Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Broken Hearted

Okay, so every designer's dream is to have a book published.  This has been my dream and last year, my dream came true with a "go ahead, let's do this" by a big publishing company.  I worked my butt off for 4 months, it was a hard time for my family because I was cramped down with deadlines and I was so stressed out.  Stressed out Mama means stressed out family. So, I finally got everything done - I felt so excited and relieved that I could send out my projects and be done and just wait for that book to arrive in the mail. 

Well, the time came that the book was to come out, my editor was not getting back to me.  I just wanted to see my cover and be able to share with you, my readers that it was actually happening.  This happened for months and my original release date had passed by, I finally got someone to respond to me and turns out my editor was no longer with the company, but my book was coming out in July.  With a promise of preview pictures I kept waiting.  Well, I got an email yesterday saying that the VP of Editorial would like to have a phone conversation.  In my gut I knew what was going to happen, then all day yesterday she never called.  This morning she got a hold of me and told me that they decided not to publish my book.  Wow, shock, sadness - and I was just listening thinking, really?  So, no one ever bothered to tell me months ago?  All I could think about was how hard I worked, how everyone around the blog world has a book, and it just seems like it would be my turn.  Then, the reasoning - apparently my quilting was "too good" - okay?  So, I should have just not put as much effort into my work and maybe it would have worked out?  I guess their readers are beginners and their buyers didn't want it.  I understand that publishers are out to make money, and I guess I can wrap my head around the fact that maybe I wouldn't have sold enough for them, but I just can't wrap my head around the fact that my projects were too good. I pour my heart into every project I do and my book was no different.  I feel like if I share my talents, then it will encourage everyone in the quilting world to do their best and go after their own goals.

So, perspective - maybe things will work out better than before... Maybe I can publish it myself?  Or maybe another publisher wants to take it on.  Then, I think about it and realize, what publisher is going to take on a "axed" project?  It's all just so disheartening, I have been bawling for the last couple hours and I wasn't going to say anything about it.  Then I thought that maybe if I just get it all out in the open, and let you know that I don't have a book coming out then I just might feel a sense of closure...is that the right word?  Maybe the Lord just wants to keep me humble so that I remember and realize that quilting isn't everything and that I have a husband and children that I care for more than a book.  Anyway, I will just cry for a little bit, take a day off quilting and hold my head up high and start again tomorrow...


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Allie said...

Judi, I can't begin to imagine how heart breaking that is! I'm sorry you were "led on" for so long. Don't give up, I'm POSITIVE another publisher would give your book the time of day. And I would be one of the first in line to buy it. You are excellent at what you do, and while I know my quilting will never be as amazing as yours, I would love to have your book in front of me as inspiration while I try!

Valerie said...

I am so sorry you are experiencing this. I will tell you though - books that get axed by one publisher get published by another ALL the time. It just wasn't right for THAT particular publisher. DO NOT giveup. This comes from experience...I don't have a book but I do have some other things in the works and some of them were rejected by one party and accepted by another. Now did you have a signed contract? That is important.... I am so sorry you experienced this and my heart breaks for you, but it's going to happen for you. :) I'm sure of it. :) Go have your good cry - I don't care what anyone says, it makes you feel better!!!

Keep Stitchin' said...

I'm so sorry to hear that! I would've been majorly bummed as well.

I would go ahead and self-publish. I know somebody who does this (in another realm) and one of the perks is having control over your own work.

twodraftmom said...

Check this out. http://www.freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2012/05/quilt-biz-7-self-publishing.html

Leah Day self-published, so can you .
good luck. your quilting is fantabulous! i can only aspire to be a tenth of your quality. Claire

Margaret said...

You should look into publishing it yourself. You already have a great website and store. Get a small quantity printed and see how it goes. Your work is beautiful.
M

Mary W Quilts said...

Hi Judy, How disappointing for you. I would have bought the book, and I barely machine quilt. I'm sure another company will want to publish it. HUGS !! From Mary W Quilts. :-))

Sharon S said...

Oh Judi, I wish I lived closer so I could come give you a hug. Your quilting is so "book worthy" . Hello, look at all the books out there! You have a style of quilting that is very inspiring & also from your heart. Self publish! This is just a "detour" on the road of life. That you want to share with all of us is incredible. A little "Toot, toot" once in awhile is what we all do(& deserve). Sign me up for the book. GO GIRL!!!!

Chelsea said...

Oh, Judi, I'm so sorry, not just for you, but for all of us who were waiting to buy your book. I can't believe how irresponsible and unprofessional the publishing company was in dragging this on so long. At least it means you're not stuck with them and you can find a better publisher who will nurture and promote you the way you were meant to be. Give it a few days then send out some emails. I bet you'll be surprised by how many houses will be excited to publish you.

Marisa said...

Wow! How disheartening! I'm so sorry this happened to you. If anything good came out of it I think it's pretty awesome to be told you are "too good"! Hold your head high!

Snippets of Carol said...

Am so sorry and hope you will look for a different publisher for the book. Many would buy it. I will be praying you will come through this and the sun will be shining on your live again. Take heart we will love to buy the book.

Trish said...

Self publish. I'll buy the first copy!

Maja said...

You are so "big" in the blogworld and
your work speaks for it self.
There will be other publisher that will promote your book.
Or why not publish it yourself!
Stop crying and act!!!
You can, you know!!!
Big Hug!!

Malia said...

This makes me so sad :(. I'm sure somehow all your hard work isn't for naught. I would definitely buy a book however it gets published!

Sherri said...

Oh my goodness Judi...I'm so sorry for you...I can't even believe how devastating this must be. I definitely think you should go to another publisher. The process should go very smoothly since all of your hard work is already complete.

Take care...you are amazing!

Kathy said...

Don't give up on your dream just because one company said no. Once you are able to wipe away the tears and see clearly you will see that this is still the beginning of a journey and not the end.
If this is something that you really want to do then you'll find a way to make it work. I believe you can accomplish this dream so do not let this one set back crush your hope.

Melissa Corry said...

Oh Judi, I am so very sorry. That just is awful. I know your quilts are amazing and each a representation of your heart and soul. I totally think you should scout out another publisher. Maybe that companies readers are beginners but there are lots and lots of people out there that would love to do more intricate quilting. (me for one) I am so sorry. Have your cry, it is cleansing :) I feel like jumping in the car and heading down the I-15 to bring you a carton of ice cream. I will keep you in my prayers that it will all turn out good :) Lots of love!!

Vicki said...

Ok, Judy, crying is how I would act for a bit, too. Then take a deep breath and get all of your stuff back from them. Self publish means you have more control! Maybe that is the real message here, not that you are a sub par quilter, not that your are a bad person, not that you have neglected anyone. Follow your dreams girl! Your work is fab and you need to be confident that it is too!

Meg said...

let yourself have your cry and get on with things you do, and do so well.
you are too talented to let this hold you down.
i'm CERTAIN there are bigger things out there for you.
hugs to you

sherry said...

ok that is just devastating...so send it to another publisher...if it is that good someone will see the value in it...have you thought about self publishing the book..maybe a smaller publisher will take it on...you had the determination to do the work to begin with you will find a way around this latest set back...you go girl...up up and away..

Rafael's Mum said...

