I’m busy planning blog posts, writing interview questions, and otherwise preparing for my new series on printing patterns, and the first question I’m going to try to address is *why* to take the leap and print patterns in the first place. Especially when PDF patterns offer the opportunity to sell patterns with virtually no overhead or shipping costs, what is the benefit of having patterns printed for sale?
In my experience, the benefits of printing do exist, but I’m curious about what you think, so I’m asking for your help. I really want this blog series to be useful to you, and in that spirit I’d like to know what questions you have about the pros and cons of printing, as well as the process of actually having printed patterns manufactured and sold. I’ll be interviewing fellow designers and shop owners throughout the series, and I’d like to get a sense of what you would ask them if you had the chance.
Since I can’t interview every pattern designer out there, I’d also like to get your thoughts about the decision whether or not to print, and the process of doing so, so that I can better represent the feelings of our indie designer community on this topic.
So consider this post my humble request for your input. What questions would you like me to address in this series? Feel free to be as broad or as technically specific as you like. What input would you share with other designers if you had the chance? As a shop owner, what considerations would you love designers to take into account? As a designer, are there obstacles that have prevented you from offering printed patterns, and what are they? What information would you need to overcome them? Please leave your comments and questions in the comments section, or feel free to email them to me at casey (at) casey-york (dot) com (or use the contact form here).
I can’t wait to hear from you so that I can tailor this series to your particular concerns. As an advance thank-you for your input, let me leave you with a book recommendation. When I made the decision to market my patterns, I found the book Publish Your Patterns to be enormously helpful. The authors, Nancy Restuccia and McKenna Linn, deal with the entire process of bringing your patterns from idea to salable product, and include a wealth of resources for doing so. You can find it for sale on Amazon (not an affiliate link) and I can’t recommend it enough as a great starting point for your pattern publishing journey.