Remember when I told you that I’m working on a book? I get quite a few questions about the book and the process of creating it, so here is a quick update to let you know where the book is in the publishing process.
The book will have 12 new sock patterns. All the patterns have been written, charted, and tech edited.
Five of the 12 samples have been completed (see photo for a sooper seekrit sneak peek!).
One of the twelve samples is in transit from the sample knitter to me.
Yarn for two of the 12 samples are en route to sample knitters as I write this.
Four of the twelve patterns have yet to be knit (I’ve learned that I can only manage 2-4 sample knits at a time).
Four of the twelve patterns are in sooper seekrit test knit mode with some of the world’s best test knitters.
I’m currently speaking with photographers to line up photography as soon as the last sample is complete.
The book now has a title, Footnotes, and a theme, logophilia.
The original plan was to have the book published in March of 2019, but a couple of setbacks mean that the publication date has been moved to May:
Canada Post is on Strike and this is wreaking havoc with getting yarn and samples to and from sample knitters. Packages are delayed and one sample was even lost *sigh*.
I failed to consider holiday and Giftmas knitting in the date calculations. Sample knitters and test knitters have families too, and they like to take a break around this time of year to focus on their personal knitting.
I have an upper limit of how many patterns in production my brain can handle at one time. I thought this wouldn’t be an issue with an organized system, but 4 patterns in testing, 3 with sample knitters, and 2 in production for my regular self publishing schedule is my limit.
While samples are being knit, I’m focusing on writing the non-pattern parts of the book, and finding the right photographer. After photos are complete, the book will be laid out, sent for tech editing again, sent for copy editing, revised, sent for more editing, sent to beta readers, and then finally, printed and published.
I’ve been a contributing designer to books, but this is the first book that I’ve authored on my own. It’s a lot of work, but I’m learning so much and the process is so interesting. Overall, I’m loving the experience. I’m hoping it’s a success, because I have ideas for a couple of other sock books, and once I’ve been through this process once, I can use the lessons that I’ve learned to make the process for the next book even better!