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Deepika  Friend of PR
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Date: 2/21/10 8:44 PM

Before I go any further, a little recap, since it's been so long. In May of last year, I shared this wonderful news with you.


Are you ready for some GREAT news? There is a going to be a PatternReview BOOK! Yes, that's right guys. We are going to be in PRINT! Our very own PatternReview book.

Here's some background. Last year I was contacted by a publisher with an idea to write a book. After months of pondering and then hours of brainstorming, we came up with what we think is going to be a "ROCKING" book. How many of us read pattern directions in bed? Well after this book is published we'll be able to read PR in bed too!

About the Book
The book, tentatively titled "Best of Favorite Shortcuts and Tips from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers" will be a collection of some of the best hands-on insider sewing tips from The book will be organized into chapters that reflect the different stages of the sewing experience from planning and organizing to sewing on the final button and bead.

Master Teachers
It will also include five special how-to features by's master teachers and pattern designers, who regularly conduct online chats and workshops -- Kenneth King, Susan Khalje, Sarah Veblen, Shannon Gifford, and Anna Mazur. I am honored to have tips from our members and articles from these teachers be a part of this book.

I must also mention that this will be a not-for-profit project for me and I intend to donate any royalties - a very small percentage of the wholesale price of books sold AFTER 7,500 copies are sold - to a charity (to be picked later). The entire signing bonus I receive from the publisher will be distributed to the members whose tips will be published in this book. This project is a significant undertaking and it will take months of effort to pull the book together however this will be worth it and TOTALLY AWESOME!

The editor and I have gone through all the tips submitted to and have selected the ones which fit with the vision of the book. In reading the tips I was just amazed by the talent here on PR and I cannot wait to see your names in PRINT. That is, only IF YOU WANT! We have selected quite a few tips and at this point all the selected contributors have been e-mailed. So please take a minute and check your e-mail and your private messages here on PR. Also check your spam/bulk mail folder just to make sure that it didn't get stuck there. The deadline for responding is May 18th so if you were notified and you want your tip(s) in the book, please do respond by May 18th.

I must re-iterate that without your approval we will not publish your tips in the book.

The more I think about it, the more it's clear. This is a GOOD thing and YOU can help make it HAPPEN! Lets celebrate this milestone together!

A TOAST.... TO ALL PatternReview Members. To the generosity and kindness of sewing members all around the world and Lastly to the friendships and bonds we have all formed right here on PatternReview!

A lot has happened behind the scenes since then. But here's the good news - The book is ready! Well, almost. Last Friday I received the first draft of the book reading which made it all VERY REAL!

There are 1,000 tips contributed by over 400 members - YOU in this book. Not to mention the FIVE fabulous Master Teacher segments. I am getting ready for my trip to Puyallup, but I quickly snapped a few shots to show you what it looks like. Isnt it pretty?

I've decided to donate the royalties from this book to National Breast Cancer Foundation

If you are meeting me in Puyallup, you can see it in person! We are meeting at SewBaby booth #301 at 5PM on Thursday and at booth #500 on Friday at 5PM.

So Congratulations you all. This is happening. All further updates will be posted on this topic so stay tuned. This is just the beginning!

Update April 10th, 2010

At this point all the contributors in the book have been informed that their tip has been chosen to be published in the book.

This book is a not-for-profit project for me as an individual and I do not speak for the publisher or anyone else on this.

Further clarification
I will distribute 100% of my author's fee - $5000 as an honorarium between all the contributors for the 1,000 tips which are being published in this book. So depending on how many of each contributor's tips are published in the book, they can expect to recieve $5/tip.

As of April 10th, 2010 I have received $1,000 from the publisher and I hope to receive the rest in the next two months.

In addition to the $5,000 mentioned above I will get a royalty for the book from them which kicks in after a certain number of copies are sold. Besides these funds I have not received any other kind of compensation from the publisher or anyone else for this project.

When the royalty checks come in, they will go in their entirety to National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Update April 26th

The book has gone to the printers. The final proof will be sent to me in two weeks.

Many of you have expressed an interest in pre-ordering the book. If you wish to place an order for the book now, you can do so at at the reduced price:

Update May 11th
I know I promised in my last update email to the contributors that I'll be contacting you in a couple weeks but because of some unforseen events last month things got a little out of hand and I've not been abl to send that email. Additionally some of you have requested that you'd like to donate your share of the honorarium to NBCF as well. When I send the next email update, I will include option for you to

a) receive your honorarium via paypal (easiest for me)
b) receive your honorarium via a bank check
c) donate your share to NBCF. In this case after a certain date when I've received all the responses, a check will be written to NBCF with the total amount.
d) receive your honorarium via a PR coupon which you'll be able to use for all your purchases.

Thanks for your cooperation.

update June 2nd, 2010

E-mails have been sent to all book contributors with your share of the honorarium. Please respond to that email to let me know how you'd like to receive your share. If you are a contributor and have not received the e-mail, please check your junk mail filter. If it's still not there, please send me an e-mail at [email protected]

-- Edited on 6/2/10 9:48 AM --

- Deepika

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Date: 2/21/10 8:54 PM

Looks fabulous, I definitely want a copy. As a breast cancer survivor I am elated to hear of the profit donations to NBCF. Kudos to you Deepika.

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Date: 2/21/10 9:01 PM

I can't wait to put my hands on this book. It looks very well presented, and I can only imagine how helpful it is going to be. What a great idea!

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Date: 2/21/10 9:02 PM

Very impressive! I think we all truly appreciate the incredible amount of work this has been for you, and the wonderful charitable gesture this donation will be.
papago  Friend of PR
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Date: 2/21/10 9:12 PM

This is SO beautiful!! I can't wait to get one. Thanks Deepika and everyone who contributed. Laura

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Date: 2/21/10 9:16 PM

I want to buy a book NOW please!! What a perfectly wonderful thing you've done! Candie

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Vonnevo  Friend of PR
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Date: 2/21/10 9:17 PM

WOW !!! It looks beautifully presented !
Well done Deepika

Vonne O Brisbane Australia
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Lucy in Virginia  Friend of PR
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Date: 2/21/10 9:19 PM

Will we be able to pre-order? And when?

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In reply to Deepika

Date: 2/21/10 9:20 PM

It looks wonderful. I can hardly wait to get a copy. I lost my sister to breast cancer and I am delighted with your choice to donate proceeds to NBCF and help keep the fight going!

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SueV  Friend of PR
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Date: 2/21/10 9:34 PM

Wow, it looks beautiful, I can't wait. And as a BC survivor I'm thrilled that the proceeds will be going to this wonderful cause. I raise my glass to you and all your hard work!

Sue V

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