Studio Musings

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Books Are Here!

 Not one, not two, but four BIG boxes of books have arrived! Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading is now published! 

boxes of books for Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading

I was almost afraid to open the boxes.  What if I'd overlooked some terrible error in my final document files?  What if the books had all been damaged in shipping?  What if they weren't actually my book?  (okay, I was pretty sure that last one wouldn't be the case, but....)

After a series of deep breaths, I dared myself to open and unpack the boxes.  Here's what they looked like unpacked:

But a friend who watched me unpack the books said this picture was too boring.  So she made me pose with the books:

Can you can guess what I'll be working on this next week?

Actually, I'll be splitting my time between signing books and putting together packages, and continuing to work on the Kindle version of the book, (which is turning out to be every bit as difficult as I'd feared).

If you're interested, I have a very limited number of signed copies available on my Etsy store.  This first order is most of the books are already spoken for.  I will be placing another order, but likely won't have those books in until January.  Budget constraints - sigh!

As a special thank you for still following my poor, neglected blog; if you purchase my book through Etsy, write 'Congratulations Karen' in the notes to seller.  Do that and I'll include a set of five randomly chosen postcards featuring works from the book along with your book.

Just a heads up - Ordering directly through Amazon may be a less expensive option.  Because Createspace (my printer) is one of their subsidiaries and Amazon ships books in such volumes; they may be able to offer discounts that I simply can't.  Explorations should be live on Amazon by Monday. (12/2/2014 update:  Here is the link to Amazon).  But only I can offer personalized inscriptions and postcards!

This Thanksgiving weekend, I have an incredible amount to be thankful for.  I am grateful for my Kickstarter supporters who believed in this project from the beginning.  For my dear husband who led the cheerleading squad and cooked many a dinner when I was simply too tired.  For all of you, my blogging friends, who have sent me much needed words of encouragement throughout the process.  And I am so very, very pleased to be able to announce that the books are complete.  Amazing!

Thank you all for your part in helping make this happen.


  1. Yay!!! This is so exciting. I'm going to have to do another Epic Indie Book Fair, just as soon as I get my domain stuff sorted out. And then... yours will be the first book I list. I'm going to do a book review, too.

    1. Thank you Sarah! I'd be honored to be part of your next Indie Book Fair.

  2. Congratulations. It is quite the accomplishment. The cover looks great and the binding even better. I hope the sales are brisk.

    1. Just a PS- here is the link for Amazon:

    2. Thanks KJ! And thanks for reminding me to update the link. The book is complete, but there's still so much to do. :)

  3. Congratulations Karen! it must have been so amazing to open up those boxes and see those stacks of your book! I can't wait to pour over my copy :)

  4. Congrats!! I know you must be bubbling over with excitement. How cool to see your words and designs in print! Wishing you all the best. :)

  5. Congratulations Karen. How exciting to see your book in print.