No way! What are these people at your publishers, stupid? You are my favourite quilter of everyone I have seen online and I would LOVE to have a book of yours! Please do publish, I will buy it straight away ! I can imagine you must be devastated but being 'too good' is a compliment! It just means that the market you are aiming for is not the market they are publishing for so bad match. Bad behaviour on their side too to string you along so all together, it sounds like you would fit much better with someone else or on your own!! Take heart in the fact that JK Rowling was turned down by 26 publishers before someone took on Harry Potter... I bet she was devastated 26 times over but it wasn't because of the quality of her work, just publishers who could not see a good thing when it was in front of their noses! Keep at it, I would REALLY like to read your book!!

Karen said...

I believe there's a reason for everything. Just because this door shut, don't give up. I would definitely contact another publisher. You are an amazing woman - who just also happens to be an amazing quilter. Know that we are all behind you.

Donna said...

God has a different plan. Just wait His plan will be perfect.

Laura said...

I agree with them that your quilting is absolutely incredible! I do not condone how they took advantage of you in the process. Know that you are an inspiration to quilters everwhere on your blog. Maybe that is all the "publishing" you are supposed to do at this time and another opportunity will come along soon.

Amy said...

(((HUGS))) Don't give up! You are such an inspiration to me with your quilting abilities! Know that when you do publish I will definitely be waiting to order!

Emily said...

Oh, Judi. I'm so sorry! I just wanted to let you know that I truly love your work, and I hope that you are able to get your book out there someday.

Marci said...

So sorry to hear of your difficulty--what a loss. Love these song lyric for times like this: "And yet we know in this journey of life whether in the deep valley or the mountains wild and high that all things will work for our good; to them that love the Lord."

Linda said...

I'm so sorry! I would be crying too! I've never even tried to get a book published, so I can only imagine the ups and downs of the process. How heartbreaking to have it all fall through after all that work. You're right, though, that maybe you can publish it elsewhere or yourself. Look how many times famous writers were rejected before someone finally had faith in them. AND, they had books published that had been axed by other publishers!

diane said...

I'm so sorry, Judi. What a terrible thing to go through. Such hope and excitement, only to be disappointed. Especially that they just didn't come right out and tell you. Just remember, J.K. Rowling had her Harry Potter manuscript rejected 12 times before Scholastic picked it up...and we all know how well Harry Potter did! Keep your chin up!

Polly said...

Judy, you must know in your heart that the excuses that company gave you was a total crock! They obviously are having issues, so just consider the source!! Your work is amazing...BEYOND exquisite! And we all KNOW it!! Some other company is absolutely gonna kill to publish your book!! Being as old as I am, I have learned that everything happens for the best. You might never know the truth of it all and the whys..but it will all work out! Thank you for sharing it with us! You have fans out here!! We are all right there with you!! No worries! Something great will come out of this, dear girl!! :-)

Crystal said...

I am a big fan of your work. You have inspired me to purchase a long-arm machine of my own - not even necessarily to start a business but to work creatively on my own quilting. I do not purchase many books but will honestly say that I would have purchased yours even just for the eye candy - let alone what you would have had in it instructively ;) I too believe God is in all things and that this means that something else is supposed to happen! Good luck

Laura T said...

Wow, it's so hard to believe! However if you self-publish or find another publisher I will be one of ones in line to buy the book. I'm so sorry this happened to you- but you would not want to publish with that publisher anyway after being treated the way you were. Try again with others as you have nothing to lose and more to gain! You have a great talent to share.
LauraT

jednoiglec said...

I know a bit what do you feel (a bit, because my quilt was supposed to be published in a mag - not a book, which is "huge" thing) and I can tell you only this: don't give up! Send it to another publisher. Don't let someone else feel you guilty that you are so good! And let yourself to cry a bit, but only a bit!

Lori said...

Our plans and His plans, sometime don't quite mesh, but.....JK Rowling was rejected many times before the Harry Potter series was published. You never know what road God is leading you toward. It's hard, but try to remember how blessed you are.

Deb said...

It's really not worth shedding tears over, you and your blog community know how really talented you are! Keep your head high and either search for another publisher or self-publish. When the time is right, it will happen!

Wendy said...

Oh my goodness! To not publish because you are a person of excellence is shameful on their part! I am so sorry that they chose not to publish your book, I for one would buy it in a heartbeat! I love your work and the time and energy you put into excellence on your projects. You could self publish your work. Try Morrison Printing, I published a book this past year with them and they were wonderful to work with and I kept all rights to my book in the process with no middle man so to speak. The book is sold directly from me and I can print more as I need them. Good luck and I hope you do publish your book soon.

Regina said...

lulu.com is just one of a number of self-publishing sites out there - and with your blog following I am sure you could sign a whole bunch of us up to help you with a promotional blog tour!!! Look at it this way -the hard part (the writing) is done - and with a lot of those self publishing places, they don't print each book until someone orders it, so you won't have a garage full of books to move!!! So so so sorry this has been a bumpy road for you - I hope this has a "greenfairytale" ending! :-)

Karen Walker said...

Hi Judy,
This is a huge disappointment for sure. I do agree with your statement that perhaps the Lord is keeping you humble and quilting isn't everything. Setbacks are never fun, but i do know that God has the WHOLE ENTIRE picture and at this moment you can only see what is in front of you. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger...(that's a statement that has been floating around in my head lately) i think this is one of those times. You will be stronger, better, and there is something beautiful in your future. Don't give up...and stay tight with your family. :)

Melissa said...

Don't fret - someone else will pick it up :) There's a market for more than just beginners!

Looking forward to seeing it in the future :)

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Lucy said...

This is either a very ignorant publisher or one who has serious management issues. It's very unprofessional how they handled your contract.

Your quilting is superb and that's the point - so you want a top notch company - one who is highly respectful of you and your quilting and understands the benefits of supporting such a quality quilter - one with a blog following. I'm sure other quilters would buy your book as they would love to master some of your techniques or just want one to admire your work. Heck - I'd pay serious money to have a hardback version. What a perfect coffee table book for a quilter.

Given the internet, blog world, it's pretty hard to be out of touch with want quilters want today and how an internet following sells books. Don't give up.. you'll find the right fit soon I'm sure.

D y a said...

Oh Judi, I am so sorry. I could write a few words about my thoughts about the publisher, but I won't go there :-)
Of course you can go to other publishers, a lot of authors have to send their manuscript to several before being published.
I hope they have returned (of will do so soon) all your patterns, pictures etc .
Please: chin up and don't let anyone tell you that you are too good! And if really no publisher wants it, you can always offer the patterns to some magazines. I know, it's completely different than a book, but at least your work will be seen by quilters and made , I'm sure of that.
Dutch hugs

West Michigan Quilter said...

I am so sorry. What a big disappointment after you worked so hard. I was really looking forward to reading your book and learning some of your techniques. Why don't you self publish and post it on your blog. I'm sure there are a lot of people who are interested. After all, you've already done all the work. Good luck and let me know if you do self publish and I'll help promote it on my blog.

West Michigan Quilter said...

I am so sorry. What a big disappointment after you worked so hard. I was really looking forward to reading your book and learning some of your techniques. Why don't you self publish and post it on your blog. I'm sure there are a lot of people who are interested. After all, you've already done all the work. Good luck and let me know if you do self publish and I'll help promote it on my blog.

paulette said...

