New Wedding Planning Book from Ritzy Bee

Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm thrilled to share that my friends and colleagues Maria Cooke and Kelly Seizert of Ritzy Bee Events have a new book coming out in January! They were tapped to write the wedding planning book for the Southern Living brand and worked with the talented Kate Headley to photograph all of the beautiful details.

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One of the lesser-known aspects of publishing a book in today's world is that pre-orders are super important. They are used in evaluating various things, including future opportunities for the authors. So, if you want to support Maria and Kelly (or any author), please pre-order their book. Amazon won't charge you until it's shipped and you'll be helping out much more than you may think.
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I asked Kelly and Maria to share some of their insight into writing a book and the process of collaborating with different people:

How did this collaboration with Southern Living come to be? 
Southern Living approached us almost a year ago when they were looking for an expert's perspective on wedding planning.

What surprised you the most about the process of writing this book? 
The biggest surprise was changing the way we think about our day-to-day of wedding planning. In the studio, we have our wedding "to-dos," design, planning, and production processes down to a science. The writing process forced us to step back, hit the pause button, and really think about planning from the perspective of the bride who is creating her wedding without a planner.

You worked with Kate Headley exclusively on the photography for the book. What tips do you have for creatives working together on this type of project? 
For us, it was instrumental that the content was written first. Then we worked with Kate to select images that told an inspiring and attainable visual story to help the reader picture herself on her wedding day. We created a list of buzz words about the project and inspiration board that represented the overall brand to ensure that everything we selected resulted in a consistent and creative look.

What advice can you offer for people who want to write a book? 
You only get one chance to write your first book. For us, we wanted to make sure that the timing was right and that we prioritized our schedules to allow for the writing and production deadlines. Throughout the past year of developing the book, we also were running Ritzy Bee Events with 16 events to execute to our own brand's standards. We encourage potential authors to wait for the right opportunity - whether you are thinking of searching out a publisher or partnering with another like brand.

You can pre-order Southern Living Wedding Planner and Keepsake: What to Do Before Saying "I Do" here. You can also enter to win a copy on the Ritzy Bee blog.

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