My book, 101 Textures in Colored Pencil, from Walter Foster Publishing, started shipping a little over a week ago! Those who had pre-ordered it on Amazon got theirs and started talking about it on the colored pencil groups on Facebook, and that sparked a wave of new orders on both Amazon and my website. The publisher told me that overall demand has already exceeded the first printing, so they’ve scheduled a second printing in January. Target, Michael’s, and Barnes & Noble are perhaps the largest chains that will stock it.
Each of Amazon’s book listing pages has a sales rank section, which has been entertaining to track. So far, my book has topped out at #18 in Books->Arts & Photography -> Drawing -> Colored Pencil, #42 in Books -> Arts & Photography -> Drawing -> Pencil, and #18,398 in Books. Considering that Amazon sells hundreds of thousands of books and mine is not a crime novel or bodice-ripper, I’m happy with that.
And its very first review on Amazon was five stars! “Excellent book!
The writing is concise, very informative, and easy to understand. The color coded sections make it so easy to find the desired texture, and each of the 101 illustrated step-by-steps are easy to understand and follow. I already know this is quickly going to become one off my favorite color pencil resources. I’ve already tried several of the tutorials and excited to do more.”
It’s available to purchase from my website, too: at no additional cost, I sign these copies!
You know how there are those little moments in life that you will never forget? Like the first time you successfully parallel-parked a car, or the first time you heard your name called over a loudspeaker, or your first kiss, or when you cashed your first paycheck? For me, I now add to those the first time someone asked me to sign their copy of my book. I heard the “plunk” sound next to me, turned my head, and there on the desk was my book with one of my co-workers standing over it, smiling with a pen.
It is already leading to some new opportunities, too. I will be teaching a two-day workshop “Textures Galore in Colored Pencil” April 14-15 in Milpitas, CA, sponsored by the Colored Pencil Society of America District Chapter 210 San Jose. In it, we’ll be doing several of the textures from the book.
This whole experience has been surreal. If someone had told me 7.5 years ago when I picked my pencils up again in earnest that a big publisher would approach me and I would write a whole book about colored pencil techniques and people would buy it and like it, I’d have said they were crazy.