What its like to write a cross stitch book

I’ve now been published twice under my own name, and had patterns/writing in 4 others. I just released a Star Wars cross stitch book, and I even have another project in the works with the same publisher. Many of my contemporaries are doing the same, but still whenever someone picks up my book I get the same question; What’s it like to write a book?
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Now, I’m going to be a bit more specific here, and assume they mean a craft book, as writing a fiction and non-fiction books are very different. I would know, I have one of those too. But its true, non fiction and fiction are MASSIVELY different.
So lets get down to it. Positives first, or negative? Time to flip a coin.
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The Possible Negatives

Well, negative first. The good news is that whilst there are negatives, they aren’t that bad. In fact, I get a kick out of the extra pressure, but I know a lot of people, including Genevieve Brading (Floss & Mischief) who had some seriously tight deadlines.
Which is the first thing;

Time

In the best scenario you might have 3 months. Whilst this seems like loads, there is one issue; you also have to stitch 12-20 projects in that time. Not easy. With some projects you might be able to kick them out in a weekend, but others can be massive (Star Trek LCARS comes to mind…)

Last Minute Changes

So you work for three months solid, and then all goes quiet on the Western Front, leaving you to sit and wait for up to a year. And then the license holder suddenly changes their mind about EVERYTHING. A super busy period exists where you just don’t know how you can get it done at all, but somehow you do..

The Positives

All The Help

And this is how you get it done. The secret of every craft book writer. Massive amounts of help. I’ve relied on a few people, but massive kudos goes out to BlackMageHeart who has been a serious help with all the books. And frankly without her; it would have been impossible. Thanks!

You Get Paid

Well… Yeh. You get paid. Now its not a massive amount of money, but considering its the cherry on the cake, its always a plus 😀

Kudos

And this is why you do it. Sure, its not going to be the next Harry Potter, but you’ll be the author you always wanted to be.
Unless its a flop.
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Would I give it up?

Hells no. I LOVE to work to a dead line, and frankly having a project where I think about kawaii characters instead of video game characters allows my mind to bring in some different perspectives and makes me a better pattern maker.

Star Wars Cross Stitch Book

Once again, I have awesome news to tell you all! I’ve got another kit book out!

Star Wars Cross Stitch Alternative Cover

This time on Star Wars, which is sold in US, AU, UK and EU territories. Its full of cross stitch patterns from A New Hope all the way to Rogue One.

Star Wars Cross Stitch inside by rhys turton lord libidan

Star Wars Cross Stitch Cover by rhys turton lord libidanThere will be a killer review on Mr X Stitch soon, however if you’re itching for a stitching, get it on Amazon now!

I’ll be posting some of the completed peices over the next week, so keep your eyes out for them!

I’m Published! Again!

Following on from my Star Trek craft book, I was also given an option to do a Disney book!
Grab yourself a copy here for $16!
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Stitch your favorite Disney characters in 12 magical patterns!Disney Classic Cross Stitch lets you add a touch of Disney magic to everyday items! From a sweet Winnie the Pooh bib to a Steamboat Willie throw pillow to a lovely framed stitching of Cinderella’s Coach, these projects feature beloved classic Disney characters. Inside you’ll find an instruction book with easy to follow step-by-patterns, plus materials to make two projects—a Pluto bookmark and a Snow White wall hanging. Includes: Cross stitch fabric 11 skeins of embroidery floss 2 embroidery needles Paperback book Includes everything needed to make 2 projects!

Disney Mickey Sampler Cross Stitch

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Title: Disney Mickey Sampler
Date Completed: January 2014
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: White
Colours: 12
Pop Culture: Disney

Another book! I was contacted by my good friend Johloh and he asked me to help out with a new book project he had. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance, and made this pattern.

This was made for a Disney Classic Cross Stitch Kit, which you can buy here:

I’m Published!

The last two Star Trek inspired stitches were from my contributions to the Star Trek Cross Stitch book as part of the merchandice from the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness film!
Not only that but I’ve got loads of patterns in it too!
Grab yourself a copy here for $13!
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Live Long and Cross-Stitch!

Ever wondered what Spock would look like on a baby’s onesie? Well, now you can see, in this fun collection of thirty cross-stitch projects made with love by Star Trek fans. If you’re looking for ideas for putting your favorite character on a tote bag or pillow—or perhaps hanging a lovely framed “Qo’noS Sweet Qo’noS” in the entryway to let everyone know that a Klingon-speaker lives here—then look no farther. Whether you’re a lifelong Trekkie or just a Starfleet cadet, you can show your Star Trek pride by decorating your home, your clothes, and your children with cross-stitched Star Trek quotes and iconic images.