I’ve always been fond of things made out of solid wood, so I began a tradition of buying every niece and nephew a carving of their name as a baby gift.
When I published my first book, LAST RESORT, friends of mine were tickled to find the words THE LAST RESORT, made out of wood, in a beach gift shop. I loved their clever, thoughtful gift. Later, my husband neatly sawed of the ‘The,’ and my title was ready to display.
Since then, I’ve had each of my titles made into standing wood carvings. I choose unpainted balsa wood and let the carvers know what font was used for the title (our cover artists have that information). I send them the cover of my book, as well. If the company doesn’t have the font on file, I find a free download ‘ttf’ of it and send it to them.
My titles sit proudly above my desk, reminding me of what I’ve accomplished and what I still want to achieve. Yup, it’s a gift I give to myself, a tangible reward for years of hard work and angst.
Though I'm sure many businesses, both on line and local could do the work, I’ve enjoyed working with Craft Cuts on line: http://www.craftcuts.com/
Add this idea to your Christmas list, or, like me, give the present to yourself. You deserve it!
For your viewing pleasure, here are my two titles for the Boutique Funeral Planner Series. The font happens to be Lutin Flibuste, and the carvings of the titles are perfect matches!