So a weird thing happened today…. I realized my husband was right…
Not too long ago Mr. Smashlee was telling me how he thinks I should start designing and submitting patterns to knitting magazines and websites. I blew off this idea because I always said I would start doing this once I was an “established ” designer. I’m not sure what it takes to officially call yourself a knit wear designer but, I figured It meant something like having 100 self -published patterns in ravelry.
I am constantly blabbing to mr. Smashlee about how I want to design but, talk is cheap. I have some published patterns for sale but by,no means am I an expert designer. And honestly until very recently I haven’t been putting the time into pattern writing that I should have. I have tons of ideas but I just haven’t executed the plans to make it happen.
Fast forward to today where I read a blog post from KnitDesign by Tian. She’s taking on the challenge of submitting pattern ideas to as many magazines, websites etc.until she receives 100 rejection letters. Not 100 yesses, not a 100 published patterns but, 100 “sorry your idea’s not right for us” …in other words, a whole bunch of nos.
It got me thinking… Maybe I should do the same? I mean , yes it’s still going to hurt hearing “no”. But, I think in the end I’ll be a better for it. If I were to take on this challenge the worse case is, I would get 100 no’s and 0 yesses…. would I be heartbroken ? Yup…but I can honestly say, it wouldn’t stop me from resubmitting in the future. I love knitting and patterns too much to ever give up. (Someone might have to remind me of this if the worse case scenario ever happens.)
So, officially starting tomorrow I am start working on making a pattern submission. I’m aiming at 1 submission a week to start. This would be on top of my own personal designs that I self publish.
So what’s your thoughts? If you have any tips on submitting pattern proposals feel free to comment. I would love any and all suggestions.