Feb 09, 2011

Behind the Book – The Planning Phase

We’re starting a new series on the blog today called “Behind the Book” where I’ll show my experiences and some behind-the-scenes peeks of making my first book.  There are many decisions that go into making a book like this, especially when it is such a visual book like mine.  If you know me, I’m a cookbook hoarder, tear sheet collector, and I’ve been keeping a journal of my ideas for years.  When I was little, my trapper keeper was more likely to be filled with doodles of me drawing cupcakes than anything else.

Figuring out how to narrow down all of the ideas I have and give you what you all will enjoy most is no easy task.  There are many choices that have to be made {like big picture items with publisher such as hard cover vs. trade paperback} to smaller, but also important details like which tables we’ll shoot, the sensibility of the tables, desserts, crafting choices, and so many others decisions.  Last night, after a long day of meetings with some of the members of my awesome team {see above and below}, I couldn’t fall asleep.  The first part of our shoot is next week {we’ll be shooting through March} and my head was spinning with details.  How could I fall asleep with all of this on my mind?  My husband, who always manages to keep me real, gently reminded me to enjoy the process.   It is so easy to get caught up in the details and not be reflective about the process, but the truth is this is one of the most exciting times of my life, and seeing my vision unfold in a studio next week is something that I should relish.  I’m hoping that writing this “behind the book” series will not only give you a peek {and get you excited for what’s to come}, but will also be a reflective process for me.  Stay tuned!  xoxo

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