I've had a few questions about why I haven't yet listed my patterns on Ravelry as well as on Patternfish.
I'm so new at being a professional Knitter that I'm just starting to find my personal path. I've had lots and lots of advice from many people which I truly appreciate. The problem with some of that advice has been that often it is completely the opposite from the last person I spoke to. As an example, some say I should only self publish and never give up my ownership of the copyright on items I design. Others say that if I don't get into Vogue and Interweave Knits I will never gain the attention of enough Knitters to make money. Some tell me I have to get a book deal. Others tell me they make so little from books that if it wasn't for alternate avenues of income they could not survive.
At this point every decision I make is just for right now and I may reverse it at any time in the future.
My reasons for publishing only with Patternfish as of today are:
- I have a personal relationship with Julia Grunau.
- It's a Canadian company.
- Publishing in more venues means more administration work for me.
- There has been some discussion about the perception of designers who publish on Ravelry.
Number 4 became a hotly discussed issue at a recent KNIT monthly meeting. I think the problem was that I quoted what someone else said to me which was "that the Ravelry designers seem to be less professional". Now that I've mulled the topic over a little more I think the difference is actually one of self publishing vs. traditional publishing designers. I questioned the group for reasons as to why I should publish in both places since I have already created a designers page on Ravelry which showcases all of my available patterns and gives a link to Patternfish. The best reason suggested was that some Knitters might not want to create a Patternfish account so perhaps I'm losing out on some sales. If you feel that way could you please let me know in the comments section of this post?
I do by the way plan to publish a test pattern on Ravelry in the near future to see what I can learn from that experience.
I would also like to wholesale paper copies of patterns so if any yarn shop owners, vendors at the retail yarn shows or hand dyers are interested please get in touch with me.