Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Get the Scoop on Writing a Quilt Book

In just a few days, the 27th annual AQS Quilt Show and Contest will open in Paducah! If you have contemplated or even just dreamed about writing a book on quilting, then Andi Reynolds, executive book editor for AQS, is just the person for you to see during the show.

There are several opportunities to learn what is involved in authoring a book and getting it published.
  • Potential book authors can also attend the lecture, Get into Print!, on Wednesday, April 27 from 10  to 11 am in the Eisenhower Room on the first floor of the convention center. Tickets for Lecture # 2802 will be available at the Workshop Desk; this is a free event.
  • Later that afternoon, also in the Eisenhower Room, Andi will moderate the Author's Roundtable from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Come hear what five AQS authors have to say about what it’s like to publish with AQS. This is your time to ask all the nitty-gritty questions you can think of about what it is like to write a quilt book. Invited authors are Dilys Fronks (Dual Image Appliqué); Linda J. Hahn (New York Beauty Simplified); Sally Terry (Pathways from Quilt Top to Quilted); and Linda K. Johnson and Jane K. Wells, aka The Crafty Ol' Broads (Cuddly Snuggly Quilts). Tickets for Special Event # 2202 will be available at the Workshop Desk—and it’s free, too!
  • If you have given some thought to writing a quilt book, you can bring just an idea or a full-blown proposal or anything in between. Andi's office will be on the second floor of the Julian Carroll Convention Center, to the left as you come up the stairs or off the elevator. There will be a sign indicating where to find her. The field editors for American Quilter magazine will have space there, too.
(Advance registration for the Paducah show is now closed. Pick up your tickets for these events at the Workshop Desk in the Paducah Expo Center - opens at 12 noon on Tuesday and 8 a.m. on show days.

If you'd like to talk about a book or magazine idea, you can prepare in advance by reviewing the AQS book proposal guidelines. Click here to view or print the guidelines.

Both of these events should help explain the process of becoming an AQS author, but you don't need to attend them to talk with Andi. Walk-ins are welcome, or you may make an appointment by emailing her at no later than Wednesday, April 20.

See you soon in Paducah!

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