kickstarter gina sekelsky studio First of all, I want to say:  Go You!  The comments on yesterday's giveaway post are so inspiring.  I recommend reading all the comments if you really want to brighten your day.  If you haven't entered the giveaway yet, you have one more day -- the contest ends at 8am CT on Thursday. (Be sure to leave your entry comment on that post, not this one.) For Book Update #4, I wanted to share a bit about the process of writing my book. I've thought about gathering my blog content into a book for several years now, but it never felt quite right.  Then last year I bought my daughter a copy of Rookie Yearbook for Christmas, in which Tavi Gevinson curates essays, interviews, and artwork from contributors to Rookie, an online magazine.  It's exactly what I would have loved to have when I was in high school.  The "yearbook" concept got me thinking:  instead of editing content from more than five years on my blog, what if I let people in on one single year in my studio?  I could tell you more about what it's like to work as an artist for so-very-long and share some of my favorite ideas. I actually thought I could "throw it together" in a few months and have the yearbook ready by the first anniversary of my "new" business, Gina Sekelsky Studio, on May first.  Silly me!  Once I realized I wanted to make the book great instead of pretty good, I decided to shift the "year" in yearbook to be the first year under my new business name:  May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014.  And that was a perfect fit. When I had renamed my business on May 1, 2013, I gave myself one whole day to reminisce about my first 21 years as an artist.  I looked through boxes and photos, remembered fun projects and interesting customers, read thank you notes.  Imagine starting my new business venture with a yearbook commemorating that business from day one -- what a perfect way to keep track of my history and share the goods. I love the organizing part of the process:  What will I include?  How will I put it together?  Gathering photos and instructions and making diagrams.  I realized early on that I would need help with the editing part, and hired two people to help (one early on in the process, and one for my real manuscript). Another friend walked me through the Kickstarter process and encouraged me to learn Adobe InDesign (which I did, and which turned out to be a good stretch for my mental and creative muscles). Once the first draft was in the hands of my editor (about ten days ago), I wanted to get some distance from the project.  I've been working on it off & on for months now, and I knew some space would do me good.  So I didn't look at it for over a week.  Not even a peek.  And that gave me time to...second guess myself.  What a roller coaster of a week!  On the one hand, we reached my Kickstarter goal (exhilarating!) and on the other hand, I wondered if my book would even be worth it (discouraging!). Most of all, I want you to pick up my book and be inspired.  Inspired to organize your week or make a hat or send someone a handwritten letter.  But of course, I want to do that without sounding like a freak or an idiot or a pretentious know-it-all.  No pressure! The good news is that reviewing the book again Monday, after not looking at it for more than a week, I loved it all over again.  I've got a lot of work ahead of me in the next month to get it ready for press, but it helps to know you've got my back.
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One Response to Book Update #4: the road to get here.

  1. maria says:

    It sounds like a wonderful book – looking forward to reading it and seeing all the pics! You do great work: no doubt this book will be awesome!

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