I'm finally coming down the home stretch in designing the pieces for the book I'm writing about how to design your own cotton knits (see below on the signature line).
There's still a LOT of work to do to finish up the instructional text, take the demonstration photos and make sure the patterns are written out correctly.
My peeve with many knitting books is finding incorrect patterns, or even how-to steps that somehow migrate to the wrong picture in the illustration! Geesh! What happened to proof-reading?
Another more minor peeve is that I sometimes find a book that has one or two patterns that I LOVE which requires I buy the book even though I won't use most of it.
For my book I've included 24 designs, 8 with very basic techniques for design, 8 with more complex designs and 8 with somewhat more advanced methods. Nothing in it, I think, is outside the range of any dedicated knitter. If a new kid on the knitting block likes something in the more advanced section it's my hope that I've given that knitter enough data and detail that he or she will be able to git 'er done!
Here's my question - If you were browsing through a shelf of knitting books and found one with 24 original patterns as described above, plus lots of instructional data on how to design your own,
a. what price range would prompt you to buy it?
( $16-20, $21-25, $25+, other)
b. how many patterns that you absolutely love and want to
make would have to be in it to insure you took the book home?
Is there any other opinion or comment you'd like to add? Please do.
I don't have all the publication facts yet since I'm just getting it ready to send out to publishers, so whether it gets published or I self-publish will determine the final cost of the book. But your answers to the above will definitely help me structure something that will benefit all of us. And it's only fun if everybody wins!
Thanks for your help,