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Growing up I always loved to read and write. My appetite for reading a good book is basically insatiable – once I get started it’s hard to stop. I always imagined what it would be like to write a book and dreamed that one day I’d be able to call myself a published author. About a year ago I started making the necessary steps to turn that dream into a reality, and I’m so excited that in just over a month my book Lettering With Purpose will be in stores and on shelves!
Today I want to share a little bit about what it was like for me to write my book and what you can expect if you decide to purchase it. If you’re one of those people who likes to be among the first to get something new, you can go ahead and pre-order Lettering with Purpose from Amazon in the US and UK! It’s also available online at Barnes & Noble, and several other booksellers in the US, UK, Canada and Australia – the full list of where you can pre-order is available on my publisher’s website.
So how did this all come about? Well, that’s kind of a long story but here’s the condensed version – I decided about a year ago that if I wanted to write a book at this point in my life, my best option was to write a book on handlettering. It’s something I know a lot about and spend a lot of time doing, both in my career and spare time, so I felt like I could fill up the pages of a book with what I know. I started the process of writing a book pitch, which is no joke, and was overcome with self doubt but I persisted. Around that time my amazing friend Dawn introduced me to her editor – a few months later, I was presented with the opportunity to author Lettering with Purpose and felt like I had to pinch myself.
Even as I began writing the book in October, and into November and December, it didn’t feel real. It was a crazy busy time at work and I was spending basically every minute of my free time outside of work pouring myself into the book. I learned that it’s one thing to write a book – it’s another to write AND illustrate one!
Once the new year hit and my final deadline in March was right around the corner, it started to feel more and more real. I wish I could tell you that the entire time I felt so confident and sure that everyone would love this book, but that’s just not the way it went for me. I’ve doubted myself a lot through the process, but I think that doubt has fueled me to try to make this book the absolute best that I could make it.
When you purchase Lettering with Purpose, you’re not just buying a book to learn how to letter – you’re buying a book that will take you on a lettering journey. I focus very heavily on brush pens throughout the book because they’re my tool of choice, but you’ll also learn a bit about pencils, paper, monoline pens, watercolors and chalk. I share with you basics like how to hold a brush pen, strokes to practice, and several practice alphabets. But where the real magic comes is in all the extras!
You’ll learn how to add character and style to your letters with ligatures, how to embellish and use flourishes, then I walk you through how to create 5 different one-of-a-kind handlettered pieces of art that you can make for yourself or give to friends.
My favorite part of the book though is saved for the end, and that’s the section called “Inspiration for the Journey.” I really feel like lettering has been a creative and personal growth journey for me and I wanted that to be reflected in this book. This section of the book gives you actionable steps to take to find inspiration and overcome creative blocks, ways to continually develop your skills, and 100 prompts to inspire your lettering. That’s right, 100 different prompts you can turn to any time you’re asking yourself the question “What should I letter now?” This was probably one of the most fun, but also most challenging, parts of writing the book because let me tell ya, 100 prompts is A LOT of prompts. I really hope they’re helpful and inspirational for you guys though! I’ve been turning to them left and right since I wrote them and I hope you will too once you get the book!
So, speaking of getting the book. Lettering with Purpose officially launches on September 1, but you can pre-order it now! And if you pre-order soon, I promise there’s something special in it for you. I’ll be revealing more about that on Friday, so stay tuned!!