Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bursting at the seams............

Remember when I was completely distraught and thought my quilting book idea was over and how I just didn't know if I would be able to move on with my idea? Well, I can hardly stand it, but I have to tell you the good news! Soon after my post about how my book idea was dropped, I was contacted by 5, yes 5 different publishers (still can't believe it). Wow, I didn't think it was possible - the sadness turned to excitement at the prospect of having options. Well, then of course it turned into a difficult situation trying to make the final decision on which publisher to go with, but in the end it was always AQS.

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It is still so surreal, but I have the go ahead from Andi (Executive Book Editor) that I can shout it to the world that I have a contract with AQS to publish my book with the working title "Wide Open Spaces" to come out sometime next year.  They just need my signature and the process will start.  
  So, it is looking up!  I know I have to wait just a little longer to have my book out, but in the end I am sure it will be worth the wait.  I will be sure to keep you up on when the book will be available.  

114 comments:

Camille said...

Well let me be the first to say how totally not surprised I am. :-)

You are awesome!

Suburban Stitcher said...

YIPPEE!!!! Congrats!!!

Carol McKinney said...

I knew it would happen! Congratulations and I look forward to getting a copy.

Anita said...

Congratulations! I love AQS and can't wait to start seeing sneek peeks :)

Mary Grace McNamara said...

That is so awesome Judi! I had a feeling someone else would pick you up! Congratulations!

MGM

Johanna said...

Congrats!

Carrie Siegfried said...

Congratulations! When one door closes, another will open. :)

Monica said...

Congratulations! I knew it'd work out in the end. I look forward to reading your book when it's out.

Betsy Lynn said...

Woohoo! Congrats Judi!

Janine said...

Congratulations Judi! Wonderful news. That other company is going to be sorry they didn't go ahead with your book. Their loss.

Sarah Craig said...

Congratulations!!! Can't wait to get my copy - will you sign it for me? LOL!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

SEW happy for you!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

I knew it was only a matter of time! Congratulations! Next year will be here before you know it!

Chelsea said...

Congratulations! I knew this would happen!!! I'm just bummed we all have to wait a year to see it.

corina said...

Congratulations! I knew everything would work out. You are just too talented not to get published! Looking forward to your book.

Vicki said...

Congratulations! Glad to hear that it all worked out even better than originally planned.

giddy99 said...

congratulations! And excellent choice. :)

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Congratulations! I'm not surprised there were so many offers:)

Kasey said...

YAY! So happy it all worked out so well!

Linda said...

OH JUDI,I AM SO THRILLED FOR YOU>"GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT",THEY SAY!
BLESSINGS,LINDA

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Melissa Corry said...

Thrilling news!!!! Congrats Judi!!

Crystal Clear As Mud said...

That is fantastic, congrats!

Linda said...

How wonderful! We'll be watching for it!

Sandy D said...

Fantastic news and it surprises know one.Cannot wait to buy it.

Maria said...

Fantastic!

Denise said...

That is so fantastic Judi! I knew it would happen, you are an amazing and talented quilter!

Jan said...

Yay, for you!

Barbie Mills said...

Wow! I'm not surprised at all either, but very excited for you. I'll be buying one as soon as I can!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations, couldn't be happier for you. Let us know when it is available - I want a copy!

Linda said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Everything happens for a reason. :-)

Teresa F. said...

Congratulations! Your deserve it totally, you are most talented. i wish i could have a top quilted by you.

Linda.Nell.Cates@gmail.com said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Things have a way of working out the way they are suppose to. You are an inspiration and I can't wait for your book!!!!

SpartanBabe said...

I know you'll let us know when it is available - I can't wait!!! Congrats Judi :o)

Lisa said...

sign me up for an autographed copy!!! Congrats and didn't we all tell you that you were too good to give up, the quilting community needs more quality books and I know yours will be just that!! In other words TOLD YOU SO!!!!! ;)

Karen said...

I am so happy for you!!I look forward to buying your first book!!!!

Lynn said...

Congratulations!! i'll look forward to seeing it!

Lynn said...

Congratulations!! i'll look forward to seeing it!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Wonderful, Wonderful news..I couldn't be happier for you!
Congratulations.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

DebrafromMD said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to buy your book.

