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Thread: Looking for help---making patterns to sell

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    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
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    [color=green]I've been seriously thinking about selling quilt patterns of the quilt designs I have made. But I really don't know how to go about it. I think my main problems are writing of pattern instructions, making sure the design works and everything is accurate, and the copyrighting (oh, and printing). I'd really like to have some help writing patterns and how to copyright and later have people test the patterns (and if everything goes smoothly, have the test quilts be photographed for the patterns). If anyone is interested let me know. :)[/green]

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    I do know that copyright is in place as soon as you write the original pattern instructions in your own words. You don't have to register it, you automatically own the rights to your own work. You do need to mark it as copyrighted.
    Good luck! I can't wait to see what you do with this! :)

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    If you are interested, I have a friend, who publishes her patterns and she could answer a lot of your questions. PM me for her email/number. I'm a pattern tester for her patterns and would be happy to do the same for you.

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    Get yourself a copy of this book, either thru interlibrary loan or buy it (I strongly suggest the latter if you are serious about this venture).
    It's called Publish Your Patterns, How to Write, Print, and Market your Designs, 2nd Edition, by Nancy Restuccia (McKenna Linn), 144 pages, ISBN-10: 0971450102, ISBN-13: 978-0971450103. It's 19.95 at Amazon.com, but you can get it for 17.95 at Quilting Books Unlimited (she gives a 10% discount on all books). http://www.qbu.com/shop/prodetails.asp?prodid=1740
    The info on what it covers can be found on the publisher's websire here...http://quiltwoman.com/nr-09.aspx
    Good luck ...and stick with it!!

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    One way to keep your costs down would be to only sell them in a pdf format download :D... a lot less hassle than having to ship out orders too. Then when you get some cash coming in, you could print some out for selling in LQS.

    If you need help with mock ups in EQ let me know :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    One way to keep your costs down would be to only sell them in a pdf format download :D... a lot less hassle than having to ship out orders too. Then when you get some cash coming in, you could print some out for selling in LQS.

    If you need help with mock ups in EQ let me know :D:D:D
    I was going to ask Sherry (if this endeavor works out) if she would sell my patterns in her quilt shop here in town. Hence the printing.

    Mock ups in EQ would be awesome. By the way, can you do patterns for table runners on EQ? I was thinking about doing a table runner for the Shuriken design.

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    Yes I can :D:D:D

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    Cool. I'll have to gather up all the designs and variations I have. Do you want me to PM you the designs and specs?

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    Yes please :D

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    I'll send them when I can get around to gathering them up and drawing out anything that's still in my head. Not sure when I'll get to it (been busy moving into the new place). But I'll PM you everything when I finish.

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