Hey, do you think Shakespeare got published the first go round? Probably not...a lot of famous authors didn't get published on their first go!! Don't be dishearted!! Pick up that book and take it to another publisher...there are lots out there. And believe me there is a market for your talent!!
Big hug sent your way...now go and do it...show that publishing company how they missed out...big..HUGE!!
P

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

What a terrible thing to do to you !! So disappointing! But your work is so amazing and so inspiring that I am sure you will find a way to get this published! I would buy it...even though I am sure I will never be able to recreate your amazing quilting...I study it all the time !!

KaHolly said...

After you've worked through your initial disappointment, be sure to submit your book to other publishers. Surely you know that it kind of works that way! No publisher that's interested in your book is going to even know it was 'axed' by another publisher, let alone, care!! I am looking forward to having the opportunity to purchase your book down the line.

Jenny said...

Look how many people care about you and believe in you and love you and your talents Judi! It will happen and when it does we will all be in line for the book signing!!
~HUGS~

Marilyn Popplewell said...

So sorry to hear this news, but could you have another publisher take a look and see if they would want to publish? Or publish your self. I have a friend who published her own book. If you would like her site, just let me know. She should be able to give you some insight on publishing yourself. Hang in there and don't let this get you down. Blessings.

tirane93 said...

50 blog comments have told you to publish it yourself - send a link to these comments to all the rest of the quilt book publishers out there and tell them we all WANT to spend some money on your book. i bet you'll get another publisher who is very interested indeed. :)

Pat V. said...

I wouldn't hesitate to shop the book to other publishers. If the market target for this publisher was beginners, fine. There are other audiences out there and publishers that market to them. I agree that they strung you along in an unprofessional, or at least discourteous, manner. But one book company's opinion in no way diminishes the fact that you are an awesome, fabulous, talented quilter!

Here's a (somewhat) relevant story: After Whitney Houston passed, DD and I rented The Bodyguard with Keven Costner to watch. In the supplemental feature on the dvd, the screenwriter said his screenplay was rejected SIXTY-FIVE times before the movie was made! (In fact, the president was originally Kennedy, not Reagan, and he had Diana Ross in mind for the singer's part.) So I guess the lesson is, don't give up!

Tamie said...

I'm so sorry you are hurting at the moment. That is a lot of work to be led on (and on) and then ultimately disappointed. Do hang in there until the "other" plan is revealed to you. In my thoughts and prayers...

Diann said...

I'm so sorry this happened to you. It sounds as if you were treated very unprofessionally.

Claudia said...

Judi
How arrogant these people are! Who the heck are they asking what we want? Isn't that how we all learn, by being inspired to do better, to be better, to take the time to learn to do it right? i know that you inspire thousands right now and to sell you short is outrageous! I love your work and am constantly inspired by you and your wonderful quilting. Do not let this distract from the impact you are having on alot of peoples lives. you make a difference every day! Love ya Claudia

dianne said...

my jaw drops every time you post a newly-quilted quilt and i, too, was looking forward to your book - i wanted to hold it in my hands and see what you do and read what you say on real paper instead of a computer screen ...... but i truly believe that Every Thing happens for a Reason and that Things Will Always Work Out - so i haven't given up on holding your book in my hands - and you shouldn't give up, either ... all that being said, embrace the Pain ... and then Let It Go, because there is Life to Live

Dana said...

I have always heard that most books get rejected by publisher after publisher and then, the RIGHT publisher comes along. If that doesn't happen on your timeline, then by all means, self-publish your book. What this publisher make not recognize is that most quilts in a book are not made, we quilters love to purchase the book for INSPIRATION AND IDEAS. Frankly, I don't ever expect to machine quilt as well as you, I mean really, you are far and away better than what I dream of. But I check your blog almost daily to see what you have been working on. I would buy your book in a heartbeat just because I know I will love looking at your beautiful quilts! DO NOT GIVE UP!

Harrysmum said...

Please don't let this setback get you down, and don't think that perfection is in any way wrong - it's something we can all aspire to.
Only yesterday I showed my son the quilt you posted and he was in awe of your work (and that's a 13 year old boy!)
Best of luck in finding someone to publish your book!

Sunnybec said...

No no no!! Don't give up, I can't tell you the number of times I look at your blog to see how you have quilted something. I will never ever be as good as you but if I can just pick one small part of it and put it on my quilts I am happy. Just because one publisher says no doesn't mean another one will, don't be disheartened you will get there in the end. Hugs

Linda said...

There is not much left to say that your other--real friends--have not said.. I agree try another publisher. We all need goals and dreams of things we would like to create. Your book and creations would give us things to work towards. Don't give up...Maybe check with other quilter who have published books for a good publisher! God Bless and Hugs. (It is ok to cry when we are disappointed!)

Pat said...

I'm so sorry! I know how broken-hearted you must be. I think you should self publish. Then YOU have control. Your work is always stunning and I aspire to someday quilt half as good as you, but I love seeing and understanding your work. I know I would buy your book.

Kate C said...

Oh no- I can't believe this! I am so sorry that you were treated so poorly by this publisher, but like everyone else here has said- DON'T give up- there must be someone else who will recognize the beauty and uniqueness of your work and what a gift it is to the quilting world. I actually think you could do two books- one a technique book so we could try to learn some of your wonderful stuff, and another coffee table book of your beautiful quilts! I would buy both in a heartbeat- hang in there and enjoy some kiddie time, that always helps:)

Shanna said...

I am so sorry to hear about this...it's a loss that needs to be grieved. I would buy anything you ever put into print because you absolutely INSPIRE me to be a better quilter!! You're not finished, don't give up!! Keep trying!! Remember how many publishers passed up on Julia Child's cookbook because they didn't have faith in their readers. But she didn't lower her standards or shorten that sucker because she believed in her work! YOU CAN DO IT!!!! And I will be the first in line to buy it, that's for sure!!

Stampmouse said...

Oh please don't give up. Work at finding a new publishing company for a few months if nothing pas out go to ebook there are some great blogs on how to do this. One is. http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/ and another is http://www.dragosroua.com/. But there are many other resources out there.

Johanna said...

They will be sorry they didn't publish it someday when they see your future! An opportunity far better is waiting. Hugs!

Quilting Babcia said...

My two cents - the publisher just made a major mistake! Of course there are beginning quilters, but even the brand new ones are striving for excellence and want to see how others have achieved that. What I don't want to see, and will always pass by, is something that was slapped together just to get it done quick and make a profit. You don't want that kind of publisher and we don't want that kind of book! As others have said, please don't give up, find another publisher or look into self-publishing, and check out Leah Day's site as others have suggested. She just came out with her 365 design book that was done through Amazon but she self-published her first two books. Hold your head up and look toward tomorrow - your work is gorgeous!

BeachQuilter said...

This is very disappointing news but once you get over the shock and grief you can decide whether to self publish or find a more suitable publisher for your book. We all know it will get published and each of us look forward to being the first on the block to have it!

emmy said...

As someone mentioned above, how unprofessional. If you were to be published in July and they're just telling you now, it definitely was not the right 'house' for you when they're that disorganized.

Melanie said...

Oh, honey! You know how these things work! It never works out how you thought it would...it always works out better! Remember, there is a higher plan at work that will astound you! Keep your chin & faith up!!!
PS: I would FOR SURE buy a book by you!

Bev said...

