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Old 05-05-2010, 09:39 AM   #11
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Have to agree with the rest...$20-$25 is a good limit to set.

And like everyone else too, it would have to have at least 2 or more patterns in it to catch my fancy!
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:50 AM   #12
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I would spend around $25.00 for a book like that and would have to have several patterns in it that I would like to make. As described your book sounds interesting enough that I will be glad to buy it when it comes out!
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Hi!

You guys are so cool! Thanks for your responses, they're so helpful!

Trvvn, I TOTALLY AGREE with you about the "how to knit/purl" instructions in so many books! When you're a raw recruit it's helpful but once you learn it's just filler. Although I understand why publishers might include it, I won't be going that far. Although I've geared this book for knitters at all skill levels I do note in the introduction that this book will be useful to beginners if they can cast on, cast off, knit and purl.

I do go as far as to clarify certain other stitches that many of us know, for instance the different way of doing yarn overs if your next stitch is purl, or between purls, or..... like that. I also did a little write up on the difference between picking up stitches and "pick up and knit". But I didn't devote a whole section to those things, just put in little side boxes to clarify for less experienced knitters.

Angela, I understand your need for clear instructions and illustrations. I've been writing, re-writing and re-re-writing to make sure this book is clear, correct and useful to the reader. (and, I confess, FUN as well!)

Thanks for your pre-publication offer to buy it! That's so encouraging! And when the book's finished and you place your order, I'll make sure to send you a signed copy. (And yes, KH buddies, you get yours signed, too!)

MMario, I've done the same thing - found one or two things in a book that I HAD TO HAVE and leaped to the checkout with it! And I've got the full bookshelf to prove it, too!

Some of them have never been used and some are so loved they are tattered with use. I really want mine to become one of those that are so useful they become ragged and rumpled. Kind of the "Raggedy Ann" of knitting books. It doesn't stay on a shelf like a fancy lady doll, but gets hugged and dragged around by the foot, a real member of the family!

Thanks again to you all. I'm looking forward to any other comments, opinions ideas or suggestions you might have!

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Have to agree with the rest...$20-$25 is a good limit to set.

And like everyone else too, it would have to have at least 2 or more patterns in it to catch my fancy!
Hi, Crycket!

Thanks, I think the $20-$25 range is sensible and would make it workable to self publish if need be. And hopefully we can get you more than two likeable patterns!

Thanks, Sweetie! Your response helps!

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I would spend around $25.00 for a book like that and would have to have several patterns in it that I would like to make. As described your book sounds interesting enough that I will be glad to buy it when it comes out!
Hi, Jannette!

The price you suggested seems to be in the most popular range and I think you're right. The final determination will be made once I figure out if someone else is publishing it or if I'm publishing it myself.

And thanks for your offer to be a customer!!! I'll make sure there's a signed copy with your name on it when they roll off the presses!

Happy knitting!

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Originally Posted by RuthieinMaryland View Post
Some of them have never been used and some are so loved they are tattered with use. I really want mine to become one of those that are so useful they become ragged and rumpled. Kind of the "Raggedy Ann" of knitting books. It doesn't stay on a shelf like a fancy lady doll, but gets hugged and dragged around by the foot, a real member of the family!
I love this "Raggedy Ann" analogy. Priceless. Put that in the front of the book!
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Originally Posted by RuthieinMaryland View Post

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.
Ruthie - I should probably begin by saying that I'm a book buyer and the amount it costs me to move reflects it. I just bought a knitting book with 20+ patterns for about $20 plus shipping. I thought, given the patterns and knowing I could and would wear them for years, it was worth the money. The patterns were my style and timeless - and that made it worth the money. I probably wouldn't have spent $40 for the book, though.
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I love this "Raggedy Ann" analogy. Priceless. Put that in the front of the book!
Hi!

Now that you mention it, I'm sure I will include it right up front. It really does describe how I'd like to see the book owned!

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Ruthie - I should probably begin by saying that I'm a book buyer and the amount it costs me to move reflects it. I just bought a knitting book with 20+ patterns for about $20 plus shipping. I thought, given the patterns and knowing I could and would wear them for years, it was worth the money. The patterns were my style and timeless - and that made it worth the money. I probably wouldn't have spent $40 for the book, though.
Hi!

Thanks for this. I'm a book-a-holic who is NOT looking for a half-way house!

I really get it about the cost of moving vans (plural) rolling down the highway filled with cartons of books and 1 coffee maker, 1 can opener, 5 socks, a toothbrush and a small grocery bag with some outerwear. Who says I don't have my priorities straight!!!

But semi-seriously, I do have a passion for books and want the one I'm writing to reflect that. Useful, it has to be useful. And fun. Also, in today's economic pit it has to give great value for its price and be priced reasonably so that lots of folks can afford to enjoy it.

The most popular range I've seen listed so far is $20-$25 and that I can do if I self-publish. If a publishing company picks it up I won't have much say in it, but I'd still urge them to offer it at a budget-friendly price.

Thanks for your response. It all matters!

Happy knitting,
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