Wendy said...

Congratulations to you! I am so happy for you that I am doing a happy dance on your behalf! I will be standing in line to purchase your book as soon as it is available!

Diana said...

YEAH!! I am so Proud of you! Honestly, you are amazing. I just knew it would turn out so much better! I can't wait to read my very first quilting book...only you would get me to do that! I totally miss you guys. Seriously, why do we have to live so far a part. Know I think of your family often. Much love, Di

Linda in TX said...

Thank you for sharing your good news! All of us readers knew it would happen and were cheering from the sidelines for you! I hope the 'old publisher' is choking on his choices. (grins and huts!

Sharon S said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to get the book!

Martha said...

Well, as the Good Book says "You reap what you 'sew'" I'm so glad that this has worked out for you. You deserve it! You share so freely with us all. May you receive it back again, pushed down shaken together and running over!

Michele said...

Wonderful news. Congratulations

Marisa said...

Wow! Congratulations!

LynCC said...

I am so excited about this one two levels - one for you!! And one for me, because now I'll be able to buy your book. :)

Lisa Marie said...

Whoo hoo you go girl!!

Lucy said...

Well how about that.. there is sanity in the quilt publishing world after all. :-) Congratulations.

Maja said...

There´s a plan for everything!
I think this is yours!
Congrats!!!

Carrie P. said...

that is so awesome! congrats!

Julee said...

Congratulations! I knew you could do it.....

Sunnybec said...

No big surprise there, we all knew someone would snap you up!! Congratulations. Hugs Linda x

Jacqueline said...

Congratulations - and so well deserved.

Fiona said...

Excellent news..... didn't think it would take too long for someone to....(tongues out to the last lot!!!)
Hugz

Quiltjane said...

Sometimes our disappointment can be a window to something much better. Congratulations.

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

WOW. Huge Congratulations. I am so looking forward to seeing it. You let us know as soon as we can place a pre order, maybe even with a signature :o)I am so excited for you xx

Miriam said...

Woohoo!! Congratulations!!!
Can't wait to see it!

Bobbie said...

WOO HOO !!!!! That's GREAT news! It's great news for us readers, too, as we will be able to purchase your new book! Congrats, again!!!!!

Heritage Keepsakes said...

I am so excited for you I am tingling!! A big big Congratulations. I can't wait to see your book published. It definitely will be on my shelf.

Heritage Keepsakes said...

I am so excited for you I am tingling!! A big big Congratulations. I can't wait to see your book published. It definitely will be on my shelf.

Nanette said...

Congratulations that other publisher will be regreting their decision to not publish!! Remember in ET, ET was following Elliot from the trail of Reece's Pieces, that was first offered to M&M's, but they declined saying no one would be interested in a movie about an alien and some kids who friend him!! HAHAHAHA goes to show ya!

See Spot Shop said...

Congratulations, Judi! I can't wait to see your book!

sandra said...

Congratulations I am very happy for you. I knew when the publishers out there heard about your book they would be knocking your door down.Hugs Sandra

~Laurie~ said...

Congratulations!!

Amira Ameruddin said...

Congratulation! You deserve it. And definitely we will be looking forward to get one once its published..Have fun thorugh the journey of publishing. :) I am excited for you too!

Karen said...

Never in our time... you know the rest...

scottylover said...

Hip hip Hooray!!! So happy for you!

Sandy A

Marilyn Popplewell said...

God blessed you in His time. Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing your book in print. Blessings.

charlotte said...

Congratulations Judi! That is awesome. I am so happy for you.

Regina said...

so tickled for you -can't wait for the big release and the "blog tour" to show off all your hard work and creativity!!! Thanks for sharing the process with your readers- bumpy road but oh so exciting!

Tammy said...

CONGRATULATIONS, JUDI! Where on door closes, another opens. I'm so happy for you. You can't go wrong with AQS. I can't wait to buy the book!

Polly said...

Judi!! We all knew it would happen!! With your talent, it just HAD to happen!! You are amazing and your quilting is without a doubt the best there is!! Congrats girl!! That book will be on my list to buy!!

Quilting Babcia said...

Wahoo!!! Congratulations!

Vicki said...