Judi ....stop crying and be proud. Not all publishers are the same. Try several others or self publish. It doesn't make sense that being too good should hold you back. I, for one, would buy anything you put out there! You never fail to inspire my quilting and I have seen the quilting of others that I KNOW was inspired by you, also. I wish that publisher knew how much we wish for a publication by Judi Madsen! Do it anyway....it's really their loss.

ritainalaska said...

so sorry the publishing company failed you and treated you so badly. remember that old saying 'when life hands you lemons, make lemonage' and this one: 'when one door shuts another will open'? so you have your toal book on your 'puter, with pix, so find out what you have to do sell it as an ebook. buyers will download it, and i would be first in line! no middleman. it's all yours.

Deb said...

I don't comment too much but I always come to see your beautiful quilting and I say - Don't give up!!! Your quilting is exquisite and there is a place for it. Just because one publisher turned you down, another may not. Be proud of all that you've done. Maybe self publishing would be the way to go. Your work is truly inspiring and beautiful so please don't give up. As Bev above says, it's their loss.

Diana said...

Oh, Judi! Unreal. You have worked so hard!!! Isn't it funny how life shakes out. Sometimes we don't understand the WHY until later. Hold tight, trust that the next best thing will come...it's just not always on our own time table. You know this is true. You have been given an amazing talent, it will continue to be shared! I wish I were in your home, I'd totally tell you super nice things and bake you something delicious that would make you smile again!!! Hang in there!!! You are AMAZING!!!

Dara said...

I am so sorry that this has happened to you. I think that J.K.Rowling was rejected 11 times before she was published. I am totally inspired by your quilting. I like that you are a young person- you reperesent a new generation of quilters. You have a lot to offer and I am sure that as you present your work to other publishers they will see that.

See Spot Shop said...

Big hug. That publishing company doesn't know what they lost. Look for another publisher and if they aren't right for your book, publish it yourself. You inspire so many of us, and we would be delighted to buy your book. You're not too good to publish, you're too good to fail!

Mindelicious said...

I can't imagine how disappointing that would be. You're too good? that's worse than, "It's not you, it's me." LAME!!! I bet you'll find a publisher who values your incredible talent and passion for your craft. Best of luck!

Michelle Jensen said...

Well, how frustrating. I guess that is just what makes good people is being time and time again disappointed and you get a chance to rise up and keep trying. I love your stuff and I am sure the book would have been great. :) Sorry.

Colleen said...

Your book will be published and I for one will buy it. I am a new long arm quilter and you are a great inspiration. With over 2000 people following your blog you already have a market for the book, even if you chose to publish it yourself.
Good luck and don't give up!

Rebeckah Austin said...

Chin up! Try another (or multipul) publicher. My dad is currently in the process of trying to get his book published (a theological baced academic book) abd it has been hard for him to get anyone (and he has been around the publishing mill) to do it. BUT Kindle will do it for free. So He will do his there for now, via Amazon.com. You could/should try that too. Or even offer a PDF version on Etsy for sale. I would love to be able to purchase your book. My problem is that I find most books too basic. I would love a more advanced book to work form.

Good Luck!!

Barbie Mills said...

I was thinking the same thing as so many of these people--if another publisher isn't interested, seriously think about self-publishing. The link someone gave about Leah Day's self-publishing post is worth reading. I would buy it! I want to be an amazing quilter like you!!!

Keep your chin up! But until you're ready to do that, it's okay to be sad.

Sandy D said...

As soon as I read that they were not going to publish your book I said she should do it herself.I have absolutely no idea what the cost of doing it would be but maybe that is what you should do.They were right when they said you were good but wrong when they thought no one would buy.Look for another publisher.

Lisa said...

I am a very very beginner quilter and I haven't been following your blog for very long, but your work inspires me SO MUCH! Don't give up!! It just means this wasn't the right time or right publisher. If it wasn't meant to be, then I can't believe it would have gotten this far to begin with.

Lisa said...

I am a very very beginner quilter and I haven't been following your blog for very long, but your work inspires me SO MUCH! Don't give up!! It just means this wasn't the right time or right publisher. If it wasn't meant to be, then I can't believe it would have gotten this far to begin with.

Amber said...

Yes, definitely try another publisher. That was very unprofessional of them and I think most companies would never handle it that way. It was bad on their part. YOU should not feel bad or feel that you were wrong in any way. Just keep trying and somebody will pick it up. Show those other companies that you are open to their suggestions and can tweak or add to any of the projects that you are showing. Let it be a jumping off point and maybe someone will love it "as is" but if they need you to simplify some of your quilting ideas then be open to that too. Good luck! You are awesome.

And I don't have a book. Mainly because I am a slacker. But who knows? It may never happen for me. I can't imagine that I would have anything exciting to share anyways :)

Good luck.
Amber Johnson

Kasia said...

Judi , I don't know where to begin....but Your hard work will certainly pay off...it just may not look the way you want it to! I think you're on the right track as far as realizing that there is something to learn from this, that God is telling you something. He always does through these sitations. I try to tell myself in the difficult times that I am going to be grateful that this happened after down the road. Who knows, there may be someone connected tot a ublisher that is reading your blog and because you opened up, another opportunity will arise. Always keep your head up, your work will not go unnoticed. You're absolutely amazing and have an extraordinary talent....you are so inspiring to me, an absolute beginner quilter. The business world is tough, cold and cruel....but God's ur
But Gods purpose is meaningful and true, there will be good from this, mark my words! In the meantime, hug your mainly as it sounds like they are there supporting you! Best wishes!

Jeanne said...

There have been many 'great' books that went through rejection before being published. I hope you will try to find another publisher. Don't give up!

Contented Caroline said...

Sorry to hear that, I'm sure you worked very hard. Don't be despondent, something better will come along. You tried your best, have faith and a book, maybe not this one, but a better book, will happen.

Think Outside the Box said...

Judi, so sorry you're feeling sad about your book not being published. But as you say maybe it's not happening now so that something better can happen in the future. God knows you love your husband and family but he also knows you love quilting and that it's part of your life that brings you great joy. Believe that what you want for yourself is what God wants for you also. Take care and never stop trying to be the best at what you do- those talents are God given.

Catskill Quilter said...

Oh, Jodi, I am sorry that you had this experience! In other fields, books are submitted, rejected, submitted, rejected etc until the book finds its right "home." You have done all of the work already, so why not make it available to another publishing company and see what happens? Perhaps the first company was just not the right "home" for your book; perhaps you were the victim of inner-company politics of some sort (especially since your editor is gone). Good luck!

Tabatha said...

I don't have the time to read through your plethora of comments and someone may have already suggested this to you but why not just publish your own ebook?

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5071

or http://www.epubbud.com/sell.php

Especially since you and your family suffered through the creative process. Your work is awesome, you deserve a book!

Good luck, I hope you go ahead on your own, screw the publishers! Once your ebook takes off they'll be begging you! ;D

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

you are an excellent quilter, the publisher did not handle this right and it should never gotten to the point that it did. Try again - also did you aim your book at beginners? you are far from a beginner and your quilting is certainly way above a beginner so a beginner might not be in line for your book. Was it a book on quilting or piecing - your piecing is something beginners can do but your quilting is way above!
Keep in mind that not everyone in the quilting world has a book published but if you want one then you must try again.
Karen

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

Submit it to another publishing company! Simple as that!
Find a local publishing company in your area or self-publish.
Odd that it took so long for them to finally tell you, though.
Take your day and then move on.
Good Luck!

WandaFish said...

Sorry you've been treated so badly by seemingly unprofessional publishers. I'm echoing many others in hoping that you don't give up and that you find a publishing house that treats authors with respect!

