The tricky part is where to begin. So I'll do my best to begin at the beginning.
2016 was a transformational year for me. I would never want to repeat it but I learned and grew a great deal.
In my last newsletter I spoke of the things I'd learned while being a part of the Census staff. That was an experience I'm not likely to forget anytime soon. I'm glad for it, but I'll not do it again.
I'd also spoken of how there were going to be changes coming and to stay tuned. Well, I've asked you to stay tuned long enough.
In the fall of 2016 I met with a woman who has a great deal of experience evaluating businesses and coaching entrepreneurs. She spent some time over my financials and we spoke about the things I was doing and trying to accomplish and then she gave it to me straight and plain. I had to end my publishing endeavours. It was draining our limited financial resources and continuing the path that I was on would be the definition of insanity.
Although I knew this intellectually, to have someone actually say it directly to me broke my heart. I love publishing and I get excited when a new author sends me a story and I want to help them. But the reality is that I don't have the resources to make it feasible for anyone.
So the challenge was to go in a new direction. I was unsure what to do but sometimes God / the Universe/ Creator leads you down unexpected paths. While still attempting to publish the last book, I'd researched and learned how to do some bookbinding and decided to do this on the last book.
As time went on, I had various casual conversations with people I knew in passing. One such conversation started with the individual asking what I was up to, I started talking about bookbinding and he asked if I do coffee table books. I hadn't. I was only skilled in sewing paper together and making customized journals. But my brain and my mouth betrayed me and I said yes.
The end result is that I've now completed binding various books in various different ways. I've recycled, reused, learned from pros and preserved memories all in the name of designing and binding books.
I can honestly tell you that the sense of satisfaction I get when I've made a client happy is enormous. Because of this, I've changed the focus of my little company a bit. It's all explained on the newly revamped website (www.pagesofstories.com). I'll still publish the odd thing every now and then, but it's no longer the basis of my business.
Many of you are authors and have gone the self-published route. I'd really like to help you get your work out there for all the world to see. I would be happy to showcase your literary work on my website at no cost. Just simply send my a picture of your cover, a synopsis of the book, and information on how people can purchase it (as well as your price please) and I'll be happy to share that on the website and our Facebook page.
Like always, I can't guarantee how often this newsletter will come out, only that it won't clutter up your inbox. Going forward I'll likely be sharing some interesting things about bookbinding, book design as well as snippets of publishing information. I hope you'll want to continue to keep in touch. If not, I completely understand and you can always click "Unsubscribe" at the bottom of this newsletter.
Thank you for your patience and I wish you all the best in your day.
Take care and happy reading!
Book Design Exampls
To celebrate the launch of the new direction of Pages Of Stories, there is some free stuff to be had!
In order to enter the contest, go to the website (www.pagesofstories.com) and click on "Contact Us" and then send me a message. You can simply say "Hi" or more! It's just that simple!
What you'll win is this: a special gift basket that includes