Congratulations, you are the most amazing a quilter. Vicki vickilorraine at hotmail dot com

Janet said...

Woo hoo! I knew you'd get another offer. Companies would be stupid to not put your talent in a book! Looking forward to when it's released.

Lorna said...

Congratulations Judi! Hurrah that five publishers were smart enough to know that you are a treasure and your quilting is a gift.

Tamie said...

Congratulations- in so many ways...

mahoo said...

Oh Judi! Congratulations. We were all right,,,when a door closes, a window opens! You are destined for great success, and this is another step. Enjoy it, you deserve it!

Laura T said...

Congratulations! I knew something would turn up for you:) I'm so glad it's all working out for you!
LauraT

Cynthia said...

Congratulations Judi, and I am not surprised at all!!!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Fantastic!!!!! Cant wait!
Cheers
Linda

Maria Wallin said...

Fantastic Judi! I'm not surprised as no one deserves it more nor would have as much to teach and show that I would like to read! Can't wait to pre-order your book!

I'm so thrilled for you! =D

DIANA said...

yaaa!!! i cant imagine how you feel
we told you it would workout
you are great ! hope you remember all of us little people

mac said...

Congratulations - fantastic news.

Dawn Hendrix said...

So VERY excited for you and US.. can't wait to see your book in MY QUILT ROOM!

Kate C said...

Like so many others, I am not surprised, but am very very happy for you. This is totally deserved and I can't wait for the book! Congrats!

Nedra said...

Knowing your talent, I knew it was just a matter of time before several other publishing companies took notice. They would have to be crazy not to! Congratulations!

marcella said...

YEA! So excited for you and so very happy it worked out so well in the end!

B Greene said...

Congratulations - well-deserved!!

Kimberly said...

So, so very happy for you! And I'm thrilled to know you'll be a fellow AQS author! Now go celebrate!

Ariane said...

Congratulations!! That is amazing news!!

Jennie P. said...

Yep! I knew that publishers would be smart and publish your book. Congrats and can't wait to read it one day soon!

JoyceT said...

See?

Joni said...

So happy to hear it!

Tamera said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and I'm waiting patiently for the book to be out.

Betsy said...

Fantastic news and well-deserved!

Miss Jean said...

I had no doubt whatsoever that this is what would happen! Congratulations. Be sure to add autographed copies of your book to your store.

Sybil said...

Fantastic news.

Sherri said...

I am soooo happy for you! I knew it would be picked up...and fast...yay! I just can't tell you how deserving you are of this!!!!

Sheila said...

If you are still reading after 100 comments... didn't we ALL tell you so. It won't be long that hick company will be feeling very embarrassed This company will take you far.

Diane said...

yeah!

Gertie Pye said...

This is fantastic news Judi! I will be queuing up for my copy the second it is published x

liberal sprinkles said...

wow congratulations Judi! You so deserve this!

grace

tpott said...

FANTASTIC!!! I'm so happy for you. Please keep us all updated with the when where and how to sign up for our copy. YAY! I can't wait to have it in my hot little hand. You don't know how much I admire your quilting talent and the fact it's your own business. You spoke and God heard you, WOW! Congratulations! ;-> You made my day! Toni Anne

Linda in Calif. said...

I'm very pleased to hear that it's a go. I really think you have something wonderful to offer. I seldom buy books, but I plan on purchasing yours.

Mama Pea said...

Fantastic! Smart people. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

paulette said...

OMGosh...this is fantastic news!! The power of blogging!! You go girl!! I can't wait to get my hands on your new book!! Love the title too!
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JaneB said...

Ah ha! Perfect! and we all knew it had to happen sooner or later. Congratulations!

Amy said...

So excited for you! Can't wait to see your book in print!

mascanlon said...

Congratulations! You know there is something to the old adege...when one window closes another opens! And since a lot of the hard work is done you can really enjoy the process!

Kell said...

Congrats!

Jenny said...

Congrats Judi!!!!!!!

Katherine Ringo said...

I'm catching up on my blogs and saw this post. AQS is such a wonderful company! I'm sure you'll have a long lasting relationship with them.

Looking forward to your book and I'm a great admirer of your work. I only have a domestic sewing machine but you inspire me to do more with my FMQ.