[Clayart] About writing clay books
porcelainbyantoinette at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 04:42:15 UTC 2023
Sumi, I will need a lot of time on editing time. How much freedom did you
have in regards to images and content?
On Sun, Feb 19, 2023 at 9:12 PM sumi <sumi at herwheel.com> wrote:
> My books were all with the American Ceramic Society and they gave me a
> year for each one from time of signing the contract to when I was
> supposed to deliver the manuscript. Then comes the editing and so on,
> which is another 6-9 months.
> > Just like many of you I wrote dozens of clay articles and had one book
> > 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>
> >> I was out of town when this thread really started, so I’m not sure if
> >> 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
> >> to make money.
> >> I made a fair amount of money the first year my book came out, but it’s
> >> 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
> >> if you count the time for either of those things. I spent pretty much
> >> 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
> >> be a great thing to have done, but not a great thing to do. I was
> >> right about that.
> >> I would also say that one of the hardest parts of writing a ceramics
> >> 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
> >> 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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> Sumi von Dassow
> President, Beulah Valley Arts Council
*International Academy of Ceramics*
*Mississippi Arts Commission
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