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« on: July 07, 2008 03:27:41 PM »

I don't know if this really counts as a crafty business venture, but I am really interested in publishing my fiber arts/ crochet/ knitting related book. It would be a non fiction with patterns and instructions on some different techniques. I have no idea where to go from here. I have the book outlined. What are my next steps? Should I complete the book before I start looking for publishers or would they want my proposal then work with me to execute the book? Please help!
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008 07:14:30 PM »

Depends on how much money you want to invest in getting it published.

The craft book industry is a small one; just go to your local book store and see the tiny shelf space they're afforded. You would be better off finishing the work and selling it online, either in CD format or PDF. If you have to share the profits with a publisher chances are you're going to see very little in the way of profit. And you're an unknown. Publishers will get behind a Martha or equivalent, no problem. The rest of us have to get into a very long line.

Self-publishing can also be very expensive. Inventory can be an issue, either keeping it or getting rid of it.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2008 01:30:14 AM »

Actually, in any Books a Million the craft book area is a substantial one. Several shelves over a wall space dedicated.  Or at least it was in our little podunk of Sebring, FL when I lived there.

I believe over 350 different crafting manuals at a time?
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2008 06:10:26 AM »

In comparison to other sections, it is tiny. This is a small part of the publishing industry. Of course, Sebring is a retirement area (my mom used to live there!) so you'll have more people with time on their hands. Craft books would do better there than in other areas.

I'm not saying don't publish - if you're passionate about it and want to give it a shot, by all means do it. Just don't go in with your eyes closed.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2008 10:14:56 AM »

Retirement area. . . that hurts. lol Even the old people are trying to get out, though. Its a dying town.

No jobs, crappy people, businesses shutting down.

But no, the craft section took up a great deal of space, I thought.  They even have a Michaels in Sebring, you know! <3

(The elderly are nevereverever in books a million. I was there for pretty much hours (about 13 hours out of the day), gift wrapping outside, and reading inside for quite a few weeks. I never saw anyone but families and teenagers. And there are alot of kids who are looking for more than four wheelers and school lemme tell you!)

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Mostly, I suggest producing the book as an ebook first to test the waters. Then shop around for a publisher (make sure to be in speakings with more than one to get a good idea of which one can offer what!).  You'd do fine with an ebook for now. You should definitely get started on your own. That way, they can see what YOU can do, and for any next books, they'd come to you for collaboration that you were talking about. Definitely worth it to go ahead and finish the book. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2008 06:54:17 AM »

Check out both of my interviews in the main area of Crafty Business Advice.  Both of those ladies have published crafty books.  Maybe some of their answers will be helpful?
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