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So You Want to be a Knitting Designer... 
Tips, tricks and resources for navigating the hand knitting industry. 

The knitting industry can be a confusing place. The career of knitting pattern design has changed drastically over the past decade or so, and there aren't a lot of resources to guide us. This is the book I wished that I had had as a novice designer. From self-publishing vs working with a publisher to marketing and dealing with problem customers, this ebook will give you an up-close-and-personal look at the nitty gritty bits of this wild and wooly career. Everything I know about this industry from working both as a designer and an editor/yarn-support-gatekeeper is packed into this 60+ page tome.

Topics covered include but are not limited to:
Writing your pattern (and naming it well!)
Selling your patterns online
Pattern photography, and how to make it look decidedly un-n00bish
Style sheets
Working with tech editors, test knitters, and sample knitters
The great free pattern debate
Payment structures and rights transfers
Putting together a great submission
Yarn support (and when and how to ask for it!)
Marketing methods
Navigating social media with aplomb
Branding yo' fine self
Wholesaling and working with distributors
Customer service 
Industry etiquette
TNNA!
Copyright, licensing, and knock-offs 
Crisis management
SO MANY RESOURCES

And, bonus: 
Sample style sheet to use and abuse
Form letters for awkward situations!

So You Want to be a Knitting Designer is formatted as a PDF file, which is readable on most devices (but may require you to download a reader program such as Adobe Reader, which is 100% free.) It will be delivered instantly upon purchase, so you can start kicking some knitting design ass RIGHT THE HELL NOW. WOOOO!!!! Rock on, designerlings. Rock. On. 


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Note: This ebook is written in the same voice as my blog, which is to say, there are goofy made-up words and occasional profanities. You have been warned! Oh, and crocheters- I'm pretty sure at least 95% of this book is relevant to you too, but since I've never been a crochet designer, I didn't want to purport to speak for them ;-) 




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It is my great pleasure to announce that Doomsday Knits is now available through Cooperative Press! Check out their website for more info about this apoco-riffic collection. You can also find it on Ravelry here!

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