Congratulations, Terry, you are the winner of the bookplate stamp!
Gina, My head says: A book on your life as an artist, yes, your journey. I would be interested in the transformative changes that have taken place over time: influences, constraints, the path itself, patience and perservance. Or maybe a children's book. I don't know if you are inclined in this direction, but thought/felt this might be for you. Terry
You have your choice of designs and whether you'd like red rubber or self-inking. Please email me with your preferences.
And thanks to all who entered. As usual, I wanted all of you to win. When I set up the giveaway on Wednesday morning, I felt a bit flippant about it: hey, I want to write a book! But in reading your responses, and even in giving myself the nudge to think about it more seriously, I got excited about the possibilities. I especially appreciated the advice of the woman giving the presentation I went to, as well as reader Gisele, who both reminded me: when you write a book, you spend a whole lot of time with it, so it better be a subject you want to spend a lot of time with.
I've done just a teeny bit of research into self-publishing. I envision my book as a lovely hardcover with thick pages and photos that fill up the page...unfortunately, I may have to trim that vision a bit as even I don't want to spend upwards of $60 a copy.
I was also reminded of one of my very first posts on this blog, back in May 2008, when I was thinking about opening an etsy shop. Writing about it here, soliciting advice from my (handful of) readers, made the prospect real for me. It was another six months before I got it together to open my etsy shop...which now accounts for about 3/4 of my business. In the same way, writing a book has become a real possibility for me, and my ideas are taking shape. Thank you for the encouragement, and for sending me on my way.