Judi said...

Oh Judi! I'm DEVASTATED for you! Fancy keeping you dangling all that time I for one would love to tell them face to face how shoddy THAT is!

Keep your chin up, and DO NOT give up.

BIG HUGS

Judi x

Petit Design Co. said...

{hugs} sorry for the heartache and major let down. Being too good is the lamest excuse I have ever heard.

Quiltjane said...

Do not give up. There is the opportunity to self public or send to another publisher. Don't despair. Sometimes we think the devastating things in life are the end but they can be a new beginning.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Oh I'm sooooo sorry. I was looking forward to buying your book. Perhaps you can tell us which publisher you dealing with and we can all bombard them with requests that they go ahead.
Still with the unprofessional way they have dealt with you perhaps it's best to stay away and try another publisher.
Please, please don't give up.

I still want your book!!

Linda

Anna said...

Ditto on everything that has already been commented. Please consider self publishing. Then it is yours FOREVER. I would buy a copy. I find your work truly inspirational and I think it is because of the heart that you put into.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Not to give advice... but read this post at Visual Blessings today! God is doing new things for you! Isa 43:18-19 and He is making a way for you!! And His word is true!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

And yes... I will buy YOUR book anyday! Soon... In His Time.

Julie said...

I definitely would buy one. Your work is unbelievable.

Dorian said...

Oh Judi, I'm so very sorry!! That is so not right of that publishing co. When you've run the gamet of emotions and have let them settle down. maybe then you'll feel like finding another publisher. As I'm sure you would find one who thinks what fantastic work you do and that books needs to be out there. All in the Lord's time, right? Hang in there.

Beema said...

Judi,

I would buy your book in a heartbeat! I hope you continue to pursue getting it published. We all want a copy! PLEASE... when the Lord closes a door, he opens a window, right? You can do this! We all love your work! You are amazing!
LynnEl in Illinois

Gertie Pye said...

I hope you do find another publisher Judi, because I for one would LOVE to see the work in your book. I rarely make projects in books - I just love reading them and re-reading them for inspiration. You must be so disappointed but keep your chin up - after all what better accolade than that you are too good?! Your quilting is the best I have seen ever, anywhere, in the entire world, so please don't drop your standards for the sake of a publisher. I hope that a good publisher will print your amazing work and then we can all queue up and buy it!

Jennie P. said...

Oh my gosh, this sucks! I have been wanting to see you come out with a book since the moment I first stumbled on to your blog. What publisher is this? I want to write them and tell them there would be tons of people who would want to buy it. Too good? What a crock! Your designs inspire me because they are so good. I want to be almost THAT good someday and a book by you would help me get there, right? I really want to write someone. Got an email address or post address?

Pam said...

Hey Judi - don't give up. What a disappointment for you, but it's all part of the process, I'm sure. I'm with all the others that say if you self-publish I will buy a copy for sure. There are lots of publishers out there, and also other options for self-publishing your own book if you want actual physical books. I don't think you are "too good", you are amazing; right up there with the likes of Sharon Schamber. Maybe look at her web site & business model. Lots of people pay to subscribe to her videos. Money well spent for on line machine quilting lessons. Check it out. http://sharonschambernetwork.com/

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Sometimes an exceptional book requires and exceptional publisher :)

I keep telling you how good you are...and this is only the beginning of even better things to come.

Hugs,
Kelly

Debra said...

Don't give up! It was an awful way to treat you but you can rise above this and have your book published, by another company or self-publish. This company obviously had no idea the talent within you and your number of loyal followers. Their loss.

Lindsay said...

your quilting IS amazing! i'm sure even a beginner would be inspired by your awesomeness. i know i would (and i'd buy it!) i hope you have more luck in the future, and i'm sure you'll be published sometime soon. don't give up hope! :)

Lisa said...

Please do not let this get you down, there seems to be a rampant amount of easy and quick projects being pumped out in the quilting world at the moment and I wholeheartedly believe that it is essential that those that have the talent must continue to raise the bar. You are talented I have seen your work in shows and followed your blog for some time and love it. Put your book out to everyone available and if that doesn't work self publish and it will sell I guarantee there are a lot of quilters that will buy a book that raises the bar.Karen McTavish told me a story once about her first book and she struggled now I guarantee there are always lineups to buy her books at all her classes. Your publisher is a fool and you have earned the right to your tears as they should be ashamed of their behavior but their loss will be someone else's prosperity. Promise me you will take this advise to heart as I know your talent should be applauded and this will be one hurdle that will only make you stronger.

suzie said...

Sorry to hear a publisher being so small minded. I love your work and would buy your book. I don't understand their reasoning. If I could do it I wouldn't need to buy it. Are they saying all the published quilters are just mediocre. You have done all the hard work so please keep trying other publishers. Don't deprive us of what I am sure is a great resource. Go ahead and have a good cry. You have every right to be upset.

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Carol McKinney said...

Thanks so much for sharing what you already have. I will look forward to seeing a book from you in the future! Stay positive!

Molly said...

Maybe someone else will pick you up!

Teresa Silva said...

I can harldy believe what I'm reading. You know, even if a person couldn't quilt as beautiful as you can it sure would be a fun picture book to have. I for one was looking forward to it. Your quilting is just beautiful and so much fun just to look and dream that maybe I could quilt like that someday. I'm so sorry and I truly believe someone else will be jumping at this opportunity soon and you will be published one day!

corina said...

I cannot imagine how you must feel. I am so very sorry. I am positive I will someday be holding your book in my hands! You must go to another publisher. The quilting world needs an inspirational quilting book!!!

Amanda Echler said...

**HUGZ** Well it seems so far you would have 115 buyers ;) I'm sure you can try with another publisher. Someone will probably be willing to at least work with you!

Christine said...

Shame on them, publish it yourself and I am sure you sell enough books.
They sure should have come to you earlier, also I would have thought they knew your standard of work right from the start.
Hugs to you

Regina C. said...

I want you to try again with someone else, please dont give up you have already done most of the work.

Vicki in MN said...

ooooh ouch, geesh that would hurt, think I'd be doing more than a little crying. After all that work I can't imagine. You should just go ahead and self publish it, your work is awesome!

Kathleen said...

I can image how disappointed you are..I know I would be but I would not stop there...there are many publishers out there so send it to another one...if you want it bad enough go for it!!!! you have the talent....

marcella said...

I'm really sorry you were treated this way and I can totally make an educated guess at the publisher :-( Self publishing is a really, really, huge job and really I would say shop it around to a couple other publishers first. One I would suggest is AQS - they published Diane Gaudynski's book and she quilts as well as you and the book did very well. I've also heard really good things from quilt designers about working with Kansas City Star Quilts - that they treat their authors very well. If you do decide to self publish, drop a note to Kay Mackenzie - she has had great experience with that is and is awesome about sharing.

Tonya said...

How terrible! So sorry for you.

Miriam said...

When your book comes out I will be buying it!!!

Hang in there and stay positive.

Ellie-Mae said...

I would totally buy your book. Self publish, find another publisher, send me the manuscript. What ever you do make sure I'm able to buy a copy of your book.

sandra said...

God has a special plan for you and that wasn't the right publishing company for you. Just think how they treated you is that how they treat everyone, you can find a better company and I know how beautiful your quilting is. I would like your book just to look at it. They don't know much about quilters and why we buy books. Big hug something wonderful will happen.

