Studio Musings

Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Cover for Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading

I've neglected my poor blog quite terribly this past year while working on my upcoming book.   In between book projects, I forget just how much work goes into self-publishing.  After designing, stitching and photographing new designs; writing the accompanying text; drawing illustrations on the computer; coordinating with my amazing cast of contributing artists; working through the seemingly never-ending tasks of page layout and design; then taking the manuscript through multiple revisions, there simply wasn't much of me left over.  But the good news is I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel! 

Explorations is heading to the printers this week, so I thought it was about time to post the front and back covers.    Drum roll please!

Kickstarter supporters got to vote on a couple of different cover designs earlier this month.   My Coral Dancer bracelet definitely came out ahead in the voting for the front cover.  Its bold colors carried the day.

The back cover features a collage of works by my seven featured artists: Georgia McMillan, Wendy Hatton, Cynthia Machata, Jennifer Porter, Nancy Dale, Janice Cuozzo and Natalia Malysheva.

The book topped out at 174 pages of freeform beady goodness.  Each of the featured artists has a five-page spread of their work.  Explorations also includes works by fourteen additional artists besides yours truly.

Once the book is at the printers,  I'll have a clearer idea of when I will have books in-hand.  At that point I'll set up my Etsy store to accept pre-orders.  I also hope to have a Kindle version out by mid-December.  That's a whole separate endeavor, and should be 'interesting' to say the least as this will be my first attempt to publish for Kindle.

But for now, I'm just going to bask in the glow of the new covers. 


  1. Woo Hoo! Gorgeous beading on the front and back :-) What a lot of work goes into this ~ a real labor of love.

  2. I can't wait to see it and buy thinking I saw in Beadwork magazine that it was already available and have been searching for it..

  3. Congratulations. Life happens and there are never enough hours in the day. I can't wait to see the finished product.

  4. Explorations should be available on Amazon around December 1st. I will also have a small number of preorders for signed copied available from my Etsy site next week. I hope to ship books early December.

  5. Karen, I'm so proud of you! The book is looking great. You should enter it in Joel Frielander's monthly book cover contest. I bet you'd win.

  6. Hi Karen, I'm so excited for your new book - but do you think you will have it for sale here before Thanksgiving?? (Its more added work during the holidays... )

  7. My goal for Thanksgiving is to set up a listing for a -very limited- number of pre-orders for signed copies on my Etsy site tomorrow.

    The books are currently on order. When they arrive, I will sign all books as quickly as possible and ship them out. My goal is to have all books mailed by the second week in December at the latest.

    As an alternate, the Explorations should also be available on Amazon as of December 1st.