Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Would you buy my book?

hypothetically speaking of course. One of my goals during my vacation this month was to send out a few query letters to agents in hopes that I can find a publisher for Alphabitty Moments. It wouldn't be the same version that won this contest, but a more generic version that would apply to a wider audience. If you were in the market for a book that highlights the little things of childhood would you prefer to buy a book that already had photographs for each letter of the alphabet or would you rather stick your own photographs into a ready made album similar to this tribute album from Hallmark?

I'd love your feedback!


Katie, Kevin and kids December 29, 2009 at 9:20 PM  

Carrie your pictures in Alphabitty Moments are precious and of very high quality. Thinking from the parent perspective though I would probably want to be able to drop in or slide in pictures of my own kiddos. You do nice work!
I'm looking forward to meeting you soon at Cupcake.

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom December 29, 2009 at 9:25 PM  

I like the idea of the little moments of childhood--that would be such a great gift for a new mom!

Recovering Procrastinator December 29, 2009 at 9:32 PM  

I'd go with a more generic one rather than a photo drop-in one because I think it would be hard for most people to come up with photos to match the words you choose, even if you choose generic words. Plus, your photos are beautiful and getting rid of them would make the book less marketable, in my opinion.

Gretta December 29, 2009 at 10:01 PM  

I think a nice mix of both preprinted photos and the ability to add your own photos would be nice. I love so many of the photos you have in your book too so I wouldn't want to lose all those great shots either.

Anonymous December 29, 2009 at 10:03 PM  

I love your book!! I think I agree with the above comments in the fact that a way to personalize it would be more appealing to a wider audience. Good luck finding a publisher that wants to work on this project with you!

Tutu December 29, 2009 at 11:10 PM  

Personally, I'd prefer to be able to add my own photos, but I'm sort of a control freak that way.

Your photos are gorgeous though, so it's a tough call, and as someone already mentioned, some people may find it difficult to come up with ideas of their own.

Maybe if you did a ready made version, you could add a section (maybe even a separate insert) with suggestions for each letter?

Following HIM December 29, 2009 at 11:26 PM  

I like Gretta's idea...a little of both. Honestly Carrie, your work is beautiful and I cherish the pictures I am able to see. GL with a publisher!

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Melissa December 30, 2009 at 12:25 PM  

I LOVE the book - especially letters "O" and "V". While I love the pictures used in the book, for others, I think they would want the option of swapping out some of the more personal photos. I think scrapbookers that just don't have the time would absolutely flip over the option to make an alphabitty book with their own photos. I hope this helps!

Cari December 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM  

I think you should try to get blurb or mixbook to buy the template idea from you for others to use as a starting point. The way you have it layed out with the details in the back is just great.

sanjeet December 31, 2009 at 10:46 AM  

I like the idea of the little moments of childhood--that would be such a great gift for a new mom!

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