Vickie said...

I haven't read all the comments and it may have been mentioned by some of your wonderful followers but my first thought was "When God closes a door he opens a window." With talent like yours you won't have long to wait before you are very very well known. Remember God has a plan for you, he won't let you down.

Gene Black said...

I have a friend who has self published. If you want to talk to her, send me an email. I will help you connect with her.

tpott said...

I was thinking the same thing, that Gene said. I'm sorry I don't know anyone who self published anything. That was the first thing that popped into my head, do it yourself if you can. Then sell your book yourself. You can put me on the list of people who would buy your book. I'm so sorry that they lead you along. The least they could have done was called you back, or kept you up to date on everything. If you can publish it yourself, they'll realize what they lost. Good luck, please keep us updated. ;-> Toni Anne

~The Bargain Babe from *Zucchini Summer Blog* said...

Well you certainly deserve to have a book! I'm sorry that this is how it is panning out. It stinks they didn't just tell you sooner. BOOOOoo. ((cyber hugs))

Heritage Keepsakes said...

Judi, you must must must go ahead and publish your book as planned. Try and get another publisher if possible, if not, self publish. You are an unbelievably talented quilter, and a source of inspiration for others. Irrespective of what this first publisher said, there are a lot of quilters out there, who would without a doubt, purchase your book. Go for it girl, you deserve the recognition for all the hard work!!!

Heritage Keepsakes said...

Judi, you must must must go ahead and publish your book as planned. Try and get another publisher if possible, if not, self publish. You are an unbelievably talented quilter, and a source of inspiration for others. Irrespective of what this first publisher said, there are a lot of quilters out there, who would without a doubt, purchase your book. Go for it girl, you deserve the recognition for all the hard work!!!

Gramma Quilter said...

What Vickie said!!! DO NOT GIVE UP! I do not know anything about publishing stuff but i so love your quilting and what you share. I have read your posts and believe that your love for your fam comes first. Then your business. Heck you could be putting in the same amount of time and work for someone else and leaving your house everyday. I believe you and your husband will make the best decision for you and your family. Whatever that is we already think you are amazing. A book will be the icing on the cake.
Love and hugs!

Judy said...

Judi, I am so sorry you had to have this experience. I hope another publisher wants to publish your book, because your quilting is beyond fabulous, and your quilt designs are fun and unique. Maybe you should publish it yourself. I do hope it works out and I want a copy!

Judy

Gramma Quilter said...

Grammaquilter again. Please keep us posted.

Barbara Sindlinger said...

That just stinks and I'm so sorry. I would love to see your work - that's why I follow your blog. It's a great inspiration to me. I hope another publisher will pick it up.

Ariane said...

I don't think you should give up!! People want to know the tricks you use to create your wonderful quilting. I love to see your work. Keep your head up.....and know that things will work out.

Sheila said...

They did you a favour. You don't want to be published by a company only to find they have no aspiration and will only encourage mediocrity. Your work is wonderful and though i will probably never be able to replicate anything like it on my domestic machine it makes me try harder, You are an inspiration and deserve better treatment.

Anita said...

So sorry to hear about your deal falling through, you are such an amazing talented quilter! I think you should probably direct that publisher or future publishers to humblequilts blog where there was a discussion going on to why readers are giving up their magazine subscriptions. Basically it is because there is nothing new or inspiring, and for me it would be "too simple". It seems there is a push to "simplify" and cater to beginner quilters but there is a huge market for intermediate to advanced quilters as well. Good luck with finding something and don't give up, things have a way of working out for the better :)

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Barb and Sharon said...

J.K. Rowling had her book turned down because it was too long and too hard for children to read! Look where that went :) don't give up.
Barb@Witsend

CherrySprinkle said...

Your quilting is amazing... let me just say, if you publish a book, I'm buying it. Don't give up!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary C said...

It just wasn't the right fit or the right time. It doesn't diminish the fact that you are so talented and creative.

Sarah Craig said...

First of all, great big hugs from me! I'm so sorry you're having to go through this....

Secondly, my husband (who works for a religious publishing company) says that the publisher is probably having to cut back on what they can publish because of the economy, and foolishly, they decided to cut your book. I say foolishly because I think there would be a line a mile long to purchase it - and I'd be at the head of the line!

I think you're an amazing teacher - every time I see you talking about how you did something, I think, "Oh, lightbulb! I can maybe do that too!" But I'd love to have a book on hand to refer to all the time, now that I have my own long arm machine. So please, keep looking for a publisher or self-publish - I need help!!!

Hugs again - and keep your chin up! We love you and want to keep seeing your beautiful work!!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Judi, I haven't read all the 137 comments, but... please, please, please contact Leah Day! I read her book not so long ago about self publishing, how She did self publish her own blog with Amazon and it is just coming out. I think you should try the same rout and please don't give up! You can't just throw 4 months of hard work, tears, and sweat away because of an @ss publisher! Your post brought tears in my eyes. Here's the link to her blogpost on self publishing http://www.freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2012/05/quilt-biz-7-self-publishing.html
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Argh, had to remove my first post because I wrote that she published her blog instead of her book... now I pasted it and corrected the error, and it still says blog... sorry!

More Than A Mom said...

That is disgusting that they didn't get in touch with you. People don't think about how their actions affect others.

When you decide about your book, let me know. I'd love to purchase a book from you because I am so inspired by your "too good" quilting even though I am a beginner/intermediate quilter. If I looked at all the beginner stuff how would I grow into and further develop my craft?!

I hope mine and all the other comments show you just how great you are and how much we NEED your book! (maybe print these comments and show them to a future publisher if you decide to go that route!!).

Lorna said...

Judi: find another publisher! Your quilts are heavenly and inspirational. I was rejected by a publisher and to this day I deeply regret never tying my shoes tighter and finding another publisher.
Having a publisher rejecting your work because you are too good is just silly and is a horrid excuse on the publishers part. Us real life quilters WANT books by awesome inspirational quilters!
Many blessings upon you and your family. We are all rooting for you!

Ramona said...

MAJOR OUCH! Pull the rug out from under you - kick you in the gut! What is up with people now days that they can't face the difficult phone calls and let you know sooner that there was going to be no book! Nobody deserves that treatment! When did they decide? If I was there I would give you a hug!!!! You were wronged - big time! And good grief, I can't tell you how many quiting books I have bought just for inspiration! I agree - find another publisher so we can all enjoy your hard work!

Patty said...

Judi,

You don't need a book to show how great your work is! It is a shame that they let you go through all the preliminary work without telling you sooner but believe that things seem to happen for a reason...
You are awesome, whether in print or not!

Barb said...

Judi, I have been traveling and just now read your post. I read it to my mother and she says you should not take a "NO." It is beyond me that it would be turned down...too good? I don't get it. Just take stock in the fact that as of now you have 148 comments and we all feel that it was a costly mistake on their part. You are one amazing quilter....some of us don't want the ordinary simple, we want challenging projects, things to aspire to and you were giving that. Hang in there and try again. Sure love you Judi, hate to see you upset, if I was there I would first bring you a big box of chocolate and then give you a big hug....

Donna Mc said...

I would buy your book!

Don't give up. Keep shopping for the right publisher for you....on that will respect your work and give it the attention and honor it deserves. As much as it's hurt now, you are better off going with a publisher that believes in you, your work and treats it like the treasure it is.
God bless you!

Cindy said...

