In early December, out of the blue, I received an email from someone at a well-known publishing company, asking if I would be interested in writing an art book. My thoughts quickly shifted through:
- surprise – that a publisher came to ME
- skepticism – whether the inquiry was legit
- astonishment – that it was real
- excitement – that it is a huge opportunity
- regret – because I didn’t think I could take it with my existing commitments
- speculation – on what I could omit from my year’s schedule in order to do it
- worry – that if I signed the contract, something bad might happen
- worry – that if I turned it down, I’d never get an opportunity like this again
- confidence – that I can do this
After some back-and-forth, some consultation with other authors, and some negotiation, I signed the contract mid-January!
I’m not allowed to reveal anything about the book itself beyond what I’ve already said. But it will be a VERY busy year through the end of August, drawing, scanning and writing to meet my monthly deadlines. I won’t be able to share any of my images or text as I progress (sorry!). Until the book is finished, I won’t be doing any new artwork of my own, and I’ll only be able to enter a few shows (with work I’ve already completed). I start just as soon as I finish the portrait I have on my drawing board right now. This doesn’t mean I won’t be writing blog postings, only that they won’t be about the book.
I have to pinch myself to remember this is really happening; I never imagined that someday I’d have a book contract as part of my art career! This will be part of my art legacy someday, so I plan to focus and give it my best. Wish me luck!