[Clayart] About writing clay books
porcelainbyantoinette at gmail.com
Sun Feb 19 18:18:20 UTC 2023
Just like many of you I wrote dozens of clay articles and had one book out,
which was mostly a commentary about CM porcelain articles.
I am however busy working on a book. I did not send out a query to any
publisher yet since ai keep flip flopping between self publishing and
finding a publisher.
At age 66 I find myself busier than ever before, so I am curious to hear
from you about time lines once you committed yourself to work with a
On Tue, Feb 14, 2023 at 2:29 PM Paul Lewing <pjlewing at comcast.net> wrote:
> I was out of town when this thread really started, so I’m not sure if I’m
> commenting on what it was really originally about or not. But I did see
> Vince’s post about his experience of writing a book, and his saying that
> Mel had said that no one writes a ceramics book, or really any text book,
> to make money.
> I made a fair amount of money the first year my book came out, but it’s of
> course declined every year since. And I got to do a lot of workshops as a
> result of writing it, but no one does that to make money either. You don’t
> if you count the time for either of those things. I spent pretty much all
> my spare time for 3 1/2 years to write my book.
> When ACerS first asked me to write a book, my thought was that that would
> be a great thing to have done, but not a great thing to do. I was really
> right about that.
> I would also say that one of the hardest parts of writing a ceramics book
> is finding a topic or an angle that isn’t been covered extensively
> already. Vince did that. But no one needs another book on surface
> decoration or throwing.
> The real reward is in passing on a helpful body of information and seeing
> what other people do with that.
> Paul Lewing
> www.paullewingtile.com <http://www.paullewingtile.com/>
> www.paullewingart.com <http://www.paullewingart.com/>
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