Bless your sweet heart. I know that in time this will happen for you. Your talent and abilities will not go unpublished. As a Christian, you know that God's timing is perfect. Quilt on!

curlygirl17 said...

So sorry to hear this. I was truly looking forward to your book. You have an amazing talent! I know that the Lord can bring something good for you, and you have the comfort of your many blog followers to help you through.

Sue Daurio said...

Wait a minute. No not closure, we need a book!!!! Publish it your self PLEEEEEEAASSSSSEEEEEE, pretty please????? I'll buy 10 copies. Wow, to have a book with your projects in it would be heaven. Especially if they were quilted by you. Do you know how many times I visit your blog for inspiration? When I quilted my Labyrinth quilt, I scoured your site and you can see examples of your quilting all over it (though not nearly as good as yours). But the point being you are an incredible inspiration. If you don't want to publish it your self, find out who publishes more experienced books and go to that publisher. Uggggghhhhh no closure - not yet :)

Lindsay Conner said...

What a supportive blogging community! I am so sorry to hear your news, but you are very brave to open up about it. Don't hesitate to contact another publisher--there is nothing wrong with you. I feel like these things happen all the time, but people do not always open up about it. A new publisher would be so lucky to work with you.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Just stand still a minute, take a breath, and push on forward. I would buy your book as well.

JaneB said...

Please, please don't give up on this. Remember how many times great artists and authors (you are now both) were rejected. Send it out and you will find the perfect publisher. Keep your chin up.

Lisa Marie said...

Oh I am so sorry. What a let down for sure. I am a Longarm quilter in Canada and I so admire your work. I definitely would have bought your book. I secretly want to be you when I grow up!!!
Don;t ever give up, we need people like to keep us inspired
Big hugs!!!

Furball Farm Quilting said...

Gosh Judy, the logic they have given you is INSANE!! Self publish, you will be surprised at how you will excell in this project. My favourite books for quilting are self published. It seems the publishers once again have overlooked the needs of machine quilters. Their loss, and possibly (once the tears have gone), it will be your gain. (I'm so frustrated at these publishers!!)

Just Carol said...

Don't give up on this! Your quilts are so beautiful--find another publisher!

Margaret said...

From what you have written the company sounds very unprofessional. There should be regular meetings set up and you shouldn't be sitting waiting for them to call. I would get a termination letter from them relinquishing their rights to the manuscript and start scoping another publisher. Find out where your editor went, chances are you might be able to take your book to them.

AND DON'T GIVE UP!! Your work is beautiful and there are a lot of people out there that agree!!

Joan said...

Judi - DONT GIVE UP - I could think of nothing better than to have a book by you with that beautiful quilting in. I am sure there are many who think the same. DO let us know if anything else happens - we will all be behind you 100%. I can understand how you feel - but just because one publisher has declined it, doesnt mean that another will. I will say prayers for you...you will get there - you deserve to! You have a wonderful family behind you!!!

Rebecca said...

WOW! I really hope that you pursue getting published with another company - I would LOVE to buy a book written by you!!

pcflamingo said...

There is no platitude that will mend your heart or gloss over the fact that clearly, that publisher is an idiot. Have a good cry, dry your tears, pick yourself up and keep on trying. You WILL get a book deal. You ARE that good.

Shannon said...

Wow, I am so sorry! Hang in there. Heavenly Father IS looking out for you. Will you be getting your quilts back? Think of it this way...you are WAY out of the beginner league.

Barbara M. said...

Judi, you are an artist and I have no doubts that your moment will arrive soon. They have not accepted to publish your project, but this doesn't mean that very soon a bigger chance will appear in your life. We don't know, but sometime is not the right moment for any reason. You're great and when all the world will read your first book, you 'll think again to the tears of these days and the taste of the victory will be better. Go ahead. Barbara from Italy

Barbara M. said...

Judi, you are an artist and I have no doubts that your moment will arrive soon. They have not accepted to publish your project, but this doesn't mean that very soon a bigger chance will appear in your life. We don't know, but sometime is not the right moment for any reason. You're great and when all the world will read your first book, you 'll think again to the tears of these days and the taste of the victory will be better. Go ahead. Barbara from Italy

...just Peggy said...

So sorry.....maybe the publisher should read your blog comments and see how many of us would buy your book! Don't give up, you have already done the work! Great job, I love your blog...

Cynthia said...

I am really sorry for your disappointment! I hope you have been encouraged by all of your admirers!!! Unfair things happen in the creative world all the time. You are so creative and talented and I'm sure another opportunity will come along for you :) Your quilting is the most beautiful I have ever seen!!!

Sharon said...

Add one more to your corner -- your quilting is truly inspiring and amazing. Take these comments as a testimony to your amazing talent and run with it. Seek out another publisher and we'll all be in line to purchase our copy.

amy g :) said...

169 comments already, there's at least 169 potential customers for them, plus all the people who didn't comment but thought it! i learned something really important when i was learning how to draw (my mother is an artist): you learn from the masters. you learn by imitating the masters. and eventually, you gain the skill of the masters. nobody says, look at this mediocre piece of artwork, don't you aspire to be like that? no! no one does that!! even in the complexity of your designs, there are simple fillers that a beginner could learn and use. and the quilter can grow with your patterns, because with each pattern they conquer, there is a new one to discover in your quilts. there's no, "now i'm done, i guess i can't learn anymore" after mediocrity is achieved. take a breath, eat some ice cream, and maybe try again with another publisher. boo on them.

Cindy P said...

Judi,You are tooo good, I have never seen any one who can machine quilt as you do!!! Your work is of the highest quality and simply a work of art, please dont be discouraged you are truly gifted and that kind of talent cannot go unrecognized.I believe you will be rewarded for your efforts!!

Pile O Fabric said...

I'm so sorry! Dont call it quits though! I'm sure there is just the perfect publisher out there for your book, I know it would do fabulous your quilting is amazing! Maybe try and send it to a few different companies to test the water. I have a friend who got rejected multiple times, but then got published by someone even better!

liberal sprinkles said...

Dear Judi, I'm so so sorry to hear this. And I can't believe such a ridiculous reason either! They must not know how many people buy books for the eye candy. Don't be discouraged, you are too darn talented to not get published. Best wishes for that!
Grace

Valerie said...

I just read a post a few days ago by Leah Day about self publishing. Through Amazon! Do check it out.

You may be too good. Your talent is off the charts amazing. That's exactly why I follow your blog.

Good luck with this venture, I'm positive this is all going to work to your advantage.

Artes da Sil said...

I certainly buy your book!

Lisa Arndt (Kelly) said...

I never leave comments... However, YOU are a great longarmer. I consider myself really good... and I look at your work for inspiration. Which I do NOT find often. I hope you do publish this book. I would buy it. I do not need another f'ing beginner book!! I am YEARS past beginner. Keep your chin up and be FANTASTIC!!

Charlsey said...

You are sooo talented and your blog is the first one I go to each day. I am disappointed for you and with you as I would have loved to have had a book of your creations. Please don't give up. I am sure there is a publisher out there with good sense who can recognize talent when they see it.

do_the_beach said...

I LOVE your quilting and I know I would enjoy your book. I don't think this is a dead end for you. I think it's just a turn in the road. Just imagine how all the publishers who rejected JK Rowling's work are feeling now! Just "keep calm and quilt on". Your book will be published and it will be successful! Just like you!

Jill T. said...

