Knit and Crochet Blog Week
The announcement has come out from @eskimimi with the dates of the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. I had a really great time participating last year and so will be joining again this year. That link will take you to the info if you want to sign up to join in. We’ll receive questions to answer about crochet/ knitting each day of that blogging week. It should be fun!
National Craft Month
Just a reminder that we’re headed into March this week and that’s National Craft Month.
Answers to FAQ About My New Book
I’ve mentioned multiple times here on the blog that I’m wrapping up the work on my new book about the health benefits of crochet. I often get the same questions about it so I thought I’d answer a few of them here:
- It will be a regular book, not an ebook. It’s a full-length non-fiction book. I am going to look into making it available digitally as well, at least to Kindle and through iTunes, but I don’t know anything about doing that yet so we’ll see.
- I am self-publishing this book. I had some small publishers and agents picked out for submissions but in the end I decided that I wanted to self-publish. I think that self-publishing is the way of the immediate future. I think it makes the most sense for me as an author. And I’d rather pay a book marketer to get the word out than pay a publishing company ongoing royalties.
- It might be in bookstores; I don’t know yet. It will definitely be for sale online. I’m also hoping to visit some of next year’s expos and conventions as a vendor with the book available. And I’m going to look at getting it into bookstores and LYS shops but I don’t have that piece of the puzzle secure yet.
- It will be out by the end of the year. I’m shooting for a mid-summer release but I’m not going to push it if it’s not ready yet. I want it to be good. I’m working on the last stages of my final draft now but then it still needs to be reviewed by an editor plus I need to get the cover art ready, do all of the layout, and get it ready for self-publishing. So even after the writing is done, there’s a lot to do. I’m proud of it and I want to get it out ASAP but it will be better if I let it take its time!
I’m Loving Hookey.org and the new CLF 3.0
I just wanted to give a quick nod here to Laurie Wheeler of Crochet Liberation Front who I think is doing really great things with her new offerings through her site. She is making a lot of opportunities available to members including mastermind groups, vendor opportunities, writing and teaching possibilities, video instruction and more. She’s also established Hookey.org, a social networking site just for crocheters. I didn’t think I’d want to join another social site. I barely keep up with Ravelry. I spend more time than I’d like on Facebook, a site I don’t even like. And there’s Twitter, Pinterest and G+ which are my go-to sites. So I was pretty wary about adding a new one but I actually really like the look, functionality and offerings on Hookey. That’s my two cents. I added my first blog post onto the Hookey site to share some of my projects. It’s here; I think you can see that even if you’re not a member but you have to be a member to comment.
Yarn on the Hook Today:
What’s on your hooks? What are you loving in crochet? What are you reading or writing about?