With my book at last!
What a week. Having decided I would wait until my birthday to open the package that arrived containing the advance copy of my book suddenly I realized this was not going to be so easy. I moved it away from my studio at one point so that I wouldn't be tempted to look but it was on my mind all the time. Friends were urging me to have two birthdays and open the package twice. The anticipation grew until I recieved a call from my wonderful editorial director Roz Dace to discuss my next book. Roz knows me well and knew that I would probably squeal with delight when I saw the book for the very first time. She was right. I gingerly opened the envelope and looked at the cover. Here I couldn't take it in as I am finding it hard to come to terms with the fact my first book is seriously about to be launched. I only briefly looked inside at a few pages because I wanted to enjoy the occasion of opening the book fully with theone who has really helped me accomplish this dream. My husband.
And so together the moment came when I could look at my first book, hold it as the real product that will be on sale soon and look back on an experience which has been a wonderful part of my life.
Writing your first book is like painting your first painting. Then seeing your first truly successful painting for the first time in your very first exhibition. Others are going to see what you have created and they are going to judge what you have shared.You are nervous. This is a natural feeling.
From the minute I signed the contract and agreed to write my first book until next month this journey has been one that has only been shared with my pubishing team who have guided me and encouraged me every step of the way. Only a small handful of people are aware of what is included in this publication and until now only the cover has been on view online.
But in a few short weeks this will all change and my text and images will be there for all to see.
It is a very strange feeling. Knowing what you typed and painted in the privacy of your studio is now going to be hopefully enjoyed all over the world as like many books mine will be available online as well as in bookshops.
I know friends and artists who have looked forward to this moment and I find myself feeling small and humble again in that so many artists have written so many superb books before me and I am just taking small steps to becoming a serious author. This is my introduction.. My first taste of what writing is like. I have a lot to learn.
Inside the cover there are acknowledgements to everyone who has helped me in making this dream come true. Who have encouraged me to consider sharing my passion for watercolour by writing.
And I am so grateful.