Judi,

I would buy your book in a heartbeat and have it front and center everyday as inspiration and reference. Tell the next publisher, (and there will be one)that there are still many quilters out there who find great joy in doing their best for God and their country with the gifts they have been given. We are not setting the standard or comparing ourselves to others, but simply enjoying the process and the results of our heart's work. Don't give up!

Courtneysews said...

What a huge dissapointment! Do not give up! Surely there is a market for a more advanced quilting book. Take a breath, grieve the loss, but don't give up. Research for another publishing company that has an advanced audiance and try again. I see lots of comments on Amazon for readers looking for more advanced projects. Never give up...when one door closes another door opens. Trust God's timing.

Linda in TX said...

For those of us "more experienced" quilters (and there are hundreds of thousands of us), I must shout that your former 'publisher' is insulting ALL quilters, including the newbies. Obviously they were embarrassed by their own ineptitude and this is the best excuse they could come up with - and it was pulled from a dark place. Approach other publishers - there are lots of them out there and they are publishing quilting books every day. You have a built-in audience base and will be successful in the long run - and also find GOOD publishers. I know you're upset - I would be, too - but I suspect that a year from now you'll be happily published. (and too bad you won't tell us who the lousy publisher is - I spend a lot of money on books and I'd be happy not to give that publisher any more)

Mcm said...

Such great response here showing support for purchasing your book. Please check into the self publication, perhaps contacting Gwen Marston or Gregory Case would give you some insight into the self publishing options and available services. Maybe once you are ready to self publish you could do a pre-sale and have a good idea of how many books to print. I hope you will follow your dream.

Quiltilicious said...

I'm so sorry to hear this happened to you. My mother was an author and had a lot of books published and I know how fickle the industry can be. I'll share some of my insights with you.

The original editor leaving the company was the first sign that things were going badly. Your book was likely her choice and her project and the editor who replaced her has her own "favorites" and your book was literally orphaned at the publishing company with no champion. Even if they did publish it, it probably wouldn't have received its fair share of the marketing budget.

After you dry your eyes, take a look at your contract with the publisher and see if there is a "kill fee" that you are owed if they drop the book. (If you didn't have a contract... take it as a "lessons learned" and don't go forward with another publisher until you have a signed contract). Make sure they make good on any kill fees or other money owed to you.

Now that you have a finished book, you are in very good shape to find another publisher if you want. You also could try to get an agent to do all the haggling with publishers for you, so you can spend your time quilting and writing. You may also want to try to find the original editor and see if she is still interested in doing your book at her new publishing house.

Best wishes.

Terry Quilts said...

My heart sunk after reading your blog today, Publishers are ?ing why sales are down. They need to wake up...many of us are simple tired of seeing the same thing in books and magazines, I truly believe you have a best seller waiting to be published, why? Because you put your heart and soul into your work and it shows, quilters love it, we want to see, we want to study it, we want to dream about the prospect of someday being able to quilt like you. Please march forward because what you do and how you do it will sell books, lots of books. A self-published book just may be to your advanatage in the long run, why give the icying on the cake to publishers who's only interest is making money. Judy, I'm waiting for my copy of your best seller!!!

regan said...

Your would be a book I would buy! I've loved everything you created, and I am always thrilled to see your next quilt and design. I've learned so much from looking at your work, and trying to see through your eyes what design 'belongs' to a quilt! There must be a publisher out there somewhere that appreciates and wants to promote fine work. Don't give up! You've already done the work.....now it's just a matter of finding someone who 'gets it!'

Deb said...

If you publish it, they (including me) will buy it.

Meg said...

Aw, Judi, publishing is a tough business these days. Don't think of it as an axed project, though, and don't take it personally! There are LOTS of other publishing houses that would be thrilled to put your book out there--don't be discouraged. You might also consider epublishing through Amazon--could get you some bucks and land you a better deal! Chin up, sister!

Brenda said...

Please don't give up on your dream! When 1 door closes, another opens & I do believe your work is VERY worthy of a book deal. Maybe just not with this particular publisher, but there are many more out there. Seek another- you deserve it!!

Becky in VA said...

Hope your tears from yesterday are long gone and you are seeing what happened in a way that opens you up to endless opportunities!

Celebrate today with quilting - it's what you are so good at.

Sue said...

Oh, man! What a disappointment! But please don't give up on the book. I for one want a copy of it! I'm sure another publisher would feel differently. Maybe that company is having other problems and that's why the editor left and your book is caught in that fray. I've heard you do a lot better financially by self publishing and I know Joen Wolfram in involved in helping self publish. Maybe that is an avenue to pursue? Anyway, wipe your tears off and get busy and get that book published so that we can have it!!

Sherrywc said...

Oh Judi, I sure hope that all the comments I've been reading are of some comfort to you. Of all the blogs I read, I find myself saving so many of your feeds, because I hope someday to practice what you are doing. I love your work, and I'm so looking forward to having a copy whenever it is published...but I hope it's soon! I have seen so many ideas from so many of the comments, I'm sure there is a way.

Megan said...

How heartbreaking! Chin-up! You do AWESOME work! You're one of my favorite machine quilters, and I always look forward to reading about (and okay, ogling) your work. You've actually given me courage to try new and more advanced quilting designs on my own quilts, and I'm definitely still a seasoned beginner on a good day.

Diane said...

Hi Judi, I don't often comment but just wanted to say that your work is fabulous, you are a talent and you should never NOT do your best. When the timing is right you will be published and with a publishing house with a lot more professionalism in handling a new author! So often we can't see God's hand until a ways down the road. You have every right to feel disappointed and sad.
Sending you a big hug and a whispered prayer to ease the hurt.
in quilting friendship,
Diane

Jeri said...

Judi, I would love to have your book. You have been so inspiring to me. Your work is so wonderful, I am checking it out all the time. I have been Longarming about 1 1/2 yrs and can only hope to be 1/2 as talented as you. I know another publisher will jump on the chance to do your book and I'll be first in line for it.

Judith Blinkenberg said...

You are a beautiful quilter but that's not the reason they rejected your book, it's an excuse. I will keep you in my prayers and yes your book will be published and we all will buy it.

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riley said...

I'm sorry you have had this trouble, but I am wondering...surely you did not write a book for them without having a written contract?

Denise said...

I'm going to agree with everyone else here and say that you will get that book published...there are other publishers out there who will honor contracts and recognize talent. You should hold your head high...you're amazing!!!

Patsy said...

Dear Judi,

Gosh, your post is so upsetting on so many levels. First, your quilting is absolutely lovely and you clearly have lots of skill and inspiration to share, so please don't let this disappointment allow you to throw away your dream of a book. Second, reassure yourself that there are many ways to get your book out there. I'd pitch it to a different publisher or I'd self-publish. You've already done the hardest part of the job, so the next part will be much easier. I've self published 2 books and would be glad to tell you everything I've learned. Shame on that publisher for behaving so poorly...but you can turn these lemons into lemonade!

Mama Pea said...

I am sort of a lurker on your blog and don't comment much. It's in part, because I'm so overwhelmed by how awesome your quilting is. But that would not stop me from buying your book. I think there is a place in the market for books on more advanced techniques. There is a lot of beginner and simple stuff out there. More challenging would be a nice niche.

It's so unprofessional what this publishing company did to you. I'm so sorry you had to do that.

I say go to other publishers or self-publish. There are lots of people who would love to read your book!

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