Unlike my Feast Everyday book, which arrived in just a week start to finish, this book took two weeks. After researching why, I discovered that it was printed in Washington state, not in Rochester, NY, as was Feast Everyday. As a result, it took an extra week to travel across the country.
Cottage Quiet 7 x 7" hard cover versus In Their Studios 9 1/4 x 9 1/4" soft cover with film
My first reaction was, "Look how small it is! Yikes!" 7" x 7" is a baby size compared to my 9 1/4 x 9 1/4" In Their Studios book. But it is a cute book. Almost precious. More coffee table, than art book perhaps. Glad I made it a hard cover version. I like the graphic layout I created. And the colors I chose. The images look okay. I wish the printing was a tad better. There are many more printing dots showing than I expected. But, I think my images are strong enough, even with less-than-ideal printing. I feel like I got my story across. The only thing that I really might want to change is my intro on the front cover panel. I used the word "place" too many times. Self-editing is hard. Luckily, I didn't find any typos.
Next, I am going to donate this copy of the book along with an 11 x 14" companion print of "Calm" to the Red Cross auction fundraiser, which takes place next Friday night, and see what reactions I get.
In the meantime, I can't wait until Tom gets home from the basketball tournament to show him, and to show Lin on Monday when we paint. I will get their input, too. Then, I'll decide if I want to do a redesign, i.e., make it larger and/or soft cover.
7 x 7" versus 8 x 10" Blurb books