I think I’ve dropped enough hints recently – I’m definitely doing this e-book thing! But I’m still not sure of all the details, so I thought I’d ask you (and you) for opinions! Because what is the internet good for if not sharing ideas and opinions, right? This idea came to me in the shower one evening (all at once as if it dropped from the sky, or possibly the shower head) The collection will be patterns all about hands – gloves, mittens, fingerless mitts, and wrist warmers. They’ll all be tied to the central theme of time: times of day, types of clocks, that sort of thing. There will be the Tea Time mitts and Grandfather Clock gloves. The working title (I feel really clever about this one) is Time on my Hands. It’s especially funny since that’s something I rarely have extra of! So that’s about all I know. Ok, not true – I actually have all eight designs already sketched out, some yarns chosen from my stash, and other yarns (and buttons!) headed my way through the mail. Really, the design part of this is pretty well in hand*
What I’m still researching, thinking about, and mulling over is the best way to release the e-book. I know that when everything is finished I’d like to have the patterns available either for individual download or as a set in e-book form. Ravelry has some great features for this (not the least of which is being able to sell patterns to people without accounts) and you may know about Ysolda’s Whimsical Little Knits and Romi’s 7 Small Shawls – both books are available either as complete e-books or as single pattern PDF downloads.
What I’m considering is how to release the patterns. I could wait until I have all 8 patterns ready to go, and release the book as a complete set. I might show sneak-peak photos in the lead up but no patterns would be available until everything is ready. Another option is to wait until I have everything ready to go, and then do a pattern release once a week (once a day, every other week, or something) Yet another thing I’m considering is working the patterns up one at a time, through the knitting, photography, layout and tech editing – and then releasing each as soon as it’s finished. This would result in a pattern a month – give or take a few weeks depending on how complicated each one is. Options one and two keep the cohesiveness of the book together while option three might mean the first few designs could earn some money to cover the tech editing, layout, etc… expenses of the final ones.
If I go with options 2 or 3 I could also offer the complete collection in advance. The complete e-book will cost less than buying each pattern individually. Offering it in advance would give people who love hand patterns a way to buy in early – they’d provide support towards finishing the collection (like a knitting pattern CSA). And they would get each PDF as soon as it’s released without having to wait for the rest of the collection or spend extra money.
What do you think? Do you like one idea best? Have you ever bought patterns released in a compilation in one of these ways? Seen another designer with a similar project? Concerns? Suggestions? I’m open to suggestions!
*I do love puns.