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Monday, October 10, 2011

Disappointing News from Fox Chapel Publishers

I received a formal turn-down this morning from Fox Chapel, the publishers of my bowl and box books, and Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine. Of course I am disappointed, but they are the ones to decide whether it's financially feasible for them, and they felt there was not sufficient interest to proceed.

I had almost all the projects prepared, and am now going to have to give some thought to where to go from here--whether to try marketing the items themselves, seek a different publisher, self-publish an ebook, or sell the patterns individually. Any ideas you might have are very welcome.

Here are the menorahs I proposed for the book. Thought you might like to see what might have been.


  1. sad to hear that! hope you will contrive something for us to see your new masterpieces after all:)

  2. Thanks. I will definitely do something. I'm getting some suggestions from folks on the scroll saw forum, and hope that I get some from comments on this blog.

    Also, since some of the projects can easily be made more generic, I may be able to use the ideas in a way that is of interest to a larger audience. Sort of like a generic theme with specific variations. Just might take a little time to sort through the possibilities, but I promise that I won't leave people stranded. :)

  3. Carole, you might check on self publishing your book on createspace, an Amazon subsidiary. They have a very good business model, lots of tools and choices of ways to go including editorial help and you may even find it more financially rewarding.

  4. Hi Carole,
    The Box book was turned down???
    That is really sad to hear. Was looking forward to it.

    Like Trajan suggested, definitely investigate self-publishing.

    Good luck. Please feel free to let me know if I can help in any way.


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