Kyra Hicks emailed me this morning. Researching the history of African American quilters is a passion for Kyra, and her discoveries have inspired several the books she’s written, including one about the famous Harriet Powers Bible Quilt. The reason for her email was to tell me that her children’s book, Martha Ann’s Quilt for Queen Victoria, is now available in paperback. The true story of a young girl’s fifty-year quest to meet Queen Victoria is a reminder that if you want a dream to come true, you have to persevere and put in some effort.
Kyra is the author of several books, so she’s no stranger to perseverance and effort. Her name should be familiar to you, because she has an article in the October issue if TQL (“Author! Author!”). If you’ve dreamed of seeing your work in print–and having other people see it, too, and pay for the privilege–this article will give you some confidence and a place to start. Kyra demystifies the world of self-publishing, printing on demand, and selling your book on Amazon.com. How cool is that!
Do keep in mind, though, that if self-publishing is not for you, AQS is always happy to receive book, pattern, and booklet proposals. The infrastructure of publishing–distribution, advertising, marketing–is all-important to the success of any book, and AQS can provide those advantages. See our guidelines at www.americanquilter.com under the “Authors” tab.
…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life