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A Huge Announcement and a Free Printable!

I’ve been keeping a secret from you…I’m writing a book! And I created a free printable for you, to celebrate! Woohoo!!!


You guys! You know you are some of my favorite people ever, right?! Well, you are. And that’s why it’s been so hard to keep this secret from y’all! But now that it’s all official, I can finally share with the whole wide world! 

I’m writing a book!

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If you’re visiting here from the free printables tour with Kristen at Ella Claire Inspired, thank you so much for coming over! And thank you for reading about my excitement over this announcement! (The free printable is a little further down on the page, just scroll down to download it.)

Okay. I’ve written books before. eBooks. Self-published books. Which I’ve poured my heart into. But this time, I’ve signed on with a dream publisher, Bethany House. And I couldn’t be more thrilled! 

I’ve enjoyed writing for decades. I’m not a fancy writer – I pretty much write like I talk. I had a short story published in a collection of stories when I was in college. And I’ve enjoyed dabbling in self-publishing too. But going through the process with an agent and a publisher has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. 

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So, how did this come about?

I’ve been jotting down book ideas for ages. Early in 2018, after some Holy Spirit prompting, I decided to finally act on one of those ideas. 

I asked questions of some of my lovely blog friends who had published books. KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms, Jamie from So Much Better with Age, Liz from Love Grows Wild, Jennifer from Clean and Scentsible and a few others. I asked them how they liked their publishers, if they used an agent, what would they do differently, etc. After getting their answers, I prayed about which direction I should go and eventually reached out to a literary agency. 

Thankfully, that agency saw something in me and even though we tweaked my original idea (which may be a second book one day?), I spent most of summer 2018 writing and finessing my book proposal. 

In the late summer of 2018, my agent sent out my proposal to her publishing contacts. And the waiting began. 

Like, I mean, waiting

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Publishing a book with a publisher takes SO much longer than self-publishing! 

But, even though the wait felt long (and in reality actually took several months), I felt at peace with it all. I knew that this was something that God had planned for me (and you!). So, I waited.

I actually waited through several rejections in the process too. Which, I’ll admit was a little harder to be okay with. 

Finally, a week before Christmas, after several emails and conversations, my agent called to tell me that Bethany House was making an offer. I was super excited. It was the perfect Christmas gift! 

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Of course, then there were contracts and snail mail and all that. But, it’s all official and I’m knee-deep in writing this beautiful book…FOR YOU!

What is the book about?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that my first traditionally-published book will be a decorating book! 

But, my beloved friend, it’s going to be SO much more than that. 

It’s going to be a blueprint for embracing the most important place on earth – HOME! 

(Thanks to my editor for that perfect description! Love ya, girl!)

I’m so excited to finish birthing this baby, and I can’t wait to get it into your hands. 

Free Definition of Home Printable

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Like I mentioned, as part of the everyday printable tour with Kristen and my blog friends, I created a free printable for you as a thank you for helping me celebrate!

Home definition free printable art

If you’d like it for your house, just click on the image below to open the full-sized version and then print. I hope you enjoy it! 

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Again thank you for helping me celebrate! Home Made Lovely literally would not be the same without you!


Ingredient Substitutions List by Ella Claire | Homemade Lemon Curd Labels by Happy Happy Nester | I’ll Wash You Dry by Zevy Joy | Plants on a Shelf Watercolor by Craftberry Bush

Nature Board Vintage Printables by Town and Country Living | Kitchen Measurements by anderson + grant | DIY Linen Spray and Printable Labels by Clean and Scentsible | Colorful Abstract Art by Jennifer Rizzo

Definition of Home by Home Made Lovely | Pineapple Print by Making Home Base | Home Sweet Home by Lolly Jane | Balanced Coffee by Taryn Whiteaker

Home is Where you Park it by Tidbits | Watercolor Lemon Series by The Happy Housie | Watercolor Plant Printable by Nest of Posies | The Garden Journal by On Sutton Place

Semper Fidelis by Paint Me Pink | Hand Painted Feathers by Twelve on Main | They Broke Bread in their Homes by Live Laugh Rowe | Laundry Co. by My Someday in May

Potted Herb Watercolor Prints by Nina Hendrick 

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Comments

  1. Faye says

    Congrats on your amazing news!! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Keep us posted on where to buy, please!

  2. Brenda Johnson says

    Congratulations, that’s so great! May God continue to bless you as you go through the process!

  3. Lorrie A Cummings says

    Hi Shannon your prints are beautiful I just love them. It’s so sweet that your sharing your wonderful art with us. Your time, generosity & kindness is greatly appreciated ❣️
    Many Blessings
    Lorrie

A little 🖤 for Home Made Lovely

My aha moment!

I found my style and was able to bring our small space together for our family of 8! My aha moment was when you talked about undertones! That was the moment when I could bring everything together.

Danae C.

Falling in love with our home again

My ah-ha moment was when I realized I was going about things all the wrong way. I loved the house but it didn't feel like home. BUT now because of your course...I am falling in love with our home all over again.

Cheryl P.

Thank you for your direction and inspiration!

You have been very helpful in just identifying my style and what I like! Thank you for your direction and inspiration!

Dawn G.

Decorating is not as complicated as it once seemed!

I love your easy process to determine my style. I've also learned that my style has changed over the years and seasons of my life and that decorating properly/successfully is NOT as complicated as it once seemed!!!

Sheryl R.

Lightbulb moment!

Your explanation of paint colors was the light bulb moment for me! I am enjoying your teaching.  Thanks!

Pat J.

Filled me with the confidence I need

Oh Shannon, thank you, thank you thank you!!  I wish I could download you and take you with me, but your Decor Staples Checklist has definitely given me the guidance and filled me with the confidence I need!

Zee V.

Love this idea!

Orbs are such a great decor item to add to a space. Staining the hoops really gives them a vintage feel. Thanks for the inspiration.

Suzanne

I love your instructions!

LMAO!! I love your How Not to Paint Cabinet instructions! It made me laugh with good humor! Kudos for sharing your lessons learned!!

Tom H.

Done with Haphazard Decor!

I'm so done with Haphazard Decor! (Yes, I think I just made that "style" up). Thank you for your style quiz!

Christen

So Accurate!

I thought the quiz was so accurate, I want my friends to do it. I feel I like such a mix of things and the quiz described them all so well!

Lisa G.

A trusted friend

Before I felt overwhelmed by my clutter. Now, I feel like I have a trusted friend alongside me to pull me out of my paralysis with a fresh mindset!

Rhonda


"Home is the most important place on earth."

xo, Shannon