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Have you ever dreamt of writing a craft book?

Guest post from Catherine Waterfield of Kalmedia Books –

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It feels like it was only yesterday that we were celebrating New Year, listing out all the things in our lives that we’d like to change or achieve over 2011.  As well as the usual suspects (in my case exercise more, lose weight) a lot of us listed resolutions to guide the development of our craft-lives over 2011 – maybe get a pattern published, start or grow a folksy shop, even go ‘cold sheep’ to diminish a burgeoning stash!

February has arrived seemingly overnight, and we find ourselves already a solid month into the year.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve been actively avoiding exercise classes, and I’ve added more skeins to my stash than I even want to count!  It’s time to prioritise the remaining resolutions and really get stuck in, don’t you agree?  Alas, I can’t help you exercise more, but I may just be able to help you see your work in print:

KAL Media, publisher of Yarn Forward, Inside Crochet and Sew Hip, is searching for book proposals from crafters just like you.  Our requirements are broad – we’re open to any and all ideas, from sewing to knitting to baking to soap-making; instructional “how to” books or pattern books or… to put it simply, anything where you feel there’s a hole in the market that could be filled with your work.  What’s more, you don’t need to be a published author or have experience writing a book – expert help will be on hand every step of the way.  What you do need is creativity, originality, the seed of a good idea and the passion to follow it through.

KAL Media is always on the lookout for the next best-seller, and there is no deadline or cut-off for good submissions.  To download a proposal form and make some headway with those pesky resolutions, you can visit our blog at www.kalmediabooks.wordpress.com, or email me at catherine@kalmedia.co.uk.

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Sam (PantandPaper February 17, 2011 - 7:56 am

It is one of my goals in life to have a craft book published. What a great opportunity.

lucykate crafts... February 17, 2011 - 8:31 am

i’ve just written a craft book, with an american publisher. it was a great project to do, don’t know if i’ll do it again, but as a designer, it is lovely having the book now in my hand.

but… a dose of reality. things to bear in mind are craft books do have a niche market, an advance payment is not always guaranteed, and if it is, it comes off any royalties. there is a lot of work involved in writing a book, it will take months. and then there’s the amazon reviews to look forward too!

besides all that, go for it! : )

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Hilary February 17, 2011 - 11:18 am

The idea of writing a book is so appealing to me… I want to be like JR Hartley looking for his Fly Fishing book when I’m old!

Thanks Catherine for posting about this for us and we wish you the best of luck with the new venture :)

x Hilary and the Folksy team

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