The verification sample of a book is the first copy off the presses. It’s overnighted to us for approval, and then we cheer (usually) or gasp (rarely but memorably) because the presses continue to roll. The book is sent in a hurry, so it’s not dehumidified in the normal way our books are, and it arrives a little stiffer than later books do.

Receiving the verification copy for Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery, one of Lark Jewelry & Beading’s lead Spring 2011 titles, was a thrill. The book printed beautifully, and Sherry’s wonderful teaching and projects will be cherished by beaders. I’m so excited about this book’s release. It’s an April book that will begin to ship to stores (brick-and-mortar and online) at the beginning of March, and it’s already available for pre-order on BN.com and Amazon.

We haven’t yet received our advances — the next shipment of about a dozen books we receive — so even Sherry hasn’t seen her finished book quite yet. But right now, without delay, you can get hold of it first: I’m giving away our verification copy of Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery!

How to enter for a chance to win the book? Leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 27.

Any post will do, but I encourage you to leave a comment about why you first started making jewelry or doing beadwork. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Tuesday, February 1. Click through for the official rules.

Rock Star Cuff from Sherry Serafini's Sensational Bead Embroidery

After you leave that comment, I have a special treat for you from the book: a free PDF download of the Rock Star Cuff project from Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery!

Sherry’s our rock star, so it seemed an appropriate place to begin. And, if you missed it, be sure to read my fascinating recent interview with Sherry Serafini, as well!


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