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« on: February 17, 2006 11:21:54 AM »

Hi there,

I'm working on my newest project, a site for publishing indie craft books and booklets.

I've seen lots of stuff on Craftster and other places that would be awesome to publish and I want to ask the crafters if they'd like to submit it to one of the booklets.

Would you be annoyed if someone you didn't know asked you to submit something?

Thanks for the advice,
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2006 01:42:31 PM »

it depends on how I was asked. 

Kind of like teaching in person, I've had a couple folks tell me "you will teach X at thus in such place at thus in such time."  they tend to get told "No."  the ones asking "can you teach on this and such day at thus in such place and we would like something like X covered" tend to have me checking finances and my calender to see if I could make it wherever to teach.

I think if you ask nicely and do some back and forth discussion on editing of the instructions (what makes sense to me doesn't to my neighbor and vice versa) you'd probably have people feeling flattered to be asked rather than put upon.  (which it sounds like you are trying to avoid.)

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2006 02:08:21 PM »

I wouldn't mind being asked, I'm very free with sharing the information I've gleaned over the years (in both a craft and business sense).  However, if my words were to be published for profit, I would definitely want some sort of compensation.  I'm not talking about alot of money, just something comperable to the size and publication level of the finished work  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2006 07:58:53 AM »

I think if you ask nicely and do some back and forth discussion on editing of the instructions (what makes sense to me doesn't to my neighbor and vice versa) you'd probably have people feeling flattered to be asked rather than put upon.  (which it sounds like you are trying to avoid.)

Thanks Mieka,
Yes, that's a good point. It's all in the asking, I wouldn't want anyone thinking it was spam either, if I do ask a person I would want them to know it was because I like and respect their crafts and that I don't go around asking a thousand people, though I have posted some general requests at least it's up to the reader to do the contacting. Thanks for the advice.

However, if my words were to be published for profit, I would definitely want some sort of compensation.  I'm not talking about alot of money, just something comperable to the size and publication level of the finished work  Smiley

Hi Sarah, yes compensation is only fair! What I'm really trying to start is a whole community of crafters who publish themselves and their crafts, starting one project at a time. Crafters who submit and are chosen to be published get a percentage of all profits until the end of time, or until the book is out of print. As well as recognition as the author of their project, an author webpage on the site, and publicity for their website/business.

P.S. I was thinking of asking you if you would like to contribute to the booklet for hair accessories? I'll pm you with more info.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2006 01:48:26 PM »

elmonerd:  pm away!  like I said before, I'm very free with information..probably too free  Wink

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