Sunday, August 9, 2009

I'M PUBLISHED!




I have just self-published my first book, a coloring book! I printed a few to sell at my booth at the art fair yesterday in San Juan Capistrano's Second Saturday Art Fair. It was so great to be back again after missing the last couple of months.

I got some great feedback on my coloring book, its about 10 pages, here is the cover and one of the pages with my Butterfly Fairy.
I could use some advice on the binding. I took them to Kinko's and had them bind them with the wire binding. It looks great but it is WAY too expensive! So I was wondering if anyone knows of a way that I could bind them myself at a low cost. Thought of just stapling them or using a 3 hole punch somehow. Any suggestions? I would so appreciate them! :)

Also, I will be posting both of these images along with more of my art as digital stamps this week on my Etsy shop. I'm really excited about this, I had no idea they even existed and that there was such a huge market for them. I will let you know when they are posted.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying your creativity today and everyday!
Michelle :)

23 comments:

Ooty said...

Congrats!!!!! =0)

clairedulalune said...

Michelle, I am so happy for you! Congratulations! You could hole punch your colouring books and tie them with ribbon, if you know what I mean! Or google it, they have tons of ways to hand make binding. I used some ideas when binding some artbooks together and couldnt afford the binding either. Good luck with that and well done again!

Emily said...

Awesome Michelle! Congrats! I'm excited that you are putting these out on Etsy. I just love the butterfly fairy! I hope that you will offer us more of your great artwork both digitally and on regular stamps. Sure wish I had your talent:)

Snap said...

I know nothing about binding. I have to tell you that I LOVE coloring books and I'd buy one of yours!

Cat said...

Congratulations!

Amariah said...

Congrats! i love your front page!

Hobby Lobby sells kits to do your own spiral binding (like the binding on notebooks)

Brandi said...

Oh congratulations!! I love the coloring book idea and can't wait to see the digi stamps. Keep us posted.

Big hugs!

Brandi

MyRubySlippersLife said...

Congratulations to you!
Some people are just SO talented!
~Vickie

Fotf said...

Hi Michelle, thats fantastic. I'm afraid i don't know anything about binding but i'm sure there is someone who can/has advised you already x

Daisy said...

:) AMAZING Michelle!!! I know your faires will help you bind those books easily and effortlessly! Let me know when we can purchase some!!!:)

Michelle said...

You guys are the best, you are just going to make me start crying!(but in a good way!)

Thank you so much for your supportive and helpful comments, I appreciate them so much,everyone!

Michelle :)

Jeni C Slack (^0^) said...

Congratulations, 1st book is always so exciting! This is so beautiful :) xox ~Jeni

designsfromwithinbycharlotte said...

Michelle, a huge Congratulations on the publishing of your first coloring book! That is truely awesome! I love your artwork and this is so well deserved!
Hugs,
Charlotte

Bentley Boutique said...

Wow, that is awesome!! Have you thought about buying a binder and doing it yourself? I have a wire binder, and it's very easy to do, and fairly reasonably priced.

Thanks for the follow! I love your work:)

Terri's Cards N' More said...

Congratulations on getting your coloring book published. I love the cover. If you go to http://binditall.com, they have a binding machine and coils for making your own books. Good luck!

Michelle said...

Thank you all so much, I am soaking up all of your congratulations and appreciate your support so much.

Thank you for the wonderful suggestions for binding my coloring book. I will have a finished one soon!

Have a beautiful day!

Michelle :)

Terri's Cards N' More said...

I'm glad I could help you out. Let me know if you sell your coloring book online. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I have met so many nice people through blogging.

Ri said...

CONGRATS!!! Way to go :0)

Ri said...

Michelle, when will the digital images be available??

prashant said...

Congrats! I'm excited that you are putting these out on Etsy. I just love the butterfly fairy!


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Tashai said...

You are branching out to so many new things. Good for you! Your art is perfect for a coloring book!

Crissy Armstrong said...

You do beautiful artwork, Michelle! Keep up the good work!

kanishk said...

I have met so many nice people through blogging.


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