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Cooperative Press needs funding for our Fresh Designs series, which features emerging designers, as well as several related books.

WHO IS COOPERATIVE PRESS?

Cooperative Press is a small publishing company owned by Shannon Okey concentrating on fiber arts-related books. We currently have 20+ books under contract with both well-known and emerging designers. However, traditional banks aren't interested in funding knitting-related endeavors! If you don't knit, check this out -- yes, that really happened. To give you additional perspective, fiber arts site Ravelry recently welcomed its millionth member, and sold well over 2 million dollars' worth of single patterns online in 2010 alone. Knitters make up a large (yet underserved) niche in specialty publishing, and Cooperative Press is publishing what knitters want, not marketing departments.

WHY COOPERATIVE PRESS?

Cooperative Press has an innovative business model. Instead of paying 10-12% royalties on book sales to its authors, CP equally divides the profits from each title between author and publisher -- even higher in the author's favor on digital products! Authors can earn much more than they would with a traditional publisher, exercise greater control over their intellectual property, and get their work in front of an audience faster.

WHAT IS FRESH DESIGNS?

Fresh Designs is a series of books that Cooperative Press has been working on for the past year. Each title (Hats, Scarves, Sweaters, etc) features 10 patterns by emerging designers. As with our other titles, we'll also release digital and e-book editions. We've had great success thus far with digital editions, especially overseas.

We need money up front to cut our overall Fresh Designs production costs, and to free up available funds so that some of our other book projects (such as Beyond Knit and Purl and Extreme Double Knitting) can be released before the fiber arts industry's largest trade show in June 2011. You know that old saying "you need to spend money to make money"? Nowhere is this more true than in publishing.

Having capital on hand will allow us to do a better job of bringing these books to market faster. It's a snowball effect -- publishing the Fresh Designs books sooner rather than later will help all of our authors, not just Fresh Designs contributors.

WHAT WE NEED

[hint: it's more than $5000]

We're asking for $5000 for the Fresh Designs books specifically, but we would very much welcome an additional boost. Every little bit helps. To fully fund all the projects we currently have under contract would be well north of $25,000. This will help us pay tech editors and other production-related freelancers up front, send review copies to relevant magazines, and much more.

To put it in perspective: if everyone on Ravelry.com (a popular fiber arts website) kicked in a penny, we'd have $10,000. Even a dollar helps, though of course we hope you'll donate more than that and take advantage of our cool rewards.

Thank you so much for supporting indie publishing!

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    Get a PDF copy of The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design.

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    Get any of the Knitgrrl books available on Magcloud (http://www.magcloud.com/user/cooperativepress) in either digital or print format OR a 6-pack of fiber art-related pinback buttons designed especially for Cooperative Press.

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    Choose any 4 Knitgrrl / Shannon Okey pattern PDFs.

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    Get your name published on the Cooperative Press website's backer list -- our way of saying thank you REALLY publicly!

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    20-minute phone consultation with Shannon Okey -- great for designers, LYS owners and other crafty small businesspeople. Pledge at least $45 and get a PDF copy of The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design, too!

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    Choose any 3 digital books from Cooperative Press, including preorders for the Fresh Designs series.

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    Get a free Designer 101 class on knitgrrl.ning.com and a signed (print) copy of The Knitgrrl Guide To Professional Knitwear Design!

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    Get a free class with Stefanie Japel on stefaniejapel.ning.com and a signed (print) copy of one Stefanie Japel pattern.

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    3 backers

    Get digital copies of every currently-available Knitgrrl pattern -- AND every pattern released in 2011, too!

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    WOW! Andi Smith of Knit Brit has generously offered to custom-knit a pair of socks for this lucky pledge! She makes the greatest socks...until you've worn her handknits, you just haven't lived. If you want them knit out of my hand-dyed yarn, I'll let you pick from what's on hand here, or dye some just for you in whatever yarn you like.

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    Ravelry user Sandykins has generously offered to custom-knit another pair of socks for one lucky backer! YAY!

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    Heather Brack, aka my coauthor on Felt Frenzy, and a genius sock knitter as well, has offered up ANOTHER pair of handknit socks as a reward! Jump on this, oh barefooted ones, you won't regret it!

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    All Fresh Designs books in any format you choose. You want print? Ok! Print and digital? You got it. Print and some e-books for your Kindle? It's yours. Like a preorder, but you're locking in a price AND getting options that won't necessarily be available to the general public. Lucky you! In addition, this reward also includes all current and 2011-release Knitgrrl patterns.

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    What to get for the knitter who has everything? Shannon will create the ultimate gift "basket," featuring a Lexie Barnes knitting bag, hand-dyed yarn, a handmade felt scarf by Shannon and much more, such as local chocolate, Knitgrrl patterns, etc. EDITED TO ADD: This will also include all Fresh Designs books in whichever version you prefer, and all current Knitgrrl patterns.

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    Shannon will design a custom sweater to your measurements and requests in whatever yarn you choose. Pledge $750 or more and she'll have it knit for you, too!

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    Shannon will design a custom sweater for you in the yarn of your choice, and deliver it with a box of chocolates from her favorite local chocolatier.

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    Shannon will fly to you (or you to her) for up to 3 days of private fiber arts instruction and/or (in the case of designers) business coaching. Need help with your social media strategy? Can't get the hang of cabling? Heck, for this amount of money, she'll pick up your dry cleaning if you want!

Funding period

- (30 days)