Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Retired Tutorials

I have given this a lot of thought. I have retired my tutorials and my book.

I thank everyone who has shown an interest in my work. I thank everyone who has bought a tutorial. I thank everyone for the overwhelmingly good feedback that I have gotten. I thank everyone for the continued support you have given me. Big hugs to everyone!!!

I began writing tutes at JL because there was so much interest in my work. Lord knows, I didn't do it for the money, but for the love of what I do. I realized that my style was a bit different. But, to me, it is just what I do. I tried to translate what I do into tutes. I never really felt like I was able to present the work well enough, though.

A funny thing about being a working artist:  You never stop evolving. Some of my older tutes now feel dated to me. As my own work and technique improves and/or changes, I feel that this-or-that could be done differently or better. Having something written down feels very permanent. Just like all of you, I am a work in progress. I don't like the feeling of being held to something that I may no longer think represents my work well.  So, unless I revamp/edit all of my tutes, I just don't want to keep offering them. Perhaps, in the future, that is what I'll do. But, not before my mind is very clear about the direction I would take.

I have gotten so many questions and have had so many conversations with you all, that I believed that doing a book that tried to encompass the whole of my approach would be most helpful. That- according to what I was hearing. So, initially, I wrote it for the readers of my blog who, having read or followed the blog, understand me and my style to some extent. It was never meant to be a flat out project tutorial, rather, it was supposed to be... well... what it is, or what I feel it is, a whole look at what I do. It was meant to inspire and encourage as well as to enlighten. I had hoped that some of the finer points would be helpful, as well. I do believe that I hit upon what it was that I was after. I am very proud of it and I think I did a fair job of it.

I offered the book on Etsy and it did well, with only one person complaining and many positive emails. As my husband would say, "It sounds like there is a 'but' in there" and there is. I had the book in mind for my blog readers. I think a lot of the book is lost on people who don't know me, my blog or my work. It seems unfair (for buyers) and little uncomfortable (for me) to drop people into my personal blog mode. Perhaps, I will put it back on my blog soon. I need to think about it. It will not be on Etsy because of the general audience, so to speak. Besides, Etsy doesn't have automatic downloads, which became quite time consuming and aggravating. (There's that time management thing again.)

Perhaps, in the future, I will offer the book again and maybe write fresh tutes and/or edit the old ones.

If you have made it through my ramble, thank you for taking the time. If this sounded a little self indulgent, it was. I, personally, needed to offer an explanation. :)



12 comments:

  1. Tela, if you want to offer your book on your blog, there's a service called eJunkie that will let people download it automatically. Cyndi lavin of Beading Arts uses this service, and so does Gala Darling, whose book Love And Sequins has done very well.

    Just a thought! As much as I'll miss including your book in my self-published book fair in March, I respect your decision and know you're doing what's right for you.

    *Hugs.*

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    1. Thank you for the heads up, Sarah :) I had been using ecwid and I was happy with that for the blog. It's etsy that needs to get with the times. It really can't be a hard thing for them to do.

      I look forward to your book fair!!!! You have the best blog hands down- I really, really enjoy it. :)

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  2. Tela Dear, I feel you have put a great deal of thought into your decision. Only you know what is best for you and you need to follow that path. Personally, I have learned so much from you and your book is a great reference. Your work continues to inspire and amaze me and so many.

    I too respect your decision.

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    1. Thank you Christine. :) After the post, and comments and emails I'm getting, I may be reconsidering selling it just on the blog. It is easier to deliver on the blog, too.

      You helped me so much with the book that I feel like I am letting you down. I'm glad to know you respect my thoughts for doing it.

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  3. Tela, I ditto every word that Christine said. I'm thrilled and feel very lucky to have your tutorials and book! I know that I will be continuing to refer back to them in the future.

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    1. Thank you Kate, I'm glad you liked it. I'm even more glad that you continue to find it useful. :)

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  4. Tela, I respect your choice to retire your book and tutorials. I'm glad a have a couple of them. I only wish I had bought your book. I wanted it very much but my personal circumstances didn't allow me to do so. If you do offer it in the future I will purchase it then. As long as you keep sharing on your blog we will all continue to be inspired by you. Love your Etsy store too.

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    1. Thank you, Gina :) Thanks for mentioning my shop, too. It is surprising how much work actually goes into selling online. And, it's just little ole me doing all the work. LOL!

      I remember you were having some problems and despite your own situation, you stepped right up to be one of the first to help someone else out... I sent you an email. :)

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  5. Tela, you have inspired so many with your art, tutorials and book and done so unselfishly. Your giving nature is exceptional. Through this ability that you have to inspire others, you have been the catalyst to assist others to new levels of their art. I have experienced this through you and have feel an enormous amount of satisfaction and hope. Like the others, I also respect your decisions to follow your heart on this. I surely appreciate your honesty and willingness to share your thoughts about this with your friends on your blog.

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    1. Susan, you have such a way with words. :) I really appreciate what you have written. To know I have inspired anyone is a great feeling. I certainly don't want to stop. I'll have to find other ways to do it. :)

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  6. I relate to your feelings on this matter very much. I am always growing and my old tutorials feel dated as well. That's why I offered some of them for free, I use them to draw traffic to my site and I don't bear any guilt because the price is nothing! I like the idea of making your book available only to those who might follow your work and therefore can only be found on your blog or your personal store! And, I admire you for not wanting to just make a dollar off of them.

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    1. Thanks Mary, I never listed the tutes on etsy, just the book and I kept the tute prices low. I am thinking more and more of doing something along the lines of what you said. Actually, I have a few ideas that I am looking at.

      It was so nice of you to drop in and comment. I always enjoy hearing from you and now I'll be enjoying your new website, as well. www.wiredelements.com Good luck to you on your new path. :)

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