Have you been bitten by the altered book bug? Would you like to make another one? Would you like to share your love of ABs with others? So where do you go next? Let me show you a few examples.
The middle book is a book of tip-ins. It was created from two swaps. One was Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for 5th of May), and the other was Dia de los Muertos, (Spanish for Day of the Dead). I left the book jacket on this one because the book cover was plain.
The third book was one sent to me by friends who were grateful for a few things I did for them. It was also a tip-in book.
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this post, I show how to host an effective swap.
I suggest you find other like-minded friends, whether on the internet or in your hometown, to either trade ABs or tip-ins with. It is a wonderful experience.
Here are a few pointers:
1. If you are joining an online group, make sure you can trust the host, whether you are sending ABs or tip-ins. Some hosts can't be reached after a few weeks, and the round robin falls apart. That is when books are often lost or never sent to the next participant. This would not be a problem with a local group, because everyone would already be familiar with the other players.
2. Make sure you insure your AB if you are swapping in the US only. Swapping outside the US makes insurance costs prohibitive and may even be prohibited by the receiving country. You may want to insure your tip-ins, but I never found a need to do that.
3. Make sure you do your part in the swap, whether it's sending books or tip-ins in a timely manner, or sending swap items to a host.
4. Make sure you do your best work.
5. Some hosts insist you decorate your cover along with a given number of pages before you send it into the world. Decorating your cover first only invites trouble for those persons who must work in it in the future. I would discourage decorating the cover first, if I were hosting a round robin.
6. If you are participating in a tip-in swap,
If you are participating in a round robin,
7. Make sure your host sets up an independent blog or Yahoo group, which is for members only. That way you keep all correspondence private, yet each person knows where his/her book or tip-ins are.
I hope this has given you a few ideas about how you can enjoy ABs even more in the future.
The above ABs shown in this post had nothing to do with examples of completed AB covers, because in the beginning, I didn't think about creating covers for my books. Only after completing a few books did I realize I should be decorating the covers, too. BTW, I had completely forgotten about this Color RR (kitchen remodel) AB, so I'll show the cover in a post sometime this week, when it's not dark outside. I may even have a few more I've forgotten that I could show, too.
Now it's YOUR turn. Show off your completed AB cover by leaving your link in the comments. That way I'll be able to see the link and so will everyone else. Thank you again for participating in this course, whether you completed one, or every lesson. I am most grateful. You made, and continue to make me very, very proud.