There’s a trite metaphor within the creator neighborhood that claims “writing a ebook is like having a child” (…doubtless penned by a person), which is true to a degree and I’m responsible of claiming it many instances. As a result of sure, much like childbirth, you undergo a lot hell and ache by means of the method to solely rapidly neglect it all of the second it’s out. Right this moment, as my ebook The New Design Guidelines comes out, my spirits are excessive, my dopamine is pumping and I really feel very, very comfortable as a result of this “ebook child” is formally on the planet. It’s out of my mind, birthed by means of my fingers, printed right into a strong illustration of years of labor, and into the fingers of all of you who pre-ordered it (thanks!). However right here’s how this metaphor is totally different…what if it comes out and the world doesn’t like my ebook child? It doesn’t matter if the world thinks your human child is ugly and annoying as a result of you’ve these hormone glasses that may persuade you that your human child appears like Giselle and acts like Meryl Streep, and NO ONE would dare let you know in any other case. However with a ebook child…folks will certainly let you know in any other case. It’s the web in 2022 and y’all it’s not the identical world it was 6 1/2 years in the past after I printed my first ebook child, which makes me way more nervous than earlier than. Satirically and coincidentally, my first ebook, Styled, got here out the week that I birthed my final human child, Elliot. They have been two days aside, so I truthfully didn’t even take into consideration the success of the ebook an excessive amount of. I had simply birthed a child! I used to be feeding her milk straight from my nipples into her candy mushy tummy. Her pink fingers grew from nothing and have become totally shaped in my very personal abdomen. That was the miracle. The gross sales of the ebook weren’t actually a thought till my writer emailed frantically to inform me, 3 weeks put up publishing, that it was a New York Occasions Bestseller – one thing that was very arduous to attain in 2015 and 10 instances more durable now in 2022.
However right here’s absolutely the fact, whatever the ebook’s success – I love this ebook. I’m so proud of this ebook. I discover this ebook extremely helpful and galvanizing – much more than Styled. I regularly pour over the photographs and data, seeing new issues every time. It isn’t a conceit espresso desk ebook that you just flip by means of as soon as and depart on the desk to impress your folks (which is a confirmed advantage of proudly owning this ebook:)). It’s a ebook that you’ll earmark and spotlight and take notes in (I’ve) and preserve in your automotive. It’s not good and the writing is barely from my perspective so there may be some issues that folks disagree with and I’m prepared/not prepared for that. However the 28 totally different creatives’ properties that we shot in are examples of design brilliance, management, training, rule-breaking, and risk-taking.
For those who’ve learn this far and nonetheless haven’t purchased it then you definitely, my holdouts, most likely need to know what’s so nice about this ebook? Why purchase this ebook over different books? So immediately, on its birthday, I needed to indicate you extra of what’s inside my ebook child.
The primary half is all about “Studying The Language” the place I distill down extra of the advanced renovation lingo so you’ve knowledgeable vocabulary and know your choices (and might talk nicely together with your contractor). I used to be so sick of feeling dumb and googling vocabulary. You don’t must know every part however this part will allow you to really feel a lot extra empowered. That is additionally the place the foundations come into place – and I LOVE a rule, principally so I can work out how one can break it in a manner that subverts the entire system. Do it from the within, amiright?
The second half of the ebook is about “Placing It Into Apply”. For those who learn the phrases and research the photographs you’ll see creativity at work in a manner that may assist bridge your individual to the subsequent stage. Not less than that’s been my expertise.
What Would I Change About This Ebook?
Seems you’ll be able to’t match 900 pages of phrases and 1000 photographs right into a 330-page approachable design ebook. I completely overwrote and overshot this ebook and the enhancing course of to get it down was not simple, enjoyable, or cute. I want that a number of the stunning photographs have been larger, however as a way to give the knowledge that was wanted, they needed to be smaller to permit for the copy. And that’s okay. I suppose if I may return in time I might pitch a design encyclopedia – a sequence that allowed for equal textual content and images. The publishing world didn’t know what to do with Emily Henderson – a lover of visuals and phrases equally. Which I believe tracks as a stylist design blogger. Fortunately for all of us, I’ve a each day weblog (hello!) the place we will publish what didn’t make it in – which tends to be the extra reno-heavy esoteric stuff (like ‘Drywall 101’ and ‘Straightforward Plumbing Errors to Keep away from’). Additionally, you will get to see all the additional photographs! So y’all who come right here each day will get some new eye sweet.
For those who guys haven’t taken a second to have a look at the ebook web page I’d love to ask you over there to see all of the creatives’ properties that we featured – and be happy to comply with all of them, they’re fantastic. And there you’ll additionally see the extremely proficient crew who devoted time to this ebook – particularly Sara Ligorria-Tramp, Velinda Hellen, Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, and my editor Angelin Borics (amongst others).
So I believed I’d present you a few of my favourite spreads that characterize what you’ll discover within the ebook:
For those who like several of those pages snag the ebook (there’s a excessive chance that the primary printing will promote out). If you realize anybody who’s going by means of a transform or excited about updating their house, I personally assume this is able to make a terrific reward 🙂
Thanks all who purchased this ebook in the course of the pre-sale, it means a lot to me. When you obtain it within the mail and in the event you prefer it (crossing fingers you do) be happy to assessment it on Amazon or unfold the phrase. For those who put it in your social media in any respect use the #showemyourstyled (which was launched with Styled and has an enormous following) and tag me so we will reshare. I’d be SO GRATEFUL and can completely comply with you again!
In order that’s it. I’m signing off. I want to organize for Good Morning America within the morning. I’ll be on within the 8 am hour if you’re up and need to see me speak kitchen transform 🙂 I’m extraordinarily nervous and excited.
As soon as once more, you’ll be able to order your ebook right here or examine your native bookstore this week!
Opener Picture Credit score: Picture by Sara Ligorria-Tramp