I can't believe how big and heavy it is. Just the shear size of it is impressive, although my already arthritic arm joints are going to have a hard time lugging it around with me. I can't describe how exciting it was to see it as the real thing. When you write a book you spend months and months staring at every detail, drawing, word, etc for months on your computer. You re-write and re-draw and re-do everything ten times over. Your deadline rolls around and you send it all in and cross your fingers that it will turn out OK.
Over the next year you work with your editor and book designer to fine tune everything and hope to God they are listening to what you are saying. After a year with the Publisher your books arrive from the printer in - of course - China and you are blown away that you've created something. Good or bad it's all yours.
Here are a couple of shots of pages. ( Not to brag or anything but it is 584 pages with 3000 illustrations, I'm not a less is more kind a girl. )
Lovely Claudia from The Paris Apartment - an author herself - asked me in an email the other day how I became an "accidental author". I wrote her a response that was way too long explaining how I came to write my book. I thought I would repeat it here in case anyone else was interested in my saga.
Well, long story but here goes...I say I am an accidental author because I never in my wildest dreams had any ambitions to write a book. I was a successful interior designer with my own business and a 3000 sq ft showroom. I had worked very hard over the years ( and spent a small fortune) to build a very large and comprehensive design library which included a huge selection of fabrics and trims. Design libraries take up valuable showroom space and net very little return as I'm sure you know.
So, in short ( ha ha) I never envisioned myself as an author but by a happy stroke of luck ( or accident ) I have found what I believe to be my life's true calling. To write books that will educated and inspire designers and homeowners.
Just in case you feel so inclined, you can pre-order my book on amazon.com and it will ship around the second week in October.