I’ve been wanting to put some one Ravlery ads for my patterns and design for some time, but I just haven’t gotten around to it until now. I created 2:
Ravelry approved the ads sooner than I had anticipated, so I was not able to get Pfeiffer Falls and Lillian up before the ads ran. It was only a 2-3 day gap, so it’s not bad at all. At least I made my goal of getting them out before Sock Summit.
New Shopping Cart
The benefit of insomnia is that I stay up to do stuff like editing photos, patterns, website and other stuff that I sometimes procrastinate on. Last night This morning (until about 3:00am), I was trying to get my version of Pfeiffer Falls up on my site. I decided to go with e-junkie ast the host and delivery system. So far, things seem to be easy and in working order.
For now, I’ve decided that I think I’ll allow site visitors the option to purchase using either the Ravelry shopping system, or from this site via e-junkie. I think choices are good – I was just worried that same less savvy person would get confused and the pages would get too cluttered.
Most patterns will have both options eventually. However, there will be a few that I can only sell on my website due to contractual obligations and limitations with certain publishers. For example, I can only sell Pfeiffer Falls on my own site and not through any 3rd-party websites, including Ravelry.
New Pattern Listing & Price
I was kind of grappling with pricing Pfeiffer Falls – whether to sell it at the same price that Interweave is selling it for, or to sell it at $5.75, which is $0.25 more. After polling some good knitterly friends, I decided to keep my pricing at $5.75 for several reasons.
First of all, the one Interweave sells is the magazine version and still has the same good quality for which they are known. (I signed a semi-exclusive contract for them to sell the pattern in their store, so I still get some royalties for any pattern sales through them.)
My version of Pfeiffer Falls has all the “bells and whistles” that can be included in self-publishing, but can be somewhat excessive in traditional publishing due to understandable space issues. The extra pages and extra information is also why I’m pricing it at $5.75 instead of $5.50 – I do offer hardcopy patterns for people (including selling them wholesale), so there’s also a cost associated with printing 6 pages with a photo on just about each page.
The extras that I include in my self-published Crafty Diversions version of the pattern:
- U.S. Standard and International metric measurements and calculations
- Written out instructions for the pattern chart, for those who are not chart-inclined, or prefer text.
- 6 photos of the project worked in different yarns, including the Optional Ruffles version.
- A special chart to make grafting in pattern much, much easier.
- Live embedded hyperlinks – all you have to do is to click on the logos, the email address and any underlined linked text to get to the website.
And of course, I made sure that this was tech edited.
1:51 pm Edited to Add: Early Bird discount! Help me try out the new cart and the coupon discount option. Buy within the next 72 hours and get $0.50 off pattern. Code: PFKAL2
Actual Pattern Sample. Click for enlarged view
Another New Pattern Release
I’m also pretty much done with Lillian, which I hope to post for sale on Ravelry by the end of the day. I just want to double check it since I rearranged some of the formatting and added an extra page to the pattern so that it’s more roomy and easier to read.
Lillian is another pattern that I designed in coordination with SWTC to highlight their wonderful Tranquility yarn. I’ll do a separate post about this pattern once I’ve listed it and created a site page for it.
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