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Something About Me and My Book:
My eighth book, Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts, is a road map for quilters to get better color in their quilts. I live in the foothills of the Appalachians in North Georgia with my husband and two sons. I'm passionate about color, and my specialty is taking complicated topics and making them simple. My previous seven books were software application titles, and how I'm writing about my passion: color and quilting

Great Example of Book Trailer on YouTube

Here's a simple trailer for an upcoming how-to title on small weekly art quilts by Jeanne Williamson. It's simply a series of still photos of Jeanne's process: how several elements come together to make an art quilt.

The trailer is super simple, gives a glimpse into her upcoming book, and gives the website for the book. Incidentally, this book is coming from big-time publisher Potter Craft, a division of Clarkson-Potter, and Jeanne obviously did this video herself.

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19 Ways to Use Your Email Signature to Sell More Books

Hi Guys -

Wanted to share a great new resource for marketing your books for free: your email signature. I offer 19 different ways

I've used my own email signature to sell more books, and I've kept my

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Posted on September 17, 2010 at 8:55pm

My Eighth Book: Color Mastery

My eighth title is coming out next month: Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts. I had so much fun writing this book. Writing a quilting book is far more than a writing: I designed and made the quilts, developed the instructions, hired the photographer, book designer, two editors, illustrator, and pattern testers. It was a labor of love and I consider it my third child!

Here's the cover:

and the… Continue

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 1:00pm

Great Article on Publishers' Reduced Marketing Efforts

Beneath the Cover has a great blog posting on publishers raising the bar for almost impossibly high author platforms , so books sell on their own with almost no marketing effort from the publisher. Patrice's book, The Web-Savvy Writer, really outlines great strategies for author platforms, marketing, and… Continue

Posted on August 10, 2007 at 9:06am

Self-Publishing a Graphics-Intensive Book

Has anyone self-published a book with lots of graphics and photos? I self-published one of my books, but it had only a few graphics, and it was years ago before POD. The challenge I'm wondering about is the size of the files and getting them to the printer. My book would be about 100 pages, and it would have at least one or two graphics or photos on each page, and it would be in color. It seems extremely expensive. Any experience with this?

Posted on July 28, 2007 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments

Editor Who Requested My Proposal Didn't Remember Who I Was

The publishing industry amazes me that they're able to turn a profit, even as long as I've been involved with it. I called a publisher today to find out the status of a proposal that they had requested. The Executive Editor didn't know who I was, didn't recognize my book proposal, and didn't know where it was. She then asked me, "Are you in a hurry to get it back?" Well, yes, another publisher is interested and I need it.

And this is a recognized industry leader in the quilt book… Continue

Posted on July 24, 2007 at 6:42pm — 2 Comments

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At 12:45pm on August 3, 2011, Author Aleja Bennett said…
At 4:27pm on March 13, 2009, Bert Martinez said…
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At 2:51pm on October 21, 2008, Faye said…
Hi Maria,
I'm a freelance writer, editor and book-writing coach. Congrats on publishing 7 books! I have several I'm working on of my own, and several I'm editing for other folks. You're an inspiration!

I made two quilts, one for each of my children, when they were babies. They still enjoy them today, more than 20 years later!

I look forward to getting to know you.

At 8:09pm on March 20, 2008, Linton Robinson said…
Hi Maria,
I notice your interest in Asian self-publishing and would like to invite you to my fledgling new group on Self Publishing.
At 1:22pm on July 27, 2007, Steve Weber said…
Hi Maria,

I hear from lots of people who have read half of the book online, then buy it. It's hard to know whether it helps sales. You're right, it is a gamble.

At 3:22am on July 24, 2007, Miriam Jacobs said…
Publishing seven books is impressive!! I'd love to find out more...
At 3:18am on July 24, 2007, Julie Eller said…
Hi, Maria. We have a friend in common and I decided to introduce myself. I have several family members who enjoy quilting and whom I believe would enjoy your book. Walk in faith--we know that it's all about timing--the Lord's timing!

Many blessings!
At 8:27pm on July 23, 2007, david b mclaughlin said…
Please help me name my book (if you have not already)!

Vote here:

Thanks in advance,
David B. McLaughlin
At 7:36pm on July 23, 2007, Kathryne Kennedy said…
Oh, Maria, that's why I went ecstatic when I saw the cover! So, I'm hoping it has a good draw. Thanks so much for your comment.:}

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