[Clayart] About writing clay books

Terry Lazaroff terrylazaroff at gmail.com
Mon Feb 20 22:11:17 UTC 2023

I wrote a self published book.  Titled, “Looking Back”, Volume 1.  I wrote it for me.  240 pages mostly photos of my two dimensional works.  I published with Blurb.  I even gave it an ISBN.  When I sell three copies I must send two copies to the national library.  I have only sold two.  My daughter and myself.  I am not promoting because I am using this vehicle, just to document my work.

I am working on Volume 2, that will be a 240 page sampling of my ceramic creations.   Volume 3 will survey my sculptures. 

 I am doing this because it is difficult to set up a projector or computer to show people my work. It is easier to just leave the book on the coffee table. 

Getting the photos ready is a monumental task.  I bought PHOTO. STIK to help.  It collected photos that I forgot about.

Enjoying the Spanish sunshine, and rubbing shoulders with the bronze sculpture  of Picasso, that sits in a plaza in Malaga. 

PS. A well known, international ceramic Artist from New Brunswick, and Quebec Leopold Foulem, passed away.  https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1957457/mort-leopold-foulem-artiste-nouveau-brunswick

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> On Feb 20, 2023, at 7:48 PM, ronroy at ca.inter.net wrote:
> Hi Antoinette,
> If it's profit you want I would advise self publishing. There are books on the subject.
> This would only apply if you anticipate good sales of course.
> Our book is now being published by Echo Point Book and Media. They get an order for our book and print it and ship it.
> They may not be interested but they may also have some advice.
> RR
> Quoting Antoinette Badenhorst <porcelainbyantoinette at gmail.com>:
>> 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
>> publisher.
>> Thanks.
>> Antoinette.
>>> 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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>> Best wishes,
>> Antoinette Badenhorst
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