Getting Back in the Groove

I’m finding it a little hard to get into 2014. Part of me wanted to take a week or two to just relax and not work for once after the holiday rush, but that didn’t really happen. I had some stressful personal stuff happening (not health-related, don’t worry, just first world problems) that stretched out for a few weeks, but I hope that I’m seeing the end of that right about now. We’re butting up against Valentine’s Day, and part of me wanted to give up and not have any kind of Valentine’s Day-related shop update, because I didn’t think it was worth the stress, but we will have a few items in the next week or so. Some of them will be assorted cupcake ring boxes.

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We’re also sending my book proposal for Crochet Book #2 to potential publishers, which is always kind of a weird experience. For my first book, I didn’t even know that my licensing agent was pitching the book. He just sort of rang up one day and was like, “Hey, we have a book deal.” I didn’t even write a proposal. I actually wrote a proposal this time, and I have a new literary agent, my buddy Pickle, and there’s actually a submission list and pitch calls and the whole kit and caboodle. Having done all this from the agent’s side, I know there are a lot of “no”s when it comes to pitching books, and we have already had a few. It’s hard on the writer’s side to stay positive about the whole thing, as I’d rather not self-publish, but keep your fingers crossed, and we’ll see how it all goes. I’ve already replied to a few of Pickle’s emails saying, “I’m a lemon! I’m a lemon!” although I did include the words “rue the day!!!” in one of my more recent email responses.

I was also asked to contribute to a bookazine that is coming out some time in February (yes… as in, a few weeks from now… REALLY fast turnaround!), and I’m excited to show you guys that. It includes a really fun new crochet pattern by yours truly, and whenever the book comes out, I will also release the mystery item from that pattern in my shop as well. Can’t wait to show you guys!!!

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14 Responses to Getting Back in the Groove

  1. Grace says:

    NEW BOOK???!!!! WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Grace says:

    Good luck, Twinkie! šŸ™‚

  3. Katherine says:

    I’m so happy to hear that you have another book in the works! I love your first book, and I look forward to seeing the next one. Good luck with the book proposal process and the bookazine!

  4. em says:

    good luck on the new book, and take some time when you can to relax!

  5. Kim says:

    NEW BOOK!?! I have your first book and will definitely buy the second one. I hope that this one will focus more on non-scarf patterns since the first one did such a good job with those.

    • We’ll see how it all pans out! I’ve taken polls before, and everyone wants something different in a second book, so I know I won’t be able to please everybody, but I’ll just be happy if a publisher picks anything up! šŸ˜›

  6. IM SO excited to see the new things – but I understand about needing a creative vacay!Take time for you! Im ordering you to do so~! XOXO

  7. Fiona says:

    ahh super good luck, though I don’t think you’ll need it!! I think the fact that you went through a rough patch and still pushed through with your business and creativity shows your passion and determination and that’s such a nice thing, ahhh and if that wasn’t cheesy enough, I finally got a chance to cheese out in my cute twinkie chan items! Thanks for making ridiculously cute things!
    http://burnt-feather.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/crochet-twinkie-chan.html

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