Episode 69: On Stable Style, Creating a Coffee Table Book & Positive Relationships with Raquel Lynn (Equestrian Author Spotlight Podcast)
Episode 69: Welcome to the Equestrian Author Spotlight podcast! In each episode, you’ll hear inspirational stories from horse book authors including writing advice and marketing tips to help you write your own horse book. If you are an author, aspire to be an author, or simply love horse books then you are in the right place!
In this week's episode, you'll meet Horses & Heels and Stable Style Founder Raquel Lynn. You'll learn ...
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About Raquel Lynn
Raquel lives in an equestrian community just outside the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles with her Paint mare, Fira in her backyard. When she’s not riding through the hills, she’s sharing barn tours on Stable Style or posting inspiration on Horses & Heels.
Raquel Lynn created her dream job one blog post at a time on her website, Horses & Heels. With a knack for interior decorating, beautiful photographs and inventive recipes, Raquel has garnered thousands of fans over the years.
Horsesandheels.com’s Stable Style category grew so popular Raquel launched a sister website, stablestyle.net focusing on barn tours and tack rooms. Stable Style draws an international audience of horse lovers eager to peruse barns ranging from quaint two-stall stables to luxury equestrian estates.
Raquel Lynn Interview Excerpt
Carly: You have a beautiful paint mare named Fira and you share many adventures with her on Instagram. What have you been up to with Fira since the last time we chatted?
Raquel: We've had many new adventures! For example, we've been to the beach. Last time I might have been hinting at this, but now I have a truck and trailer. I've basically been going through trailer life in the city, which is a learning process. That's been kind of my big thing this year since we're in the middle of this pandemic. At least I am able to still go horseback riding and take the trailer out.
Carly: You recently released Stable Style: Barn Inspiration for all Equestrians. Talk to us about your new coffee table book!
Raquel: Stable Style: Barn Inspiration for all Equestrians is a hardcover book with 190 pages, printed in the United States with love. Inside you’ll find a cool collection of petite and sizable barns along with a sprinkle of tack rooms. The goal of this book to inspire you with appealing stables, celebrating the equestrian lifestyle.
Carly: Tell listeners about your Stable Style website, which is the inspiration for your book.
Raquel: I founded Stable Style in 2015. It is a website dedicated to inspiring you as a reader with beautiful barns and stables. The goal is to excite you with barn and stable tours, celebrity stables, and more. Our articles offer a look into stables across the globe and is based on the original Stable Style series from Horses & Heels. This feature was so popular on Horses & Heels, I wanted to build a dedicated website to share barns and stables regularly.
Carly: I can't even wrap my head around what goes into designing a coffee table book. How did you even begin to figure out how to pull this project together?
Raquel: Google was my first stop. I reached out to some fellow author friends. but the problem I was running into is everybody had done paperback only. I didn't have any friends who actually had experience with a hardcover book.
I think the hardest thing is just getting started. I had a vision for what I wanted to do. I decided I was just going to start and figure it out. I realized that the most popular program for creating or designing the actual book itself was InDesign. I had never used the software before, but I learned how to use InDesign. I basically did all the design myself.
Note: Raquel takes us on a deep dive into what it takes to write, design, produce, print, distribute, and sell a high quality coffee table book in the full audio interview above!
Carly: What advice would you share with someone who is interested in producing a coffee table book for the first time?
Raquel: Give yourself way more time than you think. In the beginning, when it's just you working on your book, you just keep going, and then at the end there's a lot of things where you're waiting on other people. You're waiting for it to come back from your editor. You're waiting for it to be printed. You're waiting for this. You're waiting for that, but keep in mind if you do it once you can do it again.
Carly: What advice would you offer anyone with a dream, a passion, or something they want to create?
Raquel: I think you have to just jump in. When problems come up, you have to tackle the first problem and not worry about the problem that you're going to run into in five steps. That's what I think people trip up over. Deal with what's in front of you immediately. Don't look at things that are miles in front of you because you'll start thinking of all the reasons you can't do something.
Connect with Raquel Lynn
Follow Raquel on Instagram @horsesandheels_ and @stablestyle
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