The Book Deal


The headline pretty much says it all, right?


Yes, there is a book deal. And no, it’s not for my YA fantasy fiction novel that I wrote seven years ago …


I wish.


It involves crafts using a particular glass vessel that some use for canning and preserving food.


Now, I’ve known about this deal for months. I haven’t shared because, well, I didn’t want to sound braggy. And also because it still feels surreal. I haven’t even cashed the advance check …


It’s just sitting there taunting me. Mocking me. Reminding me that my publisher might change their mind. Or that I’ll turn in my first draft and they’ll tell me it’s trash and unusable and there is no salvaging the train wreck of a book I submitted and demand I return that advance check ASAP …


and tell me to rip up that contract I signed.


So yes, I am worried about this whole book thing.


And the only reason I’m sharing now is out of necessity. A deadline is looming. Large.


July 1.


That’s not very far away. And I still have a lot of work to do. Tutorials to photograph. And write. And edit.


And then there’s what I’m calling the “beauty shots” …


those pretty staged photos to introduce the projects.


And the cover photo.


Yes, I’m shaking in my books. Doubting and questioning my photography skills along the way …


and scrapping failed project ideas left and right …




The point of all this is that I’ll be blogging light over the next few weeks. All work on the house has come to a screeching halt. And all I can think of and craft with are those glass vessels that some use to can and preserve food …


Linda Signature Gold

P.S. If you’re wondering why this post is accompanied by a basket of hydrangeas, I have no good explanation other than the fact that I need a photo to accompany all my posts. And hydrangeas make me happy …



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    • says

      Thanks for your excitement, my friend! I might need a whole extra crew at the end of the month! I see a few late nights in my future … 😉

  1. says

    Never doubt yourself, you are amazing, beautiful and talented! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see your beautiful projects in print!

  2. Shannon M says

    Wow!!! What an accomplishment!!!! I can’t wait to buy your book!!! Don’t be worried…. It will be amazing!! Just think back to what inspired you to start painting your mason jars.. Take a deep breath and create!!!
    Happy Day!!!

  3. Vikki says

    Relax, take a deep breath, you will do a GREAT job! I love your blog and I will be looking forward to seeing your book. Best of luck.
    PS: I love the Hydrangeas in the basket too.

  4. says

    YOU CAN do this!!! I’ll buy the book when it hits the stands and I’m sure everyone of your followers will too. Congratulations and get crackin’…

  5. says

    Oh my gosh. I can hardly breathe I am so excited for you. This could not have happened to a more deserving person and I am so happy for you. Sort of proud too. I can say I knew you when. lol. Get to work. Once you get started it will all come easily. I’m sure of it. Holler if you need any help.

  6. says

    Oh. And I want a signed copy and another one to give away on my blog. So make sure and let us know how to buy this when it comes out.

  7. says

    Just saw this on Facebook and had to stop by and wish you the happiest of congratulations. You totally deserve the success and they are lucky to have you write for them. I’ll be standing in line to buy a copy.

    Happy day friend,

  8. says

    Ahhh! Linda, I am so excited for you!! This is wonderful news. :) (And I can say that I knew you when it all started… with paint… and a particular glass vessel that some use for canning and preserving food…)

  9. says

    Congratulations, Linda! I’m so, so happy for you and it’s so well deserved! Can’t wait to get a copy for myself. Any chance I could get the author to sign it???

    • says

      You are too sweet! And absolutely you can have a signed copy! I now need to work on my penmanship — it’s gotten a bit sloppy these days! :) Linda

  10. costello50 says

    Awesome and exciting! Thank you for sharing. Hope you have cashed that advance check by now, I’m sure you’ve worked your butt off to earn it just getting to that deadline:)


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