August 31, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, Brown came rumbling in and delivered the “first pages” of my upcoming book from That Patchwork Place. This was right on schedule so, unlike last time, no new gray hairs were added to my head!

whig rose3First pages are like galley proofs, where the author gets to see the book laid out for the first time (instead of the words being separate from the illustrations being separate from the photos). It’s quite an exciting and nervous time for an author. Just as before, the tyvek envelope and its super gumglue defeated me, and I called the DH for scissors. Finally into the package, I took out the contents and glimpsed the cover. O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!” It is sooooooo beautiful. White with colorful blocks and a lovely typeface for the title.

And that title is now official! I’m pleased to announce that Inspired by Tradition: 50 Appliqué Blocks in 5 Sizes is due out in March 2011! It’ll have the CD with it just like Easy Appliqué Blocks, so you can print the patterns in the size you want. As soon as I get the go-ahead from the publisher, I’ll show you the cover!

I couldn’t be more pleased with the name. As you may know, in traditional publishing the author does not have decision power over the title and things like that. I’m so happy — this was one of my first choices. It describes perfectly the intent of the blocks. Not necessarily exact renditions of traditional appliqué blocks, nevertheless they’re all inspired by that vintage look and feel.

Now I have to settle back to earth, find a good editing pen, and get to work.

Happy dancin’,
By Kay Mackenzie


7 Responses to “It has a name!”

  1. Sarah Vee on September 1st, 2010 6:16 am

    Yay, Kay! Just in time for me! I will be ready when your book comes out to seriously look at making an applique only quilt. I am still getting lots of inspiration from your LAST 50 blocks. I should have enough for my lifetime now! Congrats!

  2. kathy in NC on September 1st, 2010 10:34 am

    bravo & congratulations
    ( I had no idea you had little control over title?? horror) double bravo :)

  3. anna on September 1st, 2010 10:43 am

    How exciting!! I love that it has a CD, it sounds wonderful.

  4. Maria Peagler on September 1st, 2010 10:58 am

    Congratulations Kay! How thrilling to have a name you’re happy with. Enjoy the process and can’t wait to get my very own copy.

  5. Kim Jamieson-Hirst on September 1st, 2010 12:47 pm

    Congrats, Kay! I’m doing the happy dance with you. Have been thinking of you the past few days, now I know why. Can hardly wait to get my hands on this new book in the series (hint, hint!). You go, girl!

  6. Eileen on September 1st, 2010 7:28 pm

    How exciting! I can’t wait. And just in time for my birthday.

  7. Sew Create It - Jane on September 18th, 2010 1:17 pm

    Sounds wonderful!! Can’t wait to see more of your new book when you can share further details.