Thursday, September 22, 2011

guest post - barbara lewis

mary jane dodd

In case you hadn't heard, Barbara Lewis has a new book! We asked her to talk with us a bit about the experience:

"This is the BLAD, which stands for Book Lay-out and Design.  It's the tool that the sales staff at North Light used to sell the book.  The publisher selects a few pages from the book and creates a booklet.  It was interesting for me to see it, so I thought you might be interested too.  I had no idea how the publishing industry worked, and still don't know it from the viewpoint of someone in the profession.  But it's been a real eye-opener, in a good way.  North Light has been great to work with, but the person who most affects your experience is your editor.  Your editor does everything … includng making airline and hotel arrangements!  When I found out that my editor, Rachel Scheller was only 24 years old, my jaw nearly hit the table!  Rachel is so impressive. I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job!  She deserves a big fat raise!


The last few weeks have been a whirlwind! Now we’re entering a new phase
where YOU get to be drawn into the vortex! I mean, why should I be having all the
fun? We’re launching the Virtual Book Tour for “Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a
Workshop in Painting with Fire” on October 5. From October 5th to the 24th, a
bunch of blogging friends, many of whom you already know and admire, will host
a specific day during the tour where they’ll share their interest in the book, or in
torch-firing, or in using torch-fired enamel beads and other elements.

We’ll have prizes at every stop. All you need to do is to leave a comment and
become a follower of the blog of your host or hostess and become a follower of
my blog. Everyone who leaves a review of the book at Amazon by November 24
will be entered into a Grand Prize drawing for a Torch-Firing Kit ($110 value). It’s
important that the review be honest … we need the book to stand on it’s own merits.

You say you already have a torch-firing kit? Well then, you’ll get a $110 gift
certificate for my website, Painting with Fire I’ll have all the details
at my website on October 5, but I thought you might like to know who the hosts will
be of the Book Tour. Here’s the roll call … Mary Jane Dodd, Gaea Cannaday, Linda
Larsen, Andrew Thornton, Lori Plyler, Diane Cook, Lori Anderson, LeAnn Weih, Jen
Judd Velasquez, Melissa Meman, Lisa Crone, Shannon LeVart, Cindy Wimmer, Laura Twiford, Erin Prais-Hintz, and Jennifer Cameron.

What you’re not going to hear is a bunch about me. Andrew will host an interview
with me, but other than that, you’ll hear a lot about how each of these artists are
interested in or work with torch-fired enamel. Expect to see some really neat
enamel work as seen through their vision. Our Resident English Teacher, Erin Prais-
Hintz, will talk about the book as only she can! We’ll have a downloadable project on
Lori Anderson’s day ... and lots of other fun stuff. I hope you’re getting the idea that
it’s a “not-to-be-missed” event! See you then!"

To learn more, you can follow these links:


Alice said...

What a great idea! I just picked up the book this week and have enjoyed looking through it. Of course, I don't yet have any of the tools to get started, but sometimes it takes me a while to work into things.

I'm looking forward to the virtual book tour!

SummersStudio said...

Very much looking forward to this blog event! As one who has a copy of the book, I can honestly say that it is beyond beautiful. I truly felt like I could put together the tools and supplies needed, pick up a torch and use Barbara's method of enameling. The book really is that well done.

stacilouise said...

I can't wait to get a copy!!! Thanks for sharing with us about your experience Barbara!!!

Izzy said...

That's an awfully sweet grand prize!

Barbara Lewis said...

Thanks for giving me the floor today! I hope you all will be able to join me for the beginning of the Virtual Book Tour on October 5 at my blog. :-)

Stacey said...

What a fun blog "hop" this will be...can't wait!

Judy said...

The blogging event sounds just wonderful! I can't wait to attend! The book looks just wonderful and I hope to have it in my studio real soon!

MaCarroll Beads said...

I'll be getting it soon. I'd love to learn more. I JUST finished enameling 20 sets (plus some duds) for my purple ribbon donation for domestic violence month in October. I'll post pics when they are all done and ready to go. You get better at this when you have to do a marathon enameling!!!! Thanks Barbara! I HIGHLY recommend trying out enameling. It's inexpensive, fairly easy to learn (anything needs practice) and adds so much to jewelry! The pieces I've made go together like a happily married couple with my ceramic beads. I'm excited about these earrings!

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