Today I sent out the January edition of my newsletter The Last Stitch Dispatch. It has a little sneak peek from my upcoming book Master The Coverstitch Machine: The complete coverstitch sewing guide, namely four coverstitch experts who share their best coverstitching tips. So if you haven’t already, sign up for my newsletter!
Coverstitch book update
The book will be out in March and hopefully, very soon, I can share more specific details. I’m stoked to hear so many express an interest in the book, and I’ve gotten tons of questions about availability and such. Not everything is 100% settled yet, but here are the answers to some common questions. And again thank you for the fantastic encouragement I’ve gotten from you <3
When will the book be out?
In mid-March. Once I get all the necessary details down, I will announce the exact date. The book is pretty much done apart from the final proof-reading rounds and formatting stuff, so I know I will be able to get it out in March. BTW, if you subscribe to my newsletter you will get the announcement that way!
Where will the book be sold?
The ebook version will be sold on my site. The print book will be sold on all Amazon sites and possibly also through other book vendors. I won’t bore you with all the details, but self-publishing and distributing books worldwide is still incredibly tricky, despite all the technical advances in print-on-demand. But I think I have found a way to make distribution outside Amazon possible, but that is only if the booksellers want to carry my book.
Can I buy the print book directly from you?
No, unfortunately. The books are printed on demand and sent directly from the printing facility to the buyer. I basically have to pay full price to get physical copies myself.
Can I pre-order the book?
I am currently looking into it and might have found a solution. Lots of hoops to navigate before the book will actually be up as a pre-sale on Amazon though, but if I can get it to work I think it could be up in early February. But again, it’s very tricky to get print books as pre-sale when self-publishing on Amazon, even though I’m using their publishing service! As I said there are still lots of room for improvements in this area.
Why not publish through a traditional book publisher?
I have published several (non-sewing) books in the past through a major Swedish publisher. That was great, but it also comes with some big drawbacks. First of all, I want to be able to distribute my content and share it in any way I like, and in this time of so many channels for content sharing, this is incredibly important to me.
Secondly, I enjoy setting my own schedule on when and how to make a book. As I’m working full-time doing other things, I don’t have three consecutive months to set aside just working on a book, which many publishers expect.
Also, let’s be real, I’m no Tilly Walnes of Tilly and The Buttons, i.e. I’m not a sewing household name with a huge following on Instagram. So while my first book Sewing Activewear has done really well for being a self-published book (even making the top-20 on Amazon sewing books best-seller list) I’m not a sew-celebrity. Hence why I have not gotten any offers so far from book publishers.
Plus I think that my focus on teaching sewing techniques rather than doing more sewing books with patterns can be viewed as less commercially viable. Which I 100% disagree with BTW, I think that there is a big gap in the market for modern and thorough sewing books that go beyond teaching beginner techniques, in fact, most of the great “sewing bibles” were published a fairly long time ago. So I think it’s great to have a new crop of sewing book authors teaching more in-depth sewing techniques that have a contemporary feel, and I want to be part of that movement.
So as you can see there are lots of things to navigate when self-publishing print books. But I’m constantly looking into ways to make my books as available as possible. And even though this part of bookmaking is the biggest challenge, it has not put me off making more sewing books. In fact, I already have made an outline for my next sewing book 🙂