Here's another interesting read about the publishing industry - but this time from Publisher's Weekly. It is a few months old (I think late summer 2006) but will give you insight as to how the publishing world works (or tries to). This article sums up what the NYTimes had to say - that this whole book selling thing is a total crapshoot.
I'm not so sure how I feel to have my professional life be a crapshoot but then I guess I am no different than anyone else. It doesn't take much to lose a job these days, does it? Who was to think the "knitting thing" would have lasted as long as it did? I know it certainly threw everyone in the yarn industry for a loop. These cycles used to come and go. The old timers used to say it was a seven year cycle of up and down. But this boom blew everyone out of the water. I pretty much missed it because I wasn't working in the yarn industry while it was booming with its celebrity induced craziness. But hey, if that's what it took to get young women to pick up the needles, let's find some more celebrities - preferably young since America is disgustingly youth driven - I hear Dakota Fanning knits - she's up and coming, she's very young and talented.
No matter, I think what knitting does for people is great - it gets them to slow down, think about things and re-connect with why anything made by hand is wonderful, to enjoy the process of the making, like people used to. To feel satisfied with a job well done and be able to hold a thing they made in their hand or share it with a friend. And if it also gets knitters together in yarn shops, cafes, bookstores, and subways, all the better. I know that most of my best friends are knitters, stitchers and sewers and that either we met through knitting, yarn or I got them interested.
While we are talking marketing here, this is a good article about Burt's Bees from the NYTimes. I love their stuff and have been buying it for years at the food coop. But I saw it at CVS the other day and this article tells you how and why it is there. But what are they going to do about all the bees dying - this is a big problem here in New England for the honey producers and orchard owners.
Thanks for all the rah! rah! I'll order a book comments yesterday. I truly appreciate it! When Kristin Knits gets closer to publication, I'll be talking the book up and you'll be able to buy it via PayPal on my website or send me a check. I don't want to take anyone's money early for fear of totally messing up my book-keeping. With summer coming, life is going to be crazy and I'm trying to keep it less crazy by not creating extra hassles for myself.
Here's a cute kitty picture to get you through the weekend. I'm off to CT to teach those two classes at the Ewephorbic Knitting Weekend.