Don’t let your in­ner English teacher stop you from fol­low­ing your pas­sions. As Angie Wil­son finds, if your heart’s in it you can make it hap­pen…

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Angie Wil­son has writ­ten a book! She talks pub­lish­ing process and fol­low­ing your dreams no mat­ter what

When I was in high school, I de­clared to my English teacher that I would write a book. I was brazen and cocky and thought I knew it all. My teacher shot down my dec­la­ra­tion, and when I left school and went out into the real world, I put all book-writ­ing am­bi­tions on the back­burner.

I didn’t re­ally think about that dec­la­ra­tion again un­til I found my pas­sion in life – the de­sire to write sud­denly came flood­ing back. I’d fallen in love with fussy-cut­ting and I couldn’t un­der­stand why more peo­ple weren’t us­ing this tech­nique to have fun and to spice up their work. I wanted to share it and in­spire peo­ple to give it a go, and that’s when it be­came ob­vi­ous – I needed to write a book about fussy-cut­ting.

Con­fi­dent that this was my call­ing, I pitched my idea to a pub­lish­ing com­pany, but they replied to say that they al­ready had a book about this topic in their cat­a­logue. I was a lit­tle bit crushed, but I de­cided to keep go­ing – if you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m noth­ing if not de­ter­mined! I car­ried on pitch­ing and was over­joyed when I did find a pub­lisher that got my vi­sion. I signed with Stash Books – then the real hard work started.

Over the course of the next 18 months I did the hard­est thing I have ever done – I wrote a craft book. Now, I’m spec­i­fy­ing that it’s a craft book be­cause (and here’s where I’ll alien­ate all my fic­tion writ­ing friends) not only did I have to write some 30,000 words, but I also had to de­sign and make 14 dif­fer­ent projects to demon­strate why I love fussy-cut­ting so much. And not only did I have to de­sign and make them, but I had to do the math for them all. Oh, the pain! Thank good­ness I hit the jack­pot with a great Tech­ni­cal Editor, but I still needed to come up with math for them to edit.

I’d be ly­ing if I said the process was smooth sailing. It sucked. Big time. I raged against the process, my sewjo left me, my day job was killing my will to live and my fam­ily were be­ing ig­nored while I squir­relled my­self away to write and make. It was, hands down, the hard­est thing I have ever done in my pro­fes­sional ca­reer (and I’ve done a diploma in IT Pro­gram Man­age­ment). But now, with the book mak­ing its way into the world, all that pain is for­got­ten (mostly) and is be­ing re­placed with this weird, slow-creep­ing sense of ac­com­plish­ment and pride. I did it – I wrote a book.

Long story short, I’m do­nat­ing a signed copy of that book to my high school li­brary and I’m here to tell you this – if you want to do some­thing, do it! If you’ve got a burn­ing de­sire to do some­thing, whether that’s in the quilt in­dus­try or an­other as­pect of your life, then just get out there and make it hap­pen. It’s so easy to let your in­ner English teacher (or your real one) hold you back, or to be put off by chal­lenges along the way that seem im­pos­si­ble to over­come. But the world needs you and your spe­cial tal­ents to thrive and grow. Who knows, maybe you’ll write a book too!

We may not all have a book in us, but we do all have spe­cial tal­ents that need the space to thrive

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