainly not a top author and certainly not proven.
So many things had been promised to us…We were to be the feature book at Quilt Con and Quilt Market in the Kansas City Star booth. We were going to get a blog hop and several other promo events…now nothing. You might remember Kelli and I saying we were going to Quilt Market this year as we’d have our book there and it was so close….well nothing. Those plans were all shot.
Kelli and I made a decision to talk to C&T Publishing. We had done a project for them under the Sweet Celebrations Moda collaboration book and have a collaboration book coming out with them this fall. We thought maybe they would pick us up. That didn’t mean they’d take our book too. UGH. We know so little about it all of the publishing business. We didn’t know what to do.
After contacting them we were hopeful…but there was a long wait. We tried to plan and organize events on our own to promote the book-but honestly we felt like the book was dead on arrival. What was the use of having a book published if there was no one to promote it and get it out into the stores for us. WHAT A BUMMER!!
We waited and waited and waited until a couple weeks ago we heard that C&T will be taking us and our book. They are hoping to do a “relaunch” of sorts. They were very encouraging of us to submit another book proposal and to continue to be patient while they put the last pieces in place to take over our book and the books of several other Kansas City Star authors.
We are hesitant. We really didn’t reap many rewards through our first book…Do we really want to go through all that work again when there’s no certainty in the end?
I have to say we did talk directly to one of the owners. He was a wonderful man and very considerate of our situation. He made us feel a little hopeful again…so we’re still trying to decide what we should do… Is there time in our busy schedule to put a book together?? Do we want to put ourselves out there again?
So we spent a few hours on Monday pulling designs and organizing, weighing the pros and cons. So for now, we really don’t know exactly what’s next but we do know if we do decide to submit something it will be with C&T Publishing. Kelli and I are so happy to have landed there. C&T is a great company that publishes great books. We have worked with them a bit in the past and only have good things to say about them…so there is a little hope there.
Stay tuned…we’ll let you know when we know more.