The end of an era

edited April 14, 2012: the PDF edition is now available, for more information, click on Buy My Books above!

If you have tried to click on that “Buy my books” link up there on the menu, you will know that an era has come to an end: I am no longer shipping printed copies of Meandering Magic or More Meandering Magic.

When I created the first book back in the summer of 2006, I was hoping to sell maybe a 1000 copies over a year or 2. I sold 1000 copies in 6 weeks. That was a really insane summer.

I switched accounting programs in 2008, and I’ve lost track of how many I sold before the switch. For the two books combined, I think it was in the neighborhood of 4000 at that point. Since then, I’ve sold another 1683. Not too bad for my little idea.

It’s past time to retire the books, though, at least the printed version. A couple of months ago I worked on combining the books into a single version that I could offer as a PDF, but it’s been awhile since I’ve done anything with it. I think it just needs some polishing, but I wanted to make the “official” announcement that my books have been retired. I have enjoyed the opportunities the experience provided me, but between a full-time job, a busy family, and other interests: I’m tired of printing books. And having to print and mail them in a timely manner to people who have paid for them.

I can’t really say the books are “out of print” — because they were never really “in print” — I literally printed them as they were ordered, partly because I never wanted to get stuck with a pile of books I couldn’t sell. I do have an odd assortment of book “parts” — coils and backs — that I don’t really know what to do with…

So, anyway, that’s sort of the end of that story. Thanks to everyone that has supported me over the years in that endeavor. It was fun.

3 comments

  1. Eileen says:

    I still use both of them in my quilting, and I think I bought each one as soon as it came out … great run!!

  2. Cynthia says:

    Your 2 books have been on my “go to” book shelf ever since I took your feather class a couple(?) of years ago. They were very helpful in my learning. I had no idea they were self published. You and the other wonderful quilters on MQResource have always been so inspirational.
    I hope you’ve not lost interest in quilting just because you’re hard at work at your new job. You have so much talent. The school was lucky that you could jump into that position.

  3. Gwen says:

    I saw you on :Quilt It” and thought your meandering method looked very “do-able”! I have been having a hard time finding the books, and I just thought I would let you know that I would be interested in purchasing the books on PDF if you have a chance to put them together. Thanks!

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